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Flores on DL; Colome, Bard Called Up; Kensing DfA

This just in; I'll give it to you straight from the news release; Berman will have more later:

The Washington Nationals today selected right-handed pitcher Jesus Colome and recalled catcher Josh Bard from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League, placed catcher Jesus Flores on the 15-Day Disabled List (retroactive May 10) with a right shoulder contusion and designated right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing for assignment. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Colome pitched in nine games with Syracuse, notching three saves and holding opponents to a .244 batting average. He recorded nine strikeouts against two walks in 10.1 innings at Triple-A. In 10 games during Spring Training, Colome went 2-0 with four saves and a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/ 10.0 IP). The 31-year-old was one of just three relievers to go "wire-to-wire" last year in Washington's bullpen, joining right-handers Joel Hanrahan and Saul Rivera. Last season, he had a 2.25 ERA and held opponents to a .176 batting average in 31 appearances beginning June 30.
Bard was a member of the Nationals' Opening Day roster and appeared in seven games before he was optioned to Syracuse on April 20. The 31-year-old signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent, March 21. Over the last four seasons, beginning in 2006, Bard ranks favorably among baseball's regular catchers with a .356 on-base percentage (8th) and .280 batting average (tied for 12th).
Flores, 24, has missed the last four games after he was injured while playing defense on Saturday (May 9) at Arizona. He has batted .311 with three doubles, two triples, four home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games with the Nationals this season.
Kensing, 26, went 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA in 6 relief appearances with the Nationals, after he was acquired from Florida in a trade on April 29.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  May 15, 2009; 3:02 PM ET
 
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How clever the PR department is not to mention Colome's 6+ ERA at Syracuse. You can argue it is not meaningful, but ...

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no: Not The Bard. Well, now at least Cintron has competition for Worst Player in Baseball.

Shipping out Lansing (Kensing) was long overdue.

Wow, Colome. Bergy must be further in the doghouse than we think.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 15, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

What'd I say about making the bet on the DL? Yissiree.

"Yeah, Tim Marchman, it's a b*tch that the Nats have to draft and sign Strasburg themselves instead of trading the pick for an entire team's worth of MLB players. But them's the rules, you gotta live with them."

The most amusing thing is that Strasburg could still be drafted by the Nationals and signed and still be traded for young talent from another team before next season.

Posted by: Section506 | May 15, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

No surprise re Flores. Lots of people here said "day to day" = DL.

Posted by: slewis1 | May 15, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Holey Butt, Batman!

Posted by: Juan-John | May 15, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Think of this more as Colome's last chance. He doesn't perform and he'll get DFA'd.

Posted by: Section506 | May 15, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

And dang it, just when Flores was starting to heat up. Didn't think his injury was that bad.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 15, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Is there a place to watch the MASN commercials online? I don't have MASN, so I never see them.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 15, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"The most amusing thing is that Strasburg could still be drafted by the Nationals and signed and still be traded for young talent from another team before next season."

No he can't. That is also against the rules. Trades of a drafted player are not allowed for a period of one year. Not sure if that's from the day of draft or the day of signing, but either way it would be well after the start of next season.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 15, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Is there a place to watch the MASN commercials online? I don't have MASN, so I never see them.

Ahh try the MASN website.

Posted by: CBinDC | May 15, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Right you are, nunof1. But that just strengthens his value, I think, since it can prove he has big league abilities.

Posted by: Section506 | May 15, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Lineups? Anybody got your lineups here? Tracee? Dave? Anybody?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 15, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tracee, a little off topic, but I found this interesting... I play fantasy baseball on CBS Sports and today they added Strasburg to the player pool as a SP WAS... How funny is this? I have never seen someone added to the player pool before they were drafted, let alone already placed on a specific MLB team.. carry on

Posted by: Keenan1 | May 15, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

you can watch the commercials here:
http://dcist.com/2009/04/to_be_fair_masn_isnt_working_with_a.php

Posted by: brothbart | May 15, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You may see some cycling through of pitchers by Tuesday. I think they need a spot starter sometime by Tuesday at the latest. If Crab blows up, then he could get DFA'd and a Stammen could get a rotation slot. Alternatively, if Crab is given a reprieve, then you may see some sort of double or triple move, sending down Mock, bringing up Detwiler for a spot start, and then either Bergmann or Clippard up for a stint. If the spot start is Monday or Tuesday, and the bullpen is worn out over Friday and Saturday, then Mock down / reliever up, reliever down / spot starter up, spot starter down / reliver up set of moves might come. Of just make it simple and spot start Julian.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 15, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"The most amusing thing is that Strasburg could still be drafted by the Nationals and signed and still be traded for young talent from another team before next season."

No he can't. That is also against the rules. Trades of a drafted player are not allowed for a period of one year. Not sure if that's from the day of draft or the day of signing, but either way it would be well after the start of next season.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 15, 2009 3:20 PM
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What if he signs a Major League Contract? It seems that Scott "B.O.P" Boras is seeking a major league contract for Strasburg. I am guessing that he will get it. If that is the case, doesn't that allow him to be traded like any other MLB player?

Posted by: TimDz | May 15, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

No lineups yet, folks. Berman will be all over it, or I will if I'm not on the Orange Line.

Keenan, that really seems odd, putting Strasburg out there already. More proof this guy just isn't ordinary.

I worried about the DfA abbreviation in the headline. Too obscure? I have a feeling it may become a Nats Journal staple this season.

Posted by: traceeh | May 15, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@Tracee: Don't worry about DfA; I am using it around the house, talking with my wife, who doesn't know third base from the Third Edition. Any fan of the Nats (and obviously NJ) will know from DfA; if you're following this team, it's long become part of your everyday vocabulary. Just like Pattersoned, as in those Chrysler dealerships got Pattersoned by Obama.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 15, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

DFA is well known around here, as in "DFA _________ now!!!1!!"

Posted by: Section506 | May 15, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

See the new post for lineups.

Dang, hope that Flores is better soon. Notice that they didn't mention Bard's stellar defense in the press release. What? Oh. Never mind...

Nats fans are familiar with DFA, Tracee, so no worries there. Also day-to-day and (sigh) DL.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 15, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"I play fantasy baseball on CBS Sports and today they added Strasburg to the player pool as a SP WAS... How funny is this? I have never seen someone added to the player pool before they were drafted, let alone already placed on a specific MLB team."

You know, there's a reason they call it FANTASY baseball.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 15, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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