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J.D. Martin's early exit a manager's decision

One inning after landing awkwardly after throwing a pitch, starting pitcher J.D. Martin left tonight's game against the Brewers in the bottom of the third. Martin left the game not because of a specific injury, but because of a Manager Jim Riggleman's decision, according to a Nationals spokesman.

Although no injury was given, Martin may have aggravated an ailment from late April. Earlier this season, Martin missed two starts for Class AAA Syracuse with lower back spasms.

With two outs in the second inning, after a pitch to catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Martin's right knee buckled upon landing at the end of his delivery. Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz visited the mound. After throwing a few pitches, they allowed him to stay in the game.

Martin walked opposing pitcher Manny Parra, an uncommon bugaboo for Martin, who had walked eight batters in 45 2/3 innings this season before tonight. Parra's walk loaded the bases, but Martin remained in the game and induced an inning-ending pop up by Rickie Weeks.

After batting (and striking out) in the third inning, Martin allowed a leadoff triple to Joe Inglett and got a weak grounder to first by Ryan Braun. Martin intentionally walked Prince Fielder, at which point Riggleman walked to the mound and pulled Martin.

Riggleman inserted Collin Balester, just called up from Syracuse, to replace Martin and make his 2010 debut. Balester escaped the bases loaded jam with a 5-4-3 double play from Casey McGahee.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 24, 2010; 8:23 PM ET
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Morse was tracking it, and turned his head towards 2nd just as Edmonds was making the snow cone. Huge, silly mistake.

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 24, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Still a fundemental bad team

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 24, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

You are being kind, SC. Might be the worse in the majors.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I watch game after game - our pitchers nibble, nibble, nibble - how are Batista, Martin, Stammen still in the big leagues? Could they pitch for anyone else? All the other teams have guys consistently 94-95 - ours top out at 90-91, except SS of course. Help is on the way, I guess. I am ready for JZimm and the Cuban.

And don't get me started on Willie Harris - how many called 3rd strikes as a PH has he taken? The O's wouldn't have him.

Go Redskins

Posted by: bogyfre | July 24, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Sure, Morse made a mistake. Young guys do. He has the highest batting average on the team. He hit two home runs last night. He had two hits today.
The main issue with the Nats seems to me to be a problem identifying when their pitchers are injured. Right now the Nats are bringing up Ross Detwiler, and probably Matt Chico, we'll have:
1. Strasburg
2. L. Hernandez
3. R. Detwiler
4. Matt Chico.
5. Flavor the Day

Posted by: shred11 | July 24, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

@shred11 compare Chico to JD Martin in Syracuse? Or even Atilano. Chico has yet to master AAA. Forget about Chico until he figures out he needs to master the level he is at. Mike Rizzo is not Jim Bowden. Mock is a guy Rizzo favored. You don't him pitching and starting do you?


That's a more likely cast of characters come the middle of August.

Chico, Lannan: AAAA

Posted by: periculum | July 24, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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