July 2011

Monday’s lineup for Nats, Astros

Nationals
Bernadina, cf
Espinosa, 2b
Zimmerman, 3b
Morse, 1b
Werth, rf
Nix, lf
Ramos, c
Desmond, ss
Marquis, rhp

Astros
Bourn, cf
Sanchez, ss
Keppinger, 2b
Pence, rf
Lee, 1b
Michaels, lf
Johnson, 3b
Corporan, c
Lyles, rhp

Nats who could be traded before deadline

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo recently said he is looking to acquire starting pitching and “two-way” position players before the non-waiver trade deadline, which is July 31st.

Below is a list of current Nationals players Rizzo could trade to get what he wants.

Roger Bernadina, CF — Some key members of the Nationals organization see Bernadina as a corner outfielder, but with Bryce Harper possibly coming to the big leagues as early as next year, one wonders if there is any room for Bernadina. Harper is expected to start his big-league career in left field.

Sean Burnett, LHP — As recently as two weeks ago, the Yankees had their eyes on Burnett, but it seems hard to believe the Nationals would trade him because manager Davey Johnson said he would like to have two lefties out of the bullpen.

Tyler Clippard, RHP — Opposing teams are interested in Clippard — and for good reason. He is clearly Washington’s best reliever. However, Rizzo has to be blown away to trade the right-hander. A quality leadoff hitter and a starting pitcher would be nice in exchange for Clippard.

Todd Coffey, RHP – Teams like the Rangers have had their eyes on Coffey for quite some time, however, since June 1, Coffey has allowed 11 runs in 15 2/3 innings.

Tom Gorzelanny, LHP -– When he is on, Gorzelanny will get a lot of strikeouts. When he struggles, the ball goes out of the park most of the time.

Ian Desmond, SS – He has been outstanding defensively, but has struggled mightily at the plate. The Nationals have a Plan B if Desmond continues to struggle. They would promote Steve Lombardozzi to the big league to play to second base and move Danny Espinosa from second to shortstop, his original position.

Jerry Hairston Jr., INF, OF — His best work came while filling in for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who missed more than two months of the season because of abdominal problems. A playoff team could use Hairston for its bench.

Livan Hernandez, RHP — If a team needs a pitcher with playoff experience, Hernandez is the guy. There are days when he is unhittable and other days when he is throwing batting practice.

Jesus Flores, C – Opposing teams look at Flores as a project. After missing almost two years of action because of a shoulder injury, Flores still looks rusty. Scouts believe he doesn’t have the arm strength to throw out opposing base stealers.

Jason Marquis, RHP – Marquis said he would like to stay with the Nationals and get a multi-year deal. But with Chien-Ming Wang, Stephen Strasburg and Brad Peacock on the way, one has to believe Marquis will be one of the first to be dealt before the deadline.

Laynce Nix, OF/1B – His value is higher than ever. For the first time in his career, Nix is playing every day and is the second best hitter on the team behind Michael Morse. Nix also is an above average outfielder

Ivan Rodriguez, C – He is eligible to come off the disabled list late this week. The question is, does Pudge have enough in the tank to help a playoff contender? Behind the plate? Yes. As a hitter, Rodriguez has a .214 betting average with two homers and 19 RBIs.

Saturday’s lineups for Nats, Braves

Nationals
Bernadina, lf
Espinosa, 2b
Zimmerman, 3b
Morse, 1b
Werth, rf
Ankiel, cf
Ramos, c
Desmond, ss
Lannan, lhp

Braves
Schafer, cf
Prado, 3b
McCann, c
Freeman, 1b
Uggla, 2b
Heyward, rf
Gonzalez, ss
Ramirez, lf
Hanson, rhp

Detwiler OK after problems with mound; Pudge hits off tee

Left-hander Ross Detwiler hurt his right ankle during the Nationals’ 11-1 loss to the Braves on Friday night. However, the injury is not considered serious, according to manager Davey Johnson.

Detwiler hurt the ankle after slipping on the mound twice in the sixth inning. After striking out Alex Gonzalez to end the inning, Detwiler was seen limping into the dugout.

“He kind of twisted his ankle a little bit. His ankle went into [the landing spot], but he is fine. He will be all right,” Johnson said.

* Catcher Ivan Rodriguez, on the disabled list because of a strained right oblique, took around 50 swings off a tee without any problems on Friday.

“I didn’t swing hard, but everything is OK. Everything is good, so far,” he said.

Rodriguez is planning to hit off the tee again on Saturday.

