Clippard, Ohlendorf dealing with minor tweaks

Clippard, Ohlendorf dealing with minor tweaks
February 20, 2014, 3:45 pm
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VIERA, Fla. — Though the Nationals have no major injuries throwing a wrench into the early days of spring training, two pitchers are dealing with minor issues that have altered their workout regimens: Tyler Clippard and Ross Ohlendorf.

Clippard has not fully participated in drills the last two days after tweaking his back. The reliever first noticed the issue Tuesday and has taken a cautious route since. He was on the field with his teammates Thursday but held back at some stations.

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“It’s just early in spring and I didn’t want to push it,” Clippard said. “I felt a little something, so I was like, why push it? No big deal.”

Ohlendorf, meanwhile, revealed he had some discomfort on his side after first reporting to camp. The right-hander did not throw off a bullpen mound with his teammates during their first two rounds of throwing this week but did pitch Thursday for the first time.

Ohlendorf was restricted to an 8-minute bullpen session while others threw 12 minutes, having had more opportunity ramp themselves up over the last week.

“My side was bothering me just a little bit, but it’s fine,” he said, adding that he “felt good today.”