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Game 131: Cardinals at Nationals

Mike Fiammetta here, helping out Bill Ladson on the blog. The Nationals get the Cardinals’ tough right-hander Adam Wainwright tonight, while Gio Gonzalez takes the mound looking for his 17th win. As always, following along on during the game.

Suddenly, all the bad vibes from last week’s road trip are washed away as the Nationals look to push their winning streak to three games on Friday night. Last night’s 8-1 win over the Cardinals was exceptionally satisfying for the Nats, who received a scoreless one-hit, eight-inning gem from Edwin Jackson and multi-hit games from five different batters.

But with tomorrow being the Sept. 1 date for roster expansion to 40 players, much of the pre-game talk addressed the Nats’ roster. Bill will have all the details in the notebook, but manager Davey Johnson said Sandy Leon, John Lannan and Eury Perez are expected to join the team on Saturday. Mark DeRosa (left abdominal strain) is also expected to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.

-Henry Rodriguez underwent an operation today to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow. Head Team Physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih performed the surgery in New York, and the Nats are shooting for Rodriguez to be “full-go” at the beginning of spring training.

“Henry has got great upside,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He’s a power pitcher, and if this injury prevented him from performing at his accustomed level, then that’s a good thing because when he gets healthy, he’s going to revert back to the guy that we saw in spring training and the guy we saw in the beginning of the season.”

-Lucas Giolito also went under the knife, but for Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Dr. Louis Yocum performed the surgery in Los Angeles, though Rizzo didn’t elaborate any further.

-Chien-Ming Wang will make one more minor-league start, while Jhonatan Solano will report to the instructional league in Florida to stay in shape in case of an injury at the Major League level.

Bill will have more in the notebook. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Cardinals (71-60)

  1. Jon Jay CF
  2. Carlos Beltran RF
  3. Matt Holliday LF
  4. Allen Craig 1B
  5. Yadier Molina C
  6. David Freese 3B
  7. Skip Schumaker 2B
  8. Pete Kozma SS
  9. Adam Wainwright RHP

Nationals (79-51)

  1. Jayson Werth RF
  2. Bryce Harper CF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
  4. Adam LaRoche 1B
  5. Michael Morse LF
  6. Ian Desmond SS
  7. Danny Espinosa 2B
  8. Kurt Suzuki C
  9. Gio Gonzalez LHP

Carroll outrighted to Syracuse, Wang has first rehab assignment

The Nationals have outrighted outfielder Brett Carroll to Triple A Syracuse on Monday. The news comes 10 days after the team designated him for assignment.

Carroll was used mainly as a pinch-runner, but was hitless in two at-bats.

In the other news, right-hander Chien Ming Wang, on the disabled list because of a left hamstring injury, had his first rehab assignment in extended Spring Training against the Tigers on Monday. He pitched three innings and allowed one run on five hits. He threw 51 pitches, 37 strikes.

Wang, Nationals close to deal

Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is close to an agreement with Nationals, agent Alan Nero said on Wednesday evening. Both sides are currently working out contract language.

The Nationals have exclusive rights to negotiate with Wang until 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday morning. Even if a deal is not done by that time, Nero is confident that an agreement will be reached between Wang and the Nationals soon thereafter.

It has been known for weeks that Wang wanted to return to Washington because the Nationals stuck by him after missing almost three years with shoulder problems, which dates back to his days with the Yankees.

Wang was back on the mound by July of this year and was productive, going 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts in a season.

Wang said in September that money will not be an issue in terms of re-signing with the Nationals.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it clear in September that he wanted Wang back in 2012.

“There is no doubt about it,” Johnson said. “If I’m here, he could have my salary.”

Although he has accomplished a lot this year, Wang wants to be even better next year.

“I’ll try to work on my breaking ball more and hopefully get better and better again,” Wang said in September. “Every year, we have to deal with different conditions. I hope I can have a really good year, get all my good stuff and keep myself at the best condition. I want to do my best in the future.”

Wang, Nationals talking extension

Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and the Nationals are in the “preliminary stages” of trying to get an extension done, according to agent Alan Nero.

Wang, who is a free agent after this season, made it known several weeks ago that he feels loyalty toward the Nationals because they took care of him when he had shoulder problems the last two years. He also said money will not be an issue.

“They have taken care of me a lot the past two years. So I want to come back,” said Wang, who is making $1 million this season. “I want to help them get more wins. I just want to get back, no matter the salary.”

Nero declined to say how much money or the length of the contract Wang was looking for, but Nero reiterated that Wang wants to return to Washington. Manager Davey Johnson also made it known that he wants Wang to be a member of the Nationals in 2012.

General manager Mike Rizzo wasn’t available for comment.

Wang continues to make progress since returning from his shoulder woes. Entering Friday’s action against the Braves, Wang has appeared in 10 games, and is 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA.

In his last start on Sunday against Marlins, Wang pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and striking out a season-high five batters in a 4-3 victory.

