Nats building dominant disabled list roster

Brian Tinsman
May 20, 2018 - 11:13 pm
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Fans who bring gloves to Nationals Park should be encouraged--the team might soon need you.

This was a rough weekend for the Nats, who got swept by the L.A. Dodgers and lost two key players to the ever-growing disabled list.

First was Howie Kendrick, the veteran super utility player, who ruptured his right Achilles', ending his season.

"At the time, I just threw the ball back in, and once I tried to put weight on it, I couldn’t put any weight on it, really," he told the media. "I was like: 'Oh crap, I better just sit down.' That’s when I really knew something was wrong with it, because I couldn’t control my heel at all.

"So that’s when I knew it had to be my Achilles."

The 34-year-old was replaced on the roster by 19-year-old Juan Soto, who immediately rises to the top of the depth chart in left field. The outfield is still comprised by Bryce Harper and Michael A. Taylor, but with Adam Eaton and Brian Goodwin already on the DL, the talent pool is thinning.

That was Saturday's bad news. Sunday brought additional disappointment, as late-inning specialist Ryan Madson was also added to the disabled list, with a pectoral muscle strain. The injury has bothered him since Thursday, and skipper Davey Martinez suggested that it might just be precautionary.

"We've been keeping an eye on it," manager Dave Martinez said, adding that the move was retroactive to Thursday. "He said he felt a little better. But just to be safe, we want him healthy."

Madson joins fellow relievers Joaquin Benoit and Koda Glover on the disabled list. 

With Madson out of the bullpen, Brandon Kintzler a Shawn Kelley take on increased roles leading up to closer Sean Doolittle. Kelley struggled over the weekend, giving up two runs in the ninth inning on Sunday to seal the team's 21st loss of the season.

"It's really difficult," Martinez said. "You put the guys in that you think are going to get the job done. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."

 

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