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Young must improve fitness

Turns out that Dmitri Young's fitness (or lack thereof) is a big reason why he's heading to the disabled list. Here's what GM Jim Bowden said today about the plan for his first baseman.

"Well, it's a two-pronged approach. The first part is he's got get his diabetes under control, and you've got to get the blood-sugar levels right. The second thing is, we have to get him into first-class physical shape, the same shape he was in last year when he was comeback player of the year. That's the second part. He'll go to Florida to do that. So get the diabetes under control. Then get him into first-class physical shape so he can play baseball at the level he played last year. We'll keep him in Florida until he's able to do that. So when we bring him back and reinstate him, the diabetes will hopefully be under control and his physical shape will be as it was last year and he'll be swinging the bat and mashing like last year."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 20, 2008; 1:31 PM ET
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What a sad sack story Broadway is. On the verge of a call-up 2 years ago, he gets injured for the year just before the Nick-Kearns collision. He stinks the next year, and then has been serviceable. However, no move at 1st base is too silly for Bowden, short of bringing up a first baseman.

I am not sure that Jimenez has really earned his way to Columbus, even, whether or not they call him "Little Papi". Rhinehart would be a treat.

Don't count on it- if LoDuca somehow goes, count on Felipe Lopez to take over at first, or perhaps Lenny Harris.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | July 20, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Trades are starting to happen now, and teams are looking at Jon Rauch. It is time to clean house, folks.

LoDuca just hit into a DP. That showcases him just about right.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | July 20, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

BTW, that includes Guzman. There is no reason to resign him if we can get a good return. Sell high- this is the one good season he has had in the 4 he has been a Nat.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | July 20, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chico, this is hilarious to see the GM saying this stuff at the end of July. I don't think you could write funnier material if you tried.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | July 20, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

1/2 Street: precisely. Not to jinx him, but Guzman is still the same Guzman who's been one of the more injury-prone guys in baseball. Sell high means not just while he's hitting well, but before he remembers that he's the SS version of Nick Johnson or Shawn Hill.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | July 20, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

How does Jimbo say this stuff with a straight face? Chico, does he have any idea who bad he looks after months of minimizing the whole issue of D Young. Thanks, Jimbo, we never would have thought of this approach without your help.

Posted by: JayB | July 20, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"how" not "who".....I am trying BIM

Posted by: JayB | July 20, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

That headline has to be one of the biggest "no s***" headlines ever.
$10 million. What must the Lerners think as they sign that check?

Posted by: No S*** Sherlock | July 20, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Is there a clause in standard contracts for professional athletes which stipulates that the players must keep themselves in proper physical condition befitting their profession? Just wondering.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Another funny thing--apparently with all these Dmitri posts from Chico, Google now thinks I am interested in diabetes, as all of the Ads by Google for me on this page now link to diabetes-related material.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | July 20, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

They should have unloaded Young last season when he had some value. Way to go, Jimbo.

I'd be cool with Broadway or Jimenez getting a call up, although that won't happen as long as the team is still trying to get Lo Duca at bats.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Where did this offense come from?..a 10 spot (following games of 6 and 8!) Break up the Nats. We are on the verge of having the 2nd pick.

Posted by: joNAThan | July 20, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

New post. Also, wooooooooooooooooo!!

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Funny. Odalis Perez is in the middle of his best chance to win a game since May, yet he is pitching his way out of a chance to be traded to a contender.

They'd better not lose this game.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | July 20, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

To CiL and others - I withdraw my post from this morning re giving Da Meat Hook the benefit of the doubt.

Agree with a few others that we trade Rauch and Guz if we can get decent value. Also Perez, but doubt there is much of a market for him. I wouldn't rush to trade Redding, but if offered value then why not? Really, our focus is 2010 and beyond.

Posted by: Nats fan in NJ | July 20, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

So he's on the DL because he's fat?

Posted by: Willie | July 20, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No, he's on the DL because he lost control of his diabetes! (He was already fat)
Let's pray this is a wake up call for Dimitri Young and he gets this disease back under control.

Posted by: Another Type II | July 20, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Ummm.... the shape he was in last year?? Gotta do better than that. He could be unstoppable if he trimmed and chiseled

Posted by: mharm | July 20, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

i don't get it...what two things does he need to do to get back to the majors?

Posted by: trickytrefo | July 20, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess Dmitri was too busy mentoring Dukes? Maybe, he needs to learn a thing or two from Elijah about training.

Kearns finally stopped hitting at people. It usually seems to me that he kills rallies by hitting the ball hard -- right at the defense. If he can hit where they're not, he might have something. Way to go, Kentucky!!

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