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Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:54 pm

Strasburg underground in recovery

Stephen Strasburg Stephen Strasburg has gone from everywhere to nowhere -- shying away from everyone, including his pitching coach.

"[Strasburg] called me the other day when I was on the way to the ballpark. But I missed it, and when I went to call him back, he didn't answer again," Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told the Washington Post . "Maybe I should take a hint."

The Post 's Dave Sheinin has a good story on trying to get in touch with Strasburg for a story and the pitcher's quest for privacy.

Strasburg has traded texts with reliever Drew Storen, but that's about all the contact he's had with the Nationals since his season-ending surgery earlier this month. And it's fine with the Nationals.

"We had to tell ourselves he'd be back in 12 months, and now it's 11," team president Stan Kasten -- who hasn't talked to Strasburg, either -- said.

Anyway, it's a good read. It doesn't mean much, Strasburg doesn't need to be around the team during his rehab and it doesn't really matter if he's close to his teammates or not. But because of who he is, his recovery will be of interest to the media and fans.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:06 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 1:08 pm

LaRussa takes exception to Storen wild pitch

Tony La Russa A day after Nyjer Morgan elbow-checked Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, tempers flared on Sunday.

In the ninth inning of a 4-2 Nationals victory, closer Drew Storen tossed a pitch that went behind Matt Holliday, much to the displeasure of Holliday and manager Tony La Russa.

"We were told before the game that [there would be] no funny business because of the cheap shot that Morgan hit," La Russa told . "And here's a guy that hits a single and a double and they throw the ball behind him."

La Russa complained to the umpire extensively after the pitch, but no actions were taken.

"If somebody throws the ball behind you, you're not happy. Especially up in that area," La Russa continued. "If you don't have that kind of command, it wasn't intentional, then you don't belong in this league."

Holliday agreed with his manager's assessment, pointing out that no one would appreciate a 94-mph fastball hitting "a wall behind you." Holliday, who was also hit by a Storen pitch in the opening game of the series on Thursday, went 2 for 4 and grounded out to second for the first out of the ninth.

Storen tried to defuse the situation, saying it was not intentional whatsoever.

La Russa is taking it a bit far by saying that no major-leaguer can make a pitch like that. Mistakes can be made. Perhaps the ball is slicker than usual, perhaps it comes out of the hand wrong, perhaps the landing foot lands awkwardly ... there are plenty of small breakdowns that can lead to an errant pitch -- even by a bona-fide major leaguer. After all, Barry Zito has on occasion seen the baseball completely drop out of his hand and land on the mound when pitching. With a $126-million deal in hand, however, Zito has proven he's a major leaguer.

The Cardinals do not play the Nationals again in 2010, so any simmering resentment will have to wait until spring training or the 2011 season if payback is considered warranted -- whether truly deserved or not.

Getting one's hackles raised by what Morgan did is one thing, but this is going a bit too far -- there have been plenty of instances of wild pitches that no one reacts to. Because they're... you know, wild pitches.

Perhaps Brandon Phillips was right .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:03 pm

This week in free stuff: Aug. 16-22

Monday, Aug. 16
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- Stan Musial bobblehead. Bar none, the best giveaway this week. If you didn't read Joe Posnanski's article on Musial in Sports Illustrated a couple of weeks ago, stop what you're doing and read it now.

Tuesday, Aug. 17
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Matt Kemp bobblhead
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- Kevin Youkilis bobblehead.
Reading Phillies (Eastern League) -- Mike Schmidt batting practice t-shirt

Wednesday, Aug. 18
Reading Phillies (Eastern League) -- Ryan Howard model wooden bat
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- notebook. Did you know some kids are back in school? Crazy, doesn't it seem early for that? Maybe because I went to a college that was on quarters, so I haven't been in school in August in 17 years.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers (New York-Penn League) -- Polk High T-shirt. It's Ed O'Neill night, and for now he'll be remembered as Al Bundy, but another year of Modern Family as good as the first and people will forget that.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- soup bowl. OK.

Thursday, Aug. 19
Pittsburgh Pirates -- t-shirt thursday. It's a good simple, baseball with logo. I like it.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- Miles Austin bobblehead. Honoring Monmouth University's most famous football star -- it's odd for a Cowboy to be honored in Eagles country. Or maybe they'll cheer when they break the bobblehead's neck. For safety's sake, he'll be in a Monmouth uniform.

Friday, Aug. 20
Delmarva Shorebirds (South Atlantic League) -- Fernando Guerrero bobble boxing gloves. The NABO middleweight title holder not only has his own bobble (the head doesn't bobble, his gloves do), he'll also be there to sign autographs.
Sacramento River Cats (Pacific Coast League) -- California governor bobblehead. You can choose -- and make your vote known -- Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown.
San Antonio Missions (Texas League) -- koozie
St. Lucie Mets (Florida State League) -- banana phone.  A phone. Shaped like a banana. Kids, back in the old days we only had to have a cord for a phone and it was wired to our house. And if we were out of the house, nobody could answer it.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (South Atlantic League) -- Meterorologist bobblehead winner -- two WBTW Frank Johnson and WMBF's Rob Hatchell held an online vote and the winner got a bobblehead in their likeness and fans get a bobblehead of a weatherman.
Potomac Nationals (Carolina League) -- Drew Storen bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Tiger Stadium replica. You know, that old place. That old, awesome place.
Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) -- trucker cap
Missoula Osprey (Frontier League) -- 1910 Firefighter bobblehead

Saturday, Aug. 21
Pittsburgh Pirates -- Crawfords cap. I love when teams honor the Negro League teams from their city.
Kansas City Royals -- jersey cooler. You know, a cooler that looks like a Royals jersey.
Minnesota Twins -- lunch box. Always a favorite.
Arizona Diamondbacks -- spring training replica stadium. The new one, not the old one.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- Frank Caliendo bobblehead. The latest in the team's series of unfunny comedians.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League) -- Snuggie-type blanket
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) -- aluminum bottle
Asheville Tourists (South Atlantic League) -- Roy Williams bobblehead. Apparently there are no Duke fans in Asheville. Oddly enough, all four people I know from Asheville went to UNC. Go figure.
Hickory Crawdads (South Atlantic League) -- Crawdads jersey
Rome Braves (South Atlantic League) -- lunch box
South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League) -- koozie
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- football. I'll forgive them going football because their new logo is so awesome -- it's an old-school M's trident design turned on its side to make an E.

