Luis Ayala will miss the 2006 season after suffering an acute ligament sprain in his right elbow during Mexico's win over the USA Thursday night.
Nationals president Tony Tavares wasn't not happy when interviewed:
"We thought it was a bad decision to let him pitch," Tavares said by phone Friday from Washington. "It doesn't take a genius to figure this out. You know what surgery is like on elbows. It takes time to rebound from them. It's usually a process that has a certain cadence to it. This was accelerating that cadence. We were concerned, very concerned -- and as it shows right now, for good reason."
And of course Jim Bowden is irate and smugly self-confident:
"Our medical staff has advised me that they don't believe that this injury would have happened if he had been in the care of our medical staff and on our plan," Bowden said. "This is a devastating injury. It's a devastating loss to the club."