09/06/07 12:46 AM ET
Redding leaves with elbow injury
Right-hander left after diving for high-bouncing grounder
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
In the top of the third inning, with the Nationals leading, 3-1, Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a ball that bounced on the ground and hit Redding's elbow. The ball was up in the air when Redding went after it. He slipped and then felt the pain in the elbow after hitting the ground. Cabrera was safe on the play.
After the game, Redding's elbow was swollen and one could see the seams of the baseball printed on the elbow.
"I knew it [hit me] pretty good, but your adrenaline and your initial pain receptors don't fire right away, so the first thing I thought of was trying to locate the ball, try to make the play and see if I could get Cabrera out," Redding said. "My one leg kind of gave up and that's why it looked like I kind of dove for the ball. After hitting the ground, that's when the elbow pain ran through my whole body."
Redding lay on the ground for several seconds before manager Manny Acta, athletic trainer Lee Kuntz, assistant athletic trainer Michael McGowan and pitching coach Randy St. Claire came to his aid. A few minutes later, Redding left the game and was replaced by right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo. Redding ended up pitching 2 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits.
Redding is having a nice comeback season -- 3-5 with a 3.42 ERA -- and he doesn't want to see his season come to an end because of an injury.
"Hopefully, everything stays positive and the recovery time is quick," Redding said. "Once I had full range of motion and had good strength, I knew nothing was seriously wrong. It is going to depend on how severe the internal damage is going to be."
Redding most likely will miss two starts and it will mean that left-hander Mike Bacsik will be in the rotation once again. Bacsik has been the swing man for the Nationals this season. He is 5-8 with a 4.74 ERA. He is second to Shawn Hill in quality starts with eight.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.