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Cabrera To 'Pen; Stammen To Start Tomorrow

I'll have much more on this -- including comments from acting GM Mike Rizzo and reaction from Daniel Cabrera -- before the first pitch, but here's the skeletal update on today's news.

* P Daniel Cabrera (0-5, 5.95 ERA) has been sent to the bullpen, where he will pitch in long relief.

* RHP Craig Stammen (4-2, 1.80 ERA in Class AAA Syracuse) will be added to the 40-man roster after tonight's game and will make his major league debut tomorrow. Stammen will take Cabrera's spot in the rotation.

Check back soon for more details.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 20, 2009; 5:39 PM ET
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Now this is the news I've been checking for hourly!

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 20, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

So we're going with 4 rookies and Lannan, only in his second year, as our starting rotation? This means some rocky days ahead, but I can't blame the Nats, since nothing else is working.

Also, will they have to make a roster move so Stammen can join the big league club? Any ideas what that move will be (if it must be made)? I lost track of how many we have on the 40 and 25 man rosters...

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | May 20, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Just release Cabrera and get it over already! You can blame this as another bad move by Bowden. Bergmann and Cabrera both to the bullpen. My guess is someone from the bullpen is going to get the hook. Any guesses?

Posted by: straub21 | May 20, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, if they keep Cabrera over Tavarez just because of how much they are paying him they are making a big mistake. JT has had a rough couple of games but Cabrera has had a rough SEASON!

Posted by: skippy1999 | May 20, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious. 4 rookies and a soph in the rotation. Can't wait to hear what Rizzo has to say about this.

Also, I'm LMAO remembering that leaving Spring Training Manny said that this was his best Nats team so far. I guess that leads to only one conclusion--fire Manny. This week.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 20, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I think it is time to just eat Cabrera's contract. Bowden just fell in love with these retreads thinking that every one of them would turn into gems. Well, Jimbo, Baltimore finally gave up on this guy for a reason. The trip down the BW Parkway did nothing for him. Assuming that he stayed as bad as he was in Baltimore he should have improved just by moving to the NL. Unless he gets some "injury" he is just clogging up room on the roster.

Posted by: mastroj | May 20, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

why is Stamman in the rotation not DetWeiler?

Posted by: deposetejada | May 20, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Detwiler is currently taking Olsen's place in the rotation.

Posted by: Bethesdangit | May 20, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The pen's walk rate is going to go way up.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 20, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I like the part about Cabrera leaving the rotation in favor of Stammen. I don't like the part about Cabrera going to the bullpen.
"Long relief?" Oy.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | May 20, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"Also, I'm LMAO remembering that leaving Spring Training Manny said that this was his best Nats team so far. "

To be fair, that might be true...

Anyway, I think he said most talented or best in terms of talent, which is definitely true.

Posted by: Section506 | May 20, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse


Lots of potential there; we'll see how it goes. At least the FO is making moves.
I've been waiting for weeks for Stammen and Bergmann to get called up. I hope they do well. I just wish it hadn't taken this long.

Go Nats!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 20, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Why not? Cabrera may have some success throwing shorter stints and the team certainly has a need for long relief. Cabrera may find the urge to just throw the freaking thing hard again. Who knows maybe even over the plate! Hope so. Go Nats!

Posted by: dfh21 | May 20, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Stammen's K rate in the minors lifetime is 6.7 per nine innings, which is OK but not exceptional (by comparison, Lannan's minor league number was 6.2 and Colin Balester is at 6.9). However, his rate this year in AAA is only 3.2 per 9 innings. Almost no pitcher who strikes out that few is successful. On the other hand, his BB rate has declined from 2.8 per 9 lifetime to 1.8 for this year. Maybe he's learned to be a pitcher, rather than thrower, but minor league pitchers who rely on throwing to spots against minor league hitters are generally not successful when they move up.

Posted by: chiefwj | May 20, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Manny & St.Claire should just tell the bullpen they're all on 10-day or five appearance "evaluation" contracts for the the rest of the year. You don't play well, you get either cut or sent out. Villone gets the first "renewal", simply because he's managed to get people out so far.

Posted by: BinM | May 20, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Cabrera can't really make the bullpen any worse.

(knocking, knocking, knocking)

Posted by: Section506 | May 20, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg just left the game with an injury, they are saying a left oblique injury. He was leading 1-0 after 7 2/3 after giving up 3 hits with 6 Ks. He was pulled after walking his only batter.

Posted by: Section314 | May 20, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

If you believe the stats... In the first inning of 8 starts so far this season for DCab he has a 3.38 ERA:

vs. Lefties: 1.35 ERA with 29 plate appearances (or 6.2 innings)

vs. Righties: 13.50 ERA with 7 plate appearances (or 1.1 innings)

BB to K ration is still not good but interesting stats none-the-less.

1 to 2 innings of relief might be more his thing. As much as I think we should just dump the fella at this stage why not give it a try?

Also ESPN has him at 0.195 BA against with the first 15 pitches of each start. Again BB/K is bad but... ?

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | May 20, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

This is good - I think Cabrera can handle an inning or two. It's when he gets in the 3-5 inning range where he blows up.

I'm not sure how Stammen is going to be...we'll see. Go Nats!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 20, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

This explains the eight-man bullpen. Seven men you'd use, plus Cabrera.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 20, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Well what do you know, Strasburg just got injured and was taken out of his game tonight. UGH.

Posted by: 1stpick | May 20, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

There goes your 50 million asking price.

Posted by: NatsDLite | May 20, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks like an oblique strain.

Posted by: 1stpick | May 20, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

The Strasburg injury is nothing, and won't even reduce the $25 mil we'll have to pay for him, but it is a good warning to us about the durability of young pitchers. They do get tired, let's not overdue our fantasy about the rotation this year.

Posted by: Section506 | May 20, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

You've gotta be kidding? Where did you get this? Any more info?

Posted by: twinbrook | May 20, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I support this move only of I am never forced to sweat it out while danny gasoline is asked to hold a lead!

Posted by: HenryStin | May 20, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

>There goes your 50 million asking price.

Only thing that goes up is his insurance price.

Posted by: Brue | May 20, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Long Relief? the only long relief Cabrera can give us is by going to AAA...

Posted by: bromisky | May 21, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

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