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Clippard Recalled; Wells DFA'd

A day after their relievers imploded in an eighth inning collapse, the Washington Nationals recalled Tyler Clippard from Class AAA Syracuse and designated Kip Wells for assignment in an effort to identify reliable options out of the bullpen.

Clippard, 24, who was 1-1 in two starts last season, moved exclusively to the bullpen in 2009 and has flourished. In 14 appearances since May 18, he has worked 19 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. He is 4-1 with one save and a .92 ERA this season.

Wells, 32, was 0-2 with two saves and a 6.49 ERA in 23 relief appearances with the Nationals this season.

By Mark Viera  |  June 24, 2009; 3:14 PM ET
 
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Wells goes before Colome? How about getting rid of both of them?

Posted by: Section314 | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree why would wells go before colome or even that bum Joel Hamered-Han.

Posted by: Baseball95der26 | June 24, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why wells first?

1) Hanrahan is young and out of options so most likely would be picked up off the wire, if they Nats can try to get him right they will

2) Colome also out of options is a somewhat proven (in the past) reliever who if they can get right is good for junk innings (but next to go)

3) Wells was a pull him off the trash heap and see if we can make it work guy...he didn't he is back to the heap

Posted by: JLR75 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

So which non-descript relief pitcher in Syracuse is now being ignored? We need a new poster child for our angst.

Posted by: Brian_ | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

J.D. Martin?

Posted by: estuartj | June 24, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of DFA, I guess we have to wait for the Trade deadline to see the end of the Belliard era and Kearns era in D.C.?

Sec314

Posted by: arlingtontwb | June 24, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

i can't wait to see what the kid's got

Posted by: bford1kb | June 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

J.D. Martin?

Posted by: estuartj | June 24, 2009 3:38 PM

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but he's a Starter.

Posted by: MrMadison | June 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Stan the plan is missing a GREAT sponsor here: It is now time for the (insert company name here) revolving door company call to the bullpen

http://www.cranedoor.com/

Posted by: TimDz | June 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Double-new posted:
Re: percentage of attendance last night. I think there was a LOT of dual loyalty going on. The guy to my left was wearing a Red Sox t-shirt and rooting for the Nats. I felt like I also saw plenty of "Nats only" fans out there (one guy was wearing an Armas t-shirt!). I'd say 75/25 max.

Two things that I did notice. First, it seemed like every time the "Let's Go Red Sox!" chant went out, it was immediately countered with "Let's Go Nationals!" in equal to plus volume (at least that's how it sounded in the Gallery Seats). Second, once the game got to the requisite 8th inning part when everyone starts leaving, it seemed like a lot of the Nats fans stuck around to the end. (Funny/sad looking around the stadium after the exodus and thinking "This is what the 'normal' crowd looks like").

We'll be back tonight, screaming our butts off (and we'll be in a heavy Sox area). We are among the folks that sold our tickets on StubHub. Between the 4 last night (we sat in our regular seats and sold the special buy seats), 2 tonight (using the other 2) and 4 tomorrow night (which went to friends for a very small profit), we made enough extra to cover the cost of both nights' tickets for us, our Metro costs, food at the game and some extra spending money.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 24, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 24, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

austin is untradeable, it's time to cut our losses and get a young face to play good defense and maybe hit which is more than I could say for kearns

Posted by: bford1kb | June 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

So I can't imagine that Belliard and Kearns will go at the deadline. DFA'd right afterwords.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

bford? Only no such person exists in the farm system.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 24, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

That came across as snarky. Sorry. misplaced '?'.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Okay, now for the Wells comments:

I am so happy to see Wells gone. I was screaming "do they have to?" when he was reactivated from the DL. Really, having him stay on the DL would have been fine!

I still feel like Hanrahan has potential. Last night I kept saying I had 2 different words for him (as opposed to my husband's two word phrase for him). 1. Fastballs. 2. Focus! The non-fastballs were missing. The fastballs seemed to be getting the job done. (BTW, my husband's phrase was "Throw strikes!").

I have no confendence in Colome. I kept praying for his butt, and his ERA (and our record) when he comes out. I'm willing to believe that he just doesn't have it any more. It happens, but it would mean that it would be time to move on from him.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

" agree why would wells go before colome or even that bum Joel Hamered-Han"

He got hammered pretty hard with those bloop hits didn't he?

Posted by: NoVaNatRat | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

What took so long to get Clippard up? Yeah, Kearns is at the end of his career but he's a good guy with a good glove. Go easy on Hanrahan--he's been yanked around all year and he still has potential.

