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Oblique strain could land Pudge on DL

Jul 8, 2011, 3:45 AM EST

The strained oblique muscle Ivan Rodriguez suffered during batting practice this morning could force the veteran catcher to the disabled list.

Rodriguez felt a pull on his right side during early workouts prior to the Nationals' game against the Cubs. He then aggravated the strain during batting practice and was quickly scratched from the starting lineup, storming off the field after slamming his bat to a bag of balls.

"It happens," he said. "It happened during batting practice, and what can you do? These things happen just like this, and it got me today."

The Nationals initially classified Rodriguez's removal from the lineup as "precautionary" and suggested he would be available to pinch-hit if needed. But the 39-year-old required treatment throughout the afternoon and evening and struggled to put his shirt on after the game.

Rodriguez will be re-evaluated tomorrow once he arrives at the ballpark, but he acknowledged the club can't afford to proceed for longRead more »

  1. JaneB - Jul 8, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    Sounds like Flores ought be packing a bag. I wish Pudge a speedy recovery, and Flores a great ride while he's back up. Seems like we are rich in grown up catchers…maybe someone else needs Flores this month.

  2. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    Jhonatan Solano has been doing very well in Syracuse but he's not on the 40-man.

  3. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    Jhonatan Solano is the right choice. Flores isn't ready … he's still a ways away in his recovery process.

  4. Dave - Jul 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I'm sorry about Pudge, but three days before the All-Star break is probably a good time for this to happen, if it's going to happen.Who on the Nats' current 25-man could catch in a pinch? Has Bixler done it before? Seems like he has played every other position.

  5. FS - Jul 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I think Ramos can handle 3 straight games of catching, extra innings or not. After ASB, hopefully Pudge will be back.

  6. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    I think either Morse (can you believe it!?!) or Bixler is our emergency catcher. Hey, let's activate Matt LeCroy!

  7. JaneB - Jul 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Morse? Seriously? That guy gets more amazing to me all the time!

  8. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Werth was drafted as a catcher. Put him behind the plate so he can watch even more pitches.





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