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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 are trying to make an appointment for him at the Mayo Clinic. Yup, same place where Johnson today had his wrist surgery.

The news about Hill makes sense. He's tried all season to pitch in spite of forearm pain. He's had a few commendable starts, but mostly -- and especially in his last three games -- he's looked like a cheap imitation of his former self.

Hill doesn't yet have a set-in-stone appointment at the Mayo Clinic, but that's soon to come. So, too, is a likely DL stint.

"Well obviously this is not the Shawn Hill we wanted to see out there, and the pain continues, so he's going to the Mayo Clinic for another opinion, and I'm anticipating that he's probably going to be DL'd," Manny Acta said after tonight's game.

Hill's thoughts on the matter?

(I'll just provide the meat of what he said.)

(Concerned?) I'm not concerned about it. It's the same thing it's been since April of last year. At this point, we're not gaining a lot of ground. And trying to get through it, obviously we're not having a whole lot of success with it. I'm not worried about anything being critically wrong, but if we can find something that might help -- a little rest, whatever it might be. But again, another set of eyes, a couple more heads, see if there are any solutions.

(Throwing between starts - did you think that would help more than it has?) I felt like I've improved mechanically at times, and the one thing, the extra throwing, I don't know if that was taking a toll. That was the whole thing I said early on, the pros and cons. So, it's hard to tell. This isn't a typical situation. There's no playbook to know how to handle it. We're experimenting as we go.

(Rest is next logical step?) Possibly. Again, that's what I said -- it's such an unusual circumstance. Not many guys go through it this way. Not a whole lot of guys throw through this for as long as I have. Maybe two weeks off, a week off, a month off, whatever it may be, I have no idea. I might come back and feel like a new guy, or [the rest] might do absolutely nothing. I have no idea.

(Realization that this was necessary?) I talked to Jim [Bowden], and it's something where I actually talked with my wife after the last start. I felt the same way the whole time. I could have easily been shut down at any time because I haven't felt good. But, she was telling me I should have been shut down after the last start because of how I was feeling... I was trying to have a breakout game, but obviously that hasn't happened. At some point in time you have to be realistic. I'm not helping the team, I'm not helping myself. I'm hurting the bullpen. I'm putting Manny in a bad spot... I'm just not right right now.

(Pain tonight?) No, it was different. I've been taking stuff before every game. Nothing big, but I've been taking stuff before every game. Today was the first game where I didn't take anything at all... I didn't want to take anything because I thought I'd be mentally sharper, and I felt like I was, but I also felt a little bit more aware of what was going on with my arm, and I started changing. Go look at the video, and my delivery is very inconsistent.

(Decision?) Well, I just talked to Jim for a couple minutes. Haven't talked to Lee [Kuntz] for a whole bunch. Chatted real quick with Manny. But all I know right now is that they want to get a second opinion. Third, fourth, fifth, wherever we're at right now. I don't know. Go get another opinion. I think what Jim's leading to regardless is rest.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 24, 2008; 11:30 PM ET
 
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