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September call-ups

Six players will be joining the Nationals come September 1, including three pitchers who the team will add to the official 40-man roster.

The players...

> 1B/3B/OF Kory Casto

> SS Alberto Gonzalez

> OF Roger Bernadina

> P Mike Hinckley

> P Shairon Martis

> P Levale Speigner

All six players had been with Class AAA Columbus, but Gonzalez was there on a rehab assignment. Each of the position players has been with the Nats already this season. Speigner, 27, appeared in 19 games for the Nats last year. But Hinckley, 25, and Martis, 21, will both be making their major league debuts.

Hinckley's rise is particularly surprising, given that several years ago he'd been one of the organization's top prospects and then fallen off the radar. Last year, he was actually dropped from the 40-man roster. But this year with Columbus, he rediscovered his velocity and, as a reliever, had a 3.16 ERA in 25-2/3 IP. Martis went a combined 5-6 in 21 starts this year with Columbus and Class AA Harrisburg; he also pitched in the MLB Future's Game.

All three of those pitchers will join the bullpen.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 31, 2008; 1:47 PM ET
 
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Comments

Couple of semi-Nats comments that would like some responses:

1. If you saw bottom one, you know what is wrong with adding instant replay for H/R, fair or foul. I don't normally criticize blues (yeah, I am one and they really are "my team"), but Dukes was safe. Problem is that you have now taken the toothpaste out of the tube. If you are going to allow IR for some things, why not for others. Much better to add 2 more blues to each crew and make sure that they run their collective xxxes off to get out to the wall to assure the proper call. BTW, as a regular process, this would assure that the the umpires were familiar with the 5th and 6th positions when the post season comes (also would probably provide some better definition of standard responsibilities, which are a little up in the air, now).

2. Does anyone actually know the new restrictions on catchers' masks? I understand that MLB changed the rules so that catchers are only allowed to modify the approved masks and that any other brand would need to remain with only the team color.

Posted by: Catcher50 | August 31, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow on the callups. No Luke Montz. Watch Bull Durham again, Luke, and may a young Susan Sarandon reward your great minor league performance!

Looking at the first time through the Nats lineup, Manny must feel like a kid with a new red bicycle at Christmas. A leadoff hit by Willie, followed by Guz and Dukes producing as many runs as they scored in many June and July games.

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Where's Jordan Zimmermann?

Posted by: baltova | August 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

And let's not forget Aaron "Crazy Legs" Boone!

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Zimmermann is close to a season innings limit, I'm sure. Plus there is no need to put him on the roster at this point. Why burn out his options or use a roster spot until he's ready to contribute full-time (see Ross Detwiler)?

Posted by: Brian | August 31, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I am watching the game on tv, while listening to Charlie and Dave. I know I'm not alone.

Posted by: 6th and D | August 31, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

From those I've talked to, there are a few reasons you're not seeing Jordan Zimmermann:

- He's a starter. And the team isn't going to a six-man rotation. Sure, the Nats have fitted other starters into the 'pen, but those are pitchers that the org feels like might be best suited, in the long term, for relief roles. Zimmermann is a starter, no doubt.

- He's 22, and still a year green from being ready.

- The team doesn't want to needlessly inflate his IP count.

Posted by: Chico Harlan | August 31, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

from Geo. Solomon in today's Post.

"According to the Style section, very few people watch the Nats on television or listen on the radio. If that's true, why do so many readers send me their comments about the team?"

Posted by: me too | August 31, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm just grateful the Post covers anything but the Redskins, given their overwhelming popularity with the readership.

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

And I'm grateful that Colin Balester didn't give up a grand slam.

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Looking ahead-First base next year might be a problem for the Nats, depending upon the health of NJ. Maybe there's a fit with SD who have a relatively inexpensive Gonzalez and a stud at double A, Kyle Blanks. Just a thought.

Posted by: Jeeves | August 31, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The young gentlemen in the Nats lineup have their work cut out for them. Could that rarest of near-extinct species, like the ivory-billed woodpecker of the Arkansas swamps - the Nats comeback win - make yet another appearance? Dare we hope for it?

