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Nationals keep Matt Adams off the injured list — at least for now - The Washington Post

Matt Adams is day-to-day with a left oblique strain. (John Minchillo)

By Jesse Dougherty

Jesse Dougherty

Reporter covering the Washington Nationals.

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June 11 at 7:55 PM

CHICAGO — Matt Adams strained his left oblique while checking a swing Monday night, but the Washington Nationals aren’t rushing to place him on the 10-day injured list.

Instead, they will wait the next two days and likely be shorthanded against the Chicago White Sox at 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday. Manager Dave Martinez is comfortable with that because the Nationals have a designated hitter and are unlikely to pinch-hit for anyone in the lineup. But Adams’s health will matter more in the coming days, when the Nationals are back to needing both pinch hitters and a fill-in first baseman for the still-injured Ryan Zimmerman. Martinez’s available bench players are outfielder Michael A. Taylor and catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Adams, a left-handed power hitter, has been getting semiregular starts in a platoon with Howie Kendrick at first. He missed 17 days earlier this season with a strained left shoulder and was also day-to-day in April with back pains after he flipped over a railing pursuing a foul ball. Now, with the lineup and bench nearly back to full strength, the Nationals hope he recovers to be available against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Washington on Thursday. The team is off Wednesday once it wraps up a two-game series in Chicago.

“Actually he’s a lot better than anticipated,” Martinez said Tuesday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. “He woke up today and he’s not as sore. We’re going to wait, and the day off helps us, so right now he’s day-to-day, which is really nice.”

If Adams is sent to the injured list for the second time this season, Adrián Sanchez is a logical option to be called up. Sanchez can play shortstop, second, third, first and left field if needed. Without Zimmerman and Adams, Martinez is down his first- and second-choice first basemen, and his options there include Kendrick and Gerardo Parra. Parra, 32, is a career outfielder who has made 27 career starts at first base. His next will come Tuesday as the Nationals look to complete a two-game sweep.

The Nationals can afford to have a short bench in the finale against the White Sox. They can’t beyond that, because they are already carrying just three extra position players.


Nationals (31-35)

Trea Turner, SS

Adam Eaton, RF

Anthony Rendon, 3B

Juan Soto, LF

Howie Kendrick, DH

Brian Dozier, 2B

Yan Gomes, C

Gerardo Parra, 1B

Victor Robles, CF

White Sox (31-34)

Leury Garcia, CF

Tim Anderson, SS

Jose Abreu, 1B

James McCann, DH

Eloy Jimenez, LF

Welington Castillo, C

Jose Rondon, 3B

Yolmer Sanchez, 2B

Ryan Cordell, RF

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