The Washington Nationals had gotten Cole Henry back in May. Now they have to hope that they will not lose him for another extended period.
Andrew Goldman of the Washington Post had reported on Tuesday that Henry had been shut down due to tingling in his fingertips. The hope is that he will be back by the end of the month, getting a couple of more outings before the start of the offseason.
Another setback for Washington Nationals prospect Cole Henry
At first glance, it would seem that the results have not been there for Henry this year. He has allowed 15 runs on 26 hits and 12 walks over his 28 innings, striking out 30 batters. The Nationals have also been very cautious with Henry as he has made ten appearances over three levels to account for those 28 innings. He has also pitched into the fourth just three times as the Nationals are being cautious with him.
But those numbers are also a bit skewed. He had allowed five of those runs on six hits and four walks over 2.2 innings in his last two outings. Prior to those two outings, he had a 3.55 ERA and a 1.107 WHiP over his 25.1 innings, striking out 27 batters. Those numbers are a lot more in line with someone who could be the Nationals top prospect if he is healthy.
The stuff is there. Henry has a plus fastball and an above average curve and changeup. He can command his arsenal well, throwing strikes with all of his pitches. It is just a matter of whether or not he can stay healthy. Now, after missing time due to Tommy John surgery, those health concerns are appearing once more.
Cole Henry could be a star if he could stay healthy. The Washington Nationals are holding their breath due to his latest issues.