- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2009

EX-NATIONALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Plenty of Nationals fans were upset when the club released pitcher Shawn Hill during spring training, thinking the right-hander deserved a chance to make the Opening Day rotation. Hill, of course, signed with the Padres, made the rotation as the No. 5 starter and won his first outing. But two starts later he complained of elbow pain. And last week he underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in five years.

Hill will be out at least 10 to 14 months. Given his long list of past arm injuries, there’s reason to wonder whether he’ll ever make it back. Another tough break for a real competitor and a nice guy to boot.

Season stats: 1-1, 5.25 ERA in three starts

— Mark Zuckerman

MINOR LEAGUE WATCH

J.D. Martin was once a top pitching prospect with the Indians, a first-round draft pick in 2001 who figured to have a long career in front of him. Martin has had a long career, but he has spent all of it in the minors. After eight seasons in Cleveland’s system, the right-hander signed with the Nationals last winter and has thrived at Class AAA Syracuse, going 8-2 with a 2.25 ERA and a staggering 61-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. At 26, he’s probably too old to be considered a prospect anymore, but Martin is being rewarded for his performance. Last week, he was named to the International League All-Star team.

THE BUZZ

:

THE TRADE [UP]

Rizzo swaps pair of underperformers for known quantities.

ELIJAH DUKES [DOWN]

No truth to rumor he reported late to his first game in Syracuse.

FLORIDA MARLINS [DOWN]

Billy the Marlin would probably get a clutch hit against Washington.

DUNN’S 300TH [UP]

Caught by Army Col. Sanders, who exchanged it for a bucket of chicken.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide