Chad Tracy took a pitch off his right arm yesterday afternoon.
Tracy took a fourth-inning fastball from Jonathan Albaladejo above his right elbow, at the base of the triceps muscle. Chris Marrero then entered to replace Tracy, though the veteran was scheduled to come out of the game regardless.
One of the majors' most-productive pinch-hitter last season, Tracy had his elbow wrapped this morning and said he'd take a couple days off to let the bruise heal, though he didn't consider the injury serious at all.
"If this was the regular season, I'd be back in there today," he said. "But no sense pushing it right now."
Tracy actually was looking forward to a rare couple days off. He appeared in a team-high 29 exhibition games last spring while trying to crack the Nationals' Opening Day roster as a minor-league invitee and started each of the first two Grapefruit League games this spring.
"First road trip I've ever not made as a National," he joked.