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Caps recall Dmitry Orlov, Michael Latta; John Erskine to long-term injured reserve

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The Capitals have recalled defenseman Dmitry Orlov and center Michael Latta from AHL Hershey and both will participate in Wednesday morning’s practice at Kettler Iceplex.

Meanwhile, defenseman John Erskine has been placed on long-term injured reserve with an undisclosed upper-body injury, according to WashingtonCaps.com’s Mike Vogel. Erskine did not play in Monday’s game at Vancouver. He was originally hurt on Oct. 10 in a game against Carolina, but returned to play in the first three games of Washington’s recent Canadian road trip before sitting vs. the Canucks. 

Orlov is a left-handed shooting defenseman and coach Adam Oates has long preferred to keep players on their natural side of the ice. He has a goal and five assists for the Bears. 

Latta began the year with Washington, appearing in just two games before being sent down to Hershey, where he has two goals and two assists.

Erskine’s move to LTIR does help Washington’s salary-cap situation. His cap hit is $1.9625 million. But by being on LTIR he must miss at least 10 games and 24 days. That would mean a possible return date of Nov. 20 against Pittsburgh. No word on if the current injury is the same one Erskine sustained against Carolina.   

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