The Nationals' luck of avoiding injuries ran out on Opening Day, as center fielder Ben Revere strained his right oblique on his first swing of the season. Now both Revere and the Nats await results of an MRI that will determine exactly how long he will be out.
Revere was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and underwent the MRI at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Manager Dusty Baker thought he would know the results by the end of Thursday's game against the Marlins, but now it appears he will be briefed on the team's off-day.
"We'll see what the doc says," Revere explained. "I'm just going to put it in God's hands, hopefully this healing process goes quickly and I'll be out there on the field."
Revere is dealing with the first oblique strain of his baseball career. It is an injury that can be unpredictable in a rehab process and Revere wants to be very careful not to make it worse.
"You don't want to keep aggravating it so you'd lose more time, lose more games. That's something I don't want to do," Revere explained. "I'm glad it happened now than in September or something where hopefully we'll be in the playoff race."
Revere took Tuesday off before getting tested by doctors on Wednesday. He has been shut down for a few days now, but still feels pain in his side.
"It's a little bit better. But it's still is there. It's just one of the freak accidents, it just happens. It's happened to a bunch of guys... it goes to show that it can happen to anybody," he said.
Though Michael Taylor is 0-for-11 to begin the season, the Nationals are well-positioned to compensate for Revere's absence in the short-term. They also have outfielders Matt den Dekker and Chris Heisey on their bench.
Revere has appreciated support from his teammates who have urged him to take his time coming back.
"All these guys in this locker room [have] my back. [Daniel Murphy], all them said 'just take your time with this, don't try to rush back, then you'd miss a month or two months.' They're going to do their part. We got a great team here, we got a great coaching staff, so they're going to do their part to maintain this division and until I get back and we get rolling."