By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Nationals are struggling this season. And it has gotten worse, as relief pitcher Sean Doolittle is expected to miss significant time.
It was discovered through an MRI that Doolittle is suffering from a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot. Doolittle was played on the disabled list by the team several weeks ago.
When he was played on the disabled list, the team described his injury as a “toe injury.” Instead of coming back from the 10-day disabled list, he’s going to miss more time — and the team is calling it “weeks, not months.”
With Doolittle out of the rotation, Kelvin Herrera — who was acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Royals in June — is expected to be the closer. If Herrera struggles, then Ryan Madson will then be in the mix to close.
The 31-year-old last pitched on July 6th against the Miami Marlins. He won the game after having a strikeout in one inning pitched.
In 35 games this season, he is 3-2 with 22 saves in 37 1/3 innings. He has 49 strikeouts and three walks, while giving up just six runs on the season.
The 28-year-old Herrera is 1-0 in 11 games with the Nationals since the trade, including four games finished. He has struck out 10 batters, while walking six and giving up three home runs and five runs in 10 2/3 innings.