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Dmitri Young: Unavailable

Indeed, Dmitri Young's tight back made him unavailable to pinch hit with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning of today's 8-7 loss to the Phillies. Willie Harris thus hit, and he grounded out to first to end the frame.

"Dmitri Young was not available for the game," Manager Manny Acta said. "He came up to me and said that his back was too tight. He couldn't get it loose and he couldn't play today."

Young declined comment after the game. Acta said Young in fact had an MRI, and that will be examined. He will also be checked out by a doctor in St. Louis. For now, he's day-to-day, but this thing may have gotten worse.

Key play in this game: Jimmy Rollins taking an extra base on a bunt play in the 10th. Heads-up.

Gotta hack for the $.50/$.35-edition. Talk to you from the Gateway City.

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 3, 2008; 6:01 PM ET
 
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Maybe Dmitri was unavailable because he ate too many of those delicious Baltimore crabcakes? Lord knows it looks like it.

Luckily the O's have a very strict strength and conditioning program and all of our All-Star, MVP players follow it to the letter. That's what makes the Orioles the cream-of-the-crop in terms of both on and off the field prowess.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 3, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I gotta agree with the previous poster. Looks like, finally, there's someone else on here who is 100% sane.

Just goes to show you all how delicious those Baltimore crabcakes are.

Much better than any of the seafood served down at the Nationals Park which was probably caught in the Anacostia River.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Stuff happens. Whatever. You play 162 games and the team is bound to lose a frustrating game like this. If it becomes a pattern, get worried. What never ceases to amze me though is how often in baseball, this sort of game occurs. Team A has a big first inning. Team A has a chance to blow the game open in the 2nd or 3rd inning, but screws up the rally. Team ends up losing the game. There has to be something psychological at work given how many times I feel like I've seen that happen if just about every level of baseball I've watched or played.

What this game also shows you is why a 25 man roster is important. Manny was managing that game with 23 guys. Not having Chad made his bullpen a man short. We might have had Rauch rather then Colome in there. Obviously the PH situation in the 9th would have been different if the Hook was available. To me that was the key to this game. I will continue to beat the drum on the Nats' training situation. They need to be healthier.

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Deep Fried Screech | April 3, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks. Didn't proofread

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

From prior thread: I know what we could have instead of the big baseball at NatsField. This is the 21st century. Let's have a holograph projector. NASA is just up the road. I'm sure they could build one. We could have a giant holograph of Ol' Leatherpants picking up a phone to trade whoever just screwed up, or a giant holographic head of the player who just did something great, or a Homestead Greys series. The Soccer Stadium in Munich has a laser projection screen for it's outer wall. That would be good, too. Anything but thinking about the last 4 hours would be good. And don't make Colome throw 8 balls and be surprised when he loses the strike zone. This is a common occurrence. If you want to second guess, second guess walking Utley and Howard, especially Howard, who is pressing and was last year's strike-out king.

Posted by: flynnie | April 3, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

That being said, it's a good thing for Colome that Frank was not managing today. Talk about hating walks, and combine that with hating losing, and not giving a damn about a positive atmosphere - lives would be in danger. I'm not yearning for this or saying that it is good. We have the best, coolest manager in baseball.

Posted by: flynnie | April 3, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Piss Poor Managing!

Posted by: Lipty | April 3, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I hate to hear that Dmitry has to have an MRI for the back. It must be bad to keep him out, and his swing did not look as free last night. Now I'm re-intorducing religion, and praying for Dmitry's immediate and complete healing. He was so fun to watch last year! The falling backwards foul catch followed by the Grand Slam on the 4th of July, the triple followed by the pantomime panting, just the joy of the game that he projected. That's why we go to the ballpark. And that's why we want Dmitry all better.

Posted by: flynnie | April 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Tooooo many advantages the Nats' did not take advantage of.

Posted by: Lipty | April 3, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm re-intorducing religion, and praying for Dmitry's immediate and complete healing.

Posted by: flynnie | April 3, 2008 06:28 PM
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Sorry buddy but I COULD NOT care less about the Nationals.

The Almighty himself is an Orioles fan. Gotta love them crabcakes.

Posted by: GOD | April 3, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Lipty, ignoring the stupid O's trolls, let's talk some Nats baseball here. What specific errors do you think Manny made?

