Washington Nationals right-hander Will Harris had a small blood clot removed from his pitching arm, manager Dave Martinez said Friday.
Per Martinez, Harris is not expected to return in time for Opening Day next week.
Harris felt some discomfort while pitching in a “B” game Saturday and an MRI revealed the blood clot.
No timetable was given for Harris’ return, but Martinez did indicate that the procedure was successful.
Harris is entering the second season of a three-year, $24 million deal. He was slated to be one of the Nationals’ late-game relievers, along with left-hander Brad Hand and right-hander Daniel Hudson.
He was 0-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 20 relief appearances for Washington last season.
The 36-year old has spent nine previous seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2012), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-14), Houston Astros (2015-19) and Nationals.
He was an All-Star for the Astros in 2016 and enjoyed his best all-around season in 2019 when he had a 1.50 ERA in 68 appearances. Ironically, he served up the go-ahead two-run homer to Washington’s Howie Kendrick in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the 2019 World Series and the Nationals went on to a 6-2 victory.
–Field Level Media