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Watch Out, J.D. Martin

J.D. Martin! Eighty-eight-mph-throwin' J.D. Martin. Eight starts into his big league career, he's already on a hitlist. Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, as you can read here, was hit in the left wrist by a Martin pitch on Aug. 15. He sustained a hairline fracture. Now Phillips wants revenge.

"He came up and in and I still think he did it on purpose, but it's all good," Phillips said. "We don't play them again [this year] but I'm gonna face him again. I mean I'm not trying to fight, I'm just trying to get him back for hitting me."

That name again?

"J.D. Martin," Phillips said. "You can look at my hat and his name is in there. I write names in my hat and remember who I need to get. ... Not fighting or nothing, but getting back at that dude. You give some hard look at 'em, let 'em know, let 'em see your name."

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When Aaron Boone learned in March about a heart condition that would require surgery, he feared the end of his career. When he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list in April, the newspaper smallprint that appeared next to the transaction -- "heart surgery-out for season" -- discounted any chance of a stunning comeback.

But Tuesday, as Boone rejoined the Houston Astros' roster just five months after having a heart valve replaced, at least one person played down the notion that any of this is surprising.

"Like I told him," Washington Nationals' assistant general manager Bob Boone said, "You're a Boone."

Aaron Boone, who played in 2008 with the Nationals, was not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley. But he'll take the field some time within the next couple days -- pinch-hitting, perhaps even starting. Thursday, Boone's mother will fly out. And if Boone gets a heads-up that he'll get a start, brother Bret Boone will join, too. But Bob, currently with the Nationals in San Diego, has no plans to commemorate the special occasion.

"I really wasn't surprised," Bob Boone said. "He's on their roster as of today, so hopefully he can do something positive." Boone smiled. "Earn his money, you know."

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As of right now, the Nationals do not plan to take advantage of their expanded roster until September 7, when the season ends for Class AAA Syracuse. Once the Chiefs finish up, several pitchers will likely be among the call-ups. Just one caveat: If Syracuse makes the playoffs -- the team entered Tuesday 3 1/2 games behind first-place Scranton-Wilkes Barre -- those call-ups will again be delayed.

"We have some guys playing down there that will come up here, but right now they are getting the opportunity to play in a playoff atmosphere," Riggleman said. "They're going to play some real meaningful games. Our roster, we're pretty well taken care of right now."

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The GCL Nationals, Washington's affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, advanced to the league's championship series for the second consecutive year by defeating the GCL Twins, 1-0, in 12 innings on Tuesday. The GCL Nationals will play the GCL Marlins in the best-of-three championship series, which begins Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla.

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Syracuse pitcher Marco Estrada, a candidate to be called up to Washington later this month, was chosen as the International League's player of the month for August. The 26-year-old right-hander, who appeared briefly with the Nationals last season as a reliever, made six starts in August with the Chiefs, compiling a 4-0 record and a 1.15 ERA.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 1, 2009; 8:57 PM ET
 
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Comments

The one thing this franchise has going for it is that Feinstein doesn't cover it for a book to be entitled, "The Last Amateurs."

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 1, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

If JD Martin gets the chance to face Phillips again, he should just throw the first pitch straight at his butt. That's where his head is, so bean him.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I think its time JD Martin learned one of the 3 variations of the knuckle curve just for Philips. Make him look silly ...

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

phillips might want to worry about some other people besides JD martin

Posted by: formerlylove1 | September 1, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Bases still loaded no outs. Everts gives way to Novoa the lefty.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Dave Miley gets ejected for arguing balls and strikes ... Novoa strikes out 2 for 2 outs.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Missed that ... they tried to steal home on Solano after the strike out ... 2 outs ...

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Intentional walk, then a walk with the bases loaded for another score ... now 6-2. The Chiefs look done with their anemic hitting lineup. Only hitters are at the top and bottom of the line up.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

reposting from last thread...

@natsnut: I just got in from work (being broke and having to work two jobs really bites the big one...) and read your post. I couldn't agree with you more. Here's a 21 year old kid who is just starting his major league career and God only knows how much internal pressure he is feeling (signing a $15 million contract will probably do that...). He hears from the FRONT OFFICE that he is not the supposed savior of the franchise and all he needs to do is just pitch. Now all these yahoos show up to watch the start of his career and they get miffed because he doesn't drop what he is doing to give these guys an interview or quote that isn't the verbal equivalent of a reach around?
These guys need to stop trying to make news where none exists.

