Nationals RHP Odalis Perez left the mound early Tuesday night with pain in his left shoulder. According to MLB.com, he has been diagnosed with tendonitis, and will likely miss his next start. This comes as yet another blow to Washington, who already have Ryan Zimmerman, Ronnie Belliard, Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Paul Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Chad Cordero on the Disabled List.
Bill Ladson reports that Chad Cordero played catch on Monday and reported feeling no pain. It was the first time Cordero has thrown since injuring his shoulder back on April 29.
“Everything felt good. I wasn’t trying to blow it all out,” Cordero said. “I was a little nervous, too. When you have [an injury] like that, you don’t know how it feels until you go out there. My first throw was kind of nerve wracking. I had no pain. The only thing I felt was not throwing for four weeks.”
Manny Acta has previously said that Cordero will get his closing job back when he returns, which could be by the end of June, but Ladson reports that there could be a “closing controversy” when the Chief is healthy. It’s highly possible that either Cordero or Jon Rauch could be traded by the July deadline; it’s a badly guarded secret that many teams have scouted both pitchers in the past.
As per Nationals.com.
The Nats now have three catchers on their roster–Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Wil Nieves. Hard to imagine demoting Nieves given the way he’s been playing (.400, .483, .520 in 10 games with 6 RBI). This begs the question, why is Johnny Estrada a Washington National? Talk about wasteful spending.
The Nationals defeated the Pirates 3-2 tonight winning their fourth in a row, and are just a game in back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Odalis Perez had his finest start of the year, going 7 full innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, 0 BB, 4 SO). Both runs came off of solo shots, one from Freddy Sanchez (his first of the year) in the top of the 4th and the other from Ryan Doumit in the 7th.
The Nats rode on the bats of Wil Nieves, who drove two runs on a single in the bottom of the 2nd and Austin Kearns, who broke the 2-2 tie open with an RBI single in the 8th.
The Nationals bullpen continued to roll despite the injury to closer Chad Cordero. Luis Ayala picked up the win, pitching a scoreless 8th, and Jon Rauch notched his 6th save of the season.
Zach Duke pitched well for the Bucs, going 7 full innings and receiving a no-decision (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO). The loss was charged to John Grabow, his first of the year.
The Official Ryan Zimmerman Watch: 0-4, 2 LOB
By the way, Perez’s ERA is down to a very respectable 3.18 on the season. Not bad at all.
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Tagged Austin Kearns, Chad Cordero, Freddy Sanchez, John Grabow, Jon Rauch, Nationals, Odalis Perez, Pirates, Ryan Doumit, Ryan Zimmerman, Wil Nieves, Zach Duke
Mets catcher Brian Schneider was released from the hospital today and is expected to return to starting duty this weekend in Arizona.
Braves ace John Smoltz says that he would be willing to become the team’s closer, again, when he comes off of the DL. Smoltz recorded an NL-record 55 saves as the Braves closer in 2002.
Nationals closer Chad Cordero will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a torn muscle under his shoulder (sounds like he tore it while compensating for tendonitis in his shoulder).
After throwing only 13 pitches last night, Chad Cordero is headed to the DL with a strained lat muscle behind his throwing shoulder. “It hurts really, really bad,” he said. Not good news, obviously.
Nationals 6-Braves 3
W: Rivera (2-1) L: Boyer (0-3)
Ryan Zimmerman led the Nationals with 3 RBIs, bringing runs home on a solo shot and a 2-run RBI double. The Z-Man provided the spark that the Nats offense has been lacking. Nick Johnson also homered for the Nationals and Lastings Milledge drove two in as well.
Tom Glavine returned to the hill for Atlanta and pitched well, going 6 full innings (6 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, 2 SO) but did not get the run support he needed to defeat the last place DC club. Glavine came away with a no-decision (the loss was awarded to Blaine Boyer) For the Braves, Mark Kotsay, Chipper Jones, and Kelly Johnson drove in runs, with Chipper going yard in his return to the lineup.
For the Nats, Tim Redding continued to pitch well, also going 6 full innings (4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, 2 SO), but did not pick up the win. The bullpen was mostly flawless, with Saul Rivera picking up the win, and combining with Luis Ayala, Chad Cordero, and Jon Rauch for 1 earned run over three.
The Nationals have now won five of their last seven and have reason to be celebrating tonight (NL Beast may have spotted Ryan Zimmerman at a DC bar after the game).
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Tagged Blaine Boyer, Braves, Chad Cordero, Chipper Jones, Jon Rauch, Kelly Johnson, Lastings Milledge, Luis Ayala, Mark Kotsay, Nationals, Nick Johnson, Ryan Zimmerman, Saul Rivera, Tim Redding, Tom Glavine