Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled.
"Alright, let me step back," he said as he motioned with his hands as if he had to count them all up.
There wasn't a ton of new information to share on Monday, but there were a lot of names to get to. Here is the latest...
**Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) will continue his rehab with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on Monday night. Anthony Rendon (strained left quad) will play with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Monday in his second rehab assignment game. Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) is back with the team after playing with Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday. He took batting practice at Nationals Park on Monday afternoon.
"Zim is here with us today for a workout. He played two innings last night and did well, no issues," Williams said. "We'll put him through another extensive session today. He'll run the bases again. He came out of last night feeling good, though."
"We feel good about where they're at so far. The games that they've played, they've come through fine. We'll start ramping those innings and pushing them a little bit further. It's all predicated on how they feel. No issues so far. Knock on wood and we'll go from there."
**Denard Span (back tightness) continues to rest after receiving a cortisone shot in his back last Monday.
"Denard is progressing with his strengthening exercises. Once he gets through all of those he'll get to some baseball activities and go. We've gotta make sure that we don't have a setback with him with regard to the back. Those exercises are key. It's a progression, so he's gotta get through them all," Williams said.
**Stephen Strasburg (strained left oblique) is still progressing through his throwing program and hopes to throw a bullpen session in the coming days.
"He's working towards [a bullpen session]. He did some towel stuff, some towel drills like he ordinarily does. But that was off the mound yesterday, so that's a good step. Flat ground again today and we'll look to a bullpen in the next couple of days," Williams said.
**David Carpenter (right shoulder inflammation) is also in a throwing program. He has tested his shoulder by throwing off flat ground in the outfield at Nationals Park.
"He's in a throwing program. We'll get back to him on a mound and letting it fly. That's still unknown at this point. But at least he's back to a throwing program and going," Williams said.