Herrera injures shoulder, will have MRI on Wednesday

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 08, 2018 - 10:19 am

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With closer Sean Doolittle already on the disabled list, the Nationals may soon have to send Kelvin Herrera that way, too. 

Herrera came in in the top of the ninth of Tuesday night's crucial game against the Braves with the score tied at 1-1. He promptly gave up two singles, a sharp lineout to third and a tie-breaking, two-run triple.

The trainer came out to the mound immediately after Atlanta broke the deadlock, and Herrera was removed, having thrown just six pitches. 

After the game, Herrera told reporters he had felt discomfort in his shoulder before the inning began. 

"He came in to the game with a little tweak, couldn’t get loose with his shoulder," Nats GM Mike Rizzo said on Wednesday during his weekly appearance on The Sports Junkies, sponsored by Burke & Herbert. "And as these guys often do in this time of year, he tried to pitch through it, and just had no life on his fastball. The velocity was still there, he touched 95 on a couple of pitches, but just didn’t have the finish on the fastball or the slider, and had to come out." 

"Unfortunate. He’ll get an MRI today and we’ll see what happens there. If we have to DL him, we’ll bring somebody up to take his place and move on."

In 19 appearances since being acquired from the Royals, Herrera has a 4.76 ERA and three saves. If he goes down to the DL, it will be a major blow to a bullpen that is already missing Doolittle and recently lost Brandon Kintzler and Shawn Kelley in trades. 

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