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Where Are They Now, May edition (Now with lineups -- going fast!)

This LINEUPS ADDED EDITION posted at 3:04 p.m.

Furcal -- 6
Pierre -- 8 (Grady Little flip-flops these guys for now at the top of the order)
Garciaparra -- 3
Kent -- 4
Gonzalez -- 7
Martin -- 2
Ethier -- 9
Abreu -- 5
Lowe -- 1

Lopez -- 4
Guzman -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3 (Not only back in the lineup, but hitting cleanup)
Kearns -- 9
Church -- 7
Schneider -- 2
Logan -- 8
Bacsik -- 1

Because there's almost nothing worth discussing about last night's game (although I'll give you the gamer, and some non-news about Nick Johnson and some actual news about Luis Ayala in the notebook), I figured, with May about to come to an end, it might be time to check in on those non-Nationals - the guys who used to play for this team that don't any more.

(More housekeeping: I have a chat at 1 p.m., so please come over. And I arrived at the ballpark last night with dead batteries in my fancy digital recording device, so for the first time all year, there is no podcast. I apologize to the two of you who are faithful listeners to that thing (and yes, that includes you, Mom).)

We did this just over a month ago. At that point, on April 24, the notables were Claudio Vargas - who was 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 24 strikeouts with three walks in 17 innings for the Brewers - and Ramon Ortiz - who was 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA for the Twins.

When I asked last time, I wondered which of these guys you missed the most, which move you regretted, etc. But since we know that this year is really about building for the future, I ask a slightly different question this time around:

Would any of these guys be pieces of a contending team in, say, 2009?

2005 (Or the "Thanks for the Memories Guys"):

Brad Wilkerson, OF, Texas - .250, 6 HR, 20 RBI, more strikeouts (24) than hits (22), on the disabled list since May 16 with a pulled right hamstring

Jamey Carroll, INF, Colorado - .177, .307 OBP, 15 runs scored, has appeared at second, third, shortstop and center field

Tomo Ohka, RHP, Toronto - 2-4, 5.30 ERA, 21 walks, 18 strikeouts in 52-2/3 innings over nine starts

Gary Bennett, C, St. Louis - .227 in 17 games backing up Yadier Molina, no extra-base hits, 1 walk (still has World Series ring)

Preston Wilson, OF, St. Louis - .219, 1 HR, 5 RBI, more strikeouts (17) than hits (14) in 64 at-bats, on the disabled list since May 6 with right knee inflamation

Claudio Vargas, RHP, Milwaukee - 3-1, 4.01 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 20 walks in 49-1/3 innings

Jose Vidro, DH, Seattle -- .307, .361 OBP, .377 SLG, 3 HR, 17 RBI, five of 61 hits are for extra-bases, moved from third to second in the lineup recently

Jose Guillen, OF, Seattle - .262, 6 HR, 28 RBI, .330 OBP, .433 SLG, 10 doubles, more strikeouts (29) than RBI

Mike Stanton, LHP, Cincinnati - 1-2, 5.40 ERA in 18-1/3 innings over 25 appearances, left-handed hitters hitting .343 off of him

Livan Hernandez, RHP, Arizona - 5-2, 3.58 ERA, 73 innings over 11 starts, 36 strikeouts, 34 walks, four homers, opponents have a .344 on-base percentage (yet you can imagine, from here, Livo working out of all those jams he creates)

Esteban Loaiza, RHP, Oakland - 0-1, 6.75 ERA for Sacramento River Cats while on rehabilitation assignment. Hasn't pitched in the majors this year.

Terrmel Sledge, OF, San Diego - .208, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .319 OBP, .365 SLG in 40 games

Tony Armas Jr., RHP, Pittsburgh - 0-3, 8.19 ERA, demoted to bullpen after posting 8.46 ERA in seven starts, has appeared only in mop-up role

Hector Carrasco, RHP, Los Angeles Angels - 0-1, 5.86 ERA in 19 appearances (including one start), 20 walks in 27-2/3 innings

Endy Chavez, OF, New York Mets - .318, .365 OBP, .455 SLG, five doubles, two triples, 1 HR, 12 RBI

Brendan Harris, INF, Tampa Bay - .303, .357 OBP, .393 SLG, 2 HR, 13 RBI, starting shortstop, hitting .139 in last 10 games

Gary Majewski, RHP, Cincinnati - 0-0, 10.80 ERA in two appearances since being recalled from Class AAA Louisville last week, one grievance filed over condition of shoulder

Marlon Byrd, OF, Texas - .400, 3 RBI, no walks, no extra-base hits in four games for Rangers since being recalled from minors

Junior Spivey, INF - signed April 19 with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League

Zach Day, RHP, Class AAA Omaha (Kansas City) - 1-0, a 4.04 ERA in nine starts


Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs - .296, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 42 strikeouts in 228 plate appearances, .348 OBP, .468 SLG, 8 SB, 16 doubles (Replacement Ryan Church: .257, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 17 doubles)

Ramon Ortiz, RHP, Minnesota -- 3-4, 5.65 ERA, nine homers in 57-1/3 innings, 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in April, 0-3 with a 10.48 ERA in May, moved out of the Twins' rotation and to the bullpen and made first relief appearance last night (one scoreless inning)

Royce Clayton, SS, Toronto - .243, 1 HR, 9 RBI, .294 OBP

Marlon Anderson, INF/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers -- .222 in 18 at-bats, placed on disabled list May 6 with right elbow surgery, out two-three months

Daryle Ward, PH, Chicago Cubs - .286, 0 HR, 5 RBI, four doubles in 45 plate appearances

Bill Bray, LHP, Cincinnati Reds - on disabled list with broken left index finger, hasn't pitched this season, on rehab assignment

Matthew LeCroy, C/1B, Class AAA Rochester (Minnesota) - .198, 2 HR, 12 RBI in 40 games

Damian Jackson, INF - released by Los Angeles Dodgers in spring training, hasn't been picked up, appeared when Nats played at San Diego to visit old pal Robert Fick

Brandon Watson, OF - Back with Class AAA Columbus and the Nationals after being released by Detroit earlier this month, and now has 26-game hitting streak

Seriously, who do you want back?

And that leads to a discussion we had in the press box in St. Louis when there was a &%$#!@ rain delay with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday night: Who gets your vote as the Worst National Ever? I might dive into this discussion later. I bet I can dig up some names that you'd long ago forgotten.

That's it for now. I'll get you lineups from the ballpark, and please join me for my chat.

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 30, 2007; 10:52 AM ET
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