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2019 Nationals Injury Timeline: A lengthy list that, seemingly, grows by the game

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2019 Nationals Injury Timeline: A lengthy list that, seemingly, grows by the game

The Nationals have been plagued by injuries so far in 2019, and the list grew Thursday after Anibal Sanchez's early exit from his outing against the Mets. The 35-year-old left the game after recording just four outs because of left hamstring soreness, per the team. 

Here's a look at how things have shaken out on the Injured List this season: 

Koda Glover, RHP

Injury: Right forearm strain 

Date placed on IL: March 27 

Duration: 60-day

Games missed: 42

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 25

Howie Kendrick, UTL

Injury: Left hamstring strain 

Date placed on IL: March 27 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 5

Status/reinstated: April 4

Michael A. Taylor, OF 

Injury: Left knee/hip sprain 

Date placed on IL: March 27 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 8

Status/reinstated: April 8 

Trea Turner, SS 

Injury: Broken right index finger 

Date placed on IL: April 3 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 38 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 17

Justin Miller, RHP 

Injury: Lower back strain 

Date placed on IL: April 13

Duration: 10-day 

Games missed: 10 

Status/reinstated: April 26 

Austen Williams, RHP 

Injury: Sprained right AC joint 

Date placed on IL: April 19 

Duration: 10-day 

Games missed: 25 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least June 13

Trevor Rosenthal, RHP

Injury: Viral infection 

Date placed on IL: April 26 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 19 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 19

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B

Injury: Plantar fasciitis right foot 

Date placed on IL: April 28 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 17 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 21

Anthony Rendon, 3B

Injury: left elbow contusion 

Date placed on IL: April 30

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 9

Status/reinstated: May 7

Juan Soto, LF 

Injury: Back spasms 

Date placed on IL: May 4 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 10 

Status/reinstated: May 11 

Matt Adams, 1B

Injury: Left shoulder strain 

Date placed on IL: May 5 

Duration: 10-day 

Games missed: 10 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 20

Tony Sipp, LHP

Injury: Strained oblique 

Date placed on IL: May 7 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 8

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 17

Andrew Stevenson, OF

Injury: Back spasms 

Date placed on IL: May 9

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 8

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 17

Anibal Sanchez, RHP 

Injury: Left hamstring soreness 

Date placed on IL: TBD 

Duration: TBD 

Games missed: TBD 

Status/reinstated: TBD

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Nationals set to enter defining seven-game stretch

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Nationals set to enter defining seven-game stretch

WASHINGTON -- Most baseball managers try to operate in monochromatic fashion. They see one goal each day, and it only rests in those 24 hours. Some -- like Davey Martinez -- claim they don’t look at the standings in June. His standard message is to “win today” then move to tomorrow.

Human nature often runs interference on compartmentalization. It even crept up on Martinez on Sunday morning when in the midst of an answer about Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner playing daily. 

“For me, this is a big week,” Martinez said. “We have a chance to make up some ground here. I want these guys readily available to play.”

He’s right. The claim of significance is valid for once in mid-June, not a concept drummed up by overzealous television promos or interminable Internet space. 

The Nationals have seven games in seven days against two teams near the top of the division. Damaged Philadelphia arrives Monday. The Phillies’ bullpen is hurting and ineffective. Bryce Harper could miss the All-Star Game for just the second time in his career. Philadelphia is 6-8 in June. Meanwhile, Atlanta is rolling along. Its lineup remains deep, the pitching functional and Dallas Keuchel set to make his debut here in D.C. next weekend. The Braves hold a 2 ½-game lead in the not-so-great National League East. 

“Not thinking too big picture,” Adam Eaton said. “But knowing we have an in-division rivalry, we’ve got to win those games. It’s important. We’re trying to chase at this point. Not to put too much emphasis on it, but we need to play some really competitive baseball. And we shouldn’t beat ourselves these next four games. Play good baseball and not beat ourselves. If we play the brand of baseball we know how to play, and play clean, we have a good chance.”

Washington is five games under .500. Days are clicking off the calendar. Departing along with them are opportunities to chop at an 8 1/2-game deficit in the division. Following this week, only seven games against Philadelphia remain. However, 13 with Atlanta remain on the schedule, including seven in 10 days in September. The question is if those will matter. Sink this week and they won’t. Pull off a deficit-halving six of seven and everything changes. 

This week’s ramifications will first be felt on the phone lines in a month. The non-waiver trade deadline arrives July 31. Drag back to a double-digit deficit this week and plunk down the “for sale” sign. Rocket through the week and perhaps reinforcements will be found.

