The good vibes generated when the Washington Nationals finally snapped their scoreless inning streak after 32 innings without a run yesterday didn’t last long. Pitching in the ninth inning of what was then 15-0 game, veteran reliever Kelvin Herrera, who’d just returned from a stint on the Disabled List last week, suffered an injury to his left foot while fielding a slow roller and running toward first base.
“It killed the buzz,” Davey Martinez admitted when the manager spoke to reporters after the Nats’ win in Citi Field.
“Yeah. He came in my office before the game and said he needs to throw today, no matter what. He hasn’t been out there but once since he came back. We had [Koda] Glover up. I was only going to let him throw maybe 15 pitches, so just very weird.”
Herrera threw nine pitches and recorded an out and gave up a single before suffering the injury.
As of the time he spoke shortly after the game, Martinez didn’t have an information on what happened.
“I don’t know anything yet, he went to get X-rays, so we’ll wait for the results,” he explained.
“He said it was the top of his [left] foot, that’s all I know.”
Washington Post writer Jorge Castillo offered the following update later on in the evening on Sunday:
X-rays on Kelvin Herrera’s left foot were negative, per source. But that doesn’t account for ligament damage. He’ll undergo tests for that tomorrow.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) August 27, 2018
This afternoon, the Nationals announced that Herrera was being placed on the 10-Day Disabled List with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot.
Veteran reliever Ryan Madson, who was placed on the DL with a back issue recently, was reinstated this afternoon, taking Herrera’s place on the roster.
Madson, 37 (for one more day at least), has been out of action since August 12th, when he surrendered a walk-off grand slam in the Nationals’ devastating loss to the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field.