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UPDATE: Difo promoted from AA, Werth placed on DL

May 19, 2015, 1:48 PM EDT


Updated at 6:21 p.m.

The Nationals have promoted Wilmer Difo from Class AA Harrisburg and will have their top infield prospect in uniform Tuesday night against the Yankees in a surprising move necessitated by outfielder Jayson Werth going on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion.

Difo was summoned to D.C. on Monday night, but the Nationals didn’t make the transaction official until Tuesday afternoon, when they determined Werth’s injured wrist hadn’t healed enough to allow him to return to the lineup.

An MRI taken of Werth’s wrist Monday showed no fractures or tendon damage, according to a source familiar with the results, suggesting the injury is not serious. The veteran outfielder, though, needs more time to let the wrist (which was struck by a pitch in San Diego on Friday) heal before he can play, so a stint on the 15-day DL became necessary. The move is back-dated to May 16, so Werth will be eligible to return on May 31.

“It’s still swollen,” manager Matt Williams said. “So we have to get that taken care of before he can even start back. Three days down already. Not really ready for a few more to even get back to swinging, and then working through that. So it’s important for us to have a full 25[-man] roster, and if he’s going to be down for another week before he can get back in the game anyway, than we’re looking at 10 days.”

Difo’s ascension to the big leagues is way ahead of schedule — he spent all of 2014 at low-Class A Hagerstown and has played only 33 games this season between high-Class A Potomac and Harrisburg — but his call-up likely will be short-term and isn’t indication the organization believes he’s ready to play at the major-league level on a regular basis yet.

The Nationals had only four healthy minor-league position players on their 40-man roster: Difo, outfielders Matt den Dekker and Brian Goodwin, catcher Dan Butler. With Michael Taylor, Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson all already on the major-league roster and able to play left field in Werth’s absence, the organization didn’t necessarily need to add another outfielder to the mix.

“He gives us a lot of options,” Williams said. “He gives us another middle infielder without having to move Yunel [Escobar from third base], potentially. It allows us to utilize Dan Uggla a little bit more than ordinary, because he would be the other middle infielder. There’s a lot of things that go into it, but he provides a lot of things for us.”

Difo, 23, offers the club extra infield help and speed off the bench on a short-term basis. He’s hitting a combined .315 with a .367 0n-base percentage and .887 OPS while stealing seven bases in eight tries so far this season. The Dominican native will become the first player signed by the Nationals out of Latin America to reach the big leagues since the 2009 revelation that a prospect claiming to be named Esmailyn Gonzalez had falsified his identity, leading to then-GM Jim Bowden’s resignation and the promotion of Mike Rizzo to take over baseball operations.

Difo made an impression on the organization this spring, his first in big-league camp, but he admittedly didn’t think his debut would come yet.

“Obviously he was surprised it was so soon, but he felt he was prepared,” said bullpen catcher Octavio Martinez, interpreting for Difo. “That’s what he works for, to help out any way he can.”

  1. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Psssssh…old news!


    • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      LOL. Mark just had to read his own Blog from last night.

  2. tcostant - May 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Why did we trade for den “upper” Decker if he is not called up in this situation?

    • alexva6 - May 19, 2015 at 11:36 AM


      and don’t tell me about their minor league stats

      • nataddicted - May 19, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        Maybe that deal wasn’t so much about getting den Dekker but in sheding Blevins?

        Not saying I love it, but that was some of the talk here at the time.

        We are not in the clubhouse or front office so don’t know, but there was talk on this board that the arbitration hearing was a burr under Rizzo’s saddle.

        They both went to arbitration when Blevins was 200k higher than the team (2.2M an 2.4M), less than 10% difference. There was an article that said Blevins was interested to see what the process was like so didn’t want to strike a deal.

        It doesn’t make sense that it could have been a $ dispute because the Nats lost and paid 200K more, pennies for this market. Possibly it was about the time and effort the team had to put forth, possibly there was a “future perception of the way the team handles players” issue.

        At any rate, the Muts are paying Blevins’ whole contract while he sits, and we took den Dekker for league minimum or close to it (and may not get much playing time out of it).

    • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      Its Upper Dekker and the oxymoron of that is that hes never hit one more than 10 rows up in the lower level.

