News during the off day
Sorry, but I got caught up with actual, real-life work for the $.35 edition today. But here's a few tiny bits of news from Thursday.
1. Jerome Williams threw well in his rehabilitation start for Class AAA Columbus. Six innings, four hits, one run, two walks, five strikeouts. The lone run was a solo homer to lead off the game, and he was untouched since there. I spoke with GM Jim Bowden about Williams's outing briefly, and he said the reports were good, that he pitched well, and that he's ready to take John Patterson's spot in the rotation Tuesday against the Braves.
Remember that when Williams sprained his left ankle April 28, he was in the midst of allowing the New York Mets only one hit over six innings. He's 0-4 with a 6.11 ERA, but maybe he figured something out.
2. Reliever Ryan Wagner had an MRI on his right shoulder, and he was diagnosed with tendinitis. The club expects him to be out for two to four weeks, and he should start throwing again in 7-10 days. I suggested to Bowden that this was good news, that there's no structural damage, etc. He didn't bite. "I'll let the doctors figure out whether it's good or bad news," he said. "He's still on the disabled list."
3. Shortstop Josh Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This one surprised me. Wilson made five errors in his 25 chances at shortstop and had one hit in 19 at-bats. I thought for sure he'd clear waivers and end up at Class AAA Columbus. But it wasn't working out here, and it's clear that he's not THAT bad, so apparently the D-Rays are willing to see if he can relax and play better. I don't think it affects the Nationals in any way, shape or form, because Wilson had his chance here, and he didn't take advantage of it.
I am not covering the games Friday or Saturday, though I will be in the stands on Saturday night in my seats in Section 309. Posting on my off days tends to be light, but you never know. Check in. Who knows what'll show up?
Oh, and one final programming note. I will be on "Washington Post Live" on Comcast SportsNet tomorrow from 5-6:30 p.m. I believe Jim Bowden is scheduled to be a guest (though not 100 percent sure of that), so there's bound to be some baseball talk. There better be, as with everything else, I'm just faking it. (Insert "aren't you faking it on baseball, too" joke here.)
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