Young to begin treatment for diabetes
Slugger will go to Florida to work on lowering his weight
WASHINGTON -- A day after being placed on the 15-day disabled list, Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young returned to the nation's capital Sunday to get his diabetes under control.
Young, who is hitting .280 for the season, missed the first two games against the Braves with symptoms related to high blood sugar, which included blurred vision and light-headedness.
Once the diabetes is under control, Young will then go to Viera, Fla., to get into playing shape, according to general manager Jim Bowden. Young came into Spring Training weighing 298 pounds.
"[Once he gets to Florida], we are going to get him on the proper diet, proper conditioning to try to get him in the same shape as last year," Bowden said by phone. "Of course, that involves the coordination with the diabetes medication. As soon as we can get him healthy and being Dmitri, then we will bring him back."
Bowden would not give a timetable as to when Young will return to action. In the meantime, manager Manny Acta said during his morning meeting at Turner Field in Atlanta that Paul Lo Duca will get the bulk of the playing time at first base. Acta also didn't rule out using Ronnie Belliard at the position as well.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. Associate reporter Ryan Lavner contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.