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Nationals roster comings and goings

The tarp is still on the field at Sun Life Stadium, but the deluge that lasted for about an hour has ceased. The game will certainly be delayed. No word yet on when the Marlins expect the first pitch. The field is absolutely drenched. The rain, the Monday night game and the last-place opponent will mean we see a crowd that's likely triple digits tonight.

In the meantime, a few quick nuggets from Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo:

-The Florida Instructional League begins on Sept. 17. Bryce Harper, along with all the other Nationals' participants, will report Sept. 16.

-Rizzo did not announce the September call-ups but said they will likely be coming after Sept. 6, the day minor league seasons end. He called Danny Espinosa, "a possibility. There's a lot of other possibilities."

-Yunesky Maya will make his second start for Class AAA Syracuse on Wednesday. Because Syracuse's season ends Sept. 6, it will be his final start at that level.

-The Nationals will have an open spot on their 40-man roster once they transfer Stephen Strasburg to the 60-day disabled list, but at this point the Nationals have "no specific plans for who will fill the spot," Rizzo said.

-Second-round draft pick Sammy Solis and Potomac catcher/on-base machine Derek Norris will be two of the six Nationals who participate in the Arizona Fall League.

Upcoming is a post on Nyjer Morgan that will not fail to entertain, or at least provoke some sort of discussion/reaction among the NJ readership.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 6:56 PM ET
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Nyjer Morgan? Is anyone else missing Lastings just a little bit? Lastings got blasted for celebrating a HR too much, for taking bad routes on balls in CF (a position he never should have been playing) and for not being mature enough for the grand old game. Last year after something like 30 AB's he got thrown under the bu to Cuse and then traded away with Hanrahan in Rizzo's boldest move to date. At least Lastings could use the excuse of being a young guy, Morgan is freaking 30 years old.

He's not the CF of the future for about 7 reasons. I did not think that his inability to focus on fundamentals of the game or an adolescent attitude would be among the reasons he'd be a bust.

Posted by: dfh21 | August 30, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Hang on, I'll check...

Nope. Not really.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 30, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Any update on the "entertaining Nyjer post"? I am eagerly awaiting this.

Posted by: comish4lif | August 31, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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