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Tyler Walker eyeing return

Reliever Tyler Walker, on the disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder, will likely play catch tomorrow for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday. Walker is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, and he hopes he can return by then.

When Walker went on the disabled list Monday night, he said he did so "begrudgingly." He was able to pitch through the pain, but had not appeared in a game since June 19. Since receiving treatment and sitting out, Walker learned his situation was worse than expected.

"I kind of didn't realize how banged up it was," Walker said. "You kind of get in that mode where you're good enough to pitch, you're OK. Hopefully we can get it right. I don't want to go back out and have it not be OK. That's putting these guys in a bad spot. I want to make sure I'm ready to go."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 3, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
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This team and this franchise has a history of hurt players not calling themselves out, and hurting the team in the process. While on one level it is admirable and shows toughness, it also shows selfishness and poor judgment to win ball games.

It also is an effect of fielding marginal players since MLB glutted the franchise pre-2005, causing 20+ per roster to be fighting for their spot on the club to stay in majors. A lineup with legit players with a bit of job security would help create a culture of putting the team first and not pushing their sore shoulders, backs, knees, wrists, etc.

C'mon, Tyler Walker - with a bum shoulder - is NOT going to help the Nats win ball games. At least let someone come in for a few games while you fix up!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, to further the point, I think it was Jeter in his first or second year, who hurt his shoulder or something, and tried to play through it. One of the respected vets on the bench told him "Look, you're gonna be here a long time. You help us win more letting someone play while you get better." and Jeter continued that message over his 15? seasons.

The team could benefit from someone -- like Pudge did -- selling a similar message. And, the team's front office promoting it too....

Posted by: mo_dc | July 3, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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