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Nationals Journal: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

Milledge leaves game with groin injury

Another game, another injury. In the third inning tonight, Lastings Milledge injured his right groin trying to chase down a triple hit by Alex Cintron. Milledge had to leave the game. He was replaced by Willie Harris. The injury happened...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 28, 2008; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Hagerstown stats, trivia, and other assorted notes

Just in case you were wondering... * So far on his rehab assignment at Class A Hagerstown, Austin Kearns is 1-for-3 with two runs, three walks. * Once Kearns returns to the team, by the way, Manny Acta said that...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 28, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Tonight's lineups

Baltimore Roberts -- 4 Markakis -- 9 Mora -- 5 Huff -- 3 Hernandez -- 2 Scott -- 7 Jones -- 8 Cintron -- 6 Olson -- 1 Washington Guzman -- 6 Dukes -- 9 Milledge -- 8 Flores --...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 28, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Reports (major and minor)

The Nats aren't on pace to lose 100 games. And Felipe Lopez isn't on pace to make many good impressions. Read Yanda's coverage here and here. And here's the minor league report. Aaron Seuss creates a whole new stylistic potential...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 28, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Comings and goings

We've got two high-profile individuals returning to Nationals Park tonight. One is Odalis Perez, pitching for the first time in almost a month. Initially -- in typical Nationals fashion -- few thought Perez would miss so much time. He missed...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 27, 2008; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A 1,030-word speech from Paul Lo Duca

After last night's game, Paul Lo Duca held court with a few reporters. You might call it an interview, but it seemed more like an impassioned monologue. I didn't have time last night on deadline to transcribe the full Lo...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 26, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For an off day...

Reading material first. I wrote for today's paper about how one game fits within the context of a meeting; Boswell wrote about how meeting fits within the context of a season. Now, a few Cheerios of news to slurp. *...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 26, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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When the clubhouse doors open...

We had one of the more memorable games of the season tonight. It started with a team meeting and ended with Jesus Flores's walk-off hit. In between, the Nationals got key contributions from their other promising young players (Elijah Dukes...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 25, 2008; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The lineups, and a meeting (if it helps)

* The Nationals delayed batting practice some 15 minutes today for a 35-minute, closed-door meeting in their clubhouse. This could be one of those message-senders that tend to come around during stretches of horrid baseball. We haven't yet had a...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 25, 2008; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chat reminder

Wednesday, June 25 We're chatting today at 2 p.m. Possible topics include injuries, injuries, injuries, or lightheadedness. Non-medicinal questions will also be accepted. In the meantime, here's the coverage from yesterday's quagmire. Shawn Hill is likely heading to the disabled...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 25, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
 
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The Senators moved to Minneapolis. The Nats are moving to Rochester, Minn.

Well, the craziness continues. On the same day where Nick Johnson finds out he's done for the season, the Nationals have to play a game. And what happens? Their starting pitcher gets shut down. And by game's end, the Nats...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 24, 2008; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A lost season and a 6-0 deficit

* Lo Duca is starting tonight in left field. The game is five minutes old, and already he's made a throwing error after a sac fly. Acta on the reasoning from playing Lo Duca in the outfield: "He's played there...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 24, 2008; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Lineups

More to come shortly. In the meantime, take note: * Lo Duca starts in LF. * No Lopez * Harris is in the lineup for the second straight night Los Angeles Figgins - 5 Aybar - 6 Anderson - 7...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 24, 2008; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Johnson: out for season

First baseman Nick Johnson will miss the rest of the season, the Washington Nationals confirmed today. Dr. Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., operated today on the Nationals' clean-up hitter and repaired a small split tear in...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 24, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The implications of a lineup card

"Accountability" is one of those words preached my most managers and demanded by most fans -- but its application is often difficult to measure. That's especially true in baseball, where the lineup changes almost every day, subject not just to...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 24, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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More weather and wrists

Don't want to mess up anybody's plans here, so I should mention this first. The stadium scoreboard had posted the 8:30 start time, but in the press box, the last word we got was that things could start by 8....

By Chico Harlan  |  June 23, 2008; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Rain delay

Just a little public service announcement here. (Or: I wanted to post something non-injury related.) Right now, the field at Nats Park is still covered by a tarp. Start time has tentatively been pushed back to 8:30 p.m. I'll post...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 23, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Johnson -- possibly out for season

Real quick, with the lineups and a Nick Johnson injury report. (You might say this is a surprising development, but given Johnson's history of injuries, it's more right in line with what you'd expect. Bottom: Nick Johnson could be out...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 23, 2008; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Two injuries: one minor, one major

John Lannan, whose right hand was injured yesterday by a line drive, does not have a serious injury, a CT Scan confirmed today. A team statement said that all tests "returned negative for serious injury." So, looks like Lannan ought...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 23, 2008; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Needed: Cordero

Chad Cordero, if you're wondering, is still in Florida at the team's spring training complex. He's throwing, and has been for weeks, but hasn't yet begun a rehab assignment. I mention this for a simple reason: For as long as...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 23, 2008; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
 
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Lannan update

Lannan was hit in the fifth inning today by a line-drive shot from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The ball smashed the bottom of his mitt, right near the palm of his hand. Though Lannan recovered to throw to first and record the...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 22, 2008; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Lineups from Nats Park

Back at the ballpark today: Pete Orr, Steven Shell, the beat writer. Orr is in the lineup today, having been recalled from Class AAA Columbus, where he'd been hitting .267 in 251 at bats. It's an interesting footnote to today's...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 22, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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