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.

5 Comments

Kearns won’t be missed….the real reason for going on the disabled list is to remove the splinters from his butt.

Kearns won’t be missed….the real reason for going on the disabled list is to remove the splinters from his butt.

I don’t understand bringing Padilla up. Shouldn’t he be playing everyday — he won’t in DC — and, considering the Johnson and Biemel trades I guess winning now isn’t a priority, and considering Syracuse is in the playoff hunt and those fans are going to miss him and the AAA season is over in acouple of weeks? What’s up?

I think they want to get a first hand look at him> J Zimm should be coming off the DL soon and I would expect Padilla would be a candidate to go Down tot the Farm when that happens ……………………………………………………………………………. D

I don’t think we are talking about a budding superstar here in Padilla. He’s 30yo without much power or speed. What you see is what you get; it’s not like he needs the playing time to develop his skills. Let him have his cup of coffee while he can get it. He won’t have many more chances at his age.

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