Tracy's absence leaves hole on Nats' bench

Tracy's absence leaves hole on Nats' bench

Tracy's absence leaves hole on Nats' bench
WASHINGTON -- Nationals infielder Chad Tracy, who is out six to eight weeks because of a right adductor strain, is hoping to return to big league action by late July or early August.

Tracy injured himself last Saturday against the Braves in Atlanta. With a runner on second and the game tied at 4, Tracy hit Kris Medlen's 1-0 pitch into the gap in left-center field for a double, scoring Ian Desmond. It was Tracy's Major League-leading ninth pinch-hit RBI of the season. But Tracy came up hobbling while running to second base.

"I never felt anything like that. I had a feeling it was pretty bad," Tracy said.

Tracy was having a great year off the bench, going 8-for-18 (.444) with a home run and the nine RBIs. Tracy said he was having a good year because he felt comfortable being a member of the Nationals.

"I was in a good place, I relaxed. I felt like I belonged here," Tracy said. "I felt comfortable with everybody in this clubhouse. I felt like the staff, and especially [general manager Mike] Rizzo, were behind me and they wanted me to succeed. It's a good place."