Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nationals Injury Notes

Michael Morse, above, will be shut down for six weeks. (Photo: wordpress.com)
This past week has been a dismal week for the Nationals on the injury front. They have lost two minor leaguers and two major leaguers to injuries.

Brian Goodwin
This past Monday night, Hagerstown Sun and Nationals 2011 first round draft, Brian Goodwin pulled his hamstring. In the early innings of the game, Goodwin showed off his speed when he beat the throw to first base, but in the process he pulled his hamstring. He will likely be out 2-3 weeks.

Anthony Rendon
One of the most anticipated prospects from this years draft suffered a partial ankle fracture this past week. Rendon, who plays for Class A Potomac, suffered the injury while rounding the bases. Rendon is now in walking boot and  will be seeing a foot specialist soon.

Drew Storen
Yesterday, the Nationals closer underwent a procedure to remove a bone fragment from his throwing elbow. While the whole thing sounds bad, Storen actually caught a break. Since the team has already had one pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, undergo Tommy Johns surgery, they new the signs of a ligament injury. The halted all throwing for Storen and sent him to a specialist. Most likely, this could have developed into a situation like Strasburg's had they not have been so cautious. He is hoping to return by the All-Star break.

Michael Morse
In Spring Training, Morse suffered a lat injury that kept him sidelined for most of preseason. He started the season on the DL but was then moved to Harrisburg. He, and Rick Ankiel, were relocated to Hagerstown. While in Hagerstown, Morse reaggrevated his injury. It was obvious on Monday that he was having issues. He could not get the ball from the outfield to the infield without having it bounce three or four times. He has been shutdown completely for the next six weeks.