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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Mike Rizzo
On Friday the Nationals signed their first round pick, Erick Fedde, but saw two of their first nine selections go back to school.
When it comes to draft prospects with injury histories, the Nationals aren't afraid to take a chance.
Mike Rizzo gave some insight into how the Nationals put together scouting reports for the MLB Draft.
When this happens — when the starting players who nearly everyone predicted for the second straight season to lead the Nationals to the NL East title and the postseason aren't starting — then the season falls on the spare parts used to carry the team until they get whole. The season falls on general manager Mike Rizzo.
The Washington Nationals placed Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
An MRI of Gio Gonzalez's shoulder revealed no structural damage, only inflammation, so the left-hander could be back in 15 days.
The Nats put Gonzalez on the DL Sunday morning with left shoulder inflammation a day after he was knocked around by the Mets. Washington recalled reliever Ryan Mattheus before Sunday's series finale against New York.
Ryan Zimmerman and Denard Span hope they can return from injuries as soon as possible and were in good spirits Sunday morning.
If you saw the name Stephen Strasburg and the words “ligament damage” in a newspaper headline, critics of the national nightmare known as the “Strasburg shutdown” would be charging Nationals Park with pitchforks. They would be calling for general manager Mike Rizzo’s head.
On the day pitchers and catchers reported, the Nationals traded right-hander Nate Karns to Tampa Bay for No. 2 catcher Jose Lobaton.
The Nationals opened spring training on Thursday by trading right-handed pitching prospect Nathan Karns to the Tampa Bay Rays for reserve catcher Jose Lobaton.
On the surface, the numbers don't look promising. The Nationals traded for reserve catcher Jose Lobaton on Thursday and the stat that immediately jumps out is his caught stealing percentage.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo explains Thursday's deal for Jose Lobaton, and what the club expects from their newest catcher along with Wilson Ramos in 2014.
The Nationals have placed reliever Erik Davis on the 60-day DL with a right elbow sprain.
Just days before pitchers and catchers are set to report, Rizzo issued a 'State of the Nationals' address to fans via the team's website.
"We're excited to have an upside arm such as Fedde in the family," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him and getting him down to Florida and beginning his rehab process. We'll take him through our philosophy in our rehab process and we'll see what the end results are later on."
"It's disappointing to not sign your second round pick, although with the way the new setup is with the draft, we'll get that pick back next year. We'll be really excited to have two second round picks next year," Rizzo said.