Already off to a slow start, the Washington Nationals now have a string of injuries to overcome.
The Nationals look to snap a six-game losing streak when they continue their three-game series with the Florida Marlins Saturday at Dolphin Stadium.
Washington lost 5-3 to Florida (3-6) on Friday, and has not won since Saturday’s 12-8 victory at Houston. The losing streak is the Nationals’ longest since dropping six straight from July 24-30 last season.
The team has not lost seven in a row since June 11-18, 2004, when still playing in Montreal.
The Nationals’ troubles got worse Friday as three players went down with injuries. Starter Ryan Drese, who was activated from the disabled list April 9 after undergoing surgery on his pitching shoulder in September, left the game with a sore right elbow and will be placed on the 15-day DL Saturday.
Manager Frank Robinson said the players would be evaluated Saturday.
“This is the last thing I need right now—this is serious,” Guillen said. “I have to take my time and let it heal. If I have to take two weeks off to get better, I will.”
Vidro said he expected to return to the lineup during the weekend.
“Don’t be alarmed, this is nothing major,” Vidro said. “I’m gonna try (Saturday), but to be sure, it’ll probably be Sunday.”
“We didn’t expect to be 2-9, nothing is going our way,” Vidro said. “The energy is there. Guys are relaxed. Guys are playing hard, for some reason we’re not getting wins.”
“The resilience of the team showed tonight,” said starter Dontrelle Willis, who bunted in a run and earned his first win of the season. “We could have packed it in early, especially the way they were hitting the ball. We didn’t. We kept the game close.”
Florida’s Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping an eight-game hitting streak.
Jeremy Hermida missed his third straight game with a right hip flexor strain, but took batting practice.
Scott Olsen was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque after Thursday’s 9-2 win over San Diego and will make his first outing of the season for Florida. The 22-year-old left-hander went 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in five appearances last season for the Marlins, but did not face the Nationals.
Olsen’s final outing last season was his worst. He gave up six runs, three earned, and five hits—including two homers—in just 1 2-3 innings of a 10-5 loss to Philadelphia on July 16.
John Patterson takes the mound for Washington. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 6.30 ERA with no decisions in his first two starts of the season. He gave up three earned runs and five hits in six innings of the Nationals’ 12-inning, 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday.
Patterson is 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins.