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A Few Injury Notes

A few dings and dents to update you on...

SEAN BURNETT: On August 23, the left-handed reliever took a groundball off his left thumb. Though X-rays were negative, he missed a few days. But it turns out, Burnett is still bothered by that injury -- and it explains his recent (relative) inactivity. Burnett returned to the mound on August 27, but since then, he has pitched in just nine games, or 4-1/3 innings (no hits, five walks, two earned runs). The sore thumb has turned Burnett from an all-purpose reliever into a situational lefty specialist, because the team wants to limit his activity. "There have been a lot of days I just didn't use him at all, knowing he's not real comfortable yet," interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "When I've used him now it's been more a couple hitters at a time to get us out of an inning with a left-hander on the other team coming up ... I don't know how much more he'll pitch for us this year if this continues. He's trying to gut it out for us."

WIL NIEVES: He's been dealing for the last few days with a left hamstring pull, but to hear Nieves tell it, his hammy is no longer "pulled." Before Thursday's game, he was out running sprints in the outfield. He feels ready to go. For this game, he'll be available to pinch hit -- though I'd say the odds of such an appearance are minimal. (Nieves is campaigning through the media.) Riggleman still says we're probably looking more at Saturday or Sunday before Nieves is back in the lineup.

CRISTIAN GUZMAN: He'll miss at least this game because of a sore right shoulder. "He'll be able to pinch hit," Riggleman said, "but I'll try to keep him out of playing any defense. He could play in an emergency, but I'd like to give him a day or two off from making throws."

By Chico Harlan  |  September 24, 2009; 6:27 PM ET
 
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Charley Slowes had Tim Kurkjian (ESPN) in the booth for an interview - only caught the last of it, but Tim seemed to be of the opinion that Rizzo will be looking for "his" manager in the off-season, FWIW.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

Do you know who Jesse English is? He is a left handed pitcher that now appears on the 40-man roster on the Nats official site?

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps that would explain pulling Burnett for Rivera after one hitter.

That's funny about Nieves' campaign, Chico. I've wondered at times whether Riggleman was campaigning through the media as well. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-))

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 24, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

@peric: English was claimed by the Nationals off waivers from the Giants in September (NFA had something on this, I think). He had to go on the 40-man because of when he was claimed.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

Thank you. Don't recall reading that one on NFA. :) Might have ...

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

10 pitches - Ka-BOOM! 4-0, Dodgers.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

mamma mia! whatta spicy meatball to kemp!

Posted by: surly_w | September 24, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

AND BOOOM!! GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Posted by: dargregmag | September 24, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

AGonz may not be a "Web-Gem" at 2B, but he's ss-mm-oooo-th at the bag. Me likey.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

@periculum,

I thought you knew everything there was to know about all things baseball and the Syracuse Chiefs. I guess not so much Cliff.

How's your boy looking tonight? I guess not so much Cliff.

Posted by: WashOut | September 24, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, it's 4-3. It's not like its the end of the world or anything.

Posted by: swang30 | September 24, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Allright, back in it - Let's see what Martin can bring from here (with an elevated pitch count).

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Martin scrapes through another inning; sadly, it's only the third of nine.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

A 24 pitch inning. The good news is that he only gave up 1 run. The bad news is that he's aiming for a 4 inning outing.

Posted by: swang30 | September 24, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I am not trying to be a shill for the MLB "At Bat" product, but it is amazing.

I was in a cab, in Madrid, and was able to watch the game on my iPhone while being driven to my hotel. I have since switched over to the radio feed. Anywhere in the world there is cell coverage, there is Charlie and Dave. I love it, love it, love it.

Posted by: kevinx | September 24, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

WashOut from what? The school of positive thinking? From using your head for something other than a hatrack? From the school of standing on your head and spitting nickels?

The Dodgers are a good team. JD is hanging in there. Something about the guy makes the players around him try as much as they can to pull out a win. They always seem to feel that they always have a chance to win when he pitches.

In other words a better version of Manny Acta? :)

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

@kevinx
What about the roaming charges? It must be a fortune in Europe.

Posted by: swang30 | September 24, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we get to see another prospect from Syracuse (hopefully that grumpy dwarf Washout won't lather up over it) Marco Estrada.

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Estrada (from the Chiefs) has a good frame and strikes out the side.

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

and he strikes out the side, keep him.

Posted by: swang30 | September 24, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Bergie ...

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Four strikeouts for Desmond ... that can't be helping his outlook.

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

If we tried a little harder, our uniform with the interlocking DC COULD be as garish as the Houston Astros orange rainbow theme from years ago! I LOVE the interlocking DC theme but not the star spangled look.

Meanwhile, I don't know about you but I may not view the post-season at all. Can't stand to watch the Phillies or Dodgers in our league. And in the other league? Forget about it!! I never want to see a post season with NY or Boston again in my life.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | September 24, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

If Furcal comes up again, we should just bean him. Sheesh...he's killing us!!!

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 24, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

The jury is obviously still out on Desmond let's see how he respond's the rest of the way, the Braves are still in the hunt for the wild card,you knew at some point opposing pitchers would figure him out so now lets see how he adjust.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 24, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

riggleman is actually bringing kensing into a game that's still winnable? ay-yi-yi!

Posted by: surly_w | September 24, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

D'oh!

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 24, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love that hustle home by Harris! Thrown out at home?

Posted by: poncedeleroy | September 24, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

why in the hell does listach send him on that play with Dunn and Zim coming up?

Posted by: DCguy7 | September 24, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Dave said that Listach did the right thing by sending him. I'm not watching, so I don't know how close the play was - it sounds like the ball was hit just a bit too sharply to give Willie a chance to score safely.

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 24, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

The play was NOT close. It was a good throw, but Willie was out by at least 10-15 feet, which means any kind of a decent throw gets him. I was yelling "NO!!" as soon as the ball got out there. And now they have to score off the closer, instead. Which ain't happening, unless Orr does it. No business sending Harris there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 24, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I mean, it's not like they have a second baseman in right, or something stupid like that.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 24, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

100

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 24, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 Washington Nadirs!

Since "nadir" is the opposite of "zenith," their slogan should reflect the team by referencing the "Natinals" incident:

The name goes on before the quality goes in.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | September 24, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Bill D -- who picked the day the Gnats lost their 100th game...

Way to go Bill !!!

www.natslose100.webs.com

Posted by: randy_boyd | September 24, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Bright side, we won't have to read posts about the above site any longer.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 25, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

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