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September Call-Ups Post, Pt. I

Just-the-facts-ma'am edition.

(I'll have a subsequent September call-ups post later this afternoon. Reaction, quotes, perhaps a non-exclusive Logan Kensing interview forthcoming.)

For now, here are your official roster moves:

* INF Ian Desmond -- recalled from Class AAA Syracuse

* LHP Ross Detwiler -- recalled from Class AAA Syracuse

* RHP Marco Estrada -- recalled from Class AAA Syracuse

* RHP Logan Kensing -- contract purchased from Class AAA Syracuse (added to 40-man roster)

* RHP Zack Segovia -- contract purchased from Class AAA Syracuse (added to 40-man roster)

* RHP Jorge Sosa -- designated for assignment

* LHP Scott Olsen -- transferred from 15-day to 60-day disabled list

So there you have it. Five new faces, four of them pitchers. Detwiler you've seen before, but not since the first half of the '09 season; he should start a game within the next week. Estrada was with the Nats late last season, and had a 9-5 record (3.63 ERA) this year with the Chiefs. Segovia, signed as a minor league free agent from Philadelphia in June 2008, went 3-5 (3.24 ERA) in 51 games this year with Syracuse and Harrisburg. Kensing is back for the third time this year. Among all Nats (2005-09) with at least 10 IP, Kensing (10.71) has the highest ERA. (Trivia: Claudio Vargas [9.24] and Levale Speigner [9.19] with the silver and gold medals in this category.) Then there's Desmond, a shortstop who should get a nice opportunity, especially with Cristian Guzman still hobbled.

The Sosa and Olsen moves clear room on the 40-man for Kensing and Segovia.

X other names for the moment: C Luke Montz, RHP Shairon Martis, RHP Luis Atilano, LHP Matt Chico. Those are the non-injured Nats on the 40-man roster who weren't recalled for September. Chico, of course, is recovering from Tommy John and is having his innings limited.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 8, 2009; 3:34 PM ET
 
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Surprised to see Sosa cut so soon, instead of flipping Kearns or Morgan to 60-day DL. Perhaps just doing the inevitable.

Montz is off the 40-man as soon as they need a spot; he's lost his starting spot in Harrisburg. Martis has easily reached an innings limit based on his 137ip last season. Atilano is going to pitch for Puerto Rico in a baseball world cup, and Chico is (as said) recovering.

Posted by: tboss | September 8, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering what the rush was to drop Sosa, but the point about the 40-man roster makes sense. I am not convinced Kensing earned another chance.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | September 8, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I read that Atilano left a week or two back and is pitching for Puerto Rico?

Posted by: periculum | September 8, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

@periculum - That is correct

Posted by: Brian_ | September 8, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Sosa getting DFA'd is a good move, but adding Kensing is a waste, IMHO.
Let Desmond get some starts at SS over the last three weeks, plug Estrada/Detwiler in for Martin (who is close to his 2009IP cap). Give Segovia some IP in relief & let's see what he has.

From the looks of it, Martis & Montz are the "odd-men out" entering the off-season (first cuts); M.Chico & & Atilano are on hold until spring 2010.

Posted by: BinM | September 8, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Martis must have kicked Rizzo's dog or something. Didn't seem like he was pitching any worse than any of the other arms we've been shipping back and forth to Syracuse.

I'm dying to know if it's something character-related.

Posted by: NatsNut | September 8, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

M.Chico & & Atilano are on hold until spring 2010

You're forgetting Thompson aren't you? He seems like a legitimate contender for a left-handed starters slot?

Posted by: periculum | September 8, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Martis must have kicked Rizzo's dog or something. Didn't seem like he was pitching any worse than any of the other arms we've been shipping back and forth to Syracuse.

I don't think so NatsNut. He is just 15 innings short of his limit. He isn't a "soft tosser" and he is the youngest starting pitcher on the roster (excluding Strasberg). His finally starts with Syracuse were spotty ... inconsistent.

Suspect they are shutting him down just as with Balester. Smart move I think.

