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DeRosa surprised by Nats’ disappointing season

NEW YORK — Blue Jays infielder Mark DeRosa said Tuesday that he is surprised the Nationals have been inconsistent this season.

Entering Tuesday’s action, the Nationals are 60-64, 16 games behind the Braves in the National League East and 10 ½ games behind the Reds in the second and final spot in the NL Wild Card race.

“As good as last year was, nothing is ever written in stone,” said DeRosa, who played on the 2012 Nationals. “But you get that vibe that it’s going to happen [for the Nationals] again. They are going to get on the track and they are going to roll toward the World Series [someday]. … The talent is there. Every season has a way of letting you know it’s not that easy.”

DeRosa didn’t play much for the Nationals last year because of injuries, but was a major influence on the young players such as Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina. Both players credited DeRosa for their ability to be successful off the bench last year.

“I was a sounding board for a lot of guys. I wasn’t afraid to speak my mind, regardless of how poorly I played,” DeRosa said. “The same thing goes for Michael Morse, a guy who kept the clubhouse loose, a guy people enjoyed seeing. The same with Sean Burnett, the same with Tom Gorzelanny. These guys were significant pieces of the team.”

After the season ended, DeRosa, Morse, Gorzelanny, Burnett and Michael Gonzalez all left the Nationals. Asked who is missed the most, DeRosa said, “It’s a combination of all of us. To not have the lefties in the ‘pen to start the year was a situation that could haunt them. But they felt comfortable going out in getting [Rafael] Soriano and doing all those things. They have done an amazing job over there.

“I don’t want to say they took a step back. I still say that talent is there for them to win a World Series. But for whatever reason, it didn’t happen [this year].”

DeRosa is having a productive season off the bench, hitting seven home runs with 31 RBIs. He could become a free agent after the season if the Blue Jays don’t pick up his option.

“We haven’t discussed anything moving forward. I feel good. My wrist is healthy. I’m hitting the occasional home run. I’m doing my job, which is very rewarding. Last year, all I brought to the table was a voice and that was frustrating, but I did the best I could — given the circumstances,” DeRosa said.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson is planning to retire after this season. Would DeRosa be interested in the job?

“God, I haven’t even thought about that. You think Jayson Werth would listen to me? I don’t think so,” DeRosa said jokingly. “I’ve been asked that question quite a bit, but that’s down the road. I have to run it by my wife. She has been grinding it with me for so long that if I’m not going to play, I have to go home for a minute and be a dad.”

Desmond: ‘We are not at a disadvantage’

The Nationals plan to use left-hander Ross Detwiler for Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals. The last time Detwiler faced the Cardinals was on Sept. 30. He allowed seven runs – three earned – in 2 1/3 innings.

“I don’t think we are at a disadvantage. We have a great pitching. We got here on what we have been doing and we are going to stick to it,” shortstop Ian Desmond said. “I’m 100 percent confident in Det. I have no worries whatsoever. I think he is due.”

Infielder Mark DeRosa was with the Braves in the early 2000s and he watched them be eliminated in the early rounds of the playoffs. He said the Nationals can’t afford to play the game like it was any other series.

“I like to put the finality of it, the football mentality of it,” said DeRosa, who is off the playoff roster.  “That will be my little speech to the guys tomorrow. There is no tomorrow. That’s stating the obvious. If you approach each pitch like that … you can’t do it for 162 games, but you can do it for a short series. You can do it when [the game] is on the line.

“We got beat, we got beat pretty handily. We move on to the next day. Thank goodness we have another game. We need to draw on the fact that we have been the best baseball team for 162 games and just have to win one game tomorrow. Ross will give his best effort. I would like to give Gio [Gonzalez] one more opportunity to pretty much cement the season that he already has.”

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

Injury reports on Nats’ DeRosa, Lidge

Nationals infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa had an MRI on Monday and it revealed a left oblique strain, which landed him on the disabled list Sunday. DeRosa said he cannot do any baseball activities for 10 days to two weeks.

DeRosa started feeling the pain Saturday while he was doing his outfield drills. DeRosa, 37, didn’t think anything of it, but the injury became worse after he took batting practice.

