Nats Injury News: J. Zimmermann to DL, Balester up

Filed Under (Nats Injury News, Nats Player News) by mrose on 22-07-2009

Tagged Under : Colin Balester, Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

The Nationals have placed RHP Jordan Zimmermann on the DL with a sore elbow and called up Colin Balester from the DL to replace him according to Ed Price on Twitter .

Zimmermann was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in his first major league season.

The 23 year old Balester was 7-9 with a 4.35 ERA at AAA Syracuse this year in 19 games started.

Nats Player News: Olsen to DL, J.D. Martin up

Filed Under (Nats Player News) by mrose on 19-07-2009

Tagged Under : AAA Syracuse, Dr. James Andrews, ESPN, JD Martin, New York Mets, Scott Olsen, Washington Nationals

Scott Olsen was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 11th according to ESPN.  Olsen had only returned from the disabled list a few weeks ago and is scheduled to see the dreaded Dr Andrews on Monday.

J.D. Martin will make his first major league start on Monday against the Mets and is 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA a AAA Syracuse this year.

Nationals Player News: Tavarez DFA’d, Kensing up

Filed Under (Nats Player News) by mrose on 19-07-2009

Tagged Under : AAA Syracuse, Chicago Cubs, Julian Tavarez, Nationals Journal, Washington Nationals

After being swept in four games by the Cubs on Sunday, the Nationals designated Julian Tavarez for assignment according to the Nationals Journal in the Washington Post.  He will be replaced by Logan Kensing from AAA Syracuse.

Nats Player News: Dmitri Young to make Minor league start

Filed Under (Nats Player News) by mrose on 14-07-2009

Tagged Under : Baseball in DC, Dmitri Young, Potomac, Washington Nationals


nice play big fella

According to Baseball in DC’s Twitter feed, Nationals 1B Dmitri Young will make a start for their class A minor league team tonight.

Dmitri Young has not played in a game since July 11th, 2008 and has been sidelined with various issues.

Check back to NLEC for more.

NL East News: Pedro, Halladay and All-Star Starters

Filed Under (Braves Player News, Marlins Player News, Mets Player News, Nats Player News, NL East Chatter, Phi player news) by mrose on 13-07-2009

Tagged Under : Albert Pujols, Charlie Manuel, Chase Utley, David Wright, Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez, national league east, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Roy Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr. Jayson Werth, Ryan Braun, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Tim Lincecum, Todd Zolecki, Yadier Molina

The biggest news of the day appears to be that according to many reports, including Todd Zolecki’s Twitter, that former Met Pedro Martinez is on his way to Philadelphia.  His latest news says that the physical may not be completed until tomorrow, but a deal is expected by Wednesday.

Zolecki also speaks to different Philly players who send a message to management that they want Halladay.

1st time All-Star Jayson Werth said “”I understand all that, We won last year and we pretty much have the same team this year. If you were ever going to sell the farm I think now would be the time. But that’s just me speaking who has a short window of a career. Ruben (Amaro Jr.) and those guys are going to be there for a long time. It’s a lot to leverage, I know. But I think we’re definitely in a situation where if we did go for it, it could pay off.”

Zolecki includes quotes from Charlie Manuel and Ryan Howard as well in his article.

Finally, the starting lineup is announced and it includes five NL East position players, not bad for what most(including their own fans) label as a terrible division.  It also includes Shane Victorino who Charlie Manuel chose to start for the injured Carlos Beltran in Center field.  The lineup is as follows:

Hanley Ramirez SS

Chase Utley 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Ryan Braun RF

Raul Ibanez LF

David Wright 3B

Shane Victorino CF

Yadier Molina C

Tim Lincecum P

NL East Player News: Detwiler, Ayala, Norton

Filed Under (Braves Player News, Marlins Player News, Nats Player News) by mrose on 13-07-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Garrett Mock, Greg norton, Gregor Blanco, Luis Ayala, Ross Detwiler, Sean West, Washington Nationals

The Nationals yesterday optioned RHP Ross Detwiler to the minors after losing to the Astros.  He was 0-5 with an ERA over six this year.

