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Beimel to DL; Rivera Recalled

The latest injury for the Nationals further strains the one component of the club that can least afford it. The Nationals this afternoon placed eighth inning specialist Joe Beimel, their most reliable reliever, on the 15-day disabled list. Beimel strained his left hip flexor while diving for a bunt attempt in the eighth inning last night. To replace the lefty, Washington will recall Saul Rivera, who has already had one stint in the big leagues this year. Rivera was demoted to Class AAA Syracuse with an 0-3 record and a 12.27 ERA.

Beimel, in 7 1/3 innings this year, has allowed just one earned run.

Beimel is the fifth player from the 25-man roster that Washington has placed on the DL this year.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 21, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
 
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We're cursed, I tell ya!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 21, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"the curse of the segway" has a nice ring to it.

Posted by: surly_w | April 21, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

can he come back from this in two weeks?
sure hope so - we now have just one lefty in the pen - will he use Mock in the 8th, Bergmann in the 7th and let Rivera mop up until he shows something?

Posted by: sjm3091 | April 21, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Interesting theory, NatsNut. The Cubs fans have been sacrificing a goat to vanguish the curse - does this mean that we'll have to sacrifice a Phillies fan?
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I'm convinced the curse if from the ballpark construction guys. He was a Phillies fan and wrote something like Go Phillies! on one of the beams.

Sure enough, we get all the injuries and Phillies win the World Series.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 21, 2009 3:29 PM

Posted by: lowcountry | April 21, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, there was no one else to call up other than Rivera? That was some big message that the team sent - a two day trip to the minors.

Posted by: mastroj | April 21, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@lowcountry

can we sacrifice clint instead?

Posted by: surly_w | April 21, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

saul...we hardly missed ye.

Posted by: surly_w | April 21, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

FML.

This is just terrible. He has been by far the brightest light out of anyone on our pitching staff. This kind of stuff absolutely drives me crazy. It was such a great feeling to watch JB come on to the mound in the 8th. I knew that there was no possibly way he would allow a run, and he didn't. He's got a swagger about him. You can tell the difference in a person who has seen it and been there before and a person who looks like a deer in headlights (Joel Hanrahan). What a shame. I hope he feels better soon.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | April 21, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe "the curse of the segway," but this bad luck, especially with injuries, preceded JimBow's dismissal. I'm inclined to take the historical view. 1945 was the last year the Sennators made a real run for the pennant (I'm not counting the Nats' first half of 2005), and that was around the time Clark Griffith was considering--and rejecting--the idea of breaking the MLB color line. The "curse of Josh Gibson," maybe?

Anyway, I think the curse works in reverse too. Therefore, I;m looking to Shawn Hill to stay healthy, pitch 200 innings, and win 15 games.

Posted by: CapPeterson | April 21, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Excellent idea, lowcountry. Now, when is the next time the Phillies come to town? hmmm...

Say, didn't Beimel shave his grunge facial hair before last night's match? Maybe that was what did him in.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 21, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"Seriously, there was no one else to call up other than Rivera?"
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These were the pitchers remaining on the 40-man that could have been brought up:

RHP Luis Atilano
RHP Collin Balester
RHP Tyler Clippard
LHP Ross Detwiler
RHP Marco Estrada
RHP Saul Rivera
RHP Terrell Young (on 15-day DL)

Estrada and Balester are starting in Syracuse and Atilano and Detwiler are starting in Harrisburg. And Clippard has moved from the starting to reliever role in Syracuse. I'd rather they not mess with any of the minor-league starters, so that pretty much leaves Saul or Clippard. Eh, I guess I'll have to take Saul.

Posted by: erocks33 | April 21, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: erocks33 | April 21, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh if Beimel injured himself there.

Posted by: janus4444 | April 20, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse


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This is not good. I'll take the jinx call on this one... We can only hope for a speedy recovery...

Posted by: janus4444 | April 21, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

If it's the curse of Josh Gibson then we must sacrifice the Phillies Phan before his statue...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 21, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

How about just sacrificing the statues?

