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Adam Dunn returns home for "minor procedure"

Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn returned from St. Louis to Washington today to undergo a "minor procedure," and the Nationals hope he can return for Wednesday's game, Manager Jim Riggleman said. Dunn has been out of the starting lineup last two games with a physical ailment.

Riggleman said the procedure was performed by a Nationals team doctor and was "really of no significance" to his playing time in the near future. When asked, Riggleman declined to go into further detail. The Nationals are unsure if Dunn will play Wednesday.

"It's a little bit up in the air as to whether that happens," Riggleman said. "Knowing Adam, there's a good chance he'll be in there tomorrow."

Although Dunn was not in the lineup Sunday or Monday, he pinch-hit in both games. Dunn missing any significant time would be a rarity. Since the start of the 2004 season, Dunn has played in 989 games, third most in the majors behind Miguel Cabrera and Ichiro Suzuki, who have both played in 991.

Replacing Dunn tonight, Josh Willingham will bat cleanup and Adam Kennedy will shift from second base to first. In their two games without Dunn, who has a .925 OPS, the Nationals have scored thee runs combined.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 18, 2010; 7:01 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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I don't know why, but "minor procedure" had me flashing on the Joe Pepitone story from Ball Four, which I won't repeat here.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 18, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, when the Preparation H doesn't do the job anymore it's time for the "procedure". I understand it's less painful these days.

Posted by: Natmeister | May 18, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

did he swallow his gum?

Posted by: boricuabopper | May 18, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

As the saying goes...a minor procedure is one that is performed on another. A major procedure is one that is performed on me. Therefore, it indeed was a minor procedure.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 18, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Puking in the morning, and now a "procedure."

I'm guessing ultrasound.

Congrats Adam!!!!!

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 18, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I immediately thought of the same thing Natmeister did. Starting with long trips in the minors and then many plane flights in the Majors, apparently it's an occupational hazard. Let's hope that all of his troubles are now behind him... ;)

Posted by: dabagley | May 19, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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