Diabetes Keeps Young From Resuming Play

By Chico Harlan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 28, 2008

LOS ANGELES, July 27 -- Struggling to manage his diabetes, Washington Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young is not feeling well enough to travel, let alone feeling well enough to raise the possibility of playing baseball anytime soon. Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden said on Sunday that Young, placed on the disabled list last weekend after complaining of a high blood-sugar level, still was physically unable to fly to Florida and begin the team-recommended fitness program.

"We're praying for him," Bowden said. "We'll do everything we can to get him healthy."

A week ago, when the team decided to send Young back to Washington, the club hoped Young could follow a two-step plan. First, he needed to regain control of his diabetes, a disease diagnosed in November 2006. Next, Young, listed at 298 pounds, was supposed to head to the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera and undergo a conditioning program.

Washington had hoped to have Young in Florida by now.

But Bowden received a phone call from Young's agent, Adam Katz, who, according to the general manager, said Young was not well enough to leave Washington. Before heading to the disabled list, Young had felt lightheaded, the result of his high blood-sugar level.

Reached by phone, Katz declined to elaborate but said he believed Young should be able to travel soon.

"Right now we're just trying to deal with the diabetes," said Bowden, who added that team officials will meet with Young today. "As I said, it's a two-pronged mission. You can't do the second prong until you do the first prong."

Guzmán's Thumb Okay

X-rays of Cristian Guzmán's left thumb showed no fracture -- a relief for the shortstop, the last player from the Opening Day lineup to not spend time on the disabled list. Guzmán sat out Sunday's game, his second consecutive day of rest, but Manager Manny Acta said that Guzmán might be able to return Tuesday, when the team begins a homestand. . . .

Perhaps lost amid Washington's four-game offensive miseries? During that span, the bullpen pitched seven innings, all scoreless.

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