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07/29/08 7:33 PM ET

Lo Duca thinks lack of starts hurts value

Nationals haven't given him much action behind the dish

WASHINGTON -- Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca believes a lot of teams are hesitant to trade for him because he is not behind the plate on a regular basis.

In fact, in recent weeks, Lo Duca has either been playing first base or left field. Jesus Flores is the Nationals' everyday catcher, while Wil Nieves is the backup.

Lo Duca is having the worst season of his career, hitting .233 with 12 RBIs entering Tuesday. However, he is 8-for-19 with runners in scoring position since coming off the disabled list on June 17.

"I'm probably getting shopped around, obviously, but whether teams are interested or not, that's their thing," Lo Duca said. "I'm healthy. I feel great. It's just a matter of getting at-bats, trying to get into a rhythm. I think a lot of teams are backing off because they think I might be still injured, and they want me to catch and I'm not catching. So I have to see what happens."

Lo Duca has never been on a losing team, and he acknowledged that this year has been tough on him and the team, as the Nationals have the worst record in baseball.

"We have had a lot injuries, but it has been very difficult," Lo Duca said. "It's tough when you are losing day in and day out. I'm still a Washington National, so it upsets me every time we lose. It has snowballed. We figured out a lot of ways to lose a lot of ballgames. Whether it's injuries or not, we are professionals and we are not getting it done."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.