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Source: Werth has 2 fractures in hand, out til August

May 28, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth has two small fractures in his left wrist, likely sidelining the veteran Nationals outfielder until August, according to a source familiar with the diagnosis.

Werth was examined Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., by the same specialist who repaired his broken wrist in 2012 and discovered the current fractures, suffered two weeks ago when Werth was hit by a pitch. A CT scan revealed these two small fractures.

Team officials have made no announcements yet about Werth’s injury. first reported the fractures.

The diagnosis is a blow to the Nationals and especially to Werth, whose career has been disrupted several times by injuries to this wrist. He suffered a major fracture while making a diving catch May 6, 2012, and missed three months before returning to help the Nationals in their final push for an NL East title. He also missed part of 2005 and all of the 2006 season with the Dodgers with a fracture and torn ligaments in the same wrist.

This latest injury occurred May 15, when Werth was struck by a pitch from Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne and immediately writhed in pain. He briefly remained in that game but was replaced the following inning and then was placed on the 15-day disabled list three days later with what the Nationals announced was a wrist contusion.

That diagnosis came after X-rays and an MRI were taken of Werth’s wrist, and the outfielder expressed optimism that the injury wasn’t more serious.

“I’m relieved,” he said on May 19. “I wish it felt better. I’m optimistic, but I don’t feel like I’m out of the woods yet. … It’s still swollen. It was bad. About as bad as it could be without being broke.”

Werth had attempted to resume activities with the Nationals in recent days, but the wrist had not responded. The club set up his exam at the Mayo Clinic with specialist Richard Berger, who on Thursday diagnosed the fractures.

The Nationals have used a revolving door in left field in Werth’s absence, with Michael Taylor, Clint Robinson and Tyler Moore all making multiple starts. The club probably will proceed in the same manner for now, unlikely to feel an immediate need to acquire a full-time replacement from outside the organization.

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  1. David Proctor - May 28, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    “The club probably will proceed in the same manner for now, unlikely to feel an immediate need to acquire a full-time replacement from outside the organization.”

    Yeah, I disagree with this. The revolving door of Taylor, Moore, Robinson have been sufficient so far, but they will be exposed big-time over the course of a couple months. A move has to be made. I’m not sure who.

    • therealjohnc - May 28, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      They have a couple of months to analyze the players; the trade deadline isn’t until the beginning of August anyway. By that time they’ll have a better idea of what they have in Taylor and a better idea of Werth’s actual timetable. There’s no need to overpay with a knee jerk trade at this point.

      I trust the ability of the Nationals’ front office to make the right decisions about this sort of thing. They’ve done really well so far.

      • David Proctor - May 28, 2015 at 4:54 PM

        I’m not convinced it’s knee jerk. This is the wrist that has bothered Werth his entire career. He’s 36. Hopefully he can return and become a productive player, but I think it would be foolish to count on that. Acquiring someone else to play now and then serve as a Werth contingency down the road makes a lot of sense.

    • Toot D. Blan - May 28, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      If Taylor is really going to be good enough to replace Span in center field next year, he can start proving it by taking advantage of this opportunity and doing the job in left right now. If he ends up being exposed, that’s a good thing long term since they can re-sign Span for next year knowing that Taylor isn’t going to be a replacement for him.

      • David Proctor - May 28, 2015 at 6:44 PM

        Fair point, but the flip side to that is that they could acquire someone and send Taylor back to AAA to get the seasoning he badly needs.

      • infideljack - May 28, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        Also when Rendon comes back, Espinosa could play LF if Taylor does not work out.
        If Taylor does the job we need in LF, then Desi had better get his game on. His defense is suspect and his slash line is way behind Espinosa with only BA even.

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    If it’s true about jayson… how did they miss it on the first MRI or cat scan….

    Sucks but I hope that MAT plays every day as I see the transition from Werth to Taylor is a better road than span to taylor…

    • David Proctor - May 28, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      It was very swollen and the bones in the wrist are tiny. It’s hard to get a good picture of it until the swelling goes down, which has just happened recently.

