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Lineup Change (Updated)

Just before first pitch, a lineup change was announced the altered the batting order. The new Nationals' lineup is as follows:

Harris -- CF
Guzman -- SS
Zimmerman -- 3B
Dunn -- 1B
Willingham -- LF
Belliard -- 2B
Kearns -- RF
Nieves -- C
Martis -- SP

Word from the Nationals clubhouse is that Nick Johnson, who was scheduled to start today's game at first base and bat second in the order, was scratched just prior to first pitch due to stomach discomfort.

By Steve Yanda  |  May 24, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

Steve:

PLEASE find out what's up here... half of the free world (OK... just Nats fans) are imagining that Nick just got traded.

Posted by: wigi | May 24, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I wonder sometimes what our announcers are thinking. Carpenter doesn't notice that Dunn's not in right until Austin Kearns makes that great play against the wall.

Dunn's at first. Nick Johnson isn't.

Why?

They must understand the implication that Nick may be getting ready to be traded.

But they don't mention it.

Is he in the dugout? Wouldn't that be important?

Sheesh.

Posted by: rushfari | May 24, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Nope. He's not in the dugout. Might be packing.

Posted by: rgalen | May 24, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This is both disappointing and exciting. Nick was one of te bright spots this year, and I will miss him badly if he is traded. Of course, I will also miss him badly if he is injured, and that is also a possibility today. Then again, injuries are disclosed during a game, while trades are not.

This would be our first chance to really see what Mike Rizzo can/would do. I sure hope he doesn't disappoint us.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 24, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Gonna miss that guy.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 24, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Lol, he just didn't feel good?

If you say so Debbi.

Posted by: amorris525 | May 24, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Debbi Taylor says Nick wasn't feeling well.

Posted by: FloresFan | May 24, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, nevermind... he "just doesn't feel good" lol. We'll see.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 24, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Bologna. Lots of players get traded on the day they have "the flu."

Posted by: AnonymousSources | May 24, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

where did the angelO's manage to find such athletic-looking middle infielders and can the nats go shopping there?

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 24, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

God Debbie Taylor sucks. What does "he just doesn't feel good" mean??

Does he have a temperature? Did he throw up? Is he dizzy? Did he ask for a day-off?

What?

Horrible reporting...again.


Posted by: inthestreetindustry | May 24, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Woops...cut myself off on the last post before saying it was a cheap shot in the previous thread,

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 24, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Amber Theoharis is not only a better reporter, she is also much hotter. Just sayin...

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 24, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It would be amazing if the Nats have indeed quickly developed and executed a trade for Johnson in what by all accounts is a buyers market. Besides the Giants, what other team has a need for a first baseman? I can't think of any offhand.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@Leetee

Mets and Red Sox...

Posted by: inthestreetindustry | May 24, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I honestly don't understand why it's so difficult to tell the difference between Kearns and Dunn, even if you're not given the lineup change. Carpenter is a fool.

Posted by: RickFelt | May 24, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

leetee:

Besides the Giants, the Sawx are looking for help at 1B - the D-Backs & Royals could use a couple of 'Hitters'; maybe even the Mariners?

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The Red Sox aren't looking for help at 1B; they have Youkilis, plus Bailey, Carpenter and eventually Lars Anderson. What they are looking for is a DH-type who can play with or in place of David Ortiz. Nick Johnson's bat would fit that need quite nicely, but the Sox aren't going to give up Manny Delcarmen (who has an ERA of 0.95 in 19 games this year) for him. I really hope the Nats aren't going to overvalue their trade bait again, like they did with Chad Cordero.....

Posted by: wm49rs | May 24, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

RickF:

They've both got red hair - maybe that's what confuses Carp.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, a black and orange hat with a curly W, why not just wear a sign stating "Please spit on me."

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 24, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Manny? why wouldn't you have Harris in left,Max in center,and Kearns in right Willingham is horrilble in the outfield this is why Manny should be shown the door.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 24, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a problem with MASN combining the broadcast teams for series with the O's? Having the Baltimore announcers on what should be our home broadcast takes the bite out of the supposed "rivalry"; it gives the game too friendly of a feel, more like an exhibition than a contest both sides ae trying desperately to win.

