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Strasburg Will Wear No. 37

Much remains unknown about the short path that will lead Stephen Strasburg from his current starting point to the major leagues. But at least a couple parts of the plan, in the last several days, have crystallized. The Washington Nationals now know how many innings Strasburg, the No. 1 draft pick, will throw this season. They also know what uniform number he'll wear once he arrives in the big leagues, likely next season.

Strasburg, currently in San Diego with his family, will fly to Washington's spring training facility in Viera, Fla., on Saturday. He'll remain there for several weeks, working with minor league pitching coordinator Spin Williams. The goal: Let him have a few appearances in the loosely structured Florida Instructional League, and then have him at full strength for the Arizona Fall League, which begins Oct. 13.

"We're trying to get him 35-50 innings total," General Manager Mike Rizzo said. "He'll probably get a couple starts in the instructional league -- maybe 20 innings in the instructional league -- to ramp him up."

Strasburg, who agreed to a four-year, $15.1 million contract with the Nationals just two minutes before the Aug. 17 midnight signing deadline, has not pitched since May 29, his final appearance with San Diego State.

By virtue of the major league contract he signed, Strasburg is already on Washington's 40-man roster. And once he appears on the field, he'll keep his college number, No. 37. For the first portion of this season, Pat Listach wore the number, but before the Nationals' latest series against the Cubs, the third base coach exchanged it for No. 4.

To hear Listach tell it, he wanted to wear No. 4 all along. But at the start of the season, that number belonged to outfielder Corey Patterson. With Patterson now released and with Strasburg in the fold, equipment manager Mike Wallace asked Listach about his desire to take No. 4.

Listach liked the idea.

"When do you want to start?" Wallace asked. "Do you want to do it next year or this year?"

Listach opted to make the change immediately.

"Nobody bribed me," Listach said.

(Personally, I prefer the initial version of events that Listach jokingly gave when explaining the uniform change. "You know that $15.1 million?" Listach asked. "He gave me the 0.1 and we split it among the coaches.")

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Nyjer Morgan was pulled from the lineup for Tuesday's game because of the flu.

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Washington has already decided on five of the six allotted players it will send to the Arizona Fall League. The list, in addition to Strasburg, includes catcher Derek Norris, first baseman Chris Marrero, shortstop Danny Espinosa, and 2009 first-round pick (tenth overall) Drew Storen.

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Reliever Sean Burnett, struck in the left thumb by a batted ball on Sunday, threw in the outfield on Tuesday afternoon, and the team was greatly encouraged by the pain-free session. Before watching Burnett throw, skipper Jim Riggleman admitted concern that the lefty might have to go on the DL. But it seems his progress has cured that worry. Rizzo said afterward that Burnett is "feeling better;" it seems like another day or two, at most, before Burnett can head back to the mound.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 25, 2009; 7:31 PM ET
 
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Washington does have 2 TBA's listed on the Desert Dogs roster under pitchers.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

If only the Nats had this kind of "the recession is here" deal?

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Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Is it swine flu that Morgan has, Chico?

Posted by: nunof1 | August 25, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, the homer to the opposing pitcher. Ouch.

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

At least JD Martin hasn't allowed the opposing pitcher to homer.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

While it doesn't make me happy in the least to see NJ hurt, this surely makes Rizzo look even smarter.

http://tinyurl.com/mzkw3c

Posted by: NatsNut | August 25, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

If the team can just keep grinding on Zambrano (in terms of pitches), they might have a punchers' chance in this game.

Who am I kidding, we're all still doomed.

Posted by: BinM | August 25, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey now, we got the lead back. It might not be that bad.

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

At least JD Martin hasn't allowed the opposing pitcher to homer.

Posted by: periculum
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True, but JD Martin probably couldn't even strike you out.

Posted by: BinM | August 25, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

... and Nicky J just keeps on keeping on ...

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fish_bytes/2009/08/nick-johnson-to-see-doctor-dl-likely.html

Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscanreduxit | August 25, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

That's the 3rd suicide squeeze called by Riggs in the past few weeks.

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Come on guys, It's not that bad. We are in the game and we're playing the Cubs for god's sake!!! And the pitcher may be the best hitter on that team.

Posted by: chris88 | August 25, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

At least JD Martin hasn't allowed the opposing pitcher to homer.

Posted by: periculum

Well JD Martin hasn't faced a pitcher as dangerous as Zambrano...

Posted by: rachel216 | August 25, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

If Nyjer Morgan is sick with the flu, can Tony Plush still play?

Posted by: wahoo2x | August 25, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Section406:

Re Ian Desmond.

Your Range Factor stat has me convinced.

