Backs, thumbs, diabetes
Tidbits, skewed highly toward the medical category, from around the world of the cosmically cursed Nats:
* One late lineup change: Ronnie Belliard has replaced Cristian Guzman at shortstop for tonight's game. The early indication is that Guzman has some recurring problems with the thumb injury that kept him out earlier this month. More to come later.
* OF Ryan Langerhans, who left last night's game with lower back tightness, is still dealing with some discomfort today - though he doesn't think the injury will lead to a DL trip. (I joked with him that that's code in his clubhouse for a 2-4 wk injury.)
By the way, Manny Acta was asked today if he saw a common thread with all the injuries this season that have turned from day-to-day trivialities into larger ordeals. (Note, even the two guys involved in today's transaction, Aaron Boone and Alberto Gonzalez, are examples of this trend.)
"The common thread is 2008. That's the only common thing about it. It's been unbelievable. That's the only way I can describe it. I was kind of joking about it with somebody: Even with Gonzalez, who was coming from the outside - he just got here, and he already got hurt. And, so, that's the only thing. We do a tremendous job preparing these guys. Our strength and conditioning people are great. There's nothing related with their conditioning. It's been weird."
* A Dmitri Young update.
It looks less and less likely we'll see DY in a Nats uniform again this year. He's still in DC trying to get his diabetes under control. Hasn't yet departed for Florida, where the team had hoped he could undergo a fitness regimen to get into shape. With the minor league season set to end at the end of this month, Young won't even be able to make a rehab assignment if he does make a quick improvement this month.
Asked at what point it becomes impossible for Dmitri to play this year, Acta said, "Well, it depends on when he's finished getting his diabetes in order, because he'll have just so many days to get in playing shape, and also it's gonna be a little tougher , too, because the minor leagues are gone at the end of this month. That doesn't mean that a guy won't be able to come back and we'll do some simulated games over here and all that. But it depends on when he's done controlling his diabetes."
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