The corresponding move was to bring back reliever Garret Mock as a starter.  While starting in the minors, Mock was 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA, his first start will be Sunday.

The Marlins called up Luis Ayala who was signed after being designated for Assignment by the Minnesota Twins this year.  To make room, they sent Sean West after a disappointing start on Saturday night.

Finally, the Braves have activated Utility man,  Greg Norton while sending OF Gregor Blanco to AAA.  The move came as a slight surprise to Norton who thought he may be cut by the team.

The Marlins and Braves moves were made prior to yesterday’s games.

Two NL East Players in final vote

Filed Under (Nats Player News, NL East Chatter, Phi player news) by mrose on 05-07-2009

Tagged Under : Christian Guzman, Philadelphia Phillies, Shane Victorino, Washington Nationals

Two NL East Players have been entered into the All-Star game final vote contest. This will decide who takes the last spot on the National League All-Star team in St. Louis.

The players are the Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino and the Washington Nationals’ Christian Guzman.

You can vote by going to

NL East gets 5 starters and 11 total in 2009 All-Star Game

Filed Under (Braves Player News, Marlins Player News, Mets Player News, Nats Player News, NL East Chatter, Phi player news) by mrose on 05-07-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Chase Utley, Florida Marlins, Francisco Rodriguez, Hanley Ramirez, Johan Santana, Josh Johnson, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

The Rosters for the 2009 All-Star in St. Louis have been announced, and the National League East has 11 total representatives including 5 positional starters and the Mets leading the way with four representatives.  The players that are listed are below:

Philadelphia Logo Starters

Chase Utley 2B

Raul Ibanez OF


Ryan Howard 1B

Marlins Logo Starters

Hanley Ramirez


Josh Johnson RHP

Mets Logo Starters

David Wright 3B

Carlos Beltran OF


Johan Santana LHP

Francisco Rodriguez RHP

Braves Logo Reserves

Brian McCann C

Nats Logo Reserves

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Nats Player News: Elijah Dukes to AAA

Filed Under (Nats Player News, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 01-07-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Elijah Dukes, Florida Marlins, Lastings Milledge, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sean Burnett, Washington Nationals

Dukes sent to AAA Syracuse

Dukes sent to AAA Syracuse

AP and ESPN report the Washington Nationals sent OF Elijah Dukes to Syracuse on Wednesday after the trade with Pittsburgh yesterday.  They did this in order to make room on the roster for Nyjer Morgan because Lastings Milledge was currently on the minor league roster when the trade was made.

Both players received on Tuesday are in Florida and at least Nyjer Morgan is available to play.

Nats Player News: Nationals trade for Nyjer Morgan

Filed Under (Nats Player News, Nats Trade Rumors, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 30-06-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Joel Hanrahan, Lastings Milledge, national league east, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sean Burnett, Washington Nationals

Earlier this afternoon the Nationals officially completed a trade which will bring them OF Nyjer Morgan from the Pittsburgh Pirates and left handed reliever Sean Burnett.  The Nationals gave up still young, but troublesome Lastings Milledge and reliever Joel Hanrahan to get the deal done.

Morgan is having a very solid season at the age of 28 batting .277 with 18 SB, 27 RBI and 77 total hits and is playing very solid defense as well.  Burnett has been a pretty solid reliever appearing in 38 games, pitching 32.1 innings to a 3.08 ERA and should help a troubled Nats bullpen.

Milledge will now play for his third team and hope to have the luck and success everyone thought he would for years now.  He is still only 24 years old and has the potential to put up All-star numbers.  He was demoted to the minors this year after failing to produce in the leadoff spot for the Nationals.

Hanrahan has had a rough season after being named the closer in spring training.  He only recorded 5 saves before being removed from the role.  The Nationals had been using a more closer by committee type approach and it is unclear how Pittsburgh will utilize the former starter.

Weigh in on your thoughts on the trade in the comments section