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Ryan Mattheus likely to miss 4-6 weeks after locker punch

May 24, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

Ryan Mattheus AP

How long is a pitcher sidelined after he punches a locker with his pitching hand and breaks it (the hand, not the locker)? Well, in Ryan Mattheus‘ case 4-6 weeks.

That’s the official word from the Nationals and as Amanda Comak of the Washington Times notes the good news is that the reliever won’t need surgery.

Mattheus was off to a slow start this year, but after posting a sub-3.00 ERA in both 2011 and 2012 he’s been an underrated part of the bullpen who the Nationals likely won’t have back until the second half.

That locker now has a month or so to do whatever the hell it likes with no fear, though.

  1. chill1184 - May 24, 2013 at 1:46 PM


    • natslady - May 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Direct result of him doing that: Nats losing the game to the Giants on Tuesday. (BTW, the game he was upset about, the Padres game, was already pretty much lost. Yeah, it was 7-4 and he made it 11-4 or something like that, but stuff happens, ya get ’em next time.) Then he didn’t tell Davey–or anyone–about it until it was too late to get a guy on the plane from Syracuse cross-country. Rizzo said on the radio he had a “few conversations” with Mattheus. Bet that wasn’t fun.

  2. 13arod - May 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    at least 5 mlb players do this every year dummys

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