Nationals reliever Will Harris has a blood clot in his right arm, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. The 36-year-old will visit a specialist in St. Louis to determine the severity of the issue.
Harris hasn’t pitched since March 9, and it now appears unlikely he’ll be ready to take the mound when the Nationals’ season starts April 1. That would be a blow to Washington’s bullpen, which received 17 2/3 innings of 3.06 ERA pitching from Harris in 2020 – the first season of the three-year, $24MM contract he signed after an excellent run with the Astros from 2015-19.
A healthy Harris would have joined Tanner Rainey and closer Brad Hand as the Nationals’ primary late-game options at the beginning of the season. With Harris on the shelf, though, manager Dave Martinez said the Nats are considering righties Wander Suero and Kyle Finnegan to fill more significant roles. Both pitchers turned in quality results across a combined 48 1/3 innings a year ago.