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Nationals undecided on Stephen Strasburg's debut

No surprise here, but Mike Rizzo wouldn't give it up when asked about Stephen Strasburg's debut date. "There's a window there that I've decided, but there's so many variables still," Rizzo said. "I can't even pinpoint to the point where I can tell people who really need to know."

Rizzo would allow that you can expect Drew Storen to arrive in Washington first, which, again, is nothing revelatory. "It's a little different for a reliever," Rizzo said. "Even if there's not names put to the position, a reliever, I'm more comfortable with a reliever coming a little quicker than a starter. It's much easier to make a shorter-term decision" with a reliever.

The Nationals have another looming reinforcement in Class AAA whose impact won't make quite the same splash as Strasburg and Storen -- outfielder Mike Morse, who is rehabbing from his calf strain. The Nationals have until May 17, 20 days after his rehab assignment began, to keep Morse in Syracuse. The Nationals will have to either have him rejoin the major league team or designate him, and "we expect him to join the club," Rizzo said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 14, 2010; 8:38 PM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg , bullpen  
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Best predictions still remain: Storen early June 2,3,4. Strasburg comes after, June 8th against the Pirates.

Posted by: periculum | May 15, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Bring him up so he can start June 4 AND June 8 at home! I have tickets for June 4 and 8!

Posted by: mjwies11 | May 15, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I would have to think Taveras gets DFA'd with Morse coming back. With all the games on the schedule and the inability of their starters to consistnely go deep in games I would think they would want to stick with the 7 man bullpen... and Taveras' role has pretty much been pinch runner or late defensive replacement... would rather have a bat off the bench that can do some damage and maybe get a few starts in RF against lefthanded pitching... Willie Harris can fill the pinch runner/defensive replacement role just fine and has a better bat...

Posted by: Ghost7 | May 15, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Just DFA Tavares now. Stop wasting roster spaces!

Posted by: deMille_Ondefloss | May 15, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

OT:

Since the WaPo's coverage of college lacrosse is MIA, let me take a moment to note that Hamilton College's NCAA Division III women's lacrosse team, winners of the Liberty League championship, are undefeated, ranked No. 1, and take on Kenyon College (Ohio) at Hamilton's Steuben Field, Clinton, N.Y., this a.m. in the first round of the national Div III playoffs.

The Continentals, as they are called, were national champs in 2008, the first time that trendy Hamilton had had a winning team in any sport in its entire illustrious history.

The team is coached by Patty Kloidt, whose record at Hamilton is 92-30. The defense is coached by, ahem, my son, and is ranked No. 1 in Div III. The coaching staff paid a visit to Georgetown's women's program earlier this year, and the time spent certainly has paid off.

I've been listening to Baltimore's Scott Garceau, Tom Davis, & Co.agonize over recent weeks about whether Dave Trembley or Terry Crowley should be fired. Their take is that managers and coaches have only marginal influences on big league players. That may be so, but I gotta tell you, at the talent level of NCAA Div III lacrosse, coaching makes all the difference.

Posted by: JohnRDC | May 15, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

man JohnRDC--no WP pub b/c nobody cares about Div III women's lacrosse. are you kidding?

Posted by: fnkyniedls | May 15, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Let's go Continentals!

Posted by: lowcountry | May 15, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

just for the sheer marketing boom... he will be brought up and start at home... if not, the Nationals front office brass should all be fired.

Posted by: rvanags | May 15, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Or the O's, for that matter. ;-)

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man JohnRDC--no WP pub b/c nobody cares about Div III women's lacrosse. are you kidding?

Posted by: fnkyniedls | May 15, 2010 9:20 AM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 15, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Only make sense that Stras would start either June 4 & 9 or June 5 & 10. Can't say that I don't blame the Nats for not coming up with the exact date. Tickets for all these games should be gobbled up and a new attendance record for a homestand could result. GO NATS, stay HOT!

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 15, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

personally, i would prefer july.

avoid the hype. think about the long term.
his arm, protecting it. years to come.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | May 15, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

personally, i would prefer july.

avoid the hype. think about the long term.
his arm, protecting it. years to come.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | May 15, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

This is the smart thing to do whether impatient Nats fans are crying or not

Continue giving SS more experience in the minors where he can work on pitches and continue dealing with baseball issues.

He will get hit around 1-2 times and I would rather it happen in the minors then on primetime ESPN

Posted by: Bious | May 15, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg's arrival is a money issue period no matter how many no hitters he throws. Why are they so lying hypocritical about it. They are throwing away a few wins to save money.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | May 15, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

More importantly, when is Bruney going away???

Posted by: Kolchak | May 15, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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