Posted by: UrbanShocker | June 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Tip o' the Hat


You read it hear first...in the next 24 hours.

Wells : DFA
Clippard in the Bigs

Posted by: JLR75 | June 24, 2009 2:41 PM

Posted by: Section506 | June 24, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't know what the ratio was last night, but if you were not looking at the field, you could not tell by the roar of the crowd whether or not it was a roar for the Sox or the Nat's. Regardless, we encountered only friendly people enjoying a great night at the park!

Posted by: 1of9000 | June 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

New posted:

So did anyone notice that our Hi-A all-star position player had his name misspelled on his jersey ("BURGUESS")?

Posted by: goexpos2 | June 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey gang...another tangent. Glad to see some of my favorites posting....but NatsFan...you out there? Haven't heard from you lately...and no disrespect to NatsFan1 or Nats1Fan, etc...keep the insights coming.And my contribution for today on the Nats' woes....again, why haven't the Lerners made any attempt to publicly adress the frustration of the fans? The pitiful state of the team? Hell-oo...anyone home? I keep coming back to this because :1. on the playing side you all do such great stuff,,,2.It's clear we have a terrific core fan base-and the disappearing act just does nothing to grow it....3. Admitting to mistakes/failures-or even defending your stewardship to this point-is a first step in moving on.The silent stance just does them-and us-no favors.I could go on like this, but I trust you all to do it more eloquently. Thanks again,gang, for being the only thing about this team that is first-rate. (And if you don't agree, just check out what passes for informed blogs for some other teams...and no, I don't check out the Sox stuff...I just assume it's probably pretty dang good.) AS usual, here I am,reading and writing instead of trying to stave off financial doom! Go Nats!!

Posted by: zendo | June 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

No chance anyone wants Kearns...this showcase for any kind of trade value has actually made it much worse. Can we please just roll with Dunn, Dukes and Hammer, with Harris as the 4th guy? AK has hit into more double plays than actual hits the past month. That has to be a record. I'd much rather watch my boy Thrilledge, when he gets back from injury, than watch AK hit fungos to the shortstop every night.

Posted by: TheycallmeThriiiiiiilledge | June 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Carrying forward. Just because:

Didja mean like this?

http://blog.masslive.com/redsoxmonster/2007/12/ok_ebay_this_is_where_i_draw_t.html

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Fans at Nationals Park -- and I assume a hefty contingent of them will again be Red Sox supporter --

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 4:02 PM

But thank goodness there may be hope for Ortiz. Cause I was very worried about that. Really. Other than when Manny will rejoin the Dodgers that concern keeps me awake all night more than anything. Yup.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 4:05 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Hanrahan... is not that young. He's 27. Sure, he was a former high pick by the Dodgers - a second rounder in 2000. But the Dodgers determined that he was AAAA pitcher. Now, after he had a decent 2008, everyone thinks he'll be a star if he lands elsewhere.

We should DFA him and hope someone will give us a low level prospect in return. At least we'd be even for the Kensing pickup.

Posted by: comish4lif | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks 506...

figured the fine folks here at NJ were deserving of some inside info. Let's hope Clippard can keep the 0.92 train rolling in the bigs

Posted by: JLR75 | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Kip Wells- Another failure in a season full of failures. Maybe they could also DFA Ryan Zimmerman's throwing arm next.

Posted by: Tom8 | June 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm not old. I'm 37.

~Dennis

Posted by: Section506 | June 24, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm I've seen a lot of complaining here the last couple of days about the invading Red Sox horde, but how many of you took advantage of the season's ticketholder perk of buying extra seats to these games and then peddled them on StubHub for a tidy profit? I could've sold my Caps/Pens playoff tickets for $500, but I'd of rather eaten them than sell them to a Penguins fan!! No whining if you sold your soul!

Posted by: HistoryBoy | June 24, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Colome is so bad, my family got our picture taken with him on fan appreciation day last season and didn't bother to order the prints. We did get a nice one with Manny and Lastings which will soon be a collector's item.

Posted by: HistoryBoy | June 24, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

How exactly would we get a low level prospect in return for DFAing Hanrahan?

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We should DFA him and hope someone will give us a low level prospect in return. At least we'd be even for the Kensing pickup.

Posted by: comish4lif | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NatsNut | June 24, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

oh. never mind comish. i just looked it up. I'd had the impression DFA was the same as a straight up release.

Posted by: NatsNut | June 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

NatsNut, while it's possible, what team would offer a low prospect for Hanrahan instead of getting him free when no one else bites?

Posted by: Section506 | June 24, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

totally random thought:

The Rockies won 17 of their next 18 games after they fired their Manager Clint Hurdle and replaced him with interim manager Jim Tracy.

