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Injury Updates: Werth, Storen, & Desmond

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Injury Updates: Werth, Storen, & Desmond

Davey Johnson updated the media on several injuries during his pregame session on Tuesday afternoon before the Nationals game against the Mets. Most notable is an update on Jayson Werth who Johnson believes could be cleared for baseball stuff on Wednesday. Werth will meet with doctors and his manager expects good news, he says he thinks the chances of him re-injuring the broken bone in his wrist are slim.

Unless some catastrophe happens, thats not gonna happen, Johnson said. He is probably two or three weeks away.

Johnson said the team will know tomorrow if Werths plan of returning the first week of August is still in effect.

Ian Desmond was out of the lineup again on Tuesday as he continues to rest from a strain to his left oblique. After having the muscle tighten up over the All-Star break, Desmond is still hurting and gave Johnson a recent update.

I just talked to him and he said, I think this is something I think is going to be lingering all year long. Its not going to get better until the offseason, he said.

Johnson said that the injury is perhaps more troublesome for Desmond because of his style of play, he is active as a baserunner and keeps a wide range as a shortstop. Davey said Desmond has been using anti-inflammatories, hot-packs, and wears what he called science fiction tape. They will err on the cautious side moving forward and Johnson may have to dissapoint Desmond some days by leaving him out when he thinks he can go.

Drew Storen is with the Potomac Nationals ready to make his sixth minor league rehab appearance as he works his way back from elbow surgery. The young closer has struggled with a 9.53 ERA, but Johnson says the velocity is good, his command is more the issue.

His arm strength is fine, his command might be off because maybe he is trying to overthrow. His release points are inconsistent, he said.

Our pitching staff is in really good shape so theres no need in rushing somebody, but hes real close.

Johnson revealed on Tuesday that catcher Jhonatan Solano is also dealing with an oblique issue. The Nats manager said nearly half of his team has felt pain in their oblique at some point, but singled out the backstop and said he hurt it a few days prior during batting practice.

The oblique is the injury of 2012, everyone seems to have it. I didnt know those things were contagious, but Solanos got it, he said.

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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