Tuesday, July 25, 2006

NIH: Guillen done for this season. Next?

A few days ago, as reported here, Jose Guillen left the Marlins game early with a sore elbow. Well, that escalated to him taking his second DL trip of the season. There's been a new development, as an MRI has revealed a complete tear in one of the ligaments in his right elbow.

And that means: Tommy John.

Yup, it's season ending surgery for the angry man of the Nationals right field. Beyond that, it could sideline him from baseball for as long as 18 months. Considering he's currently on a contract that expires when the Nationals limp off the field just over two months, that's a rather awkward position for him to be in as a player. But...not awkward for us, because it gives the Nationals every incentive in the world to have Guillen not be a National anymore.

In other news cut stright from the arms of Nationals players, Nate has brought to my attention that 2005 Rule-5 draftee Tony Blanco, currently on assignment with the P-Nats, will undergo a season ending surgery to repair a torn labrum. Guess there's no fear about him being brought up at roster expansion time now.

Also out that I missed is Alex Escobar who has been gangbusters for the Nationals, and will be an important cog in the outfield considering the likely upcoming trade of Soriano and the loss of Guillen. His number may be skewed by early success, but he's better than several other options the Nationals have at the moment.

Damian Jackson is expected to be activated off the DL later today.


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