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Hernandez Will Start Year On DL

For the moment, Anderson Hernandez still has some tightness in his left hamstring. And as a result, the Washington Nationals will enter the first week of their season without their starting second baseman.

Hernandez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27 -- a decision that temporarily gives the starting second base job to Ronnie Belliard, and provides Alberto Gonzalez a spot on the Opening Day 25-man roster.

"I don't think it will be a long-term type of thing," Manager Manny Acta said of Hernandez's injury. "We just want to make sure he's 100 percent when he's activated... It's more a precaution with him than anything else."

This morning, Hernandez took a few ground balls at the team's spring training complex in Viera, Fla. He felt okay -- but not well enough to recover within five days, when Washington opens the season against the Marlins. Though Hernandez strained his left hamstring on March 25 and has not played since, March 27 is the earliest date a team can backdate a 15-day disabled list transaction. Hernandez will be eligible to come off the DL on April 11.

With Hernandez out, Gonzalez, already on the 40-man roster, will start the year with the Nationals, Acta said. A final roster spot remains for a position player, almost certainly to be filled by either a third catcher (Wil Nieves or Josh Bard), Kory Casto or Alex Cintron.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 1, 2009; 12:34 PM ET
 
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Just say no to a third catcher

Posted by: Brian_ | April 1, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Nieves is not the second catcher?? Who is? Montz? boo.

Posted by: jasper12 | April 1, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

2nd catcher = Nieves or Bard
3rd catcher = the guy who wasn't #2

Posted by: Brian_ | April 1, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

My interpretation was that either Nieves and Bard would be the second catcher. The third catcher scenario would be a supplement to that.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 1, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Dang - I was too slow in submitting again (and Brian said it better, to boot).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 1, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"For the moment, Anderson Hernandez still has some tightness in his left hamstring. And as a result, the Washington Nationals will enter the first week of their season without their starting second baseman."

And so it begins.

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 1, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, unless your third catcher is a top line pinch hitter, then what a waste of a roster spot...

Posted by: rumbly45 | April 1, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

At least he isn't traveling to see Dr. Andrews.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 1, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the extra spot is going to go to someone they'd rather trade than release.

In that aspect, it could be Bard if they decide to keep Wil the Thrill.

Casto is another guy they may not want to put thru waivers, although I don't think we'd really miss him.

However they work it, it will help to carry a surplus of position players so maybe we can get more in a trade to somebody that loses a regular between now and 4/19.

Posted by: sec307 | April 1, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Enough with Casto already. He's AAAA player at best.

Posted by: dutchmcalliser | April 1, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

sorry, i was unclear earlier. second catcher would be Nieves or Bard. third catcher would be the other. nobody else (Montz, for instance) is entering the equation here.

Posted by: chicoharlan | April 1, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"Enough with Casto already. He's AAAA player at best. "

I don't think anyone debates that. What we want to know is if he's a AAAA player that we can get something for.

Posted by: Section506 | April 1, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Here's the math:
4-5 starters, assume 5 by late April
7 bullpen
8 starters
5 bench players

so the guess is which 5 bench players make the team (and no way is a 3rd catcher even a factor):
1) Willingham: outfield, 1B
2) Harris: infield, outfield
3) Belliard: infield
4) backup catcher, Bard or Nieves--other to minors
5) between Kearns, Alberto Gonzalez and Young (this may come down to health issues at any position, e.g. 1B, 2B, or an outfielder nicked up).

my take on the roster.

Posted by: YoCaps | April 1, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

It should be Cintron and Gonzalez neeeds to play everyday. He is the first MIF called up in case of injury

Posted by: aspenbubba | April 1, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

a little bit off topic but Buster dropped Jordan Zimmermann as his early candidate for rookie of the year over on the baseball today podcast, check it out if you think this is an april fools

Posted by: KermitMan | April 1, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure the injury joke really applies here anymore.

First, we have a whole new training staff. And so far, we've not had either the number of injuries or the infamous "day-to-day" ironies happen at all.

I don't want to jinx anything either, but I looked at the mlb home page about a week ago and practically every headline was some major injury or another, to some key player ON OTHER TEAMS. Knock on wood.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 1, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Lannan's getting hit around a bit today. Nats down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 3rd.

Lannan's given up 5 hits, including 3 doubles, and all 3 runs were earned.

On the plus side, Bard hit a double off Roy Halladay and later scored, and no RBI shows, so I'm led to believe it was on the error by Rolen off a ball hit by Maxwell.

Posted by: faNATic | April 1, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

3 runs in 3 innings is bad by itself. If it turns into 3 runs in 6 innings, then I'm fine with it.

Posted by: Section506 | April 1, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Please....No Casto....Keep an extra pitcher before you keep Casto.....that bus left in 2007....he can not hit MLB pitching...get over the lose please......move on.

Posted by: JayBeee | April 1, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the updates, ya'll.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 1, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Just became the 4th ER by the end of the 3rd inning. There goes the quality start.

As long as he gets whatever kinks out before the games count, I'm still extremely comfortable with Lannan. Even the best pitcher gets hit once in a while, and while very good, Lannan's not quite the ace of the league.

Posted by: faNATic | April 1, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

What sort of hits have they been?

Posted by: Section506 | April 1, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Extra base hits.

4 2Bs and 2 1Bs.

Of course there is a 20 MPH wind blowing R to L according to the box score, so who know if they were hit hard or blown around.

Posted by: WebberDC | April 1, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

four doubles & two singles

Posted by: Brian_ | April 1, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"1) Willingham: outfield, 1B"

Willingham has played a total of 3 innings in his MLB career at 1st, and hasn't played there at all this spring (if the stats at nats.com are correct).

I thought Chico quoted Manny a while back as saying unequivocally that Josh would not play first.

I'm betting that you'll see Ronny Belliard reprising his uber-utility man role at 1st before you see Willingham there.

Posted by: joebleux | April 1, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Make that 6 2Bs and 2 1Bs.

6-1 Jays with 2 down in the bottom of the 4th.

Brother Harlan: Care to chime in as to Lannan's performance?

Posted by: WebberDC | April 1, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

How do you pronounce "Dunedin?"

Posted by: NatsNut | April 1, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Those people who said signing Belliard for two years are looking pretty silly now!!

Is there somewhere we can sign a petition to get Dr. Andrews his own reality show?

Posted by: tallbaby2121 | April 1, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

DUNN-eden.

Posted by: WebberDC | April 1, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

IIRC, natsnut, it's "done - eee - din."

Posted by: sec231 | April 1, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering that, too, NatsNut. Is it as in "Dude, I'm, like, totally duned-in here with my buggy" or what?

Also, new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 1, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I really have to stop taking so long editing my posts before hitting submit...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 1, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Brother Harlan: Care to chime in as to Lannan's performance?"

April Fools, perhaps? (And I bet Brother Harlan wishes his recent Washingtonian performance had come today, doesn't he?)

Posted by: nunof1 | April 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

My aunt lives in Dunedin.

dun-E-din

I don't know if it is this spring, or if it is every spring, but the weather in Florida seems kinda crummy... mostly having to do with wind.

Posted by: wigi | April 1, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

This is fantastic news. Get Ronnie back in the starting lineup where he belongs.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 1, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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