Posted by: flynnie | April 3, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about the season. Of course there are 162 games. But doggone it I can still be mad about this game.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you Flynnie. How was the game poorly managed?

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This game was great until it sucked.

Posted by: Glass Half Full | April 3, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Dale already answered my question:

"Seems like Acta was treating this as a spring training B game. From what I read about Nick Johnson's workout schedule it was far more grueling than playing two days in a row. I don't buy Manny's starting Boone for Johnson. (Boone for Johnson, Lopez in right and Flores starting seemed like a lot of platooning changes. There seemed to be a chemistry in the lineup for the first 3 games.)

Was that a misread on the double steal?

The table got set all day long for our 3rd and 4th and 5th hitters to drive in runs. I think playing Johnson would have made a difference."

But they were up 5-1 on Moyer with this lineup! I wasn't complaining about Manny then!

But later, the runners stranded, which leads to Dale's conclusion that there is no more pitiable sight in baseball than seeing a pitcher walk in the winning run.

Posted by: flynnie | April 3, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

When is Dmitri going to smarten up? His pathetic shape renders him useless.

Posted by: Mike Hunt | April 3, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

His "pathetic shape" was EXACTLY the same last year and it sure didn't render him useless then. The guy is injured.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Playing back ups once a week pays huge dividends down the road. It keeps them sharp, and furthermore improves the overall team chemistry. Bench players need to feel like they are contributing and have a role. These guys are all big leaguers, but they stll need the manager to show some confidence in them. If the bullpen had been better today, nobody would be complaining about "poor managing". Rivera, King, and Colome laid an egg. That's it.

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Playing backups sure seemed like a grand idea at 5-1.

Posted by: flynnie | April 3, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

From Charlie and Dave's description on the radio it sounded like Rollins's heads-up play of going from first to third on the sac bunt got a serious assist from Colome failing to cover third when Zimm took the bunt. Barry, you were there. Could Rollins have been held at second if Colome had covered third on that play like he should have?

To quote Charlie or Dave (I forget which), "Colome was a spectator on the play."

Posted by: Section 419+1 | April 3, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

On bunt plays like this one, either the pitcher OR the catcher is responsible for covering 3rd. It could be Flores' fault as well.

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

On bunt plays like this one, either the pitcher OR the catcher is responsible for covering 3rd. It could be Flores' fault as well.

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 07:05 PM


Actually it's the responsibility of the pitcher. The catcher has to stay at home.

This fundamental is taught in little league.

Posted by: Baseball Guy | April 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you re. Dmitri, flynnie.

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 3, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

While you Nats fan mourn the end of your season, why not come up to one of the many trashy strip clubs of Baltimore, just a few hundred feet from the beautiful OPACY and see me dance for one of my many crack addict clients? Have a crabcake on me. Literally.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

As far as DMH not being available to even pinch-hit today, the Nats may be better served by placing hi on the DL until he gets his weight/diabetes under better control. It's disgraceful that he showed up in such horrendous physicial shape and is basically a designated hitter in a DH-less league.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 3, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"Actually it's the responsibility of the pitcher. The catcher has to stay at home.
This fundamental is taught in little league."

Posted by: Baseball Guy | April 3, 2008 07:26 PM

With all due respect, as someone who has coached over 1000 games at a level slightly above little league, I can tell you that teams handle it both ways. In Little League, they don't because it confuses the 12 year olds.

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Hon, why are my crabcakes so soggy tonight? Get me some Bromo Seltzer.

Posted by: Os Exec's Ex-wife | April 3, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

leetee, I'll say it again. Dmitri Young showed up last spring training in the EXACT SAME SHAPE. Why ya'll hatin' so much now???

He has not changed one bit in weight, ability to move quickly or base-running speed. Not one bit.

What has changed is your perspective of him. If ya'll would just recognize that, I could take all the trash talk a little better.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

cont'd.

It's not disgraceful that he showed up this way. It's unfortunate, but not disgraceful.

He pales in comparison to Nick. But Nick's pre-injury self even pales in comparison to Nick. But that does not, *does not* mean Meat is a disgrace or useless, it just means he got beat out for a starting position.

Rightfully so, but take Nick out of the equation and I bet ya'll wouldn't be saying one word about Dmitri's condition as long as he was hitting.

Don't forget he was an everyday player, a fan and team favorite, and now he's benched and injured and not getting any at-bats with which to heat up.

