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Willie Harris nagged by bone bruise in knee

As a result of lingering injuries to his club, Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman said the organization has considered demoting a relief pitcher in order to add another position player.

The Nationals are particularly limited because do-it-all utility man Willie Harris, who was out of the starting lineup for Monday's meeting with the Chicago Cubs, has been nagged by a bone bruise on his right knee.

Harris said his knee was feeling "a lot better" on Monday. But when asked whether he was able to run, he said, "That's the thing I don't know."

Harris, who took batting practice on Monday, said he has been receiving hot and cold compresses to the knee. He was available to enter the game on Monday in pinch-hit situations. Harris did not play in a win over the Los Angles Dodgers on Sunday and went 0 for 3 pinch hitting in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

An MRI exam of Harris's knee indicated it was just a bone bruise and revealed no damage. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said the pain in Harris's knee was "as tolerated" in terms of whether he was able to play.

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By Mark Viera  |  April 26, 2010; 7:50 PM ET
 | Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jim Riggleman, Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals, Willie Harris  
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bernadina?

Posted by: longterm | April 26, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Nobody ever goes "0 for 3 pinch hitting" unless their team bats around 2+ times in a single inning. Willie was 0 for 3 Saturday after pinch-hitting and taking over in right field.

Posted by: seamhed | April 26, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I believe at this point you could DL Ryan Zimmerman retroactive to April 15 and bring up another player that way. There is absolutely no need to risk Ryan getting back out there in the next several days in the cold Chicago weather.

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | April 26, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Never mind, my mistake. I had forgotten about the PH appearance as recent as Sunday.

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | April 26, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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