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Young to DL, Zimmerman to return

Unable to stabilize his diabetes, Washington Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young was placed on the 15-day disabled list after tonight's game. In Young's place, the Nationals will recall third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who was successfully able to rehabilitate a shoulder injury without surgery.

The swap means that Washington loses one middle-of-the-lineup corner infielder and gains another. The team's excitement for Zimmerman's return -- he'll rejoin the team Tuesday, when the Nationals begin a series in San Francisco -- is neutralized by concern for Young, who missed the last two games with a spiked blood-sugar level.

Young, who has known about his diabetes since November 2006, was pulled from Friday night's lineup before the game even began and arrived at Turner Field today still complaining of lightheadedness. Young, a diabetic, had been examined Friday by Braves team internist Brooks Lide, who felt that if Young got his blood-sugar level in check, he would be OK. In part because Young cannot predict how much time he'll need to recuperate, though, the team will send him back to Washington to meet with his doctor.

"This is all new to me, and we'll take the necessary steps," Young said before leaving the stadium tonight. "That's the thing with diabetes. It's a monster. Just got to keep learning."

Zimmerman, meanwhile, is a welcome addition, having been out of Washington's lineup for eight weeks. Only last week did he lose his team home run lead. Zimmerman entered tonight in the second part of a two-stop rehab stint, playing with both Class A Potomac and Class AAA Columbus. He had five hits in his first 17 at bats. Manny Acta said that Zimmerman would play for the Clippers on Sunday before traveling to meet the Nationals on Tuesday.

This is the second DL trip of the season for Young, who missed 39 games in April and May with a lower back sprain. As you might recall, Young had been bothered in the last few days with more back problems, and the team was taking a cautious approach as a result. But then the diabetes, suddenly, became an issue.

"Right now we worry more about Dmitri the person than Dmitri the player," Acta said.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 19, 2008; 11:39 PM ET
 
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