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Milledge Suffers Broken Finger in Syracuse

Outfielder Lastings Milledge of Class AAA Syracuse suffered a broken finger while attempting to bunt in the first inning of the Chiefs' game today, the latest setback in the career of the talented but inconsistent player who opened the season as the Nationals' everyday center fielder and leadoff man.

Milledge, 24, broke the ring finger of his right hand, according to Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo, who is in San Francisco with the big league team but received a phone call about the injury. Rizzo said it was too soon to speculate about Milledge's prognosis, or whether the injury would even require a trip to the disabled list.

"I need to talk to the doctor and see where he's at," Rizzo said. "I really don't know anything else at this point."

According to the Web site Syracuse.com, which first reported the injury, Milledge was facing pitcher Ty Taubenheim of the Indianapolis Indians with a runner on first when he squared around to bunt. The pitch struck Milledge in the hand, and he writhed on the ground in pain as Chiefs Manager Tim Foli and team trainer Beth Jarrett rushed to his aid.

After a poor start with the Nationals, Milledge was demoted to Syracuse after just seven games and 24 at-bats. He was hitting .256 with no homers, four RBI and a .601 OPS in 21 games with the Chiefs entering today's game.

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 11, 2009; 3:12 PM ET
 
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Milledge needs no doctor, as he knows what is best for his finger. (Sorry: it had to be said. Too bad for Thrilledge.) Does this get him off the roster so we can sign another cast-off reliever?

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

That's too bad for Milledge - I hope he heals up and can get out of his funk.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 11, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

D'oh, just read (carefully this time) Rizzo's quote about it being too soon to know if LM would go on the DL.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 11, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Dave, he is not that talented.

Posted by: paulkp | May 11, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@Soren - The only way LM would come off of the roster is if he went on the 60-day DL. I doubt a broken finger would put him out that long.

Posted by: Brian_ | May 11, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"@Soren - The only way LM would come off of the roster is if he went on the 60-day DL. I doubt a broken finger would put him out that long."

What if they break all of his fingers?

Posted by: erocks33 | May 11, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

nice one GRIP:

"Any idea how the injury to Milledge will affect his All Star bid?"

Posted by: GalRevelsInPee | May 11, 2009 3:09 PM

Posted by: NatsNut | May 11, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

he's toast.... never to be heard from again..

Posted by: 1of9000 | May 11, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Why was he bunting in the 1st inning?

Posted by: dclifer | May 11, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd guess he was bunting for a base hit. From the results, you can't say he didn't need the practice.

Posted by: joebleux | May 11, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Didn't he get hit on the hand when he was with the big club? Don't recall that he was bunting, though.

Posted by: Section314 | May 11, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't be too hard on the guy. He played well in training camp and got off to a terrible start in DC. It happens. Guys like that come back all the time -- and for no discernible reason. They just all of a sudden 'get it' -- whatever that means.

Is he a potential major league center fielder? Sure, although you'd never have known it in April. Is he a potential major league regular leadoff hitter? Possibly, although that's more doubtful.

Is he a potential All-Star? I don't think so.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 11, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Post of the Day nominee:

@Soren - The only way LM would come off of the roster is if he went on the 60-day DL. I doubt a broken finger would put him out that long."

What if they break all of his fingers?

Next post out of SYR will have Thrilledge ripping the team doctors. Sez he knows what's best for a busted digit. Sez he's not listening to what any doctor up there sez, because he's looking out for No. 1.
To think, we gave up two everyday position players for this stiff. Advantage, Omar.

Memo to Thrillege: When trying to bunt, the hands stay behind the bat. Wonder if he's taking the flag pattern to the hospital ER?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 11, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG WHEN THE mETS GAVE UP ON HIM BEING SO YOUNG.

WE GET HIM AND THEY GET ARE OUTFIELDER AND CATCHER.....

POOR NATS!

Posted by: ENJOYA | May 11, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Samson: What year did he play well in training camp? His OPS was around .550 in Spring Training this year.

Posted by: Section314 | May 11, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Someone forgot to tell him to keep his fingers from in front of the bat...moron.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 11, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

NatsNut, there actually is a joke underground movement to get Milledge elected to the All-Star game. It is being spearheaded by Red Sox fans.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 11, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of funny, but why would Red Sox fans know or care?

Posted by: NatsNut | May 11, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"NatsNut, there actually is a joke underground movement to get Milledge elected to the All-Star game. It is being spearheaded by Red Sox fans."

I didn't know Chris Needham was a Red Sox fan. He's behind the Milledge All Star thing big time. Check his new blog at NBC for all the scoop.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 11, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of funny because Red Sox fans are insufferable jackasses.

Posted by: Section506 | May 11, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

ABM, as Chris actually explained in his little piece on Milledge for all-star, this movement started on the Sons of Sam Horn blog. Here's the link to Chris's contribution, which quotes from the SoSH:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/sports/baseball/Vote-Milledge.html

As for the Sons of Sam Horn, some wise-guy Sox fans who apparently don't remember baseball in Boston before the Pink Hat years have decided to "adopt" the Nats as their favorite NL team. They have a long post which is titled "Welcome to NatsTown. Population: You." In fairness though, some of the stuff in there is actually pretty funny. Here's the link to the actual page in the thread where one of the posters started the Milledge for All-Star movement:

http://sonsofsamhorn.net/index.php?showtopic=44144&st=427

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 11, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I might be biased, but that's my Post-of-the-Day nominee.

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It's kind of funny because Red Sox fans are insufferable jackasses.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 11, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Needham may not have started the Milledge All Star movement, but his is the only name of a real person associated with it whenever it's mentioned in the blogosphere now. A little Google searching on your part will bear that out. He's also bumped that post of his to the top of his queue a couple of times already. He's definitely behind the movement, big time. Dick Cheney big time.

And hey, he got my 25 votes, thanks to Needham's urging.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 11, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"And hey, he got my 25 votes, thanks to Needham's urging."

Only 25? What with all your screen names here, I would have expected you would be a bit more creative than that when it comes to online ballot-box stuffing. I am confident that the SoSH will get this thing done.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 11, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

HEY, ENJOYA, WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING???

Posted by: fischy | May 11, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering about the Branden Kline piece. Seems like scouts do too much talking. Don't they have some self-interest in not talking about prospects with other scouts?

Posted by: fischy | May 11, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The injury will should keeep him sidelined for two to three weeks.

If Milledge were hitting .285, I might be excited and clamoring for his return.

He is hitting .256 in AAA ball.

He needs to stay in the minors. The Nats have plenty of outfielders with better hitting ability than his already on the team

Posted by: jbartelloni | May 11, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I second Patty's comment and sentiments.

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That's too bad for Milledge - I hope he heals up and can get out of his funk.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 11, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

only until he gets the cast off.

arrrrh arrrh
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Does this get him off the roster so we can sign another cast-off reliever?

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 11, 2009 3:21 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 11, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

but seriously, how does he break his *hand* bunting? I can see getting a finger caught in front (NOT a good idea--and nevermind how I know)--is that what they mean?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 11, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"Samson: What year did he play well in training camp? His OPS was around .550 in Spring Training this year.Posted by: Section314"

2011. I've seen it in the stars.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 11, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Not nice to kick someone when he's down.
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I second Patty's comment and sentiments.

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That's too bad for Milledge - I hope he heals up and can get out of his funk.

Posted by: natsfan1a1

Posted by: Section109 | May 11, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone is kicking Millz while he is down. But you have to appreciate a ballplayer with a reputation for bad fundamentals getting injured by something he should have learned when he was 10.

Posted by: comish4lif | May 11, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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