After making news as part of Mitchell report, Lo Duca now faces knee injury

Updated: January 25, 2008, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca injured his left knee during a workout and will travel to Washington next week to be examined by a team doctor.

Lo Duca, who signed a $5 million, one-year deal as a free agent this offseason, was hurt this week and had an MRI exam Friday.

Paul Lo Duca

Lo Duca

Washington Nationals


2007 Season Stats
119 9 54 46 .311 .272
Asked if he could comment on the severity of Lo Duca's injury, Nationals general manager Jim Bowden wrote in an e-mail, "We won't know until test results are back."

Lo Duca's agent did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

The catcher hit .272 with nine homers and 54 RBIs for the New York Mets last season. The Mets did not express any interest in re-signing Lo Duca.

Lo Duca made news this winter after being named in the Mitchell report for allegedly receiving and using human growth hormone and steroids in the early 1990s, while he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The report included photocopies of checks and notes allegedly written by Lo Duca to Kirk Radomski, the former Mets clubhouse attendant who is a key figure awaiting sentencing in the steroids investigation by federal authorities.

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