WASHINGTON -- Though Mark DeRosa's left oblique injury will probably linger, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said doctors have cleared the veteran utility man to play. DeRosa will have a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac and could be activated in a few days.
"The doctor cleared him, but that's the thing, it's probably going to be lingering a little bit, but it's going to depend on can he play with it without it getting worse," Johnson said. "Mark feels he can, so I'm going to let him go out. For me, with as much as experience as he's got, if he can go through a couple of days without aggravating it any worse, I'll activate him."
DeRosa has also been spending time in New Jersey to be with his father, Jack, who is battling cancer.