Posted by: TimDz | September 1, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The bullpen falters in a critical game for Syracuse. Wonder how that will affect the call ups?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

A slightly off-target question - Why are East-Coast lineups only available 90 minutes before gametime, but West-Cosst lineups are availible 3-4 hours before gametime? Does the sportsbook industry have any influence on it? Just wondering...

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, for Strasburg, he will soon be replaced by "jail bait" Harper, he with his Scott Boras glossy brochures on safe sex and the art of using prophylactics. Won't the media have fun with him?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

SYR playoff hopes are just about done ... they look as hapless as the Nats do now with no punch in their lineup.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

What about 73MPH Livan Hernandez? Anyone got his name in their cap?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

8 walks against the SW-B Yankees. 6 by SYR relief staff. In a critical game. Not good.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

You're workin' two jobs, TimDz, and you're concerned about Stevie Strasburg's dealing with the media? The $15M will ease his pain. I hope something will ease yours.

Posted by: nats24 | September 1, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: It's looking like SYR is toast for 2009, and Gwinnett is going to capture the IL wild-card slot; Foli's crew will just playing out the string from here on in. A bad break for the city & the players, and a scuff-mark for the managers' resume', imo.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

the minor league season can't be over too soon.

Posted by: surly_w | September 1, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

You're workin' two jobs, TimDz, and you're concerned about Stevie Strasburg's dealing with the media? The $15M will ease his pain. I hope something will ease yours.

Posted by: nats24 | September 1, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse
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Actually, my financial situation and his are (clearly) separate issues. All I am sayin' is for the media to ease off and give him a chance to settle in.

PS> if you look at a ladder, there are several rungs...I don't see myself at the bottom, for there are plenty worse off.

Posted by: TimDz | September 1, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Stick it in his ear, J.D., right in his ear.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 1, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"the minor league season can't be over too soon.

Posted by: surly_w | September 1, 2009"

The Nats MLB season has been over for a good loooong while now. At least for the Nats. Why linger, you can always move on to Snyderator land?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"A bad break for the city & the players, and a scuff-mark for the managers' resume', imo.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009"

Sure looks that way ...

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

BinM,

I think the AAA SYR relief staff needs another year of seasoning in the minors. I guess only starters will be recalled anyway as they are the only ones on the 40-man right now.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Good call on the GCL Nats, Chico. 22nd round pick Danny Rosenbaum got another win - 2 hits over six innings. 5 wins for him since reporting with an ERA well under 2.00. Go Xavier!!

Posted by: Kev29 | September 1, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 1, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nats_Lady | September 1, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Maxwell: now batting .115.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Angelos, pay your bills. MASN2 is knocked out here in Bethesda. What, I have to send Dibble over to your house to get us back on the air?

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 1, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Edit: Rosenbaum did not get credit for a win in the GCL semi - Nats didn't break the scoreless tie till the 12th. My bad

Posted by: Kev29 | September 1, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

the bats seem to be asleep again tonight

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 1, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

MASN2 (Verizon) out in Germantown!

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | September 1, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like JD is avoiding the big bats and walking them ... wonder if that's his idea or Riggleman's?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Chiefs and Spradlin really got blown out 11-4 final.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

MASN2 just came back on in Silver Spring,but the transmission has been terrible.

Posted by: seanmg | September 1, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Zim, now 4 behind Dunn. Wonder if both will make 40?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Ooops Dunn is 4, now 5 behind Zim. Zim is 5 ahead.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like they are just playing out the string now ... looks like that 14 - 15 game losing streak may be possible.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Nice play by Dunn at first. That was huge. JD Martin seems extremely anxious with his fielding.

Man -- we can't get any offense on these guys. Dead O the past week without Nyjer.

Posted by: mo_dc | September 1, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Same in AAA and they are in a playoff hunt.

Speaking of Foli hurting his chances ... I think Riggleman is now looking more and more "interim".

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry they gave up the run,but that was a nice play by Dunn at first.He's so much better there,especially since he made the switch full-time after Johnson was traded.And mo_dc,you're right.Nyjer makes a huge difference.

