Infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick will have surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles on Monday. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he was devastated when he saw the injury occur in left field Saturday.
“I’ve been around a long time,” Rizzo said. “I kind of diagnosed it when he was laying on the warning track. It’s unfortunate. It’s a team leader, not to mention a really, really good player. You have to have a short memory in this game. As he was taken off, we got him the MRI, we were making plans to try and win today’s game.”
One player that would be big to get back as soon as possible is outfielder Brian Goodwin, especially with the team thin at that spot because of all the recent injury issues. But Rizzo said Goodwin is not recovering from the left wrist contusion as quickly as was predicted.
“He’s down in Florida. He hasn’t played in any rehab games yet,” Rizzo said. “But we’re waiting for him to get into a position where he can get some at-bats in rehab games. We’re not really sure where he’s at yet, but it’s certainly not a season-ending injury. But it’s something that is lingering longer than we thought it would.”
Manager Davey Martinez said that reliever Ryan Madson is likely not going to pitch today because he is dealing with muscle soreness in his chest. He has not pitched since May 13 at Arizona, when he notched the win in 1 1/3 innings of work.
“Madson’s got a little (muscle) thing on his chest,” Martinez said. “I just want to be careful with him. He said he was available. But we’ll see how he feels today.”
Matt Wieters told reporters that his hamstring surgery was to remove a tendon that connected his hamstring to his knee.
Wieters was optimistic that after the incision heals, he could return in about six to eight weeks. Martinez said that is good news, but that because of the intense work nature of the catcher’s spot, a position where he has to stand up and squat down repeatedly during a game, he is aware that a player must be careful with the rehab projection for this type of injury.
Update: Yasmani Grandal’s solo shot in the second opened the scoring against Stephen Strasburg. It was Grandal’s eighth of the season and came on an 0-1 pitch. Mid-second, the Dodgers lead 1-0.
Update II: Facing Alex Wood in the third, Trea Turner launched a two-run shot high over the left-center field wall near the Dodgers bullpen, scoring Wilmer Difo, to give the Nats the lead. After three innings, the Nats lead 2-1.
Update III: Kiké Hernández crushed a two-run shot for the Dodgers in the fifth. Stephen Strasburg finished 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with four walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 115 pitches, 72 for strikes. Mid-seventh, the Dodgers lead the Nats 3-2.
Update IV: Wander Suero allowed a two-run shot to Yasiel Puig in the top of the eighth. Juan Soto made his major league debut, striking out on a changeup from right-hander Erik Goeddel in the botom of the frame. With two outs, Turner singled and Bryce Harper walked. Josh Fields gave up a hot shot back toward him that ricocheted off his leg right to first base for the putout. After eight, the Dodgers lead 5-2.
Update V: Pinch-hitter Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and Cody Bellinger run-scoring grounder in the eighth off of Shawn Kelley. Mid-ninth and the Dodgers lead 7-2.
Update VI: The Nats were unable to score in the ninth and were swept by Dodgers, who win season series, five games to one.
Final score: Dodgers 7, Nats 2.