Martinez: All-Star Break couldn’t come at better time for Nats

Kyle Schwarber and Davey Martinez

When the Nationals placed starter Joe Ross on the Injured List before Thursday’s series finale with the San Diego Padres, he became the 11th player on their 40-man roster to be sidelined with an injury as the club closes in on the All-Star Break.

Here’s who the Nationals are missing:

C Alex Avila (bilateral calf strains): 10-Day IL

RP Luis Avilán (torn UCL): 60-Day IL

INF Luis García (side injury): 7-Day Minors IL

RP Will Harris (thoracic outlet syndrome): 60-Day IL

INF Carter Kieboom (knee injury): 7-Day Minors IL

INF Jordy Mercer (right quad strain): 10-Day IL

RP Tanner Rainey (stress reaction in right tibia): 10-Day IL

SP Joe Ross (right elbow inflammation): 10-Day IL

OF Kyle Schwarber (right hamstring strain): 10-Day IL

OF Andrew Stevenson (oblique strain): 10-Day IL

SP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain): 10-Day IL

Just in the past week, the Nationals have reinstated pitchers Erick Fedde (oblique strain), Daniel Hudson (right elbow inflammation) and Kyle Finnegan (left hamstring strain) from the injured list as well. As manager Davey Martinez said in his pregame press conference Thursday, no team is looking forward to next week’s All-Star Break quite like the Nationals.

“I think the All-Star Break is definitely coming at a good time,” Martinez said on a Zoom call. “We gotta finish out these four games. San Diego is a good team. We go on to San Francisco and they’re playing well. We gotta finish strong and then get some time off. It couldn’t come at a better time for us right now. Regardless, we still gotta play. The guys are playing well, we gotta keep playing hard.”


Despite these injuries, the Nationals are still an NL-best 16-8 since June 13. After being swept in four games by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, Washington has bounced back to take two of its first three games against the Padres. The offense put up 15 runs Wednesday, even with the homer-happy Schwarber sidelined without a timetable to return.

After the break, the Nationals will host the Padres for three games before playing six straight series against teams that currently have losing records.