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More GM Talk, DL Updates and Lineups

The Yahoo Sports report suggesting Jerry Dipoto's imminent appointment as Nats' GM is becoming more and more puzzling. On Wednesday afternoon, both acting GM Mike Rizzo and team president Stan Kasten were on the field during batting practice, joking with one another -- no awkwardness detectable. Both looked exceedingly relaxed. At one point, Rizzo was brought over to the media to discuss some ongoing roster moves/decisions. Oh by the way, he's scheduled to participate in a Q&A with fans on Friday following Stephen Strasburg's introductory press conference.

Combine that with what I mentioned in an earlier post -- he solely negotiated with Scott Boras during the final minutes on Monday... he has very strategically been given the spotlight in recent days... his stock has never been higher... -- and the whole picture does not equate. This does not look like somebody on his way out. Quite the contrary.

Rizzo, though, declined on Wednesday to comment on his job status, and Kasten only said, "Nothing has changed since I addressed the general manager situation the last time, which was March 1."

* Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday afternoon underwent successful reconstructive elbow surgery in Los Angeles. The surgery was performed by Nationals' team doctor Wiemi Douoguih and orthopedic specialist Lewis Yocum. Zimmermann, 23, who is expected to miss between 12-18 months, will fly back to Washington on Thursday. He must wear a splint for the next week. Rizzo said that Zimmermann will remain with the team for the rest of the season while rehabbing.

* Austin Kearns (bruised right thumb) is still several weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment.

* Catcher Jesus Flores, who has been out since May 9 with a stress fracture in his right shoulder, on Wednesday began a throwing routine on the field at Nationals Park. Sometime within the next week, Flores will be sent down to Viera, Fla., to begin a more intensive rehab program.

* For what it's worth, since we're talking about him and might still be for a while: It's Dipoto, small p. Not DiPoto.

* Now, the lineups...

Colorado

Gonzalez - 7
Fowler - 8
Helton - 3
Tulowitzki - 6
Hawpe - 9
Stewart - 5
Barmes - 4
Iannetta - 2
Marquis - 1

Washington

Morgan - 8
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 3
Willingham - 7
Dukes - 9
Belliard - 4
Bard - 2
Balester - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  August 19, 2009; 6:48 PM ET
 
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Comments

Thank you Chico!

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Remember next Nationals GM: William Jefferson Clinton. Hillary always wanted to the wife of a famous sports personality ... :)

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"His stock has never been higher." I completely agree.

Posted by: mherd1 | August 19, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Balester -> AAA Syracuse.
Estrada -> Nationals.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Who do you call in the 1st inning?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

2 runs in, bases loaded 0 out. Where's the hook?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

1 hit, 4 walks in 0.1 innings? His WHIP is going to be a nightmare.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Periculum, man you've got a quick hook. It's ONLY 2 RUNS! I shudder to think all the blown reliver arms under you if you were the manager.

Posted by: swang30 | August 19, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Marquis is nasty... This might be over already

Posted by: theredskin | August 19, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Periculum, man you've got a quick hook. It's ONLY 2 RUNS! I shudder to think all the blown reliver arms under you if you were the manager.

Posted by: swang30 | August 19, 2009"

2 runs I can understand! BUT FOUR WALKS plus a hit to make the bases loaded!!! That's Gascanrahan!!! Thankfully he settled down ... sheesh and guys on this blog complain about tommy john's and JD Martin ... Balester should know by now that that is a quick way to get sent down to Wegman's land.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Go Zim

Posted by: swang30 | August 19, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Balester is a triple A pitcher at best why Martis hasn't been recalled is beyond me i'm still working on why he was sent down in the first place he had a winning record and his era wasn't any worse than the majority of pitchers on this team save Lannan, name any other starter who's better than Shairon.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 19, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Bally Star = Not Ready for Prime Time. What time is that USAir flight to SYR in the morning?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 19, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"Balester is a triple A pitcher at best why Martis hasn't been recalled is beyond me i'm still working on why he was sent down in the first place he had a winning record and his era wasn't any worse than the majority of pitchers on this team save Lannan, name any other starter who's better than Shairon."
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Martis has given up 66 hits in 49.1 innings at Syracuse. He does not deserve a call-up!


Shairon Martis 3 2 5.29 9 9 0 0 0 49.1 66 29 29 7 0 11 27 1.56 0 0

Posted by: Tom261 | August 19, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Four walks in two innings? That's not a quick hook. That's just good sense! Hope we don't blow out our 'pen tonight. Hunker down, Saul! We can get to Marquis!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 19, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Martis has given up 66 hits in 49.1 innings at Syracuse. He does not deserve a call-up!"

But Estrada does ...


Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"Marco Estrada struck out six over eight brilliant innings before Ian Desmond lined a walk-off single to plate Seth Bynum as Syracuse edged Buffalo, 1-0, on Tuesday. "

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Estrada deserves a chance.

