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Nationals Journal: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Wilkie Deserves the Nod

Good for Josh Wilkie, making the Rising Stars roster. He had the fifth best ERA in the AFL through Thursday's games. He's been nearly as good as Drew Storen in the less glamorous middle relief role. I had two long...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 7, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Strasburg Scratched with Neck Strain [UPDATED]

Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals' No. 1 overall draft pick this June, was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game due to a strained muscle in his neck, the team said Friday. According to a...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 6, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Storen Takes Toga Yoga Class

Drew Storen is just a crack-up. I'd like him even if he had no shot of ever being a big league reliever -- and he does, and he will be, and soon. I called him for the column that's running...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 6, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A Scout's Take on the Desert Dog Nats

You might recall that during my frustrating trip in mid-October, it was difficult to get scouts to discuss players because they hadn't had enough opportunities to see them. I called a scout this week to see if I could get...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 6, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Nationals claim Slaten off waivers

The Nationals today claimed left-handed reliever Doug Slaten off waivers from the Diamondbacks. From the news release: Slaten, who stands 6-foot-5, is 3-5 with 13 holds and a 3.68 ERA in 126 career big league appearances with Arizona spanning...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 5, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Knorr to manage Harrisburg Senators

Randy Knorr will be the next manager of Double-A Harrisburg Senators, replacing John Stearns. From the Nationals' Web site: Knorr spent last season as the [Nationals'] bullpen coach, but [general manager Mike] Rizzo and [interim manager Jim] Riggleman told him...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 4, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Nationals hire special adviser to GM

The Washington Nationals today named Ron Schueler special adviser to the general manager and promoted Bill Singer to director of professional scouting. From the news release: A 42-year baseball veteran, Schueler joins the Nationals after serving the previous two...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 3, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Another impressive start for Strasburg

Nationals No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg struck out six and gave up four hits in five innings as the Phoenix Desert Dogs defeated the Surprise Rafters, 10-2, in Arizona Fall League play today. He threw 68 pitches (43 strikes)...

By Alexa Steele  |  November 2, 2009; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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