Before the finale with Milwaukee in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez discussed the plan for Victor Robles as the 24-year-old outfielder worked his way back from a right ankle sprain that landed him on the 10-Day IL last week. Robles, Martinez said, would head out to join the Double-A Harrisburg Senators in Bowie, MD, where he’d be able to DH and get some at bats in.
“He’s done some agility stuff,” Martinez said of the process of building Robles back up for a return the lineup.
“He’s going to go down to Harrisburg and DH today, if the conditions over there, the field — I’m assuming they’re pretty wet — but we said if he can go down there, and get some work in and DH and get his at bats, he feels good enough to do that, so if everything goes well he’ll DH today and then we’ll reevaluate tomorrow.”
Robles went 1 for 2 with a double and two walks in the rehab start, but talking before the game, Martinez said he wasn’t sure if one game as a DH would be enough to get Robles back up to speed in time to make the trip to Atlanta for the start of this week’s four-game series with the Braves.
“We’ll see,” he said before Robles returned to action with the club’s Double-A affiliate. “I don’t want to say yes, because I really do, if he DH’s today, they have a day off tomorrow, I would really like for him to play the field, but like I said, if the field is soggy and too wet, I don’t want him out there.”
Following the Nationals’ 3-0 loss to the Brewers, the club optioned Luis García, who’d been called up when Robles went on the IL, to Triple-A Rochester, so what that a sign that they’d be bringing Robles back for the start of the series with the Braves?