PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus aggravated an already-ailing left foot running in pregame warmups today, manager Davey Johnson revealed at Citizens Bank Park. Mattheus will leave the team and head to Baltimore to be evaluated by a foot specialist.
Mattheus sustained a little injury to his left foot, hes being examined by the doctors here, Johnson said. I dont know if its a sprain, but hes had something bothering him in his plantar fascia.
Johnson said Mattheus believes the injury is not serious. The foot has been bothering him for about two weeks according to the Nats manager and may have been further aggravated on Monday.
Mattheus received an X-ray in Philadelphia but Johnson had yet to hear the results. Johnson is still hoping to have Mattheus available on Tuesday.
Mattheus was running with the pitchers in the outfield when he noticed something was wrong. He immediately came in to ice his foot and alert the training staff.
If it is determined Mattheus needs to go on the disabled list, Johnson said Chien-Ming Wang could take his roster spot. Wang is scheduled to throw a side session with the team on Tuesday. He is scheduled to throw another game for the Syracuse Chiefs, but could advance his schedule to join the big league club.
Johnson believes the foot hasnt affected Mattheus on the mound and reiterated they want to run tests before making any further judgments.
From the way he was talking, hell be fine tomorrow, Johnson said. It is his landing foot, but actually hes been throwing good. Yesterday was kind of an aberration.
Mattheus allowed two hits and walked a batter in one inning of work in Sundays game against the Orioles. He holds a 2.25 ERA in 19 appearances this season.
Meanwhile, Brad Lidge accompanied the Nationals to Philadelphia and threw long-toss from 180 feet Monday afternoon as the veteran right-hander moves closer to a return from hernia surgery.
Lidge is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time and then will head to the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla., to resume his rehab. He's targeting June 15 for a possible return from the DL.