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Manager Davey Johnson’s decision to keep his best reliever [Tyler Clippard] shelved added to a long day and a hard night. Johnson hobbled into his postgame news conference and announced he had thrown out his back in the afternoon.
"That’s how this year’s going," he said.
Johnson went on to say Jordan Zimmermann had been limited to a four-inning, 88-pitch start in part because the neck stiffness he had dealt with earlier in the season had returned. When Zimmermann heard Johnson’s diagnosis, he pursed his lips and shook his head.
"That’s news to me," Zimmermann said.
In the seventh inning, cameras caught Johnson and Bryce Harper shouting in the Nationals’ dugout. Harper had led off the bottom of the seventh with a flyball to left field, and then he trotted to first base.
"Yeah, I went over," Johnson said. "I was concerned about his leg bothering him because he didn’t round the base. That was all that was about."
"It's good for the game that they're finally getting him on something," Wilson, the Angels' union representative, said of Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension. "This latest chapter just gives further fuel to the fire that he's made bad decisions."