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Nix out with groin strain, listed as day to day

Nationals right fielder Laynce Nix left Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Braves after two innings because of a right groin strain. He is listed as day to day.

Nix hurt the groin in the top of the second inning. He led off the inning against Braves right-hander Tim Hudson and drew a walk. Two batters later, Chris Marrero came to the plate and hit a chopper past shortstop Alex Gonzalez for a single. Nix was rounding second when he felt a tweak in the groin, but managed to get to third base on th play. He stayed in the game, but was out by the next inning. Nix was replaced by Rick Ankiel.

Nix expects to be out of action for a few games, while the Nationals will add a player to the roster.

“It was an awkward play where I’m on first base and the chopper was hit to Alex,” Nix said. “I was trying to beat the force play at second and then it went over Alex’s head. So then I went full speed … making the turn. It was sort of an awkward scenario on the bases.”

Nix has been a pleasant surprise for the Nationals this season, hitting .257 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs.

Morse’s elbow getting better

Nationals first baseman Michael Morse, who has missed the last three games because of a sore left elbow after being hit by a pitch Saturday against the Pirates, is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday night against the Cubs.

Morse was able to take batting and fielding practice without any problems before Tuesday’s game. He is available to pinch hit that same day.

“When a guy tells me he can play and works out, I usually give them one more day. He wants to play,” Johnson said.

With Morse out of the lineup, outfielder Laynce Nix was able to get his first start at first base. On Monday, Nix played his first Major League at first since he was in high school because Matt Stairs hurt his knee while trying to catch foul ball in the stands.

Nix has Achilles problem; Kimball has setback

Nationals left fielder Laynce Nix left Tuesday’s game against the Mariners because of a sore right Achilles, while reliever Cole Kimball suffered a setback with his right shoulder.

Nix went 0-for-3 before leaving the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nix said the Achilles has been bothering him the last couple of months. However, he has managed to become one of the team’s best bench players, hitting .280 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs.

Nix said his Achilles started to get worse as Tuesday’s game progressed. He is listed as day-to-day and will not play against Seattle on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to push it at this point,” Nix said. “It’s nothing terrible. It’s just something that — for whatever reason — gets tight at certain times and uncomfortable. I’m not too concerned about it.”

As for Kimball, he was throwing the baseball on flat ground Tuesday when his shoulder started to hurt. He will be shut down for the next two weeks before the team makes a decision about him throwing again.

“They told me two weeks of no throwing,” Kimball said. “So we will talk about throwing when we get back [from the road trip]. It’s really inflamed.”

Kimball has been on the disabled list since June 10 because of right shoulder inflammation.

LaRoche, Nix support Nats’ Eckstein

Entering Friday’s action against the Orioles, the Nationals have a .223 batting average, the worst in the Major Leagues.

After Washington’s 1-0 loss to the Mets on Thursday afternoon, general manager Mike Rizzo ordered hitting coach Rick Eckstein not to talk to the media to help explain what’s going wrong with the offense. Rizzo declined to say why he made directive.

But first baseman Adam LaRoche and outfielder Laynce Nix said that Eckstein is not to blame for the season-long slump.

“It’s not easy for him at all. It might be harder on him than it is an individual hitter,” said LaRoche, who is hitting .172 for the season. “The entire team feels responsible. He has done everything he could possibility do to get guys on track. He spends more time watching video. He goes in the batter’s box to just to mimic player’s swings just to get a feeling in the batter’s box.”

Nix, who is the only position player who is hitting over .300 for the Nationals, said Eckstein is a positive person when he teaches the art of hitting.

“We are having a hard time putting hits together, getting guys on base or doing a lot of things right,” Nix said. “It’s pretty simple: We have to make our own breaks and not depend on luck. We feel for Eck and he feels a lot of heat, but we believe in him and he believes in us. Everybody is working hard. We will be out of this [slump] soon.”

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