Hernandez and Young Officially Placed on DL

Posted by Dave Nichols | Thursday, April 02, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »

Second baseman Anderson Hernandez and first baseman Dmitri Young were officially placed on the 15-day disabled list today, according to a Nationals press release issued this morning.

Hernandez is retroactive to March 27 and Young retroactive to April 1, so the earliest they could appear in uniform for Washington would be April 11 and 17, respectively.

Hernandez injured his left hamstring trying to beat out an infield single earlier in spring training, while Young has been battling back problems all spring, though he appeared earlier this week with the team and hit a home run.

Young will stay in Florida for extended spring training to get in better shape and get his timing down after missing several weeks.

With this news, it all but ensures a roster spot for Alberto Gonzalez for opening day, as he would back up both Ronnie Belliard at second base and Cristian Guzman at shortstop.

Young's exclusion from the opening day roster was all but a conclusion, but it was up to the team to determine what to do with the 2007 Comeback Player of the Year. Elevating him to the 40-man roster when they released Wily Mo Pena allows Young the flexibility--and dignity--of starting the season on the Major League DL and in extended spring training rather than shuffling off to Syracuse and the triple-A disabled list.