ST. LOUIS (AP) -Dmitri Young of the Nationals, hampered by a lower back injury since the end of spring training, flew back to Washington on Friday for treatment and further examination.
Manager Manny Acta said an MRI exam revealed inflammation, but it was too soon to consider placing Young on the 15-day disabled list. He expects the situation to be resolved by Monday when the team returns home, and didn't expect Young to rejoin the team before then.
The 34-year-old Young accompanied the team to St. Louis prior to a three-game series against the Cardinals, and then left on another flight.
``It's only going to be a couple of days and hopefully by then we'll be able to make a decision,'' Acta said. ``He's been having treatment, it just hasn't gotten that much better.''
Young, the 2007 NL comeback player of the year, is 1-for-2 in a pair of pinch-hit appearances. Nick Johnson was in the lineup at first base for the fourth time in five games.
Young batted .320 last year with 13 homers and 74 RBIs after signing a minor league deal with the Nationals.
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