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Houston Astros manager Bo Porter refuses to call it rebuilding, but whatever it is, they're at the ground floor on it.
It was about a year ago that Micah Owings decided to ask the question. The thought had been in his mind for some time. It'd crop up, perhaps, with every well-struck line drive, or double, or home run -- of which there were nine — he'd hit as a starting pitcher in the major leagues.
The irony of the trot Michael Morse broke into as he rounded first base in the eighth inning Friday night was the conversation he'd had mere minutes before.
It was in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night when excessive amounts of pine tar in Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta's mitt led to his ejection. And it was in the bottom of the eighth inning of Washington's 3-2 win Wednesday night that he entered the game again, this time to a smattering of boos.
Steve Lombardozzi reached into the back of his locker to find the glasses. Protected in a carrying case with a hard shell and foam inside, he handled them delicately. The Nike Strobe glasses go for around $500 per pair, so Lombardozzi is sure to be gentle with them.
As the night went on, the comparables almost became numbing. The list of Hall of Famers and exceptional performances being uttered as parallels to the ones of the Washington Nationals' two phenoms Friday night bordered on the unbelievable.
From the very beginning Tuesday, everything seemed wrong for Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. A botched pop-up to start the game. A sudden rainstorm that frustrated the pitcher and forced a brief first-inning delay. A murky mishap with a balm that apparently brought some unwelcome heat.
At one of the Washington Nationals' minor league affiliates on Monday, right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will take the mound and begin a rehab assignment. Wang, who strained his left hamstring mid-way through spring training, will be allowed 30 days to make rehab starts before the Nationals have to add him to the active roster. They don't anticipate him needing that long.
Xavier Nady stood in front of his locker Wednesday afternoon slowly swinging his bat back and forth by his feet. It was a month to the day since he signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals, role unknown. He'd be lying if he thought an opportunity to be the team's starting left fielder would be presenting itself.