Some Injury Updates from Nats Park

Posted by Dave Nichols | Saturday, June 19, 2010 | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

Manager Jim Riggleman addressed some of the various rehab programs for injured players throughout the system this morning in his pre-game press conference.

Jordan Zimmermann:  Threw 35 pitches in a simulated game at Nats Park yesterday morning and is in uniform this weekend watching from the bench.  He reportedly felt fine this morning after his workout yesterday.

The Nats are being especially cautious with Zimmerman, the potential homegrown No. 2 starter.  All through the process he's been ahead of schedule, and has not met with any setback, which is generally uncommon with Tommy John survivors.

There's no timebale for a rehab assignment yet, but GM Mike Rizzo has remained steadfast that Zimmermann won't see a Major League mound until August at best.

Jason Marquis:  Played catch in the outfield yesterday before batting practice, but is still nowhere strong enough to throw from a mound yet.  He's still weeks away from anything but light duty after surgery to remove floating bodies from his elbow.

Ross Detwiler:  Pitched four innings for Double-A Harrisburg last night.  He gave up six hits and one walk, striking out two in four shutout innings.  Riggleman described Detwiler's rehab as his "spring training", stretching his innings out an dbuilding up arm strength.  Detwiler is recovering from hip surgery.

Jesus Flores:  Is at exteded spring training and throwing to bases.  He really hasn't ramped up his rehab as the Nats are really taking their time with Flores, recovering from shoulder surgery. 

Riggleman indicated this morning that a normal 21-day rehab assignment minght not be enough to get Flores in game shape once he's cleared for play by doctors.  By that point, Flores will have missed over a year of playing time.