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Zimmerman lands on DL, den Dekker recalled

Jun 11, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT

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The Nationals have placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

Zimmerman missed Sunday and Wednesday’s games, as he rested during an extended slump. He has been dealing with pain in his left foot since mid-April.

Zimmerman, 30, is hitting just .209 with a .265 on-base percentage. He has a .611 OPS through 56 games this season, the lowest of his career.

Before sitting out Sunday’s game against the Cubs, Zimmerman spoke about the injury and said he thought he would be able to play through it.

“That’s no excuse. If it was at a point to where it was hindering me, then I shouldn’t play.”

Zimmerman joins teammates Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister on the disabled list. Craig Stammen was also lost for the season with a forearm injury back in April. The team has missed Anthony Rendon for the first third of the year and outfielder Reed Johnson has been injured, as well.

Tyler Moore will likely fill in while Zimmerman is out. Moore is batting .181 with three homers and 10 RBI through 40 games this season.

den Dekker made the team’s Opening Day roster, but has appeared in just four MLB games this season.

  1. texnat1 - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Interesting that its an outfielder. Can Robinson play first? I can’t remember. How about Escobar?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      1st Base is CRob’s stock and trade

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:21 PM

        In ST Robinson was given time in the OF, mostly in RF, because he was hitting well, and did OK.He actually looked more comfortable in RF when I saw him than he has in LF during the regular season. He’s in no danger of winning a gold glove out there, but he’s done OK. Where is the power he showed in Florida, pray tell?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:23 PM

        Figure out where CRob’s power went and I think the answer was in the wind. Bob Dylan wrote that song “Blowin In The Wind”. Not saying all of CRobby’s HRs were wind-aided but he hasn’t barreled up many balls since he made the team.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      Yes. It was his primary position all thru the minors – almost 650 games.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    So, do Moore and Robinson platoon at 1st?

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

      My guess is it will be TMo, but I would kind of like to see a platoon.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      I don’t expect a pure platoon because that would mean CRoby would get most of the work and I expect the team sees TyMo as the better of the 2 players.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:35 PM

        Well, we’ll get to see what Tyler Moore can do when he plays regularly. And when he plays 1B, for those of you who believe that the position one plays affects one’s hitting.

        Hope he does well, but I’m not optimistic.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        He helped win the game yesterday with the 11th inning single and scored the winning run.

      • jd - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:53 PM

        Ghost,

        I am glad TyMo got a big hit yesterday but that’s not really a good enough defense of how dreadful he has been this year. with a .181 .231 .347 slash line.I am pulling for him but he’s got to be close to his 9th life. He must take this opportunity and run with it or he will just go down as a AAAA player who couldn’t quite get over the hump.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        You always talk sample size and you want to go there? When he got his hit his BA jumped 12 points. Shaking my head.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:54 PM

        And went 1-5 with 2 Ks. OPS of .400 yesterday. That won’t get it done.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        The kid has sporadically started 13 games and you want to hang 72 at-bats on him.

        Give him a few week’s worth of starts in a row before you roast him.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:12 PM

        I didn’t “roast” him, just said I wasn’t optimistic. He really hasn’t produced very much with the Nats and his low walk rate in the minors is not a good sign.

        I hope I’m wrong and he starts crushing it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        I can’t stand when people want to make a point and use a 72 AB sample size of sporadic at-bats over 2 1/2 months to trash a guy. That’s the equivalent of playing 7 full games a month.

        I believe he will surpass RZim’s 2015 stats (not hard to do) but not sure he can put up an .800 OPS but the Nats should have had a better plan B in Spring Training.

      • bisonaudit - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:19 PM

        Fan Graphs projections combined with career L/R splits suggest that Moore is, as one would expect better at hitting LHP than Robinson, but also marginally better v. RHP.

        The hitting stats would suggest platooning Espinosa and den Dekker in left but w/ Espinosa’s retooled approach they may not be representative.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:22 PM

        Good points and I for one want to see Espinosa daily in LF.

      • jd - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:33 PM

        Ghost,

        220 at bats slash line .230 .285 .407.

        I hope he tears it up. My point was based on the fact that you celebrated his 1 hit as if to prove his quality.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        Give it a rest. You’re the self-appointed king of Small Sample Sizes. I want give TyMo the little bit of “Glass 1/2 Full” that I can pull out of his 2015 record besides that blast in Arizona and a few other key moments.

