VIERA, Fla. - Nationals outfielder Corey Brown, who came up limping after a play at home plate during the team’s 5-3 win over the Mets today, has a mild sprain in his left ankle. He’s day-to-day, and will be re-evaluated if his ankle isn’t getting better in a day or two.
Brown said after the game it was already feeling better than when he left. The Nationals don’t plan to get an MRI done on his ankle at the moment, and are hoping it gets better with rest and ice.
The center fielder, who was acquired in last winter’s trade with the Athletics for Josh Willingham, won some praise from manager Jim Riggleman for going from first to third on Alex Cora’s single to right in the seventh.
“That was a ball we haven’t gone first to third on,” Riggleman said. “We were not good at that in the past, and we had one yesterday we didn’t go first to third on. The overall picture of yesterday’s game was very aggressive and all that, but we saw a play we should have gone first to third, and we didn’t. Today, Brown did it on a ball that was tougher to do it on (than yesterday’s). Everybody on that bench, who’s on that rail watching, they see it. And they say, ‘I can do that. He did it. I can do it.’”