      • virginiascopist - May 28, 2015 at 5:10 PM

        Also, I believe MRI scans are better at detecting ligament damage, whereas CAT scans are preferred for diagnosing bone damage.

    • Eric - May 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      Hairline fractures can be very difficult to detect until remodeling has been underway for a week or more.

      • scnatsfan - May 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM

        This. Swelling has nothing to do with it as you can clearly see bone but a hairline fracture, until the edges remodel, can be very difficult to see initially. A fracture heals by resorbing the bone at the fracture site and replacing with new bone and until the bone is lysed the fracture might be microscopic; you can see it on a CT if you get lucky with where the cut. Truthfully unless you are an athlete or work with your hands the treatment is the same, rest.

  3. natsfan1a - May 28, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Ugh, that stinks for him. Had a feeling when they said he was going to see his specialist.

  4. natsjackinfl - May 28, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    I am now officially in the “Espinosa to the outfield” camp.

    Once Rendon returns, Espinosa becomes the NL version of Ben Zobrist as others have called for on this site.

    Now comes the dreaded onslaught of JayB comments on the Nats medical staff.

    • rayvil01 - May 28, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      “Now comes the dreaded onslaught of JayB comments on the Nats medical staff.”

      Winning ways since April have given him a pretty decent case of lockjaw. I laughed out loud at your comment. Funny.

      • therealjohnc - May 28, 2015 at 4:55 PM

        He’ll be back. Sooner or later the Nats will have a stretch where they lose three out of five and the “only happy when it rains” section of the fanbase will turn up again.

    • therealjohnc - May 28, 2015 at 4:54 PM

      While skeptical, I certainly wouldn’t object if the team started working with Espinosa to see whether he has the ability to play the outfield and to get an idea of how steep his learning curve would be. He’s likely to be a better defensive option than Robinson, and probably Moore as well. I don’t think his bat will hold up, but we shall see.

      There’s no need to throw Espinosa into game action in the outfield for a few weeks. But now would be a good time to start getting him ready in case of emergency. He’s already the emergency catcher – maybe he could have one of those games where he plays all nine positions!

      • Jfmii - May 28, 2015 at 5:45 PM

        Is there be any doubt that he will be a superb outfielder?

      • therealjohnc - May 28, 2015 at 6:23 PM

        That depends on who you ask 😉

    • #4 - May 28, 2015 at 4:56 PM

      This probably won’t happen because it involves too many moving parts, but… Zim in LF, Escobar to 1B, Rendon at 3B, Espi at 2B. Zim played a pretty good LF last year.

      • Bruxtun - May 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM

        Escobar to first base… you can safely remove the “probably” from the “won’t happen”. I like the creativity though.

      • Toot D. Blan - May 28, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        Zim used to play a pretty good third base, too. But he’s never going back there. And likewise, he’s not going back to left field either. He is a first baseman now, period.

      • JayB - May 28, 2015 at 8:54 PM

        Nats are pound foolish with medical stuff. They always get burned by 3rd opinions…..tons of times…..

      • rlndtln - May 28, 2015 at 8:57 PM


    • JayB - May 28, 2015 at 5:36 PM

      correct….they have earned the title of the worst medical staff in all of baseball….year after year this happens and no it does not happen to other teams…..Nats have a set of protocols that appear to be about saving money by being cheap with CT/MRI/Enhanced MRI/XRays…you name it and they withhold it.

      • jd - May 28, 2015 at 5:46 PM

        ‘no it does not happen to other trams’. Really? one don’t you ask Mets fans how they feel about what happened to David Wright? how about the Phills and Cliff Lee?

        They just gave Scherzer a $210 million contract. And you have the colosal affrontry to call them cheap?

      • Bruxtun - May 28, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        JayB has anyone ever agreed with you on anything?

