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Adam Dunn back in lineup

The Washington Nationals will have slugger Adam Dunn back in the lineup for tonight's game against the New York Mets. Dunn flew home yesterday for what was called a "minor procedure," and the Nationals were hopeful their first baseman would be ready for their first home game after a nine-game road trip.

"There were some things going on that needed to be checked out I think," said Dunn, who would not specify the nature of the procedure. "I wasn't feeling like I should be feeling. I'm ready to rock."

Dunn leads the Nationals with nine home runs and has been particularly sharp since a slow start to the season. He has eight homers and 17 RBI in his past 23 games and has hit safely in seven straight starts entering tonight.

"Adam's one of those guys when you're managing against him, you're pointing to when he's coming up, and you have to get a left-hander ready for him," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "He makes you do something maybe you really don't want to do. He has that impact on the other dugout."

Here are both starting lineups:


Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Henry Blanco, C
R.A. Dickey, RHP


Nyjer Morgan, CF
Cristian Guzman, 2B
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
Adam Dunn, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Ivan Rodriguez, C
Roger Bernadina, RF
Ian Desmond, SS
Livan Hernandez, RHP

By Gene Wang  |  May 19, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn , Jim Riggleman  
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Maybe so. But if Rigglemsn & Co. absolutely need a guy who strikes out a lot, "caught looking" being his signature at bat, and regularly and unpredictably mishandles chances at 1B, then I'd say there's trouble in River City.

Posted by: JohnRDC | May 19, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Should we get Bowden to pray for him?

Posted by: Cosmo06 | May 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap, how long has your picture been up there, Adam?

We tried for years to get the blogfather's mug posted. Chico, too. No dice.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 19, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Caught looking is no worse than whiffing, and most of the time, a walk is as good as a hit. Runs are created via slugging and getting on base, two things Dunn does well. His fielding at first this year is better than its ever been in the outfield.

Posted by: cassander | May 19, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

You know who used to put together great clutch at-bats? Elijah Dukes. Wish we had his bat... Time to trade for a RF or give up on the season.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 19, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Also, by being selective at the plate, Dunn helps to run up the opposing starter's pitch counts, something some of our other guys could learn to do a bit better. Most successful teams do this well because they realize that most MLB bullpens are a mess (not just ours).

Posted by: thelonghaul | May 19, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

You know who used to put together great clutch at-bats? Elijah Dukes. Wish we had his bat... Time to trade for a RF or give up on the season.


Ummmm, yeah.... Thanks for that, imjustlikemusiq. Good insight...

Posted by: baltova1 | May 19, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Long haul:

When your big bopper is being (overly) selective, it's not helping all that much. Where being selective would help is with all the first-pitch swinging that goes on with the mediocre hitters like Harris, etc.

I still say a team's in trouble if Adam Dunn is considered indispensable in the batting order.

Posted by: JohnRDC | May 19, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I happen to like the idea of nearly 40 home runs and 100 rbi's a year in the lineup every night....its too bad we don't have another one so we wouldn't have to depend on Adam so much.

Tonight is the A lineup...let's see if we can get going and play some ball.

Posted by: outrbnksm | May 19, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

JohnRDC--I agree we have way to many first-pitch swingers, especially at the top of the lineup, which goes to my point. If they were more selective like Dunn, then perhaps their OBPs would be more like Dunn's, although they probably would not catch Dunn for the team lead in HRs.

Posted by: thelonghaul | May 19, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Caught your comments on Kearns on the previous thread. You know, I pretty much agreed with all the Kearns-bashing that went on here last year. But then I read that after the season, he had operations to correct three different problems in his hand and wrist. Now, playing hurt is often considered a virtue, but in AK's case it clearly was not. I wish he had called a halt sooner and had his physical problems fixed. I would wait until he undergoes a swoon before fixing the evil eye on him as you did.

Posted by: bertbkatz | May 19, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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