Solis (knee) will begin a rehab assignment for High-A Potomac on Friday, Kan Kolko of MASN reports. The 27-year-old left-hander is having a terrific year for the Nationals, posting a 2.43 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. If Solis comes out of his rehab appearance with no setbacks, he could rejoin the Nationals rotation at some point next week.
Solis (knee) threw off a mound Wednesday, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. He said he is feeling good, but that his knee had been bothering him for at least a couple weeks before he was placed on the DL on July 17. He'll be eligible to be activated this weekend, but an exact timetable for his return to the Nationals' bullpen has not been announced.
Lopez was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday due to knee soreness, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. This may explain why Solis hasn't pitched since July 7, though his recent struggles may also be a factor. Control has been the only real problem this year, with the lefty allowing 16 walks in just 29.2 innings, albeit with 34 strikeouts, a 2.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. The Nationals still have a pair of southpaws, Oliver Perez and Matt Belisle, available in the bullpen.
Solis struck out a career-high six batters in three scoreless innings Sunday, allowing just one hit and one walk, to pick up his first win of the season in a 10-9 victory over the Reds. After Tanner Roark got chased early, Solis stepped up and shut down the Reds' bats, giving the Nats' own impressive offense a chance to turn things around. The left-hander now has a 1.59 ERA and 20:9 K:BB in 17 innings on the year, and while he was originally called up to take Matt Belisle's (calf) spot in the bullpen, Solis has pitched more than well enough to stick around even after Belisle comes off the DL.
Solis has a 1.59 ERA for the month of May after appearing in 10 games to throw 11.1 innings. Solis is showing signs that he's on the way to becoming the reliever that the Nationals hoped he could be when they drafted him in 2010. His opponent batting average is down to .125 from 2015's mark of .291 and his K/9 has risen by 1.83 to 9.00. With a BB/9 of 5.14, Solis's control is the main part of his game that is questionable. However, most of that damage game from a three game skid where he walked five batters in 5.2 innings. With a 3-year BB/9 average of 1.69, there's plenty of reason to believe that Solis will recover and hold his part as a reliable mid-inning contributor.