Thru 3: Harris hurts leg [updated]

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As if the 0-5 record wasn’t reminiscient enough of last season, now the Nats are duplicating 2008’s spate of injuries.

Willie Harris just pulled up lame coming out of the box on a third-inning single. Not sure what exactly he injured, but it looks like a groin or hamstring. Regardless, he was escorted off the field by Manny Acta and trainer Lee Kuntz.

So for those keeping score at home, the following Washington second basemen are currently unavailable to play:

— Anderson Hernandez (strained hamstring, could be back later this week)

— Ronnie Belliard (back injury, took grounders and BP today but not ready yet)

— Willie Harris (yet-to-be-determined leg injury, status unknown)

That leaves Alberto Gonzalez, fourth on your depth chart, as the new second baseman. Yikes.

On the bright side, Scott Olsen has been quite effective through the first three innings, allowing only a leadoff single to Omar Infante in the first. He’s retired seven straight and is keeping his pitch count down (only 33 through three innings). Would be nice to see a starter go seven-plus innings today.

On the other side, the Nats have had chances to score already and come up short. Adam Dunn drew a leadoff walk in the second but was erased by an Austin Kearns double play. Josh Bard walked and Harris singled to lead off the third, but after Olsen bunted them over, Cristian Guzman flied out to shallow center and Elijah Dukes grounded out.

So as we head to the fourth at Turner Field, we’re still scoreless.

UPDATE AT 2:39 P.M.: Turns out it wasn’t Harris’ leg at all. He’s been diagnosed with a left oblique strain. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow, and his status is day-to-day.

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