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Ayala hurt on hunting trip, should still be ready

This just dropped in. I'll make some calls, but this is straight from the Nationals:

While on a fishing/hunting trip shortly after Christmas, Luis Ayala was accidentally sprayed in the upper LEFT forearm by a single shotgun pellet. After the incident, Luis immediately contacted the Nationals training staff. He was subsequently flown to Los Angles, where he was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Dr. Yocum's exam rendered a bruised nerve. Luis is currently experiencing a slight tingling sensation that is common with a nerve contusion to this area of the body. This tingling sensation is improving daily.

Fortunately, Dr. Yocum's exam noted no artery damage and Ayala's nerve is intact. Luis' motor function is normal. He has full use of his arm and hand.

X-Rays/Pictures of Ayala's arm show small fragments of the pellet currently reside in the arm, but these will not be touched, as they have caused no problems. This is standard protocol for this type of injury assuming an infection does not arise (which it has not for Ayala).

Luis has full use of the left limb and this in no way jeopardizes his participation in Spring Training.

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 4, 2008; 3:12 PM ET
 
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