Kearns going on disabled list; Padilla called up
Nationals outfielder Austin Kearns is going on the 15-day disabled list because of a right thumb injury. The Nationals are set to call up outfielder Jorge Padilla, who is arguably the best hitter in the Nationals Minor League System.
Padilla, 29, is hitting .362 with four home runs and 21 RBIs for Triple-A Syracuse. An announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday.
Kearns, who is having the worst season of his career, is expected to see a thumb specialist in Baltimore on Wednesday.
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 from his thumb.