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From Nationals Park

Happy holidays to all. If you're not at the ballpark today, I hope you're somewhere near a grill and a cooler. The Nats try today for their seventh win in a row, with Tim Redding (9-8, 4.54) opposing Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.83).

I'll have lineups and some pre-game notes on here as gametime approaches. Meantime, we can afford a look back at yesterday. The gamer, the notes.

Two more notes, while we're at it:

* First baseman Dmitri Young today will begin a rehab assignment with the Class A Vermont. Young, who hasn't played since the all-star break because of diabetes, had spent the previous week in Florida trying to get back in playing shape.

* Also, the Nats transferred OF Wily Mo Pena from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. (Pena is out for the season because of a left shoulder injury.)

By Chico Harlan  |  September 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
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Lannan - 154 innings so far. 158+ total in the majors and minors last year. What is his innings target as a 23 year old? He really should not get past 170 - 175 innings. They stopped Balester at 150 innings last year, so I suppose they are comfortable with him getting up to around 165 innings. I hope some of these call ups get spot starts.

Posted by: PTBNL | September 1, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Everything I've read stated these pitchers are auditioning for relief work. Not that they can't call up someone else or give spot start to someone already here, but it would make no sense to jerk anyone around at this late date. I suspect Lannan makes all his starts and doesn't get extended much past 5 innings.

Posted by: cat daddy | September 1, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Does putting Wily Mo on the 60-day DL open one of the 40-man slots needed for the 6 already being called up, or does it open yet another slot that could be used for a callup?

Posted by: Positively Half St. | September 1, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

IIRC, the only time you can move a player from the 15 to 60-day DL is when a team is at their 40-man limit. I believe they are at 40/40 right now.

Posted by: Brian | September 1, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

So the DBax got David Eckstein from Toronto for a minor league pitcher.

Wonder why they didn't get Belliard? Better hitter, much better glove, and no more expensive (this year, at least--I think Eckstein was in the first year of a multiyear contract but I'm not sure).

Maybe after the Rauch deal, Bowden had to get plenty from AZ, and Beck wasn't enough?

Excerpt from the Globe & Mail story

Toronto's starting shortstop at the beginning of the regular season, whose suspect defensive play resulted in his demotion to the bench shortly after Cito Gaston took over as manager in June, was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.

In return, the Blue Jays will receive minor-league right-hander Chad Beck, 23, who has posted a record of 8-5 with one save and an earned-run-average of 3.67 in 32 games (15 starts) in 2008.

Beck was an original draft choice of the Blue Jays in 2004, but he did not sign.

[Toronto] signed Eckstein to a $4.5-million (U.S.) deal to lure the free agent to Toronto in the off-season.

Posted by: CE | September 1, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

From my count this morning, they only needed one more slot on the 40-man to add the three new guys, having already dropping Sanches and Schroder.
Just checked and they've updated, with Chad and Nick on the 60 day, and Dmitri on the restricted list, but not Wily Mo.
Hmm... maybe with Dmitri getting activated to rehab, that's what triggered the WMP move.

Posted by: cat daddy | September 1, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"Beck was an original draft choice of the Blue Jays in 2004, but he did not sign."

He'll sign, now, and like it.

So, Mister Aaron I-Need-$4MM-Or-Else Crow, you ain't off the hook yet.

And while we're on the subject of draft picks:

David Eckstein was drafted by Boston in the 19th round of the 1997 amateur draft. Ronnie Belliard was drafted by the Brewers in the 8th round, 1994.

There's gold in them hills, if you dig right.

Posted by: CE | September 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

belliard has already been put on waivers. then additional injuries at 1B made the nats wary of trading him, leaving them with just cory casto and ryan langerhans to play there, so they pulled him back. they can't put him back on revocable waivers any more, so there's no way they could have tried to trade him to arizona.

Posted by: 231 | September 1, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I heard belli was claimed by the Dodgers, but just to keep him from going to Arizona so no deal was reached and Washington pulled him back.

Posted by: estuartj | September 1, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

btw, just to make this all more interesting, another dc tie in...

"The D'Backs designated Emiliano Fruto for assignment to make room for Eckstein."

Posted by: 231 | September 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

A happy holiday to you, too, Chico.

Good to see that CE is back on duty for the Phoolies today.

Last but not least, lineups are up.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 1, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, 231 and estuartj, for the reminder on Belliard. That's been discussed here, so of course I knew that, and forgot.

Posted by: CE | September 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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