Sheesh. Give the guy a break. Not that long ago it was all Dmitri, all the time.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Natsnut, there's a reason it's called "trash" talk, not analysis. Some folks just like to complain; it's easier than being constructive, and it has the benefit of not offering as much to open oneself up to second-guessing.

Posted by: CE | April 3, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

heh heh. am i starting to sound like dysfanandproudofit?

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

heh heh. am i starting to sound like dysfanandproudofit?

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

heh heh. am i starting to sound like dysfanandproudofit?

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

heh heh. am i starting to sound like dysfanandproudofit?

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

yikes. sorry.

Posted by: NatsNut (cringing) | April 3, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

biggest at bat in the game, kearns with the bases loaded. only place--I REPEAT-- ONLY PLACE-- you cant hit it is back to the mound. what does kearns do. back to the mound. inning killing double play.
this guy will kill this team more than he helps all year long. just like last year.
kearns, songaila, huff theyre all the same player.

Posted by: dk | April 3, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like it may be time to DL Young and Cordero, let them get healthy and get Acta 25 healthy bodies to work with. As someone else said, it's a long season, let Young and Cordero get right.

Posted by: Expos Fan | April 3, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

biggest at bat in the game, kearns with the bases loaded. only place--I REPEAT-- ONLY PLACE-- you cant hit it is back to the mound. what does kearns do. back to the mound. inning killing double play.
this guy will kill this team more than he helps all year long. just like last year.
kearns, songaila, huff theyre all the same player.

Posted by: dk | April 3, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

First of all, Meat Hook has diabetes so keeping weight down is very tough . . .

Second, Manny as usual knows more than the dopes on this board, he said he was keeping Nick and LoDuca out to keep them fresh. He said they're both coming back from injuries so a day off early in the season is a good idea. Nick especially. I couldn't agree more.

Third, give the Phillies some credit, they're a damn good team, remember? All teams have this type of game pop up.

Lastly, gotta be happy with our starters through 4 games. Check out the starters on the other teams we beat, very nice.

RELAX. As Bowden said on TV in game 3, "our magic number is down to 160 games."

Posted by: Johnny Baconbitz | April 3, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Boy it would have been nice to be up 3-0 in the Phillies series.

Posted by: JSJ | April 3, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

#4, according to Charlie/Dave it was a very short bunt and Flores and Zimmerman both went after it, with Zimmerman ultimately taking it. In this situation, would you not agree that it is the pitcher's responsibility to cover third, rather than being a spectator on the play (as Charlie/Dave put it). I didn't see the play, obviously, or I wouldn't be asking. But my question is not who should have covered, but rather if third had been covered as it should have been, would Rollins have had to hold at second? In laying the blame on Colome, Charlie/Dave implied that that would have been the case.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | April 3, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

OT, but Ovie scores! Go Caps!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

On TV you could see Rollins never slowed around second, and clearly had considered the option (MVP that he is) beforehand.

If the pitcher doesn't break for third, Rollins knows in advance he only has a footrace between himself and Guzman, and secondarily, Zim and Colome, with surprise and speed on his side.

Posted by: CE | April 3, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"Second, Manny as usual knows more than the dopes on this board ..."

That's "creeps" -- as in, "if you don't get the creeps here, you don't get the creeps here."

Posted by: MIB Established Facts | April 3, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

hey O exec--- you never answered; what are crab cakes made of??

Posted by: bl(O)ws | April 3, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Let them eat crab cakes.

Posted by: Don't Feed The TROLLS | April 3, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

419+1:

I was "watching" the game on Gameday at work, so I didn't see it. Certainly though, unless it was a bunt and run, if someone had covered 3rd, Rollins most certainly would have held.

As you described, it seems that it was Colome's fault. Sometimes though in obvious bunting situations like this one, a manger/coach will implement a bunt defense where he instructs his pitcher to charge heck bent for leather directly at home plate in the hopes of pouncing on a bunt and forcing the runner at 2nd. Usually the 3B and 1B are also charging hard. In that case, the coach will put the onus on the catcher to cover 3rd so as not to distract the pitcher from making a play on the ball. Obviously, I have no idea whether Manny even uses this bunt defense. He may not. I only brought it up to say that it wasn't necessarily Jesus Colome's fault.

