Elias is focused on getting left-handed batters out more consistently this spring, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
While a lot of veteran left-handed relievers could have their careers drastically affected by the new rule requiring a pitcher to face at least three batters after entering a game, Elias hasn't been pigeon-holed as a LOOGY and in fact has had a reverse platoon split since 2016. If he can improve against same-side hitters, he could work his way into a more high-leverage setup role in a Nats bullpen that has only one other southpaw locked into a spot -- closer Sean Doolittle.
Elias and the Nationals agreed to a one-year, $1.985 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Elias threw 50.0 innings for the Mariners and Nationals last season, posting a 3.96 ERA. The veteran lefty battled a hamstring issue late in the year and did not throw an inning in the postseason.
Elias is not on the Nationals' World Series roster.
Elias failed to make an appearance during the team's sweep in the NLCS, and will now be replaced in the bullpen by Joe Ross and Wander Suero. Austin Voth was also removed from the roster to make room in the bullpen.
Eilias (hamstring) is on the Nationals' NLCS roster.
Elias hasn't pitched since suffering a hamstring strain in early September, but he's evidently ready to go now. He'll give the Nationals another left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Elias' MRI revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The lefty will travel back to D.C. to visit a team doctor. Manager Dave Martinez described it as "about the same as his last injury," per Jamal Collier of MLB.com. Elias missed almost all of August with his last hamstring strain, so he seems iffy to return before the end of the regular season.
Manager Dave Martinez said Elias left Thursday's game after tweaking his right hamstring, MASN reports.
The skipper said Elias will "probably" have to get an MRI and said it's the "same one," meaning the same hamstring that Elias just strained a month ago. Elias was making his third appearance back from the injured list Thursday and threw 11 pitches before the hamstring tightened up and forced him from the game.
Elias left Thursday's game with an apparent leg injury, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
After his 11th pitch of the eighth inning, Elias called for a trainer and was clearly in a great deal of pain. Elias just recently returned from a right hamstring injury, and according to Kerr, it looked like Elias' right leg buckled.
Elias (hamstring) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday.
Elias went down with a right hamstring strain after his first appearance with the Nationals on Aug. 2, and he'll rejoin the team without the benefit of a rehab assignment. The left-hander has a 3.59 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 46:17 K:BB through 47.1 innings this season, most of which came with the Mariners.
Elias (hamstring) said he "felt great" after his simulated game Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
This is an encouraging sign for Elias, who has been on the shelf for most of August with a hamstring injury. The southpaw is unsure of his next step but said he feels like he's close to being ready to return. If Elias checks out OK in the coming days, he could be cleared to return during the team's upcoming series against Miami, which begins Friday.
Elias (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Elias has now fired a pair of bullpens, and if he feels good following Tuesday's session, he could be on track to throw a simulated inning Wednesday, per Zuckerman. He's been on the injured list since Aug. 4 due to a right hamstring strain.
Elias (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Elias has been on the injured list since Aug. 4 and the bullpen session will mark the first time he's thrown off a mound since. The team has yet to announce any steps following this initial session, but it is a positive step for his return.
Elias (hamstring) may be able to throw a bullpen session this week, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
He is still throwing and strengthening on the side but is slowly progressing toward throwing a bullpen session. Sean Doolittle (knee tendinitis) was placed on the 10-day injured list, and Elias may have been part of a committee in the ninth inning if he were healthy, but Doolittle and Elias should return around the same time.
Manager Dave Martinez confirmed Monday that Elias (hamstring) hasn't been cleared to resume throwing off a mound, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Elias is progressing from his right hamstring strain slower than the Nationals had hoped, but the reliever at least hasn't been shut down as a result of the injury. He continues to throw off flat ground without any setbacks, leaving the Nationals optimistic he might be ready for his first bullpen session by the weekend. Washington hasn't issued a specific target date for his return from the 10-day injured list.
Elias (hamstring) played catch Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Elias strained his hamstring Friday just two outs into his Nationals debut. He'll be eligible to return Tuesday and appears to be making progress in that direction, though the team hasn't given a specific target date for his return.
Elias was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to Aug. 3, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Elias was removed from Friday's game with what was originally labeled a hamstring cramp, but an MRI revealed he's actually dealing with a strain. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, manager Dave Martinez expects the 31-year-old to return from the IL after the 10-day minimum.
Elias (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on Sunday or Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Elias left with a hamstring injury Friday in his first appearance after being traded to the Nationals. He was treated for a cramp following the game, and the team still believes that's all the issue is, but he'll undergo an MRI nonetheless. It doesn't appear as though he'll be available Saturday.
Elias was treated for a cramp in the back of his right leg after being removed from Friday night's game against the White Sox, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
This could be a best-case scenario for the Nationals, as it initially appeared as though Elias had pulled his hamstring while running to first base. The team likely won't know more about his availability moving forward until Saturday morning, however.
Elias left Friday's game against the Diamondbacks with a possible hamstring strain, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Elias recorded the final two outs of the sixth inning and was sent to the plate to bat in the top of the seventh, but he appeared to pull his hamstring running down the first-base line. He'll be considered day-to-day until the extent of the injury becomes known.
Elias was traded from the Mariners to the Nationals on Wednesday in exchange for Elvis Alvarado and Taylor Guilbeau, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Elias is the second reliever acquired by the Nationals in a matter of hours as the team looks to improve its bullpen, which owns a league-worst 5.97 ERA, for the stretch run. The left-hander has been solid in a relief role for the Mariners this season, compiling 14 saves while posting a 4.40 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 45:17 K:BB in 47 innings. He's shown significant reverse splits, however, as righties are batting .182 against him, while lefties are hitting .353. Still, Elias should slot into a setup role for his new club. It's unclear who will take over as Seattle's closer following the departures of Elias and Hunter Strickland, who was also traded to the Nationals in a separate move.
Elias gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his 14th save of the season in an 8-5 win over the Rangers.
Even with Hunter Strickland off the injured list, Elias still got the call in a save situation, although the Mariners may have used it as one final chance to showcase the left-hander's skills heading into Wednesday's trade deadline. If he's still a part of the Seattle bullpen in August, expect Elias to start ceding some, if not most, of those save chances to Strickland.
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