Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz met with the media today for a round of injury updates. Here's what he had to say, coupled with one update on Ian Desmond.
Desmond is out of the lineup for the second straight day, resting a sore right thumb he's had to contend with at various points during the season. Manager Jim Riggleman was planning to give Desmond the day off yesterday anyway, but the shortstop mentioned it coincided with a day when the thumb was bothering him.
"I know he was dealing with this probably two months ago," Riggleman said. "It's been off-and-on. He's battled through it. He's playing great, as we all know...It just so happens he could use a day or two to let this calm down."
Josh Willingham, who was put on the disabled list last week with a torn meniscus in his left knee, will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow at the Washington Hospital Center. Team doctor Wiemi Douoguih will perform the surgery, and Kuntz said he anticipates Willingham being ready for spring training.
Ross Detwiler, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hip, will throw a bullpen session tomorrow.
"He hasn't had any setbacks with regard to that," Kuntz said. "He feels better."
Garrett Mock, who is coming back from neck surgery, is also scheduled to throw a bullpen session this week, and the Nationals will schedule a rehab assignment for him after that.
Chien-Ming Wang is still throwing off a mound in Viera, Fla., though Kuntz didn't have any more updates on the pitcher than that. From my view, it seems increasingly less likely we'll see Wang this season.
Jesus Flores is able to throw to bases and is taking BP in Viera, Fla. The catcher, who is coming back from shoulder surgery, hasn't gotten in a game yet, though, and his return also seems like a remote possibility.
"We're evaluating him day-to-day," Kuntz said.