Posted by: Brian_ | April 21, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Really, with so many so-called Nats fans taking such utter and perverse joy in predicting and pointing out each and every thing the franchise has ever done wrong, unable to put a positive spin on anything but ever ready to spin any development in its most negative and damaging light, it's easy to see where the curse comes from. It comes from us. Each and every one of us. The fan culture here is poisoned, and it has spread to the team. There's really no other explanation for it.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 21, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's an anticipatory curse. The forces of darkness foresaw Stan's moronic "y'all come on down now" invitation to the philliots, and cursed us in advance. I say we sacrifice Stan the Plan.

Posted by: joebleux | April 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Will the injury jinx ever go away from this club. I don't know what else they can do as they've already revamped the whole training staff from last year.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Say, didn't Beimel shave his grunge facial hair before last night's match? Maybe that was what did him in."

Then Nick better watch out. He shaved too.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks NatsandSkins. I knew there was something Hanrahan reminds me of - a deer in headlights.

Hope Beimel can come back soon. Also hope Rivera can get himself together. Can't help but wonder if something about the WBC messed with his mechanics.

Posted by: longhorn64 | April 21, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Just read where the Mets signed the Wasteland of Minimal Production (apologies for being late to the party on this one). Put him in RF and Sheffield in LF and it's Carlos Beltran who would need a segway.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 21, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't get all the grousing about the ballpark being affordable.

It is very, very easy to take in a ballgame for the same price as a movie, less if you want.

Get a $10 ticket at the box office. Stop wasting money on fees from tickets.com.

If ballpark beer is important, bring a subway sandwich to the park. Or if you'd rather get a half smoke but drinks don't matter, bring in an empty souvenir cup and fill it at a water fountain.

Prefer expensive seats closer to the field? go ahead, but you can still save on everything else.

If you're spending too much money at the ballpark it's your own fault. A baseball game at Nats Park is the most accessible entertainment around if you do it right.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

It must be the fault of scrawny screech and clint.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 21, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The curse doesn't come from the fans. It comes from a team that last 102 games last year and started out 2-10 this year.

The curse comes from a team that has lost about half of its season ticket holders over a 5 year stretch. Why? Well, the losing is the big part, but by putting a AAAA team on the field, by ignoring marketing and by wasting the goodwill that was present in 2005. That's the curse. The team that cannot gets its uniforms right. The team that serves cold hot dogs. The team doesn't pay its rent.

Don't put this on the fans. You want positive spin - don't give me 5 years of garbage.

Posted by: comish4lif | April 21, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

From SI.Com: Hmmm....

Is Ryan Zimmerman really a franchise player?

How much real value is there to being considered "the face of the franchise?" If you said $38.4 million, you understand the difference between Edwin Encarnacion of the Reds and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals. They were born a year apart. Both are third baseman. Both made their big-league debuts in 2005. Both have between three and four years of service time. Both signed multi-year contracts within the past two months. Both have a career OPS within .002 of 800. Want more similarities? Check out their career numbers:
G HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
Zimmerman 456 60 268 .282 .340 .462 .802
Encarnacion 482 67 251 .264 .346 .452 .798

Now check out their new contracts:

Zimmerman: Five years, $45 million.

Encarnacion: Two years, $7.6 million.

The Nats, of course, still are trying to gain some traction in Washington/Northern Virginia. They are a franchise without an identity, no brand power as the marketers would say. They need someone to project stability. And so they are betting that Zimmerman is the "face of the franchise," as well as that he will become an All-Star caliber player, though his OPS+ has declined three straight years since his 20-game cameo in 2005.

Posted by: dovelevine | April 21, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

God hates us.

Posted by: inthestreetindustry | April 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Ditto what NatsNut said re: affordable. Aside from the price of my tix (which I've already bought via my 20-game plan), I usually spend about $25 at a game for a burrito (bring back ground beef!) and a couple beers.

Now if I could just keep myself from going into the team store after games.... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | April 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Say, didn't Beimel shave his grunge facial hair before last night's match? Maybe that was what did him in."Posted by: nunof1

Exactly. I said it as soon as I saw him warming up in the pen. He was Samson without the hair. And woop there it is and there is went.

Posted by: dovelevine | April 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't think so, Surly. I can't imagine that the gods would find him any more acceptable than we do. . .
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can we sacrifice clint instead?