Posted by: Tom261 | August 19, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Marco Estrada 8W 4L
ERA 3.59
IP 120.1
WALKS 27
STRIKEOUTS 92
WHIP 1.20

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Nats medical man went to LA to learn from a nationally-recognized specialist. This represents an investment by the Nats in the medical side of things. Very encouraging that they sprang for the costs involved, which must have been humungous.

The more I see of what's going on now, suxch as this exercise, the more encouraged I am that perhaps the club finally has gotten its sea legs.

Posted by: JohnRDC | August 19, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Marco Estrada: Selected by the Nationals out of Long Beach State University in the sixth round (174th overall) of the June 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Balester: 5 WALKS, 3 HITS in 1.1 innings!!?

That's AA with the current Nats crop of pitchers!!!
Brad Meyers is better! As is Aaron Thompson!

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Debbi Taylor just reported that Flores threw today and will play winter ball in Venezuela. Glad to hear that he is progressing. Wish he'd skip winter ball, though! For catchers especially, I don't like to see them play in Olympics off season or winter ball either! Keep your fingers crossed!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 19, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Detwiler is looking better. Both Estrada and Detwiler are on the 40-man roster.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Did Congress pass a law that Nats runners "shall not score from third base?"

Posted by: breck3957 | August 19, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Rivera: 33 pitches he's almost done ... this game is going to put a dent in the bullpen.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Of rostered players, Martis (40-man SYR) last pitched on the 17th, Estrada (40-man SYR) last pitched on the 18th, and Detwiler (40-man SYR) pitches tonight; Chico (40-man HAR) last pitched on the 15th, and Atilano (40-man HAR) last pitched on the 14th.

Thats who is immediately available.

Posted by: BinM | August 19, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Saul gets through nearly 3IP; he's done - next up should be either Clippard or Sosa.

Posted by: BinM | August 19, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Right now in AA Bradley Meyers probably is Harrisburg's best starter. Atilano does not look ready. Chico is still rehabbing. Martis does not look ready.

Detwiler and/or Estrada are the logical choices. Of the two Estrada has shown the most marked and recent improvement. The only better starting pitcher probably would be Meyers who, combined with Storen, looks unbeatable.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Rivera's closing in on 50 pitches ... guess they are going to let him take them as far as he can.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Homer ... that guy is killing them.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@peri: I was simply pointing out "rostered" pitchers who could move up to the 25-man roster, and where they would fall in the current rotation.

FWIW, Meyers has been DL'ed once this season (in POT), and Storen has already jumped from NCAA to AA in 2009. Both pitchers are outside the 40-man roster, and will probably stay there until at least 2009 off-season or 2010 spring training.

Posted by: BinM | August 19, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Infield hit for Dunn? Unbelievable! Keep it coming!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 19, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

ZIM!!!!! NICE!!! May i remind you we are mounting a comeback against a good team and a 13 game winner on the mound.

Posted by: chris88 | August 19, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I really don't like how they're letting Rizzo twist like this. I hope the Lerners have told Rizzo that, once Strasburg Week is over (and the Lerners return from CT), they will announce that the job is his. If not, and with all this DiPoto talk, then it's a very unclassy move by the Nats directed at a very classy, respected, and hard-working Rizzo.

Posted by: bgreene4 | August 19, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

sorry to be late to the party. my sense is that Rizzo has been given some sense of the situation already. Either the DiPoto situation is part of the deal or a farce, but I think Rizzo is in on it by now.

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"For what it's worth, since we're talking about him and might still be for a while: It's Dipoto, small p. Not DiPoto."

There's just got to be a joke there. Nickname = LittleLeak?

Posted by: KilgoreQTrout | August 19, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

8 WALKS!!? and the game isn't even over?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Good job Villone, way to gut it out...

Posted by: swang30 | August 19, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

"FWIW, Meyers has been DL'ed once this season (in POT), and Storen has already jumped from NCAA to AA in 2009. Both pitchers are outside the 40-man roster, and will probably stay there until at least 2009 off-season or 2010 spring training."

Balester, Zinicola -> Senators.
Meyers, Storen -> Chiefs.
Estrada, Everts -> Nationals.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

EIGHT WALKS, SEVEN HITS, how lucky the Nats are to still be in this game!?

Marquis 8 HITS 1 WALK.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Dukes is about to drop under .240. Time to see what Morse can do ...

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think the Rockies foul more pitches off than anyone else we see? They really get deep into counts, not just tonight, but in general.

I remember the past couple seasons burning through the bullpen at Coors Field with this team. Curious how their pitches/AB average compares with MLB...

Come to think of it, the NL West as a whole takes a lot of pitches (perhaps exception of LAD).

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Just got home in time to read a zillion posts about the GM situation. I now know exactly as much as I knew 20 minutes ago.

