A list of injuries the Nats have suffered in this still-young season:
*Doug Fister, strained lat — Hasn’t pitched. Slated for a Single-A rehab start today.
*Wilson Ramos, broken hand — Played one game. Should be back around June 1.
*Ryan Zimmerman, broken thumb — Played 10 games. Should be back late May.
*Denard Span, concussion — Missed a week. Has an even worse than usual .293 OBP since.
That’s the No. 4 starter/big offseason acquisition, catcher/Opening Day cleanup hitter, third baseman/face of the franchise and centerfielder/leadoff hitter. Ouch.
And now this is happening:
Though the full extent of his left thumb injury remains unclear, the Nationals placed Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb sprain after he visited a hand specialist and received an MRI on Saturday.
Oh, Bryce. He who missed 30-plus games last year may miss another 30 with this. Or not, but still. Hold me, Ray.
The Nats have persevered so far, going 14-11. That’s a 90-win pace. If the season ended today, they’d be a Wild Card team.
With Fister out, the Tanner Roark-Taylor Jordan debate has been settled. With Ramos out, new guy Jose Labaton has established himself behind the plate. With Zim out, Anthony Rendon moved to third and Danny Espinosa reemerged at second. And with Span out, well, the team doesn’t lose that much, really.
Maybe, in the long run, all this struggle makes them stronger. Hard to see a silver lining in Harper going down, though.
He was replaced in the lineup yesterday by 31-year-old utility man Kevin Frandsen. Someone named Steven Souza Jr. replaces him on the roster.