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Nieves Leaves Game With Injury

[UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.] -- Nieves has a left hamstring injury. In other news, the Nats are no longer being no-hit by Cole Hamels. Mike Morse broke up the no-no with a single on the ground between short and third to lead off the sixth.

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Catcher Wil Nieves left the game Thursday night after running down the first base line in the third inning. As Nieves trotted back to the dugout after making the out, he was limping slightly. He has since been replaced in the game by Josh Bard.

If Nieves must miss any significant portion of time, the Nationals will be placed in a tight spot. Catcher Jesus Flores is already shelved for the season. Aside from Bard, Flores and Nieves, the Nationals have no other catchers on their 40-man roster. And Bard is already dealing with groin issues. In an emergency, the team could perhaps use Josh Willingham behind the plate.

I'll update later with more information.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 17, 2009; 7:53 PM ET
 
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Comments

Who?!

Posted by: TheNationalsEnquirer | September 17, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo, let's get Norris!!


(jk u guyz!)

Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | September 17, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Norris doesn't catch. He just points to the spot where he wants the ball to stop in mid-air.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Derrick Norris is still learning to catch.

Solano or Montz (if he is still resignable?)?

Meanwhile perfect game throw at the Nats. What next for this team?

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

2009 MLB Free Agents

The following players are currently free agents. I've categorized them by position; the player's 2009 age is in parentheses.

Updated 9-3-09

Catchers
Gary Bennett (37)
Rob Bowen (28)
Johnny Estrada (33)
Toby Hall (33)
Paul Lo Duca (37) - Type B, not offered arb
Javier Valentin (33)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3: carryover - Don't know why I keep referring to Jesus Flores as Javier Flores; Mental block on my part, I suppose.

Posted by: BinM | September 17, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Hee hee. I just went to a Phillies blog and wrote, "Wow! Hamels is PERFECT though 5!! Absolutely perfect! Who could guess!"

I can't wait for the flames.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | September 17, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

that's from MLB trade rumors.com

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

halfstreet, you didn't happen to mention the NOHITTER NOHITTER NOHITTER, did you?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3: The stench of that putrified FA list has clearly reached all the way to PHI, as the Nats have allowed a run & are still hitless.

Posted by: BinM | September 17, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

See? Works every time.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Good job kevincostello!! Morse!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 17, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

WHOOO-HOOOO - Morse singles to left!

Posted by: BinM | September 17, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Cash (ex-Yankees as of last week) signed with anybody yet?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, rumors of Aaron Crow's signing are somewhat exaggerated:
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/09/royals-on-verge-of-agreement-with-aaron-crow.html

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Willinghammer catch?

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Quite the pitching duel. Here comes the bullpen ... that should end now.

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

This reminds me of a soccer game: we have an insurmountable 1-0 deficit.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

No, Willingham doesn't catch. He once did, a long time ago.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Odds & Ends: Nationals' Catcher ...
By Howard Megdal [September 16, 2009 at 9:47pm CST]

Some food for thought, even though you shouldn't be snacking so close to bed...

* With Jesus Flores undergoing surgery for a torn labrum, putting his 2010 start date into question, Washington manager Jim Riggleman said the Nationals may have to seek another catcher. According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, Rod Barajas may be a good fit, "because he is an excellent handler of pitchers." Barajas also has a bit of power, and would be a decent fit. Phil Wood of MASN speculates that Brian Schneider could return to Washington, noting that Schneider is "just 32, and would likely have multiple offers", though anyone who has seen Schneider hit this season would assume those offers won't be to play baseball. A shame, since Schneider is one of the best clubhouse guys in the game, has been a tremendous mentor to the younger Mets' players, and will be a tremendous manager if he pursues it.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

2 walks for Clippard? His pitching seems to have slumped dramatically the last month?

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Military intelligence. Congressional bipartisanship. Solid Nationals relief pitching.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Cash, Kevin (31 y.o.) - Parts of 7 years in MLB (2002-current). Hit .231/.250/.308, 0E in 67IP for 2009; 32%CS, .992FPct over career behind the plate.

Decent fielder, could "plug-in" to finish the year if Nieves goes on the DL.

Posted by: BinM | September 17, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Clippard loads the bases and then proceeds to walk in a run. Poor pitching.

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Rivera? Sheesh. Guess Riggleman must like to watch grand slams?

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Knew it ... sigh ...

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Schneider is one of the best clubhouse guys in the game, has been a tremendous mentor to the younger Mets' players, and will be a tremendous manager if he pursues it.

Let me count the flaws in this statement:
1. Schneider has been part of a Mets train wreck that a) collapsed catastrophically last year and b) is on its way to an underperforming Hall of Fame award this year.
2. "Tremendous mentor to the Mets' younger players." Like whom? Fernando Tatis?
3. Would be a tremedous manager someday? On what basis? The guy has never played for a division-winner, let alone in a World Series.

Brian Schneider is on the tail end of a very mediocre career. His defensive skills were waning when he played here. He never hit much, but now can't hit his weight.

If the Nats go with a new backup, they've got to do better than this stiff.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Here it comes ...

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The Nats might see the bullpen in the ninth, but it's unlikely. G'night, Gracie.

Posted by: BinM | September 17, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I love Bard, he's all guts. But you should be fined for taking strike three w/ the bases loaded, especially late in the game when you are facing an ace and working on getting swept. Inexcusable.

Posted by: Avar | September 17, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Playing on a division/pennant/WS winner doesn't correlate much with becoming a good manager. Just saying.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 17, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Logan Kensing is warming up. Why?

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3: No, but winning does.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Here's ... Logan! Women and children, first. Does Logan have some kind of weird incentive clause for appearances that Riggs is trying to get for him? What in the name of Mike Bascik is this guy going in a major league game?

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

wow we're bad!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 17, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

@Rachel: This is loss No. 96 and Game No. 146. This just come to you?

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Why is Logan Kensing still on this team? I hate the phrickin' Phillies...

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 17, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Phudge. This whole series was miserable...

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 17, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

A sweep in New York and a loss to the Dodgers Tuesday night and I win the 100-loss pool on Sept. 22. The dream is alive.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Nats have struck out 54 times in the last five games!? Wow!

Posted by: Vze2sr66 | September 17, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@Vze2: What Maxy in the lineup will do. I didn't know you could spell Maxwell with a K.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 17, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Miserable as it is, I will miss baseball when it's winter.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | September 17, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Me, too, Nats_Lady. Hope that MLB Network will be broadcasting some winter ball.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 18, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Yes, there's a new post. Why do you ask?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 18, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

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