Adam Dunn misses game because of back stiffness
Despite being scratched from today's game, Adam Dunn is fine and plans to play Friday. Before the Nationals' 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros today, Dunn took batting practice and fielded groundballs. His name was on the lineup card. But when his turn came up in the top of the first, Chris Duncan walked to the plate.
On Tuesday, Dunn had left in the second inning because of back spasms. He wanted to "give it a whirl" today, he said. But once he sat down after warming up, his back stiffened up.
"Hitting was OK," Dunn said. "It wasn't as bad as what I thought. It's just when I was sitting down, it still kind of hurt. I'll get the off day [Thursday], so I'll be in on Friday."
Although he "couldn't get off the training table" for 45 minutes after hurting himself Tuesday, Dunn said he felt fine walking around yesterday.
"As long as I'm standing up moving, it's fine," Dunn said. "Sitting down [stinks]. If this wasn't March 17, if it was April 17, I'd play. I still would have come out yesterday, though."
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