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You are a natural-born GM, Jeeves!

Down 4-2, why does that feel so familiar?

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Bravos, thanks for cutting Willie Harris! Really, from the bottom of my former Braves fan heart, thanks for honoring the Atlanta tradition of trading away Brett Favre and having to start 12 different quarterbacks in the 12 succeeding years, thank you, thank you! Don Sutton said that he was half-way to second before he remembered, "There's a pitcher in front of me!"

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Chico,

Just wanted to say that I went to Granville Moore's, after last night's United game, pushed in part by your strong rec. It was one of the worst dining experiences of my life -- though none of it had to with the food. While we were ordering, the waitress had the bright idea to check and see if the kitchen ran out of the mussels we had come for. She came back to tell us they had run out of the mussels -- that's half the menu. Meanwhile, we'd discovered we were sitting below the kitchen when a mostly raw french fry -- excuse me, a pomme fritte -- came down on my head. Then our entree arrived with the appetizers. We tried to keep a sense of humor about it all, especially because of the drunken lout who let the entire restaurant know about his piercings and shaved testicles, kept yelling for women to show their breasts, and let us know how appealing he found this Redskins cheerleader who was eating there. Normally one has to find a fraternity party for such entertainment.

The final straws came when the kitchen staff started sweeping the stairs above our table, sending rash cascading on my head and food. The waitress didn't seem too concerned by my complaints either. Apparently, she couldn't even be bothered to tell them about this problem, because it happened again near the end of our meal. The food seemed good, though I refused to eat my salad because I couldn't see if there were any "extras" in there. All-in-all, a very upsetting evening that left me seething all the way home, when I showered the garbage out of my hair. The food might be good, but I've never had a worse experience anywhere.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | August 31, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

That should read "trash cascading onto my head and food"...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | August 31, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"from Geo. Solomon in today's Post.

"According to the Style section, very few people watch the Nats on television or listen on the radio. If that's true, why do so many readers send me their comments about the team?"

Posted by: me too | August 31, 2008 2:20 PM"

Solomon shouldn't flatter himself. He has way fewer than 9,000 readers, I'm sure.

Posted by: this pastime of nationals | August 31, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

AARON EFFING BOONE!

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Like Mr. Food always says....it's soooooo goooood.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | August 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I'M BACK BABY AND I WANT THAT PUNK SANTANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | August 31, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Wil Nieves!!! Why is this man smiling?

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey pee gal....how about C.C. Sabathia.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | August 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, Elijah, G-d is G-d! The comeback appears like a wooly mastodon on the banks of the Anacostia!

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

A stray though while enjoying the glow: why no Tyler Clippard on the call-up list? (This is a good sign that this is the only thing worrying me about this team right now)

Posted by: baltova | August 31, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Clippard has been pitching poorly in the last month, and is scheduled to start for Columbus Monday.

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

re: Clippard

Could be as simple as the fact that he starts tomorrow for Columbus

Posted by: Brian | August 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear National Journal,

I am a frequent watcher of Nationals games, who served the ladies in my house a good deal of Cheap Italian Wine, and am now being compared (unfavorablly) to Wil Nieves (now on TV being interviewed), whom one of my guests (from Wales) said she would like to take home and, well, never mind.

Have you any solutions?

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice comeback for the Nats to secure their second sweep, remain the hottest team in baseball, and improve on their May record (the best month of the year until now). Now they turn the page to the spoilin' month (no spoiling allowed in August, sez Manny).

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Faithful (flynnie) reader,

Thank you for your inquiry. While your guest shows impeccable taste and congeniality in wanting to befriend Mr. Nieves and show him around her, uh, country, perhaps it's time to cut off the wine.

Posted by: NR NJ | August 31, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie,
No solution is needed. We should welcome all Nationals fans, and I see no problem whatever in appreciating the charms of Mr. Nieves.

Enthusiastic fans are the best kind.
A toast to the very likable Wil!