Friday’s lineups for Nationals, Braves

Nationals
Bernadina, cf
Espinosa, 2b
Zimmerman, 3b
Morse, 1b
Nix, lf
Werth, rf
Ramos, c
Desmond, ss
Hernandez, rhp

Braves
Schafer, cf
Prado, 3b
Heyward, rf
Freeman, 1b
Uggla, 2b
Ross, c
McLouth, lf
Gonzalez, ss
Hudson, rhp

Rizzo issued statement about field conditions at Pfitzner Stadium

A few hours after Class A Potomac canceled its doubleheader against Kinston, general manager Mike Rizzo issued a statement Thursday night about the field conditions at Pfitzner Stadium in Virginia.

“The Washington Nationals would never consider asking our players, or those of our opponents, to play on a field that we believe represents a safety threat,” Rizzo said. “The Nationals have repeatedly requested that dangerous field conditions be addressed under the supervision of Major League Baseball.

“Recent unsupervised work has resulted in a field that is even more dangerous. We regret any inconvenience this may cause to fans of the Potomac Nationals, but we know they join us in wanting only the best for our players.”

Potomac’s field has been an issue at times this season, prompting the club to rip up the grass in right field and add a new layer of fresh sod last week. Wednesday and Thurday’s rainout did little to help the new turf.

Danny Wild of MLB.com contributed to this report.

All-Star lineups for American League, National League

American League
CURTIS GRANDERSON, NYY, CF .269, 25 HR, 63 RBI
ASDRUBAL CABRERA, CLE, SS .293, 14 HR, 51 RBI
ADRIAN GONZALEZ, BOS, 1B .354, 17 HR, 77 RBI
JOSE BAUTISTA, TOR , RF, .334, 31 HR, 65 RBI
JOSH HAMILTON, TEX, LF, .301, 11 HR, 49 RBI
ADRIAN BELTRE, TEX, 3B, .273, 19 HR, 71 RBI
DAVID ORTIZ, BOS , DH, .304, 19 HR, 55 RBI
ROBINSON CANO, NYY, 2B, .296, 15 HR, 57 RBI
ALEX AVILA, DET, C, .286, 10 HR, 46 RBI
JERED WEAVER, LAA, RHP, 11-4, 1.86 ERA

National League
RICKIE WEEKS, MIL, 2B, .278, 17 HR, 39 RBI
CARLOS BELTRAN, NYM, DH, .285, 13 HR, 58 RBI
MATT KEMP, LAD, CF, .313, 22 HR, 67 RBI
PRINCE FIELDER, MIL, 1B, .297, 22 HR, 72 RBI
BRIAN McCANN, ATL, C, .310, 15 HR, 50 RBI
LANCE BERKMAN, STL, RF, .290, 24 HR, 63 RBI
MATT HOLLIDAY, STL, LF, .324, 14 HR, 49 RBI
TROY TULOWITZKI, COL, SS, .268, 17 HR, 57 RBI
SCOTT ROLEN, CIN, 3B, .241, 5 HR, 36 RBI
ROY HALLADAY, PHI, RHP, 11-3, 2.45 ERA

From Futures Game, Peacock heads to Triple-A

A day after pitching one shutout inning for the US Team in the XM Futures Game, Nationals right-hander Brad Peacock was promoted from Double A Harrisburg to Triple A Syracuse on Monday.

Peacock is tentatively scheduled to pitch his first game for Syracuse on Saturday against Lehigh Valley. Peacock is also expected attend the Eastern League All-Star game this week, but he will not pitch in the game.

Peacock is the best pitching prospect in the Nationals’ organization. So much so that by 2013, Peacock is expected to be the No. 3 starter in the rotation behind Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

Like Strasburg and Zimmermann, Peacock is a power pitcher and has the stats to back it up. He was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA for Harrisburg. Even more impressive, Peacock has struck out 129 batters in 98 2/3 innings.

“This guy has taken the ball every fifth day and just went out there and has dominated, no matter who is the opponent was,” Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley said. “He is almost to the point where he is feared. When he comes out, you know how he is going to pitch and you still can’t hit it. He is going to challenge you with fastballs 90 percent of the time and get a lot of swings and misses.”

Sunday’s lineup for Nationals, Rockies

Rockies
Spilborghs – CF
Ellis – 2B
Helton – 1B
Tulowitzki – SS
Smith – RF
Garner – LF
Stewart – 3B
Pagnozzi – C
Chacin – P

Nationals
Bernadina – CF
Espinosa – 2B
Zimmerman – 3B
Nix – LF
Morse – 1B
Werth – RF
Ramos – C
Desmond – SS
Zimmermann – P

Saturday’s lineup for Nats, Rockies

Rockies
Spilborghs – CF
Ellis – 2B
Helton – 1B
Tulowitzki – SS
Smith – RF
Wigginton – LF
Stewart – 3B
Iannetta – C
Jimenez – P

Nationals
Bernadina – CF
Espinosa – 2B
Zimmerman – 3B
Nix – LF
Morse – 1B
Werth – RF
Flores – C
Desmond – SS
Marquis – P

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