After leaving the Nats' loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring.
Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results later in the evening. At this point, he is searching for answers with an injury that just keeps coming and going.
"We just got an MRI this morning. I think we’re going to see a specialist. So that’s the latest. Hopefully, he’ll be able to explain what going on more than what I know what’s going on," he said.
"A little anxiety waiting to see what’s going to happen, but just gotta wait," he added. "I want to know what the root of the problem is so we can take the correct course of action and correct the problem."
Span has been dealing with the back spasms for a month now after he first left a game on June 7. He has missed five full games since as he deals with what has become a recurring cycle of discomfort.
"It's been very frustrating, to say the least," he explained. "In between, usually the first two, three, four days it feels pretty good. By day five it starts to nag a little bit and it seems like by day six, that’s when it’s been locking up on me."
Span has thrived when on the field this season with a .304 average, 37 runs, five homers and 11 steals in 59 total games.
Escobar is day-to-day with his hamstring issue, which first cropped up on Monday. He has also been a very important piece for the Nationals this season with a .315 average and 40 runs in 75 games.
The Nationals' usual lineup is already missing Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth due to injury. Removing Span and Escobar creates an even bigger problem for manager Matt Williams.
He said he is unsure if he's ever been around a team with so many players on the mend.
"I don't know if I have, but as I said last night, we have games to play. The schedule is not gonna change because we have injuries. We have to have guys step in there and do the job," he said.
Williams has been dealt a tough hand this season with putting together lineups and dealing at times with a short bench, but he's not complaining.
"That's challenging, but nobody ever said the job was easy," he said. "We look at our lineups and our team in a way that is positive. When we step out there, we're ready to play. That's all I can ask from them."
Zimmerman still working towards running, playing
Williams added a quick update on Ryan Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list since June 11 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
"He's continuing. They gave him some medication, which seemed to help with the pain in his foot. So he was able to get back out there. We shut him down for a couple of days just to let the medication kick in. Yesterday he felt great. He felt good hitting and took some groundballs. The last step is the running part of it. We'll let that medicine kick in a little bit more and get him back out there running. Hopefully that will get him over the hump and get him back to where he wants to be and go play games."