Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez updated reporters on Brian Goodwin’s left wrist injury before last night’s series opener in Citi Field, explaining it was still sore, and a decision might have to be made if he wasn’t available soon.
“He’s still sore, but he was fine and he’ll be available,” Martinez explained before the game.
“At some point we’ve got to get him back out there playing,” he added, “so right now we’re trying to take care of him, get him one at bat, and let him play defense if needed, but we’re going to have to get him out there.”
This afternoon, the Nats made the decision to place Goodwin on the 10-Day DL, retroactive to April 16th.
To take Goodwin’s spot on the roster, and give the Nationals addition depth, they called up Andrew Stevenson, 23, who made his MLB debut last season, posting a .158/.250/.193 line with two doubles, seven walks, and 20 Ks in 37 games and 66 plate appearances after he’d put up a combined .252/.298/.320 line with seven doubles, four triples, and two homers in 331 PAs between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.
Stevenson, a 2015 2nd Round pick out of LSU, was off to a slow start with the Nationals’ top affiliate this season, going 4 for 29 with a double and a home run in eight games and 37 PAs so far.
Goodwin told reporters in Citi Field that the wrist wasn’t responding to treatment and they gave him an MRI which was negative after he bent it back on a diving play in the outfield.
Brian goodwin says wrist wasn’t responding to treatment as quickly as he had hoped. He said he bent it back pretty good on diving play. MRI was negative. Pretty upset. Wish he could play— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) April 17, 2018