(AP Photo. The oft-injured Elijah Dukes missed his first action of the spring on Saturday because of a sore foot.)
"He has a little ailment in his foot. It's nothing serious. He has the knee issue that goes on sometimes. We just felt like, you know what, let's just wait until tomorrow and put him out there. Hopefully, these fields will be dried up tomorrow."
(Jim Riggleman, via All Nats All the Time, 3/13/2010)
Elijah Dukes was scratched from Saturday's lineup; and we cringed when we read Jim Riggleman's comments (above) about the injury. The way things work with the Nationals, Mr. Riggles pretty much just guaranteed Dukes a trip to the 60-day DL with talk like that. Just a "little ailment in his foot"; thanks Jim.