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Kearns to DL; out 2-4 weeks

The Nationals this afternoon placed RF Austin Kearns on the disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with a stress fracture of his left foot. Kearns is expected to miss two to four weeks.

The release the team just issued mentioned that the injury originally occurred on August 3, a game in which Kearns went 3-for-4 against Cincinnati. (I am trying to think of any red flags from that game, but I am coming up short. He played the entire game, and didn't miss any time in the games following.)

Anyway, Kearns was examined yesterday in DC by orthopedist Edward Magur, who recommended rest and immobilization with a walking cast.

And with that, Kearns is heading to the DL for the second time this year. He already missed 38 games earlier this season after right elbow surgery.

For what it's worth -- and by no means am I trying to draw a correlation between performance and injury; just speculating -- Kearns has batted .172 (11-for-64) since August 4, a day after the foot injury purportedly occurred. For the season, his numbers stand at .217 with seven HRs and 32 RBIs.

No corresponding roster move has yet been announced, but Elijah Dukes, currently on rehab with Class AAA Columbus, would be the logical man to return.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 26, 2008; 3:45 PM ET
 
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Black Cloud meet Mr. Kearns.
Mr. Kearns, Black Cloud.

Posted by: NatBisquit | August 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Silver Lining, meet Mr. Dukes.
Mr. Dukes, Silver Lining.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | August 26, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

WTF MEDICAL STAFF

This is ridiculous.Srs

Posted by: JHC | August 26, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh my Gawd. Do they have a shrink on staff? Seems like they need to get inside the heads of these walking wounded people. When does it ever help your team to play with a broken foot? Hate? I got your hate right here.

Posted by: Sect 112, Cap Hill | August 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

more natsluck.

Posted by: natsscribe | August 26, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

See you at Spring Training Kearnsy!

Posted by: BofG | August 26, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Is there a DL for Nats fans? If so, put me on it, as this news has severely strained my capacity to care.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

And the hits just keep on coming.... as bad as we've played this year, this team has been snakebit.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | August 26, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes being shorthanded is not a bad thing. The team has been playing without a cleanup hitter for months even with Kearns in the lineup.

Posted by: just sayin' | August 26, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and could we please send Zimerman for surgery already? If we're thinking long-term, let's start now not when he's done irrepairable damage to our future #5 or 6 hitter on the eventual winning ball club.

Hate Squared is still hate!

Posted by: Sec 112, Cap Hil | August 26, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this is getting ridiculous!

State of the Nation - Mr. Ramirez goes to Washington

Heads up, Nats fans - Manny Ramirez is coming to DC for the first time in his major league career!

The long-time former Red Sox fan favorite departed for the Left Coast at the trading deadline, landing in "Mannywood," California. The future Hall-of-Famer will patrol left field for the Dodgers as they open a three-game set versus your Nationals this evening. Colin Balester will try to slow down Manny's scorching NL start (.361 batting average) as he takes the hill at 7:10 p.m.

The best part is, you can get into the game for 30% off using the Nats E-Saver! Simply click any of the purchase links below and enter EDODGERS to reveal special discounted pricing in five different sections!

Barf!!

Posted by: 756* | August 26, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Could we trade a #1 pick for a one year steroid exemption?

Posted by: Sec 112, Cap Hill | August 26, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Do you not get your per diem if you are on the DL? Is that why no one wants to admit they are hurt . . . they won't get paid.

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | August 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

sounds about right

Posted by: laxbigj | August 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Austin Kearns, please just get out of my life...you are terrible

Posted by: worst player ever | August 26, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I recognize that this is more of the same, but I can't really get up in arms over it. It doesn't matter. Eliljah is ready. September callups get here in a few days. Kearns probably isn't part of the future anymore anyway, as much as it pains me to say that. If he tears it up to start the year next year, they should probably sell high. If he doesn't, he's gone as a free agent after the season anyway. We need more Zimmermans. We needed to sign more of our draft picks.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | August 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Kasten ever get hurt and go on the DL?

Posted by: Section 505/203 | August 26, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This is bordering on being truly comical. The ineptitude in the training room is like nothing ever seen before.

