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A Few Small Notes From Camden

Just a few small news nuggets for your afternoon. (I'll post the lineups from Camden Yards shortly.)

Dmitri Young, who has been on the disabled list all season because of hip and back injuries, has started his rehab assignment with the Nats' Viera, Fla.,-based affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. (So yes, Dmitri has now been Viera since February.) He's already played two GCL games, going a combined 0-for-4. By early this week, he'll join Class AA Harrisburg.

Lastings Milledge (broken finger) has also started his rehab assignment, also with the GCL Nats. He was in Syracuse, obviously, before the injury, and does not figure to be back with the Nats any time soon.

One Orioles' note: Koji Uehara was supposed to start tomorrow afternoon's game. But ongoing elbow pain will force the team to scratch him. Rookie David Hernandez will pitch in his place.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 27, 2009; 3:49 PM ET
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This is Boswell, and was written before last night:

"I've got to admit that watching the current young rotation is fun every night. When Stammen (probably) or Detwiler goes down (or to the bullpen) and olsen gets another chance to show what he's got, it will still be a nightly pleasure to the true baseball nut. If you have a quality pitching rotation __and the nats may by the middle of next year__ then you are a long, long way toward having a very interesting team."

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 27, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

flynnie: IMO, Bos has it by the short hairs. A solid starting staff is a big step toward respectability; Depth in starters (wich the Nationals may have) can buy position players down the road.

We're on the right path; It just might take a little longer than any of us had hoped to get there.

Posted by: BinM | June 27, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I want to see both Young and Milledge in DC this summer. Lastyings deserves another shot -- what was it? 24 AB's before Acta (the same guy that annointed him Mr. Leadoff and every day CF in spring training) rolled him under the bus to 'Cuse for playing poorly, not getting it, etc. The kid may not stick with the Nats but the team should let him show that he has value. Young is just fun to watch and the guy can hit, there is no doubt about that.

Posted by: dfh21 | June 27, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

@dfh21: DaMeat could come up if the Nationals move NJohnson before the trading deadline: otherwise, he'll get a September call-up at best.

Millidege might already be finished with the Nationals; Rumour has it that PIT is sniffing about. He's a decent ballplayer, but if he'd just hear (rather than listen) a little more, he could become a very-good ballplayer, imo.

Posted by: BinM | June 27, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

uh, lastings does not "deserve" another shot. sheesh. maybe, i don't know, if he came back and had 10 SB's we could pass him off as a speed prospect, with a bit of power, sometimes.

talk about dogging it. he did that with the mets, and never got it.

dmitri, ok, thats cheap, trying to get something, anything, say a couple of pinch hits, out of a failed contract. dfa there, no doubt.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | June 27, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

@MalcolmY: Calm down - Nobody said Millidege has earned or 'deserved' another shot at the Show; He's just starting a rehab assignment. Same w/DaMeat - they're both 40-man roster players, so technically they're both minor-league players.

Posted by: BinM | June 27, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Just watching this Saux/Braves game it looks and sounds like the bandwagon infestation has taken serious root down there as well.

Posted by: RickFelt | June 27, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

When I saw it was Sox/Braves I turned away. Yuck.

Earlier today I watched TWIB on Fox. Super Willie had at least three highlights in the "how about that" segment at the end (two defensive plays and his walk-off HR). How about that?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 27, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Watched a little bit of Nolan Ryan's seventh no-no on MLB Network as well. Love the MLB Network! It will be my salvation this winter in the dark, baseball-deprived months. Come on, admit it. Ya'll will be missing even bad baseball then. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 27, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again, Lineups are up and it is the Pump up the trade value specials again...just like last year....Kearns, Belliard in the starting lineup.....Thanks for all you do Manny!

Posted by: JayBeee | June 27, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Ceiling Cat gets cheeseburgers from Willie Harris.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 27, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

BinM: "@MalcolmY: Calm down - Nobody said Millidege has earned or 'deserved' another shot at the Show"

please see, dfh21 " Lastyings deserves another shot -- w"

believe me, I am calm and joking around with all this, hope that might come thru better in future posts. I did try to pick the word carefully, then playfully mock it.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | June 27, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I did say that Lastings deserves another shot in DC and I meant it. Milledge is 24 years old and he had less than 30 AB's in DC before they ran him off to 'Cuse. It did not take some genius to realize he should have been there to start the season to LEARN how to play CF (and/or how to lead off), but the club threw him out there with all reasonable expectations being that he would fail. Acta ran him down for being the same kid he was 6 weeks before when Acta threw all of the pressure in the world on the kid to take on two new roles. He had never been a leadoff guy, nor an every day CF, but Acta placed him in those roles at the MLB level. According to Grissom, Lastings was putting in a lot of extra work to learn the position and the idea that he should magically be a different guy, having matured years in weeks somehow, than he had been the previous year is not totally his fault. Lastings can play. Not sure he's ever going to be some stud or anything, but he is young, he has tools and he deserves a shot to show he can play. I guess my bottom line on him is: Should Austin Kearns be on this club over Milledge? Absolutely not.

Posted by: dfh21 | June 28, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse


You make some valid points but Milledge started 129 games in CF last year so playing there in 2009 was not new -- and in the first week of the season looked like he had never been there before. He was handed the starting job and decided he could retire and didn't have to play hard. Manny's fault for handing it to him, and Milledge's for his entitled attitude.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | June 28, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification Grclark. I was trying to say that Lastings was thorwn in CF at the MLB level for the first time last year, having never been an everyday CF before taking on the job in MLB. We all knew he was struggling out there for most of 08 and the club decided to have him continue to learn on the job. Lastings is certainly worthy of blame, but he did not exactly stray from character or anything either. I blame Dr. Frankenstein more than the creature.

Posted by: dfh21 | June 28, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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