I'm sure the Manager change had absolutely nothing to do with that, since the Manager has no appreciable effect on a team's performance.

But man, those guys went on a TEAR, from one of the worst teams in baseball to just barely outside the Wild Card chase.

what a coincidence.

Posted by: MrMadison | June 24, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not old. I'm 37.

~Dennis"

Awesome...nice MP reference 506

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

you can get a player in return for someone who is dfa'd.

they should dfa colome and bring up bergmann. he was good except for his one outing in tampa. keep mock, martin, and estrada down there for september

Posted by: natsfan13 | June 24, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that anyone would claim or trade for Hanrahan. But the Nats need him somewhere other than their bullpen. Can he play OF?

It'd be a long shot if we got an A-ball reliever for him, but heck, we paid for Logan Kensing...

Posted by: comish4lif | June 24, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be great if the Nats could rip like the Rockies?

I'd settle for 10 out of the next 20.

Posted by: nattydread1 | June 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me, but I'm kind of over Jason Bergmann ... what else ya got back there?

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

As has been noted here before, the Diamondbacks had the same W-L percentage after showing Bob Melvin the door.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

is "Zendo" Jaybeee with a new name? they post similar.

Posted by: MrMadison | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The same W-L percentage as before they released him, that is.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd not have thought so, MrMad, given some of zendo's posts. But who knows?

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is "Zendo" Jaybeee with a new name? they post similar.

Posted by: MrMadison | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING

GO HERE
http://www.flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/

Needless to say, I am excited by this website.

Posted by: Section506 | June 24, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

They do have ellipses use in common but there are a number of posters who use them a lot.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Just to add to Clippard's stats, he also has 8 holds.

Sec 204 Row K Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | June 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Interesting site, 506. I kinda like the base-running/map graphic. If only they could work in caught stealings somehow.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

NoVaNatRat - Hanrahan's line drive% so far this year is 24%. Higher than his career average of 22% and well higher than the MLB average of 18%. He got blooped last night, but the problem with Joel is when he's not striking people out, his FB tends to be a little straight and his slider hangs, which means when he gets hit, he gets hit hard - his problem isn't that he's been unlucky. His BABIP is way above average at .415, but that's not just a sign of being unlucky. Opponents are slugging .507 against him. The issue is that when he gets hit (which is often) he gets ripped and hit hard. If anything, his Homerun per Flyball % is well BELOW MLB average, which suggests that he maybe should look a little worse than he does as some of the flyballs should have been HRs.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | June 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why Dunn isn't in the line up tonight?

Posted by: Barney001 | June 24, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

So what changes have the coaches done? Hanrahan had a ton of movement on his ball last year, remember Sutton's man-love for him? I think the problem has been the strategy they have had with him, always throwing outside then the slider. He needs to be throwing inside, then the slider. To make it worse, the catchers are camping out there (for everyone). It's pretty easy for a hitter when they know what's coming.

Posted by: NoVaNatRat | June 24, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Lucked into seats tonight, too, so this will be all 3 games. i'm going to be sitting in 304 this time, so it'll be the chance to guage whether the upper tier has different split than the lower bowl. Was in 111 U last night, and it looked like it was 90%+ Sox fans in the 5 rows in front and behind me. Can't vouch for the rest of the park.

My guess is that the season ticket reselling makes some sense. I picked up my seats through the extra seats offered at the start of the year to 81 game package holders (I'm in a group). I'll assume my area was one the areas with a lot of stub hub purchases from resellers.

OK, enough with the objective stuff. Lester a personal favorite, mostly for what he's been through and for what he did 5/19/08. When he's on, he's lights out, but he got off to a slow start this year. Good June though.

Stammen is a pitch to contact guy. He'll need the defense to have no lapses.

Enjoy the game.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | June 24, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I found out that seats in my section (Upper Right Field Terrace) showed up on stub hub for $150. They cost me $10. Even I would have been tempted to sell, knowing that. I can forgive other Nats fans.

Posted by: Section506 | June 24, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

From Jon Heyman's daily scoop today:
• There have been hints the Nationals may be considering outside general manager possibilities in addition to interim GM Mike Rizzo. Nats president Stan Kasten says a fulltime GM will be announced during this year, so it could get interesting. It was written in a few places that Rays exec Gerry Hunsicker, who did a nice job for nine years as Astros GM, could be a candidate. However, Hunsicker said by phone he hasn't been contacted by the Nats and that he is very happy with the Rays. Sure doesn't sound like he's going anywhere. Two other good names that have been mentioned are White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and Marlins executive Dan Jennings.