      • pburm9qp - May 19, 2015 at 11:58 AM

        Maybe the “Upper Dekker” reference is different than what you think it is…

      • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 12:55 PM

        Its a cool baseball nickname but long since called a oxymoron since they say his only chance to get into the Upper Deck is to buy a ticket there. 😉

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      Seriously, he is struggling at the plate, and in the outfield, with the Chiefs. At this point I don’t see how this 27 year old AAAA player fits in for this team.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 2:55 PM

        He fits, just not at the top level. Syracuse has to field a team, too.

      • Candide - May 19, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        Syracuse has to field a team, too.

        Friend of mine (ArVaFan’s met him briefly) lives near Syracuse, knows little about baseball and cares even less, but he’s nevertheless adamant that “Mike Rizzo’s name is mud” up there.

        “How come?” I ask.

        “Because he pulled all the good players out of Syracuse in September and as a result they got clobbered in the playoffs.”

        I’ve tried explaining to him that that’s what ALL the GMs do in September because they want to see what their prospects look like, so all he’s saying is that the Chiefs minus their top players lost in the playoffs to another team minus ITS top players and besides, I’ll bet your assertion that Rizzo’s name is mud is based on one single letter to the Post-Standard on the op-ed page, since I’m 99.9% certain Bob doesn’t read the baseball pages.

        And I also pointed out that by contrast, Rizzo has a very high standing here in DC, and that Steven Souza was one of those September call-ups, and that even though he’s gone from the Nats, he’ll never get booed in this town because of That Diving Catch he made last year.

        “Maybe, but Rizzo’s name is still mud in Syracuse.”

        And I go bang my head on the table…

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 7:12 PM

        Candide: Great story; thanks.

  3. natsguy1 - May 19, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Happy for the possibility of seeing Difo this quickly, even if just for a short stint. But what on earth was the point of trading Jerry Blevins for Matt den Dekker if den Dekker isn’t good enough to get a call up to replace an injured outfielder going on the DL? One would think that if there was any situation that would justify the den Dekker trade, this would be it, right?

    • Hiram Hover - May 19, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      Den Dekker is there for “break glass in case of emergency.” This is not an emergency.

    • Theophilus T.S. - May 19, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      They have three spare OFs on the major league roster, only one IF, that’s why.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 11:47 AM


      • nataddicted - May 19, 2015 at 11:51 AM

        Agree with Theo, also one of the five infielders only plays one position. This player covers two or three.

      • natsguy1 - May 19, 2015 at 12:56 PM

        But an injury to Jayson Werth can’t possibly create the need for another infielder. If we don’t have the right mix of infielders on the roster, that means we’ve been trudging along recklessly for at least the last several weeks with the same problem.

      • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 1:03 PM

        NatsGuy, did you read what Theophilus T.S. just wrote. Most teams carry 2 extra outfielders and 2 extra infielders and 1 catcher on there bench.

        This finally balances the bench.

      • Hiram Hover - May 19, 2015 at 1:10 PM

        I wouldn’t call the prior situation “recklessly imbalanced.”

        There’s no such thing as a perfect roster–it’s always a compromise bwn what you need, what you have, who’s injured, who’s available in the minors, etc.

      • natsguy1 - May 19, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        I did read what he wrote. It is exactly my point. If the ideal bench is 2 infielders, 2 outfielders, and 1 catcher, why did our bench not have that makeup last Tuesday, for example? By your definition, isn’t what we were doing before “unbalanced” and therefore a mistake?

        And if an unbalanced bench with 1 infielder, 3 outfielders, and 1 catcher was the right strategy last Tuesday, then why are we changing it today instead of keeping the same strategy by calling up den Dekker?

      • natsguy1 - May 19, 2015 at 1:18 PM

        And a third point: if denDekker is so bad that the prospect of calling him up makes you change your roster construction, then why did we trade a useful left-handed reliever to acquire him?

    • pdowdy83 - May 19, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      That useful lefthander has a reverse platoon split for his career and was going to cost over $2mm this year. Maybe people need to look less at the return and more about the money. It frees up money to address needs at the trade deadline and Rizzo also knew he had Solis, Rivero and Grace on the 40 man roster.

  4. nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Have faith in Rizzo. He usually has a plan.

    • nataddicted - May 19, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      Rizzo is probably the one key person this organization can not replace. (Well maybe other than the guy who signs the checks Rizzo places in front him.)

      One more shoe to drop today… And we won’t get out of this season without several more roster moves.