Could you see the Cubs inviting Hawk Harrelson to broadcast a game with them, or the Mets inviting Paul O'Neill?

Anyone know what the point of this is, except to illustrate that this franchise (maybe both of these franchises) have executives that are not ready for prime time?

Posted by: ignoreland | May 24, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I've always hated the combined broadcasts, because they just are a goad to remind us that Angelos controls our broadcast.

It seems that in this series, at least, the Orioles' broadcasters are going out of their way to say something nice about the Nats.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 24, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@ignoreland: It just points out that this hasn't risen to the point of a true rivarly yet. And, it probably saves AngelOs production costs on MASN.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

@ignoreland

from previous thread...

about to turn on the tv for the finale of the first round of the "battle of the beltways." masn treats these games as if they're one big family picnic. we are subjected to listening the the angelO's announcers, the oriole bird tackles teddy in the president's race, masn presents this as one big intramural weekend, probably to save costs from doing two separate feeds. you don't see mets-yankees, cubs-white sox, dodges-angels or giants-a's with such love-ins. and we have to sit through o's promos during the broadcasts. i think i'll listen to MY broadcasters on radio today.

Posted by: surly_w | May 24, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: surly_w | May 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Way to help yourself, Shairon!

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

@powerboater69

i saw that cap and wanted to throw up in my mouth. there are nationals fans and there are angelO's fans and some even root for both teams. stop trying to force it.

Posted by: surly_w | May 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Charlie & Dave have Bob Feller in the booth with them - Wow!

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

And the Dunnkey spanks one, with RZim on!

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Feller is still sharp as a tack. 90 years old. What a treat.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else having flashbacks to the late 60s-early 70s Senators-Orioles series where the Birds used to seem to wait for Senators pitchers to make mistakes and capitalize offensively?

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Haha are you really walking Zim to get to Dunn? Not wise.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Note to Manny - DO NOT bring in Colome for the top of the 8th.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Like I said... NOT WISE.

DUNN WITH A GRAND SLAM!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 24, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

And the Dunnkey strikes again! YES.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

this has GOT to be a masn moment!

Posted by: surly_w | May 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I repeat - DO NOT bring in Colome to start the 8th.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

joe...no wrecks of the ol' no. 97 this game.

Posted by: surly_w | May 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow - Kearns into the wall, Kearns into the foul-railing, Hernandez stretches out to kill Roberts. If the Nats don't get two web-gems tonight, there is no justice.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, Bang! Zoom! all. Let's see now whether Nick really had a stomache ailment.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Boo-yah - Bang-Zoom go the fireworks, & put a curly W in the scorebooks. Nice recovery by the team, feel-good win in the books.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

My guess? Peavy. They need a winning arm to settle this staff down and act as an "active" mentor. Yet still young enough to be very productive.

Giants? That sounds a bit like throwing good money after bad.

Who know who the trade is with?


Giants searching for a bat

The Giants are in trade talks for a hitter and, in a departure from previous philosophy, are willing to acquire one who can walk as a free agent after the season, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
"We obviously can compete, but we know where we are challenged, and it's maybe more acute than we thought it would be," said GM Brian Sabean on Saturday.
The Chronicle said the Nationals are willing to deal first baseman Nick Johnson and the Indians have made infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa available. Others who could be moved include A's outfielder Matt Holliday, Texas infielder Hank Blalock and Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Speaking before the Giants beat the Mariners 5-1, Sabean also said infielders Kevin Frandsen and Jesus Guzman might get more at-bats at the expense of Emmanuel Burriss and Travis Ishikawa, but the team still believes in Fred Lewis and will stick with him in left field.
While rumors may be rampant, Sabean said the fact that he and managing general partner Bill Neukom are attending the series against the series in Seattle against the Mariners should not be viewed as a sign that any firings are imminent.
Asked if his or manager Bruce Bochy's job security has been discussed with Neukom, Sabean said, "Absolutely not." The Giants began play Sunday with 160 runs, the second lowest total in the majors.

