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Thumbs and Elbows (but No Knees and Toes)

Notes, pregame fodder and some brief medical commentary for your delight.

* Jorge Padilla and Austin Kearns -- the former was called up from Class AAA Syracuse on Wednesday; the latter was sent to the DL -- were drafted in the same year, 1998. Kearns leads Padilla in major league games played, 842-0. Also drafted in 1998, to name a few: CC Sabathia, Kip Wells, Corey Patterson and Pat Burrell. After 12 years in the minor leagues -- after 1,165 games; after spending full seasons in destination sites like Martinsville, Va., and Binghamton, N.Y.; after being flushed from three organizations; after watching peers not only make The Show, but retire from it -- Padilla walked into the Nats' clubhouse for the first time and said, "My God. I'm in heaven."

* Kearns's injury might keep him out for a while. We'll know more on Thursday, after the outfielder makes a trip to Baltimore to meet with a hand specialist.

Here's what team doctor Wiemi Douoguih said: "Kearns has kind of been struggling with that contusion at the base of his thumb. We decided to get an MRI [on Tuesday], and based on what we saw there we will send him to our hand specialist, Dr. Tom Graham in Baltimore [at Union Memorial Hospital]. He'll really come up with a definitive plan for him. It started out as kind of a bruise or contusion and it wasn't getting better, so we really wanted to work it up. He had some previous problems with it before he even got to us [in 2006], and he'd been able to get through it without any problems, but this one has been festering for a little bit longer so we decided to send him up to our hand specialist for treatment."

Kearns first dealt with thumb problems in 2004, when thumb soreness (and subsequent surgery) kept him out for 2-1/2 months. This injury is at least somehow related to the 2004 ordeal. "It was something kind of benign that kind of crept up on him," Douoguih said. The team is not yet certain if surgery will be necessary in this instance.

Kearns hadn't told anybody on the team about his latest thumb issues until Sunday morning -- right after Jim Riggleman penciled him into the starting lineup for that day's game. But according to Riggleman, Kearns has probably been bothered by his thumb "on and off for a while."

* For now, there's no alarm here. But Jordan Zimmermann is still feeling a little elbow discomfort after his starts. (The rookie pitched 3-1/3 for Class A Potomac, a rehab start, on Tuesday night.)

"It just gets tight," Zimmermann said. "I don't know how to describe it. It's not numb or anything. It just gets tight."

"It's not in between innings, but when he's finished for the night," Riggleman said of the pitcher's elbow soreness. "What we're trying to determine: Is that just normal, is that just what pitchers go through? Or is it an indication that there's a problem there? With the doctors checking him out and everything and the MRI that was taken a while ago, the consensus is, there is no problem there. But we're gonna be cautious with him."

The next big test for Zimmermann comes on Friday, in a bullpen session. After that, the Nats will determine one of three plans for the righty. Either he'll throw one more rehab start, or he'll return to the big leagues for a start on Sunday or Tuesday.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 5, 2009; 6:55 PM ET
 
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Comments

Buckle up, it's gonna be a bumpy night.

Posted by: Section220 | August 5, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

i'm dying of curiosity. what AXE commercial?? is it on youtube?

Posted by: NatsNut | August 5, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

OK, I started this, I'll go look on youtube. Stand by, NN.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

here's one in German: (I'll translate if you like, but it's not really relevant)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m46_g4Zpmw&feature=related

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

uh oh, Z-mann's elbow sounds like... shawn hill?

Elbow soreness is a nebulous area...

Re: AK, he was in a monstrous slump -- and if his thumb was bothering him during that time (even if he was "kinda" playing for a contract) that would really P.O. me as a Manager or GM or fan!

Welcome Padilla! Make a case for you to make up for lost time!

Posted by: mo_dc | August 5, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

That was too close for comfort.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 5, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

So Mr. Dunn is getting some respect from the Marlins after his last moon shot, and last night's HR.

Posted by: bigmook | August 5, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly what you would expect from Josh, co-player of the week, last week. But we'll take.

Come on Elijah!

Posted by: bigmook | August 5, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

thanks, 3.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 5, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Fireworks for Ronnie!!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 5, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Belly-yard!!!

(i love saying that)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 5, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Waiting to see whether T-Plush is feeling sexy at the dish tonight. I'm wondering if we get commentary during the at bat, and I'm kinda betting on yes.