  5. #4 - May 19, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    The Den Dekker trade was made at a time when the Nats expected to have three healthy OFs playing almost every day all year. The thought was to have a fourth OF like him who would not require a lot of ABs, but provide a little speed and defnse off the bench. They didn’t want to stunt Taylor’s growth with limited PT. Now it looks like MT will get fairly regular playing time with Werth out and Span needing prudently at least one game off a week. In retrospect the Blevins/Den Dekker swap looks kinda dumb, but conditions have changed.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      It was also made when Span’s return was not entirely clear. den Dekker looked like a decent replacement for McLouth.

      Don’t give up on den Dekker. He may yet be a valuable piece of this team, if he gets his hitting straightened out.

  6. ehay2k - May 19, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Was pondering the idea of Desi going to CO: Tulo is gimpy, they need a big bat and as someone here pointed out, the curve is easier to hit in Denver. But the cost would be high, because Rizzo knows he gets a good draft pick for Desi if he leaves via FA, which is likely. Plus, it would only be a short term rental, so who really knows.

    Seems like the only way this can work is if maybe Tulo is in a 3-way trade (Rizzo wont eat that contract) and maybe then Desi is the new SS in CO? Not sure what the Nats could get though.

    All in all, seems unlikely. But this Rizzo character, he’s full of surprises. 😉

    • Danny - May 19, 2015 at 12:25 PM

      Why oh why would Colorado need Desmond. The idea of dealing him is nonsense. It would be selling him for half a season, when he isn’t particularly playing well on either side of the ball. He doesn’t have much value at this point. Dont sell low. Colorado has no chance at the playoffs this year, so why would they acquire a rental who will make big bucks in the offseason??

      • ehay2k - May 19, 2015 at 12:49 PM

        No idea, just trying to analyze the rumor tying Tulo to the Nats, without us getting him and his Ryan Howardesque contract. 🙂

  7. ehay2k - May 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    And Mark Z., are there any other rumors you need Ghost to chase down for you? :-p

    • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      I heard Ghost say Max Scherzer is really good. 😉

      • ehay2k - May 19, 2015 at 1:01 PM

        Yeah, that sounds like a good one to run down!

      • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 1:03 PM

        Its going out on a limb as they say!

      • ehay2k - May 19, 2015 at 1:08 PM

        We want Mark Z. to branch out!

  8. Doc - May 19, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    So, whatever happened to Nate McLouth? Did an evil shoulder fairy vaporize him???

    • Hiram Hover - May 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

      Vaporized him, and $10M of the Nats money.

      • ehay2k - May 19, 2015 at 12:51 PM

        He moved in with Chien Ming Wang.

      • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM

        Worse than that, it’s $10 million plus the $750,000 buyout for 2016. McLouth, the gift that keeps on giving.

      • Doc - May 19, 2015 at 1:01 PM

        Baseball money. It’s like winning a players’ lottery.

  9. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Is there a “starting the clock” issue for Difo?

    • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      Just total service time which would move his arb clock up and total team control. I bet he isnt even with the Nats for 14 days.

    • TimDz - May 19, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      Difo was added to the 40 man this past season, so the clock is already started (at least in terms of option years).

  10. nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    “The Nationals are bringing Wilmer Difo to Washington, and the organization’s top infield prospect could officially be called up to make his major-league debut IF Jayson Werth needs to go on the disabled list with an injured left wrist.”

    The “if” is still a big if, if Jayson feels better today. I guess they then send Difo back with a nice meal and some souveniers.

    Mighty Ducks D2

    Ghost of Steve M. – May 19, 2015 at 9:22 AM
    “Coach, I woke up and the pain is gone”

  11. Drew - May 19, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    DiFo is hitting .308 with an .838 OPS.

    Turner is hitting .326 with a .909 OPS.

    The kids are all right in AA.

    I like the idea of getting the prized prospects a cup of coffee now, so they won’t be intimidated when they’re counted on to produce in high-pressure situations.

    With Taylor, Grace, Solis and DiFo, Rizzo has shown he’s no hesitant to promote and play the talented youngsters.

    • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      A Low Lev callup is like a cup of decaf coffee. Hes already on the 40 man. His limited time should have no effect on his Rookie, arb or service time status. Its all good.

      Turner as you said is rocking the ball.

    • virginiascopist - May 19, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      I agree with the kids getting a taste of the bigs in relatively lower level situations, and I would add A.J. Cole to your list as well.

  12. faridrushdi - May 19, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Prefacing this is total conjecture …..