      • unkyd59 - May 28, 2015 at 7:17 PM

        I KNEW you’d be here JayB!!! Too funny…

        Put me in the “play MAT five days a week” and keep it simple… Pay attention, and don’t screw up. He may fail for a few weeks (couple of months?)… Lots of good tutors on this team…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 5:54 PM


  5. #4 - May 28, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    I would not make a move. Why weaken your team/organization long term to solve a 2 1/2 month problem? You are committed through salary to Werth long term. Pick either Taylor or Moore and give him 5 starts a week. Let’s see what we have with one of those guys. If it’s Moore send Taylor back to AAA for regular ABs. Personally I’d give it to Taylor, bat him 8th and see what he can do with extended playing time. The OF defense would be among the best in baseball. This team is still good enough to win the division with one of the two playing all the time. I’m not sold on Taylor yet, but I’d like him to be given the chance to prove me wrong.

  6. AbbeFaria - May 28, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Rendon doesn’t exist until he proves otherwise. But if he is good, then add me to the Espinosa to the outfield club. Josey on a vacation far away!

  7. Eric - May 28, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    I’m pretty sure swelling is only an issue when trying to detect sprains and strains, not so much fractures. Anyone know if swelling makes fractures difficult to detect, too?

    I do know from experience that a hairline fracture that is invisible in an X-ray the day of the injury can be clear as day after a week or two of remodeling.

  8. letswin3 - May 28, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Werth’s last wrist recovery seemed to take a very long time … hitting-wise. So I really don’t expect his hitting anywhere near his norms this year. Let’s hope that MAT improves offensively soon. Of course, there’s no reason to rule out a TyMo everyday stint out there … that just might be what the doctor ordered for him.

    • Eric - May 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      From what I understand, his last break was exponentially worse than this one seems to be…

      In any case, he ended up hitting for pretty good average down the stretch in 2012, no?

  9. langleyclub - May 28, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Werth was injured in the 2nd inning on May 15 in San Diego. Since then, the Nats have a 9-2 record. Clearly, the Nats have played well in Werth’s absence (and Werth struggled when he was playing).

    There is no need for make move to sign another LF, right now. First, Werth is expected to return in August. Second, the Nats will give MAT and Ty Mo (and even Robinson) the chance to see what they can do with extended playing time. None of them had an offensive record as inept as Danny Espinosa had heading into the season, and he has improved with extended PT, reasonable to think that same can and will happen with MAT and/or Ty Mo. Third, it’s not clear what other needs this team might have moving forward. If Fister can’t bounce back and the Nats want to keep Roark in the rotation, their may be a bigger need for a bullpen arm. Or if Fister can’t return to form, and SS continues to struggle, the Nats may actually need another starter. Rizzo is not about to trade key prospects for a two month rent a player that may not be as productive as what the Nats already have.

    • David Proctor - May 28, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      The Nats might be 9-2, but I’m not sure getting absolutely no production out of LF all season is a sustainable formula. That spot has an OPS of under .600 on the season (and Werth certainly contributed to that, but he was getting hot when he was injured).

      They’re still first in runs scored, but it’s not like the offense has been lighting it up lately. They’ve scored 3 runs or less in 6 of their last 7 games.

      Rendon will be a huge help obviously, but this is another guy who got no Spring Training. I think he’ll come along much quicker than Jayson because he’s younger and has a more simple swing, but there’s going to be rust. We can’t expect too much out of him right away.

  10. masterfishkeeper - May 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Why not put Souza in LF? Oh, wait . . .

    I’m still happy about the trade. Ross and Turner will help in years to come.

    Hope TMo or Taylor steps it up.

    • scnatsfan - May 28, 2015 at 5:32 PM

      If TyMo doesn’t cease this opportunity then I see him gone

      • natsguy - May 28, 2015 at 7:22 PM


    • natsjackinfl - May 28, 2015 at 5:33 PM

      You mean the guy that leads all of baseball in strike outs and hitting a robust. 235?

      • natsjackinfl - May 28, 2015 at 5:36 PM

        That would be for Souza, Jr’s numbers, not Tylers.

      • scnatsfan - May 28, 2015 at 6:04 PM

        Understood. Still would have loved to have him right now. Why couldn’t they take Moore for Turner lol.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 28, 2015 at 6:13 PM

        And “seize” not “cease” but we knew what you both meant.

      • therealjohnc - May 28, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        Souza does walk enough (.325 OBP) and hit for enough power (7 HRs) to be an above league average bat.

