So here's the fallout from this morning's moves, as best I can tell.
Dmitri Young is the first baseman. Could've seen this one coming. Young, though, was suprised by Travis Lee's request. Apparently, Lee told GM Jim Bowden that he no longer had the fire to play, that he came to camp trying to rekindle it, and that he wanted to retire. The club granted him his unconditional release, meaning that if another first baseman in another camp was injured, and someone came up with, say, one million reasons for Lee to get the fire back, he could.
Young was asked if he expected to be the starting first baseman here when he signed a minor league deal last month. "Oh, yeah," he said. "That was my goal. I was at the bottom of the mountain, the bottom of Mount Everest. I had to climb my way up, one day at a time, knowing that I had to work. I had to work. It wasn't going to be given to me by any stretch."
Young is hitting .333 with a homer and three RBI since he came over.
Bowden was not willing to commit to putting Logan and Simontacchi on the DL, but Manager Manny Acta indicated that both would likely end up there. He said Logan would be out "at least two weeks," and you can still back-date DL moves into spring training, so even if he's going to be ready a week into the season -- which is optimistic -- it might make sense to stick him on the DL.
Acta also said that not only is Kory Casto almost certainly on the team, but that it's time to see what he can do. Translation: Church goes to center, with Casto to left and Snelling on the bench.
Simontacchi: Acta said, "He's not going to be ready." Bowden pointed out that because Simontacchi is not on the 40-man roster, they can send him to Columbus for as long as they want for rehab, and he could be added when he's ready, whether that's the fifth game of the season or the 10th or the 15th. For now, it looks like Jason Bergmann would slide into that fifth starter's role -- Acta said it was "safe to say" Jerome Williams is the fourth guy -- and Levale Speigner could also help out there.
Is that enough for one day? What else could happen?
Oh, we're in the bottom of the second in the game, and Chico put down the first five guys he faced, including strikeouts of Chipper Jones and Jeff Francoeur. But he then allowed three straight singles to center, with Matt Diaz driving in Scott Thorman on the third.
The inning would have ended on Churck James's slow roller to shortstop, but even though Josh Wilson made the play, Dmitri Young -- gulp -- dropped the throw. Just dropped it. E3. Allowed a run.
These are the potential drawbacks. Here we go.
End of the second: Braves 2, Nationals 0.
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