Beimel has rehab start; Nats watching Crow

Nationals left-hander Joe Beimel, on the disabled list because of a left hip flexor strain,  had his first rehab assignment on Friday and didn’t pitch well for Class A Potomac. He started the game and pitched one inning, giving up five runs on seven hits against Frederick.

If there was good news, Beimel was able to field his position on a bunt play, proving that his injury is a thing of the past.

“The line doesn’t look to good, but I felt pretty good. I guess I had my feelings hurt a little bit,” Beimel said. “It was just one of those things where I couldn’t believe what was happening when it was happening. Every ball they swung at, they put it in play.”

In other news, The Nationals have not ruled out drafting right-hander Aaron Crow for the second year in a row. Last year, Washington could not reach an agreement with Crow, their first-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, by midnight ET on Aug 15. Money turned out to be the sticking point.

The Nationals are going to watch Crow pitch for the Fort Worth Cats of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball on Monday. 

By not signing Crow last year, the Nationals will get the No. 9a pick in this year’s Draft as compensation.


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