Washington Nationals outfielder Ryan Church will miss at least two weeks with a broken little toe on his right foot, an injury suffered in Wednesday night's victory over the Cincinnati Reds when he was hit by a pitch. Church was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and he will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Marlon Byrd. Byrd, who was with Class AAA New Orleans, will be available for tonight's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"I've been hit there before," Church said. "But this wasn't right. It just stuck. It felt, when it hit it, it was right on it, and after the sixth inning, it wasn't getting numb or anything like that. It was just killing."
Church remained in Wednesday's game, a move that most in the clubhouse felt resulted, at least in part, from his teammates' questioning his durability during previous injuries. Manager Frank Robinson, asked if that was a factor, said, "If you want a mean answer, I would say yes."
Byrd was sent down to New Orleans on Aug. 2 after hitting .243 with 16 RBI in 51 games for Washington after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in May. He hit .407 with six doubles and five homers in 21 games for the Zephyrs.
White Probably on Way
The Nationals will almost certainly call up left-hander Matt White to pitch one of two games over the weekend against the Cardinals, possibly tomorrow's matchup with St. Louis's Mark Mulder. Tony Armas Jr.'s status for his start Sunday also remains questionable because of his sore shoulder, one in which he had an injection on Wednesday. Team doctors could know more about Armas's condition today.
White has appeared in six major league games, three for Boston and three for Seattle, all in 2003, and has a 22.24 career ERA. He has never started a major league game, but has a 3.23 ERA in 34 appearances for New Orleans. . . .
Right-hander Livan Hernandez (14-6) the loser in yesterday's 5-3 decision against the Reds, said he would have fluid drained from his troublesome right knee again today, but he expects to be able to make his next start, scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta.