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The turnaround was swift. No fewer than 13 ½ hours had passed from the time the Washington Nationals left the field Friday night, their most crushing loss of the season sealed, when they were back on that same diamond trying to open a doubleheader on a good note Saturday afternoon.
The Washington Nationals designated struggling reliever Brad Lidge for assignment Sunday and activated reliever Ryan Mattheus.
Brad Lidge knew it was coming. The veteran right-hander approached Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo in the clubhouse Sunday morning to ask if he was ready to talk. Rizzo delivered the news that Lidge least wanted to hear, but expected.
Less than 24 hours after wrapping up the 2012 draft, the Washington Nationals already had agreed to terms with their second- and fourth-round selections and were working toward locking up their third-round choice, among others, scouting director Kris Kline said.
In the dugout, in the 12th inning Tuesday night at Nationals Park, as the clock crept toward midnight, Bryce Harper watched. He'd had a front-row seat an inning earlier when Elvin Ramirez, a one-time Washington Nationals' Rule 5 draftee, struck him out on four pitches — and more than one outside the zone.
When Drew Storen returns, would it make sense for Davey Johnson to ease him back in by adopting a two-closer strategy? It wouldn't, after all, be the first time he's done such a thing.
Once again, it's time to check off some items on my "TIDU List" — Things I Don't Understand:
The Washington Nationals won Monday night. They beat their division rival Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on a misty, occasionally rainy, night at Citizens Bank Park. They got six nearly unhittable innings from left-hander Gio Gonzalez and all the runs they'd need off the bat of Ian Desmond.
As Henry Rodriguez took the mound at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, all eyes from the Washington Nationals' dugout and bullpen were on him. The warm-up pitches, they knew, would tell them all they needed to know.