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Clippard, Ohlendorf dealing with minor tweaks

Feb 20, 2014, 3:44 PM EST

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VIERA, Fla. — Though the Nationals have no major injuries throwing a wrench into the early days of spring training, two pitchers are dealing with minor issues that have altered their workout regimens: Tyler Clippard and Ross Ohlendorf.

Clippard has not fully participated in drills the last two days after tweaking his back. The reliever first noticed the issue Tuesday and has taken a cautious route since. He was on the field with his teammates Thursday but held back at some stations.

“It’s just early in spring and I didn’t want to push it,” Clippard said. “I felt a little something, so I was like, why push it? No big deal.”

Ohlendorf, meanwhile, revealed he had some discomfort on his side after first reporting to camp. The right-hander did not throw off a bullpen mound with his teammates during their first two rounds of throwing this week but did pitch Thursday for the first time.

Ohlendorf was restricted to an 8-minute bullpen session while others threw 12 minutes, having had more opportunity ramp themselves up over the last week.

“My side was bothering me just a little bit, but it’s fine,” he said, adding that he “felt good today.”

  1. tcostant - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Ohlendorf is still hurting from when Davey kept him to long in that spot start.

  2. sjm308 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I understand these two issues are certainly no reason to panic but how many others besides me think that injury is the one thing that will derail this club more than anything else. I guess that is the nature of any sport that plays out for 6 months or longer. Not that I want to lose either of these guys for a lengthy period of time but at least this is an area of depth and strength. Shortstop – not so much.

    Go Nats!

    • David Proctor - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      I think we’re a lot better equipped to deal with injury than the past couple years. But yeah, we can’t afford to lose a guy like Desmond for a long time.

      If Ohlendorf is hurt, that might help clear up the bullpen situation.

      • bowdenball - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        It’s worth remembering that we lost Desmond for six weeks in 2012 and still managed to win 98 games.

        No one player is so important that the season will be derailed if they go down. It takes a number of things, like for example if you lose guys like 2013 Bryce Harper and 2013 Jayson Werth and replace them with guys like 2013 Steve Lombardozzi, 2013 Tyler Moore and 2013 Roger Bernadina, all of whom were below replacement level players.

      • David Proctor - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Yeah, but will Espinosa hit like he did in 2012?

  3. masterfishkeeper - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    I’m just hoping for no dreaded “oblique” injuries! These two “tweaks” sound a little bit like oblique injuries, but I suppose I am just worrying too much.

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