Henry Rodriguez’s wildness sets off alarms

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According to sources, the Nationals have some interest in acquiring a veteran middle infielder as an insurance policy with Ian Desmond out until at least Aug. 6 with an oblique strain. But Johnson didn’t view it as a need, listing Mark DeRosa and minor leaguers Josh Johnson and Zachary Walters as in-house options on an in-case basis.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s not a growing need right now,” Johnson said. “Although I know Rizzo is big on insurance. I like the cast of characters I’ve got. I haven’t been talking about anything specifically.”

Greinke unlikely to start

Milwaukee ace Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch against the Nationals on Sunday, but the Brewers have openly said they are trying to move the soon-to-be free agent. Even Johnson acknowledged the chances of Greinke facing the Nationals is low. “I’d be real surprised,” he said.

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