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Odalis Perez: More minor league action

Veteran lefty Odalis Perez threw again on the minor league side (where Dmitri Young also got five at-bats) for the second time. He went four "innings" (didn't record three outs every time, but they wanted him to sit down and get back up again as if they were "innings") and gave up six hits, three runs (two earned), striking out four and walking two. He wasn't as sharp as the other day (when he threw 20 strikes in his first 21 pitches), but two of the hits were infield grounders and one was a pop fly that fell behind first base.

Randy St. Claire, who saw him for the first inning, was pleased. Perez was pleased as well. But he has to make the next step, and that's pitching against major leaguers.

"I want to pitch at the big league level," he said. "I don't want ot be wasting my time. ... The minor league guys, they love to swing the bat."

Perez, though, can't face major league hitters until he gets a work visa from his native Dominican Republic. To do that, he will have to travel back home. He has been in touch with the necessary officials, and he hopes to fly home sometime in the middle of this coming week.

When he gets back, the Nationals will have to decide on what day to pitch him. Right now, the club has three potential members of the rotation -- Perez, Matt Chico and Jason Bergmann -- throwing on the same day. They'll have to juggle that if all three end up in the rotation.

Young: He went 4 for 5 in the minor league game, in which he hit third in every inning, not playing in the field. He doubled to right off former first-round pick Colton Willems in his first at-bat, struck out swinging through an 87-mph fastball from Perez in his next at-bat, drilled a double to the right-center field gap off Willems, hit an infield single off Perez (no, he didn't beat it out; it was a dribbler that the third baseman couldn't get to in time) and then hit the pop single behind first base off Perez. He said his left side is feeling better, and he plans on playing in the field in the minor league game tomorrow.

Indians are here hitting. And guess who's leading off for them. That'd be one Jamey Carroll, acquired in an offseason trade with the Rockies.

Cleveland lineup:

Jamey Carroll -- 4
David Dellucci -- 7
Franklin Gutierrez -- 8
Jhonny Peralta -- 6
Kelly Shoppach -- 2
Beau Mills -- DH
Jordan Brown -- 1B
Andy Gonzalez -- 5
Trevor Crowe -- 9

Jeremy Sowers on the mound. Tomorrow, the Tigers travel here, and Justin Verlander is scheduled to pitch against John Lannan.

Oh, and I made an error earlier -- Marrero and Burgess are actually in the clubhouse in Viera and are available off the bench here today. (I had them on the bus to Winter Haven. My mistake.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 9, 2008; 10:49 AM ET
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Whats the Nats lineup in Winterhaven?

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | March 9, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least we know that Dmitri will be a monster if he gets demoted to the Sally League.

Posted by: Chris | March 9, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Now Chris, you used a bad word. Ixnay on the Onster-may or you get a time out.

Posted by: Can't resist | March 9, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I've used worse words than that!

Like **** and ******** and one time I called Jim Bowden a ********* ******* ****!

Posted by: Chris | March 9, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Ive spent several minutes trying to fill in those blanks.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | March 9, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

pb, who are these available SSs you speak of?

231: Saving $4 milling in salary, I'm sure JimBo would have no problem finding a back-up SS who can hit as well as Lopez and finding a better fielder should be easy.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | March 9, 2008 11:08 AM

Posted by: 231 | March 9, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Realistically, Nick Johnson should probably be the #2 batter (if not leadoff hitter). Given how often he gets on base and hits doubles, he'd be in scoring position for the big bats all the time.

Posted by: Chris | March 9, 2008 09:24 AM "

Johnson had his best year, other than 2006, batting 2d for the NYY. Since Milledge had 5 years int he minors with an OBP of .380, and an OBP last year for the Mets of .341, maybe Milledge - Johnson - Zimmerman - Kearns - WMP should be 1 - 5, unless Lopez or CGuzman can demonstrate .350 or above on base skills. Kearns is probably better as a #5 hitter, but doesn't get himself out with his OBP skills and is due for a bounce - back in his power. That should be adeqaute protection for Zimmerman.

Posted by: PTBNL (poster to be named later) | March 9, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The Nats and Cleveland are supposedly on WTAM Cleveland at 1:

That depends on whether they black out the game on the internet. Right now Rush Limbaugh is the mutable program playing. We will see.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | March 9, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Cool. It works. The game is about to start.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | March 9, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Crud. It just stopped working. Oh, well.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | March 9, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Gameday has the away game. If anyone is in Viera, please provide updates.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | March 9, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

231....that did not take long at all....

December 13, 2007
Twins, ex-Astros SS Everett agree to 1-year deal
The Twins and shortstop Adam Everett agreed to terms on a one-year contract on Thursday, a day after he was non-tendered by the Astros.

He would be great as an ALL DEFENSE backup....much better than LOPEZ or GUZMAN in the field and much like Jamey Carroll he understands baseball situational hitting.

Posted by: JayB | March 9, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Please say "hey" to Jamey Carroll for me.

Posted by: natsfan1a | March 9, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

231 / Power Boater: Look at Toronto's roster for extra middle infielders. They have McDonald, Scutaro, Inglett, and Adams behind Rolen, Everett, and Hill. McDonald has a 2 year contract for $3.9 million and Scutaro has a 2 year for $2.65 ($1.1 in '9). The others are major league minimum.

Posted by: PTBNL | March 9, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Adam Everett was 1 year, $2.8 million. So you've come up with a savings of $1.2 million over Lopez, who had an all star 2005 and a pretty good 2006, and is 3 years younger.

Posted by: PTBNL | March 9, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

New post. Game Day link for Space Coast:

Click on the Game Day icon to the right of the game listing.

Posted by: natsfan1a | March 9, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Everett and Guzman at shortstop is probably on the order of 20-30 runs defensively. That's 2-3 more wins, a pretty huge total, especially for that price.

Posted by: Chris | March 9, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

PTBNL....when will you tire of what Lopez did once in Cincy's Ban Box Park?

Talk to me about where he is now.....did you watch last year? In 20 years of playing and watching baseball I had never seen a poorer effort in the field or at the plate. Just no heart at all....that is our PLOP and someday 231 and you will wake up.

Posted by: JayB | March 9, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"I had never seen a poorer effort in the field or at the plate."

Did your 20 years of observation not include Guzman in 2005?

Posted by: Chris | March 9, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Yup Full Season tickets.....Guz was bad but I never saw him dog it down the line or fail to lift his glove over his head for a soft line drive or slide 25 feet infront of second or.....oh it just goes on and on.....

Posted by: JayB | March 9, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

jayb, i was talking about available *NOW*, since PB mentioned releasing flopez before 3/12.

chris, please show me how you determined the difference btwn everett & guzman is 20-30 runs defensively.

jayb, i'm not asleep. i don't think flopez is anything special. i'm not on his bandwagon. but we are where we are and the options to replace him right now are what they are, too. unless you have an option to replace him right now, which i haven't seen, it would be idiotic to release him. regardless of any baggage or off/def issues you might see, he's still a better major league SS than anyone in our system or available as a FA. and while something may come up in trade, i haven't seen it yet. there were some jays possibilities mentioned, but are the jays shopping them yet? and, while flopez isn't anything special, are the jays guys any better?

adams: .233 .313 .383 .697
mcdonald: .251 .279 .333 .612
scutaro: .260 .332 .361 .693
flopez: .245 .308 .352 .659

don't really know much about them defensively, but none is really any better offensively.

Posted by: 231 | March 9, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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