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Just wanted to drop a few quick notes on the health of first baseman Dmitri Young and on the shape of the Nats rotation following the all-star break.
Young said before tonight's game that his back was still sore and that he would do nothing but rest and relax over the next few days in hopes of being able to return Friday night in Atlanta. He made it clear that the pain is on his right side, which makes it a different sort of pain than what he experienced earlier this season. In April, Young went on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain on his left side. I'll let you decide whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that the pain is in a different area this time around. Young said he did not expect to go back on the disabled list, and that notion was echoed by Manny Acta and Jim Bowden.
As for the rotation, Acta said it would be reset following the all-star break. Tim Redding will start Friday's game at Atlanta and will be followed by John Lannan and Odalis Perez. Jason Bergmann and Collin Balester will start the first two games of the series at San Francisco.
After pitching Thursday against Arizona, Bergmann will have 11 days off before his next start. With that in mind, Acta said he would try to pitch Bergmann out of the bullpen during one of the first two games of the Atlanta series. Bergmann did not seem to mind. "More than anything, it's just to stay in condition," he said.
Also, it looks like we've got a tentative schedule for Ryan Zimmerman's rehab.
Beginning Monday, Zimmerman will join Class A Potomac, and by Thursday, he'll head to Class AAA Columbus, where he will remain through the weekend.
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