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Dukes goes down -- hamstring strain

Those of you listening to Charlie Slowes and Dave Florida already know this, but Elijah Dukes just slid hard into second and came up grabbing the back of his right leg. He walked off the field very slowly, with Manager Manny Acta and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz by his side.

Too early to gauge the severity here, but as soon as I get word from the athletic training staff, I'll pass it on.

UPDATE: Dukes has been diagnosed with a right hamstring strain. He is listed as day-to-day.

Thus, I will bring up something Manny Acta said before the game about depth in the outfield and whether he'd be able to get Dukes enough at-bats this year.

"We all know, not one of these guys in the outfield is going to play 155 games. Somebody's going to get drilled. Somebody's going to pull a hammy. It just happens."

Nats lead 2-1 on RBI single from Bret Boone and Dmitri Young's groundout -- the play on which Dukes injured himself. Matt Chico entering his fourth inning here, having allowed only a solo homer to Andy Marte.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 14, 2008; 1:53 PM ET
 
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Great, Wily Mo and Dukes both within 36 hours, and with Escobar being a house of cards.....Any of these Boone boys play the OF?

Posted by: Corey | March 14, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

By the way, in support of Chico, it should be pointed out that the Indians only have two hits against him in four innings. He also has four strikeouts an no walks.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 14, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Are you freakin' kidding me? You're right, though. I shouldn't be so shocked.

Still. D*mn!

Posted by: NatsNut | March 14, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Time to fire the trainer

Posted by: Red Cross | March 14, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It will be ironic, in light of all of this, if we come out of spring training with Escobar healthy.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 14, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Dukes: right hamstring strain, day-to-day.

Thanks, Charlie.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 14, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

...just said Dukes has a "hamstring strain" and is "day to day" according to the club. Not great, but it could be much worse. We see how WMP's "day to day" turned into "likely 4 weeks," so, it's looking better for Langerhans/Mack/Escobar to make the OD roster now.....

Posted by: Charlie Slowes... | March 14, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

How does this have to do with the trainer?

Muscle strains happen.

Posted by: Just asking | March 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Good one. You're on a role today Johnin.
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It will be ironic, in light of all of this, if we come out of spring training with Escobar healthy.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 14, 2008 02:03 PM

Posted by: NatsNut | March 14, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, there you go. Charlie just mentioned the Nationals Journal during the game. Thanks for reading Charlie. We enjoy listening to you and Dave.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | March 14, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

...you're on a ROLL.

Posted by: Correction | March 14, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Do the Nats have any sort of strength and conditioning program in hopes of cutting down on all the strains, pulls, and knocks or do they just throw them all into a giant hamster wheel?

Posted by: NatsNQ | March 14, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

A. Boone goes yard. Brought home his brother and Dmitri, if I was paying attention.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 14, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"A. Boone goes yard."

It's behavior like this that earned him his middle name.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | March 14, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The aptly named Steve Shell gives up back-to-back-to-back homers.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 14, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, Shell. It's not your fault. I blame Davey Johnson.

Posted by: NatsNQ | March 14, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Langerhaaaaaaaaans!!

Posted by: Gibby | March 14, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Dukes Pulls Hamstring.

The drum beat continues. Why do the Nats have so many muscle injuries? One thing I don't buy is the "this type of stuff happens" argument. There are only two reasons a team has a rash of injuries like these:

1. They have a poor training regimen.
2. They have a good training regimen, but the players don't follow it.

The stories I hear from the people who know about these things is that it is #1. Muscle pulls are a result of not taking care of yourself. It's ridiculous to have this many on one team.

Posted by: #4 | March 14, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to feel like this franchise may be jinxed when it comes to injuries.

Posted by: Section 505/203 | March 14, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

It's the city that's jinxed.

Posted by: PB | March 14, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Dubois hits a two-run shot. 8-4 Smashionals.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 14, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think we jinxed them our early roster.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

...jinxed them WITH our early roster.

Sheesh.

Posted by: Correction | March 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. Gameday says they put Josh Smoker in right field?!? HUH?

