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Intrasquad Lineups, Hill, Flores, Dmitri

There's no game today, so to fill the void, the Nats have an 11 a.m. intrasquad game. In other news, Microsoft Word doesn't recognize intrasquad as a proper term, and red squiggly lines are everywhere right now. Most of the team's top players are getting the day off. "This is mostly done for the pitchers," Manager Manny Acta said, "so those guys don't get out of the routine they're having."

Some other news...

* Pitcher Shawn Hill, who threw one scoreless inning in yesterday's exhibition win, is scheduled for his next start on Friday -- just three days' rest. Hill, who went 17 days between starts while dealing with forearm tightness, believed his arm responded well to yesterday's test. Now, the team will try to build him back up with a quicker second step.

"Saint (pitching coach Randy St. Claire) came up to me this morning and said, 'You're gonna go on Friday.' No bullpen. Just get right back into it," Hill said. "Two innings, hopefully like 40 pitches or so."

Hill said that his arm today feels "very, very normal."


* For the time being, the Nationals still believe that catcher Jesus Flores, who hasn't played since Feb. 28 because of a right elbow strain, will be ready for Opening Day.

"Unless he takes a step back," Acta said, "no concerns."

Today, Flores will take about 30 swings off a tee. How he responds there will give the team a better idea of when he can get back into game action.

* Dmitri Young's back problems continue. Results from an MRI came back this morning, revealing NO structural damage. "So he continues to be treated by the trainers," Acta said.

Young has just four at bats this spring.

* Here are your intrasquad lineups... (I'm sorry the teams don't have more creative names. Maybe we can make some up. Reds vs. Blues? Sharks vs. Jets? Borases vs. Lerners?)

Team No. 1
Patterson -- 8
Belliard -- DH
Maxwell -- 9
Marrero -- 3
Casto -- 5
Cintron -- 6
Castillo -- 4
Molina -- 2
Nanita -- 7

Team No. 2
Bernadina -- 8
Desmond -- 6
Davis -- 7
Eldred -- 3
Pena -- DH
Orr -- 4
Guzman -- 5
Padilla -- 9
Montz -- 2

By Chico Harlan  |  March 17, 2009; 9:51 AM ET
 
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"In other news, Microsoft Word doesn't recognize intrasquad as a proper term, and red squiggly lines are everywhere right now."

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This cracked me up! Very Svrluga-esque.

(Of course, this probably confirms that my threshold for crack-up funny is pretty low).

Posted by: NatsNut | March 17, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

intrasquad

Firefox doesn't like it either.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Maybe one of the teams could be the "Split Ns"?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Actually, they could be Split Ns 1 and Split Ns 2.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Svrlugas vs. Chicos

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 17, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

No no Nanita?

Posted by: wahoo2x | March 17, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Split Infinities?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Team One

Team The Other

Posted by: Section506 | March 17, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Split Atoms?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Split Hairs?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Ricardo Nanita was a minor league Rule 5 pick by the Nationals from the White Sox system

Posted by: Brian_ | March 17, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Former Reds vs. Future Nats?
Bowden's Beauties vs. Rizzo's Rockstars?
Has-beens vs. Never-wases?

Snark aside, I think I'm getting irrationally exuberant - I'm thinking Hill's going to be a starter, NJ's going to play 1st...I'm looking at the NL East, and I'm not scared of anybody...could we be the Rays?

Ok, I AM getting irrationally exuberant. Hill-Olsen-Cabrera-Lannan-Zimm is a good looking rotation, though. And Guz-Millz-Zim-NJ-Dunn-Dukes-Flores-Hernandez is a pretty solid looking lineup, too.

Hooray Spring exuberance!

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | March 17, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Log Splitters (if Brad Eldred's on the squad)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Just right click on intrasquad and then click on "add to dictionary." Simple and effective.

Posted by: aneedell | March 17, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Yep, Spring is the time for exuberance, Hwy 295!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"In other news, Microsoft Word doesn't recognize intrasquad as a proper term, and red squiggly lines are everywhere right now. "

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Chico,

... you can always turn off those lines. Have faith in yourself and your own abilities. Don't let the Microsoft nerds reconfigure your brain. Fight back, against the machine, and the Gatesian world!!

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 17, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I know - the Intracoastals!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Nah, don't turn them off. Sometimes they're right. But you can always ignore them.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Hwy295,

I hear ya on the spring exuberance, I have caught myself thinking we could compete as well. Why not us? Right?


God love Da Meat but, can we cut ties already?

Posted by: Section505203 | March 17, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I was chuckling over Shawn Hill's description of his arm as feeling "very, very normal," which is a bit of an oxymoron. But then I realized that the phrase oddly sums up my hopes for this season.

We're 20 games over .500 and in first place! No, we're 20 games under .500 and in last place! We're going to lose 120 games! No, we're going to win 73 games, on the way to .500 next year! Yep, we have a new park and a 3-game winning streak! No, we have a 9-game losing streak and every position player save one is hurt! But there is new life after some dead wood has been cut! And a 12-game losing streak to prove it!