Balester was yanked in the 2nd inning after only giving up 3 runs? He must have looked really bad.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 19, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Steal home.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

CRAP

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

THAT feeling, right there. That feeling in the pit of your stomach--that's what "Casey at the Bat" is about.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 19, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Home runs and walks. That's the story of this pitching staff lately.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and we have been lucky that most of the opponents' homers have been solos. You hate walks, I hate them throwing the homerun ball. Location, location, location.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 19, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

10 WALKS
8 HITS
2 HRS.

and only 5 runs against a good team ... that's a combination of some luck and some skill.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

SO ... all Riggleman could say was how Morse was a hitter ... all he did was hit. Why pinch hit with a guy hitting .222 all year ...?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Ladson is now reporting Rizzo is the new GM to be announced Friday....Now that makes more sense....last night on MASN Debbie Taylor was interviewing Stan and she seemed to be expecting Stan to make the announcement on air.....I still think Stan is stepping back and we will have Rizzo and another hire.

Posted by: JayBeee | August 19, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Just read on National's website that Rizzo will be named General Manager on Thursday

Posted by: Imjustloco | August 19, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Not that we'd ever know, but who wants to bet that the "wrong" story was leaked by Kasten. A bit of falsity to help get his revenge at the media for what Stan felt was the pushing the Acta is fired story... Wouldn't shock me at all if he was behind the Dipoto rumor just to make sure that some reporters would have egg on their face on this one. Fine with me - as long as the pick the right guy -- RIZZO -- in the end...

Posted by: cdstej | August 19, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that Ladson report sounds legit....almost as if Kasten wrote it. But, jeez, it's still Ladson. I can't quite trust it.

Posted by: hacmanindc | August 19, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Chico Harland is puzzled that what he reported earlier today is perhaps untrue.

Posted by: OU8121 | August 19, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

As much as we trash our Front Office, I really don't think they would be dumb enough to not reward Rizzo for the job he's done. I mean they can't be that dumb.............


.....Or can they?

Posted by: FloresFan | August 19, 2009 6:16 PM |

No they can't and they aren't! Congratulations Mr. Rizzo, you certainly deserve the promotion. Good luck from here on out.

First order of business......DFA Belli!

Oh yeah...and Kearns. Thanks!

Posted by: FloresFan | August 19, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to a well-deserved promotion for MRizzo as our permanent GM !! Now hopefully Riggleman's title of "Interim" will be removed and be made permanent also. We lost today 4-5 to the Rockies but tried their best to rally falling short...Nyger continues to play well...2 hits and a stolen base...Good try Nats..

Posted by: fbacolod29 | August 19, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

CD, ha, I like your theory! Coulda been Stan getting back at the media. Also, coulda been Stan giving Rizzo one last test. How will you react to completely false media reports that hit close to home.

Posted by: hacmanindc | August 19, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Rizzo leaked the Dipoto story to give him leverage to get his formal naming and contract done fast, the team didn’t want to have this mess up the Strasburg feel good moment. Careful Stan, you may be the “proud papa”, but that skill works both ways!

Posted by: estuartj | August 19, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

hacman - i'm on board with you. Just a chance for Rizz to get his "friendly face" on with the media. He's earned his stripes with the talent evaluators, now to earn them with the media.

One strike against him: he's TOO good at talent evaluating and other GMs are gun-shy to deal with him cuz he'll fleece them!

CD - that'd be a good (relatively harmless) snap back to the media.

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Chico's got good news in the new post...

Posted by: BGinVA | August 19, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, another thing: Dunn in the bottom of the 7th, striking out looking on a borderline call. With runners on 1st and 3rd -- taking a borderline pitch trying to take a walk. How many times have we seen this this year? Seriously, RISP and taking a called third strike -- 20+?

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Ladson, quoting an unnamed source (gotta be StanK, right?), better be right about Rizzo getting the permanent job on Thursday. Wow. This team does two things right in a week. Way to go, Nats. Winning streak by the FO.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 19, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

43-77 Come on Bryce Harper.

Dude could play anywhere. Switch hitter. Talk about shoring up the middle. Nobody said it was fair.

Posted by: Brue | August 19, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Am sure Nats are now aware of mid-infielder Bryce Harper for next year's Amateur Draft...w/Boras his likely Agent?...

Posted by: fbacolod29 | August 20, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh, another thing: Dunn in the bottom of the 7th, striking out looking on a borderline call. With runners on 1st and 3rd -- taking a borderline pitch trying to take a walk. How many times have we seen this this year? Seriously, RISP and taking a called third strike -- 20+?

Posted by: mo_dc | August 19, 2009 10:44 PM
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We've seen this entirely too may times! I dreaded that at bat when I should have been encouraged.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 20, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Dukes needs more time at Syracuse. Still exhibiting sub-par hitting and fielding.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | August 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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