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Mock lands on DL with neck injury

Apr 15, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA — Garrett Mock has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury that cropped up after the right-hander was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse over the weekend, thus negating his demotion.

Mock, who had remained with the Nationals in order to throw a regular bullpen session Monday in Philadelphia, felt a "twinge" in his right shoulder, general manager Mike Rizzo said, and had to cut the session short. Doctors in Washington then discovered a problem with a cervical disc in his neck, putting pressure on a nerve that went into his shoulder.

"It's a disc thing that put pressure on a nerve," Rizzo said. "He thought it was his shoulder, but it was actually a circulatory thing from his neck."

Mock had never mentioned any previous shoulder or neck issues prior to his demotion.

"He never complained about it before," Rizzo said, "but it came to aRead more »

  1. Tcostant - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Smart move – fake an injury and still get a major league pay check. Not bad for the Nats either, as the save a minor league option because of the DL.

  2. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Or not as smart a move – pitch through injury, which gets worse and worse and causes your performance to decline. Then, only bring it up once you've been demoted.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 15, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    I still think his problems are a little farther up his neck.

  4. Bote Man - Apr 16, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    Mock injured his neck by craning it around to watch the home runs he served up fly out of the park.

  5. Theophilus - Apr 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Mock's only dislocation is somewhere in his head.

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