{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Kearns looks ahead to fresh start in '09

Kearns looks ahead to fresh start in '09

|
WASHINGTON -- Nationals right fielder Austin Kearns said on Thursday that it bothers him that he had to miss a huge chunk of the 2008 season because of bone spurs in his right elbow and a stress fracture in his left foot, and he vows that next year will be a different story.

But first, Kearns still has to take care of the foot, which he still has to protect in a special boot until the pain goes away.

"Hopefully, that will not take too long. After that, I will start working out and get into some baseball stuff later on," Kearns said. "I think I can do a lot better. Hopefully, I will stay healthy and put together a full season. Let's see what happens."

Kearns hit .217 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs this season. Many in the Nationals organization believes his lack of production was caused by his injuries.

"I don't know if the injuries were the reasons [I didn't hit]," Kearns said. "I felt I was healthy enough to go out there and help out and be successful. They probably didn't help at all. I was trying to work on stuff and it was just tough."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español