WASHINGTON -- Injuries have made poor bedfellows with the Nationals for much of this season, but their latest setback, Dmitri Young's sore back, isn't expected to be too serious.
After leaving Friday night's game in the third inning with tightness in his right lower back after fouling off a pitch, Dmitri Young was described as day-to-day by manager Manny Acta. Though the Nationals' veteran first baseman described himself on Saturday as "sore," he said he won't miss more than the games that remain before the All-Star break.
Young said he'll take it easy over the break, but that should be all the time off he needs. Young said he didn't hide his pain from the team, but he wanted to try to make it to the All-Star break.
"I hurt it last Saturday, but I was thinking, 'Just suck it up and play,'" Young said. "It just got to a point where, when I swung yesterday ... better to be safe than sorry."
Young said he couldn't remember how he first injured his back, saying only that it came while he was moving. He said the pain hasn't gotten any better or worse between then and now.
Acta did indicate that Young might be available to pinch-hit, but he said the team would like to "stay away" from using Young, if possible, to make sure he's fully healthy when the team comes back.
"We're gonna put these two days together with the All-Star break, and I'm sure that will help him," Acta said.
Young stayed in the locker room for treatment during batting practice the past few days so he would be ready to play. Acta described Young's pain as "nothing that would stop him from playing."
When asked before Saturday's game, Young said he wasn't too worried about the injury, the second back injury he's suffered this season -- though this one is unrelated to the first one, as it's on a different side of his back. He said the only disappointing thing is that he couldn't make it to the All-Star break.
"I just wanted to play through the weekend," Young said. "[I'm] a little ticked off I didn't make it."
Zachary Osterman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.