  11. chiefwj - May 28, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    In the things I never thought I’d say department:

    They need to figure out how to keep Danny’s bat in the line-up.

  12. langleyclub - May 28, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Have been pleasantly surprised by Espinosa offensive improvement, but it appears the league may have adjusted as Danny is just 2 for 18 in his last 6 starts with 8 Ks… Espinosa value is as an elite defensive infielder. Not sure it makes sense to play him out of position just to keep his bat in the lineup.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      Espi has an .820 OPS and you always find a spot for one of your better bats. Espi would be fine anywhere you give him a chance. If Alfonso Soriano could play a passable Leftfield, Danny Espinosa will be better. It doesn’t happen overnight but to make him a Zobrist type of player is a plus.

      • infideljack - May 28, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        If MAT siezes the opportunity in LF and produces, do you put Espinosa at SS and bench Desi if their respective slash lines continue the same?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:59 PM

        I said a few weeks ago that I see a different Mike Rizzo and I think he’s going to go for it no matter if he ruffles some feathers and Desi could like you said see bench time but with the Werth injury I think they have a larger issue.

  13. dcwx61 - May 28, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    how much damage can 1 wrist take…could this be the end of the road for JW

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      It’s possible. If Rizzo trades for a LF then you have your answer as it pertains to this year.

  14. Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    At some risk of derision, can I ask what Nate McLouth’s current status is?

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      i thought he had permission to throw…no use batting as it won’t help

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 28, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      DL, not rehabbing yet.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      May 20, 2015 4:48 pm
      Manager: Nationals OF Nate McLouth moving closer to return
      by Marty Gitlin |
      Veteran Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is still sidelined from a shoulder injury and resulting surgery. He has not played all season, but Matt Williams believes he could be closing in on a return, per the Washington Post.

      McLouth has been throwing and taking live batting practice. There is no timetable for him to come back yet. His last major league at-bat was Aug. 1.

      • infideljack - May 28, 2015 at 9:58 PM

        McOut is not a name that excites me.

  15. dcwx61 - May 28, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    there is no such thing as a healthy team
    Matt Adams out 3-4 months
    Scott kasmir on the dl
    from the o’s game….ALR with a homer

  16. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 28, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    This opeens a spot for Giancarlo Stanton. Just saying.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      I like the way you’re thinking.

      • Eric - May 28, 2015 at 7:26 PM


    • scnatsfan - May 28, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Moore and Taylor Jordan for Stanton. And one of their young starters.

      • Hiram Hover - May 28, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        Might have to take Dan Jennings as well. Can you DFA a manager?

  17. jd - May 28, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    I agree that our left field situation isn’t really very good but I don’t really see anything out there we can acquire without giving up a serious prospect and we don’t have many of them.

    I think the idea of Espi in the outfield has some merit but I’m not fully convinced that he’l hit enough long term.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      jd, that’s the issue. It’s putting a lot of eggs in the Espi basket.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      whoops MDD

  18. coop202 - May 28, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Mlbtraderumors mentioned Alejandro de aza who was dfa by bmore assuming the o’s pick up the majority of his remaining guaranteed contract. Wouldn’t protest that as a short term plan

  19. laddieblahblah - May 28, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Oh, no. No Jayson Werth for most, if not all, of this season.

    To me, Taylor is not a viable option. Word will soon spread that you throw off-speed, low breaking balls to Michael and allow him to strike himself out. No FBs. He will become, if he is not, already, the easiest out in the lineup.

    Moore and Robinson are poor defensive players, but they both can hit ML pitching better than Taylor. The Nats can bring up Den Dekker for late inning defensive support, double-switching and pinch-running duties. Taylor needs to learn how to run the bases as well as how to recognize un-hittable breakers. He belongs in AAA. A platoon of Robinson and Moore gives the Nats some punch, more balls in play, and another lefty bat in the lineup when Robinson is in the lineup. With regular ABs, either man, or both, could become more productive than they are as rusting bench bats.

