Tuesday, June 28, 2005

First Place -24 -6 = ???

If it's tuesday, there must be more injuries. The Washington Capitals of MLB (At least in terms of training-staff ability) have been bitten by two more, this time to their two best hitters, Nick Johnson and Jose Guillen.

Guillen's is less serious. He has an injured shoulder, supposedly from a collision with the catcher. (On the play he slid into home ahead of Hudson's throw?)

He's expected to be day-to-day, but given NJ's injury and his (what I'll charitably describe as) intensity, I'd be shocked if he missed more than a game.

Johnson's is more troubling. He injured his heel on his awkward dash to the plate in Sunday's game. It's listed as a deep bone bruise. I suppose it was just a matter of time before our Mr. Glass shattered.

He's supposed to be out three to seven games. Given his history, bank on the seven.

In the meantime, our pitiful offense becomes even more pathetic.

There are several options.

Wilfredo Cordero could slide into first and try to double his anemic .020 batting average. (That it'd take only one hit to double it is pretty damn sad!)

A much better option is sliding Brad Wilkerson to first. Ryan Church could play center and Marlon Byrd could slide into the corner.

It's possible that Tony Blanco could 'play' the outfield as well, even though they just said that the team is committed to limiting him to first and third a few days ago.

No matter which way you go, it's probably not going to be pretty. Even with our 3 and 4 batters, this offense has a hard time scratching out runs.

But, this doesn't create problems just with our offense. This will put additional strain on our over-worked bullpen, especially if the game is close in the late innings.

So, get healthy Jose! Get healthy NJ. We really need you.

11 Comments:

  • If this is something that Johnson could aggravate, looks like we might indeed acquired an OFer, like Steve Phillips recommended a month ago.

    I'd guess it would be someone like Eric Byrnes.

    By Blogger Basil, at 6/28/2005 10:34 AM  

  • Stay away from Eric Byrnes! He's a butcher in the outfield and makes too much money for what you get.

    I think I'd rather call Matt Cepicky up. (And that's brutal!)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/28/2005 10:36 AM  

  • Cepicky can't even pretend to play center, right?

    (Not that I'm advocating Byrnes; I can just see him being acquired.)

    By Blogger Basil, at 6/28/2005 10:47 AM  

  • From what I've seen, Cepicky does a pretty mean impersonation of Tony Blanco in left field.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/28/2005 10:48 AM  

  • Can Rick Short play the outfield?

    By Blogger Carl, at 6/28/2005 11:08 AM  

  • We love Rick, but he can barely play the infield!

    (Awaiting stream of insults from Gran Color Naranja....)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/28/2005 11:09 AM  

  • No insults, just pointing out that without Rick we have a bad fielding bench. Bennett, Cordero, Baerga, Blanco. At least with Rick we'd have a poor fielding bench that could hit.

    By Blogger Harper, at 6/28/2005 11:34 AM  

  • Wilkerson is a very good hitter and, for what I know, at least a superior defensive 1B. Frank knows that, and probably will slide him there.

    For the rest, maybe they can re-sign Hammonds?

    By Blogger Olivier, at 6/28/2005 12:31 PM  

  • Hey, there's always Orie. He played 1B last night for the Zephyrs and went 2-for-4 with a walk. .357 for the year in AAA--that's Rick Short territory.

    By Blogger Gray, at 6/28/2005 2:33 PM  

  • I think that Brendan Harris would commit homicide if Orie got called up

    By Blogger Brian, at 6/28/2005 2:46 PM  

  • Hey, Brendan Harris is only hitting .292.

    By Blogger Gray, at 6/28/2005 2:49 PM  

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