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J.D. Martin remaining optimistic

Starting pitcher J.D. Martin was in good spirits earlier today in the Nationals clubhouse despite his current stint on the 15-day disabled list. The club placed Martin on the DL shortly after bulging disks in his back flared up on Saturday, forcing him from his start at Milwaukee in the third inning.

Martin said he received an epidural shot in his back on Monday and now is just waiting for it to run its course. The 27-year-old right-hander felt a shooting pain in his right leg after it hit the ground during his follow-through in the second inning against the Brewers. He remained in the game in part because he has grown accustomed to lower back pain, which he has endured for months.

"I think it's going to feel a lot better the next couple days," Martin said.

Initially the Nationals were going to explore the possibility of keeping Martin off the disabled list with more extensive evaluation of the cause of the pain. When it became apparent, however, Martin would miss at least one start, the club could ill afford to carry him the roster given the overworked bullpen.

Martin is 1-5 with a 4.13 ERA in nine starts this season, although his record is a bit misleading. In the seven games in which Martin has worked at least five innings, he yielded two earned runs or fewer in four of them.

By Gene Wang  |  July 28, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  J.D. Martin  
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