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Washington Nationals’ Injury Updates on Ryan Madson and Daniel Murphy and Brian Goodwin and more...

There are plenty of injuries to discuss. Mike Rizzo talked about a few of the injured Nationals in his weekly visit with the 106.7 the FAN’s Sports Junkies.

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Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) took 50 swings last week, and Adam Eaton was throwing on the field in Nationals Park after surgery on his ankle.

Ryan Madson was placed on the 10-Day DL this week with what a press release on the injury described as a “a sore pectoral muscle”, though the veteran reliever told reporters it should not keep him out long.

“It just felt like a cramp in my pec,” Madson explained when asked how it had happened, “so the next day we had an off day and then got rained out a couple times, and it was just really sore, and it wasn’t going away, so that’s when I finally said something. I did some work with my trainer and nothing was catching, so it was probably just a little bit worse than what I thought, it was so probably more in the strain category instead of a cramp, and that’s why it’s just taking a little bit of time to feel better, it just needs time to heal.”

“I threw a lot that week, and also I was throwing harder than usual, with more extension and everything, so it might have been too much,” he added.

Those aren’t the only injuries the Nationals are dealing with now, of course. There’s also the case of Brian Goodwin, who’s been out of action since April 15th with a wrist injury.

In an interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies on Wednesday morning, GM Mike Rizzo provided updates on Goodwin, Daniel Murphy, and Koda Glover, who are all in Florida working their way back from their respective injuries.

“Brian is starting to swing the bat,” Rizzo said, tackling the outfielder’s wrist issue first. “He’s taking batting practice, of course he had the wrist tendon soreness.

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“He’ll be hopefully going out to start rehab games soon, and then you have 20 days to make a decision on bringing him to the big leagues. So he’s well on his way.”

Daniel Murphy was making progress in his rehab from offseason knee surgery before he got sick on his way to West Palm Beach.

Murphy is well on his way also,” Rizzo told the Junkies. “He was running very, very well. Unfortunately when he went back down to West Palm he caught a really tough virus and kind of had the flu for four days, but he’s back on the field and again, he’s swinging the bat well, he’s doing all baseball activities including running, which was the last thing to come.

“He’s honing his skills and getting more strength in that knee and he’ll be going out on a rehab assignment in the very near future.”

Things got a bit word-salad-y when Rizzo was asked if he thought Murphy would be back in the lineup within a month.

“I would say yes,” he began.

“I would optimistically, carefully optimistic, would say yes without any backtracking on his physical being, that he should be here within the month, yes.”

Glover injured his hip (labral tear) in 2016, had a recurrence of the issue early in 2017, injured his back later that season, and had shoulder inflammation end his campaign.

He’s been out of action since another shoulder issue cropped up early in Spring Training this season.

Koda Glover is continuing his mound progression,” Rizzo continued.

“He’s now throwing long toss and will climb on the mound very, very soon, so once he gets on the mound and pitching, for a relief pitcher, it’s a very short rehab process after that.”

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