TODAY: The MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain, Martinez told MASNsports.com’s Byron Kerr and other reporters. Elias will miss some time, though a Grade 1 is the least-serious level of strain, and Martinez noted that the reliever is “a little less sore than” he was during his previous hamstring injury. More will be known about a recovery timeline when Elias meets with team doctors.
THURSDAY: Nationals reliever Roenis Elias exited tonight’s contest after experiencing discomfort while delivering a pitch. Manager Dave Martinez said after the game that Elias has “tweaked his hamstring” (video link via MASN’s Twitter account).
Worryingly, the injury occurred to the same muscle that had forced Elias to the injured list not long after he was acquired. The southpaw is likely to undergo an MRI tomorrow to survey the damage. Martinez did indicate that muscle tightness, rather than a pop or other more concerning indication, led to Elias’s removal.
At this point, it’s impossible to know how significant an issue this’ll be for the Nats. Elias was added to serve as the team’s lefty setup option. At the moment, closer Sean Doolittle is the only southpaw in the bullpen. Sam Freeman and Matt Grace are both in the organization but would need to be added to the 40-man roster to come up.