Posted by: dcbatgirl | August 31, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The only solution left, flynnie, is to immediately shave your testicles and return with a sheepish grin slapped on your face and say, "Oye como va", to the drunk Welsh ladies

Hey, the Nats won the game. Boone triumphant in his first start in forever.

Think 7 and 11!!!

Posted by: cat daddy | August 31, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if we can make up the 10 games behind from the Orioles? That would be a mighty fine thing to close out the season.

PS. My numbers yesterday? Well, somehow I highlighted all 3 columns (OBP, SLG, and AVG) as opposed to just 2. So the avg got counted extra. My bad.

Posted by: SF Fan | August 31, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if we can make up the 10 games behind from the Orioles? That would be a mighty fine thing to close out the season.<

They're so desperate, they threw Brian Burres today vs. Rays. He's way out of his depth, soft-tosser with a lousy change-of-pace. He leaves pitches out over the plate because his arm slot drops. Time and again. They've seen this a million times from him, so why not 86 the dude?

It's just like Garrett Olson, his arm slot drops because he's trying to throw too hard, and loses all control.

Posted by: Brue | August 31, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I was just thinking about that possibility, SF Fan, except I think it's 11 games? Great minds think alike...

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 31, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

They keep replaying the Nieves interview that I recorded! Really! He's a happily married man! They will pass out soon. There's always that. And Cat Daddy, well, I asked for it and I got it. Go Nats! Lucky 7 for all the comrades on Labor Day!

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

NOW can I have the AARON BOONE-ING day OFF?
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

.......................
But it's clean! We just swept! Awwwwww, maaaaaaann.

***************
You can have the weekend off after you've arranged for the sw**p, ce.
Posted by: natsfan1a | August 29, 2008 6:32 PM

Posted by: ce | August 29, 2008 11:03 PM

Posted by: CE | August 31, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm baaaaaaaaack!

Posted by: elwood the rally possum | August 31, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Man, catching the Braves, AND B'more?? How much warmer winter will be, if the Nats not only finish with a better W/L, but, unlike our esteemed colleagues to the north, NOT IN LAST PLACE; knowing that every time Hoser-zek comes in here for the NINE MONTHS, he can kiss our bumper, just kiss it, til it's RED RED RED, would be too cool. Not that he'd ever show up to take his deserts, which is, come to think of it, much better, still.

Posted by: CE | August 31, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

ELWOOD! The surprise Sept. call-up reports for duty a week early!

Posted by: Ellwood, we heard you were Stu | August 31, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

So, Flynnie, I'm not doing anything tonight. If I bring pizzas and some sangiovese, mind if I drop by?
Diolch n' fahwr.

Posted by: NR Wil Nieves twin brother, Way | August 31, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Okay, ce, you are off the hook for the rest of the day, but don't go to far because we have the Phillies coming tomorrow.

Welcome back, Elwood! Glad that you were called up.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 31, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

The Griddle calcs that the Phils' win today eliminates the Nats from playoff contention.

http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/

Posted by: Sam | August 31, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

All the more reason to beat the Phils tomorrow.

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

What do the Yankees and the Nats have in common?

They are both going home on September 28th.

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie,
Thanks for giving me a heads up about the Wil N interview--I hadn't watched the Nats Extra recording. He is a hottie!

You know, of course, that the happily married thing is not that relevant for fantasy love. In fact, that Wil is a known nice guy and happy husband only makes him more attractive.

That, and the fact that he is "old enough" according to the divide by two and add seven rule. (That is, take my age ...)

It sounds like the women in your house have pretty good taste. If you look closely, there's a compliment for you in their discerning eyes, even if they were needling you today.

Posted by: dcbatgirl | August 31, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Elimination schelimination, there's plenty of spoilin' to be done yet!

Also, new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 31, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The Griddle calcs that the Phils' win today eliminates the Nats from playoff contention.<

What?

Posted by: Brue | August 31, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Hee, hee. I imagine Poopy McPoop is pooping in his pants right now!!!

Posted by: ccc | August 31, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

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