Posted by: seanmg | September 1, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Leading off ... last night a .222 hitter. Tonight a .111 hitter. They should be able to do better than that.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

man, the offense has just been absolutely listless since Morgan went down!

Posted by: rxs85 | September 1, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Best game yet for Martin though ... maybe it works for Chico to "dis" him as a soft-tossing 88MPH wrist breaker ...

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, maybe Martin is gunning for Chico Harlan?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice shot, Bard. Finally. That pickoff killed us!

Posted by: mo_dc | September 1, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Dukes baserunning blunder just cost us the tying run

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 1, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Great work Dukes, instead of 2 to 2, it's 2 to 1.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Elijah!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | September 1, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

ohHo BinM, here comes Morse!

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh -- and Dukes getting picked again has been unreal this year.

In his defense, that looked pretty clearly like a balk to me (former base stealer). I don't have the sound on, so don't know what the announcers said, but a "little" easier to let Dukes go on that one.

But, ouch, the timing!

Posted by: mo_dc | September 1, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

On the replay -- THAT is a balk!

Posted by: mo_dc | September 1, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

How was that not a balk?

Posted by: bmorenate | September 1, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

super willie lines out.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

103 pitches ... the most JD has thrown with the Nats.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

well, they got that run right back.

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 1, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I was just typing out "Uh Oh, Martin on for the 7th!"

Why? Livan saved the bullpen last night!

Posted by: mo_dc | September 1, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Say goodnight gracie...

Posted by: TimDz | September 1, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Martin shouldn't have even started this inning.

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 1, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Jinxed him ... 104 pitches ... and he's out.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Still -- some folks who insisted that Martin couldn't pitch at the major league level need to eat some crow....

Posted by: fischy | September 1, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

You really can't fault Dukes. He was picked off on a balk. He wasn't running on the play, just taking the little extra lead that every baserunner takes when the pitcher delivers the pitch. He was steamed about it as he came off the field for good reason.

One thing I will never understand is why runners let themselves get caught in a rundown. If you're picked off, unless you're buying time to let other runners move up, you should run full tilt towards second and hope for the best, no?

Martin should have been done after six. Too bad.

Posted by: Section222 | September 1, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

This offense is so anemic. And even when they do get something going the silly base running stuff kills off the rally's. Its April all over. Does it really matter whether JD pitched out the inning?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

UhOh here comes gascanrabergy

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say in Dukes' defense that it sure looked like a balk when he got picked off. The pitcher's entire body started toward home plate before he threw to first, in my opinion.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | September 2, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Where's the pinch hitter for Maxwell?

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

WOOHOO he walked!

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

3 strikeouts for Willingham ... he's back in that slump again.

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I was just thinking that Clippard has really done a good job for the Nats -- not just this year, but in stints previously. I hear some of the peanut gallery calling for him to get the chance to start -- personally I like him in (usually) middle relief.

But then 2-out walks to #7 and 8 -- are you kidding me? In San Diego? Why?

Posted by: mo_dc | September 2, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Looking just like Syracuse now. If Foli has scuff marks now so does Riggleman.

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Imagine that...giving up two-out walks comes back to bite us. $@^@#!

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 2, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

ihatewalks.

Posted by: Section222 | September 2, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

well said.

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Will Willingham earn the Golden Sombrero tonight?

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 2, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

4 strikeouts for Willingham.

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

There it is. Geez, our offense sucks. Another loss in the books.

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 2, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

15 game losing streak started.

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

It really didn't matter whether Martin pitched the seventh or not. Might as well have let him.

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

FIVE game losing streak so far ... if you can't beat SD, what happens against FLA?

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I know no one is watching, and no one is commenting here, but Dibble is just talking nonsense on the postgame wrap up. The Nats have lost five in a row, the bats are totally asleep, our vaunted middle of the order has done virtually nothing for nearly a week, and he wants to blame the loss on J.D. Martin for his pitch selection and throwing too many hittable pitches. Whatever happened to pitch to contact? He says, "sometimes at this level you need to throw a shutout." I mean, come on. The guy pitched quite decently tonight, even striking out a number of batters. He gets no run support at all, and it's his fault they didn't win? Please.

Posted by: Section222 | September 2, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

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