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Pudge still not close to returning

Aug 10, 2011, 11:25 PM EST

CHICAGO — Ivan Rodriguez's attempt to recover from a strained oblique muscle continues to progress slowly, and the Nationals have no set timetable for the 39-year-old catcher's return.

Rodriguez, who hasn't played since injuring himself during batting practice July 7 at Nationals Park, was in Harrisburg today before the Class AA Senators' game. According to the Patriot-News, Rodriguez worked out and is likely to play in games by the end of the current homestand.

Nationals officials sound less confident. Manager Davey Johnson today referred to a recent "setback" for Rodriguez and suggested he's not going to be ready to return for quite some time.

"He's not doing too well," Johnson said before the Nationals' game against the Cubs. "He's pushing it too hard, and he's had a setback. He's just going to have to take it easy and let it heal."

Upon suffering the injury more than one month ago, Rodriguez expressed hope he could return in a matter of weeks. But he's been unable to swing a bat without experiencing pain in his side, and theRead more ยป

  1. Dawn - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Seems to me Davy is probably referring to Pudge's setback this past Sunday. He had the shot Sunday and was supposed to rest it for three days. It is just three days now. I wouldn't be surprised to see Pudge play in a rehab game this week.

  2. JaneB - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    I hope you are right, Dawn. I love Pudge, even when he is just in the dugout.

  3. Anonymous - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Pudge needs to put his feet up and relax. Let nature take its course for a few days, then hang out with the boys in the dugout until he is ready. Hard for a player that has hardly ever been on the DL in the last 20 years playing the hardest (physically) position, but necessary. Love ya Pudge, but chill buddy.

  4. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    ST, 2011…

  5. NatsLady - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Pudge, get well soon!!!

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