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Since Opening Day, the moves the Nationals have made — largely due to poor performance — have slowly acknowledged their errors in expectations.
"I've had some discussion about that with Dan," Span said. "I take responsibility for not playing as well as I can play and I think Dan has done the same thing. It's just not a good feeling coming into a new team and you want to impress, and just not being able to do what you know what you're capable of doing."
Four names have emerged as possibilities to replace the manager. They all operate differently than Johnson. They are younger, and some have more outward fire than the 70-year-old Johnson often projects.
"I know Gio," said manager Davey Johnson. "I believed him from the get-go. In his case, I wish they could have cleared it up earlier and made an announcement earlier."
They're proud, accomplished men. They worked together to build a World Series contender. It isn't working this year. Have they reached some kind of untenable spot in their relationship?
"A lot of this falls on the players," said GM Mike Rizzo. "This is a players' league and the players are paid to perform. They haven't. It's the voice of the guy who's in charge of that, we felt we needed a different perspective and a different way of doing things."
Should the Nationals expand their search for another starting pitcher beyond their own organization — where most of the rotation talent is still in the system's lower levels — there will be a number of starters on the market before the July 31 deadline they could consider.
There is neither time nor space to get into much detail about all that's gone wrong. But let's disavow ourselves of the notion that the offseason trade of Morse belongs on the list of things to blame for a disappointing 2013 season.
The Nationals were mum Monday on the results of Harper's second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. And while the outfielder is eligible to return to the active roster as early as Tuesday, when he actually will remains unclear.