RP - WSH
The Washington Nationals activated reliever Will Harris from the injured list ahead of Thursday's game against the New York Mets Thursday afternoon.
Daniel Hudson is currently penciled in as the closer for the Nationals, but Harris should immediately step back into a high-leverage late-inning role. He has value in leagues that reward for holds and could see the occasional save opportunity.
Will Harris will be activated off the IL on Thursday, barring any unforeseen developments per Nats manager Dave Martinez.
Martinez said they wanted to give Harris one extra day of rest after he faced live hitters for the first time on Tuesday. Harris has been recovering from a groin injury that's sidelined him for the entire season. His return should help bolster the Nationals shaky bullpen and take some pressure off the beleaguered Sean Doolittle.
Will Harris threw 17 pitches when facing live hitters on Tuesday. The Nationals will assess how he feels on Wednesday but he looked good and is expected to be ready soon per manager Dave Martinez.
This was the first time Harris has faced live hitters since injuring his groin in late July. He seems to be progressing well and barring any setbacks should rejoin the team very soon.
Will Harris, who has been on the injured-list since July 29th with a groin injury, will face live hitters on Tuesday per Nats skipper Dave Martinez.
If all goes well on Tuesday's session the hope is that the reliever can rejoin the team soon. He's yet to face any batters as he's been recovering from his groin strain so this should be a good test to show his progression from the injury. Harris has a 6.75 ERA, 3.75 WHIP, and a 1.00 K:BB ratio over just 1.1 innings this season. He could provide some value in NL-only leagues that count holds once he returns.
The Nationals have placed Will Harris (groin) on the 10-day injured list.
Harris has been dealing with a minor groin injury, but it was serious enough to warrant a trip to the injured list. The move is retroactive to July 29th. Harris has allowed three runs on three hits in his only two appearances this season.