The Nationals have lost one of their best pitchers due to an injury

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The Nationals lost their starting pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson, after just one batter Sunday afternoon against the Braves when he appeared to injure his right hamstring covering first base.

With one out in the first inning, Ozzie Albies hit a bouncing ground ball to Mark Reynolds at first base, who made a high, errant throw to Hellickson as he raced for the bag. Hellickson extended his arms and missed the ball, but then immediately began limping down the line and grabbing the back of his leg, prompting manager Dave Martinez to emerge from the dugout with a trainer.


Hellickson attempted to walk off the injury, but was in obvious discomfort before he was removed from the game.

Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, who was promoted to the Majors earlier Sunday morning, took the mound in his place to make his Major League debut.


Since joining the Nationals rotation as their fifth starter, Hellickson has helped stabilize this rotation. The club has won each of his last five starts and he has posted a 2.30 ERA in eight starts this season.

Jamal Collier