09/22/07 12:59 AM ET
Pena leaves with hand injury
Nats outfielder is listed as day-to-day after exiting in sixth
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
With Phillies right-hander Adam Eaton on the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning, Pena was hit on his right hand. At first, home-plate umpire Larry Poncino called it a foul ball, but Pena showed him where he was hit, and Poncino granted him first base.
"I thought the ball hit the bat, because it sounded like it hit the bat," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "And I thought that when he showed where he got hit, that might have been from the first time he got hit, but I didn't see the replay or nothing."
Pena stayed in the game for another half-inning before he was replaced by Nook Logan. Pena said he left the contest, because he couldn't grip the bat. If the hand doesn't get better, Pena may have an MRI.
Pena has been hit three times during the four-game series. The first two times, Pena didn't have a problem, because there were men on base. But he became frustrated after getting hit on Friday.
"They hit me three times already," Pena said. "Let's say I play tomorrow, if something happens, I'm not going to take it again. Three times, that's too much."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.