VIERA, Fla. -- Reliever Ryan Mattheus hasn't been able to throw for more than a week because of chest inflammation, but he is feeling much better. He still needs Dr. Wiemi Douoguih and the team trainer to give him the clearance to throw.
On Sunday morning, Mattheus was seen throwing the medicine ball against the wall, which is a good sign.
"I feel real good. I feel like [the pain] is out of there pretty much. There is still a little lingering stuff," Mattheus said. "It's 100 times better when it first happened. It's going in the right direction. We have to wait and see when they clear me."
Mattheus started feeling pain after his bullpen session on Feb. 18 at the Minor League complex. While he was doing his conditioning program at the Minor League complex, Mattheus felt a little discomfort, but didn't feel it was alarming enough to call the trainer. Then Mattheus went to Space Coast Stadium to work on his upper body without any problems.
The next morning, however, it was uncomfortable for Mattheus to take deep breaths or to cough or sneeze. That's when he went to see the team trainers.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.