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Rodriguez dealing with sore elbow

Mar 24, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. — Henry Rodriguez is dealing with "soreness" in his throwing elbow, and though the Nationals insist it's nothing serious, it does at least create the possibility of an available job in the club's Opening Day bullpen.

Rodriguez, who had surgery last summer to remove bone chips in his right elbow, has been brought along slowly this spring but has seen his workload increase over the last week. He pitched five times in a nine-day span from March 14-22 and over his last three innings has allowed three runs while issuing six walks.

Manager Davey Johnson said he's been expecting Rodriguez to experience some soreness with the increased workload and wasn't surprised to learn of the problem this morning.

"It's probably a little inflammation from throwing a lot," Johnson said. "I was expecting that earlier."Read more »

  1. Jim Zurer - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Hmmm….right on schedule. :) Another stint on the DL for HRod. How convenient…..

  2. sm13 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    So, who fills the bullpen hole? Abad? Has Bray improved in minorleague camp?

  3. Another_Sam - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Some wise and cynical insiders saw this coming. LOL I'm among the many who'd like Henry to get it together, but I'm not hopeful. Come on, Henry. I'm pulling for you.

  4. SonnyG10 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Jim Zurer said…Hmmm….right on schedule. :) Another stint on the DL for HRod. How convenient…..March 24, 2013 11:49 AMI second that…

  5. Nats fan in NJ - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Shocked, I tell you, Shocked!! Welcome back, JC…

  6. natsfan1a - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Me, too, on all counts, Another_Sam.

  7. sjm308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Another_Sam – exactly!!

  8. Drew - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    There is gambling going on in here!(Here are your winnings.)

  9. Doc - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I'm an Erik Davis fan.C'mon up Erik, we have room for your excellent stuff!

  10. SCNatsFan - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Why not keep Young and make him a long man?

  11. natsfan1a - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    We'll always have Viera.

  12. D'Gourds - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Just Cut Him Loose! He's A Total Head Case. He's EssentiAlly Worthless To Us And Just Takes Up A Space On Our 40 Man Roster.

  13. Section 222 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I'm not wild about Davey's comments. Is it appropriate to work a pitcher to the point that you "expect" elbow soreness? Yikes. I doubt anyone here is surprised that Henry is likely headed to the DL. The problem is that there is no obvious replacement. Would Young take a long reliever spot? If so, that solves a lot of problems. Stammen can move into a 7th inning vs. lefties role, Young is the 6th starter when necessary. Henry might never come back. But I fear Young would rather be in the rotation somewhere.

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