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Nats’ McCatty not worried about bullpen

The Nationals’ relievers are off to a slow start, allowing 20 runs in 21 2/3 innings entering Wednesday action against the White Sox. Ryan Mattheus and Drew Storen are the only pitchers in the bullpen with an ERA of 3.00 or lower. After seven games last year, the relievers allowed just six runs in 20 1/3 innings.

As recently as Tuesday night, the Nats’ bullpen allowed six runs to the White Sox. The big blows came when Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer off Tyler Clippard, while Rafael Soriano allowed a two-run homer to Alex Rios.

But pitching coach Steve McCatty isn’t worried about the bullpen and feels it will get its act together soon. All that matters to McCatty is that the Nationals are winning. The team is 5-2 entering Wednesday’s action.

“Yesterday was two mistakes and we didn’t hit our spots – fastball in and a slider away,” said McCatty who was referring to Clippard and Soriano. “Do I have any concerns? No. Could they do better? Sure. But it’s still early. Clip didn’t give up a run all spring, so something is going to happen. Sori has a little tweak in his leg and that is not an excuse, but it was a pitch we knew you can’t throw that kind of mistake — breaking ball that spins over the plate. He left it in there.

“Everybody is looking at the first seven games that we are playing. Could we be sharper? Sure. Is there a reason to doubt it? No. There is going to be stretches during the season, where everybody is going to have their moments where everything is clicking together. But fortunately, the offense has been good enough that we are still able to get the wins.”

McCatty said he doesn’t have any concerns about anyone in the bullpen, including Henry Rodriguez, who is coming off elbow problems.

“Henry has done better. His arm is feeling fine,” McCatty said. “With him, every once in a while, he has a tendency to overthrow. We know that. But the next time out [against the Reds] he threw nine pitches. So it’s an on-going thing with him. He is still a young kid and learning what he needs to do every time. Am I concern about him? No. He has unbelievable stuff. He has to learn how to harness it.”

Nats’ Rodriguez put on 25-man roster

After his team lost to the Yankees, 4-2, at Nationals Park on Friday afternoon, Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that reliever Henry Rodriguez was put on the 25-man roster, which meant that left-hander J.C.  Romero will start the season with Triple A Syracuse.

Rodriguez pitched one inning in Friday’s game against the Yankees and didn’t allow a run in the sixth inning. He was able to get two quick outs, but then walked Brett Gardner. However, Ichiro Suzuki ended the inning by grounding out to second baseman Danny Espinosa.

“I told you he would come around,” Johnson said about Rodriguez. “He didn’t have much of a spring and [didn’t play Winter Ball].”

Earlier this week, Johnson announced that Rodriguez was experiencing right elbow soreness, but Rodriguez was back on the mound on Monday and Wednesday and pitched a combined two shutout innings. He struck out three batters and walked three others. According to Johnson, Rodriguez’s fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph.

Rodriguez missed the postseason last year after having bone spurs removed from his right elbow. This spring, Rodriguez didn’t play in his first Grapefruit League game until March 8 because of forearm tightness.

“He is still a great talent,” Johnson said. “I’m not anywhere close to giving up on Henry. It was probably the first time in his life that he had his arm operated on. Also, he didn’t pitch half of last year and didn’t have any winter ball. We couldn’t get him on the mound [this spring] because of medical restrictions. He has not been afforded the opportunity like everybody else in the bullpen. He has had a short spring.”

Nats need to make one more roster move

The Nationals currently have 26 players on the Spring Training roster, and manager Davey  Johnson said the final cut will come after the team’s game against the Yankees at Nationals Park on Friday afternoon.

The Nationals have to make a decision between right-hander Henry Rodriguez and lefty J.C. Romero. Rodriguez is expected to pitch on Friday, and this outing could determine if he makes the team. He could also land on the disabled list to start the season.

Earlier this week, Johnson announced that Rodriguez was experiencing right elbow soreness, but Rodriguez was back on the mound on Monday and Wednesday and pitched a combined two shutout innings. He struck out three batters and walked three others. According to Johnson, Rodriguez’s fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph.

Rodriguez missed the postseason last year after having bone spurs removed from his right elbow. This spring, Rodriguez didn’t play in his first Grapefruit League game until March 8 because of forearm tightness.

“He is still a great talent,” Johnson said. “I’m not anywhere close to giving up on Henry. It was probably the first time in his life that he had his arm operated on. Also, he didn’t pitch half of last year and didn’t have any winter ball. We couldn’t get him on the mound [this spring] because of medical restrictions. He has not been afforded the opportunity like everybody else in the bullpen. He has had a short spring.”

If Romero makes the club, he will be one of two lefties out of the bullpen. He was signed to a Minor League deal last Friday, and he looks like he is in midseason form after pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. He has pitched two shutout innings for Washington.

If Romero doesn’t make the team, he will start the season for Triple-A Syracuse.

Nats’ Rodriguez, Giolito go under knife

Nationals right-handers Henry Rodriguez and Lucas Giolito had arm surgeries performed on Friday.

It turns out that Rodriguez had a lose body removed from his right elbow and cannot pick up a ball for at least three months. However, Rodriguez is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Rodriguez  has been on the disabled list since Aug 2 because of another injury – lower back strain. Rodriguez has been complaining about the elbow injury two weeks before he went on the DL, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.

“Henry’s procedure was similar to the one that Drew Storen had,” Rizzo said. “He had the bone fragment, the bone spur removed from his elbow. So they cleaned it up, and he should rehab and be prepared for the beginning of spring training.”

Rodriguez appeared in 35 games and had a 5.83  ERA with nine saves. He started the season as the closer, but lost the job to Tyler Clippard later in the Spring because he was not productive on the mound.

“He was pitching with a lot of pain,” Johnson said. “He is big and strong. He just kind of hidden [the pain]. He was letter perfect in the spring, he was fresh. … Then he started having some lulls. From what the doctor said, the elbow was in a lot worse shape than he anticipated. .. [The doctors]  had to do more cleanup work than they thought going in.”

As for  Giolito, he had Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern California. His fastball had been clocked as high as 100 mph, and he has a power curveball, but he endured right elbow problems earlier this year, spraining his ulnar collateral ligament.

Giolito would have been a higher pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft  if not for the injury. Giolito had been pitching for the Gulf Coast League Nationals.  During the Rizzo era, the Nationals have had their share of pitchers — Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann to name two — who have had Tommy John surgery and have come back to become successful pitchers.

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 Nationals.com 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

Nats reporting to Spring Training

Excluding the catchers, all of the Nationals’ position players reported to Spring Training with the exception of Mark DeRosa and Xavier Paul, and DeRosa is expected to be in camp Wednesday.

Position players are not expected to report to camp until Thursday.

Reliever Henry Rodriguez is the only pitcher who has yet to report to camp, but was given an excused absence. He is expected to be in camp on Wednesday.

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