Posted by: AlexL925 | August 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid that there's no DL for Nats fans, anon, just as there is none for broadcasters. Perhaps you can be day-to-day instead. :D

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 26, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

POS Kearns.... so noble to play hurt and suck and suck the team down with him.

Note to Jimbo, re: Contract addendum
Any player hiding injuries that hurts the team over fear of flippin' burgers, gets to flip burgers.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 26, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I sort of remember one of the announcers during a recent game asking if Kearns was limping. My warning lights went off at the time. At this point if someone sneezes I am just going to assume DL. We need to get this team some kind of holistic health person to set up personal fitness programs for the off-season. I don't care what the talking heads say -- if people are truly fit and healthy then they have less injuries. Sounds like the Redskins are following in the nats footsteps.

Posted by: masnstinks | August 26, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

pee-pee in the potty.

Posted by: | August 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"Oh my Gawd. Do they have a shrink on staff? Seems like they need to get inside the heads of these walking wounded people. When does it ever help your team to play with a broken foot?"
With my great medical qualifications (i.e., just looked up "stress fracture" on WebMD), I can say that stress fractures are tiny breaks in the bone and that sometimes the symptom is dull pain that's worse with exercise. Sounds like something that someone might think was a bruise or a strain or something like that. Maybe Austin just didn't want to believe that he might have to go on the DL again, and I can sympathize with that. Get well soon Austin.

Posted by: Section 109 | August 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Man, it's like they intentionally timed this to happen on the day Chico's article about Washington's injury woes appeared in the Post.

Then again, it probably would have been harder to find a day that a Nationals injury wasn't being announced to run this piece.

Posted by: John in Mpls | August 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I know what it is. It was that F@*$ING construction worker who wrote "Go Phillies" on that steel beam.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 26, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"This is bordering on being truly comical. The ineptitude in the training room is like nothing ever seen before.

Posted by: AlexL925 | August 26, 2008 4:32 PM"

Yeah, like the guys in the training room broke Kearns's foot. Right.

Posted by: pull on it til you hear a CRACK! | August 26, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

if Kearns batted anyway, but didn't swing or run because of his injury, would there be any decrease in offensive production in the lineup?

Posted by: Cabraman | August 26, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that can make me happy after watching the Nationals play is getting a BLUMPKIN.

If you don't know what that is, google it.

Posted by: | August 26, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I know what it is. It was that F@*$ING construction worker who wrote "Go Phillies" on that steel beam.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 26, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Oops. I think my post is going to show up a bunch of times. I REALLY needed to say that.

(sorry)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 26, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Strasbourg is starting to look like a lock.

Posted by: KeepingTheFaith | August 26, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Strasbourg is starting to look like a lock.

Posted by: KeepingTheFaith | August 26, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, like the guys in the training room broke Kearns's foot. Right.

Posted by: pull on it til you hear a CRACK!

That would have been useful had they done that back in April. I'd have sent reward money...

Posted by: cat daddy | August 26, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Strasbourg is starting to look like a lock.

Posted by: Mnke29 | August 26, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Here it COMES FOLks

Go to Nats Park and see the OTHER TEAM!!!

THE OTHER TEAM!!!!!!! IS THIS THE PLAN!!

HUH !!!! ANYBODY LISTENING !!!!!

STAN!!! MARK!!!

WHERE'S THE TYLENOL !!!!!???????

Posted by: CBinDC | August 26, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Nats sign players that have been injury plagued and then act shocked when they miss time. It's annoying. If the front office goes into next season counting on Johnson, Kearns, and Da Meat Hook to help this team they are out of their minds.

I heard a rumor there's someone in the front office that is planing to resign. Have you guys heard that too? I'm not sure who though. My guess not Bowden. Cold Pizza is off the air, he's stuck.

Posted by: Billy Beane | August 26, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

@CBinDC

You know it's really bad if the Lerners hire Susan O'Malley to market the fact that the only reason to come to Nats Park is to see the opposition.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 26, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

if Kearns batted anyway, but didn't swing or run because of his injury, would there be any decrease in offensive production in the lineup?