Wang feeling better on mound

A day after pitching four shutout innings in a rehab stint for Class A Potomac, Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang announced Sunday that he is scheduled to pitch five innings for Double-A Harrisburg this week.

In two rehab starts with Potomac and Class A Hagerstown, Wang has a combined 2.57 ERA with a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio (5 Ks/2 BBs). In his last start, his fastball was clocked as high as 91 miles per hour.

Wang said he would like to improve his control on the mound and pitch in the big leagues this year. The last time Wang pitched in a big-league game was in early 2009, when he played with the Yankees. He has missed more two years because of shoulder problems. He missed the entire 2010 season and has yet to pitch in a big-league game this year.

Wang said this year is the best he has felt in a long time.

“Last year was [up and down],” Wang said. “This year, [the shoulder is] getting better and better.”

Nats’ Wang to have rehab stint

Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will have a rehab stint with Class A Hagerstown on Monday. It will be his first professional game of any kind for the Nationals. It’s not known how many innings Wang will throw for Hagerstown.

Since he joined the club in 2009, Wang has yet to play a professional game for Washington because of right shoulder problems. While rehabbing the shoulder, however, Wang has been able to participate in Minor League intrasquad games.

In other news, with John McLaren as the interim manager, Trent Jewett will be the bench coach for Friday’s game against the White Sox.

Nats tender contracts to five, agree to terms with two others

Entering Thursday, the Nationals had 10 players who were eligible for salary arbitration. Five of them — pitchers Sean Burnett, John Lannan and Doug Slaten and outfielders Michael Morse, and Josh Willingham — were tendered contracts, while catcher Jesus Flores and infielder Alberto Gonzalez agreed to terms on new deals. However, catcher Wil Nieves and right-handers Joel Peralta and Chien-Ming Wang became free agents.

Letting Nieves and Wang walk was not a surprise, for the Nationals are loaded with catchers, which made Nieves expendable, and Wang pitched in 24 games in the past three seasons.

However, letting Peralta get away was a surprise. Peralta had the best season of his career, posting a 2.02 ERA in 39 games. He allowed one run in his final 15 innings. General manager Mike Rizzo wasn’t available for comment.

Terms were not disclosed on Gonzalez and Flores. Gonzalez  is a valuable player off the bench, but his attitude must change when it comes to playing time. He was often upset when taken out of games.

Flores enters the 2011 season as the No. 3 catcher. It didn’t help that he missed most of the past two years because of a right shoulder injury. The Nationals haven’t ruled out Flores starting next season in the Minor Leagues.

Burnett, Lannan, Morse, Slaten and Willingham will have a hearing sometime in February unless they agree to terms with the club.

Of the five players, Willingham appears to the one person who could be traded before the 2011 season gets underway. Willingham is a free agent after the ’11 season and it is believed the Nationals want young players in return for the right-handed hitting slugger.

Wang, Zimmermann have bullpen sessions

Nationals right-handers Chien-Ming Wang and Jordan Zimmermann had bullpen sessions Friday without any problems, according to pitching coach pitching Steve McCatty.   

Wang threw 30 pitches — all fastballs. It was his first session since Monday, when he threw 45 pitches. Wang was expected to throw Wednesday, but the session was postponed because of a sore right shoulder. Wang will have his next session Sunday at Space Coast Stadium.

After throwing 15 pitches Monday, Zimmermann threw 45 pitches Friday. It’s not known when Zimmermann will have another session in the bullpen.

“He looks great. He has to take it nice and slow and stay with the program. He is doing that,” McCatty said.      

Zimmermann is ahead of schedule in terms of making a comeback, but general manager Mike Rizzo told  Zimmermann that he would not pitch in a game until August.

Once Zimmermann returns, the Nationals are hoping that he and Stephen Strasburg become a one-two combination on the pitching staff by 2011.

Three things to look out for Monday

* Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will have his first bullpen session of the spring. He will throw 10-15 pitches — all fastballs.

* Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will have another bullpen session. On Friday, he threw 45 pitches without pain. Wang would like to improve his delivery, however.

* The Nationals will have their fifth round of cuts. If not Monday, then Tuesday for sure.


Wang to have bullpen session; Walker roughed up

Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is expected to throw his first bullpen session sometime next week. It will be the first time he will throw off a mound since July 4 when he was with the Yankees.

Wang said he is hoping to throw at least 20 pitches during the session.

Since signing with the Nationals, Wang has thrown from 120 feet on flat ground. Washington is hoping that Wang will be able to pitch in a big league game by May. 
Over the past two seasons, Wang has pitched in 27 games. In 2008, he didn’t pitch after the All-Star break because of foot problems and this past season, he missed the Yankees’ World Series run because of his shoulder. 

Reliever Tyler Walker had another outing that he would like to forget, allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Tigers on Tuesday. He now has allowed 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Walker said he is having problems with his fastball command.

“You have a tendency to let it rip and kind of overthrow the ball,” Walker said  “When I miss, I miss up. I have to find a way to get the ball consistently down in the strike zone, especially with the fastball. I feel the off-speed pitches are close to being good, but the fastball command is not there.”