This morning the Nationals designated Rick Ankiel for assignment in order to make room for closer Drew Storen coming off of the disabled list. With this move the Nationals now have four bench players with an eight-man bullpen. This season Ankiel’s hit .228 in 68 games with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs.
Although the decision to part with Ankiel was “very difficult,” GM Mike Rizzo said “they are decisions you make this time of year.” He also mentioned Ankiel, who turns 33 today, took the news like a pro.
With Ankiel designated for assignment, it begs the question to how close Jayson Werth is returning from his broken wrist. The outfielder took batting practice the last several days and is expected to start a rehab assignment this Friday in Potomac.
Today the Nationals conclude their series with the Mets and go for the sweep at 12:35. Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals with R.A. Dickey starting for the Mets.
Other injury updates:
- Speaking of Jayson Werth, check out how his injury and recovery process has been like.
- Jhonathan Solano was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain. The Nationals recalled catcher Sandy Leon to replace Solano.
- Ian Desmond is sitting out his fifth straight game resting his oblique injury. (That means that Lombardozzi is at 2B and Espinosa is at SS again.)
- Chad Tracy is close to returning as well. He’s been practicing with the team lately.