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Boone to have MRI

Aaron Boone isn't progressing as Washington had hoped. Originally, when he was placed on the 15-day DL July 10 (retroactive to July 7), the Nationals had guessed that Boone would return by the end of the Atlanta series. That was three days ago. Today, Boone reported continued discomfort with his left calf strain, and now the team has scheduled an MRI for later tonight. I'll keep you posted on the results.

In the meamtime, here are some more updates on the injured and missing:

* Lastings Milledge (groin): He's currently rehabbing with Class AAA Columbus, and might return by the end of the weekend, Manny Acta said. In his first three minor league games, Milledge is 2-for-8 with a homer and two RBI.

* Shawn Hill (forearm): "He's resting," Acta said. "I think we haven't seen the last of him this year. I just want to make sure we rest him enough and give him enough time. I don't think we have shut him down completely. That wasn't the understanding that Jim [Bowden], myself and Shawn had earlier. But we'll give him enough time until we think he's had enough time to calm down that pain."

* Dmitri Young (diabetes, fitness): Acta said, "I know that he met with the doctor in DC, and they've put in a plan for his medicine and all that. And then after he stabilizes and all that he's going to head down to Florida. Right now, him and the doctor, I believe they're having some type of meeting, a talk with a nutritionist and all that to help that."

Asked if Young was expected back by the end of the year, Acta said, "Oh yeah. Not by any means are we shutting him down. No. I'm very positive we'll be seeing him over here again."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 23, 2008; 9:56 PM ET
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Gee wiz! A nutritionist?!? What an incredible, think-outside-the-box idea! I'm so impressed with the Nats and Dmitri that they were so proactive to come up with such a radical concept as having their 300 pound diabetic player see a nutritionist. And it only took them a year and a half to think of it! It really inspires my confidence that this management group knows how to handle their players and their health and conditioning.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | July 23, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Do I get to move in with DY and follow him around like Duke's shadow? Don't you think I should?

Posted by: Nutri Systems | July 23, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

what's the over-under on Hill's elbow surgery?

Posted by: Section 303 | July 23, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Lessee...Nats get three hits and no runs in top of first. God, not another of those games.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 23, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse


blame meat loaf more than the team. management can't follow him around away from the park making sure he does his best to stay healthy and lose weight.

Posted by: natsscribe | July 23, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Very good, Cil!

Posted by: CapPeterson | July 23, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Giants get two runs and three hits with two outs nobody on in the first. Yep, looks like another of those games.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 23, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Balester's **** is getting eaten for lunch. What is it about Nats pitching that the Giants love so much?

Posted by: Ed | July 23, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

From Washington Times, July 9th.

More detail from surgeon within article, but doesn't sound like 12 to 19 months.


Cordero has surgery

Reliever Chad Cordero, who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, had successful surgery in Southern California on Tuesday.

Dr. Lewis Yocum found fraying partial tearing of the labrum and cartilage in the back of the shoulder, as well as a torn biceps, according to Nationals team doctor Ben Shaffer.

Shaffer said Yocum put a plastic anchor in the back top corner of Cordero's shoulder to reinforce the cartilage in his labrum. Cordero will start throwing in four months, and Shaffer said the reliever is expected to be ready for spring training.

"It really depends on how he progresses," Shaffer said. "Some people, over the course of three or four months, get up on their game. Whether he takes longer is an individual issue. I wouldn't tell you to lock in that date.... Dr. Yocum conveyed that [Cordero's] rotator cuff is pristine, and so prognostically you have to think it´s a pretty favorable outcome."

Posted by: The other paper on Cordero's prognosis | July 23, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

PLod is actually playing his way into a trade, very nice. 10 hits in his last 7 games.

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 23, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

re: the duration of Cordero's rehab

I hate to say it but...I told you so.
There, I am officially a 5th grader.

Posted by: 756* | July 23, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad that (according to Don Sutton) Langerhans has finally "found his swing." It turns out that if you get traded during the season, you can go from a bad player to terrible player. I'm relieved to know that he is back to being a just bad player again.

Posted by: 756* | July 23, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

*Rehab from Labrum surgery takes 12-18 months if performed on Nick Johnson

Posted by: 756* | July 23, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

And all this time I thought Brian McCann was the starting catcher on the "Nats Killers" team. Maybe McCann and Molina can platoon.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 23, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Lets give Boni a chance- its a done deal.

And lets dont forget that over the winter, lots of folks here wanted/begged the Nats to pursue this guy:

Chin-Lung Hu, SS. Hit .159/.224/.206 in 49 games for the Dodgers, no consistent playing time. Just sent back to Triple-A.

Posted by: Angry in Alexandria | July 23, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

And since d**k thinks the Dukes trade was so bad..


