- The Washington Times - Friday, June 1, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT RFK STADIUM

Back in town after a second opinion on his right (throwing) elbow revealed no damage, Nationals starting pitcher Shawn Hill is taking the day-to-day approach with his injured left shoulder.

“It could be two days from now, it could be two weeks from now,” he said.

Hill didn’t think his right elbow pain was substantial, but the trip to Ohio did give him peace of mind. “A little bit, yeah,” he said. “It was another opinion to reassure me.”

Hill missed the entire 2005 season with Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. At the time of his injury, Hill was the team’s best starting pitcher (3-3 with a 2.70 ERA).

QUOTABLE

“I’m not a great expert on that because I didn’t get my bat going for six years.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta on how many at-bats Nick Johnson would need to get in a rhythm. Acta was a career .236 hitter in his minor league career.

TONIGHT’S GAME

Padres RHP Justin Germano (3-0, 1.08) vs. Nationals RHP Levale Speigner (1-1, 8.39), 7:05 p.m., Ch. 20, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Ryan O’Halloran

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