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Casto to Class AAA Columbus

After tonight's game, the Nationals sent Kory Casto back to Class AAA Columbus. This move will clear space for Anderson Hernandez, the player to be named later in the Luis Ayala trade. Hernandez is expected to join the Nats tomorrow.

Casto started today's game at 1B and went 1-for-4, raising his average to .193.

But with Cristian Guzman set to return in a day or two, chances are that the Nats will use Ronnie Belliard as the primary first baseman again. Guzman will be back at short, and Hernandez will provide the requisite depth.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 19, 2008; 11:16 PM ET
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And with this, the Kory Casto experiment comes to an end. I feel sorry for the guy, as he was highly regarded once, but he did have his chances...

Posted by: cat daddy | August 19, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

so long Kory. I barely got to see you hit er I mean you barely hit. I bet Anderson Hernandez hits even lower.

Unfortunately it is back to Belliard at 1st. We need a new 1B next season

Posted by: NatsVerse | August 19, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

In a way, this is sad. Kory was the organizational player of the year, twice in a row. Now it's come to this, he cannot even hold a bench job in the major leagues. Maybe he'll be back in 2009 but he'll have to show a lot more with the bat then he did this year. I'd like to see him succeed, if only because I'm tired of having only one home-ground position player on this team.

Posted by: grf15 | August 19, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

So who will we see in September? Casto probably again? Hernandez AND Gonzalez I would assume. Any chance Dukes is available by then?

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | August 20, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Are the Nats Stockpiling middle infielders or what? I won't even mention the Rauch for Bonifacio deal.

The Johnny Nunez (a young live arm pitching great in AA) for Alberto Gonzalez a light hitting Middle infielder.

And now Ayala for Hernandez another light hitting MI. Not that we should have gotten more for Ayala, but why keep trading for week hitting middle infielders?

If you want to bring in a weak hitting middle infielder for depth then why not promote someone like William Bergolla, Ray Olmedo, or Ed Rogers from AAA. These guys might not be able to hit at the major league level (maybe they can), but they probably will be as good as some of these other guys. Then we wouldn't have had to give up a good young arm like Johnny Nunez.

If we trade for one more Middle infielder this season I will lose it

Posted by: Middle Infield Capitol of the World | August 20, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

I hope that we call up Bernadina, Martis, Clippard, and Jordan Zimmerman. Michael O'Connor has had a good year at AAA, but he has probably already had his chance. Maybe Luis Jiminez at 1B/pinch hitter.

I would call up a middle infielder if we had not already traded for Gonzalez and Hernandez.

Posted by: call ups | August 20, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow I go on vacation and it turns out that things really could get worse - 11 straight losses. Instead of outfielders the new fetish is middle infielders.

Posted by: Count Demoney | August 20, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

This team is SO FREAKING BAD.

Posted by: Captain Obvious | August 20, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Count! Perhaps your return will bring that badly-needed win streak! It nearly started last night in Philly, in an exciting, close contest. The team is the youngest in the majors. So, a reading from Tom Boswell, who wrote these words about losing Olympic athletes, but they apply:

All in all, we figure sport is about as level a playing field as we have.

But there's another side, too. Part of what makes sport so powerful is that, quite often, it's so awful you can barely stand to watch it. It's beyond unfair. . . .

[T]hey'll wake up in the morning, still be world-class athletes and young enough to continue great careers.

They might not want such sympathy for a while. Let them finish kicking the furniture.

Sometimes, the best words we can find -- "you tried your best" and "try again" -- just don't sound like enough.

Posted by: flynnie | August 20, 2008 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Corey Casto's home run into the section where his Dad and family were sitting in Seattle - his Dad got the ball by trading a hat for it -is one of the best moments since the Nats got here. I hope to see him back and out of this slump.

Posted by: flynnie | August 20, 2008 6:03 AM | Report abuse

And it's Kory, not Corey. I owe him that much for trying as hard as he did and keeping his chin up even though he got to play less and less, which will induce a slump in most hitters.

Posted by: flynnie | August 20, 2008 6:04 AM | Report abuse

This really bums me out. Korey was making such and effort at 1st, like he really, really wanted the position. I hope he makes it back up in September callups.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry. The Nats' draft picks will make all this forgettable, not too many decades in the future.

