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Dmitri Will Play Tomorrow

Since March 1, Dmitri Young has seen little more than massage tables and minor league pitching. But tomorrow, Young will return to the Washington Nationals after missing the bulk of the month because of a back injury. When the Nationals play the Tigers in Lakeland, Young will serve as the designated hitter and re-start his unlikely bid to make the Opening Day roster.

"We're going to take a look at him, because we haven't seen him since the beginning of spring training," Manny Acta said. "We have to see him, see if he's able to compete and play up here. Probably not enough time, regardless, but it will be good to see him against big league pitching."

Young has only four at bats this spring, but has spent the last week rehabbing in minor league games. He was added this weekend to the 40-man roster.

* ALSO: So far, it looks like the Nats have made only one roster cut this afternoon. Ryan Wagner, after today's game, was reassigned to minor league camp. Wagner had allowed four runs in seven innings this spring, and though his velocity is up from last year, he still lacks the bite on some of his breaking pitches. It's an arduous comeback from reconstructive shoulder surgery. Wagner is proof of it. He had labrum surgery in June 2007, and is working his way back inch-by-inch.

This leaves 36 players in big league camp.

* If I get word of any additional cuts, I'll post here.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 30, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
 
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Comments

They better start hitting, noticed some pretty low BA's (understand most of the starters didn't play much especially early on but....,). With two Rookie starters, the number three who may not be able to find the strike zone on any given day and the number two who comes out hot or cold depending on his mood, this team could find themselves losing a hole bunch of one or two run games or complete blowouts. Its a fact folks that needs to be considered.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | March 30, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"his team could find themselves losing a hole bunch of one or two run games or complete blowouts"

Thank God we'll be spared those mediocre 3 or 4 run losses!

Posted by: Section506 | March 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Suprised, but happy to see Stammen get a look tomorrow; Hope he does well.
Also like that Manny is using the last week of ST to test some of the remaining BP arms with back-to-back appearances.

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

With Dmitri as a roster player, does anyone besides me get a sinking feeling?

As a poster noted above, the batting averages in the middle of the lineup are way down from what one hopes they will be a month from now.

Posted by: JohnRDC | March 30, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I just have to say that if the last post had been entitled, "The Misadventures of Cristian Guzman" or "The Misadventures of Lastings Milledge", the response on this blog might have been slightly different. Guzman's three errors yesterday certainly elicited a different reaction.

I'm glad DY is finally getting some ML hacks in. He is an asset they are paying anyway. Let's see if they can get some return. I still say having a quality switch-hitting pinch hitter is a very rare commodity and would give Manny what amounts to a 26 player roster - a huge advantage in the NL.

#4

Posted by: db423 | March 30, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

@JohnRDC:

With the current roster, it looks like three bench slots are open; It might come down to an offense (Bard, Cintron, DaMeat) vs. defense (Casto, Nieves, Kearns) balancing act, with Gonzalez on the mid-point. The question is, is Dmitri in good enough shape to come north with the team & be available more than once a week?

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Additionally, the season will likely open with seven pitchers in the bullpen. Three (Beimel, Hanrahan & Rivera) all look like 'locks' at this point; Bergmann, Hinckley, Mock, Shell & T.Young are on the 40-man, with Colome, Glover, Ledezma, Taverez & Wells in camp as STI's; That's ten pitchers for four spots.
The last week of camp will decide it all, but right now, it looks like Bergmann, Hinckley, Ledezma & Shell come north with the team, Mock gets optioned, T.Young gets offered back to CIN & the rest decide whether or not they want to go to the minor-league camp.

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I just have to say that if the last post had been entitled, "The Misadventures of Cristian Guzman" or "The Misadventures of Lastings Milledge", the response on this blog might have been slightly different. Guzman's three errors yesterday certainly elicited a different reaction.
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#4,

I was thinking the same thing when I read about Willie's bad day in the field. If this was Lastings or Dunn, people would be killing them about it.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

"And several Arizona teams have expressed interest in Boston reliever Manny Delcarmen. Boston needs a catcher, and could use another infielder and even another outfielder." according to mlbtraderumors.com

Why not Nieves and Willingham/Kearns or Belliard for Delcarmen???
With Biemal, Hanrahan, Delcarmen, and Rivera, we've got a decent pen.

Posted by: rfosterms | March 30, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@505203:

re: Dunn - No, we'd either be moaning (or raging) about Manny's decision to test him at 1B. I'm happy (and somewhat suprised) he got through with a clean sheet.
re: Milledge - Only one or two of the usual suspects would have anything to say, but they'd have been all over it.

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

@rfosterms:

BOS needs a relatively young catcher, a SS/3B & a corner OF. Nieves+Belliard+Willingham doesn't fit most of that profile, and they've already punted on Bard. More likely they'd ask for something like Norris+Gonzalez+ an OF prospect - I don't think DelCarmen is worth that much.

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"Why not Nieves and Willingham/Kearns or Belliard for Delcarmen???
With Biemal, Hanrahan, Delcarmen, and Rivera, we've got a decent pen."

Please, Delcarmen can't handle pressure situations, trust me.

Posted by: skippy1999 | March 30, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

One of the fantasy sites, Rototimes, posted this note: "Our View: If Joel Hanrahan id not 100 percent come opening day, there's a chance Bergmann will start the year as the team's closer. He made 22 starts a season ago, but has been used exclusively in relief this spring."

I had not heard that Hanrahan was not 100% and would have guessed Rivera or Mock would be first up for save chances if someone needed to step up. Has anyone seen anything to indicate Hanrahan is not ready and/or that Bergmann would be the guy? I think they fabricated it, but just checking....

Posted by: natbiscuits | March 30, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Fabricated it? It's an opinion. They're saying he could be considered, not that he is.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | March 30, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

That's because titanium wears a Willie Harris wristband.

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I just have to say that if the last post had been entitled, "The Misadventures of Cristian Guzman" or "The Misadventures of Lastings Milledge", the response on this blog might have been slightly different. _________________________________________________________

#4,
I was thinking the same thing when I read about Willie's bad day in the field.
Posted by: Section505203 | March 30, 2009 9:36 PM

Posted by: CEvansJr | March 30, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

This could be showcasing for a trade. If Dmitri is still hitting, he is also excellent trade bait as DH in the AL.

We eat his $5M salary this year no matter what, so why not trade him for prospects or something we need.

Posted by: nattydread1 | March 31, 2009 2:40 AM | Report abuse

The OP sez that Young will not make the OD roster.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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