There was no corresponding move announced when Ryan Madson was placed on the 10-Day DL (retroactive to May 17) with a chest strain after Sunday’s series finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez did, however, provide information on what led to Madson’s trip to the Disabled List.
“He has a little chest — it’s not his arm, it’s his pectoral muscle that’s a little strained. I think he’s going to get an MRI tomorrow, so we’ll know more,” Martinez explained.
Asked when it happened, or started to be an issue, the first-year manager said it was just the last few days.
“A couple days ago,” Martinez said. “So we’ve been keeping an eye on it, and he said he felt a little better, but just to be safe, we want him healthy.”
As often as they’ve used Madson, and as important he’s been to the back end of the bullpen since he was acquired last July, Martinez admitted it’s tough to replace what the reliever has provided the relief corps.
On Sunday, he turned to Wander Suero and Shawn Kelley in eighth and ninth, respectively, only to have them give up a hit, walk, and two runs each, with the runs off Suero on a two-run home run by Yasiel Puig, and the two off Kelley on an RBI double, after a leadoff walk, and an RBI groundout.
Navigating the late innings in Madson’s absence won’t be easy, Martinez said.
“It’s really difficult. You put the guys in that you think are going to get the job done, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I had all the confidence in the world in Suero, and he did well, he just threw a bad pitch to a pretty good hitter, and he hit it out.
“And then Kelley comes in,” he continued, “... and he walks the first, then after that he kind of settles down a little bit, but he needed to pitch, he hasn’t pitched in a week, so I had to get him out there, and it was the right spot for him.”
This afternoon, the Nats announced that veteran left-hander Tim Collins, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014, after undergoing two Tommy John surgeries in 2015-16, is coming up to help the bullpen.
Collins, 28, has a 3.63 ERA, a 2.65 FIP, nine walks (4.67 BB/9), and 20 Ks (10.38 K/9) in 17 1⁄3 IP at Triple-A Syracuse this year, in his second season in the Nationals’ system.
In order to make room on the 40-man roster, Howie Kendrick (ruptured achilles) was transferred to the 60-Day DL.