    Then there is MacLouth. Who knows how he is doing? A wild card. Rizzo is good, but I don’t see how he gets a good-hitting corner outfielder any time soon. We can dream, but, realistically, that’s all about wishful thinking for the near future.

    Can’t help feeling a little bad for Brian Goodwin. If he had stayed healthy, this very well might have been his big chance.

    • laddieblahblah - May 28, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      P.S. I was in the Espinosa as Zobrist camp two years ago, long before anyone else here thought of it. But instead of putting him out there, put Desmond in LF. Danny is a better man with both the glove and the bat, and is too valuable, now, to take out of the IF. Putting Desmond in LF improves both the IF defense and the OF defense, and gets Espinosa in the lineup every day.

      When Moore or Robinson gets a day in LF, Desi becomes the pinch-runner, double-switch guy late in the game.

      • virginiascopist - May 28, 2015 at 8:46 PM

        I’m sure someone else will jump in here, but I believe Desmond was tried in the outfield quite some time ago, and it did not go well.

        I do think with some combination of TMo, Robinson, MAT, MacLouth, Espinosa, den Dekker, and possibly even Tony Gwynn, Jr., we should be able to adequately withstand the loss of Werth until August.

      • infideljack - May 28, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        If Desi cannot play LF, bench him.

      • Hiram Hover - May 28, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Sorry, guys. Desi is not going to either the bench or the OF.

      • laddieblahblah - May 29, 2015 at 5:48 AM

        “I believe Desmond was tried in the outfield quite some time ago, and it did not go well….”

        I did not know that. With his speed and arm I thought he would be a natural out there. Catching balls hit into the air never was a problem for him, and Ryan took to it like a fish to water.

      • natsjackinfl - May 29, 2015 at 6:08 AM

        I still have Strasburg’s first ever Spring Training game on DVR and Desmond started the game in right field,

      • chrisrw109nats - May 29, 2015 at 9:53 AM

        Seriously, it’s like people haven’t been watching this team… ever.

        1) Desmond has, and will always be a streaky hitter. He’s neither as bad as when he’s on a downstreak (much of this month), or as good as when he’s on a hot streak (early this year, and now). What we get when you average it all together, is an above short stop… and that’s extremely good given what we’re paying him.

        2) He’s not going anywhere this year. We’re probably not going to be able to keep him next year, and that’s a shame.

        3) While Desmond has occasional defensive yips, he’s a good quality shortstop. There are many, many, many light-hitting SS’s that I would not be happy to see as a replacement for him.

        4) Desmond was tried in the OF. It was NOT pretty. His speed is great, but for an OF, he has an IF instincts. Which isn’t good.

    • Theophilus T.S. - May 28, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      Goodwin’s major medical issues are same as Strasburg’s.

  20. natfan9 - May 28, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    And I suppose we’ll never hear from Nate McLouth again either? No word on him as far as I know.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      Addressed above.

  21. Sonny G 10 - May 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    I think we can win our division just fine without Werth. Where Jayson will be most valuable is in the playoffs, with his experience. If he can come back in August and have all of September to get in baseball condition, I believe he can contribute significantly in the playoffs. So I would be happy going with Moore, Robinson, and Taylor for the regular season and forget about looking outside the organization for left field help. However, if Rizzo were to find a good, cheap replacement to bring in, I wouldn’t complain about that either. I just don’t want to give up someone valuable to do that.

    • Theophilus T.S. - May 28, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      Maybe DeJesus? (Currently hitting .320; one of Rizzo’s dumb deals — picking him up for no apparent reason and then releasing him.)

      • Bruxtun - May 28, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        That was the weirdest deal, but Rizzo didn’t release him. He traded him right around to the Rays. Got back Matthew Spann, who might be a not completely insignificant minor leaguer.

      • therealjohnc - May 28, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        By playing arbitrage with the waiver wire with David DeJesus Rizzo got a prospect for free (Matthew Spann).

      • Hiram Hover - May 28, 2015 at 10:10 PM

        Rizzo got a prospect for free

        Well, he got a minor league player, at least. Bruxtun’s “might be a not completely insignificant minor leaguer” is probably a better description than “prospect.”

