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Oh, Odalis

From several levels (and zero elevators) below comes this report from the Nats training staff: Odalis Perez cut the back of his left thumb, which explains why he left the game looking at his hand with utter contempt. But there was no immediate word on whether that was the main reason he departed the game. Certainly his pitching today provided serious reasoning for his removal even before the injury.

He lacked command all afternoon, and though he worked out of jams in each of the first three innings, the dam finally broke in the fourth.

In total this afternoon, he faced 28 batters. One reached on an error. Four walked. Ten got hits.

In other words, the average Cubs' batter today was hitting Perez with the general success rate of Ty Cobb.

Or Willie Harris.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 23, 2008; 2:57 PM ET
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I do believe 'Bonifacio' is Spanish for 'strikeout'.

Posted by: and 'emilio' means 'looking' | August 23, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes Odalis looked bad, but the bright spot is that so far Estrada looks good so far in the 7th inning. If O missed time, maybe Estrada can take his spot in the rotation.

Posted by: NatsVerse | August 23, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The CBS glogger said he thought he had a blister. I suppose a cut is better, especially if it's not on the tips of the fingers. The injury faerie, she is a cruel mistress...

Posted by: cat daddy | August 23, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Flores looked ridiculous in that AB. I hope that Milledge's hand is ok. We don't need anymore injuries

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I do believe 'Bonifacio' is Spanish for 'strikeout'.

Posted by: and 'emilio' means 'looking'

That .267 OBP, with 4 walks and 32 Ks in 100+ ABs just can't justify keeping him in the lead-off spot. The possibility of stolen bases just isn't worth it.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 23, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I would gladly take back Rauch and Jhonny Nunez for Bonifacio and Alberto "AG" Gonzalez.

We just didn't get enough for Rauch. Bonifacio is overmatched at this level for now. And if they knew they could get Anderson Hernandez for Ayala they never would have done the Gonzalez deal. We got more Middle infielders than Obama had candidates in his Veepstakes

Posted by: wish we could redo trades | August 23, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Another 0-5 day for Bonifacio. How sweet that Rauch deal is for the Diamondbacks.

Posted by: B0nifaci0 | August 23, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Willie, any word on his early departure from the game?

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 23, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Also hope that Milledge's hand is okay.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 23, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"I would gladly take back Rauch and Jhonny Nunez for Bonifacio and Alberto "AG" Gonzalez."

Jury is still out on Gonzalez. The player Gonzalez that is. He didn't look bad before he got hurt.

Posted by: the attorney general OTOH is guilty, guilty, guilty | August 23, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope we're not left hanging all night on the condition of Willie, Milledge, and Perez...
Surely there's a vet clinic open on Saturday in Chicago where they can get the care they're used to. Check their teeth, bag of oats, something....

Posted by: cat daddy | August 23, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez did look good before he got hurt, but I would think that he and Hernandez are basically the same player. Unless Guzman gets hurt again next year, we don't need both. Or maybe 0-fer B0nifaci0 should be the odd man out.

Posted by: just sayin | August 23, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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