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DL talk redux

"Kearns batting .187 for another month."

That's the six-word news flash. Today, the Nats placed their right fielder on the 15-day DL. Based on what Kearns has provided the team so far, it's tempting to believe that Washington won't miss his offense. But that might be a reflexive reaction to Kearns' play of late.

Chances are, any replacement the Nationals put out there -- my guess: Langerhans... if a tweaked hamstring doesn't slow him too much -- won't represent an upgrade over Kearns. Not over three or four weeks. Had Kearns kept playing, history largely suggests his average would have eventually risen; chances are, Kearns would have been a player who helped the lineup more than hurt it. And at this point, Washington needs all the offense it can get.

We have few takers these days for the woe-is-me talk, but just to rehash, the Nats are now missing their everyday first baseman, their Opening Day second baseman, their Opening Day catcher, and their starting right fielder. All injured.

That's exactly half of the position players who started the season -- gone.

Sorry, by the way, for not posting on Kearns earlier. Instead I had the privilege of spreading the news multi-media style, via our Comcast television partners. If you enjoyed watching me, please, let me invite you an exclusive group known as the Harlan family dinner table.

By the way, the show's host, Russ Thaler, mentioned on air that I talked a lot about food in this forum. OK, OK -- guilty as charged. So let me parlay that reputation into a personal question. Mom, brother and aunt are coming in for dinner Sunday night. I want to take them out. Requirements:

1.) Restaurant must be within the District.

2.) Restaurant should be priced mid-range, entrees between, say, $15-$23.

3.) Restaurant should not be Indian.

Within those parameters, what's the best place to take three out-of-towners? (If necessary, explain your logic using VORM -- Value Over Replacement Meal.)

Another question.

Who do the Nats add to their outfield? What's his batting average on June 15?

By Chico Harlan  |  May 22, 2008; 10:34 PM ET
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