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For an organization that just passed its eighth birthday and has a history strewn with moments of ineptitude and instability, the tranquility that presides over it now is incomparable. For the two men who exemplify that stability most, the symbiotic nature of their relationship sets the precedent for the organization.
Amongst the commotion in the Washington Nationals' locker room Tuesday afternoon — between the shock of the news that left-hander John Lannan had been demoted to Triple-A and the joy for a guy like Ryan Mattheus who was making his first Opening Day roster at age 28 — there was Ross Detwiler.
The words were so sweet that Mark DeRosa still remembers the moment he first heard them. It was early November in 2006, and DeRosa was in his car when his agent, Keith Grunewald, called to give him news that brings a smile to his face even more than five years later.
The Washington Nationals informed John Lannan that they did not view him as a part of their Opening Day roster in the third inning of Tuesday's exhibition finale at Nationals Park. As such, Lannan, who was told the team was planning to option him to Triple-A Syracuse after several years in their rotation, was unavailable for comment by the time the game ended.
You might call it "creative tension," this farming out by the Washington Nationals of John Lannan, a four-year fixture in the starting rotation. "Stirring the pot" is another term that could be applied. Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots' mastermind, is a great practitioner of it.
In an unexpected move, the Washington Nationals optioned veteran left-hander John Lannan to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday and will open the season with Ross Detwiler, another left-hander, as their fifth starter.
Two days after the Washington Nationals made the decision to send Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse, ending his bid to make the major league team out of camp, general manager Mike Rizzo stood outside of the visitors' clubhouse in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and was asked a simple question.
Last spring, Adam LaRoche knew his left shoulder wasn't right.
There were times in the past year when Chad Tracy wondered if he'd play in the major leagues again. Times when he questioned what he was doing in Japan, if it was all worth it to continue chasing a dream that already may have slipped out of his grasp.