Posted by: EdDC | August 20, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Too bad...I thought he would be a good PH, corner outfielder, corner infielder type. Able to play a lot of positions plus he bats left.

Posted by: Expos Fan | August 20, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

That was a comfortable loss. Comfortable in the manner that a five year old sweater fits when you put it on. The players seemed to play well enough to be satisfied with themselves. They left runners on third base with one out twice. Bergmann would comfortably swing at pitches two feet out of the strike zone with runners on third. They casually run to fly balls, casually attempt to steal and glide back to the dugout when caught. They have become skilled at losing easy, as in the way New Orleans used to be known as "The Big Easy" before being shattered. Sometimes they lose in frightful fits, llke when they give up double digit runs, but last night was not one of those. Last night they collected a basket full of hits, some consecutively, but we were left with only the thought of a big inning that just dissipated like a wisp of smoke. This losing has grown comfortable for the fans as well. We no longer rant and scream with the passions of a new season. Watching hitters flail with sub .200 averages elicits warm adieus when they are exchanged for newer faces. We become used to losing 7, 8, or 9 games in a row; it becomes part of the fabric of our team.

Posted by: Dale | August 20, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

We no longer rant and scream

Posted by: uh, been reading NJ lately? | August 20, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of trades for middle infielders... or high priced free agents

Armando Galarraga (12-4,3.17),originally signed as a free agent with the Montreal Expos, is the best rookie pitcher in baseball.

...was traded along with OF's Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge for INF Alfonso Soriano.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 20, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

So, for an alternative way of inspiring hope in the Nats future, anyone know of a good place for a meal in Strasburg, VA?

We are so looking forward to drafting him we named a town after him.

Posted by: PTBNL | August 20, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised nobody's commented on Bergmann's pitching last night.

I'm so happy and proud that he's learning to come back from such a horrific outing. It's like he, and NJ, completely forgot his 8-run 3rd inning v. the Mets last Wednesday. He walked the pitcher to score a run, pitched all the way through the lineup plus 4 guys who batted twice each that inning. It was the most painful performance I'd ever seen from a pitcher and I thought it would take a long time for him to get over.

Then here he is in his next start, not even a week later, and he pitches into the 7th with only 3 earned runs and 4 Ks.

I'm really stoked about this, Jason, and glad you did it.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh. And he didn't walk a single guy last night, vs. the *6* he walked last week.

Atta boy, Bergie!!

Posted by: More JB Love | August 20, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Michael O'Connor has had a good year at AAA, but he has probably already had his chance. Posted by: call ups
I heard on the broadcast last night that O'Connor was hit in the face with a line drive while throwing in between starts. It sounded like he got wacked pretty badly. He is done at least for the year.

Posted by: Twinbrook, MD | August 20, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes, they mentioned the O'Connor injury on the radio broadcast last night. Broken nose and orbital bone, from what Charlie and Dave said. Poor kid!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Agree re. Bergmann's start, NatsNut. Now if he could just work on laying down a bunt... ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it make more sense for Boone to be the nominal first baseman for the rest of the season with Belliard as the main infield utility player? This team makes some weird personnel decisiins.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 20, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

1a, Zuckerman had a funny blog post about how bad a hitter Bergmann is. Apparently JB's a good sport about being razzed, though I'd rather he just make contact with the ball. ;)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 20, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I think the reasoning with Belliard is that he has the only power in the line up besides Flores and Milledge.

Just wrote that sentence, read it back, and realised we are playing the defensively challenged at first base Belliard for his 'power'. Oh dear. Looks like my morning Gin will be a strong one.

Posted by: Ben | August 20, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, NatsNut. I'll check it out. I couldn't get through to that site earlier today.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"I think the reasoning with Belliard is that he has the only power in the line up besides Flores and Milledge."

I beg to differ.

Posted by: Willie 10HR Harris | August 20, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Mr. Bergmann, new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 20, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, I needed the refocusing. I've been wallowing in self pity ever since the signing deadline. It's time to appreciate the good things again.
Yes, Bergmann pitched very well. Maybe this will get our starting pitching back on track.

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 20, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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