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Tracy hopes to avoid disabled list


Tracy hopes to avoid disabled list

It seems every time the Nationals get a player back from injury, another goes down. In this case the return of Chien-Ming Wang could coincide with a trip for Chad Tracy to the disabled list. Tracy injured his right leg while running the bases in last night's win over the Braves.

Tracy had just hit a big double to score Ian Desmond and give Washington the lead when he started limping between first and second base. Tracy was attended to by trainer Lee Kuntz before leaving the game.

Davey Johnson told the team is hopeful he can avoid the disabled list, but they won't know anything too soon.

"He is hoping he just popped some scar tissue, and he also talked to his doctor," Johnson said. "He said that he would wait a couple of days to see if that is the case. I hate to overreact and make a rush to make a roster move. Maybe he is going to be all right in two to three days."

Tracy told reporters he will have to wait and see as well.

"I'm pretty sore right now. We'll see what happens tomorrow," he said.

The 32-year-old Tracy has been solid for the Nationals as a utility man and pinch hitter. He ranks fourth on the team with 12 RBI despite having just 55 plate appearances, a third as many as some of his teammates. Tracy also has three home runs, four walks, and a .837 OPS.

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years


Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

WASHINGTON  -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.

In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?

The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.

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While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.

So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.

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