Rookie Lannan Regrets Utley's Hand Injury

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 28, 2007

NEW YORK, July 27 -- A day after hitting Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley with a pitch -- a fastball that broke a bone in Utley's right hand -- Washington Nationals rookie John Lannan said he felt badly about the sequence in which he hit Utley and then Ryan Howard, resulting in his ejection from his first major league game.

"What happened was a shame," Lannan said. "I was just trying to make a good pitch. I'm sorry to see that he got hurt. He's a great hitter, a great part of baseball. I'm just trying to go out there and trying to look toward my next start and move toward performing better."

It appears that Lannan, indeed, will be around for another start. The Nationals placed right-hander Jason Bergmann on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of the strained left hamstring that caused him to leave his last start on Tuesday.

That sends the rotation into even more turmoil. The club will call up right-hander Joel Hanrahan, whose uniform was already in a locker stall at Shea Stadium, to start the second half of Saturday's day-night doubleheader. Hanrahan, who is 5-4 with a 3.70 ERA for Class AAA Columbus, will be the second Washington pitcher in four games to make his major league debut. Billy Traber, who would have started the late game Saturday had Bergmann been healthy, will be moved to Sunday.

Bergmann, who missed six weeks in May and June with elbow inflammation, injured his hamstring running the bases.

"It's disappointing," Bergmann said. "My arm's fine. Everything feels good. I just was getting back in the swing of things, and because of running hard, I've got a hamstring that hurts."

MLB Meeting Includes Lerners

The top level of the Lerner family ownership group was in New York late this week for a new owners' orientation session at the MLB offices in Manhattan.

Though managing principal owner Theodore N. Lerner wasn't in attendance, son Mark and sons-in-law Robert Tanenbaum and Edward Cohen were there, as well as team president Stan Kasten. General Manager Jim Bowden remained in Washington in the days leading up to Tuesday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

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