Sunday, Aug. 22
New York Yankees -- Yankees banner
Oakland A's -- Alteticos T-Shirt day. A yellow baseball shirt with the team's Spanish name.
Florida Marlins -- Billy the Marlin lunch cooler
Philadelphia Phillies -- Cole Hamels lunch bag cooler. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
St. Louis Cardinals -- Chris Carpenter bobblehead. It fights like a man, no bobblelegs here.
Corpus Christi (Texas League) -- metal lunch boxes.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (South Atlantic League) -- Harry Kalas bobblehead. A couple of years ago, I was in front of Kalas at the soda dispenser at the ballpark and kind of fumbled my cup. Kalas said something to me, and I said, "well, now I can tell everyone I've had Harry Kalas do play-by-play of my error." He laughed and I got a good story out of it.
Tri-City ValleyCats (New York-Penn League) -- Bracket Busters bobblehead. I have no idea what this means, but the team's website says it has something to do with the NFL.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:31 am

Harper enrolled in classes

Bryce Harper Bryce Harper has enrolled in classes at the College of Southern Nevada, improving his leverage in negotiations with the Washington Nationals.

Harper has also met the new coach at the junior college,'s Bill Ladson reports .

Harper, the No. 1 pick in June's draft, has until Aug. 16 to get a deal done or he heads back to the draft-eligible pool for 2011.

Harper left high school early to go to the junior college and be eligible for the 2010 draft. Harper is "advised" by Scott Boras, who has advised several draft picks in the past to go back to school (if they have eligibility) or go to an independent league. Based on Boras' track record, he's not afraid to follow through on waiting another year before cashing in.

Some, including CBS Facts & Rumors blogger David Andriesen, believe calling the bluff may be the best course of action for the Nationals .

Last season, Boras and the Nationals went down to the  final minutes before agreeing to a deal for Stephen Strasburg. In 2008, the Nationals didn't come to terms with Aaron Crow and used their compensatory pick to select Drew Storen.

As for Harper's latest, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo declined to comment to Ladson.

"I'm not going to discuss our negotiations other than to say we are in negotiations with all of our unsigned draft choices," Rizzo said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 10:41 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:34 am

Zimmerman doesn't want Nats broken up

Ryan Zimmerman The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman knows the team isn't headed to the postseason in 2010, but he's hopeful the team doesn't look too far into the future and keep some of the pieces the team does have right now -- especially Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham.

Zimmerman is under contract through 2013, so it's understandable he'd like the others to stay. However, Dunn and Willingham are free agents after the season, so even not trading them will guarantee they stay in DC.

"We're so close," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "I mean, they know. Mike [Rizzo] and Stan [Katsen] are smart. They're one of the biggest reasons we're so much better this year. They drafted well. They traded well. They know what we need to do to win. I don't think either of them want to get rid of either of those guys. They understand what we have, and they're proud of the team we have."

The Nationals are 39-50 and hoping to avoid 100 losses for the third season in a row.

Both Willingham and Dunn have expressed a desire to stay with the Nationals, but Dunn may be wavering because of the Nationals' lack of communication on an extension.

Dunn is also the team's best trading piece, but there's no immediate replacement for Dunn's power production in the system.

The team's other trading piece is closer Matt Capps, signed to a one-year deal. Capps has 23 saves and in a market short on relievers, he could bring in more than his future worth, especially with Drew Storen ready to take over the closer's role and Tyler Clippard with cloer's stuff, as well.

Zimmerman, though, said he'd like to keep the team together and pal the rest of the season at full strength in order to stay below 100 losses and maybe entice free agents to come to Washington.

"I think this year is the first year where we can kind of see over the hump," Zimmerman said. "Next year -- I hate talking about next year already -- but next year we have a possibility to do a lot of damage."

The Nationals are clearly a team on the rise, but Dunn is 30 and may be looking to play for a winning team for once, in his 10 seasons, the only winning team he's played for is the 2008 Diamondbacks, a team that finished 82-80. Dunn joined the team in a trade after the deadline and failed to make the playoffs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:55 am

Slim pickings for bullpen arms

Matt Capps How bad is the reliever market?

The Tigers -- who are without Joel Zumaya -- are in Seattle scouting the bullpens of the Royals and Tigers, AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price writes .

The bullpen arms on display were hardly top shelf -- Kyle Farnsworth, David Aardsma, Brandon League and Chad Cordero.

Price says the Indians are trying to find a taker for Kerry Wood and Pittsburgh is open to getting anything in return for Octavio Dotel.

The best arm on the market may be the Nationals' Matt Capps, but Washington has made no move to indicate they're ready to start dealing, although it's likely only a matter of time.

Capps, the Nationals' All-Star representative, is on a one-year deal he signed on Christmas Eve with Washington. The Nationals have two young bullpen arms under team control that look to be ready to take over the closer's role in Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.

Because of the lack of relievers on the market, Capps' trade value may be as high as it ever will be and the Nationals should strike while they can.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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