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Today's Lineups (*)

(* barring injuries, tardiness, and other means of interference)

I'll have the full dose of pre-game notes after the Nats finish up their morning BP.

Florida

Bonifacio - 5
Baker - 2
Ramirez - 6
Gload - 3
Uggla - 4
Hermida - 7
Ross - 8
Amezaga - 9
Volstad - 1

Washington

Hernandez - 4
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Dukes - 8
Kearns - 9
Flores - 2
Gonzalez - 6
Cabrera - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  April 19, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
 
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Go, Nats! I have a good feeling about this one, especially since they probably won't even think about putting in "Home Run" Hanrahan for a 4th straight day.

Best wishes to Roger Bernadina for a speedier-than-expected recovery.

Posted by: longhorn64 | April 19, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Can somebody explain why they put Bernadina on the 15 day DL instead of the 60 day DL? Is there going to be a miracle healing in 2 weeks? What are the advantages and disadvantage of each move?

Posted by: ramgut | April 19, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

As optomistic as I'd like to be, the thought of needing Hanrahan today is laughable. While I hope it doesn't happen, the Nats are due to be blown out by the fish after playing two competetive games in a row against them. At least we weren't the Yankees yesterday....my oh my.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 19, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@coked:

After pitching on three straight days, I'd think that both Hanrahan & Beimel will be unavailable. Shell is the only "rested" pitcher in the 'pen, but the others should be good to go. Who knows, maybe Cabrera can go 8IP today?

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Bin...It would floor me to see Manny let anyone go 8 innings. It just isn't his history to let a starter not named Livan go more than 7.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 19, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

In reference to the 15 vs 60 day DL, from Will Carroll on BP on Xavier Nady,

"The 15-day DL gives active (25-man) roster relief, allowing a team to bring up a player to replace the injured player for 15 days or more. How much more? A player could be on the 15-day DL all season. The 60-day DL offers relief for the 40-man (reserve) roster. A team can bring a player onto the active roster without clearing space through waivers by placing someone on the 60-day DL. Again, it's a minimum, not a maximum. The fact that the Yankees put Nady on the 15-day doesn't mean that they think he'll be back, just that they need active roster relief. Also, a player can be transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day, but not vice versa."

Posted by: IthaNat | April 19, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

@ramgut:

The team is probably waiting for the 2nd exam or surgery before commiting to a 60-day move on Bernadina, but they might do it tonight to save demoting someone when they bring up JZMM as the 5th starter.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Chico - any word on when the roster moves for catchers will be made?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@coked:

So kill me for a little optimism. It's just that I called for 6+ from the starter in the last two games, got it (and 2 losses), so I'm trying to change things up a little.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Bin...I'm trying to be optimistic, but somewhere in there, reality bites.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 19, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I know it's only been a few games - and he did make those two errors in his first game back from the injury - but I like Hernandez.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 19, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

coked: Reality is the bullpen; the longer we avoid it, the more fun life is.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@JiM:

I'm with you - the 1st game back for Hernandez was an anomaly. He's got plus range, a solid glove, turns a decent DP & has a fair OBP. Not the best lead-off hitter, but seems to focus on what he knows he can do, rather than trying to do it all.

AGonz has been pretty smooth as well, but both he & RZim need to trust their arms & just let it fly.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"It just isn't his history to let a starter not named Livan go more than 7."

Manny has never had a starter named Livan. He was traded to AZ for Chico and Mock when Frank was still managing.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 19, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Geez, give Willingham a chance. Kearns had a good game today, so he'll ground into two DPs today.

Posted by: mike8 | April 19, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Geez, give Willingham a chance. Kearns had a good game today, so he'll ground into two DPs today."

Posted by: mike8

Unfathomable logic. Kearns hits a grand slam--the only Nat to have a clutch hit all day and you want to take him out. You probably have a seat next to RickFelt in the IHateKearns fan club.

Posted by: driley | April 19, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

mike8:

The .057 (1/17) BA for Willingham bought him the seat today against a tough RHP. We may see him as a PH later today.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

All right, Flores just needs to start putting the bat on the ball.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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