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So much for that theory

Well, hope you chewed on that Colome-to-Arizona-for-Chris Carter-to-send-to-Boston deal. Because it's not happening.

I've been told that the PTBN (Penguin To Be Nippy? Phillie To Be (a) National?) in the Pena deal is not on the major league roster right now, and it most certainly is not Colome. This from sources with knowledge of the deal. I have confirmed that Carter will go to Boston eventually, which, as I mentioned, was first reported in The Boston Globe over the weekend.

Where does that leave the Diamondbacks? I would look at Columbus's roster, and I would look at Winston Abreu to start. He got shelled a couple times in the majors (6.38 ERA in 19 appearances), but his minor league numbers are nasty, a 1.36 ERA in 32 appearances, with 76 strikeouts and 19 walks in 46-1/3 innings. Yikes.

If the D'Backs are interested in a lefty, Arnie Munoz -- who has been considered to be called up Sept. 1 here -- is 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA for Columbus. Chris Booker? A possibility, I suppose, too.

Arizona is in fact looking for bullpen help. But it doesn't appear it'll be from the Nationals' major league bullpen.

Your lineups:

Washington:
Lopez -- 6
Belliard -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3
Kearns -- 9
Church -- 8
Pena -- 7
Schneider -- 2
Redding -- 1 (former Astro goes against Astros)

Houston:
Biggio -- 4
Loretta -- 6
Berkman -- 3
Lee -- 7
Scott -- 9
Wiggington -- 5
Lane -- 8
Munson -- 2
Jennings -- 1 (free agent to be)

One other thing: Ryan Wagner (remember him) was in the clubouse. He lives not far from Houston and checked in. Said his surgically repaired right shoulder feels much, much better -- he can lift weights and stuff like that -- but he won't throw for two more months.

Enjoy the game.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 20, 2007; 6:56 PM ET
 
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