Posted by: periculum | September 8, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Even as bad as he's sometimes been, I'd take Sosa over Kensing. That's the only move that doesn't make sense to me. Anyone have a quick and convincing explanation?

Posted by: Section222 | September 8, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

sosa DFA'ed, kensing recalled. that bullpen ain't big enough for two arsonists-in-residence.

Posted by: surly_w | September 8, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone have a quick and convincing explanation?

Posted by: Section222 | September 8, 2009"

That should be a no-brainer with this group? 97+ mph fastball. The opposite of a soft-tosser. Unfortunately, unlike MacDougal he doesn't have "controlled wildness". His pitches appear to be either too direct or he is telegraphing them.

Posted by: periculum | September 8, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, 222: my comment in the previous post didn't make clear enough how much I agree with your larger point. Especially as you restated it a bit later. We agree: Zimmerman is the best, but it's not idiotic to use criteria that say otherwise this year. The man made some BAD plays.

Posted by: Scooter_ | September 8, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

@NN - I've been thinking it's because he's a flyball pitcher, and Rizzo doesn't seem to like them very much (although his attitude has definitely progressed over the season).

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | September 8, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@peri == that was quick, but not too convincing. Kensing had that 97 fastball the last two times he was called up and got shelled up here, on his way to the highest ERA in Nats' history. As you say, it's not working for some reason. Has he suddenly developed some movement on the pitch, or devastating off speed pitches? Seems doubtful to me.

Posted by: Section222 | September 8, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@peri: No, nobody forgot Thompson - he just isn't ready for a 40-man spot in Rizzo's book.
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@NN: Martis is close to his IP cap (160 > 170IP); I don't think it's anything personal. He might get a callup later, but will probably get shut-down for 2009.
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The third recall of Kensing is a brain-fart on Rizzo - Great, he's got a 5.8:1K-W & 17SV in AAA, but has a .371BAA & an 0.9:1K-W in the majors for 2009. He's a AAA RP at best, and I don't care how hard he throws.

Posted by: BinM | September 8, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have seen someone like Wilkie or Everts get the roster spot over a retread like Kensing; He is what he has become, IMO.

Posted by: BinM | September 8, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Interested to see how Pedro looks after all this time. Phillies are coming off getting swept, are probably PO'd, but maybe flagging from the grind and the relative safety of a good lead in the standings. So I suppose rain is a lock, isn't it?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 8, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Kensing was making more than the minimum & they have to pay him for the whole year anyway, so its a freebee, moneywise. They might save some $$ by cutting Sosa & avoiding two weeks salary. Don't know. t least they don't have to give him meal money for the final road games.

A less cynical explanation is that sometimes you promote players who perform successfully in the minors as an example/incentive for other players in your system. Kensing did the job in Syracuse. There's no downside, unless he pitches in a close game.

Posted by: chiefwj | September 8, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Has he suddenly developed some movement on the pitch, or devastating off speed pitches? Seems doubtful to me.

Posted by: Section222 | September 8, 2009

222, BinM,

His manager (perhaps his coaches?) from AAA Syracuse came with him. Perhaps they can give the team some insight on him? Otherwise, I'm with you you got me? This guy over say a Hanrahan? I'm not sure how that works.

Posted by: periculum | September 8, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"I'd rather have seen someone like Wilkie or Everts get the roster spot over a retread like Kensing; He is what he has become, IMO.

Posted by: BinM | September 8, 2009"

Or Garate? We saw what happened with him. And he is a lefty, and so far more worth the risk? Wilkie and Everts are righties I think ... Novoa and Spradlin would have made more sense from that perspective?

Posted by: periculum | September 8, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

@peri: Methinks you put too much thought into this. Kensing is a waste of time in my book; He's had three shots at a ML job this year, and has "spit the bit" every time - Why give him another chance?

On the other hand, Garate got tossed into the "deep end of the pool" (AA-to-ML); He'll either float or sink, but he'll still be on the roster in 2010, because he's a LH and has options. Both Wilkie & Everts are R5 in 2010, as are Spradlin & Novoa; I just picked two of the handful that could help.


Posted by: BinM | September 8, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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