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Odalis Perez sidelined

Nationals RHP Odalis Perez left the mound early Tuesday night with pain in his left shoulder. According to MLB.com, he has been diagnosed with tendonitis, and will likely miss his next start. This comes as yet another blow to Washington, who already have Ryan Zimmerman, Ronnie Belliard, Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Paul Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Chad Cordero on the Disabled List.

Paul Lo Duca’s new gig [Ex-Mets Watch]

 

That’s right, while Don Sutton sits out with laryngitis, the injured Paul Lo Duca takes his place in the broadcast booth. How did Paulie do? We’d say stick to your day job, Paul, but, well, that’s not going so well either now is it?

Lo Duca, Estrada to DL

Two of the three catchers on the Nationals roster are headed to the DL. One of the roster spots will be filled by Jesus Flores, who, according to Manny Acta, will be the starter, backed up by Wil Nieves. The other roster spot will be filled by Elijah Dukes, who comes off of a rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus.

Injury Notes: Pagan, Lo Duca, Pena

Lots of injury news going around today in The Beast:

  • Nationals Journal reporting that Paul Lo Duca “fractured the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand” while swinging at a Roy Oswalt pitch last night. He’ll go to the DL and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. No word yet on any roster move. 
  • Adam Rubin reports that Angel Pagan has been diagnosed with a bruised shoulder after yesterday’s foul ball catch into the stands. He’s listed as day-to-day.
  • According to ESPN, the Braves today placed C Brayan Pena on the DL with a sprained back. Atlanta activates IF Omar Infante, an offseason acquisition from the Cubs who starts today at second base.

Division Roundup [South of the Mason-Dixon Line Edition]

Almost everyone in the division won tonight (thanks for spoiling the party, Washington).

Braves 5-Padres 2

Tim Hudson had another good start, going 7 full innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. He was helped by an all-around offensive effort, including the go-ahead RBI single by newly acquired Greg Norton. Also driving in runs for the Braves were Mark Kotsay, Kelly Johnson, and Yunel Escobar. Manny Acosta shut the door for Atlanta, saving his third of the year.

Marlins 6-Brewers 2

The Marlins keep surprising, well, everyone with their starting pitching. Rookie Burke Badenhop had a strong outing, going 5.2 and surrendering just 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 7. His team backed the effort well, with Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla each going yard. Mike Jacobs‘ two-run double in the third started the Marlins rally, but Jacobs soon had to leave the game with tightness in his quad. Milwaukee sluggers Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder combined to go 1-8 on the night.

Astros 4-Nationals 3

The Nationals dropped their second straight in Houston, despite a coming-out party by Ryan Zimmerman. The Z-Man homered twice, in the first and in the sixth, driving in 3 RBIs on the night. Odalis Perez didn’t pitch badly (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) but he was simply outmatched by Houston ace Roy Oswalt (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO). Outside of the Nationals first three batters, the team combined for one hit on the night (Wily Mo Peña). Paul Lo Duca left the game after re-injuring his right hand (see previous post). Joel Hanrahan took the loss for Washington.

Paul Lo Duca injured, wants to fight

Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca will have an MRI on his right hand today after re-aggravating the injury that has kept him sidelined for much of the year in last night’s loss to the Astros. “Probably the most pain I’ve ever felt,” Lo Duca said.

When he came out of the game, Lo Duca was seen shouting at a spectator in the stands, who had apparently called him a wimp. “If I’m a wimp, come outside and wait for me,” he said. Classy stuff, Paulie.

Nationals Pregame: 5/2 vs. PIT

The Game: Pittsburgh Pirates (11-17) at Washington Nationals (12-17)

The Matchup: Phil Dumatrait (0-1, 3.92) vs. John Lannan (2-2, 2.64)

The Story: The streaking Nationals have won four in a row, and look to make it five tonight on the back of their most successful pitcher thus far, John Lannan. Lannan hopes to follow up a great outing last Sunday against the Cubs. He is 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA in his last three starts. In other words, Lannan has been pitching out of his mind. Can he continue his hot start? NL Beast has waited for Lannan to crack all season, but it hasn’t happened yet.

The Nationals offense hasn’t exactly been consistent this season, but it has continued to get the job done from unsuspecting contributors. Wil Nieves, example numero uno, starts behind the plate tonight, as he has become Lannan’s personal catcher. Paul Lo Duca returns to the team after being recalled from Class A Potomac after completing a rehab stint. Ryan Zimmerman continues to suffer from a lack of production…we’ll be watching to see if he can break out of his cold streak.

Phil Dumatrait makes his first start of the season, taking over the rotation spot that used to belong to recently released starter Matt Morris. He wasn’t exactly, err, successful last year as a starter, going 0-4 with a 15.00 ERA with the Reds. He never pitched more than five innings.

It’s a beautiful night for baseball in Washington, enjoy the game.

Lineups

Pirates: McLouth (CF), Sanchez (2B), Bay (LF), Doumit (C), Nady (RF), Mienkiewicz (1B), Bautista (3B), Gomez (SS), Doumit (P)

Nationals: Lopez (2B), Guzman (SS), Zimmerman (3B), Johnson (1B), Milledge (CF), Kearns (RF), Peña (LF), Nieves (C), Lannan (P)