Chris Marrero has arrived in Cincinnati and Nationals manager Davey Johnson wasted no time slotting him into his starting lineup. Marrero won't have much time to adjust to the major league life. He's hitting seventh and playing first base tonight against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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The future, as they say, is coming and the Nationals will begin the official transition to getting a glimpse at the next wave of that future when they welcome Chris Marrero into the visitors clubhouse at Great American Ball Park this afternoon. More will come next week and in the days of September that follow, but Marrero is the first.
The symbolism dripped thick with irony: the Nationals had two men on for what seemed like the umpteenth time in the last four games, their cleanup hitter at the plate in a duel with the other team’s starting pitcher. And then, the lights went out.
The Nationals first-round draft picks in recent years have been so publicized, so drenched in high expectations, that it's easy to forget one of their first. But Saturday, when he joins the Nationals in Cincinnati to replace injured right-hander Ryan Mattheus on the roster, 2006 first-round pick Chris Marrero will get his first big league call-up.
Double-A right-hander Shairon Martis sandwiched one walk around a whole lot of zeroes Friday night when he threw the third no-hitter in Harrisburg Senators history in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Talking about Brian Bixler, and how Hurricane Irene affects the Nationals even when they're out of dodge
Brian Bixler was back in the Nationals lineup, playing center field and hitting second, for the second straight day -- his third start there in the Nationals last four games. With Washington facing left-hander Dontrelle Willis, Nationals manager Davey Johnson opted for the right-handed Bixler over the left-handed Ankiel for the matchup.
Ryan Mattheus was pulled from Thursday night's game when Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty and manager Davey Johnson noticed a drop in the right-handed relievers' velocity from his usual mid-90s down to 90 mph. After the game, and in spite of being pulled a week before with some shoulder tightness, Mattheus insisted he felt fine but did notice the velocity drop himself. He maintained that stance Friday afternoon in Cincinnati, admitting only that he was a little tired and had experienced this dead arm type of feeling during spring training occasionally. A few days off from game action was what he expected. But around 4 p.m. Mattheus was summoned to the manager's office and Johnson informed him that he'd be getting more than a few days, he'd be getting at least 15. Mattheus was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a right shoulder strain.
While the east coast braces for Hurricane Irene (the Mets and Braves have already shortened their weekend series in New York to tonight's game only) the Nationals are getting out of town at just the right time. Instead of battling rain, wind and (likely) cancellations, they'll be in the Queen City reuniting their left fielders with their previous home and hoping to recreate some of the good fortune they had against the Reds 10 days ago when they took two of three at Nationals Park.
Ryan Mattheus will likely get a few days off the bullpen workload as he was pulled from Thursday night's game with right shoulder tightness -- the same issue that plagued him a week ago.
Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez will take a big step in his lengthy rehab from a strained right oblique when he begins a rehab assignment this weekend with Single-A Potomac.
Two Nationals prospects were honored Thursday afternoon, with first baseman Tyler Moore and right-hander Brad Peacock both being named to the Double-A Eastern League's season-ending All-Star team. Moore, the Nationals minor league Player of the Year in 2010, is hitting .267 with 61 extra-base hits (29 doubles, four triples and 28 home runs). Peacock, now a member of the Triple-A Syracuse starting rotation and primed for a September call-up to the major leagues, was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA and a Futures Game selection before his promotion to Triple-A.
After a one-day absence due to a slight groin strain, Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals lineup for the homestand finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night. Werth insisted from the start that the issue with his groin wasn't serious and him being back in the lineup after just one day most likely solidifies that feeling.
One adjustment to the Nationals' lineup, as Jayson Werth sits out after straining his groin Tuesday. Instead, Laynce Nix starts in right field.
The Nationals introduced their top three draft picks to the Washington media Tuesday afternoon, giving Anthony Rendon, Alex Meyer and Brian Goodwin a chance to see a glimpse of what awaits them if they can make it to the big leagues. They also brought with them a man who needs no introduction in these parts: Scott Boras.
Jayson Werth struck out to end the eighth inning Tuesday night in a 2-0 Nationals loss to the Diamondbacks and when the Nationals defense took the field for the top of the ninth, Werth had been replaced by Brian Bixler in right field.