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Ivan Rodriguez leaves win with tightness in lower back

Updated at 11:45 p.m.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez left tonight's 5-1 Nationals win over the Dodgers after the sixth inning with tightness in his lower back, but afterward he said he was fine and will miss only a game he had planned to sit out, anyway.

Rodriguez indicated to Manager Jim Riggleman early in the game that his lower back felt stiff. After Rodriguez grounded into a double play to end the sixth inning, Rodriguez left the game for Wil Nieves.

"It was very tight," Rodriguez said. "I don't want to take any chances. But I'm all right."

Rodriguez said tonight's discomfort was not necessarily related to pain he felt against the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year. While throwing to second base in Philadelphia, Rodriguez felt a spasm in his back.

"It happens to a catcher," Rodriguez said. "If you ask catchers, sometimes they have tightness in their lower back. Basically, that's what happened."

Nieves will catch tomorrow with Craig Stammen starting, but Riggleman had already planned on giving Rodriguez a day off, as is typical for catchers when a day game is played after a night game.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 23, 2010; 9:53 PM ET
Categories:  Ivan Rodriguez  
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If Pudge is going to continue to prove he is great in spite of being old, he can't have old injuries. Capitol Punishment makes hilarious references to him as a "reanimated corpse", which is fine if he is totally animated.


Posted by: kevincostello | April 23, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Keep the dream, friends! The Nats are in 3rd place ahead of the Braves and Mets!

Posted by: kevincostello | April 23, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I know. I know. I'm getting WAYYYYYYYYYYY ahead of myself with this, but it's April 21st and I can't resist:

We are a half-game out in the wild card.

A half fricken game.

Jim Riggleman for manager of the century.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | April 23, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm so excited I can't even read a calendar: It's actually April 23rd.

Riggs is still a genius.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | April 23, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

don't give it a second thought. cool nights like this are made for back spasms in old catchers. a day off, a heating pad, and a couple of beers, and he'll be fine.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 24, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

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