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Harris Leaves Game With Injury

[UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.] -- Harris has a left oblique strain and will be reevaluated tomorrow. The Nats are currently calling his status day-to-day.

Meantime, after a very smooth first three innings for Scott Olsen, the Braves busted out in the fourth -- and all with two outs. Olsen walked Brian McCann, who stole second, and then allowed consecutive sharp hits to Matt Diaz, Jeff Francoeur and Martin Prado. Each resulted in one RBI. Atlanta now leads, 3-0.

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The Nationals are almost out of second basemen. After lining a single to center here in the third, Willie Harris slowed down on his way to first base with an apparent lower body injury. He bent over after reaching the base, and was attended to by the team trainer. Harris was able to gingerly walk off the field. Alberto Gonzalez replaced him as a pinch runner, and will stay in the game at second base.

The Nationals are already missing starting second baseman Anderson Hernandez (hamstring) and back-up Ronnie Belliard (back).

Once I get an update on Harris's injury, I'll post here.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 12, 2009; 2:11 PM ET
 
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Olsen seems smooth through three; We'll see what the 2nd time through the lineup shows.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Now we saw it....

Posted by: ramgut | April 12, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Bottom of the 4th - Walk, SB, Double, Triple, Single; Three runs in, none out. Oh, well...

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you shouldn't have said that, BinM.

Posted by: Scooter_ | April 12, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Oops, that was with 2 out. My bad.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it improper to boo the team off the field before the ceremonial first pitch?

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | April 12, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Dukes with a double to CF, 2 runs in - Sweet!

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

DUKES delivers!

Posted by: tmp2234 | April 12, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Not that I would join Uncle_Teddy in booing, but if he can't take it anymore, he could get the boo out of his system and then blame Phillies fans.

C'mon Nats!

Posted by: dcbatgirl | April 12, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh this is nice hitting right here!

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 12, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Maxwell slaps a 3-run homer in the top of the 4th - (AAA) SYR 3, ROC 1.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's get it Dunn, put us on top!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 12, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Dunn draws so many walks! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 12, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey all you Milledge should play 2b people. Quit sticking pins in all the other second baseman dolls!

Posted by: nunof1 | April 12, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Back to our game - Jurrjens is struggling a bit, having allowed the game to be tied, and still working in the fifth with bases loaded & two out.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

How about a grand slam willingham? that rhymes.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 12, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Key to Washinton Nationals' offense in 2009 - Do not load the bases!

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Oops, shouldn't of said that.. strikeout willingham. We need to stop leaving the bases loaded. It's going to come back to haunt us.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 12, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Jurrjens batting for himself after 84 pitches in 5 innings - is Cox that afraid of his bullpen?

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Josh Bard is a stud...UGH

Posted by: AlexL925 | April 12, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, Jurrjens batting for himself after 84 pitches in 5 innings - is Cox that afraid of his bullpen"

It's his second start, gotta start stretching him out.

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 12, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Props to Dibble right there for calling out Bonehead Bob's call of the "will score easily" deal

Posted by: HotNats | April 12, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Okay, two men on. Whatever you do, Ryan, DON'T WALK.

Posted by: Scooter_ | April 12, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ugh...'clutch' just isn't in their vocabulary right now.

Posted by: AlexL925 | April 12, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Carpenter blaming Zimmerman's strikeout on Milledge running on the pitch. Is there no end to the Milledge hate?

Posted by: nunof1 | April 12, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

First and foremost Carpenter is an idiot should not be near a broadcast booth,second: The face of the franchise is stranding runners at an alarming rate especially when it counts,now the built in excuse last year was the weak lineup,Zimmerman does not hit in critical situations makes errors on routine plays and has a horrible eye at the plate,the last two years in my opinion he has regressed.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 12, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

So, I was noticing the boxscores today. Shawn Hill threw inot the 6th, and allowed 2 runs -- a better out ing than any Nats starting pitcher has had so far. He also got the win, which is one more win than the entire Nationals team.