Posted by: surly_w |

Posted by: lowcountry | April 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Beimel wouldn't get hurt if they didn't try to play the game in a freakin' rainstorm! Before the game starts, its my understanding the Nat make the call on whether to play. My guess is the Lerners are so cheap they didn't want to lose the revenue if they had to issue rain checks to another game.

Posted by: HistoryBoy | April 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, we suck again!

Posted by: trezmartin | April 21, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"How about just sacrificing the statues?"

That could work. Upon his first viewing of them, my husband suggested some judicious torch application could have thinned out the lumpy lines representing action. That would fit right in with the whole pitchforks and torches thing.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 21, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Good point about Nick, nunof.

Also good points re. food and drinks, NatsNut. We often bring our own food and water to games.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 21, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

1) Jesus saves: Call up Colome, not Rivera.

2) "My guess is the Lerners are so cheap they didn't want to lose the revenue if they had to issue rain checks to another game." Why would a rainout cost them anything? Atlanta is a contending team, it would likely be rescheduled.

Posted by: mvm2 | April 21, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

So Acta calls out Saul Rivera as being something close to a wussy as he announces the guy's demotion to AAA and then 3 days later, Saul is back. It is called karma, Manny. The guy may have been stinking it up, but he was far from alone in doing so and did you have to attack his heart, his professionalism? Not the way to manage a professional club.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 21, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Surly you jest.

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can we sacrifice clint instead?

Posted by: surly_w |

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 21, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

For opening game, we got 2 upper deck seats behind home plate for $25 each. A hotdog pack (dog, chips and drink) for $7 and another bigger dog, pretzel and melted cheese cup (for the pretzel) for around another $6. We brought in our own water. So our total bill for 2 for opening game was $63. Add in another $6.50 per person for metro and our total was $76. I can totally live with that.

Posted by: dovelevine | April 21, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't place this curse at Josh Gibson's door. "Old Fox" Clark Griffith may have been interested in bringing the Negro League superstar to the majors, but he was already making money off Gibson because attendance at Negro League games at his ballpark was often higher than for the all-white Senators. Also, Griff was part of the "gentleman's agreement" that kept blacks out of MLB until April 1947, at which time Gibson had been dead for about four months.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 21, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Tell me again why Terrell Young should be on our 40 man roster. I mean we either have to give him up or trade for him. Either way he ends up off the 40 man in a few weeks so why not now. And, Bernadina can be put on the 60 day so that Colome or another can be brought up. I don't hate Rivera, but I doubt he fixed himslef yesterday so why bring back a problem when you don't have to.

By the way it's the Teddy Curse. The Nats will not have a winning season until Teddy does.

Posted by: natbiscuits | April 21, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Hip Flexor, I'd say thats good for a two month stint on the DL and then a 30 day rehab tour from Potomac to Syracuse. See ya in August Joe!

What a pity, the Nats finally get the pen to resemble something other then the "bad news bears" and JoeB goes on the DL. You can't make this stuff up!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 21, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

This is unbelievable. I really am at a loss for words.

Posted by: Meridian1 | April 21, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Don't put this on the fans. You want positive spin - don't give me 5 years of garbage."

If a parent smacks around and verbally abuses a newborn even before the goo goo ga ga stage is over, there should be no surprise when that kid grows up as a disappointment to its parents. Similarly, when a fanbase does nothing but heap scorn on its newborn franchise once it starts losing a few games, there should be no surprise when that team continues to be a disappointment. If nothing your kid can possibly do is good enough for you, pretty soon everything your kid does will not be good enough for you. That's where the Nats and their fanbase are right now. And it ain't the newborn franchise's fault.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 21, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

From SI.Com: Hmmm....

Is Ryan Zimmerman really a franchise player?

How much real value is there to being considered "the face of the franchise?" If you said $38.4 million, you understand the difference between Edwin Encarnacion of the Reds and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals. They were born a year apart. Both are third baseman. Both made their big-league debuts in 2005. Both have between three and four years of service time. Both signed multi-year contracts within the past two months. Both have a career OPS within .002 of 800. Want more similarities? Check out their career numbers:
G HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
Zimmerman 456 60 268 .282 .340 .462 .802
Encarnacion 482 67 251 .264 .346 .452 .798

Now check out their new contracts:

Zimmerman: Five years, $45 million.