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

#4, from the way Charlie and Dave described it, it sounded like Colome was just standing around the mound, not charging the plate as part of any bunt defense play.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | April 3, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

So take some consolation from the CAPS knocking the Flyers out of the last playoff spot.

Posted by: CE | April 3, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

419+1:

Then we should hang Colome from the highest yardarm.

It does sound like he was "out to lunch". It's particularly inexcusable in an obvious bunting situation. Messing up a bunt defense is to me like not running out a ground ball or forgetting how many outs there are when running the bases - a mental rather than physical error. Manny wants to hang his hat on guys playing the game with the proper fundamentals. If so, he needs to review this. I'd be interested to hear from Barry whether he does it. If he does, that will show me a lot. You could probably count on one hand (finger?) the numbers of MLB managers who do work on team defense after spring training.

Posted by: #4 | April 3, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Jesus shoulda had his head in the game better, but that Phillies dude is fast. I find it hard to believe even with everybody playing perfect that they coulda got him after the throw to first. I've seen slower guys get home from 2nd on bunt plays.

The real problem is him walking home the winning run. Should Manny have left him in? Frank might have yanked at 2-0, mid AB

3-1 and playing very well. The bullpen will come around, injuries will heal, and celebrations will continue.

Posted by: nattaboy | April 3, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there's more self-recrimination here than a Democratic strategy room the day before an election. Talk about circular firing squads.

The Phils sneaked out a win on us and were handed their first losing home series instead of a sweep. We know the fault was SwiftIt's for saying "sweep" and he's already apologized, so let's move on.

What's the scouting report on St. Louis?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS!

Way to go, guys!

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I think we had this issue come up last year on a double steal. In MLB pitchers usually only practice covering first. If Colone had covered third Rollins was still going for third and I have little faith in Colome's ability to make the catch and apply the tag. Most likely he would have missed the throw and Rollins would have scored on the error. Either that or rollins would have taken out his legs going inot third and Colome would be headed for the DL.

Before I get too much grief from the board I don't think Pitchers are made of glass and shouldn't be asked to field. I just don't think they practiced it enough to be able to rely on him making the tag without risking a game ending error.

Posted by: estuartj | April 3, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

For the record, you know who caught the throw at third that Colome didn't cover? Nick Johnson. Yes, he came all the way over from first while Colome was just standing there in front of the mound. As it happens, while I have been typing this they just showed the replay of that play on the late news. Hard to tell if Rollins would have made it anyway, but they would have had a better chance of getting him if Colome had been there to take the throw before Nick got there.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | April 3, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

as someone who has caught in college, it is the CATCHER's responsibility to cover third on any bunt down the third base line. The pither NEVER has coverage responsibilities, they are always in a 'backup' role.

Posted by: busted | April 4, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Nats Journal fans, come on out and read Barry's exciting new post!

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 4, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Goodmorning.

First, props:

That's "creeps" -- as in, "if you don't get the creeps here, you don't get the creeps here."

If another NJ shirt ever gets made, I'd like to suggest this as text for it. We could call ourselves NJCs.

Back to baseball:

There's always a tendency to harp on the last game-changing play of the offense and defense. Colome didn't cover third. Kearns sent the ball back to the pitcher. Whatever. That was a ten-inning game and from the first half of the first frame we were lucky to be in it. After that frame I think we started to relax; as if we'd earned it. Philadelphia has a good team, that's how they got to the postseason last year. But yesterday they made four errors that put the Nats ahead early in the game. In response, an anemic bullpen threw wild pitches, hit batters, hit bats, and/or couldn't find the plate to give the game back.

Was it an exciting game? Yes (witnesses at the West Falls Church bus stop to my hollering in the rain can attest). Did either team play up to their potential? No way.

I was really enjoying the perfect record, and losing a game this way really takes the wind out of the sail. I would have preferred to see a walk-off extra-inning grand slam, frankly. Because giving away bases gives away games.

Now we're about 12h away from starting a new series, and it should be a good one. Baseball, unlike women, won't stay mad the next day when you do something stupid.

Posted by: i hate walks | April 4, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

"If another NJ shirt ever gets made, I'd like to suggest this as text for it. We could call ourselves NJCs."

ANOTHER? What did I miss?

Posted by: CE | April 4, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Although, if we're serious about being silly about this, it should read "If you GET the creeps here, you don't get the creeps here."
Only the non-understanding should be creeped out, not those who got it.

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