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Beimel traded to Rockies for two Minor Leaguers

A baseball source has confirmed that Nationals left-hander Joe Beimel has been traded to the Rockies for two minor league pitchers. It’s not known who the Minor Leaguers are.

The Rockies have been after Beimel for weeks. The Nationals asked for infielder Eric Young Jr. in return, but the Rockies quickly said, “No thanks.”

Beimel had a 3.40 ERA in 45 games for the Nationals this season.   


Rockies still have interest in Beimel

According to a baseball source, the Rockies still have interest in acquiring Nationals left-hander Joe Beimel. The Nationals asked for infielder Eric Young Jr. in return, but the Rockies quickly said, “No thanks.”

Colorado is hoping that the Nationals will knock their price down in order to acquire Beimel, who has a 3.40 ERA in 45 games.   

Beimel not thinking about getting traded

The Trade Deadline is on Friday at 4 p.m. ET, and Nationals reliever Joe Beimel hasn’t ruled out being traded to a contender. His name has been linked to teams such as the Cubs and Rockies.

Entering Wednesday’s action, Beimel had a 3.43 ERA in 44 games for Washington and is the only reliever remaining from it’s Opening Day roster. If they do trade Beimel, the Nationals would like to get young prospects in return.

“I try not to think too much about it,” said Beimel about the possibility of getting traded. “I realize it’s a good possibility. If it doesn’t happen, that’s fine. If it does happen, that’s fine. But as of now, I’m trying to work hard here and help this team out. If something else happens, I just have to adjust to that and go from there.”

Although he is on the block, Beimel talked about how much fun he is having with the Nationals of late. Entering Wednesday’s action, the team has won six out of its past eight games.

“We are starting to win and playing good baseball,” Beimel said. “You could see the attitude changing in here. I don’t wish to get traded because we are starting to play well. It feels good to come in here.”

Asked what brought on the change in attitude in the Nationals clubhouse, Beimel said, “I think with Riggs [interim manager Jim Riggleman] taking over, he brought a different attitude. He wasn’t going to quit and give up. He let all of us know that. Just going out and trying was not good enough. We have to work hard. He had us in [uniform] early at home. Some of the little things that he has done changed the whole attitude of the clubhouse.”

Beimel activated; Rivera sent down

After Tuesday’s game against the Astros, the Nationals sent reliever Saul Rivera to Triple-A Syracuse and activated left-hander Joe Beimel from the 15-day disabled list.

Beimel, who missed 15 games because of a left hip flexor strain, will be part of the closer-by-committee. Manager Manny Acta hasn’t ruled out Beimel being the closer in the future.

Rivera is off to the worst start of his career, going 0-3 with an 8.49 ERA.

In other news, right-hander Garrett Mock hyperextended his right knee catching a popup by Michael Bourne in the eighth inning. Acta said that Mock is OK and will be ready to pitch on Wednesday against the Dodgers.      

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.


Hanrahan out as Nats closer

A day after watching the bullpen blow a four-run, the Nationals have decided that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will no longer be the closer and Garrett Mock will no longer be the eighth inning guy.

The team will go with a bullpen-by-committee with right-handers Julian Tavarez and Kip Wells as the late inning guys. Once left-hander Joe Beimel is activated from the disabled list next week, he will most likely be the closer, while Tavarez and Wells become the set-up guys. 

With Mock on the mound, Shane Victorino hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Pedro Feliz and make it 11-8. After Chase Utley singled in Jimmy Rollins, Hanrahan entered the game and couldn’t find the strike zone.

Hanrahan walked both Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth on 10 pitches. Raul Ibanez then came to the plate. Hanrahan felt he had no choice but to throw a fastball to Ibanez. Hanrahan paid the price as Ibanez hit a grand slam. It was Hanrahan’s third blown save of the season.

“I hope I don’t wear out this word, but, again, it was deflating,” manager Manny Acta said. “Our offense just battled all day and scored enough runs. We played so hard for eight innings to score enough runs. You lose the game in one inning, it just tough for the whole team.”

Beimel on 15-day disabled list; Rivera in big leagues

The Nationals placed left-hander Joe Beimel on the 15-day disabled list because of a left hip flexor strain and recalled right-hander Saul Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse. 

Beimel, 32, suffered the injury while making diving play off the bat of Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson in the eighth inning of Monday’s game. In eight relief appearances this season, Beimel has 1.23 ERA.

Rivera, 31, pitched in six games this season and was hit hard, given up 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings. On Sunday, he was sent down to the Syracuse after giving up four in one inning against the Marlins.   

Joe Beimel sighting at Space Coast Stadium

Left-hander Joe Beimel was spotted in the Nationals locker room early Saturday morning putting on his cleats. It was the first time the media saw him since he signed a one year, $2 million contract with the Nationals on Wednesday.

Beimel will start throwing live batting practice on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET and then pitch in a Minor League game on Monday. The team will then determine when he will pitch in a Major League game.

Beimel said he was able to stay in shape by working out with the UCLA baseball team.

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Nationals sign Joe Beimel

Manager Manny Acta finally has the eight inning reliever he was looking for, as the Nationals signed left-hander Joe Beimel to a one-year, $2 million contract on Wednesday afternoon. Beimel is expected to report to camp on Thursday.

Beimel, an eight-year veteran, played for the Dodgers last year, posting a 2.02 ERA in 71 games.