- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2009

THE NEW OCHO CINCO

VIERA, Fla. - Lastings Milledge has worn No. 44 since reaching the big leagues in 2006. But when the Nationals acquired Adam Dunn, who also wore that number in Cincinnati, Milledge didn´t hesitate to give it up.

So Dunn, who was introduced last week wearing a No. 32 jersey, found his old No. 44 hanging in his locker Thursday at Space Coast Stadium. And he didn´t even have to engage in any tense negotiations to get it. Milledge just offered it on his own.

”That was very cool of him,” Dunn said. “He didn´t have to do that. I appreciate it.”

Milledge´s response: “He hit 240 bombs the last six years. How … am I gonna wear that and let him wear another number? … It´s just the proper thing to do.”

Milledge´s act of generosity did force him to come up with a new number for himself, and it´s safe to assume he´s never going to be in danger of losing this one. The young outfielder chose No. 85.

Milledge said he came up with the unconventional choice because he was born in 1985 and because “I like big numbers.” He stressed that he did not do it because of a certain Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.

”I like Chad Johnson, but I´m not into Ocho Cinco,” he said. “I´m into two touchdowns [a game]. But I´m not an Ocho Cinco fan.”

DESMOND DEALS WITH WRIST

Minor league shortstop Ian Desmond will fly to Baltimore on Monday to be examined by hand specialist Thomas Graham after his physical this week produced an “abnormal finding” in his left wrist.

Desmond, who hit .251 last year at Class AA Harrisburg, had surgery last season to repair a stress fracture in his hamate bone. He said he´s not in any pain right now and is free to continue working out, but doctors want to re-examine the wrist to see whether any further action is necessary.

- Mark Zuckerman

TEMPERATURE CHECK

Zimmerman resolution [UP]

Arbitration hearing Friday, then everyone can move on

Wind [DOWN]

Fierce gusts wreaked havoc on Thursday´s workout

Boston Market [UP]

Dunn provides lunch for entire clubhouse

BY THE NUMBERS

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Nats who came to terms Thursday on one-year contracts (Lastings Milledge, Anderson Hernandez, Alberto Gonzalez and Mike O’Connor.

FRIDAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Windy, 39 degrees

Viera: Partly cloudy, 65 degrees

THREE-DAY SCHEDULE

Friday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Saturday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Sunday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

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