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Cla Meredith is already hurt for the second time this spring

Feb 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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Cla Meredith‘s bid to win a bullpen spot after signing a minor-league contract with the Nationals was delayed right away by elbow soreness and now, after his surgically repaired elbow checked out fine, the side-arming reliever tweaked his back during fielding drills today.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Meredith had to be taken off the field in a golf cart, which either isn’t a good sign or means he’s one of the Mets’ owners.

Meredith has been a solid middle reliever throughout his career, posting good numbers despite a fastball that tops out in the high-80s because his side-arm delivery is very tough on right-handed hitters and he induces a ton of ground balls. He has a 3.62 ERA in 283 career innings, but struggled last season before having bone chips removed from his elbow and is no sure thing to earn a job with the Nationals even if healthy.

  1. BC - Feb 25, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    When Mike Hampton retires, we’ll have to start a Cla Merideth Injury Pool.

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