Nats don’t plan to put Ankiel on disabled list

As of now, the Nationals don’t plan to put outfielder Rick Ankiel on the disabled list because of a rib cage injury.

Manager Jim Riggleman plans to rest Ankiel for the entire three-game series against the Orioles. The skipper is hoping that Ankiel will be back in action when the Nationals face the Mariners starting Tuesday night.

Ankiel hurt himself after catching a routine fly ball from Cardinals third baseman Daniel Descalso for the third out of the top of second inning on Tuesday night.

Ankiel was supposed to bat in the bottom of the inning, but was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

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