        Spann has never appeared on any prospect list that I’m aware of. His 4.02 ERA and 1.4 WHIP at Potomac over parts of 2 seasons seems to confirm the wisdom of that omission. (He had a start each at AA and AAA this year before heading back to Potomac.)

    • npb99 - May 28, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      No telling how Werth will play if he gets back in time for the playoffs. He did terrible in the playoffs last fall, and following his shoulder problems, he was slow in getting going this spring. I wouldn´t count on much from him this fall. And hopefully I´ll be wrong.

  22. Theophilus T.S. - May 28, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Taylor may be lacking/have holes in his game but he’s still their best hope for average to plus performance. See, e.g., HR as cameo for Harper. He is, after all, tied for sixth on the team in HRs (sore spot). I think they’ll force feed him, at least until he hits the upper-midwest Interstates. Maybe some platoon starts for Robinson, and a spot start or two for Moore, but I think Taylor plays five days out of seven, at least.

    I also believe McLouth will be deemed “ready” before Werth and will get a shot.

  23. RoadApples - May 28, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Werth on the DL is excellent news.
    First and foremost he indeed keeps getting paid his salary. God bless him for that guarantee.
    That being said : Werth has been clogging up the works for the young ones.
    Taylor has earned that opportunity.
    Go Nats

    • natsjackinfl - May 29, 2015 at 6:11 AM

      Maybe the Nats can go get Peric’s other future All-Star outfielder, Cory Brown still laboring away at AAA somewhere.

  24. rlndtln - May 28, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Forget Danny in left.He will be a valuable utility infielder that can rest all 3 guys against left handed pitching.We need to platoon Robinson and TYMO in left for now.Can always get a guy like Byrd at trade deadline.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      The Zobrist guy gets starts at multiple positions. When Rendon comes back you have:

      Esco 3B, Desi SS, Rendon 2B, RZim 1B
      XXXXX LF, Span CF, Harper RF

      You have a bench of Lobaton, TyMo, CRob, Uggla, Taylor, Espi with 1 of them in LF.

      If Rendon needs a day off you have Uggla. If Esco needs a day off you put Rendon at 3B and Uggla at 2nd. If Desi needs a day off you put Esco or Espi in SS and TyMo or CRob in LF.

      Seems fairly simple.

      • virginiascopist - May 29, 2015 at 5:41 AM

        Works for me. What do you do when MacLouth comes back (assuming it’s before Werth does)? Let Taylor go to Syracuse so he can play every day?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 29, 2015 at 6:20 AM

        No decisions on McLouth until we see how he looks on his rehab assignment. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk that he makes it back, but if he rakes in his rehab assignment then he steps into the 4th outfielder spot and possibly becomes the LF starter.

      • laddieblahblah - May 29, 2015 at 5:59 AM

        Why would you put Espinosa in LF over Desmond? By moving Desi to LF you would eliminate the biggest hole in the IF while also plugging up the OF with a superior athlete whose abilities more closely match those of an outfielder than a SS.

        You send MAT back down t AAA, where he really needs to be. You plug in Uggla at 2nd, essentially replacing Taylor’s bat with Uggla’s, a trade-off that helps the Nats offense without losing much to defense. You would have an overall better defense aw well as a better offense with that alignment.

        Until Rendon comes back, Difo sticks as the 4th infielder. When Tony returns, Danny goes back to 2nd, Esco to SS and Rendon to 3rd. Difo goes back to Harrisburg (or maybe Syracuse).

        Desmond will not be the Nats SS next year. He has about 5 months plus the off-season remaining on his time with the Nats. Another commenter said they had already tried him in LF and it didn’t work, but I don’t recall anything like that having yet been tried. He seems like a natural fit, and it would give both him and the Nats the best chance to win, while he is still with the club.

        After all, they moved TyMo to LF, Werth to LF, Ryan to LF, Kobernus to LF, Robinsons to LF, Frandsen to LF, and none of them has the athletic tools to play out there that Desmond has. He is taller and longer than Espinosa, so he would be able to go back and nab those liners hit over his head more easily than Danny.