    What if Rizzo is considering making changes this summer and is considering trading some of his free agents for help now vs. nabbing the draft pick and waiting 4-5 years to get something in return for those losses? Only a few of those 2006-2008 supplemental picks ended up helping the team. Maybe he’s a little gun shy.

    Both Wilmer Difo and Trea Turner are doing well at AA this year and could well be the team’s middle-infield for years to come. Maybe this is a look-see before making other, larger deals.

    Last year, Difo hit .315-14-90 with 49 steals. Since beginning his career last summer, Turner has hit well too. Based on a full season, his career numbers would look like this: .324-14-66 with 45 steals. Difo is 6’0″ and 195 lbs and will develop into a fair power hitter with 30-40 steals. Turner is 6’1″ and 175 lbs and once he fills out should have Desmond-like 20 HR power but with 30-40 steals.

    Perhaps Rizzo is hoping that both will be ready for 2016 (but probably 2017) and may trade Desmond now and move Escobar to short, possibly trading Espinosa next winter if he continues to hit this year.

    This won’t be the same team in 2016. Fister and Zimmermann will likely be gone. Span and Desmond will likely be gone. I guess the question will be whether Rizzo replaces them with veterans or does the Michael Taylor/Turner/Difo/Giolito youth movement thing.

    Interesting to watch to be sure …..

    • masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      I expect we’ll see a youth movement. Rizzo has been pretty good about not trading young talent for veterans. Only exceptions have been Karns for Lobaton, but Rizzo got back Rivero, and Meyer for Span. Even when he traded Souza he got younger talent.

      I guess you could say the Fister trade was youth for older talent, but Rizzo didn’t give up a whole lot there.

      • infideljack - May 19, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        I think Espinosa stays if he continues hitting. He is cheap and a switch hitter with plus defense and speed.
        He also is a potential 20 HR guy that gives the bottom of the order a fear factor for opposing pitchers.
        His left side plate appearances seem to be emulating Harper. Did he spend time in Vegas over the winter?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      If you saw Difo at Spring Training you’d be giddy. This kid has great hand/eye and a nice short swing that generates good power with that quick bat speed.

      Trea Turner I was told by a scout who saw him at the AFL last year that he has deceptive speed and could be a key bench player for the Nats run as he’s toolsy.

      Now to your theory, I think none of the potential FAs get traded and the trades you might see is lefty bench stud and a getting Clippard back.

      Yes, Clippard.

      • virginiascopist - May 19, 2015 at 1:46 PM

        I don’t see the upcoming free agents getting traded either — and I’m quite sure Rizzo is salivating at four possible compensation picks.

        It would make quite a story if we got Clippard back. Personally, I don’t think it will happen, but we’ll see where we are at the trade deadline. I think we know where Oakland will be.

      • sec112 - May 19, 2015 at 1:52 PM

        If the bullpen situation is at all iffy and the A’s have not turned their season around, I think there is a good chance of Clippard is coming back. There will be competition for him, but Rizzo will offer an enticing prospect, and he has a good track record of trades with the A’s that worked out well on both sides.

      • Nats Fan Zee - May 19, 2015 at 2:07 PM

        The give away of 2016, a Clippard Goggles Garden Gnome! I love it!

      • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        I really think if a trade is made for Tyler it would be for him to serve as hired gun for the rest of 2015 .No signing for 2016.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 2:46 PM

        Exactly. He’s going to Free Agency regardless. The A’s aren’t giving him back for free but the A’s fire sale will begin soon.

        Nats could get Clippard and Ike Davis who last year was a top lefty bench bat and is batting .282 this year with a .348 OBP.

      • nataddicted - May 19, 2015 at 2:29 PM

        virginiascopist – May 19, 2015 at 1:46 PM
        “I don’t see the upcoming free agents getting traded either — and I’m quite sure Rizzo is salivating at four possible compensation picks.”

        Keeping everyone up to speed: To get the compensation picks the Nats will have to make qualifying offers to all four, at likely upwards of 16M for a one-year deal (the price is set each year by the average of the top 125 MLB salaries).

        Current salaries are: Span 9M; Desmond 11M; Fister 11.4M; and Zimmermann 16.5M.

        I think we make the QO to all of them.

        I think we have zero chance on Desmond and Zimmermann.

        Also I think we’re down a first-round pick next month because we signed Max.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 2:48 PM

        Have to see end of season who would be a good QO. That will bring back draft picks.

      • NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 2:48 PM

        Ghost, are you guessing on Clippard or have you heard something? Even if Janssen turns out to be super-great, we could still use Clip.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 2:57 PM

        I only heard that Rizzo will closely watch Janssen and his progress to see what he might do as he does not want matchup 8th inning setup guys.

        In my heart I want Clippard back but if some team needs a closer then Beane will get good return on him that would cost Rizzo too much. I think it all depends on how good Clippard is as to what Beane wants unless there was a handshake of 1st right of refusal.

        The A’s are in such disarray they are due for a gigantic fire sale. I watched a few innings over the weekend and Billy Burns was the only one who seemed to care. Beane finally over-thought himself and ruined a good team. Sheesh.

        Hoping there’s a way to get Clip back. My 2 favorite relievers of all time are Chief and Clip. It’s rare for relief pitchers to have such impact on their teams and those 2 did. They always got my blood pressure up but almost always got the job done.

  13. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Apparently it’s official that Werth is on the DL

    “The Washington Nationals recalled infielder Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday and placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a left wrist contusion.”

    Sorry if that’s already been posted…

    • Eric - May 19, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      Oops, Mark’s post updated, too.

  14. homeparkdc - May 19, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    The #Nats have recalled INF Wilmer Difo from Double-A & placed OF Jayson Werth on 15-day DL:

    • homeparkdc - May 19, 2015 at 1:55 PM

      Ooops, me, too.

  15. masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    So much for Rizzo doing a blockbuster trade today!

    • rlndtln - May 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      The Blevin deal I have complained about for weeks.Blevin for a guy who will never play here and worse than that he goes to our chief rival.He would have been our best lefty out of the pen.That made no sense.Of course nobody knew he would get hurt.But he will be back to face Harp when it counts.

      • rlndtln - May 19, 2015 at 2:24 PM

        Maybe try Robinson tonite for Werth to get another lefty in the lineup.

      • NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        Blevins was not fitting with this 2015 team. He got too comfortable here, goofed off too much, and wasn’t pitching with urgency or focus. Needed a good kick in the butt–which he got with the trade, and suddenly he got a LOT more focused and pitched a lot better after the trade.

      • virginiascopist - May 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

        The ONLY thing that bothered me about the Blevins trade was it was to a division rival (and, frankly, even that didn’t bother me too much). Blevins, when healthy, is, at best, a LOOGY, which was not what he was brought in to be (just look back at what Rizzo said regarding him when he traded for him originally), was pretty expensive, and a free agent after this year. I’m certainly not saying we hit the jackpot with den Dekker, but I am not ready to give up on him yet just because he’s struggling in Syracuse. Plus the fact that we have, I believe, two options on him, and we know Rizzo is very big on options. Let’s also not forget that the Mets took on all of Blevins’ salalry.

        Besides which, look at how our lefties Grace and Solis have performed so far. Plus there’s Rivero (who I would really like an update on health-wise) and Rich Hill still waiting in the wings.

        Even without Blevins’ injury, I still think we’ve done pretty well for ourselves. Who knows? den Dekker may turn it around and be a nice surprise — and we have a lot longer to wait than the Mets do with Blevins.

      • Hiram Hover - May 19, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        While I love this passion behind these arguments over a late ST swap of a middling BP lefty for a 4th OFer–neither of whom is currently in the majors–I am glad the Nats are playing tonight, and look forward to having other things to discuss.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM


      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM


    • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      That was people putting 1+1 together and coming up with 5 as in a Blockbuster trade.

      Tulo probaly feeling like he is stuck in baseball he!! with the Rockies as he wants to go to a team that can win. That team needs so much help.

      • NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        @virginiascopist, you make good points. I don’t think Rizzo (and thus Williams) likes LOOGYs. I notice that Grace was initially used only against lefties but now is expected to pitch a full inning, and same with the other lefties that have come up. So when it started to be clear Blevins wasn’t working out as a full-inning–or more–guy, plus the factors that I mentioned, it was time for him to go. That’s not to say Blevins was not talented. He was, and when focused could do an excellent job. Just not the job Rizzo wanted, and not often enough.

        I saw on Twitter that Rivero was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in Syracuse on Monday.

      • virginiascopist - May 19, 2015 at 4:10 PM


        Thanks for the information on Rivero. It’s good to hear. I think he could be very valuable in the future.

  16. nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – May 18, 2015 at 11:39 PM
    Werth to the DL.”

