Wilson Ramos hunches over after injuring himself last night.
But you can't help but have some sympathy for Davey Johnson and Co. right now. Though they've managed to avoid any devastating injuries to date, they just can't seem to get their eight regulars all healthy at the same time. Only five times in 40 games so far has Johnson submitted his Opening Day lineup card to umpires before first pitch.
And just when it looked like the Nationals were on the verge of being able to do that again — Bryce Harper has been cleared to return and Jayson Werth is due to come off the disabled list on Saturday — they were stung by the injury bug again late last night. Twice.
Wilson Ramos re-injured the same left hamstring that landed him on the DL last month and is going to be "down for a while," Johnson told reporters at Dodger Stadium. Ross Detwiler doesn't appear to be seriously hurt, but the left-hander wasn't certain he'd be ready to make his next scheduled start after departing this one in the fourth inning with lower back spasms.
The Ramos injury is troubling, both because it apparently never was 100 percent healed and now will require extra caution and because of the hardships the young catcher has already endured over the last two years. But if there's a position on the field the Nationals can afford to suffer a semi-serious injury, it's behind the plate, with Kurt Suzuki ready to return to an everyday role and Jhonatan Solano a capable backup.
More troubling to the Nationals, though, would be the loss of Detwiler for any length of time. Club officials worried all winter and spring about the lack of starting rotation depth in the organization, and the steps they took to address that haven't paid off yet.
The Nationals were thrilled Chris Young was willing to report to Class AAA Syracuse after having the option to sign elsewhere at the end of spring training and made it clear the veteran right-hander would be the first starter called upon should the need arise.
Well, there's good news and bad news as it pertains to Young. The good news: He pitched last night and thus is perfectly aligned to take Detwiler's spot. The bad news: He was roughed up for eight runs on 11 hits and now sports a 7.96 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in five starts with the Chiefs.
Not that there are many viable alternatives filling out the rest of Syracuse's rotation. Ross Ohlendorf's ERA is 4.96. Yunesky Maya's is 5.70. Ryan Perry's is 7.15. Only left-hander Danny Rosenbaum (not on the 40-man roster) has pitched well to date, with a 3.35 ERA in seven starts.
If they only need to fill-in for Detwiler once or twice, the Nationals could simply turn to Craig Stammen, who has pitched brilliantly out of the bullpen and once upon a time started big-league games for this club. Though a Stammen move to the rotation would weaken a relief corps that is still trying to sort itself out.
If Detwiler (or anyone else in the current rotation) is sidelined for a longer stretch, the Nationals are in serious trouble.
Then again, pitching is the least of Johnson's concerns right now. He needs his team to score more runs, and the only way that's going to happen is if he can keep his regular lineup healthy.
The return of Harper and Werth this weekend should pay huge dividends in that regard, but the loss of Ramos will sting to some extent. Suzuki, though perfectly capable of catching every day, wasn't nearly as productive when put into that regular role last month.
More than anything, the Nationals simply need to get their full lineup on the field together for a prolonged stretch. It hasn't happened through the season's first 40 games. And now it doesn't appear it'll be happening for a while longer.