A Shoulder And A No-Show
Sorry for the postless a.m. The hours have a way to keep you occupied -- especially when road trips are involved. We're in Jupiter, Fla., right now, about two hours south of Viera, for a game against the Cardinals. Well, at least some of us are in Jupiter. I still haven't spotted Jim Bowden or Stan Kasten. Who's here from the front office? Mike Rizzo and Bob Boone, to name a few. If I catch sight of the GM, I'll let you know. (Yes, our Bowden watch has reached a literal level.)
Anyway, we have one injury note for you.
Wily Mo Pena, after spending the last week battling some discomfort in his right shoulder, received an MRI and, according to Manager Manny Acta, has been diagnosed with a shoulder strain. "So that's why he's scratched from the lineup and couldn't make the trip," Acta said. "He's going to be out for a couple of days. And we don't have a time limit on how long he's going to be out."
During a few workouts last week, Pena occasionally was excused from throwing drills because of the pain. But now, doctors have decided he shouldn't swing a bat, either.
This is not the same shoulder that caused problems last year, when Pena missed the second half of the season after rotator cuff surgery.
Today's lineup for the Nats.
Harris - 7
Milledge - DH
Casto - 5
Patterson - 8
Maxwell - 9
Flores - 2
Castillo - 4
Marrero - 3
Gonzalez - 6
Cabrera - P
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