Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (pictured) was on his way to his second strong performance in a row when he grabbed at his side and exited Sunday's game with a right oblique strain. That's very bad news for a team that already has called on four Triple-A starters to fill in the fifth slot in the rotation and replace injured Miguel Gonzalez. It was a tough week already, after so-so outings by Jason Hammel, Freddy Garcia and Steve Johnson, and that was reflected in the combined numbers. The rotation posted a 2-2 record with a 6.03 ERA and averaged just five innings per start. Even though the team managed to go 4-2 in those games, this is starting to get scary.
Grade: D (Hannah Foslien / Getty Images /May 12, 2013)
The future has arrived for the Nationals
In the midst of its best start since moving to Washington from Montreal, 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper
will make his much-anticipated MLB
debut for the Nationals on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers
Washington will place third baseman Ryan Zimmerman
on the 15-day disabled list to make room for him on the roster.
"We thought that we needed to bring in an impactful left-handed bat," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo
Harper, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, batted .286 in nine spring training
games for Washington.
In 20 games for Triple-A Syracuse this season, the outfielder hit .250 with one home run and three runs batted in.
Zimmerman, meanwhile, will visit a physician at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic to likely receive a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.