CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 13: Chad Tracy #18 of the Washington Nationals singles to drive in a run in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 13, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Washington Nationals placed 32-year-old bench bat Chad Tracy on the DL yesterday as they announced that they'd called Triple-A outfielder Corey Brown up to the majors. Tracy injured his groin on Friday night while running the bases following an RBI double to left-center that drove in Ian Desmond for what was eventually the winning run in the Washington's win over Atlanta. Davey Johnson told reporters he hoped it was just scar tissue from a previous surgery popping, but Tracy told reporters this weekend he feared it was a separate injury. After seeing doctors today, it was confirmed to be worse than originally expected as Nats' manager Davey Johnson told reporters tonight before the second of three with Miami:
Nats bad luck continues: Chad Tracy needs surgery, will miss at least two months, perhaps all year, Davey said.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 29, 2012
Davey: Chad Tracy had surgery today for a torn groin muscle. Could be out for season.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 29, 2012
As a pinch hitter this season, Tracy has a .333/.435/.556 line with a double, home run and nine RBI's in 23 games. A Nationals' spokesmen clarified after Johnson spoke to reporters that Tracy's scheduled recovery time is six-to-eight weeks. It's yet another blow to a Nationals team that has seen Drew Storen, Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Brad Lidge, Jayson Werth, Wilson Ramos and more go down already this season while still managing to stay not only competitive, but at the top of the NL East for most of this year. Can they continue to overcome these injuries?
Tracy will have surgery on Thursday. Out 6-8 weeks the #nats say.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 29, 2012