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Nats reliever Ryan Mattheus breaks his hand punching a locker

May 21, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Ryan Mattheus AP

Some guys have 80 velocity, some guys have 80 movement. Some guys have 80 lack of impulse control:

Ryan Mattheus will be placed on the disabled list after breaking his right hand Sunday in San Diego, an injury that didn’t occur during the Nationals’ 13-4 loss to the Padres but afterward when the right-hander punched his locker in frustration.

We get one of these every year, it seems. The “punched a locker” thing is always interesting to me. Almost all major league clubhouses have open lockers with, usually, wood sides to them. So while you can picture it as a guy in a high school hallway punching a flimsy piece of aluminum which gives a bit, he’s basically just punching a solid wood wall. Which is S-M-R-T.

The Nats have lost five of seven and have a seriously depleted bullpen at the moment. Stephen Strasburg goes for Washington tonight. The game is only scheduled for nine innings, but it’d be really helpful if he’d give them about 16 this evening.

  1. albertmn - May 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Didn’t he ever watch Bull Durham? You don’t punch with your pitching hand.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Ryan Madson did that when he was on the Phillies.

    Ryan Mattheus has done the same.

    Any other Ryan M’s out there?

    • kopy - May 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I typed “Ryan M” into the Google machine and “Ryan McDonagh” was the top option. He went to the same fancy pants high school as Joe Mauer and Paul Molitor so maybe he broke his hand slamming his golf club when his caddy wouldn’t do it for him or something.

  3. missthemexpos - May 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Time for teams to start installing punching bags in the locker rooms.

    • proudlycanadian - May 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      I would exclude the Marlins and the Astros because they already are punching bags.

    • natslady - May 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      We have one, it’s in the hallway specifically for Harper’s use. Unfortunately, the team was in San Diego–the Padres are such inconsiderate hosts, really.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - May 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    That’s some Natitude!

  5. goskinsvt - May 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I feel like every park the Nats play in should be padded with something everywhere. They seem to hurt themselves a lot on hard objects (non-padded walls, lockers, etc.)

  6. digbysellers - May 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    He’s gritty and should be traded to the D’backs immediately.

  7. faulkner22 - May 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    That’s a clown move, bro.

  8. evanwins - May 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    As a Phillies fan I can say that this sucks. This guy was great for opposing teams. Make it back soon.

    In other Nati-News, Desmond and Strasburg still not impressed. Go Nats, the greatest team in the history of baseball hype. Keep playing and keep showing the media exactly how much they don’t know. Keep up the proof that these “experts” are as bad at their jobs as Angel Hernandez.

    • natslady - May 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      If I were you, I’d pay attention to my own house. Colbert’s got his diva on again, I see, and of the thirteen games the Fish have won, four over the Fillies?

    • natslady - May 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      BTW, it wasn’t Desi who said that, he’s got better sense. It was Espinosa… And I don’t blame him and Stras, they stick up for their teammates, which is more than can be said for Colbert. See you this weekend. Without Werth, unfortunately.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        A) Who is Colbert? (seriously, I am stumped who you could be refering to)
        B) Providing bulletin board material is not the same as “sticking up for your teamates”

      • natslady - May 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        Sorry, I was working and didn’t see your inquiry. “Colbert” is Cole Hamels’ given name. So Colbert is what we call him in Nats Town. I understand you call him “Hollywood.”

      • evanwins - May 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Saying “I’m not impressed” about another team is not sticking up for YOUR team it’s taking a dig at another.

        Get your head out of your ass.

        And I don’t care it The Phillies lose to the Marlins or The AL All Star team, a loss is a loss. It just so happens that they ust went 7-5 through a stretch mostly on the road against all 1st and 2nd place teams.

        And regarding Colbert? He’ll be fine.

  9. natslady - May 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Nats fans (not me, in particular, but some on the Nats blogs) were clamoring for Moves To Be Made. Well, thanks to Mr. Mattheus, Moves Are Being Made.

    Eury Perez sent down for no crime other than not being able to hit major-league pitching (in which he is far from alone on this team right now).

    Fernando Abad (LHP) brought up for short relief (replacing Mattheus).
    Yunesky Maya (RHP) brought up for maybe three days while Stammen gets rested.
    Zach Duke not DFA, can’t explain that one, except maybe he will pinch hit from now on…

    • natslady - May 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      For Nats fans who don’t know Abad, here is what he did in spring training.

  10. Stiller43 - May 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I read that headline real quick and thought it said “hooker”….

    Probably would have led to a better story

  11. scoocha - May 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    And he probably still receives 100% of his salary. Only in the MLB. So ridiculous.

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