Monday brings a dreaded series opener. The Nationals are 6-17 in the first games of series this season. No one knows why. It doesn’t make sense. But, here they are, incapable of winning a first game and constantly playing from behind.

Patrick Corbin will be on the mound attempting to counter the trend. He, like the team when a new opponent shows up, has been in arrears the last three games. Corbin’s ERA dipped to 2.85 following a 116-pitch shutout of Miami on May 25. He’s been bludgeoned since. His ERA is up to 4.11, he will start twice this week, and the Nationals need him to right his ills.

Friday, Corbin threw a bullpen session focused on his line to the plate. Pitching coach Paul Menhart describes what they are trying to accomplish to get Corbin back to the version he was earlier this season:

“His lines and his east-west motion have made it very difficult for him to get the ball to where he wants it to be,” Menhart said. “He needs to be more direct to the plate and have more of a north-south rotation with his upper body and being more stable lower-half wise will allow him to do that and have his deception and hide the ball better and keep that tunnel.”

Corbin agreed. He doesn’t watch much video to cure ruts. He also doesn’t want too much information. The team’s analytics trackers have informed him his arm slot remains in a good place. He thinks his body is still in a running at a high level, dismissing any correlation between his struggles and the workload against Miami. He’s also going through the most common element of reduced success: trying not to chew on it too much.

“I think when I’m away from the field, you think about it more,” Corbin told NBC Sports Washington. “You’re frustrated about it a little bit -- what the heck is going on? But when you get here, you just try to work, try to do things to get better. That’s how I approach it. I’m just looking forward to my next start on Monday going out there and trying to get back to how I know I can pitch.”

Philadelphia arrives after being thumped in Atlanta on Sunday, 15-1. Washington had the opposite day in a 15-5 win. Monday night starts a reckoning of sorts for both. The Nationals will send out their three high-end starters during the four games. Philadelphia is trying to right itself and not let the Braves get out of touch at the top of the division. So, even for the one-day-at-a-time crew, the coming seven carry significant weight, and they’re finally admitting it.

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Nationals call up Adrian Sanchez, place Kyle Barraclough on 10-day injured list

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Nationals call up Adrian Sanchez, place Kyle Barraclough on 10-day injured list

WASHINGTON -- Manager Davey Martinez wasn’t sure postgame Saturday what’s wrong with reliever Kyle Barraclough.

The right-hander’s velocity is down, his slider flat and too true, his results poor. Barraclough left the mound Saturday at dusk with a 6.39 ERA. He’s allowed seven home runs in 25 ⅓ innings this season. Little he has tried has worked. And his time on the team may be short.

Utility infielder Adrian Sanchez will join the team Sunday. Sanchez’s departure from Double-A Harrisburg was reported Saturday night by Mick Reinhard, who covers the Senators, and noted Sanchez’s early removal from the game.

Barraclough will be the one leaving to make room for Sanchez on the roster, the Nationals placing him on the 10-day injured list with radial nerve irritation Sunday. Barraclough could be sent on an extended rehabilitation in the minor leagues, as the Nationals did with Trevor Rosenthal. At a minimum, Washington goes from an eight-man bullpen to a five-man bench, finally delivering Martinez more versatility at the plate and in the field.

Barraclough and left-hander Tony Sipp were rarely used in the last three weeks. A week passed between appearances for Barraclough from the end of May to the start of June. Sipp pitched Sunday for just the fifth time since May 24.

Removing Barraclough from the roster is another layer of indictment for the Nationals' offseason bullpen plan. They acquired Barraclough via trade with Miami for international slot money. He was supposed to pitch the seventh inning on a regular basis, Rosenthal the eighth and Sean Doolittle the ninth. That lineup has been disastrous outside of Doolittle, compromising the entire season.

Rosenthal’s travails are well-documented. He pitched again Saturday, walked the first batter on four pitches, walked the second batter, then allowing a single to load the bases with no outs. He eventually allowed just a run. His ERA is 19.50 following the outing. It’s the first time this season Rosenthal’s ERA is under 20.00.

While trying to fix Rosenthal, and trying to hang on with Barraclough, the Nationals have turned to Wander Suero and Tanner Rainey to handle the seventh and eighth innings ahead of Doolittle. Few would have predicted that combination before the season began. Despite the relative concern, no one would have predicted the Nationals’ bullpen to be among the worst in the league for much of the season, but has turned out to be just that.

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