Brewers could enter Peavy chase

Don't be surprised if the Brewers make a pitch to acquire Jake Peavy. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Brewers are exploring whether to bid for Peavy, and they could emerge as the most realistic trade partner for the Padres now that a deal to the White Sox could not be completed. T

Posted by: periculum | May 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'll get a good nights sleep tonight before I head out for a Savannah Sandgnats game on memorial day. Thank-you very much for that.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@periculum:

If you're going to lift & quote wire copy, at least have the decency to note the source.

Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"@periculum:"

"If you're going to lift & quote wire copy, at least have the decency to note the source."

"Posted by: BinM | May 24, 2009"

Sheesh, this is a blog, Its Memorial Day weekend. Are you some kind of retired busy-body with nothing better to do? Get a job.

Posted by: periculum | May 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Dang kids with their music.

In other news, with Lannan, Stammen, and Zimmermann slated to pitch the next several games against the Mets, the Nats may set a record for starting pitchers in a three-game series with strings of adjacent identical consonants in their names.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | May 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think that on days he's not pitching, Shairon Martis should be the first pinch hitter off the bench in the middle innings? Sort of the old Cintron role, except with a prayer of success? As long as we are going with a catcher + 3 bench, don't you have to use a pitcher in an extra role when he is capable?

In Boston this weekend, so, from their perspective, the positional shortcoming that gets more attention than CI/DH back up is the shortstop hole. The permanent problem since Orlando Cabrera was not resigned after '04. They will likely wait until they see how Jed Lowrie performs when he comes back from injury rehab (wrist). Their main concern is defense out of that position, rather than offense, especially if Varitek is hitting OK.

While Ortiz is not the Ortiz of old, there is no way in heck they can pull him from the DH slot for another couple of months at least. It is kind of similar to the Varitek situation last year. The so-called "1b need" really isn't about first. Rather, the idea about Nick was that it would allow Youkilis to move to 3d if Lowell broke down (he is hitting but not moving well).

Barring an injury, I suspect they are holding MDC (and probably Penny) until they figure out the SS position or they are convinced that Lowell or Ortiz cannot be regulars from August on. IF Ortiz were down for a substantial bit of time, they would backfill with Chris Carter (yes, that Chris Carter) while looking to deal.

I suspect the Nick - MDC talk did originate as a trial balloon out of Washington when they heard the Sox were scouting him. Not a serious negotiation (as Chico has said) but more a trial to gauge interest. At this point, Delcarmen strikes me as Chad Qualls / Octavio Dotel / Scot Shields / JJ Putz / Brandon Morrow and other middle relievers who have closer stuff, a good record at holds, and are suspected to be potential closers if there is a move. 47 out of 55 times he's been brought in in a save situation in his career, he's gotten the hold or save.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 24, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Note to Rizzo: You only trade NJ for a front line pitcher Peavy or someone close damn the prospects unless they are of the "A" mode i think i speak for everyone when i say we are tired of losing lets get it right, it meaning the "PLAN". Nice game by Dunn he was leaving a lot of men on but he came through today, Manny should have pulled Martis after six yeah yeah i know if Villone gives up the runs then......... lets see if we can get on a roll.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 24, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful Memorial Day. I think I know what Nick Johnson's problem is. I spent yesterday with the flu, driving the porcelain bus. Trust me, I wouldn't have been in the dugout either. It's going around town.

Posted by: Catcher50 | May 24, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Peavy has control of the trade and he has listed Washington as one team he won't go to.

Posted by: natsguy | May 24, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Just as a follow up. Remember this name: Dustin Ackley. I'm not sure that I wouldn't take him above Strasburg.

1. Hitters have much better odds of succeeding than do pitchers (see: Boswell, T.).

2. He solves either of two defensive problems, CF or 1b (long term). That allows you to trade NJ. You can plug in either Dunn or Willingham for the rest of the year. Or possibly D. Young.

3. It is a buyers market, but it's still the end of May and a buyer may want to make a move before the trade deadline, at which time they may be hopelessly out of it. This allows you to move NJ, without sacrificing the future.

4. It tells Milledge that the demotion is real and not just a whim. Learn to play 2nd base, or something to make himself useful to a contender

Posted by: Catcher50 | May 24, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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