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Day-to-day: Hmmph

[UPDATE]: ... 8:30 p.m. approaching here (10:30 on east coast) and still no starting time in sight. The tarp remains on the field, and the rain is still falling.


We're in an official rain delay right now at Coors Field. No estimate yet on the starting time. Right now, the tarp is covering the field, and a light but persistent rain is falling. Some parts of Denver right now are under a flash flood watch.

One weather forecast:

Tonight: Thunderstorms likely before midnight, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 59. North northeast wind between 8 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Updates forthcoming, obviously. The clouds, shall we say, are day-to-day.

Speaking of which...

Dukes' injury continues the stunning stretch of injuries that turn out to be far more serious than anticipated. Monday, Manager Manny Acta said that Dukes could be in the lineup by Tuesday. And so today, we learn that Dukes will miss 4-6 weeks. Granted, the left fielder has shown the ability to beat such timetables. But either way, the bulk of his season is lost. Big blow, considering that the Nats had wanted to give Dukes an opportunity to build on the progress of his hot-hitting June.

Said Acta today:

"You can't put any time frame on him, he's a very quick healer, but it was said about four to six weeks. This guy came back from knee surgery in three weeks, so I wouldn't put that much time on him."

Meanwhile, here's a cup filled with your other injury updates; take as much salt around the rim as necessary.

* Cristian Guzman (left thumb): Could be back in the lineup tomorrow.

* Alberto Gonzalez (left glut): Won't be placed on the DL. Will still need a few more days of rest. "He's getting better, getting treatment," Acta said. "We're not anticipating it to be a long-term type of thing."

By Chico Harlan  |  August 6, 2008; 9:12 PM ET
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In Nats-speak, that means Gonzalez is out for the season and Guzman might be back next week.

Posted by: Matt | August 6, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

paging dr. vinnie boombatz...paging dr. vinnie boombatz

Posted by: natsscribe | August 6, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

So, does this means the Nats go to war tonight with essentially a 22-man roster? Yikes!

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 6, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

i think chico is beginning to love his ability to stir up the blogosphere, you are a rabblerouser, you rouse rabbles...and i love it

Posted by: love | August 6, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Elijah. Get well soon.

Well. At least Willie Harris has a solid place to play now!

I got newposted, but I won't cut and paste. Basically I don't think Felipe said anything that bad. Our whole team has said practically the same thing--it's like night and day with him gone. He got cut, not us. We should be the bigger men and let him be.

Good luck to you Felipe.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 6, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't trust anyone in there anymore.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | August 6, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Manny, I gotcher day-to-day right heeyah.

Posted by: Chico's Thought Bubble | August 6, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Stebbins said it best, "I don't trust anyone in there anymore"

How could you?

Do you hear that Lerners, Kasten and Bowden? I am a supporter of what you are doing overall, but here's the rub on all this injury stuff -- I don't believe a word your people say!

What does that tell you?

Posted by: Ryan | August 6, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

i would appreciate it if nats management would stop peeing on our legs and telling us that it's raining.

Posted by: natsscribe | August 6, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

After starting his career as a Cardinal with a single, Felipe Mopez has been thrown out at home, grounded out to short and grounded out to first. A quick reversion to the mean.

How can you be too hard on a guy that gladly took the organization's money--big, big money at that--and not only gave little in return, but cast a pall over the locker room?

Posted by: Suicide Squeeze | August 6, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Carrying forward (in part):

Yeah, as far as motivators, there's always pride, the young fan who is seeing you and the Nats play in person for the first time, or even your potential take as a free agent, off the top of my head.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 6, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Felipe Lopez is the loser, not the Nats. The Nats will build and win...Felipe Lopez, well... Interesting to me when players complain about being part of a losing team when their performance is integral to the team's losing record. Buy the guy a mirror.

Posted by: Baldino | August 6, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I was stuck on the old blog entry.

Posted by: Baldino | August 6, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I just feel compelled to throw a little hate out there at Felipe. It's not that he insulted the team, its that he actually believes that his effort should be dictated by the level of talent around him. At $4 million, you play hard and perform your best every night because you're accepting $4 million and you are supposed to be a professional. If he played his hardest - performed like he thinks he is capable - the team maybe wins antoher 5-10 games and he would have been part of the teams future. Felipe is a sad, sad man.

Posted by: NatBisquit | August 6, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I remember reading about a player who was injured in the penultimate game of the season. He was listed as day.

Posted by: #1 Lurker | August 6, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Doubleheader tomorrow!

Posted by: new post | August 6, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I just wish we could get some of the rain!!!

Posted by: Hossy Lady | August 7, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Can't we please fire SOMEBODY for all these injuries? We need a fall guy, just to keep us sane.

Posted by: shekb | August 7, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Good one, #1!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

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