Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies that both Brian Goodwin (wrist) and Daniel Murphy (knee) were close to heading out on rehab assignments during an interview with the Junkies this past Wednesday morning.
“Brian is starting to swing the bat,” Rizzo said. “He’s taking batting practice, of course he had the wrist tendon soreness. He’ll be hopefully going out to start rehab games soon.”
Goodwin injured his wrist on a diving play in the outfield, and he’s been on the Disabled List since April 15th.
Murphy, who had offseason knee surgery, hasn’t played a competitive game yet this season, but he headed to Washington’s facilities in West Palm Beach recently, and after recovering from a nasty flu bug, he resumed baseball activities with an eye on heading out for a rehab assignment as well.
“He’s back on the field,” Rizzo told the Junkies. “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.”
The very near future for both Goodwin and Murphy is tomorrow, apparently. Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters in Miami, before the start of this weekend’s three-game set with the Marlins, that both Goodwin and Murphy would join the Harrisburg Senators over the next two days to start the respective rehab assignments.
“That’s great news for us,” Martinez said, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr. “Definitely headed in the right direction.
“Of course, you get excited when some of these guys are getting real close, but yet my focus is here right now and getting 25 guys to win a ballgame today.”
Goodwin’s likely closer to returning to the majors than Murphy, who’s going to build up slowly, but Martinez said there was no set date for either to come back right now.
“I really don’t have a timetable for either one. The good news is they’re both going out on a rehab assignment. Hopefully, there’s no bumps on the road and we moved forward and they get back as soon as possible.”