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Today's lineup

Nyjer Morgan remains out of the Nationals lineup, still feeling a sore right hip flexor. We'll find out soon the results from the MRI he underwent yesterday. Wil Nieves is behind the plate, and Roger Bernadina will take Morgan's spot in the field and the lineup.

1. Roger Bernadina, CF
2. Adam Kennedy, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Michael Morse, RF
7. Ian Desmond, SS
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Ross Detwiler

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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MLBTR is reporting that some club put a claim in on Dunn.

Posted by: dfh21 | August 5, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Morse again? How could that be?

Posted by: MKadyman | August 5, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

So when do we get to swap Ramos for Nieves?

Posted by: DavidandDonald | August 5, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Eh, I figure the Nats would pull him back, if so, and that would be that.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 5, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats were major league, they would have signed Dunn months ago.

Oh, you say I don't know what the deal was? True, and we will maybe know after all this is over whether Dunn was reasonable or not. Normally, when a player is being truly unreasonable, clubs get that word out, to keep fans on their side. I have seen that phenomenon over and over. Anyway, the deal was likely much better a few months ago than it is now.

Players tell their club whether to sign them by their play. Dunn has been telling the Nats.

Posters say Dunn's numbers are declining (he is leading the league in HR and near the top in other categories), that he will have a big drop-off in 2014 when he is 34, and that he should give the Nats a Hometown Discount (in other words, he should accept less for the thrill of playing for a last-place team).

Maybe last place is just too comfortable for Nats fans? And why pick on Dunn? Shouldn't Zim be leaving after awhile, then SS?

BTW, Vlad is having a nice year at 35 as is Ichiro at 36. But even if Dunn does fall apart at 34, why not enjoy 2011, 2012 and 2013--the years leading up to age 34?

Posted by: EdDC | August 5, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I guess maybe we'll have to wait until rosters expand to see Ramos in DC. He's hitting .350 and slugging .650 in his short stint in Syracuse.
Maybe now that he finally sees a path to the show, he's a bit more energized.
I'd love to a September game, Maya tossing to Ramos.

Rizzo did very well in getting Ramos for Capps. I still have faith in the end he'll get Dunn signed. If all we get is 2 draft picks, I'll be disappointed.

If indeed someone put a claim in for Dunn, Rizzo has 3 days to work out a trade, or to withdraw the waiver request. A trade here would surprise me, except perhaps with Boston, who just lost Youkilis for the season. And my lord, Dunn would just mash in Fenway.

Posted by: Sunderland | August 5, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

>So when do we get to swap Ramos for Nieves?

Posted by: DavidandDonald

Sept. 1. Cheap bastids don't want to cut Nieves and pay him out. Or maybe they're too chummy with him. Which is no way to run a lemonade stand.

Posted by: Brue | August 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow Brue, that's harsh.

There's certainly some good baseball reasons to keep Ramos in AAA for a while. He's brand new to our system. Our coaches don't know him much, and he certainly doesn't know our coaches or players at all. Our coaches needs to check him out, address a few things before sending him up here. Look over his defense, his game calling, his batting, address & adjust.

Let's give the kid a better shot at being successful than just trusting the Twins do things the way we do things and sending him up here.

I'm in the "Lerners are cheap" crowd, but laying this on miserliness just ain't right.

Posted by: Sunderland | August 5, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Ramos will be 23 August 10. If a kid is good, he will be ready by 23 or earlier. Pudge came up at 19, but no one is saying he will be Pudge. So maybe the new Wil will be up in a couple weeks or sooner?

Posted by: EdDC | August 5, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Brue, here's what you said on the day of the Capps-Ramos trade:

Key phrase: 'Nats are sellers at the deadline'. Much more pain to follow. Rizzo's been in charge almost two years, and he's only made two trades. Ramos is hitting .241 in AAA, he's doesn't project, i.e., he's not on an upward trend. Part-time catcher, something they need only because they're so desperate behind the plate. Derek Norris at 1B? Now there's something to get peole through the turnstiles. A fat, short, injured catcher who's hitting .231 AT HIGH SINGLE A AFTER FOUR YEARS. He won't see the field in the majors for years, unless the Nats stink, then you'll see him in training camp next year. The Nats are sellers. Who would've thought that lol cheap bastids

Posted by: Brue | July 30, 2010 7:54 AM

Now you're complaining that they're cheap because they won't bring up the guy now? If he doesn't project, why should they be rushing him to the big leagues?

Posted by: baltova1 | August 5, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

>Now you're complaining that they're cheap because they won't bring up the guy now? If he doesn't project, why should they be rushing him to the big leagues?

Posted by: baltova1

#1 - he's on the team now #2 - do you have any idea how incredibly bad Wil Nieves is with the stick? Huh? I thought so. Ramos could be at 50% and still hit better than him. We got him, now put him in there. Once the guy's on our team, I'm 100% interested in seeing what he's got. Nieves should have been gone two years ago.

Posted by: Brue | August 5, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay. I don't think getting him here now so he can play twice a week instead of playing every day in Syracuse for three more weeks is going to make a huge difference, but if it makes you happy to call the Lerners cheap bastids, you go right ahead...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 5, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-give Adam % years at $75mil!! We can afford it! Jeez....and Sunderland, in regards to Ramos-I agree; I think after Ramos was successful up here in the bigs, the minors just didn't get his juices flowing anymore. I seem to recall that happening, what's his name...Oh-Flores! Wishing him well, but....That said, I'm looking forward to having him-whenever that is! Looking at tonight's lineup, if Pudge was playing I'd be tempted to call it possibly our optimal starting 9.(Then again, Nyjers' been looking like Tony Plush lately....that running catch he made the other night was superb.)I'm tellin' ya, Gang-playoffs next year is a Dunn deal!
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | August 5, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

That may be part of it. It's an OCS - obvious cost savings by keeping him on the 40 man. The thing is, you have to look ahead - and you know that Nieves is dead man walking, so you get Ramos in there so they can establish the rotation they're going to use next year ANYWAY. Pudge can't play full time and hit anymore so someone has to pull the plug to see if he can still hit AT ALL. If they had a designated catcher he'd be great. But he's done, even he knows it because you can look at his expression. You can't hold up progress, the sooner the better - we're still talking about last place here.

Posted by: Brue | August 5, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

In other news - Amber Theoharis sporting a turquoise sleeveless dress, hair swept back with turquoise earrings and jewelry. Good god.

Posted by: Brue | August 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Down, boy, she's pregnant...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 5, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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