Posted by: Section220 | August 5, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

If theres one guy I pull for its Dukes... but man, he has disappointed me so much this year.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 5, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

This **IS** a different team. Really happy for Jorge Padilla, I'm sure he must have been getting tired of Hyde Park "Coonies" hot dogs at the Park although probably not of Bradors.

Posted by: periculum | August 5, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think that the only thing that's as much fun as watching Nyjer play is listening to him when he's wearing a mike.

He must be a joy in the clubhouse and the dugout.

Rizzo should get a five year contract for stealing him from the Pirates in exchange for GasCanRahan and Thrilledge.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 5, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

You know, if the Nats run the table, they could have a shot at the wild card at 90-72.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | August 5, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Wired Wednesday needs to be changed to "T-Plush" day. He's fun to listen to. Love the comments about the slap shot speed.

Posted by: TimDz | August 5, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@Ted

Erm, what? You said something that does not compute. Could I have some of what you're smoking?

Posted by: swang30 | August 5, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

You know, if I looked like Brad Pitt, I could could hook up with a bunch of supermodels too...

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You know, if the Nats run the table, they could have a shot at the wild card at 90-72.

Posted by: TimDz | August 5, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

If anything JD and Padilla may bring this team some desperately needed luck ... sure seems like Syracuse getting curl-w's might have been helped?

Posted by: periculum | August 5, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

And the Redskins will go to the Superbowl just because Daniel Snyder said so ...

Posted by: periculum | August 5, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHA Bonifacio strikes out.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Lannan might not be in top form, but he's given us another six innings with 2 (or less) runs.

Fun seeing the crowd get behind the team, too. And since the Fish are in town, our 18,000 or so aren't drowned out by the visiting fans.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 5, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Who's this?

The Player to be Named Later

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Padilla.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to The Show, Jorge. Congrats - despite the F9.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 5, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

UGH BURNETT.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I hate Dan Uggla.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Did I miss something? Our ace (Lannan) is basically cruising thru 6 innings...then for seemingly no reason, we pull him with a 5-2 lead!! WTF!!! Is Lannan hurt? No? Then again, WTF?!? Are we working hard to lose this game?

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | August 5, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

He struggled early, threw a lot of pitches, and is over 100 in the 6th already.

Posted by: swang30 | August 5, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

We have to score more runs. NO WAY the bullpen holds a 5-4 lead for two more innings.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah he got in trouble in the bottom of the sixth but got out of it, already 100 pitches. Morgan walks! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating.

I got to listen to the middle 1/3 of the game in the car w/ Charlie and Dave. Charlie says, "[Nyjer Morgan] wasn't even looking like he was going. Was he stealing signs?" and so forth.

Later, I had the rare opportunity to watch the game on MASN and, as it happened to be Wired Wednesday with a mic on Morgan so I risked being subjected to Crapenter and Drivel. Cutting back from commercials in the top of the 7th they showed Morgan and Dukes taking the field. Morgan's mic picked up on his explanation to Dukes of the tell he'd picked up on to know if the pitcher was going to attempt to pick him off.

Fascinating.


Listen, I know you guys will debate all day about the statistical significance of the wins since the break and the measurability of the Riggleman effect, or the trades or whatever; but I have to say that it is a lot more fun to be a fan of a team that wins about half the time.

A lot more fun.

Posted by: ihatewalks | August 5, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Zim almost hit one of his famous DPs there... thank goodness he beat it out, credit to Morgan for making Uggla hold for that split second.

What's our record since the break? Anyone know off hand?

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 5, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer Morgan has been nothing short of amazing so far. Very pleased to have him.

Posted by: janus4444 | August 5, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

9-11 since the All Star break by my count

Posted by: janus4444 | August 5, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer Morgan is worth the price of admission. The loose, dirt covered uni and diving all over the basepaths. Almost like a contemporary Gashouse Gang Cardinal - though my late grandfather might have a better idea on that comparison.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 5, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Janus.


With no outs and Zim-Dunn-Hammer due up, you can't come away empty handed. Come on guys...

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 5, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Stranded AGAIN. Just steal home, T-plush.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 5, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

haha nice!

-- -- -- --

Belly-yard!!!

(i love saying that)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 5, 2009 8:14 PM

Posted by: ihatewalks | August 5, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Rachel, Rachel.

We talked about this.

