Jul 3, 2011, 10:53 PM EST
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Jason Marquis gave up seven runs in only 1 1/3 innings.
The left fielder and cleanup hitter is already banged-up, dealing with a nagging Achilles’ tendon strain. The first baseman and potential All-Star sat out Sunday’s game with a bruised forearm and could miss another day. The $126 million right fielder had to come out of the game after taking a fastball to his left wrist and is unlikely to start Monday.
Meanwhile, the Face-of-the-Franchise third baseman is hitting .224 and still trying to find his swing after missing more than two months due to injury. The young shortstop has been playing with a sore thigh for weeks and probably needs a couple of days off.
And those are only the injuries we know about.
Throw in Jason Marquis’ dreadful start Sunday afternoon, leading to a 10-2 thumping at the hands of the Pirates, and the Nationals reach Independence Day in something of a tenuous position.
“I’m real concerned about it,” manager Davey Johnson said. “We kind of start getting healthy, and then, bang, something else happens. But
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