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For a 10-day stretch in early June, Craig Stammen was a quiet member of the Nationals’ bullpen. The man who’d made 19 starts in each of the previous two seasons for Washington was called on for two appearances out of the bullpen before being shipped back to Triple-A Syracuse.
The day that Brad Peacock became a pitcher was almost by mistake. It was by chance — on a day that his high school team had a pitching coach visiting, Peacock asked his coach if he could give it a try.
The Nationals have spent the majority of this week at the mercy of Mother Nature. As one torrential rain storm after another has passed through the Washington area, they've been hamstrung.
The lasting images from Jordan Zimmermann's final innings of 2011 weren't great.
When Baseball America's 2011 draft preview was sent off in late May, it projected Anthony Rendon and Alex Meyer would be off the board after the sixth pick. It listed Brian Goodwin as the sixth-best center fielder available. Many thought Rendon would be the first-overall selection, and there wasn't much hope that if Meyer made it past the Washington Nationals' first pick at six, he'd still be there at No. 23.
The minute Ian Desmond's line drive connected with the right side of Juan Nicasio's head, nothing else mattered. Not the Nationals' lead, which was two runs at the time, not the hit, which was the first of four on the night for Desmond.
Drew Storen arrived at the ballpark Sunday morning, just like he's done every Sunday for the past 18 weeks, and he waited. All day, he waited for what could be coming: a trade that would take him from the only professional organization he had known.
With trade rumors swirling around closer Drew Storen at Nationals Park on Sunday, manager Davey Johnson was quick to point to a different pitcher after Washington's thrilling 3-2 win over the New York Mets.
Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the playoff-aspirations portion of our flight. Hope you enjoyed the ride and please come back next year.