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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.)

His thoughts:

"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."

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2008; 6:32 PM ET
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Reposted from last thread - has Belly @SS - 2nd, and Boone @1B - 7th. Slight upgrade @1B defensively while RZimm & Bonifacio will have to stretch it defensively tonight, unless Belly plays a short LF.

Posted by: BIM | August 14, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I feel that we may have seen the last of Dmitri Young in a ML uniform. I hope that he can bring his condition under control, but I think he's done as a ball player.

Posted by: BIM | August 14, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Acta says,

We do a tremendous job preparing these guys. Our strength and conditioning people are great. There's nothing related with their conditioning. to Chico....if you buy this from Acta, then you must own a time share in Ocean City too.....When is someone in the media going to call these guys out........Fans are not stupid by Media sure seems to be......Oh and I know....Chico your job is to just report what people say and not have opinions....that sure is helpful...thanks again.

Posted by: JayB | August 14, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Also carrying over, Flores is a scratch with a stomach virus and Nieves will catch.

Re. Young, I hope for the sake of his long-term health that the docs are able to get the diabetes under control.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 14, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

It's Belliard's 6th career game at SS. The good news is that Balester doesn't really need good defense behind him. I think he can just try to strike everyone out.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | August 14, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Well thankfully we only have to deal with this delayed-DL move BS for 2 more weeks this season. Maybe they will DL Langerhans on around Aug. 25th.

Posted by: Lerners ARE Cheap | August 14, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

RICHIE ALLEN, second only to Dick (Dr Strange Glove) Stuart as the worst fielding 1b of all time. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU. You've saved me at least one sleepless night. RA would practice his batting stroke during his defensive turn and, when finished, draw in the dirt. Not suprizingly he would occasionally get startled by a ground ball or throw at first. The man could hit though.

For those late tuning in I was trying to compare Belli to the worst fielding 1b of all time - not because he didn't care but because he has not been coached on how to play the position.

Oh, well, let's sign the draft choices and....
Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63first | August 14, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It's time to start praying for DY and stop worrying about him playing this year.

Posted by: Type II | August 14, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

We've been praying for him from the get-go.

Posted by: NJ faithful | August 14, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Dimitri was a great inspiration to me. I have a brain tumor and drug induced diabetes, and seeing him in a nats uniform always cheered me up and reminded me that one can still perform under such conditions.

I understand that the Nats are not a social charity, but surely if he is unable to perform as a player there should be some role for him in the club. They gave him a chance to play again, now they should find a place for him in the nats org. It would generate tremendous goodwill towards the club, at a time when frankly they need some of that, because they cant keep a fanbase based on their playing record.

Nats: keep Dimitri in some capacity please. You would earn more honor and respect than it would cost you to do so.


Posted by: Timothy West | August 21, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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