But, the good news is the Nationals saved having to pay him five-sixths of his $700+k salary. If you are wondering how many veteran winning starting pitchers can you get for that money, the number is not very high. If he had even one healthy season behind him, he would have gotten a much higher arbitration award. Most pitchers with his kind of talent work for a lot more money.

In their ignominious 5-year history, the Nationals front office has made more than a few bone-headed decisions. Cutting Shawn Hill was the dumbest yet.

Posted by: fischy | April 12, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Probability is the Nats will win some games this year. However, right now -- there is no reason to believe ha probability. They have more offense than in years past, but their defense and pitching is so bad, it will no matter.

Posted by: fischy | April 12, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

And meanwhile Cleveland's trying to ensure that the Nats will be the only winless team in the MLB by this day's end, as they are up vs. TOR 5-4 in the 7th...

Posted by: HotNats | April 12, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

@fischy:

It certainly looks like the cutting of Hill was a foolish move by the FO. I was stunned by it at the time, and stll don't quite understand it, other than looking at the litany of previous injuries as a reason.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

0-6 :(

Posted by: rachel216 | April 12, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Switch to Discovery channel NOW: "Destroyed in Seconds"
3rd inning - as I said before.
And Mr. Kasten: "The franchise has a threefold problem: It's coming off a 102-loss season. Its stadium no longer has the first-year honeymoon. And its customers -- like everybody -- are dealing with an economic recession."
Sorry -NO. The problem is a crappy product resulting in no wins, and a manager who does not know what to do with what he was dealt with by the FO.

Posted by: johnbear1 | April 12, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Bob Walk, Steven Shell: two names that do not bode well for a pitcher.

Posted by: BoteMan | April 12, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@BoteMan: Have you thought about Homer Bailey to add to your Pantheon?

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

yea, but Josh Smoker is a good one.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 12, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ledezma in - Triple, Single; And we needed three LH's in the bullpen for what reason, exactly? Toss in the signing of Villone & even I'm beginning to wonder what the FO is thinking about.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Now that Cleveland won, the question must be asked, "Who can we get for the first draft pick in 2010?"

Posted by: ramgut | April 12, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Now that Cleveland won, the question must be asked, "Who can we get for the first draft pick in 2010?"

Posted by: ramgut

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It's gotta be Blake Griffin, but of course it's up to the lott...oops, wrong sport. My bad.

Posted by: HotNats | April 12, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Six down.... Ninety-four to go.

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 12, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

OK, I forgot about Grant Balfour (Ball Four) pitching with an 11-run lead up the road in B-more.

Posted by: BoteMan | April 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

This team needs the same thing they needed in the off-season - someone to fill the role of "stopper" in the starting rotation. A veteran pitcher who can give the team 6+ innings & find ways to avoid big innings. I have a feeling that JZMM coming up for SYR isn't going to help much at this point.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Maybe the 2009 Nats are trying to break the record of the Orioles' 0-21 start back in 1988? Sort of a local competition of sorts. Ya know, like a race to the bottom.

Posted by: BoteMan | April 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Lessee...o for 6 on the road to open the season and Daniel Cabrera pitching the home opener tomorrow. Lucky are we Nationals fans.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Nice timing, Bote, Balfour's living up to his name in full

Posted by: HotNats | April 12, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I was not enchanted with Bard's defense today. Would have liked to see Nieves in there. Oh well.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 12, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Manny Acta doesn't do it. Time to get a real manager and a WHOLE new coaching staff.

Why are we so conservative. Why does Listache hold EVERY runner? Why do we NEVER try to steal a base? Why is Josh Bard a National?

Where's Davey Johnson? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | April 12, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Bard = Johnny Estrada

Playing time earned by wasted hope of increased trade value.....Jimbo may be gone but his imprint is till here....Rizzo will be looking for a new job in Oct.

Posted by: JayBeee | April 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

These guys make it so hard to be a fan.

Can we cut Kearns or trade him for anything, like a fungo or some urinal cakes for the clubhouse? The guys stinks on ice. I'm tired of all the excuse making for him.

