Life when your average player is 27 years, 197 days old
* For the first time in quite a few weeks, music was humming pre-game in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse. This team has a nine-game losing streak. But goodness, it feels like a remodeled team. Three of the eight position players in tonight's lineup weren't even on the 25-man roster yesterday.
* Proof that purges go only so far: Clint is still here tonight. I can see him right now on the jumbotron standing in front of a neon Miller Lite sign, holding two (yes, two) microphones... (does he really need two!?) ... and quizzing two folks about who won Season 4 of Project Runway.
* Garrett Mock was packing his bags again for Columbus around 4 p.m. today. He said he was surprised by the demotion, but only because he didn't know the Nats had to make a roster move. But he'll be back. Real soon. Want proof? The team is going to keep him in the bullpen with the Clippers. That'll make a transition back to the big leagues all the easier.
Seems like Mock only got sent down because right now, with Ryan Zimmerman and Cristian Guzman day-to-day with injuries, the Nats couldn't afford to demote a position player. I'm guessing Mock is back on the team within days, not weeks.
* Emilio Bonifacio and Alberto Gonzalez have their lockers in the narrower part of the clubhouse ellipse (the top of the egg), right between Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge. (Dmitri Young has his locker back there, too, but he's not here right now, obviously.)
* Manager Manny Acta said results from an MRI performed today on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's right wrist showed no serious injury. During the game Thursday, a high-and-inside fastball smacked Zimmerman in the hand, causing him to spin from the batter's box in pain. Acta said Zimmerman's status will remain day-to-day. "It feels better today than it did yesterday," Zimmerman said. "It's just the swelling. I have to work as fast as we can to get that out. Once that's gone, hopefully I can just go back in there."
* Nats are now the youngest team in baseball, at least judging by current 25-man rosters.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, here are the youngest teams in MLB:
Washington - 27 years, 197 days
Texas - 27 years, 358 days
Oakland - 28 years, 53 days
Atlanta - 28 years, 88 days
* [UPDATE] One move to note:
Tonight the Nats did a little roster housekeeper. Ryan Wagner's rehab stint with the Clippers was up, but he's still not ready for the big leagues yet. Fastball just isn't there yet. So tonight, Wagner was reinstated from the DL and then option to Class AAA Columbus.
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