Encarnacion: Two years, $7.6 million.

The Nats, of course, still are trying to gain some traction in Washington/Northern Virginia. They are a franchise without an identity, no brand power as the marketers would say. They need someone to project stability. And so they are betting that Zimmerman is the "face of the franchise," as well as that he will become an All-Star caliber player, though his OPS+ has declined three straight years since his 20-game cameo in 2005.


Posted by: dovelevine | April 21, 2009 4:04 PM
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The team has been giving in to what the fans have been demanding---SPEND MORE MONEY!!! I guess if you are going to spend money, spend it on Zim.

Did they overpay? I think so. Compared to Ryan Braun and Dustin Pedroia who both have superior numbers and signed before the market really got worse, the Nats overpaid. Always getting mentioned was the Angelo$ Markakis pact at $11 million per year.

My thought on that is if Angelo$ wants to pay over market it shouldn't necessarily set the market. Brodie is a good negotiator but smart enough to know that at $9 million both sides did OK and if Zim hits 100 RBIs each season than the Nats did real well.

As Nats fans, let's hope the Nats did real well!!!

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 21, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

new post w/lineups

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 21, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Curse breakers: Fine Teddy $500 for his habitual tardiness; demote Clint to Potomac; make anyone with an ERA over 4.00 wear the Natinals jerseys; melt the statues into a new anchor for the Navy Yard; let the Nat Pack girls pitch the 7th, 8th and 9th with the t-shirt bazookas

Posted by: natsfan7 | April 21, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

First of all, the Nats are not a child. The Nats don't feel anything when someone on a message board gets tired of the losing.

As much as this is about the losing, to me, it's not about the losing. I love baseball. I've been a season ticket holder since day 1. Other than not having the money, I don't ever anticipate dropping my tickets.

That doesn't mean that I cannot notice that the team is run poorly. Yeah, from the outside, I can say that. And no, I am not one of those people who think that they have been abused by the Nats; I haven't. I also haven't been "courted." And again, I'm not all that upset about it.

However, about 12,000 people have not renewed their season tickets since the end of the 2005 season ended. And that's an opportunity that the Nats and the Lerners have squandered to date - and they squandered it by not appreciating the goodwill that came with the team and by putting a crappy product on the field.

Posted by: comish4lif | April 21, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

>So Acta calls out Saul Rivera as being something close to a wussy as he announces the guy's demotion to AAA and then 3 days later, Saul is back. It is called karma, Manny. The guy may have been stinking it up, but he was far from alone in doing so and did you have to attack his heart, his professionalism? Not the way to manage a professional club.

OMG FIRE ACTA'S SORRY ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU'RE A BUM IF YOU WAIT RIZZO YOU PUNK!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Brue | April 21, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I am sooo with you Brue. What has Manny done to make us think he can win? Rivera has sucked, no doubt!, but the guy has been a horse for this club the last couple of years and his poor performacne is not a function of his unwillingness to try to get guys out. Manny Achtung! needs to goose step his way outta that dugout.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 21, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

@comish4lif: exactly

Posted by: Meridian1 | April 21, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps you could start a blog called FireMannyActa.com and do pretty well for yourself?

Posted by: WrongDog | April 21, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Ha! I neither have THAT kind of passion about it nor THAT kind of energy to make it some kind of mission. I am just a whiney fan for a posing team and the guy at the helm is a burr under my saddle -- I mean we can;t fire the players or the owners now can we. Besires, I bet someone has beaten me to it! :-) Hey, I hope the guy gets Manager of the Year honors, but I am not going bet the farm on that happening.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 21, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"for a posing team" -- I meant "losing" but posing is not far from the mark either, I guess.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 21, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The 49 people who post here are in my opinion, no way indicative of the Nats Fanbase.

Posted by: dand187 | April 21, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

49? as many as that?

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 21, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Hail! Bring on the draft.

Posted by: rskinz34 | April 22, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

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