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We have to score more runs. NO WAY the bullpen holds a 5-4 lead for two more innings.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 9:20 PM |

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

TWO AGAINST THE FINS and Nick.

Posted by: periculum | August 5, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

YES! Big Mac finally a 1-2-3 inning!

Posted by: curz | August 5, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

JIMMY! IT'S ON!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, we just watched some Major League baseball!

Careful now, we still want Bryce Harper ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | August 5, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Lets see....4 in row, series win against the Marlins...I like it, a lot.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 5, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Bryce Harper? They haven't been able to sign Strasburg? Let's not put the wagon before the horse ... and he's another Boras client. Let's just get two really good pitchers signed on the dotted line: Strasburg and Karns.

Posted by: periculum | August 5, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

ONE MORE just to send Nick's new team on its way with some vivid memories ... :)

Posted by: periculum | August 5, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"but I have to say that it is a lot more fun to be a fan of a team that wins about half the time.

A lot more fun.
Posted by: ihatewalks"

Folks can talk about Captain Morgan and his Natty Pirats ... but your handle/moniker probably best describes why they are winning more often finally: the Nats pitchers now hate walks as much as you do!

Posted by: periculum | August 5, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

We have to score more runs. NO WAY the bullpen holds a 5-4 lead for two more innings.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 9:20 PM

Take that back, rachel! (Of course, I wasn't very confident, either) Nice ugly win. Sometimes you just have to gut one out and they did. Good work and a good feeling.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 5, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe that Manny's spirit wasn't shining through in our boys tonight. He inspired so much in the way of intangible nothingness that there is no way that he didn't have anything to do with these 10 wins since the all star break. Manny you've been wronged. Over and over by those who evaluate job performance. We miss your gutless optimism and incomptetence. Come back to us please.

Posted by: RickFelt | August 5, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Rick

take your meds and go to bed.

Posted by: surly_w | August 5, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

10-6 under Riggleman. Not Manny's fault? Hmmmm .... just sayin'

Posted by: SavedByZero | August 5, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Kearns thumb, I had occasion to ask Tim Nehring, who was scouting director for the Reds last year, why Kearns was doing so poorly, and he said Kearns hurt his thumb with the Reds and was never the same, which is why he was dealt to the Nats. (I have seats at a minor league park near where the scouts often sit).

To me, this confirms that Kearns as a Nat has never really been right at the plate.

Posted by: nats24 | August 5, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Now, some of you and you know who you are were screaming for Guzman to be traded citing his glove and his bat as the culprits and advocating getting prospects in return, thank goodness Rizzo didn't pull the trigger on that idea, with "Flash Morgan" and Guzman back to back this team has a very effective 1-2 punch at the top of the line up. Mike Rizzo should be named Permanent GM the Morgan trade alone is reason enough to reward him for a job well done.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 5, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

They're 9-11 under Riggleman. Not bad, considering, but not 10-6.

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10-6 under Riggleman. Not Manny's fault? Hmmmm .... just sayin'
Posted by: SavedByZero | August 5, 2009 10:37 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying this should be a determining factor in the decision, but wouldn't it be real nice for DC to have a winning ball club under a guy who grew up around here?

Riggleman was a Senators fan, saw a lot of games at RFK (when I was there, too, I hope.) He has to care deep in his heart about baseball's long-term success in DC, just as much, if not more, than any of us here.

Posted by: nats24 | August 5, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

10-11 under Riggleman overall, not 10-6... we're just 10-6 over the last 16

Posted by: destewar | August 5, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

... and you're right, if we run the table we have a shot at the wild card :-)

Posted by: destewar | August 5, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Put a filter on whatever you're smoking dest...they're playing better, but run the table. Oh well, any of us can dream I guess.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 5, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

A Nats win and three innings of Vin Scully. Great way to end the day.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 5, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

of course making the playoffs is more than a pipe dream, it just ain't happening, but every inch we move towards a respectable record feels great, i think first they should strive to get out of last place in the majors, this is a realistic goal

Posted by: destewar | August 5, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Overnight post up.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 5, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

JIMMY! It's AWWN!

(just back from Duffys -- MUCH more fun when we're winning!)

FYI - just off the Green Line from the park at U street metro...

Keep it going Nats!

Posted by: mo_dc | August 5, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

They could still finish ahead of somebody. Maybe somebody not far away.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 5, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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