How could errors and fielding percentage mean a thing?

Adam Dunn led all National League leftfielders last year in Range Factor.

It's the stat we can all rely on.

I see what you mean.

The Hoss shoulda had the Golden Glove last year.

Oh, and in 2002 the Hoss led the league as well. He was younger. i bet his range was greater then.

He wuz robbed.

Thank you for your help in this matter. I have a lot to learn, and I'm going to start learning right now.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Josh Willingham's slump is over ...

If only the pitching prospects had matured and winnowed out at the same time this offense came together.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

JD Martin's ERA is still lower than Balester's, Mock, and Stammen. Maybe he'll be ahead of Lannan after the next start.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

What if Tony Plush gets the bird flu while Nyjer Morgan has the swine flu?

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Dibble is so funny

Posted by: rachel216 | August 25, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Zambrano, you just hit him in the leg, he ain't gonna steal on you. Stop playing the worrywort and play the game.

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Watch out! Bats are flying everywhere! Yay Nats 4-1!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 25, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Bye Zambrano :)

Posted by: rachel216 | August 25, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Dunn, then Willingham walk!!!! Run scores! Now, if only Dukes could learn that skill?

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

9 pitches to Willingham greeeeat AT BAT!

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

and the big Z is done after 4 1/3 innings with 95 pitches. The last 9 a long at bat for Josh "The Hammmer" Willingham who gets an RBI via taking a BB.

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

DUKEEEEEESSSSSSS

Posted by: rachel216 | August 25, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Bad Dukes, you swung on the first pitch again! Take that grand slam back!

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The Duke is Swingin' tonite, yessah!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Periculum - You owe GoingGoingGone an apology. 4 RBIs and 2 hits for Dukes.

Thats why 10 games is never a tell all.

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me 5 RBIs!

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Time to start dissing Dukes as with Belliard ... it really works!?

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Elijah Elijah, the Prophet!!

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: ehardwick | August 25, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you like this guy? Mark Lerner?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

LOL at the fan in the background briefly giving M. Lerner the "rabbit ears" during Deb's interview.

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"Thats why 10 games is never a tell all.

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2009"

I think its because we've been dissing him. Because if you look at all the games ***this year** factor them in with those in Florida?

Well, you are right 10 games isn't a measure?
IN ***208*** MAJOR LEAGUE games 181 strikeouts
and a .233 average are the stats for one Elijah Dukes.

He is still a work in progress ... don't get cocky!

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

For comparison: Willy Mo Pena: 560 games, .253 average, 520 strike outs.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Stats through 8/22/09
Lannan - 26GP, 15.3 pitches per inning, 1.46 WHIP, .277BAA, 4.03 ERA.
Stammen - 17GP, 14.7 pitches per inning, 1.32 WHIP, .272BAA, 5.13ERA.
Balester - 6GP, 17.3 pitches per inning, 1.58 WHIP, .287BAA, 6.76 ERA.
Mock (as a SP)- 7GP, 17.8 pitches per inning, 1.84 WHIP, .319BAA, 4.41 ERA.
Martin - 7GP, 16.5 pitches per inning, 1.50WHIP, .298BAA, 4.76ERA.

peri, I'll give you the point on ERA with Martin, but in terms of pitchers with an effective ML future, I'll take Stammen, Balester & Mock as starters over him; Lannan isn't even in the same discussion - he's at worst a #3SP on next years' staff. Martin would be a nice middle-relief choice, possibly a spot starter at the ML level going forward.

Posted by: BinM | August 25, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Stammen's my fave. pitcher =)

Hey where is Pena now???

Posted by: rachel216 | August 25, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Periculum - If it part of the Belliard "love" hazing, then it is all cool.

I didn't jump into the Dukes discussion you all had a few days ago. GGG brought up that point about the RBIs and Carpenter mentioned his personal best RBI record which is impressive as he has to be doing it in the clutch.

The .233 average while not great is not indicative of his clutch hitting. The man is driving in runs at a pace that is ahead of Zimmerman and only behind Adam Dunn.

Keep dissing the Dukes!!!!!

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

" ... Martin would be a nice middle-relief choice, possibly a spot starter at the ML level going forward.

Posted by: BinM | August 25, 2009"

Have to agree unless he comes up with another pitch as you suggest. Its a good idea.

And I don't see Lannan over Thompson and Detwiler. I see those guys in the rotation sooner rather than later. I think Meyers looks good but he may be another JD Martin? Think perhaps Atilano's stuff (if he can now control it) may be next? Still a year to Strasburg ...


Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"The .233 average while not great is not indicative of his clutch hitting. The man is driving in runs at a pace that is ahead of Zimmerman and only behind Adam Dunn.

