Lower-body in­jury knocks goalie Neu­virth out of prac­tice

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

Cap­i­tals goal­tender Michal Neu­virth ex­pe­ri­enced tight­ness in his lower-body in­jury dur­ing a drill Mon­day and left the ice af­ter about 15 min­utes.

Caps coach Adam Oates said he does not con­sider Neu­virth’s in­jury se­ri­ous and that he ex­pects him to be back on the ice Tues­day.

Af­ter a five-minute warmup, the Cap­i­tals were about 10 min­utes into a spir­ited 3-on-none drill be­tween Team White and Team Blue when Neu­virth left the ice.

Each goalie — Braden Holtby and Neu­virth — was fac­ing three shoot­ers at a time at ei­ther end of the rink. As soon as a three­some scored, they were re­placed by three more team­mates.

In seven ap­pear­ances this sea­son Neu­virth, 25, has a 2-3-1 record with a 2.83 GAA and .912 save per­cent­age.

With Neu­virth side­lined, the Cap­i­tals may need to de­cide be­tween Her­shey Bears goalies Philipp Grubauer (4-4-0) and David Leg­gio (2-4-1). The Caps and Bears play Wed­nes­day night, with the Caps host­ing the Ottawa Se­na­tors and the Bears host­ing the St. John’s IceCaps.

Oates said that with three days off be­tween games he wanted to change things up with a spir­ited prac­tice and a con­di­tion­ing skate af­ter­ward. He noted that the Caps re­sponded well Satur­day in Toronto af­ter their 3-2 home loss to Mon­treal on Fri­day night.

“We had 101 at­tempts [against Toronto] and that’s the most in the league by any team on any given night,” he said. “I re­ally chal­lenged the guys in the morn­ing [on Satur­day] to be bet­ter from the Mon­treal game and I thought there was a good re­sponse. I just felt to­day would be a good sweat and in­cor­po­rate some fun.”

— with the Sin­gle-A Beloit Snap­pers in 2013.

The year be­fore Wooten spent most of the sea­son with Vermont of the New York-Penn League where he hit .286 with four homers and 38 RBI in 67 games.

He is con­sid­ered a mid-level prospect with good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and power po­ten­tial.

Abad leaves the Na­tion­als af­ter just one year in the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The Nats signed him as a free agent Nov. 19, 2012 and saw him play a larger role than first ex­pected.

Abad ap­peared in 39 games with Wash­ing­ton in 2013 due to a lack of lefty relief pitch­ers in their sys­tem. He fin­ished with a 3.35 ERA and 32 strike­outs in 37 2⁄3 in­nings.

The 27-year-old Abad will move on look­ing for his third MLB team in three years. He pitched for the Houston Astros from 2010 to 2012.

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