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Nationals' Will Harris: Nearing throwing program
Harris (pectoral) is expected to resume throwing around May 1, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Harris underwent right pectoral surgery March 31 and began the season on the 60-day injured list. While he won't be eligible to return to the big-league roster any time soon, he'll resume throwing after being shut down for a month. Since the right-hander was also limited during spring training, he'll likely require time to ramp up before he's able to begin a rehab assignment.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: On 60-day IL after recent procedure
The Nationals placed Harris on the 60-day injured list Thursday after he underwent right pectoral surgery March 31, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
After undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last June, Harris received a clean bill of health heading into spring training. However, Harris almost immediately experienced a setback in his recovery from the surgery, as he was shut down about two weeks ago before manager Dave Martinez acknowledged Tuesday that the right-hander recently required another procedure to remove scar tissue that built up in his arm. Harris will be barred from throwing for the next 3-to-4 weeks, and the Nationals' decision to place him on the 60-day IL implies the right-hander will need at least an additional month beyond that before being ready for game action. Since signing a three-year, $24 million deal with Washington ahead of the 2020 season, Harris has pitched just 23.2 innings for the club.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Won't open with big-league club
Harris (neck) won't be with the Nationals for Opening Day and will remain at extended spring training to continue his rehab, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Harris was reportedly healthy entering spring training after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last June, but he's recently experienced some lingering issues and is set to open the season on the injured list. The veteran right-hander was limited to eight games for Washington last season, but he had a 3.06 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 21:9 K:BB over 17.2 innings during his first year with the team in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Hits snag in recovery
Harris said Monday that he's experiencing lingering issues after undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last June, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Harris didn't go into detail regarding what exactly is ailing him, but he hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 19. The Nationals gave Harris a clean bill of health heading into spring training, but the setback he's dealing with looks like something that could force him to the injured list to begin the season. Since signing a three-year, $24 million deal with the Nationals following the 2019 season, Harris has made only 28 relief appearances for the club.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Good to go for camp
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that Harris (thoracic outlet surgery) is healthy for the start of spring training, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Harris is one of two Nationals pitchers returning from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to whom Rizzo gave a clean bill of health for the beginning of big-league camp, with staff ace Stephen Strasburg also getting a good prognosis following his procedure. Given that he'll need to build up for starting duty, Strasburg will presumably be brought along more slowly in camp, but Harris looks like he'll be available early on during the Nationals' Grapefruit League slate. Rizzo noted that Harris has been able to do a normal throwing program during the offseason after his 2021 campaign ended in early June, when he was recommended to undergo the procedure to correct a nerve issue in his hand. During his last healthy season in 2020, Harris served as a setup man for Washington, posting a 3.06 ERA and collecting six holds and a save over 17.2 innings during the pandemic-shortened campaign.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Throws on field
Harris (ribs) threw on the field ahead of Monday's game against the Phillies, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
This marks the first time Harris has been seen throwing since he underwent thoracic outlet surgery in early June. It's possible he's already done for the season, but the fact that he's at least resumed throwing in some capacity keeps open the possibility that he could return at some point late in the year.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Transferred to 60-day IL
Harris (thoracic outlet syndrome) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday.
He recently underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and the team is officially saying he is dealing with right hand inflammation. Harris may not return this season.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Undergoes surgery
Harris underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome Friday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The procedure carries a lengthy recovery timeline, so it's possible Harris is done for the year, though the Nationals have yet to officially announce his timeline. The veteran righty will likely shift to the 60-day injured list whenever the Nationals next need a 40-man roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Set to have thoracic outlet surgery
Harris has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and will undergo surgery Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
The possibility of this diagnosis was feared and now it has become a reality for the veteran right-hander. Recovery time for thoracic outlet syndrome is typically multiple months, so it's very possible that Harris will miss the remainder of the season. That being said, the Nationals will likely provide an official timeline for the 36-year-old in the coming days, with a shift to the 60-day injured list almost certain.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Meeting with specialist
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that Harris will fly to Dallas to visit a hand specialist this week, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
After missing the first month of the season with right hand inflammation, Harris made eight appearances for the Nationals before he was moved back to the 10-day injured list Sunday due to the same issue. The Nationals don't plan to provide a timeline for Harris' return to action until he receives an evaluation from the specialist.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Returns to IL with hand issue
Harris was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with inflammation in his right hand, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
The 36-year-old missed the first month of the season due to the same injury, and he continues to experience inflammation in his pitching hand. It's unclear how long Harris is expected to be sidelined, though he won't be eligible to be activated until early June.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Returns from injured list
Harris (hand) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Hand inflammation has kept Harris sidelined since the start of the season. With 2.40 ERA over the last six seasons, Harris should slide right into an important role for the Nationals in his return to action.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Set to throw Sunday
Harris (hand) will throw at the team's alternate site Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Harris has been dealing with inflammation in his hand and stated Friday that he was "a few weeks away" from a return to the mound. He has been without pain, but understandably has struggled to find the feel for his pitches due to the inflammation. Nevertheless, the fact that he continues to throw in simulated game action is a positive sign.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Still a few weeks away
Harris (hand) is still trying to figure out how to pitch around the inflammation in his hand and estimates he's a "few more weeks" away from rejoining the Nationals bullpen, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Doctors have been stumped trying to diagnose the issue, but Harris said Wednesday that it doesn't cause him any pain and that his arm and elbow feel fine. Of course, trying to command his pitches with puffy fingers is less than ideal, but he was able to face live hitters Wednesday and tossed about 20 pitches. If Harris' guess is correct, he could make his season debut in mid-May.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Turns in another bullpen session
Harris (hand) completed a 26-pitch bullpen session Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Harris "looked OK" during the throwing session and will get back on the mound again Tuesday. Harris looks like he could be on track to return from the 10-day injured list before the end of April.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Throws bullpen session
Harris (hand) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Manager Dave Martinez described Harris' throwing session as "light" work, but it's encouraging to see the right-hander throwing again since he had been sidelined since mid-March due to right hand inflammation. It's not yet clear when Harris will be able to make his season debut. Once he's cleared to return to game action, Harris should join Daniel Hudson and Tanner Rainey as setup options for the Nationals.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Will open on injured list
Manager Dave Martinez confirmed Monday that Harris (arm) will open the season on the injured list, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
Harris dealt with an arm issue this month which was thought to be a blood clot, though a second opinion determined that wasn't the issue. While that's a positive, he'll still have to be cleared to resume throwing by team doctors and then will have to make up for lost buildup time. It's not clear when he's expected to be ready to pitch this season.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Health issue gets cleared up
Harris received a second opinion on his arm Friday that determined he did not have a blood clot in his arm, nor is he suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Nats manager Dave Martinez created some confusion Friday when he said the reliever had undergone a "procedure" to correct the issue, but in reality Harris had consulted with Dr. Robert Thompson at Washington University of St. Louis, and the specialist had given him a relatively clean bill of health. Harris has missed two weeks of camp and still has to clear intake testing before he can rejoin the team, so he will likely need to begin the season on the injured list and build his arm strength back up at the alternate training site before making his season debut.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Will Harris: Blood clot removed
Harris is recovering after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot from his right arm, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The 36-year-old was diagnosed with the blood clot last week and is now on the recovery track. Harris remains without a timeline for his return, but he hasn't played in a spring game since March 9 and won't be ready for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
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