Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo provided a pair of injury updates for the Nationals on Friday before the team's game against the New York Mets, as though they have seen a good group of guys return over the last week, there remain several big names on the disabled list.
Reliever David Carpenter, Rizzo revealed, will get a second opinion on his right shoulder. Carpenter has been out since July 12 with right shoulder inflammation. He began a throwing program, but had to stop after feeling discomfort in his shoulder. He then underwent an MRI that showed no structural damage and received anti-inflammatory shots.
Rizzo said the team is in a holding pattern right now until they learn the results of Carpenter's second opinion.
"He's getting a second opinion on his shoulder to see where we go from there. Once we get the second opinion back we'll make some decisions on what he's going to do and when he's going to start doing his rehab and throwing program," he said.
Carpenter allowed just one earned run in eight appearances with the Nats before going on the DL. He was acquired in a June 11 trade with the New York Yankees.
Span is still yet to swing a bat since receiving a cortisone shot in his back on July 13. The Nats center fielder will be re-evaluated by the team early next week before the next step in his rehab is determined.
"He's in D.C. now working with a therapist," Williams explained. "We will see him in the next couple of days to make a determination on where he goes from here, when he starts hitting and running and throwing, doing all that stuff. He's doing all the exercises that are required for him to get back. Once he starts getting a bat in his hands, then he can go full-bore and get here as soon as possible."
Williams is hopeful Span can get working soon after what has been a long layoff.
"At some point he's just going to have to let it go and get back to doing baseball activities and playing. I think he's at that point. He's at that point of getting back on the field and starting the baseball stuff again. That should come fairly quickly for him."
Span has been on the DL since July 7 with what the team has described as back tightness.