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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Luis Ayala
Yocum never threw a pitch, waved a runner home or swung a trade for the Nationals. But the renowned orthopedic surgeon's influence on the organization is everywhere you look. The impact, really, is as indelible as the scars on the right elbows of Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.
Previewing the American League.
Jon Rauch has been any number of things during his six-year big league career: starter, long reliever, setup man.
Wily Mo Pena's long-awaited first homer of the season surely had to be an encouraging sign to emerge from the Nationals' 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Washington Nationals' bullpen has bailed its teammates out of tight jams all season. This, though, might have topped anything previously seen at RFK Stadium.
For all the pitching success they have enjoyed over the last three months, there has been one gaping hole atop the Washington Nationals' rotation since May 11 — an ace.
PHOENIX — Livan Hernandez and Matt Chico have never met. They come from different backgrounds, one a 32-year-old Cuban defector who has worn his emotions on his sleeve throughout a career in which he has won 131 games, the other a quiet 24-year-old from California who has rarely shown even a glimpse of emotion during a five-win rookie season.
PHILADELPHIA — The Washington Nationals have defied expectations this season largely because of their ability to overcome a string of injuries that has left their Opening Day rotation in shambles.
When Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta went to the mound to remove starter Jason Simontacchi on Sunday at Florida, his team was perilously close to being blown out.
SEEN AND HEARD AT RFK STADIUM
The Washington Nationals' lineup isn't built around one or two sluggers, guys who can take a game into their own hands and carry the rest of their teammates on their backs.
The Washington Nationals designated relievers Levale Speigner and Winston Abreu for assignment yesterday before concluding their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.
The Washington Nationals' 25-man roster, which had stood intact for a full month, will undergo a significant shake-up over the next week after a series of events yesterday thrust general manager Jim Bowden into action for the first time in a long time.
"It was good for me to get my confidence back," said Ayala, who missed all of last season following major elbow surgery. "It's been a long time, and I did my job because I threw strikes."
"They call me today, so I'm here," Ayala said. "It's not my decision. ... If they're ready, I'm ready. I'm happy to come back with my teammates, and I'm ready to play."