Victor Robles, Koda Glover make long-awaited return

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 12, 2018 - 11:30 am

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While the Nationals offense continues to sputter, most recently shut out 2-0 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, they can at least take solace in the fact that top prospect Victor Robles is working his way back.

Sidelined since April after hyperextending his left elbow diving for a fly ball in a game with Triple-A Syracuse, Robles finally returned to the diamond on Saturday, beginning his rehab assignment with the Golf Coast League Nationals. In four games, he's batting .300 with three hits, two runs scored, and a stolen base. 

As his major league peers failed to plate a single run, Robles on Wednesday enjoyed probably his best performance since his return, recording two hits, scoring a run, and stealing a base.

It remains unclear when Robles will progress from rookie league ball, let alone if he'll appear on the Major League roster this season. The emergence of Juan Soto and the return of Adam Eaton has complicated Robles' path to playing time if he does indeed return to the Nationals before season's end. Nonetheless, Nationals fans should be encouraged that the 20-year old is already back in action after suffering an injury many feared would force him out for the entire season. 

Another familiar face is also rehabbing with Robles and the GCL Nationals: relief pitcher Koda Glover. Glover -- sidelined by injuries to his back and shoulder -- had not made a professional appearance since June 10, 2017, but returned to the mound on July 7, pitching a scoreless inning against the GCL Astros. 

In an appearance against the GCL Mets three days later, he recorded a perfect inning with two strikeouts. 

Similar to the outfield, the back end of the Nationals' bullpen is already crowded, especially when closer Sean Doolittle returns from the disabled list after the All-Star break, so there may not be a spot for Glover, even if he completes his recovery without any more setbacks. 

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