Keep dissing the Dukes!!!!!

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2009"

Bowden said the same of Willy Mo Pena. Didn't he?
Dukes still needs to learn to walk more and strike out a whole heck of a lot less.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

@BinM

I agree that Stammen looks better than Martin, but I don't know that the same can be said for Balester and Mock. Face it, none of them are really stars (much less superstars.) Can they develop into one? Sure, but none of Balester, Mock or Martin is really ready now.

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"The .233 average while not great is not indicative of his clutch hitting."

Its not consistent. He has his streaks ... and was recently in a deep slump ... he needs to be consistent. The only consistent thing his stats indicate is his propensity to strike out. That is Willy Mo Pena.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

No cub fans at my office but i told the braves fans don't let the Padres come here to the A-T-L and win two of three and pour water on those wild card hopes,and then the comeback was "at least we're in it" OUCH!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 25, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

There goes Mock's control again.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@periculum
IMO, there is no way that Thompson and Detwiler will be better than Lannan next year. The year after, maybe. At least, given what I've seen of Det this year, I just don't see it. Assuming that Thompson isn't as far along as Det, I don't see how they can come in next year and blow away our most consistent starting pitcher.

Posted by: swang30 | August 25, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"The year after, maybe. At least, given what I've seen of Det this year, I just don't see it. Assuming that Thompson isn't as far along as Det, I don't see how they can come in next year and blow away our most consistent starting pitcher."

They both have better stuff. Its why they were drafted in the 1st round. Lannan would be slotted to the 3-5 slot on most other teams.

But you are right. They have to prove they can maintain control effectively.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

None of these guys can consistently pitch past 5 innings without falling apart. Third time through someone said?

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye Mock ... ERA, WHIP back up.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

3rd time through the order... very frustrating when you have a 9-1 lead...

Posted by: rachel216 | August 25, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I know they have a lot of players on their plate in September, but I think Clippard deserves a start somewhere. Maybe against one of thise first tier teams. His starts have not been bad, and that's all he's ever done.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I am SHOCKED Dibble didn't respond with "good buddy" when Carpenter announced the score of 10-4. Seemed right up his old school quote alley...

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else see the Hammer go into the ivy -- back first -- and hold your breath? I wouldn't mind getting a few more runs and getting him out of there. Put Morse in there.

Another thing: if TPlush is out, it's kinda nice having Willie to fill in at CF. If there was some way to get him more ABs, he's still a solid outfielder.

Posted by: mo_dc | August 25, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

HotNats - There is still time!!!!

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

HotNats,
I was right with you! I turned to my wife and said "Good Buddy" expecting to beat Dibs to it!

OK, another run, and a chance for more. Let's do it, give some guys a break, and blow this one out!

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I am SHOCKED Dibble didn't respond with "good buddy" when Carpenter announced the score of 10-4. Seemed right up his old school quote alley...

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mo_dc | August 25, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Who? Wil NIEVES!!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Big difference when Willingham goes on a tear. That's what started it all.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Clippard's WHIPS: MLB, 1.39; MINORS, 1.20.

This year under 1.0?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Clippard may still get a chance to start. IMHO the whole pitching staff is still unsettled. No one knows who is going to be in next year's rotation. Unless they get that top-notch veteran starting pitcher Rizzo keeps mentioning.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Aw, my boy Clip gave up a homer? That's not like him. Guess he's joined the club.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 25, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Belliard's pretty damned hot. Its going to be hard to pull him out now.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

swang: Balester might ultimately project (w/current repitoire) as a #5, and Mock could fill a MR/set-up role somewhere, or even hold down a #4SP slot if he develops a 2nd "out" pitch, but for 2009, they're some of the best the Nationals have for the rotation.

peri: Detwiler has proven he's not yet ready for prime time; Thompson is completely unproven against ML hitting. Let's see what the roster looks like in September first.

Posted by: BinM | August 25, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

WILLINGHAMMER THYME!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Hammer Time....AGAIN!!!!!! 15-5!!!!!!!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 25, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Is this officially a laugher yet?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 25, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

2 homers ... man when that guy start smokin ... he gets really friggin hot! Willingham has to be close to the best hitter in the NL right now, bar none.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

okay guys, save some for the rest of the series.

Posted by: surly_w | August 25, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, I laughed out loud with glee when it left the bat, so maybe, N_L!

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

If only we had real proven ML pitchers ... wow they would definitely be in the chase.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

N_L

It's a laugher when they lead by ten runs with three or less outs to go.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 25, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

5 runs 6 RBI ... wow!

