More on Austin Kearns

Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman doesn’t know how serious Austin Kearns’ right thumb injury is. Kearns will get the thumb checked out when the team returns to Washington.  

Kearns has had thumb problems dating back to his Minor League days with the Reds. In 2001, Kearns suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb and missed most of the season.

Three years later, scar tissue, a lesion and bone spur had to be removed.

“It kind of crept back on him. It’s real sore today,” Riggleman said. “He came in today and the thumb was really swollen and kind of blistered up. Because he is such a gamer and tough guy, he was available to pinch hit. We were going to stay away from that.”

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