Following the loss to the New York Yankees in the finale of the season-opening series in the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals announced that reliever Roenis Elías went on the 60-Day IL with a left elbow flexor strain.
“He threw yesterday and he didn’t feel right,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez explained. “Got an MRI today, and it was a flexor strain. We’re going to be cautious, and he’s going to be out for a while.”
It’s another in a string of injuries for the left-hander, who injured his hamstring after his first appearance for the Nationals following a trade from the Seattle Martinez last July, and did so while running out a ground ball when he’d been told not to swing in a rare at bat as the Nats tried to get an extended outing out of him.
Elías tweaked the hamstring again after returning to the mound in September, and he was included on the NLCS roster though he didn’t pitch. He was placed on the IL upon arriving at Spring Training 2.0 earlier this month, but reported to the team’s Alternate Training site earlier this week to start throwing again before the latest injury.
“He’s had all kinds of bad luck,” Martinez said.
“I tell him all the time, I said, ‘Hey look, when you’re healthy, you’re going to help us, so we’ve got to get you healthy. That’s the biggest thing.’
“‘You’ve got to do everything the trainers or medical staff say now to get you back as quick as possible.
“But he’s a left-handed pitcher that pitched in the back end of the bullpen for Seattle, that when he’s healthy he can get big outs.”
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