Jim Riggleman praises pitching staff
At about 10:30 this morning, the Nationals pitching staff -- all 15 of members -- crammed into Manager Jim Riggleman's office. The manager went over some small details about infield positioning and the importance of helping out young infielders like Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.
And then, he said later, Riggleman went out of his way to let them know he appreciated their contribution this season. The bullpen especially has carried a heavy burden, throwing more innings than any other team's relievers aside from the Pirates. And yet, their ERA as a group is 3.48, seventh in the league.
"We constantly are talking about how position players play hard and give great effort," Riggleman said. "We sometimes forget pitchers are pitching with sore arms and aches and pains also. It was just a message to them that their work is not going unnoticed."
September 12, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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