I wonder whats taking StanK so long to name Rizzo GM permanently. I think he's done a fine job so far with the resources he's been given. Plus when I hear that the Nationals asking price for their trade chips are thru the roof....thats a good sign of a GM who's not going to make trade just for the sake of making a trade. Stay firm Rizzo.

Posted by: FloresFan | June 24, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"is "Zendo" Jaybeee with a new name? they post similar."

Ummm, yeah. He's Jaybeee from a universe where they've discovered the concept of positive thoughts.

Posted by: joebleux | June 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

506, that's a great site. Thanks for recommending it.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | June 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with Kim Ng?

Posted by: goexpos2 | June 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Anybody read Boz's column now on the front of Sports section ....it seems we are just fodder for the Lerners coffers....Natstown is just a rental

Posted by: CBinDC | June 24, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

One down...two (Hanrahan and Colome) to go.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I know I am a school teacher and have summer break with nothing better to do, but seriously Chico has to be up on the scoop. I'm sitting here watching the NCIS marathon while my little girls dress up, reading the MASN sports blog, when I find that Adam Dunn is out tonight with a wrist injury. Here is the link
http://masnsports.com/nationals-news/

Posted by: wrw0601 | June 24, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey gang...nah, I'm not Jay bee.....gotta pay more attention yo his posts, though....he must be brilliant! BTW, a zendo is a meditation hall,,,usually associated with Zen. The other names I wanted were taken.....'course I don't meditate anymore-I just read the stuff here for "enlightenment!" Hope the Lerners do, too!Go Nats.....

Posted by: zendo | June 24, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I was going to scroll right past this, but when I saw that 506 posted it, I was intrigued. So I did stop what I was doing and went there.

And it's wonderful.

I'm glad Nats Park has a "pure" name, but I'm disappointed that DC baseball didn't integrate until after Brown vs. Board of Education (btw, 1959? Booo, Red Sox!).

KC's 2008 travel map made me miss Tracee, and the home team dugout map answered a question that, believe it or not, had quietly bothered me for some time.

This place is wonderful. We should all be so productive.

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STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING

GO HERE
http://www.flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/

Needless to say, I am excited by this website.

Posted by: JohninMpls | June 24, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Crap, it flared up during the at-bat in the 4th. Thanks for the heads up, wrw.

I figured you weren't, zendo. I wondered whether there was a Zen connection.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Tracee. :-(

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

i was on the metro earlier today rockin' my blue "DC" logo cap when a woman asked if i was a nats fan. i told her i either watch or listen to all of the games and attend a fair amount of home games. i asked if she was a baseball fan. she said "i would like to be a nats fan, but all of the losing is too painful. maybe when they get better." that got me to thinking about how hard it can be to be optimistic of better seasons ahead and i offer a new term for consideration by the constituency for those who continue to stand by this team in all of its wretchedness...natsochists.

Posted by: surly_w | June 24, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

This made me actually laugh out loud:

So, so so. Let's see, for years and years a good many of you have been trying to bash the O's franchise when Sox/Yankee fans overrun OPACY.

Glad you all are finally getting your comeuppance.

Nat's get a record crowd and a LARGE majority of them were rooting for the visiting team.

hahahahahhahahhahahahahahahsahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 24, 2009 2:15 PM

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 24, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Simple things amuse simple minds and all that...

Posted by: soundbloke | June 24, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

surly: "Natochists" - Brilliant!!

IMO, the decision on who got the axe first (Wells / Colome / Hanrahan) might have come down to W/K ratio; Wells was 1:1 & got scored on often, even with a low BAA (.236) and decent WHIP (1.54). I still wish they'd have sent Colome packing (7+ERA, .348+BAA, 2.13+WHIP), but I'm not in the FO.

Posted by: BinM | June 24, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I see nothing good happens when the SAWWWaux come to Summer Rentaltown

Posted by: CBinDC | June 24, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

At least the team is putting up a good defensive front tonight. Willingham/Harris/Dukes in the OF, NJohnson/Hernandez/Guzman/RZim around the IF, and Nieves behind the plate.

Posted by: BinM | June 24, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Ortiz flashes that Nationals style leather tonight!

Posted by: soundbloke | June 24, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I dont understand why Dunn is not starting. Apparently, his own words, "I am 110%". I do get this is his first day of this year but what could be labeled the biggest series of the year and in front of a packed house the clean up hitter gets a day off from the manager ? very questionable.

Posted by: JT2009 | June 24, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

@JT2009

Dunn absence explanation and more in the new post.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 24, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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