Reliever Brad Lidge had hernia surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss four to six weeks of action. Lidge started to feel pain while having a bullpen session Wednesday in San Diego. On Monday, Lidge went to Philadelphia to get further tests.

With Lidge out of action, it means that right-hander Henry Rodriguez will be the closer. Lidge and Rodriguez were splitting the role before Lidge was put on the disabled list.

Nats’ DeRosa ready to have injury-free season

Nationals infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa arrived in Spring Training on Wednesday morning, determined to make a comeback after missing most of the last two years because of a left wrist injury.

Manager Davey Johnson was one person who wanted DeRosa to make his comeback in Washington. In fact, Johnson acknowledged that he called DeRosa during the offseason after it was learned that first baseman Chris Marrero would not start the 2012 season on time, after tearing his left hamstring while playing winter ball. Johnson managed DeRosa during the World Baseball Classic in 2009.

Reuniting with Johnson wasn’t the only reason DeRosa joined the Nationals.

“I really enjoyed my time with him,” DeRosa said about Johnson. “To be honest with you, [playing in Washington] is close to home. It was big. I was out in [San Francisco] the last two years with the family on the east coast. I wanted to get close to home as I could – give myself the best chance to win, be on a young exciting team. It seemed like a good fit.”

It will be interesting to see what kind of role DeRosa plays for Washington. He is expected to be a reserve first baseman and make occasional starts in the outfield, and also at second and third base. With Mike Cameron retiring earlier this week, DeRosa could find himself in a platoon situation in the outfield.

“I’m pretty comfortable playing wherever,” DeRosa said. “I always go back to the coach I had with the Braves, Glenn Hubbard. He said, ‘When in doubt, be an athlete.’ And that’s what I’ve always tried to do. I’m not going to fly by Carlos Beltran in the outfield and do the things that certain guys do out there. I can catch it and I can hit the cutoff man.”

The last time DeRosa played often in a season was in 2009 when he played for the Cardinals and Indians.

During that same year that DeRosa hurt the left wrist. After two surgeries, he continued to have problems with the wrist until he returned to action last September with the Giants.

“… After going through all I went through, it seemed to have settled down,” DeRosa said. “I guess the scar tissue in there seemed to have calmed down and allowed me to do my job without pain. That was the toughest thing. You can make up for lack of stability or lack of mobility or whatever you have to deal with. But it was just that knifing pain every time you went to swing, it kind of shut me down.”

DeRosa said the wrist feels great, but admits the big test will come once the season starts.

“It remains to be seen. The offseason is not the season,” DeRosa said. “It’s not grinding every day, it’s not hitting seven times a week. So I need these six weeks to get ready.”

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.

Nationals show interest in Mike Gonzalez, Mark DeRosa

Looking to improve from this past season, the Nationals have expressed interest in reliever Mike Gonzalez and infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa, according to two baseball sources. Both players are free agents. 

This past season, Washington had the worst bullpen in the Major Leagues, going a combined 24-39 with a 5.09 ERA and 33 saves. Gonzalez is a left-hander who can be a set-up man and a closer.

This past season Gonzalez played for the Braves and had one of his best seasons, appearing in 80 games and having and 2.92 ERA with 10 saves and 90 strikeouts. If he joined the Nationals, Gonzalez most likely would share the closer’s role with right-hander Mike McDougal, who is recovering from right hip surgery. McDougal is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

As for DeRosa, he can play the corner outfield positions and all four infield positions. This past season, he played mostly at third base, but that won’t happen if he played for the Nationals because Ryan  Zimmerman is a mainstay at the position. The Nationals mostly likely see DeRosa as a second baseman and right fielder.

DeRosa  is not bad with the bat either, hitting a combined .250 with 23 home runs and 78 RBIs with the Indians and Cardinals. His best season was with the Rangers in 2006, hitting .296 with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs.

DeRosa started his career with the Braves and was drafted by Atlanta in 1996 when Stan Kasten was the team’s president. Kasten now has the same role with the Nationals.