"Glenn Gibson, LHP, Grade C+

7.44 ERA with 49/41 K/BB in 79 innings for Columbus in the Sally League, 104 hits allowed. All ratios have completely collapsed compared to his strong short-season performance last year. I have to wonder if he is healthy."

and lets dont forget that Jim picked up Jesus Flores (he of the just hit dinger) was picked up for $50k (aka free)

Posted by: Angry in Alexandria | July 23, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

and as flop is thrown out stealing second by ten feet and langerhans then hits the next pitch for what could have been a run-scoring double. i say good night, gracie. at least langerhans scored on fatstradas's pinch-hit single. should have been two runs for the nats, though. does flop have bad karma, or what?

Posted by: natsscribe | July 23, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Saul looks so joyous when he strikes out the hitter. He pounds his glove and turns away from the plate so the batter can't see how happy he is. Top of the 8th now, 4-3 lead, time for that 25 win streak!

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I'm afraid FLop has played himself right out of the league at this point, probably a non-roster invitee for somebody next spring. Too bad. Good AB by Langerhaaaans there. This is a good game overall, let's see if Hanrahanrahan can get his first save. Also, suddenly, Willie Harris.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | July 24, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

1 out, Langerhans walks, and here comes Belly. Charlie: "Belliard does not get cheated on his swings." Slow damn tapper, but men on 2d and 3rd w/2 out for Willie. I wonder if they walk him.

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Fly out. By Willie! Now the bullpen gets to enjoy the human striving for perfection. 4-3 Nats. Let's GoNats!

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

first pitch voodoo end of another inning

Posted by: junkbucket | July 24, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Man Carpy can be a doofus at times. Maybe we can trade Lo Duca for a decent play by play guy.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | July 24, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Gasoline Ayala in the house ...

Posted by: Bob L. Head | July 24, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Double play double play double play 94 mph sinker w/ som Chinese mustard on it! Wow! Now he nearly hits Aurelia. That pitch has been moving 3 feet to the right all inning. Rich Aurelia is having a helluva an at bat, and this is a helluva battle. double. There goes the lead. 5-4. 1 out. Stop the bleeding and come back, Nats!

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

The Opener strikes again!!!!

Posted by: He's Back! | July 24, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Ayala is a doubles machine. 6-4. Even Vizquel is 3-4. Manny's nailed to the bench. Why does Manny sit and watch the game be lost? Has he no one to call in besides Ayala? We're just off gthe All-Star break. Does he want to win?

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

When, if you are a pitcher that is struggling as horribly as Gasoline Alley has been, do you just lay your glove down on the mound and walk away?

Posted by: Ayala kills another kitten | July 24, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

"Has he no one to call in besides Ayala? "

I just tuned in in the 6th, but I'm pretty sure they said Hanrahan is the only guy avail. Didn't they use 3 or 4 guys yesterday?

But yeah, that was ugly and I'm glad it's over.

Posted by: mrm0to | July 24, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Go in with a 4-3 lead, bottom of the 8th. Why not take him out with a man on 2d when he visited the mound? Manny has his biases. And it's 6-4.

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Tie it up, Austin!

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps he should just lay his glove down, pull out his sword, and commit seppuku right there on the mound. NO MORE AYALA

Posted by: Wha happened? | July 24, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Manny does not have much of a choice but to trot Ayala out there in these types of situations, but it is really frustrating to see.

Posted by: Manny-ger | July 24, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Pop-up. Down to our last out. Flores 1-4 with a home run, but, to quote my favorite play-by-play guy, "This guy just comes out and throws strikes." Hit him hard! 97 mph! My widow would be collecting death benefits. Jesus is on 1st. Come on, Corey! What a take! And he strides out. An 8th inning collapse while our manager watches Ayala lose the game and does nothing. This one hurts, and I don't get it.

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Well we have lost our closer to injury and traded our setup guy, and now Hanrahan is the closer and has to be saved for when we have a lead. No more shakey strength, just shakey. Strawberry shakey. Yummm.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | July 24, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Bob, but Rauch wouldn't have helped tonight - he wouldn't have had a chance. Who else was in the bullpen besides Ayala? He got his out, and then he got in trouble. Rest Ayala. Let him get an out and take him out. Day game tomorrow!

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Johnny just talked about the Giants getting beat my the Milwaukee Braves - happy memories, and it is getting late for our beloved announcers! Ray is questioning the wisdom of Manny's extreme loyalty to Ayala - it's hurting the team. He should be using Rivera for his set up man. Bill Ladson asked why Ayala used his worst pitch against Aurelia when Aurelia couldn't catch up to the fast stuff. "That was his decision He's the set-up guy." Manny says that he can't keep using Ayala as a set-up guy, but got defensive on how much he's used Ayala. "Somebody's got to lead the league in innings - if that's what you're trying to imply."

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

God bless all in this house! See you tomorrow at 3 pm for the pre-game!

Posted by: flynnie | July 24, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Re: MRI for Boone- he's been unable to play since 7/7, on DL since 7/10, and on 7/23 they finally decide it's worth checking out with an MRI? Does the Nats health care just not cover an MRI unless a player has been hurt for at least two weeks?

Posted by: Jubur | July 24, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

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