SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder Lastings Milledge suffered a broken finger Monday while attempting to bunt in a game for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.
According to Nationals acting general manager Mike Rizzo, Milledge will see a doctor Tuesday and will most likely have a pin inserted into the ring finger on his right hand. Rizzo said it was too soon to determine the prognosis, but said the injury will definitely put Milledge's comeback on hold.
"It's going to take away at-bats, and for a player who is in the early part of his career to miss a chunk of at-bats is not good," Rizzo said. "He has things to work on while he's down there, so this is definitely a setback."
Milledge, who began the season as the Nationals' starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, was demoted after just seven games and was hitting .256 with no homers and four RBIs in 21 games with the Chiefs.
Jayson Addcox is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.