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Tracy needs surgery for groin tear

May 29, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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Chad Tracy leads the major leagues with nine pinch-hit RBI.

MIAMI — They've already lost, at various points this season, their starting catcher, first baseman, third baseman, left fielder, right fielder, fifth starter, closer, backup closer, backup catcher, third-string catcher and utilityman. Now the Nationals can add their top pinch-hitter to their never-ending list of injured players.

Chad Tracy will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn groin muscle, the club announced this evening, the latest crushing blow to a Nationals team that somehow remains in first place despite the injuries.

"I've never seen anything like it," manager Davey Johnson said. "It's kind of weird. But that's a tribute to the makeup of this ballclub and this organization. There's a lot of capable guys that we're going give an opportunity, and the're going to run with it."

Tracy will miss at least six-to-eight weeks, perhaps more, while recovering from surgery to repair a tear in the same area he wasRead more ยป

  1. MicheleS - May 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    GET WELL CHAD!!!! #GOONSQUAD

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Bubblewrap. This whole team needs tons and tons of bubblewrap.

  3. JaneB - May 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    So, in case someone from the Tracy family reads this: We know how much he loves the game, or at least we can guess. We can guess how hard he works, and how heartbreaking this injury is. Please please please tell him how grateful we are that he's been a member of the Goon Squad, and how much confidence we have had in him. We used to be scared of our bench, but he changed that. As far as I'm concerned, he is a huge part of the turn around of this team, and I want him to know I am hugely, ginormously grateful for him. And I wish him a speedy and thorough recovery so we can have him back on OUR team again.

  4. Faraz Shaikh - May 30, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    is there some power does not wish to see Nats contend? I bet Selig is behind all the injuries.

  5. btharner - May 30, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    The sad news is that there are still four months and 113 games to go in the regular season. How much more is this team going to have to endure?

  6. whatsanattau - May 30, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    You left out center fielder – Ankiel started the year on the DL too.

  7. natsfan1a - May 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    What Jane said. Hoping to see you after the All-Star break, Chad.

  8. That old-school, prestigious way of Scooter - May 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Jane: that was beautiful, dude.

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