Nationals' rotation woes worsen with Erick Fedde to 10-day Injured List

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Nats' rotation woes worsen with Erick Fedde to 10-day IL originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Nationals were dealt another injury blow Sunday after placing starting pitcher Erick Fedde on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to June 24, due to an oblique strain.

Fedde, the expected starter against the NL East's first-place New York Mets on Monday, now won't return to the mound until shortly after July 4. Fedde is 4-4 in 11 starts with a 3.90 ERA. He joins outfielder Andrew Stevenson, who also was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique earlier this month. 

The Nats have recalled right-handed relief pitcher Andres Machado from Triple-A Rochester. Machado has a 2.63 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. 

Washington's most notable absence from the pitching rotation remains Stephen Strasburg, who continues to nurse a neck injury and won't be back until sometime next month. Fedde's absence won't help. The Nats' thin rotation is a big concern. Washington (36-38) entered Sunday's series finale against the Miami Marlins five games back of the Mets in the NL East standings. 

Fedde joins fellow pitchers Strasburg, Kyle Finnegan (hamstring), Daniel Hudson (elbow), and Luis Avilan (elbow) on the 10-day IL. 

Washington comes up against the Marlins on Sunday before returning home to Nationals Park on Monday for a make-up game vs. the Mets. That is one of the three contests against New York canceled at the start of the season due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Washington's locker room.