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In addition to the news Bryce Harper will see Dr. James Andrews about his left knee, Nats manager Davey Johnson provided injury updates on Danny Espinosa and Ross Detwiler Thursday afternoon.
Espinosa was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 4 (retroactive to June 3) with a fractured right wrist. He saw the Nationals hand specialist this week and received an MRI on both his hand and shoulder. Espinosa was discovered to have a torn left rotator cuff in the offseason, but opted to rehab the injury without surgery.
“They also did an MRI on his shoulder, put some dye in there, it revealed a little injury into his rotator cuff,” Johnson said.
“But that doesn’t bother him too much. He got a shot in his hand so he’ll probably be down for about four or five days before he can start doing baseball things. All that was kind of to be expected.”
Espinosa originally hurt the wrist on April 14 after taking a fastball off the hand from Atlanta’s Paul Maholm. He last played June 2 against the Braves.
“He should be good to go in five days,” Johnson said.
Detwiler went to the 15-day DL on May 27 with a right oblique strain, retroactive to May 16. He is still rehabbing the back muscle, but says the pain has subsided.
Everyday things such as sneezing had become painful, “everything” was hurting his oblique, Detwiler said. But now that discomfort is gone and he is hopeful to get back on track soon.
Detwiler is expected to make a rehab assignment on June 8 with the Potomac Nationals.
“He’s doing fine,” Johnson said. “He’s on target to pitch in Potomac on the 8th. Limited to 40-50 pitches and that should set him up to come back here and start the 13th or 14th.”
Detwiler is remaining cautious as he felt the original setback a day after throwing a bullpen session. He felt fine after pitching, but felt the oblique acting up the next day during a fielding drill.
“It feels like its taken a lot longer than three weeks,” Detwiler said. “I’m just trying to focus on if I feel anything or not just to make sure if we need to take any more time off it’s just another week and not a month.”
Despite being the bearer of more bad news for his already injury-hobbled team, Johnson remained optimistic on Thursday about the club’s outlook.
“We’re getting healthier as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “It’s a long season and we’ve gone through some injuries and I think we’re gonna come out of it all right. And we’ve got the guys here to do it, so we need to get on with it.”