    Good job. You had that nailed also.

    • rlndtln - May 19, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      Not fitting in with the team so you trade him to your competition and he now fits in there.Why not trade him to Oakland for nothing?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        Just guessing here, but maybe Oakland didn’t want him at any price, and maybe Rizzo knew enough to not be worried about trading him to the Mets.

      • virginiascopist - May 19, 2015 at 3:32 PM

        “… maybe Rizzo knew enough to not be worried about trading him to the Mets.”

        See, I kind of agree with that. He had shown virtually nothing in spring training (except the propensity to give up towering homers to lefty hitters) and I think Rizzo may have thought he would help us more going to a division rival. I know he was performing well before he got hurt, but it was a pretty small sample size and I have a feeling when he gets back, we might all be surprised — the Mets most of all.

  17. Muddy Ruel - May 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Ugh, what does call-up of primarily 2nd baseman Difo mean for 2nd-base-only Uggla? He’s getting no playing time now. Danny E. is sucking up all the 2nd base oxygen (and my the Force keep bein’ with you, Danny E.). Dan U. is merely a strong right-handed PH, period. Maybe it bye-bye time?, if Dan found a home somewhere? He’s gotta be wanting to try his new eye approach full-time some place … . And Mike Rizzo seem to like to (a) accommodate such vets (Wang, C. Young, others) and (b) turn this kind of situation into a prospect. Good to have positive-force Danny Uggla but he’s gotta want more. …

  18. Muddy Ruel - May 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Ugh, what does call-up of primarily 2nd baseman Difo mean for 2nd-base-only Uggla? He’s getting no playing time now. Danny E. is sucking up all the 2nd base oxygen (and my the Force keep bein’ with you, Danny E.). Dan U. is merely a strong right-handed PH, period. Maybe it bye-bye time?, if Dan found a home somewhere? He’s gotta be wanting to try his new eye approach full-time some place … . And Mike Rizzo seem to like to (a) accommodate such vets (Wang, C. Young, others) and (b) turn this kind of situation into a prospect. Good to have positive-force Danny Uggla but he’s gotta want more. …

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      Well, if he’s lucky, it’ll mean another ring for him. But if he just gets an MLB job out of it, somewhere, and at at this point, he probably can if they do release him (hell, if he’d been released yesterday he might have gotten the Marlins’ manager job).

      • Candide - May 19, 2015 at 4:18 PM

        +1 😀

        (Actually, since I’m retired, I wonder why Loria passed ME over…) 😦

    • raleighnat - May 19, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      I guess Uggla doesn’t have any trade value….but getting anything from someone is a thought.

  19. Muddy Ruel - May 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Wow. Posted twice. Hmmm.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      Tell me about it

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      … about it
      … about it
      … about it …

  20. senators5 - May 19, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Ok, with all of this knowledge being so freely passed around about any body and every body in or out of the Nats’ network, who has the definitive word on Rendon and when he is coming back and more importantly, what his status is for the long haul through September? Senators

    • infideljack - May 19, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      Nobody has any idea. Nobody. This may have something to do with what Rizzoo may know about Rendon. Hmmmmm?

  21. nataddicted - May 19, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP · 7s 7 seconds ago

    Werth still a few days from even swinging, per MW. Having Difo around gives more infield options, provides speed & helps free up the bench.

  22. laddieblahblah - May 19, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Dan Kolko reported on MLB that Werth has a bone bruise in that wrist. The Nats have achieved all their success without Rendon and without a healthy and productive Jayson Werth. It appears that they will not have either back, healthy and productive, until sometime in June.

    Last year they lost Ramos early, and then Zim and Harper with ligament injuries, and Fister was absent for the first month, last year, as well. They have been through this before, and ended up with the best record in baseball by the end of the season, last year.

    No one really knows what Rizzo is working, except for him. They are even better this year than last, but if Mike sees a chance to improve the club, he will.

    Did anyone see the promotion for Difo coming? Not that I saw.

  23. letswin3 - May 20, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    It’s the morning after Difo’s first major league at bat, and the kid looked like an old vet out there. He swung at each of the first two pitches, and made solid contact with the second one … sent it up the middle for his first major league hit. Nice going, kid. I know he’s not going to be here long, but at least he now knows what he’s working so hard for. Can’t wait to see him as an everyday starter and likely leadoff or on deck guy to start games … maybe even in 2016??





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