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Groins, dizzy spells ... and some NEWS

Stopped by HSCS this morning before driving to hell ... I mean Disney, where the Nationals take on the Braves today at 1 p.m. (I would say, since this is a Sunday, that you'd all be able to hear the game on Washington Post Radio, because the natural thing to do would be to have the weekend games on the radio, because people are home or out running errands and the audience would be pretty big, and it's a week out from the opener and with what looks to be half of RFK Stadium still unsold for the FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON it would make sense to want to expose the team to the fan base at home so they know what's going on, but Charlie and Dave will not be broadcasting today's game but will be doing Tuesday night's game but not today's, but that's ok because everybody who already has tickets to the opener has them in hand, right? No? We'll get to that.)

Checked in with Nook Logan. "It's sore," he said of his strained groin. Wasn't sore yesterday. Not sure what you can tell from that. Seems to be a normal progression. He still insists an MRI isn't necessary, and said something about trying to play tomorrow, but they'll treat this cautiously. Will get the official club approved message from Manny Acta within the next hour.

Checked in with John Patterson. "It was weird," he said of his dizzy spells that led to him being sent home yesterday after having three bags of IV fluid stuck in him. He's not worried, but man, it didn't sound good. He's scheduled to throw a side session tomorrow and make his scheduled start on Wednesday, the last start he'll make before Opening Day. Patterson told me he has an irregular heartbeat, which he's had his whole life, and he is sure that didn't contribute to this incident. Thinks he didn't eat right or an anti-inflammatory that he took (and takes regularly after he pitches) may have caused some sort of weird reaction. I reminded him of how he passed out two years ago after having injections to relieve back pain. "That's normal," he said. "I don't like needles."

And while we're here, check out this lineup:

Lopez -- 6
Schneider -- 2 (YES THAT'S CATCHER BRIAN SCHNEIDER BATTING SECOND. (I would guess it's to get him more at-bats because he's missed a week with his strained hamstring.)
Zimmerman -- 5
Kearns -- 9
Young -- 3
Church -- 8
wilson -- 6
Snelling -- 7
Chico -- 1

About those season tickets: I received several emails from fans yesterday saying that, despite what Stan Kasten told me last week about almost all the tickets being in people's hands by Monday, they have typed in tracking numbers and it appears some will not be receiving their orders until Wednesday. There is considerable concern among these people -- most of whom are in season-ticket groups split among many people -- about how they're going to re-distribute their tickets FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE SEASON. It is a legitimate question. I, too, am in one of these groups. Say the head of the group -- the person whose name the tickets are in -- is on a business trip until Friday. There's no way to divvy up the tickets and put them in the mail in time to have folks receive them by Monday's opener.

I'm going to talk to Kasten about this again today. He has already expressed regret about not having them in hands earlier, but -- other than saying they switched delivery companies -- hasn't really said why it worked out this way. Keep in mind: In addition to talking about how he's going to build the club the right way on the field, he points to community service and CUSTOMER SERVICE as tenets upon which this franchise will be built.

I'll be interested to hear what he says, and will report back to you.

BREAKING NEWS: (as a late addition)
It appears the first base battle has been settled. Travis Lee asked for and was granted his unconditional release. And a warm welcome to the man who will be your starting first baseman, Dmitri Young.

Other moves: RHP Tim Redding outrighted to Columbus, meaning he would have to accept an assignment there. Pretty obvious with this one: He just didn't pitch well. He knew it. Acta knew it. Everyone knew it. Joel Hanrahan optioned to Columbus, where he'll presumably be in the rotation, and INF Joe Thurston reassigned to minor league camp.

I'll get more on the fallout from this stuff in the next couple hours.

I'll probably check in later today. Of course, I've said that before on a weekend, and I haven't exactly followed through, so ...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 25, 2007; 10:15 AM ET
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