Belliard likely done for season
As of tonight, it looks like Ronnie Belliard's right groin strain will end his season.
"Yeah, it's a bad groin pull," Nats Manager Manny Acta said after tonight's loss, 2-0 against Atlanta. "As of up to now, it might look like he's done for the year, but we're going to have an MRI just to confirm what we're wondering."
Belliard said that the injury first occurred while he was running down the baseline in the seventh inning; he hadn't tweaked anything earlier in the game/week/etc.
Asked how he felt, Belliard answered in one word.
"Hurt," he said.
He slumped in a folding chair.
Then some questions of greater intelligence were asked.
"It's tough, you know," Belliard elaborated. "Not only me, I think we're all playing good right now, and we trying to win some games, and I'm trying to help this ballclub. But I've been on the DL before this year early, and a lot of guys on the DL. So I'm trying to get better for the last couple of weeks, and we'll see what happens."
Assuming we don't see Belliard again, this makes Dmitri Young's return all the more interesting. Until Young comes back on Tuesday, Kory Casto and Aaron Boone will split the at bats at first base.
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