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

nova_g_man: Well, then it's all about errors. Go run your fantasy team, pal.

Posted by: Section406 | August 25, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

In 1959, we had to take polio shots. It was a big deal, Jonas Salk, sugar cubes, whatever.

Anyway, the Nats had four HR guys who we called, the SALK SHOTS: Roy Sievers (21), Bob Allison (30), Jim Lemon (33), and Harmon Killebrew (42).

I've lost track of our four guys totals, but those 1959 guys hit 126 between them. What do our four have?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"THYME!!"

Isn't that an herb ... kind of an yerba buena?

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

BEAT DAT CHICAGO CUB AZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 25, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

33, 26, 20.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

ooops 33, 26, 21.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Peri, he smacked the spice outta that ball!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

If Dukes were up the full year ... he likely would be pushing 20. He has 8.

So, you've got your 4.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks 'pal'!

I have no idea what a fantasy team even is, sorry.

But if you're going to pontificate about the meaninglessness of errors, at least you should know that PMR does correlate better with UZR and with ZR. But UZR correlates better with RZR than with PMR, even after I do an Bonferroni adjustment for multiple comparisons.

RIGHT PAL?

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nova_g_man: Well, then it's all about errors. Go run your fantasy team, pal.

Posted by: Section406 | August 25, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Gotta give a golf clap for that play...

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Dukes : 2 walks. This might be his best game as a major league ball player.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

wonder how mrs. 506 is taking this?

Posted by: surly_w | August 25, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Keep dissing Dukes on the lack of walks. 2 more tonight. lmao

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 25, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"It's a laugher when they lead by ten runs with three or less outs to go."

So we gots ourselves a laugher!

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"Keep dissing Dukes on the lack of walks. 2 more tonight. lmao

Posted by: dmacman88"

If he keeps having multi-hit, multi-walk games he will be an all-star.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Dangit, just had to say that, didn't I? apologies...

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love our pitching staff. Have to give up as many homers as the opposing pitching staff.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we finish this game?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 25, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

HotNats

Just HAD to say it, didn't you? LOL!

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 25, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL, leetee, the next round's on me. mea culpa

Posted by: HotNats | August 25, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

another wonderful part of Hammer's night? 5R scored out of 5 times on base -- 2 were on his HR, obviously... But that means he was picked up 3 times! Dukes and Nieves coming through.

A little consistency through the lineup, get these guys back on track (with Big Z starting, no less!).

Nice curly W boys!

Posted by: mo_dc | August 25, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

This pitching staff needs a lot of work.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Dukes seems to fitting in somewhat better with his teammates? Little standoffish when he came back up.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank god ... still 19 away from the centenario.

Strange to say but I am looking forward to the minor league call-ups for the pitchers. A few of these guys have to make good.

Posted by: periculum | August 25, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

If Elijah could make it happen next year and we pick up a guy here and there and we get our catcher back and Morse contributes and Nyjer steals 50, that is quite an offensive team.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Os tied in the 9th. 51 wins. Love to catch them.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

charlie just said the nats have brought back livo, who is going to start tomorrow night instead of martin. one meatballer for another....

Posted by: surly_w | August 25, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Livan

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Charlie was kidding, right? Please say Charlie was kidding. What an indictment of the farm system.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 25, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Livan is back!! Johnny Holiday just announced on NATS Xtra. Ballister has been sent down. Livan will probably be more coach than pitcher (I hope).

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: ehardwick | August 25, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

from ballystar to blastedstar.

Posted by: surly_w | August 25, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Balester sent down and Livo signed.

Posted by: FloresFan | August 25, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Charlie doesn't seem to have been kidding. I don't think it tells us anything we didn't already know about the farm system.

Posted by: miseaujeu | August 25, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Dukes "strongly suggested that getting production out of him is as simple as scribbling his name on a lineup card.
'My swing didn't go nowhere.'"

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 25, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Nats signed Livan Hernandez tonight and sent Balester down.

Sorry if someone else reported it -- didn't see it.

Posted by: rushfari | August 25, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

what's next? is tim redding coming back, too?

Posted by: surly_w | August 25, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Livan as a mentor? Might not be bad. Ballystar needs more seasoning.

Posted by: curz | August 25, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

O's lose!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 25, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of us are being too tough on John Lannan. He had a stretch where 9 out of 10 starts were quality starts & he was unbelievable. He would consistently be the pitcher who snapped us out of losing streaks. I know he's really struggled in August, but I expect him to bounce back. He's a competitor and I love his attitude.

Posted by: curlyWfan | August 26, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

MLBTR is saying that Livan is back as a Nat.

Posted by: lordscarlet1 | August 26, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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