WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' depth has taken a hit over the last week.
Kurt Suzuki hasn't played since September 7 because of right elbow inflammation. He's still not throwing a baseball. The injury also hurts when he swings a bat.
"Still the same," Davey Martinez said of Suzuki's status Friday. "No throwing yet. But he's getting better. The inflammation's going down a little bit. I'm hoping by the end of the weekend, he might be able to start swinging the bat, which would be encouraging."
Having Suzuki as an offensive option at catcher is the primary goal. His 16 homers -- many timely -- provide a balance at the position with Yan Gomes. It also, of course, gives Gomes a break.
Left-handed reliever Roenis Elías (hamstring) is also in the same spot. Martinez said Elías is strengthening his hamstring, but warned healing will take time. That's not something the team has much of. The National League Wild Card Game is 18 days away. Elías needed a month to recover from his first hamstring strain. He last pitched Sept. 5.
"I think it's going to be about the same time," Martinez said. "I hate to put a timetable on it if anything happens, but it's the same area, so we've got to be really careful."
Matt Adams (triceps) was scheduled to "see a doctor [Friday]" and the team will know more after he is evaluated.
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