Center fielder Rick Ankiel made several outstanding plays in the Nationals’ 2-0 victory Monday night, including one of the toughest an outfielder can make, diving straight to snare a sinking line drive. It’s possible, but not necessarily likely, that one of Ankiel’s plays came at a cost.
Ankiel landed awkwardly and his right (glove) hand when he made the play, and then landed similarly later in the game when he just missed making an almost identical catch. Afterward, in the clubhouse, Ankiel wrapped ice around his right hand with an ace bandage.
The Nationals believe Ankiel will be fine for tomorrow’s game, Manager Jim Riggleman said. But they will check tomorrow in Philadelphia to make sure he’s okay to play.