May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Chad Tracy (18) during an at bat during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals defeated the Phillies 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
• Updated: 7:22 pm EDT: "As a contingency, streaking Class AAA Syracuse outfielder Corey Brown will travel to Miami with the Nationals and join the team if Tracy goes on the disabled list, a person with knowledge said." - "Chad Tracy to undergo MRI on groin injury, Corey Brown on call for Nationals" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post
• 6:22 pm EDT: After injuring himself rounding first on the way to second on what would end up being the winning hit in yesterday's game with the Atlanta Braves, 32-year-old Washington Nationals' bench bat Chad Tracy told reporters, including the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore, that he was hoping the injury was actually just the scar tissue from a "sports hernia" surgery that he had in November popping rather than a new injury. Nats' manager Davey Johnson told reporters that the team had, "... talked to his doctor and he said that he would wait a couple days and see if that is [in fact] what happened."
"He's so valuable I hate to overreact and make a roster move," Johnson said, "when maybe he's going to be alright in two or three days." According to reports from Turner Field tonight before the Nationals' series finale with the Braves, Tracy's still in pain and is thinking it's not the old injury but a new one:
Chad Tracy will get an MRI on Tuesday. Said his gut is that it is not scar tissue, that its a new injury.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 27, 2012
Chad Tracy will have an MRI Tuesday in Philly on injured groin. He's now thinking it's a new injury, unrelated to offseason surgey. Bad sign— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 27, 2012
As MLB.com's Bill Ladson (@washingnats) noted on Twitter tonight, though no move has been announced, some are thinking that 26-year-old Triple-A Syracuse outfielder Corey Brown, who has a .297/.399/.584 line with nine doubles, four triples and 12 HR's in 48 games and 218 plate appearances could be an option if Tracy does have to hit the DL. "FYI," Mr. Ladson wrote, "For the second day in a row, OF Corey Brown is not in the lineup for Triple A Syracuse. There is nothing wrong with him." Auburn Citizen writer Ben Meyers (@CitizenMeyers), who covers the Triple-A Chiefs, asked Syracuse manager Tony Beasley, who he said, "... very politely gave a 'No comment' on Corey Brown not being in the lineup."
• More info on Chad Tracy and his possible replacement when it is available...