David Price was in a joking mood after his win Monday over the Blue Jays. He couldn’t stop calling himself soft even after he was hit in the chest by a line drive during the middle innings.
Price has had an eventful year of injuries as he missed a couple of starts with numbness in his fingers during his first few starts, and then found out he had carpal tunnel syndrome which many blamed on his excessive time playing Fortnite.
Adding to Washington’s woes is the fact that even though Murphy and Eaton are back, they’re not all the way back. Eaton sat out Thursday, the third time in 10 days that he hasn’t started, as the club makes a conscious effort to ease him back into everyday mode. Murphy, who is 3-for-30 since returning and has looked generally un-Murphy like at the dish, got a breather on Thursday too. The result was a lineup that had a 19-year old batting cleanup (rookie Juan Soto) and one of baseball’s coldest hitters in the leadoff spot (Harper).
ZACH: I’ve dealt with an injury the past two years at the beginning of the season, and her ability to help me maintain focus and not get too upset or too down … She’ll drop whatever she has to come out to Philadelphia, even though she’s playing in Chicago. It’s definitely a burden to take that time off from her sport, but she knows that sometimes you have to do that in order to help the other person out.
JULIE: I feel very comfortable in who I am now, and he’s definitely a part of it — continuing to say how beautiful my muscles are, or he loves when I’m running or working out. He’s behind me, he wants me to succeed and pushes me. That’s been really special the past five years now.
ZACH: I love watching Julie play. I know how much work she puts into her sport and her craft — to see that hard work pay off is very satisfying to me too.
JULIE: I think it’s a lot easier for me to watch Zach play than it is for his other family members, just because I know how much he loves the sport and how hard he works at it. The closer I sit, when I hear more of the pads banging against each other, my heart races a little bit. But I just want him to succeed and do what he loves.