Posted by: Cabraman

No C-man, there would be no noticeable difference in Kearns' offensive production.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 26, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

@CBinDC

You know it's really bad if the Lerners hire Susan O'Malley to market the fact that the only reason to come to Nats Park is to see the opposition.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 26, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

AUSTIN KEARNS,MORE BRITTLE THAN A MING VASE!!!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | August 26, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The Sky is Falling!

I recommend everyone take a vacation, it does wonders.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 26, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Keep giving us money guys.

Posted by: Lerners | August 26, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"Don't look now, but I am 5-10 since my callup from AAA, with 2 walks and no strikeouts. I have an OPS of 1.183. Yes, my fielding has been substandard, but at least my team isn't in last place!

Posted by: Paul LoDuca | August 26, 2008 3:08 PM"

And if Larry Beinfest hadn't been too cheap to trade for him at the deadline, maybe the Marlins would be in the wild card hunt. I revel in the Collapse of the 1st place Marlins.

Posted by: flynnie | August 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Is Kearn's .217 part of the plan?

Posted by: Jamming | August 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

We always hear it's the player's fault for not reporting the injuries. The GM, manager, coaches, trainers and doctor are around these guys almost 24/7. Aren't they professionals? Haven't they seen injuries before? Don't they look at the tape, the stats, the radar gun or even the player? Is this the US Armed Forces: Don't ask don't tell?
Of course the players are not going to admit to all their injuries. They want to play.

Posted by: Seeing Eye Fan

Doesn't have to be that fancy. Sit their azz on the bench and give 'em some time to think about being more honest.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 26, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

OK, this is the first time I feel free to criticize the Nats trainer/medial staff. A stress fracture does feel like a non-specific dull pain UNTIL you touch it with a tuning fork, then the pain is EXCRUTIATING if you have a stress fracture. It is a vague tikle if you have a bruise.
Who are these guys?
Is Lenny Harris in charge of the trainers/medical staff If so, I understand.

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 26, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Have the Nats called anyone up yet? Or are we playing with a short bench AGAIN?

Posted by: BSG | August 26, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Slowpitch63. Time to stick a tuning fork in Austin Kearns!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | August 26, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Slowpitch63.

Time to stick a tuning fork in Austin Kearns!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | August 26, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Kearns to the DL and no roster move made yet to replace his spot. So we're going into another game with one less bench player available. Great...

Posted by: BSG | August 26, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Kearns to the DL and no roster move made yet to replace his spot. So we're going into another game with one less bench player available. Great...

Posted by: BSG | August 26, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the multiple posts - the blog software seems to be having issues...

Posted by: BSG | August 26, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

2 hbp, the pitcher walked by Balester, 0 outs and bases loaded. Time to think back on Charlie and Dave's great moments! When I was coming out of the Home Depot in 2005 and heard the heartfelt, "Bang, Zoom!" when the Chief of Cardiology astounded a Charlie who was used to calling Tampa games, when Tampa was still "bitter as devil's spit" (Stephen Hunter-we love you! What a gift in our hour of need!) The experience of calling the woeful Devil Rays' games stood Charlie in good stead during a game this year in which there were 3 errors by Our Nats, and Charlie said, in a happy voice identical to his IHOP inflections, "This is the worst inning we've seen all year!" His philosophical comments on the Jewish Wedding of the Philly Phanatic as Dave struggles to cal the game is in my Charlie and Dave Hall of Fame, as is Charlie's "Cry for Coffee" in RFK and Dave's scolding, abstemious response. Dave's comments on Jr. Steinbrener's critique of the NL after Wang's injury on the basepaths, and then his saying, "Kiss that job goodbye!" The thrilling intro to the broadcast, especially Dave's call of Felipe Lopez's grand slam against Aaron Heilman to break open a game against the Mets last May, and Charlie's call of Zimmerman's walk-off on opening night in the new park. The best four words in our language? Charlie or Dave saying, "We're ready for baseball. "

Posted by: flynnie | August 26, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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