        I don’t see any downside to that move, and there is plenty of upside, both for the defensive alignment and for the offense, as well.

        It all makes sense, so it probably will not be done.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 29, 2015 at 6:29 AM

        When I saw Ryan to LF, I blanked. Exactly, RZim to LF.

        I’m not sure what Rizzo will do but I will say it again that Rizzo seems like a different GM this year. I think he will make moves that will ruffle some feathers unlike other years so if he thinks he can upgrade by moving Desi to LF he might do it but I haven’t even seen any budge from him to even bench Desi for a game and put Espi in SS and that’s why I think he won’t do it.

        Espi seems to be the moving part who can now play 3rd, 2nd, and as we know can play SS and no doubt in my mind he can be the Full Zobrist and play the OF. He has the arm and the speed and we have seen how far he can travel on popups in foul territory. It will take time. Can’t repeat the stupidity of putting someone like Cristian Guzman in the outfield as if he’s done it before. Get him reps now in pre-game so he is prepared when Rendon returns.

        “It all makes sense, so it probably will not be done.”


  25. npb99 - May 28, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Corner outfielders may be the easiest spot to fill. No need to rush into a trade yet, let MT try to earn a spot.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      It’s a possibility but he’s not hitting well unless you think he can turn things around. I agree with Laddie above that he will be exposed more as a starter.

      • laddieblahblah - May 29, 2015 at 6:01 AM

        “I agree with Laddie above that he will be exposed more as a starter.”

        You are so smart!

        Please see my comments on Desi in LF, above. Would appreciate your take.

  26. whatsanattau - May 28, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    You know who else would be a good Ben Zobrist type of player?

    Ben Zobrist.

    And he plays for Oakland so that’s like Nats West.

    And he’s back from the DL and their record sucks, and they’d probably take a reasonable package for him now that they know for sure 2015 is not going to be a good year in Oakland.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Yah, Zobrist, he wouldn’t be cheap.

      If I thought Corey Dickerson from the Rockies could hit in Nats Park like he does in Denver I would think he would make a good acquisition.

      There’s only 5 leftfielders in the Majors with a higher OPS than Espinosa so I would try that before anything else.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    “She listens to players’ family members discuss unreported news at group gatherings. (“I have so many scoops that I can’t do anything with,” she joked.) She observes how a team internally handles injury news and shapes the message from a markedly different perspective.”

    This is a story about a sports reporter turned full-time baseball wife and mother and that portion above is common with every team and how they report injuries and “shape the message”.

    • Eric - May 28, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      You mean they spin stuff, including news about injuries? Well I never! 😉

      Sometimes you’d think people in this town weren’t regularly exposed to dog wagging and obfuscation.

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    As I have said many time our biggest weakness is a medical staff that can misdiagnose everything.

    One thing JayB and I agree on.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    As I have said many time our biggest weakness is a medical staff that can misdiagnose everything.

    One thing JayB and I agree on.

  30. Theophilus T.S. - May 28, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Folks who crapped on Moore’s defense a couple of days ago now see him as a viable replacement. My position is that his glove issues are overstated but I find the public discourse ironic. He’d have to hit much better to be an overall improvement over Taylor.

  31. texnat1 - May 28, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    I with the group that you don’t go out and trade a meaningful prospect to solve this problem just yet.

    Let’s see what Taylor can do. If he can’t hit, Nats need to know that anyway.

    This is where the benefit of being an excellent team in a weak division comes into play.

    I say let it be for awhile at least.

  32. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 29, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    They’re in first place. Last time I looked there wasn’t anyplace above first. They’ll manage.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 29, 2015 at 12:30 AM

      Firstest place?

  33. Drew - May 29, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    We know MAT has occasional pop, closing speed in the OF and a great attitude.

    I’ll bet he would show pronounced improvement if the Nats let him play for 25 straight games, hitting seventh.

    Don’t you think he would run more consistent routes, have fewer TOOTBLANS, chase fewer balls out of the strike zone?

    We also know that Tyler Moore is a much better hitter with regular at bats – but I want MAT’s glove and speed in the OF.





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