After that, I'd say a normal season could indeed be described as very, very normal. Even extremely normal.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 17, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

(MS) Clippy, on the other hand, deserved whatever he got.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 17, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Who's throwing for the teams? Coaches? Robots? Chico and Bladson?

Posted by: Section138 | March 17, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Nats Vs. Expos

Americans vs. Frenchies.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 17, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"God love Da Meat but, can we cut ties already?"

We already have, as much as is possible. He's belonged to the Syracuse Chiefs since he was sent down after last season. He's not on the 40-man roster. The only thing is that he still gets his $5M no matter what. He doesn't even have to show up to collect it, all he needs to do is make sure the Nats have an address where they can send his checks. If the media didn't keep asking about him, I bet you we'd never hear a peep about him from the Nats.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 17, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

If we cut Dmitri and someone else picks him up then instead of paying him not to play, we'd be paying him to play against us. His new team would pay the major-league minimum, with the Nats picking up the rest of his tab.

There's no harm in letting him flounder in upstate New York. Jimbo's deeds out-live him in this case.

Posted by: sec307 | March 17, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"Structural damage"??? For his BACK?!? Owwwtch....

Posted by: Juan-John | March 17, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Winners vs. Losers?

Posted by: dclifer | March 17, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"If we cut Dmitri and someone else picks him up".....good one...that was priceless!

Posted by: JayBeee | March 17, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Team One
Team Two, Even Better.

Did you mean to say that there was NO structural damage in his back? If not, then what is the damage??

Posted by: Avar | March 17, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"If we cut Dmitri and someone else picks him up"

I'm pretty sure it would take more than one person to pick Dmitri up, absent the use of a block and tackle or some such device.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 17, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"If we cut Dmitri and someone else picks him up then instead of paying him not to play, we'd be paying him to play against us. His new team would pay the major-league minimum, with the Nats picking up the rest of his tab."
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Sec307 gets my vote for the unintentionally funny post of the day.

Da Meat being picked up by another ML club and making the 25 man roster. Right, and I'm Barack Obama.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 17, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I was just looking back at last season's game by game results, and thankfully, I have largely forgotten just how bad they were.

We had a 9-game losing streak in April (that I remember). Then we posted another 8-game losing streak in May. June was comparatively uneventful, but we made up for that with two separate losing streaks of 6 and 9 games in July. That's hard to do. But not for the 2008 Nats, who managed another 12-game slide in August. I think I was blissfully unaware of most of that due to a timely vacation. I returned in time to see the 7-game winning streak at the end of August, and then endured September's two 5-game losing streaks and the 4-game slide to close out the season, along with all of you.

I haven't done any research to back it up, but that seems like an extremely abnormal number of games to lose in a row (58 total). Here's hoping for a very, very normal 2009 by comparison.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 17, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

From Buster Olney:

"Heard this from a scout: Jordan Zimmerman[n] has top-of-the-line, frontline stuff."

Nice to have some outside confirmation of what seems to be happening with him.

Posted by: jcj5y | March 17, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"Hill said that his arm today feels 'very, very normal.'"

If Hill's arm feels the way it "normally" feels after pitching, we're in trouble.

Posted by: ArlingtonNatsFan1 | March 17, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Is Julian Tavarez scheduled to throw today? Can we get an update as to how he looks?

Posted by: skippy1999 | March 17, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

If you want to know how Taverez looks (at least next to a plus-sized JLo), check this link:

http://misterirrelevant.com/index.php/2009/03/16/the-nats-are-tavarezs-drunk-hook-up/

I'm trying to figure out why Nat's didn't axe him immediately after that remark. It certainly doesn't like his mental issues have abated.

Posted by: joebleux | March 17, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Oh lighten up, it was a funny analogy.

Posted by: skippy1999 | March 17, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Plus, there's totally a new post.

Posted by: Scooter_ | March 17, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

There seems to be no scenario in which Dmitri makes the team. I enjoyed Dmitri, I have his bobblehead. But its time to move on. Even if neither Johnson, Dunn, or Willingham are used to fill the first base slot, I can't imagine Dmitri being even fourth on the list. His mobility is simply not good enough. Probably Belliard, Eldred, Valentin, and PTBNL all take the field ahead of him.

Dnitri, I really enjoyed your time here, but it's time to look into alternative career opportunities. MASN has very low standards and could use a knowledgeable baseball man with personality to rotate into the pre-post game shows.

Posted by: natbisquit | March 17, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

So, when Shawn Hill syas his arm feels "very, very normal" does that mean that it hurst like Hell? Because that is the normal situation.

Cutting the Meat Hook does not make much sense to me. They have to pay him anyway and can send him to AAA, so it's not like it is a roster spot going to waste. If he heals up and heats up -- which he can do -- he might have some value. Cutting him now is punting on second down.

Posted by: dfh123 | March 17, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Today, Flores will take about 30 swings off a tee."

Sounds like 12 mulligans too many.

Posted by: cbm91 | March 17, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"God love Da Meat but, can we cut ties already?

Posted by: Section505203 | March 17, 2009 10:27 AM "

Any good butcher will tell you that if you cut ties too soon on Da Meat, you'll hurt the roast. The ties keep the roast together and keep the fat in place so Da Meat comes out moist.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 17, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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