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Posted at 1:39 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Cla Meredith suffers an apparent setback

By Adam Kilgore

Unfortunately, it seems the first injury issue of Nationals camp struck today. Cla Meredith, a side-arming, right-handed reliever trying to make the team on a minor league contract, had to cut short his bullpen session today with an apparent arm issue. Meredith walked off the field with trainer Mike McGowan, pointing to his elbow, and he planned to meet with trainers to find out more information.

"I'm four months out of surgery," Meredith said. "That's all I'm going to comment on that."

The Nationals signed Meredith, 27, to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. While they gave him a chance to compete, he is considered a long shot to make the Nationals' opening day bullpen. Last year, Meredith pitched only 15 innings for Orioles, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. His past success and unique arm action, so long as he's healthy, makes him a player worth watching. From 2006 to 2009, Meredith compiled a 3.32 ERA and a 2.53 strikeout-to-walk rate.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 18, 2011; 1:39 PM ET
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Saw this today from Boz:

"The Orioles had the kind of exception off-season that the Nats wish they'd had. Hats off to Andy McPhail and to Peter What's-His-Name for letting him do it. Vlad was just the (big) cherry on top. If somebody would give me 5-to-1 odds, I'd bet a buck that the Orioles would edge the Yanks in wins this year __84-to-83."

"The O's...actually look like an A.L. Beast lineup."

"The Nats subtracted...oh, what was that 275-pound guy's name, the one who hit 38-40 homers every year."


Of course Natinal fans will somehow make Boz out to be a bad guy, even though he knows more about baseball than all Natinal fans and most people in the Natinals front-office.


O's will dominate in 2011 while the Natinals will dominate the toilet of the NL East.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 18, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Not to respond to the troll - but to correct the record on Boz's chat - Bos also opines that the Nats' long-term ceiling is higher than the O's. He also would be willing to bet a buck that the O's win 84 games ... if given 5 to 1 odds. Later in the chat he agrees with a commenter that the Nats over/under for wins should be 75 games, with some breaks they might make .500.

Sounds to me like he thinks the O's are likely to be a touch better than the Nationals in 2011, but the Nationals still are more likely to contend down the road. While I don't always agree with Bos, I think those are both pretty much on the mark. Those wanting to make their own judgments instead of taking our word for it will find the chat here:

Posted by: JCCfromDC | February 18, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The O's will dominate... really? Even with the pick-up's they've made, do you honestly foresee them passing the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays... or even the Blue Jays? What are you basing this off of other than hometown bias?

Mark Reynolds is the a strikeout machine and is a below average defender. Derek Lee in his prime would have been a great pick-up, but until he proves otherwise, he's Adam Laroche part AL. And Vlad, as big of a fan as I am, is one year removed from multiple DL stints and sub 300 average. Whose to say he can repeat last year's performance not surrounded by the Rangers - Brian Roberts, Mark Reynolds, and Derek Lee are not Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and Josh Hamilton?

I think what Boswell means is, the Orioles actually have a Major League line-up this year that won't get pounded every night. That doesn't mean they're going to surpass any of the other 4 teams in the 'AL BEAST'.

Good luck with that... I'll keep rooting for the hometown Nationals who have 2 of the best prospects to come along in the last 100 years. Let's see whose laughing last in 2013. Have fun with your 75 wins this year. Sucker.

Posted by: STisMyMainMan | February 18, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Huh? really...o's get to 84 wins....uh, thats some imagination. Don't turn around to fast, the white coats are coming to git ya!! GO NATS

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 18, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I am starting to think that the troll is the "love child" of Peter Angelos and Rosie O'Donnell. Troll, why do you need to hate on a team to support your own. Is it because your team lost so many fans to the Nats because they got fed up with their bad joke of an owner? I am a die hard Redskins fan, so I know the pain. Both franchises used to have great owners, and were model franchises. Now, not so much. Support your team without being being a tool. There is a big difference between a healthy rivalry and acting like a 2 year old throwing a tantrum. Grow up! If you are old enough to read and post, you should be able to act in a mature manner.

Posted by: jerrypeggyh | February 19, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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