Adam Dunn leaves game, confident he'll start Thursday
The Nationals played the final two innings without Adam Dunn tonight, and they may or may not play with him Thursday. Dunn left Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Astros in the seventh inning, two innings after Dunn was hit by a fastball from Astors starter Wandy Rodriguez in the right elbow.
Dunn called it "the most pain I've ever had in baseball," and said he lost feeling in his right hand. He thought he could remain in the game, but in the top of the seventh, on defense, he made an off-target throw into the outfield. He could barely feel his arm and realized he needed to leave.
Manager Jim Riggleman "told me I was just being stupid," Dunn said.
Riggleman said Dunn "may or may not" start Thursday and he'll make out two lineups, one for if Dunn can play and one for if he cannot. Dunn, who has appeared in more games since 2004 (1,089) than any other major league player, vowed he would play.
"It's good," he said. "I'll be in there tomorrow."
Dunn exited when Kevin Mench pinch-hit for him.
| September 22, 2010; 11:18 PM ET
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