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I spoke to Pirates outfielder Lastings Milledge on Saturday afternoon. He made it clear to me that he did not want to talk about his experiences with the Nationals.
The only thing he would say was that he got into some bad hitting habits with the Nationals starting in Spring Training.
It wasn’t until he broke his finger during the season that he realized that he had to go back to the old hitting style that got him to the big leagues. A person close to Milledge told me on June 30 that Milledge got into the those bad habits because he was trying to please Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein. This same person felt that Eckstein altered Milledge’s swing for no reason.
Milledge found his stroke on Friday, however, as he collected two hits and two RBIs against Washington. Asked how good was it to get revenge against his former team, Milledge said, “I want to do well against every team. It’s not a big deal who I do it against. I’m just trying to play well against every team and try to have an outstanding season. I don’t try to pick and choose who I play against.”
I have learned from a baseball source that Pirates outfielder Nyjer Morgan is close to being dealt to the Nationals. I was told that outfielder Lastings Milledge isn’t the only person that is part of this deal. I will keep you posted when I get more information.
After Friday’s game, a few people wondered if Nationals center fielder Lastings Milledge would have been able to score on a double by Ryan Zimmerman in the third inning. The answer is no.
With runners on second and third and one out, Zimmerman took a pitch from Braves right-hander Derek Lowe and hit the ball to deep right field. Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach, first-base coach Marquis Grissom and manager Manny Acta thought that outfielder Jeff Francoeur caught the ball. In truth, the ball went over Francoeur’s head. Shairon Martis scored, but Milledge advanced only to third.
The Nationals lost sight of the ball after it went near the lighted scoreboard in right field. Francoeur quickly retrieved the ball and threw it back to the infield.
“I don’t think the ball went far away from Francoeur,” Acta said. “You could go either way with it. It looked like he was going to catch it. Even Zimmerman thought he caught the ball. The new stadiums these days have those lights on the wall and it really makes it hard on the base runners and coaches. Once the ball bounced and went into those lights, you can’t see it.”
Manager Manny Acta said Monday that second baseman Anderson Hernandez’s left hamstring is getting better. Hernandez was able to run sprints, run backwards and take groundballs on Sunday.
Hernandez, who hit .276 with four RBIs this spring, strained his left hamstring running to first base in the sixth inning against the Braves on March 25.
About two minutes later, he had to be helped off the field. Acta said the injury could have been more serious if Hernandez continued to use the leg after feeling the initial pain, but the second baseman was seen hopping on his right leg.
There is no timetable as to when Hernandez will have first a rehab assignment. Once he is activated from the disabled list, he will be the everyday second baseman, while Ronnie Belliard goes back on the bench.
“He is doing much better,” Acta said of Hernandez. “He will probably play a few games in Florida, extended spring training.”
In other news, center fielder Lastings Milledge was fined an undisclosed amount of money for missing Acta’s pep talk to the team on Sunday afternoon, according to three sources. Milledge, who participated in practice that day, was in the starting lineup in Monday’s season opener against the Marlins.
Manager Manny Acta has decided that center fielder Lastings Milledge will be the team’s leadoff hitter to start the season.
Acta likes the fact that Milledge is a patient hitter and loves to steal bases. The original plan was to have Milledge bat second, but the team doesn’t want Milledge to distract Ryan Zimmerman at the plate whenever Milledge tries to steal a base.
There will be more on Milledge on nationals.com