Posted by: NatsNut | March 14, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

What's the Dave Florida joke?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 14, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

What he said, except I would say "carelessness," not necessarily on the part of the trainers.

And lord knows I've pulled enough to know.
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Muscle pulls are a result of not taking care of yourself. It's ridiculous to have this many on one team.
Posted by: #4 | March 14, 2008 03:03 PM

Posted by: CE | March 14, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, that's the odd nickname Jageler received upon arriving in Veira.

Charlie riffed off that for the first four innings of their first broadcast this spring. It was almost as great as the Dr. Aza riff that lasted about a month last season.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 14, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You'd think the players would be more motivated. Nobody is indifferent to pulled muscles--they HURT. But that's humans for you.

Posted by: CEvans | March 14, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I meant Viera.

Jeez, I typed "Veira" the first time, deleted it, and then retyped it, only to make the mistake again, obviously.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 14, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious: We have the Redskins trainers on staff down in Viera.

Posted by: Diz | March 14, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Barry, cd you ask Manny about the injury situation? Does he think they need different trainers or a different regimen, or is this just a spate of bad luck? Do the players need to be more disciplined about warming up & so on? I don't want to be blaming various people if we don't really know.

Posted by: Section 109 | March 14, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I second, 419's request. Are there any studies on this? What is a statistically normal number of hamstring pulls?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 14, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

neux peaust

Posted by: NatsNut | March 14, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

@419+1

From your earlier post about 3WT carrying this afternoon's game instead of tonight's game, the reason is the station is only broadcasting games from Viera this spring. Tonight's game is in Winter Haven. For those of you who have the MLB.com package, the night game is being carried by WTAM at 7:05.

Posted by: natsscribe | March 14, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

On Whitesell:

Looks like the Nats want to open up a couple more 40 man spots (for O Perez, King, BBoone, Orr as possibilities?) and are trying to find ways without immediately returning Whitney or GGuzman.

As I understand it (I'm only speculatin' about a hypothesis), players on the 40 man with options remaining are placed through waivers on a revocable basis.

If thats the case and Arizona made a waiver claim on Whitesell, then the Nationals could rescind the waiver, keep Whitesell on the 40 man and option him to AA or AAA.

Or they could just let Arizona have him.

Or they could trade Whitesell to Arizona for a sixer of Pabst and a ASU cheerleader to be named later.

I think Whitesell was added to the 40 man last year to avoid being available in the Rule 5 draft but still has options remaining. If Whitesell's out of options, then he is Arizona's without compensation or a cheerleader to be named later. That would be too bad.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | March 14, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

This is the curse of Washington sports in 2007-2008. The Redskins had many players go down to injury during the season; the Wizards have been without Arenas and Butler for much of the season; and the Caps have been without Nylander, Clark and Semin for long stretches.

When will the bad luck end?

Posted by: Roy Hobbs | March 14, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Roy Hobbs,

In the case of the Redskins injuries, that would the curse of Danny "the Punk" Snyder. I'm so glad I'm a Steelers fan. I couldn't deal with Danny.

Posted by: Section 505/203 | March 14, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Hammy strains are a result of poor preperation before spring training arrives with the kind of money these guys are making there is no excuse,back in the "day" you never heard of these things,and I wonder why because you were not making goo gobs of money thats why unless you were a Mays or a Aaron or a Colavito and even then you had too much pride to come up "lame" but these spoiled steroid brats have no sense of pride or character SHAPE UP OR GET GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | March 14, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

MEDICAL HISTORY NEWSFLASH: Hamstring pulls never happened before steroids hit the scene. Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzmski, none of those guys ever pulled a hamstring. And they were all famous for reporting in shape, too. Yep, hamstrings only afflict the ill-prepared, the medicated, and the low of character. And of course, if you are any of those things, you cannot play the pure and refined sport of baseball. It's just some deluded executive's whim that you're wearing a uniform and competing in spring training... I'm so glad we cleared that up.

Posted by: natty bumppo | March 14, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank you NB. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: Cy Young | March 15, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Young, that should have been MY post!

Posted by: Wally Pipp | March 15, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

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