The Washington Nationals today placed right fielder Austin Kearns on the 15-Day Disabled List (right elbow). The Nationals will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow's series opener vs. Milwaukee. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.
Tomorrow, Kearns will have arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati, OH, to remove loose bodies in his right elbow. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
So, what next? Who comes up?
EDIT: I just realized that when they put Belliard on the DL, they called up P Chris Schroeder. I'm thinking they may call up a middle infielder since they're stuck with only Flop, Gooz, and (eek!) Willy Harris. Feel free to ignore the following paragraph.
Longer hands? Escobar? Bernadina? Justin Maxwell would be nice, but he ain't exactly burning it up in Harrisburg. Through 40 games: .246 BA, but that comes with a decent .872 OPS, and .386 OBP. He also has 13 SB's, and could add some desperately needed speed. He still has some pop, though, with 7 HR's in 138 AB. He can also play all 3 outfield positions, and could spell Wily or Dooks if they need it. I'm thinking the Nats go with Dooks for a week or so in RF, and platoon Wily/Maxwell/Macowakiaki/Harris?