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Dealing with back spasms that would keep him out of Wendesday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants anyway, Jerry Hairston Jr. elected to drop the appeal of his one-game suspension -- which would have been held Wednesday anyway -- and serve it.
Jerry Hairston Jr. made it to AT&T Park Tuesday night but from the moment he woke up Tuesday morning he couldn't get his back to loosen up. That came to a head after the second pitch he saw but Hairston remained in the game until the fifth inning.
Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez has been a lot of things: An All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a Silver Slugger, an MVP. But Tuesday afternoon he got to be something else entirely: A proud father as his son Ivan "Dereck" Rodriguez was taken with the No. 208 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.
Roughly 45 minutes before the first pitch in tonight's Nationals - Giants game, right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched with a sore right ankle. He's available tonight and is listed as day-to-day.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman and pitcher Jason Marquis responded today to their respective suspensions and fines for involvement in the hit-by-pitch-a-thon that went on Arizona on Sunday afternoon.
Nearing the one-year anniversary of his major league debut, Stephen Strasburg held a conference call with reporters this afternoon to discuss his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Here's some of what Strasburg had to say:
Major League Baseball has issued suspensions and fines to Nationals pitcher Jason Marquis, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Esmerling Vasquez and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson after 10 batters were hit with pitches during this weekend's series.
The Nationals showed on Day 1 of the 2011 MLB Draft that they'd have no issues drafting players with an injury history. They proved as much with their first selection by taking Anthony Rendon at No. 6 overall despite industry-wide concerns that Rendon's medical information wasn't being released and a history of ankle and shoulder injuries. They kept with that strategy on Day 2 of the draft by taking TCU left-hander Matt Purke, a former first-round pick by the Texas Rangers and one-time No. 1 overall projected pick who suffered through a horrific 2011 season that featured an alarming drop in velocity after a bout with shoulder bursitis.
In case you haven't heard, Bryce Harper homered last night -- his 14th of the season with Single-A Hagerstown -- and then he pimped it hard. Then he was named to the SAL All-Star team. Plus notes on the Nationals first-day draftees.
Much of John Lannan's early starts this season were characterized by one word: battle. Even when Lannan would win or would pitch well enough to win, he'd discuss the constant fight he had on the mound to make pitches when he needed to or to locate what he wanted. But before his start against the San Diego Padres a week-and-a-half ago, Lannan threw nearly 80 sinkers in his bullpen session. He hammered the pitch home knowing that, for him, it's the basis for all of his effectiveness.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made his second consecutive rehab start Monday night, this time suiting up with the Single-A Potomac Nationals and going 2-for-3 with a double. Zimmerman was 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, a walk an RBI and a two runs scored on Sunday afternoon with Single-A Hagerstown, his first rehab appearance as he continues to work his way back from May 3 abdominal surgery. While Zimmerman's return has been projected for June 14 as six weeks from the date of surgery, there was -- and still is -- a chance that Zimmerman could rejoin the Nationals active roster on their current 11-game road trip.
After watching coveted pitchers Danny Hultzen and Trevor Bauer get scooped up by teams ahead of them (at No.'s 2 and 3 respectively) and seeing high school center fielder Bubba Starling go to the Royals at No. 5 the Nationals selected Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 draft.
- When Giants catcher Buster Posey went down with a broken leg just about two weeks ago, the first name that came up as a possible replacement in various reports was that of Nationals veteran Ivan Rodriguez. There have been conflicting reports since -- the Giants insist that they haven't inquired about Rodriguez but there have been conversations, they simply haven't generated from the Giants' side. The Nationals have made no secret that they'd be willing to move Rodriguez for the right package but with both he and Wilson Ramos playing well as a pair, an immediate move isn't necessary. At any rate, if the Giants are still interested they'll get a close-up view of Rodriguez tonight as he's hitting seventh and catching starter John Lannan tonight in San Francisco.
In about three hours the Nationals will be moments away from making their first pick of the 2011 MLB Draft. By then it might be a little more obvious than it is now who the team will take to follow up two straight once-in-a-generation talents but right now, things are as murky as ever.
By the time the first pitch is thrown in tonight's Nationals-Giants game, Washington will already have its newest top prospect in hand, if not officially in the fold, as the MLB Draft gets underway about three hours before the Tim Lincecum will take the mound at AT&T Park. In the sprit of draft day, I thought I'd note that tonight's matchup pits a first-round pick from 2006, 10th overall, against an 11th-rounder from 2005. One of them has a 1.98 ERA in two starts against his opponent and the other's allowed 13 earned runs in five starts against his opponent. If you've been watching the Nationals face Tim Lincecum the past few starts, you're probably not surprised to learn that it's him -- the first rounder -- with the gaudy numbers against the Nationals
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