So added another name to the list of the Washington Nationals' walking wounded. Nate McLouth is still working his way back from last season's surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Jayson Werth is recovering from surgery on the AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Then there's Yunel Escobar, who's resting with an oblique strain.
Nats' center fielder Denard Span just underwent surgery to repair a right core muscle issue.
Now, according to Nationals' skipper Matt Williams, though it's nothing "major" and he should be back in action shortly, Anthony Rendon is nursing a sore left knee.
Rendon was originally in the lineup for this afternoon's Grapefruit League game, but was replaced at third by Kevin Frandsen. Williams explained the change when he met with reporters:
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon banged his left knee making diving play on Monday. Nothing major, will be fine in a day or 2— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 11, 2015
"'He worked through his day yesterday, but he’s a little bit sore,'" told reporters including the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. "'On the inside of his knee, he took a pretty hard dive out there.'"
While Rendon, as noted above, will miss a couple days, Williams did tell reporters this morning, as the Nationals prepare to take on the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 PM EDT in Space Coast Stadium, that Nate McLouth will see his first action of the Spring over the next two days:
#Nats skipper Matt Williams says Nats McLouth will get into the game today as DH and will start at DH tomorrow— Craig Heist (@cheistsports) March 11, 2015
MASN's Chris Johnson also tweeted updates on Werth and Escobar after this morning's meeting with the Nats' skipper:
Jayson Werth will throw today for the first time since his Jan. surgery. Just some light toss according to Williams but progress. #Nats— Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) March 11, 2015
Yunel Escobar is still resting his oblique strain. Sounds like still at least a week away from any real baseball activity. #Nats— Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) March 11, 2015
The Nationals who are healthy and able to take the field today will be in action at 1:05 PM EDT as Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound against the Detroit Tigers and left-hander David Price.