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Latest Rick Ankiel Items
Leadoff hitter Ian Desmond saw three pitches Monday before crushing a 1-2 offering from Los Angeles Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda deep into the seats above the visitors bullpen in left field. He was greeted in the Washington Nationals' dugout with high fives and back slaps all around.
Five months and 136 baseball games have passed for the Nationals this season. Before they play Game No. 137, they'll find themselves 10 games under .500 for the first time all year -- a low-water mark for a team that's found progress to be its optimal word in 2011.
The lasting images from Jordan Zimmermann's final innings of 2011 weren't great.
The only thing missing from Davey Johnson's search for a leadoff hitter is a help-wanted sign taped to his office door.
The slide was more suited for second base, a takeout slide on a potential routine double play from the looks of it. Only it happened at home plate and the man on the ground trying to gain his bearings was Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross — not a middle infielder.
Four weeks ago, Rick Ankiel was activated off the disabled list for the second time, this one from a left intercostal strain. He came back with an undefined position on the Nationals’ roster and a role that seemed to be continuously diminishing.
With trade rumors swirling around closer Drew Storen at Nationals Park on Sunday, manager Davey Johnson was quick to point to a different pitcher after Washington's thrilling 3-2 win over the New York Mets.
Among a flurry of roster moves made by the Washington Nationals as the trade deadline approaches, the team recalled utility player Brian Bixler from Syracuse after trading Jerry Hairston Jr. to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguer Erik Komatsu.
A Major League Baseball roster can be a fluid thing, never more than when the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches each year.