Monday, May 14, 2007
Cordero reinstated; Hill on DL after solid outing
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals placed right-hander
Shawn Hill on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an injured left
shoulder, and closer Chad Cordero took his roster spot.
Cordero was reinstated from the bereavement list before Monday's
game against the Atlanta Braves after spending the previous five
days with his ailing grandmother, who died Thursday.
Hill, who was removed from Friday's game with Florida after
throwing five no-hit innings, had two MRI exams on Monday, one on
his left shoulder and the other on his right elbow. The test on his
throwing elbow revealed no ligament damage, but the shoulder exam
revealed a partial dislocation, a minor tear in his labrum and some
torn cartilage. He will rest for the next 10 to 14 days before
possibly starting a throwing program.
Hill injured his shoulder while running the bases last month.
His right elbow became sore because he was overcompensating for his
With a 3-3 record and 2.70 ERA, Hill has been one of
Washington's most effective starters this season.
"It wasn't like someone ran into me," Hill said. "I basically
did it to myself -- stupid play. So it's definitely frustrating,
especially because things were going pretty well. You'd like to
just keep on going. Now you've got to shut it down and gear it back
up, and you never know how things go."
Cordero has blown four saves in eight chances this season and has a
4.70 ERA. He said he was distracted by his grandmother's health
problems early in the season.
"I was thinking about it a lot, probably a little too much,"
Cordero said. "I wasn't able to stay focused. But now that it's
over with, I'll be fine."
Manager Manny Acta said he will ease Cordero back into the
closer's role. For the next few games, he plans to use Cordero in
the middle innings.
"I could tell just by talking to him he's a totally different
guy," Acta said. "He's totally refreshed, and his face reflects
no worries or anything."