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3.15.2008

Wily Mo Out, Dukes In

Wily Mo Peña will be sidelined for roughly four weeks after an MRI revealed a significant tear in his left oblique muscle.

The Washington Nationals outfielder, who was injured during batting practice on Wednesday, says he will work hard to be back on track by mid-April. Peña was batting .226 with one home run and four RBIs in 31 at-bats this Spring.

Manager Manny Acta is not too pleased, or optimistic about Wily Mo's future.

"We were willing to give the guy the opportunity to get 500 at-bats, and now another year is going to go by and next year we’ll probably be hearing the same thing about him," Acta said.
Since Mo will not be able to start in left field as projected, Elijah Dukes will most likely take his place on Opening Day.

Dukes strained his right hamstring while sliding into second base during Friday's split-squad game against the Cleveland Indians, and is day-to-day.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous said...

This is just one more page in the "Nats are gonna suck this year" book.