Nats contemplate moves to add position players
The Washington Nationals have had a number of nagging injuries that have limited what Manager Jim Riggleman can do with his bench. As a result, he said that the organization was considering sending down some relief pitchers in order to get more position players.
"It's a thought, that's for sure," Riggleman said Monday before the Nationals lost to the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings. "You've got some off days coming up so you can possibly operate with less pitchers with the off days coming up. We've been a little strapped with how we can us about bench, but until we have to do that, we wont do it."
The day-to-day injury concerns for the Nationals include: third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's sore right hamstring, which has kept him out of the starting lineup for the past five games; Willie Harris's bruised right knee, which has limited his mobility and kept him out of the starting lineup; and Ivan Rodriguez's tight lower back, which kept him out of the starting lineup as a late scratch on Monday.
Washington does not exactly have a wealth of relief pitchers it can consistently rely on; it has lately looked to Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps, but Riggleman has said he hoped to utilize more of his bullpen.
Yet with an off day on Thursday following their third game in Chicago, the Nationals have some extra time to rest their relievers, which could make this a good time to shuffle around the roster in order to give Riggleman more options with additional position players.
"We'd like to give these guys an opportunity to get healthy," Riggleman said of his sideline starters. "If it doesn't happen sooner or later, though, we might have to make a move."
FROM THE POST
On Monday, Nationals reliever Brian Burney walked Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez on four pitches to give Chicago a 4-3 win in 10 innings.
What? You say you missed some of Washington's opening game against Chicago? As Dan Steinberg writes, MASN lost its television feed of the game.
NATS MINOR LEAGUES
Rochester 9, Syracuse 6: Pete Orr went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Also, Eric Bruntlett went 2 for 3.
Harrisburg was postponed at Reading because of rain.
Hagerstown was postponed at Delmarva because of rain.
FROM AROUND THE WEB
Wanted: More quality relievers, writes Nats Insider.
The Nationals showed fight on Monday, but it simply wasn't enough as the Cubs walked (get it?) to the win.
And Federal Baseball has a graph to help chart the National's 20th game of the season.
April 27, 2010; 8:55 AM ET
Categories: Ivan Rodriguez , Jim Riggleman , Ryan Zimmerman
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