He just ain't got it.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Bard = Estrada

Jimbo = Rizzo

Playing time = False Trade Hopes

Posted by: JayBeee | April 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is so bad.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 12, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey it is just Manny being Manny

losing ball games noting to get upset about, it is still early in the 2000's lots of baseball yet to be played or played sort of, maybe, ok , well hinted at We have not yet reach our full potential in mistakes and miscues

Posted by: CBinDC | April 12, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Kearns gets me a little bit rick. Silly right fielder he is... not at all. This team is so finished. We'd be better off with money metal John Auville starting next game. Bitter.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Auville's molllney

Posted by: HotNats | April 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It's okay guys, we're following Tampa Bay's blueprint -- finish dead last enough times until our entire roster is full of #1 overall picks. We're right on track!

Posted by: AlexL925 | April 12, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

On a matter of greater scale, just heard the good news that Captain Phillips has been rescued from the pirates.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 12, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

People - the season is only six games in. The end is not near. This team is not expected to and will not go to playoffs, but they are better than last year.

No doubt when the Nats do put together a six game winning streak, this board will over react in the other direction.

Posted by: CountDemoney | April 12, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Count Demoney;

In what way is this team better than last year's 102-loss crew?

Pitching? Not by a stretch.

Fielding? Same old errors and inconsistencies.

Hitting? Try more than 60 team strike outs and just like last year, stranding more men than Gilligan's Island.

So where are they better? I would LOVE to know...

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 12, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Natsfan1a1, caught that earlier, it was indeed great to see.

Posted by: HotNats | April 12, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Bard = Estrada

Jimbo = Rizzo

Playing time = False Trade Hopes

Posted by: JayBeee | April 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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Criticizing Rizzo at this point is amazing. He hasn't had nearly enough time to shape this team into his own.

Offering up all players he doesn't want in a fire sale is a good was to get fleeced. And then he'll just get a bunch of idiot comments about how bad he is at negotiating trades. There will be trades and all the networks are talking about us shopping guys so chill out. You knew we weren't going to be good this year (don't make me quote you) and most because of the roster he inherited.

But I can really understand the need to vent though Jaybee, because watching this team in no damn fun at all.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 12, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

JayBeee:
Glad to see you didn't waste time finding new targets with Milledge out of the lineup. You missed taking a shot at Kearns, btw; Sheesh.

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

All True....Except I thought this was the year we would play our best players (as bad as they are).....Bard is an embarrassment and is Rizzo's problem. He is playing now because they think they will be able to trade him.....meanwhile we lose at no small fault of Bard's defense

Posted by: JayBeee | April 12, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Nah, I'm blaming this one on Kearns. Why you ask? Because I'm fed up with him still being here.

I think we need to stike a balance between playing our best players and our best players for the future. I believe in playing Dukes in RF simply because I think we should generate the stability of giving him a home for the next five years. It's the same argument I have playing Milledge in left (go on, take your shots). If we need to put Maxwell in center then so be it. He's either good enough or it reminds us we need to improve in that position.

I certainly agree that playing a guy to increase his trade value is ridiculous. I'm pretty sure the GM's of the world already have a scouting report on Johnson/Willigham/Kearns. Just a hunch.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 12, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

At this point in time, the 25-man roster "is what it is". Having Hernandez back might improve 2B, but will probably cost the team Nieves (odd-man out at this point).
Adding JZMM on the 19th will now most likely force the team to drop Gonzalez. The team will also need to add another reliever to go along with JZMM (& his limited innings), so that's another field player sent down or cut - Milledge down for Bergmann, anyone?

It's not pretty, but "it is what it is".

Posted by: BinM | April 12, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

BinM,

You may be right, but I'd like to see Gonzalez get a good look at 2B before Hernandez comes back. If AG looks good in his trial, and Hernandez doesn't perform well upon his return, AG could be next in line for the job. And of course he's our best defensive SS, at least at the AAA-MLB level.

Think Manny would ever bring AG in as a late-inning defensive replacement for Guzzie?

Posted by: CapPeterson | April 12, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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