Slugfest over, Hill questions abound
Nats beat the Astros 12-10 behind homers from Ryan Zimmerman, Ronnie Belliard and Luis Jimenez. The wind -- unbelievably hard out to right, so hard that while at a stop sign this morning my car was shaking -- dictated this game, and Tim Redding said he had a hard time getting a grip on the ball because his hand and the ball were so dry.
"I got my work in, that's for sure," Redding said. But it wasn't pretty: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. He started out walk, HBP, wild pitch, walk. He said other players were telling him, "Just flush it. You're throwing the ball too well this spring." So we'll see how he flushes it.
Just prior to the game, Jim Bowden said that Shawn Hill had received a cortisone shot in his right arm late Friday night. Hill did not reveal that development when I spoke to him this morning.
"They injected it, and he had instant relief," Bowden said. "What that means, I don't know? We'll have to wait and see when he goes back on the mound."
Hill told me he didn't know when he would throw again. I asked Bowden, and Bowden said Randy St. Claire might know. I asked St. Claire, and he wasn't sure. So there's definitely some confusion around this situation. Again, it must be monitored, and I suppose that's what I'm down here for.
Tomorrow: Split-squad games against the Indians, with Jason Bergmann going in Viera and Matt Chico tossing in Winter Haven. I'll report on both. But for now, it's only a few hours before the Duke-North Carolina tip, and I need to get situated with a couple of beverages on my couch.
Enjoy your Saturday night.
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