Tag:Miguel Batista
Posted on: August 15, 2010 1:47 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:18 am
 

Nats stand slightly behind Marquis


Jason Marquis Nationals manager Jim Riggleman's vote of confidence in starter Jason Marquis relayed very little confidence on Sunday.

When asked by reporters if Marquis would make his next start -- Friday in Philadelphia -- Riggleman said, "when the dust settles, we'll probably run Jason out there again."

What was left unsaid was that the bullpen would be ready to come into the game pretty darn quickly. In five starts this season, he's yet to make it out of the fifth inning. He's managed to get through just four innings in each of his two starts since coming off the disabled list earlier this month after elbow surgery. He is owed $7.5 million for 2011, so the Nats are stuck with this conundrum for another season, too.

Riggleman noted he hadn't talked to general manager Mike Rizzo or pitching coach Steve McCatty about the start yet.

The team could go with Yuniesky Maya or Jordan Zimmerman, MASN's Ben Goessling speculates . The team has also used relievers Miguel Batista and Craig Stammen as starters this season.

Zimmermann is scheduled to start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday and has thrown 29 2/3 minor league innings in his return from Tommy John surgery.

"He feels like he's ready," Riggleman said. "I'm sure he feels like five days from now, he's ready to pitch here. That's something we'll consider, but the likelihood is, he'll stay down there a little longer."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 12:34 am
 

Uggla ruins Strasmas


Stephen Strasburg Dan Uggla has welcomed Stephen Strasburg back from the disabled list with a a two-run homer in the first and a two-run double in the third.

Strasburg was making his first start since going on the disabled list last month and allowed one other hit in his first three innings. Through three innings, Strasburg has walked two and struck out three, allowing three hits -- Uggla's two and a double by Hanley Ramirez.

Strasburg needed 60 pitches to get through three innings.

UPDATE: Strasburg gave up another hit and added a strikeout in a scoreless fourth. He's at 71 pitches.

UPDATE: Strasburg is out of the game after a Gaby Sanchez double made it 5-1 in the fifth. He was replaced by Miguel Batista with one out and a runner on second. Sanchez scored on a Wes Helms double, closing the book on Strasburg. His final line: 4 1/3 innings, six hits, six runs (all earned), two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 84 pitches, 51 strikes.

UPDATE: From MASN's Ben Goessling , here's what Strasburg had to say after the game: "I'm a little disappointed in myself because I really went out there not focusing on the one thing you've got to focus on every other start, just going out there and competing and going with what you have. I spent the whole time worrying about trying to fix what was going wrong, instead of just letting it go and throwing the ball."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:43 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 7:45 pm
 

Strasburg scratched as precaution

Nationals rookie star Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night when he had trouble getting loose in the bullpen before the game. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters the move was just a precaution and that Strasburg would be sent for an MRI and X-rays.

Miguel Batista started in Strasburg's place, and fans reportedly booed when it was announced Strasburg would not start.

Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 54 1/3 major league innings. The right-hander is about 50 innings shy of the limit set for him this year by the team. It doesn't sound like this is a huge reason for concern at this point, but expect the Nationals not to take any chances with their golden goose.

-- David Andriesen

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