While running down the list of injured Washington Nationals and providing updates to 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this past Wednesday, GM Mike Rizzo talked about Shawn Kelley, who landed on the 10-Day Disabled List with a right trapezius strain back on June 18th.
“Shawn Kelley has been on a rehab assignment for a while in Triple-A,” Rizzo said.
“We just want to get him — log his innings and get his arm strength back where his velo is back to where he needs it to be, so he is close.”
In advance of tonight’s series opener with the San Diego Padres, the Nationals made an announcement that Kelley was being reinstated from the DL with Ryan Madson landing on the 10-Day DL with a right finger sprain.
Dusty Baker told reporters earlier this week, when Madson warmed for an appearance, but couldn’t go, that he thought the veteran right-hander, acquired in a deadline deal with the Oakland A’s, was dealing with a blister on his right hand.
“He just had like a blister on his finger, so like I said, he wasn’t available because of that.”
Baker corrected that information the next day, telling reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr, what he’d learned.
“It’s not a blister,” Baker said. “I thought it was a blister. It’s his finger. We are getting it analyzed right now. I don’t know what it is, but it’s something in his finger.”
It’s apparently a right finger sprain, though the Nationals’ press release on the move doesn’t specify which finger. They do, however, note that the move is retroactive to August 14th.
Madson has been lights out since he was acquired from the A’s, tossing nine scoreless innings in which he’s walked one batter and struck out 13, holding opposing hitters to a .161/.212/.290 line.
Kelley, before he dealt with lower back issues, and the trapezius strain, has struggled in the second year of his 3-year/$15M deal with the Nationals, putting up a 7.00 ERA in 18 IP, with nine walks, 20 Ks and nine home runs allowed, after he gave up nine home runs total in 58 innings last season.
During his rehab stint, Kelley has made eight appearances for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, giving up eight hits (three home runs) and six earned runs in 6 2⁄3 innings.
Baker talks with reporters soon, so he’ll likely have more information on Madson, and we’ll add any pertinent updates here if the Nats’ skipper has anything to say...