The Next Three
ALL GAMES ON WWWT (107.7 FM, 1500 AM)
This season, injuries have hurt not just the Nationals, but also their minor league affiliates. One of the organization's most promising pitching prospects, 23-year-old LHP Cory VanAllen, was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a shoulder injury. VanAllen struggled last year at Class A Potomac, but this season he has become a revelation. In 10 games -- five with Potomac, five with AA Harrisburg -- VanAllen has compiled a 6-1 record and a 2.17 ERA. "We'll [have to] shut him down and build him back up," Washington GM Jim Bowden said. No timetable has been set for VanAllen's return.
BY THE NUMBERS
LHP Barry Zito's winning percentage, after yesterday's win, which raised his record to 2-9
"I don't think so. We've got way too many games left to hit rock bottom."
Manager Manny Acta, when asked if his team had bottomed out