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Mattheus could miss 2 weeks

May 22, 2012, 3:32 AM EST

Updated at 11:32 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Mattheus has plantar fasciitis in his left foot, an injury that could sideline the Nationals reliever as much as two weeks. The right-hander will leave the team and head to Baltimore Tuesday to be evaluated by a foot specialist.

Mattheus doesn’t believe the injury is all that serious. The foot has been bothering him for about two weeks and may have been further aggravated while running prior to Monday’s game. Mattheus received an X-ray, which showed no fractures.

The specialist will determine whether Mattheus needs surgery to repair the plantar fascia. Even if that happens, the recovery time is only two weeks.

Meanwhile, Brad Lidge threw from 180 feet this afternoon and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday before heading to the Nationals’ extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla. The veteran reliever is targeting June 15 for a return from the DL.

Chase Hughes, who is here in Philadelphia with yours truly, has the full story on both Mattheus and Lidge on

  1. natsfan1a - May 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    hmmm, maybe that had a little something to do with yesterday's outing. Feel better, Ryan.

  2. SonnyG10 - May 22, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    Hurry back Ryan, we need you.

  3. Steady Eddie - May 22, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    1a– Yesterday's outing, or Friday's? The latter involved the bigger mistake. If it's been bothering him for awhile, it's probably all of the above.

  4. natsfan1a - May 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I meant yesterday, which is why I typed yesterday, but thanks. :-)

  5. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I hate to be a negative nanny, but this type of injury is far, far worse than he is letting on. Back when they were the Bullets, the Wizards had a All-Star guard named Mark Price. He had this injury and it ended his career. Now point guard and pitcher are two separately different positions, but the point is this injury can linger. There are specific types of exercises that can help this injury, and sometimes certain shoes are necessary, but one cannot dismiss this plantar fasciitis easily. This is a very difficult condition to treat in the short term. It requires time. If I had to make a guess: All-Star break.

  6. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Having just gotten through a bat bout of this, It took about 4 months to recover. Now granted, I am not a paid athlete or in great shape, but man did it stink. Get the physical therapy, get the boot to sleep in, and get the orthotics for the shoes.

  7. jeffwx - May 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    we lost 2 potential closers last night…ryan and henry





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