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Shawn Hill update

Today, Shawn Hill was in Pensacola, Fla., for an evaluation on his right elbow by orthopedist James Andrews.

The results of that evaluation are... well, incomplete. But somewhat encouraging. Andrews will soon conduct a scope on Hill's elbow, and that's all that might be necessary. But Andrews won't know the real extent of things until he looks inside.

Just a few minutes ago, the Nats' team doctor, Ben Shaffer, explained the details. I'll let him have the floor...

"As you probably know, he was seen today by Jimmy Andrews [more commonly, Dr. James Andrews], who did his original Tommy John reconstruction in 2004. Shawn was seen because recently he's had pain develop on the posterior medial, or back inside of his elbow, right behind that ligament. Andrews thinks that the problem is related to bony build-up behind the ligament. He thinks that a scope to clean it out might be all that's necessary. There is bone within the ligament itself -- ossification within the ligament. But a lot of players have that. So whether that's actually in some way responsible, he doesn't know, and he'll evaluate the ligament at the same time as the arthroscopy. He also recommended before he does the scope and the ligament evaluation that Shawn is seen by a doctor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham [Dr. Tom Hunt, a hand/extremities specialist]. He's going to be seen by this doctor next Wednesday, and the purpose of that is to evaluate the discomfort he's had in his forearm in the area of the radial nerve that seems to have defied specific diagnosis throughout the last year. So he's going to be seen for an evaluation of that before Dr. Andrews looks inside."

By Chico Harlan  |  August 29, 2008; 9:14 PM ET
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snicker, snicker

Posted by: Extremities Specialist? | August 29, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

dare i say that the Nats are closing the distance on the Braves and possibly, can leapfrog them next year? Outside of Chipper and McCann, the Braves stink.

Go Marinesm, Go Padres, Go Nats!

Posted by: joNAThan | August 29, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

This win streak has me in a state of shock, hence the mispelling of Mariners......

Whats the tragic number now?

Posted by: joNAThan | August 29, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Leapfrog Braves? Please, no. No, not until the Lerners sell.

Posted by: batmacumba | August 29, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

4 in a row. Gotta luv it.

Posted by: Pablo | August 29, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Go Nats! Leapfrog the tomahawk choppers!!

Hope that Dr. Andrews proves correct about the source of Hill's injury.

p.s. It wasn't *lower soft tissue* extremities, snickerer...

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

4 in a row, and against the Braves. Nothing better. Looks like they played like the mid-Summer version of the Nats. I hope Bobby Cox was steaming...

I missed it all but Shell's walk and Hanrahan's save, but I trust everyone enjoyed another great team effort. Those batting averages don't look so bad these days.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 29, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

But it's clean! We just swept! Awwwwww, maaaaaaann.

You can have the weekend off after you've arranged for the sw**p, ce.
Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 6:32 PM

Posted by: ce | August 29, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Also, the P-Nats beat Wilmington tonite, clinching the second-half division title (they already had a playoff berth because they won the first-half title, too). Ross Detwiler, who started, also helped the P-Nats to clinch the first-half division title. Wilmington clinched a wild card berth due to a Frederick loss, so they will face the P-Nats at the Pfitz when the division championship series begins on Wednesday. Go P-Nats!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Laughing here, ce.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

well, they said there was some bone there ...
p.s. It wasn't *lower soft tissue* extremities, snickerer...
Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 10:54 PM

Posted by: What?! What I say? | August 29, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

SO several Nats and ex-Nats should be getting rings, after all, this year. Smoke THAT, Ozeg-zeck.
Wilmington clinched a wild card berth due to a Frederick loss, so they will face the P-Nats at the Pfitz when the division championship series begins on Wednesday. Go P-Nats!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 11:04 PM

Posted by: Guess I told HIM | August 29, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

You forgot the "boo-yah!"

Posted by: O's Exec's monologue writer | August 29, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Tragic numbers.... hmmm...

The Nats were eliminated in the wild card tonight, elimination number of 3 for the division. Seattle E, Cincinnati (2), Pittsburgh (1)in their divisions. Seattle won, and SD down early...... so Seattle still up by a game and SD by 2 for the draft lottery.

New Nationals now 10-15.

Nationals now 50-85. (Countdown To 100 Losses Stays At...15.)

Posted by: cat daddy | August 29, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

If the tragic number is 15, then the magic number to circumvent the tragic number is 13. The drive for 5 in a row continues. GO NATS...STAY HOT

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | August 29, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Go magic number!! :D

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Shawn Hill, call John Patterson and ask him what he did not to go crazy with all that talent

Posted by: SCNatsFan | August 29, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Picking first has it's advantages, I guess, but, as has been pointed out here and elsewhere repeatedly, baseball isn't like football or basketball. Anything in the top half of the first round is a good shot at a solid MLB player if you pick (and sign) the right guy, but it's not like you're going to get Bo Jackson, most years. Sure, there's Joe Mauer and Jr. and A-Rod, but BJ Surhoff or Shawon Dunston is more likely. Good players, love to have that, but they won't turn a franchise around.

When instead you could maybe get (in honor of 70's night, 1978) a Cal Ripken: 2nd round, 47th overall, and if his dad hadn't been with B'more he might have gone in the third round. Kent Hrbek, seventeenth round, 432nd pick. Ryne Sandberg: twentieth!! round, 511 overall. First pick overall that year: Bob Horner. Good player, but who would you rather have, in hindsight?

1985, consensus Best Draft Ever:
Milwaukee opened the 1985 draft by picking B.J. Surhoff -- who signed for $150,000, a paltry sum by today's standards. Among those following Surhoff were Will Clark (2), Bobby Witt (3), Barry Larkin (4), Bonds (6), Pete Incaviglia (8), Walt Weiss (11) [and ROY 1988], Brian McRae (17), Joe Magrane (18), Gregg Jefferies (20), Rafael Palmeiro (22) and Joey Cora (23). And some Randy Johnson guy was the Expos' 2nd round pick. Later rounds: John Smoltz (22) and Mark Grace (24).
And then there's the 62nd round in 1988, the Dodgers' last pick that year, just a favor to Tommy Lasorda, we'll pick up his godson, Mike Piazza.
I'm just saying, don't sweat the draft slot.

Posted by: CE | August 29, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree, CE. The draft is a crap shoot, and a great many of those that do make it, blossom for some other organization. I'm for picking 3rd and skipping some of the over slot drama.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 30, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

its advantages. Not "it's"

Posted by: I hate it when I do that | August 30, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Where is John Patterson now?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"Where is John Patterson now?"

Pitching coach and head trainer, Fort Worth Cats.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Snooze...Can we please just let Hill go the way of Patterson - We domiss JP and we won't miss Hill.

Posted by: rob | August 30, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

If Hill can come back, and I truly hope so, we will have a really good pitcher in the lineup. Sorry Rob, but Hill in 07 was the best pitcher in our rotation before the arm injury.

On another note, watching the isolated camera angle on Bonaficio running the triple was fun. As he rounded second he burned his way the last 90 feet. I would love to see a situation of Bonaficio on third and Harris on first with one out. I can see a delayed double steal with Bonaficio taking home if a play is made on Harris at second. Anyone else enjoying Harris as a lead-off hitter?

Posted by: Dale | August 30, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I am very much enjoying Harris leading off.

Posted by: M. Acta | August 30, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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