Chad Tracy to undergo surgery, likely to miss six to eight weeks

Chad Tracy will undergo surgery to repair a torn muscle in the right side of his groin and will likely miss six to eight weeks, leaving the Nationals without their best pinch-hitter and continuing their miserable fortune with injuries.

Tracy received an MRI today in Philadelphia from Dr. Bill Meyers, the specialist who performed his double sports hernia last November. The test revealed a torn adductor muscle. Meyers will perform another surgery Thursday.

 Tracy had delivered several crucial hits this season, including the go-ahead double Saturday that he injured his groin on while running to second. Tracy went 6 for 18 as a pinch-hitter and drove in a major league-best nine runs as a pinch-hitter.  

“Tough loss,”Manager Davey Johnson said. “You need a veteran player that’s been down that road. That’s him.”

The Nationals placed Tracy on the disabled list Monday and replaced him with outfield Corey Brown, who tonight will make his first career start. The Nationals expect to Mark DeRosa to return from a strained oblique sometime during their upcoming homestand, which will fortify the bench. They can also bring Roger Bernadina off the bench.  

But Johnson indicated his preference for a veteran to fill Tracy’s spot. The Nationals also have Mark Teahen, another left-handed hitter, at Class AAA Syracuse. Johnson mentioned Adam Lind as a player he was interested when a report (which turned out to be inaccurate) surfaced last week that the Blue Jays had released him.

“Everybody is looking for a Chad Tracy,” Johnson said. “We’re no different.” 

The Nationals have been ambushed by injuries this season. Tracy became the 12th player to hit the disabled list this year. The Nationals will at least be soon getting back Michael Morse, who will begin a rehab assignment tonight at Class A Potomac.

 “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Johnson said. “I’m kind of a dinosaur. … It’s kind of weird. But that’s a tribute to the makeup of this ball club and this organization. There’s a lot of capable guys that we’re going give an opportunity, and they’re going to run with it.”

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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