For an off day...
Now, a few Cheerios of news to slurp.
* It's a near-certainty that Shawn Hill will officially be placed on the disabled list either today or -- at the latest -- before tomorrow's game. The transaction will be clean and simple, most likely. Hill will be swapped for Odalis Perez, who hasn't pitched since June 3 (because of shoulder tendinitis) but is ready to start tomorrow's game. Then, of course, the Nats must figure out a later roster move, because they'll need a pitcher to replace Hill in the rotation.
Hill's next turn on the mound was due to come Monday at Florida. The best guess on Hill's replacement: Tyler Clippard, who's already pitched two games here this season -- the second one especially impressive. He has an edge over one other candidate, Garrett Mock, because he's out-pitched Mock at the big league level. (Granted, it's a small sample size.) He has an edge over Collin Balester because the team doesn't want to rush Balester to the big leagues -- at least not until he's ready to pitch here for good.
* Aaron Boone got his 1,000 hit last night, especially worth noting because he's the fourth member of his family to reach the milestone.
The all-time Boone hit list:
Bob Boone (Aaron's father) -- 1,838 hits, .254 lifetime average
Bret Boone (Aaron's brother) -- 1,775 hits, .266 lifetime average
Ray Boone (Aaron's grandfather) -- 1,260 hits, .275 lifetime average
Aaron Boone -- 1,000 hits, .265 lifetime average (current)
* It looks like Cristian Guzman, a free agent at season's end, has received an initial contract offer that has the potential to keep him with the team for several more years into the future. Bill Ladson reported this story initially on nationals.com. I'll try to come back with a little update on this later in the day. Right now, Guzman is in the final year of a four-year, $16 million deal, which is only now looking like a bargain.
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