Long list of in­juries could pro­duce full team

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY TODD DYBAS

Dusty Baker sat down pre­pared with a list.

He knew, though was not thrilled, that ques­tions about the Na­tion­als’ bevy of in­jured play­ers would be com­ing. The list is so ex­ten­sive, Wash­ing­ton could come close to field­ing a full team with the play­ers cur­rently on it.

Stephen Stras­burg could be the start­ing pitcher. He threw a bullpen ses­sion Sun­day, then threw from flat ground in right field Mon­day. Baker did not of­fer specifics on Stras­burg’s bullpen work from Sun­day. The right-han­der has been on the dis­abled list since July 27, retroac­tive to July 24, be­cause of a nerve im­pinge­ment in his right el­bow. He will need to throw a sim­u­lated game and likely pitch in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment be­fore re­join­ing the team.

Trea Turner could play short­stop. He went on the dis­abled list for the sec­ond time this sea­son on June 30 be­cause of a wrist frac­ture. Baker said Turner should “hope­fully” be hit­ting “pretty soon.”

Jayson Werth could play left field. He is in Florida “pro­gress­ing,” Baker said. The left foot con­tu­sion that has kept him off the field since June 5 is also pre­vent­ing him from run­ning now. Werth is hit­ting, though.

Michael A. Tay­lor could play cen­ter field. He is en route to an­other mi­nor­league stop af­ter six games with the Sin­gleA Po­tomac Na­tion­als. Tay­lor hit just .158 with the P-Nats. Baker re­ported that Tay­lor felt he was be­hind the fast­ball there dur­ing his path back from an oblique strain that put him on the dis­abled lists July 7.

Ryan Raburn could play right field. Baker sim­ply re­ported that Raburn is “pro­gress­ing” through his pro­gram. A left trapez­ius strain put Raburn on the 10-day dis­abled list July 26.

Stephen Drew could play any in­field po­si­tion. He is “still try­ing to get the sore­ness out,” ac­cord­ing to Baker. Drew was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list July 29 be­cause of a left ab­dom­i­nal strain.

Shawn Kel­ley would be a re­liever on this squad of in­jured play­ers. He is pitch­ing for Triple-A Syra­cuse, work­ing through a right trapez­ius strain. Kel­ley has been on the dis­abled list since June 18. He has a 12.27 ERA af­ter 32⁄3 in­nings pitched in Syra­cuse.

Koda Glover would also come out of the bullpen. He is on the dis­abled list be­cause of a left hip im­pinge­ment, but also had shoul­der pain to deal with. He is on a throw­ing pro­gram. Baker did not elab­o­rate.

At the end of the list, Baker made a plea to re­porters to wait at least a week be­fore ask­ing for fur­ther up­dates. He then di­aled his re­quest back to three or four days. Hid­ing un­der­neath all the good around the Na­tion­als — who are in first place, had Max Scherzer re­turn to the mound Mon­day and have a clear path to the play­offs — is this long list of in­juries ev­ery­one is tired of talk­ing about it.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als short­stop Trea Turner should “hope­fully” be hit­ting “pretty soon,” says man­ager Dusty Baker. Turner is on the dis­abled list with a wrist frac­ture.

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