Sunday, June 24, 2007

Shuffle Up, We'll Deal

Boy, have we got moves:

Cristian Guzman to the DL with a strained ligament in his left thumb. He injured it in a tag play. (Did you notice the one throw -- can't remember who it was on -- where he sorta soft tossed the ball to first on a close play?)

D'Angelo Jimenez gets the callup in his place. Jimenez batted a sterling .071 in 14 ABs earlier this season, as one of the primary PHers. Jiminez went to the minors a few weeks ago, and was a monster for Columbus, batting .368 with 22 extra-base hits. Second time's the charm? Svrluga says that FLop slides to short, and Belliard gets the nod at second.

Jason Bergmann was activated from the DL. He starts against Atlanta tonight. He's made Atlanta his [offensive word] this year, allowing just 1 run in 14 innings, while striking out 18. Given Atlanta's recent offensive struggles -- including a 31-inning scoreless streak and one run in the last five combined-- and their infighting, it couldn't be a better situation.

To make room, the Nats sent down Chris Schroder.

But then Jesus Colome came down with the mysterious "soft tissue infection in a right lower extremity.", and Schroder was recalled.

Anyone wanna take a guess at what the infection is, and what it's inflicting? Someone spending too much time late night on Mass. Ave? Justin Maxwell just paid a visit to the team, and he's on the DL with a staph infection. Hmmm... Maybe Maxwell was demonstrating the latest poultry insemination techniques?

And if Jimbo's itchy transactin' finger wasn't twitching enough, he traded Darnell McDonald, a 28-year old outfielder to the Twins for the rights to Levale Speigner. Speigner remains Nats property, free of the Rule 5 restrictions. There's some potential in there, but he really needs more work. None of his pitches were individually impressive. More consistent work, without fear of having his brains beaten in every time, could help him there.


  • Look, I know this Speigner thing makes all sort of sense to the Rule 5 ninjas out there, but I'm feeling a severe lack of giving Bowden shit about trading for a guy he already had on the roster across the blogs.

    I'm sure I've just missed it.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 6/25/2007 12:00 AM  

  • We're too busy speculating about which 'soft tissue' we're talking about.

    Think he cut himself shaving his junk?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/25/2007 12:02 AM  

  • Maybe he was playing paintball with LaRon Landry.

    At least he didn't fatigue it like Roger Clemens.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2007 12:05 AM  

  • (Actually Barry made that crack.)

    (Not the grooming one.)

    By Blogger Unknown, at 6/25/2007 12:05 AM  

  • Barry made a poultry insemination joke? :P

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/25/2007 12:07 AM  

  • (Did you notice the one throw -- can't remember who it was on -- where he sorta soft tossed the ball to first on a close play?)

    Yes, but how would he have injured his throwing hand on the tag? I thought he must have hurt something in his glove hand.

    Actually, that doesn't make sense either.

    By Blogger Abhinav, at 6/25/2007 11:40 AM  

  • I didn't mean to imply that they were related. Just that it doesn't seem like his shoulder is completely healthy either.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/25/2007 11:41 AM  

  • Speaking of "soft throws," did you see that crappy "first pitch" by Wizzard Caron Butler on Sunday?

    I understand wimpy out of shape politicians not getting the ball to the plate but that guy is supposed to be an elite athlete.

    If I ever get the honor, you can bet I'll at least take a few warm up tosses so I don't embarass myself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2007 12:46 PM  

  • The reason no one is bashing JimBo is, the transaction makes sense.

    With all the injuries, Nats couldn't continue to carry Speigner. Since they seem to think he can develop into a servicable MR someday, why not keep him in exchange for an organization soldier?

    Besides, look what they did AFTER the deal. Roger Beredhina (sp?) called up to Columbus, Justin Maxwell took his spot in Harrisburg.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2007 5:47 PM  

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