Behind the move
Just a couple of things to touch on, but I'll leave most of it to what you want to discuss in today's 1 p.m. chat. I think I'll do that from the Starbucks at the Lenox Square Mall. Such is life in Atlanta. High culture, 24/7.
The move last night, sending Brandon Watson down and keeping Nook Logan: There seems to be some confusion on this front, and I'm not at all saying that the Nationals didn't weight their options. They did, thinking long and hard, and there were some indications that the decision wasn't made early yesterday afternoon.
But the situation was this: Logan is out of options. Watson had one remaining. An option is good for the whole season, so Watson can be sent up and down as many times as the club pleases. As poorly as Logan has played lately - he's hitting .212, and even his big double in the ninth inning last Saturday against Cleveland was overshadowed by his game-ending base running gaffe (have you heard Charlie Slowes's call of that thing? Wow.) - the Nationals were convinced that there was one other club that would grab him off the waiver wire.
No big deal? To an extent, sure. Even some of Logan's teammates are finished with his lack of apparent baseball instincts. But remember: This season is about accumulating parts and pieces. If there's a glimmer of hope, why not hold onto him? This way, they keep both Logan and Watson in the system for the time being. Watson, being a left-handed hitter, doesn't work in a platoon with the left-handed hitting Ryan Langerhans (OBP with Washington: .353).
Tony Batista: I suggested to someone yesterday that he might be sent down, but here's the trickle-down of the Guzman injury. The best right-handed hitting pinch hitter on the team (and a guy who, upon further examination, might be as good a two-way utility man as there is in the league) is now in the lineup every day. The impact on the lineup isn't that great, because Belliard is an accomplished hitter. But the impact on the bench is huge. Now, you need Batista as the right-handed bat off the bench. The team also can't afford to send out D'Angelo Jimenez (0 for 14 with five strikeouts as a pinch hitter) because they need a backup infielder. Yikes.
If you were wondering whether Boz thought the Guzman injury was significant, wonder no more.
Fick: I'd be interested in more thoughts on his turn in the radio and TV booths. Sounds (predictably) hysterical.
Rumor: I saw that Bill Ladson of mlb.com reported on the rumor in the clubhouse yesterday afternoon that Milton Bradley was traded to Washington. Yes, it was a significant rumor. But I had checked out with club officials when Bradley was designated for assignment whether Washington would be interested. At that point, they indicated that character concerns would prevent them from making such a deal.
Still, a few players were convinced it was happening yesterday. It started because Class AAA pitcher Jermaine "Martin" Van Buren found out he was traded to Oakland, and he assumed it was for Bradley. One thing led to another, and the clubhouse was buzzing. More than anything, it gives an indication that players are well aware that the next month is going to bring change, that there will be trades and roster moves all over the place. In a strange way, that's an uneasy time for some folks.
Anyway, if you want to read about how the Nats blew their best opportunity in the first last night, it's in the gamer. Notes have some pretty powerful words from Fick. The podcast includes audio from Fick, who's just fun to listen to. And, as I said, the chat is at 1 p.m. Talk to you then.
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