Aug 26, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT
Updated at 11:30 p.m.
Amidst a season in which injuries have taken their toll on the Nationals’ roster, manager Matt Williams revealed to reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Padres of perhaps the most bizarre setback a player has suffered all year.
Outfielder Reed Johnson, who had torn a ligament in his ankle in late April, was shut down from his rehab assignment recently after he was hit by an errant throw in his left side and later sneezed, which resulted in a fractured rib. If you think that sounds strange, you’re not alone.
“Strange happenings,” Williams said of the incident. “There’s been a lot of strange things. Unfortunately for him because he was just ready and made such an effort to get back here.”
Johnson was on pace to return to the Nats by September, but this latest injury casts doubt on whether he’ll be able to come back before the season ends.
As for Tyler Moore (sprained left ankle) and Dan Uggla (back), Williams said that the two are progressing well in their respective rehab stints and are closer to joining the big club. Barring an emergency need for either player, the team will wait for rosters to expand in September before bringing them up.
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