It's starting to get frightening. Sure it happens to every team, every Spring. But one Washington National after another is coming up injured.
Just this morning, Nats' skipper Matt Williams told reporters that Anthony Rendon has what was described as a "very mild sprain" of the MCL in his left knee.
Rendon injured his knee on a diving play at third earlier this week, and as of now, word is that he'll just rest up for a few more days and return to action, but as Williams explained, as quoted in an article by Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes, when the initial swelling and pain did not subside, he was sent for an MRI that revealed the sprain.
"'We’ll shut him down for a few days, make sure he’s good,'" Williams said this morning.
After this afternoon's game against the Houston Astros in Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium, the second-year skipper broke even more bad news.
Nationals' closer Drew Storen reportedly underwent surgery on his left, non-throwing wrist.
#Nats RHP Drew Storen underwent surgery today to remove the hook of hamate bone from his left (non-throwing) hand.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 13, 2015
It was a minor procedure to remove the hook of the hamate bone, and it isn't expected to keep Storen out of action for too long, but it's another injury issue for a Nationals team that has Nate McLouth (rehabbing from labrum surgery), Jayson Werth (AC joint), Yunel Escobar (oblique) and Denard Span (1. sports hernia, 2. core muscle injury) dealing with injuries.
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said Storen will be down 2-3 days & then get right back to his throwing program. Expected ready for Opening Day.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 13, 2015
Storen, 27, saved 11 games last season after taking over for Rafael Soriano in the ninth when the veteran reliever faltered at the end of his second season as the closer in the nation's capital.
In his fifth major league campaign, Storen, the 2009 Nats' 1st Round pick, posted a 1.12 ERA, a 2.71 FIP, 11 walks (1.76 BB/9) and 46 Ks (7.35 K/9) in 65 games and 56 1/3 IP.
There are several late-inning options on the roster, and available should Storen miss more time than expected.
Veteran reliever Casey Janssen signed as a free agent this winter.
Right-handers Aaron Barrett and Blake Treinen are considered by some to be potential future closers.
Matt Thornton has some experience closing out major league games.
Heath Bell? Rafael Martin?