Smiley Shows Up
Barry again, from the Dominican:
Carlos Daniel Alvarez Lugo -- the Nats' prospect formerly known as Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez -- showed up at the Nationals' soon-to-be-former training complex in San Cristobal just before 2 p.m. local time. Alvarez had not been at the facility since news of his fraudulent age and identity broke Feb. 18.
Alvarez arrived just in time to join a meeting with Nationals assistant GM Mike Rizzo and the rest of his teammates in center field of one of the diamonds at the facility. The meeting lasted most than 20 minutes and included two rounds of applause from the assembled players.
Players say they are being told they will move to a facility in Boca Chica beginning next Monday and that it's all but certain the Nationals will field only one team in the Dominican Summer League this year. The club had fielded two entries and the impending change likely means the release of several players.
"Lots of guys are worried," said Santiago Molina, a 21-year-old pitcher, before the meeting. "We're not sure what's going to happen."
More to come...
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