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More on Ivan Rodriguez's night off

Considering the Washington Nationals play a night game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday and a day game on Saturday, Ivan Rodriguez was going to receive an off day for one of the games, as often happens with catchers.

But there is a story behind why Manager Jim Riggleman gave Rodriguez an off day on Friday instead of Saturday. Riggleman provided Rodriguez the option of sitting Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies (also a day game following a night game), but Rodriguez wanted to play. That meant Rodriguez played all three games of the Phillies' series, so Riggleman was going to sit Rodriguez either Friday or Saturday.

After a bus ride back from Philadelphia following Thursday's game and with two day games this weekend, they agreed to take Friday off.

"I kind of checked with him in Philadelphia and see how he's feeling, get a feel for how his body's feeling," Riggleman said. "He indicated he wanted to catch that last one in Philadelphia, so we gave him the day."

Although it's still early in the season, Rodriguez is exceeding expectations at age 38, batting .407 and hitting safely in six of seven games. When Rodriguez was signed during the offseason, his presence on defense was lauded, but his offensive production has waned in the latter portion of his career.

"He just, really, appears to be a professional hitter at 38 years old," Riggleman said. "He's just always been a good hitter, and continues to be a good hitter. I wouldn't say surprised, but very pleased."

Coincidentally, the Nationals are 2-0 in the games that Wil Nieves starts in Rodriguez's place.

By Zach Berman  |  April 16, 2010; 6:37 PM ET
 | Tags: Ivan Rodriguez, Jim Riggleman, Washington Nationals, Wil Nieves  
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You mean the Lerners had them ride the bus back from Philly you've got to be kidding me, i mean how cheap are these people? and on another note their is no way Morgan or Harris should be getting picked off, that's on the first base coach Stevie Wonder er what ever his name is.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 16, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

DarGregMag - What is wrong with a 1:45 to 2 hour bus ride as it is probably the same timeframe taking the bus to Amtrak and a bus to pick them up at Amtrak and head back to the stadium.

What do you think they are riding, Greyhound express????? I am sure it was a limo style bus like Chariots for Hire, but personally who the "f" cares besides you.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 16, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Hello, people. Are we posting here or on the Strasburg page? Anyway, smart, fast running (8th inning).

Posted by: Nats_Lady | April 16, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Well,well, how about a "Go Nat's" from the poster's? No, why because they aren't 1-9 like the "O"'s? I'm not saying these guy's are playoff bound but to listen to most of you I can't believe we have won a game, but here we are sitting at 500 after playing 6 of those games against arguably the best team in baseball which we went 2-4. Let's try something new all of you "supposed" Nat's fans,it's called being a fan,root,root,rooting for the home team, you know a little Rah-Rah stuff.Next thing you know Stras & Storen are up an then who know's? Build the right way, stay within the program and before too long these guy's are going to surprise us all. Go Nat's!

Posted by: mfowler1 | April 16, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

mfowler, we're all here:

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 17, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse


Thank you, I couldn't agree more. I was at the game last night and this is a deeply flawed, scrappy, never-say-die team. They are fun (and sometimes exasperating)to watch. By the second inning last night they were playing without their starting first baseman, third baseman, and catcher. Not everything went well--Willie Harris inexcusably got picked off first, Nyjer Morgan got "knocked over" by a single to center that allowed a run, and Gonzalez' throwing error to first came at a really bad time. BUT. Desmond was extraordinary at short and although the box score said he went 0-3, he hit the ball hard and his sac bunt in the 8th was perfect. Lannan pitched beautifully for 7 innings full of mostly ground balls and pitches that painted the plate. Baserunning was aggressive, hitting was timely, and Riggleman, I thought, did an excellent job of in-game management for the second straight game. They ain't perfect, but they're ours and I love 'em

Posted by: baseballyay | April 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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