        Let’s see what he can do. He wasn’t my 1st choice so keep that in mind and I said as much in the off-season. I wanted Ike Davis.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        I don’t want to get in the middle of a good argument, but if I had a dollar for every time someone in here has said that this is TyMo’s last chance, I’d at least be able to buy several lattes at Starbucks, and they ain’t cheap. We’re not talking SSS when we note that TyMo has had many chances, including periods where he got frequent ABs, to show his worth. He has not done it, and no one should expect him to all of a sudden deliver this time, or think that “this is his last chance.” It’s not just the SSS this year that supports that view, but his entire career. He has shown promise from time to time, but he’s basically a bench bat with some power who won’t embarrass you at 1B and can play a statue in LF without too much damage. Nothing less, and certainly nothing more.

        That said, we don’t know the key factor in whether Rizzo goes out and looks for a replacement for Zim at 1B or tries to tough it out with TyMo and C-Rob, and maybe with Espi, Esco, or some other stopgap — and that is how serious Zim’s injury is and how long it will be before he comes back. Because I for one do not believe Rizzo is ready to platoon Zim or replace him. Not based on 55 games in a season where he’s been injured since late April. He’s our 1B for this season and probably beyond as long as he’s healthy or until it’s clear that even when healthy he can’t hit anymore. And that’s certainly not clear at this point.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM

        And one other thing — TyMo is no “kid.” He’s 28 years old and in his 4th major league season. He’s had 567 career PAs. He’s started 109 games and had 407 PAs. His slashline as a starter is .245/.298/.437/.735. That’s better than our collective LF this year, and he’s had some key hits in his career, but it’s not good enough for a starting 1B in the majors. A few weeks of starts is not going to change who he is.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:14 PM

        Good points

  3. Doc - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Den Decker?

    I thought that he was sitting on the bench in Syracuse, waiting for his bat to come alive.

    OK TyMo, here’s your chance. Go for it big guy!

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:20 PM

      He was in the case marked “break glass in case of emergency.” I think this qualifies.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      den Dekker has been starting with the Chiefs, but has seriously struggled at the plate.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:27 PM

        den Dekker is the last man off the bench and with TyMo playing 1st base it makes sense that den Dekker got the call.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        I know errors are not a very fair way to make too many judgements on a player, but in his years in the minors Clint Robinson average 1 error every 9 games he played at 1B, not a very good ratio. Compared to Tyler Moore’s 1 every 12 games at 1B. When talking as many hundreds of games as those two guys have played, the numbers are somewhat telling.

      • Karl Kolchak - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM

        den Decker has improved quite a bit recently after a horribly slow start. His OPS since 5/23 stands at .813 and he has 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in his last 14 games.

    • davebinmd - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      If you scan down the 40-Man Roster, Den Dekker was the only choice left, unless RZim’s injury allows the team to avoid the 10-day rule to recall Difo, but Difo’s development was in stall mode wasting away on the end of the Nats bench. It was well-past time to get him playing every day again.

      • natslive - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        What about Espinosa at 1B, call up Difo instead and have him at 2nd?

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Den Dekker was scratched from yesterday’s game and sent to Milwaukee so this wasn’t totally unexpected.

    Now to see the move to add Carpenter. I think Taylor Hill is going to be returned but haven’t heard for sure as he has been providing long relief.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:35 PM

      Here’s the current bullpen. Taylor Hill is the designated mop-up man. If he goes back, only Treinen would qualify as a true long man. Could it be Aaron Barrett back to AAA?

      55 Taylor Hill R 6’3″ 230 Mar 12, 1989
      30 Aaron Barrett R 6’3″ 225 Jan 2, 1988
      73 Felipe Rivero L 6’2″ 200 Jul 5, 1991
      46 Matt Thornton L 6’6″ 235 Sep 15, 1976
      64 Blake Treinen R 6’5″ 230 Jun 30, 1988
      44 Casey Janssen R 6’4″ 205 Sep 17, 1981
      22 Drew Storen R 6’1″ 195 Aug 11, 1987

  5. npb99 - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Sometimes sports cliche talk gets out of hand. “If it was at a point to where it was hindering me….” Dude, you’re clearly struggling, hitting .209. This really isn’t hindering you? Honest? Something must be because you don’t look like the real Ryan Zimmerman.

  6. Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Reposting part of something I wrote on a prior thread, because it seems relevant:

    Some folks have cited the example of Albert Pujols, who has struggled with PF on and off for years and in many cases still performed quite well with it.

    Most recently, in 2013, Pujols was battling PF and knee problems at the same time and didn’t have as severe a drop off at the plate that Zim has seen. Angels could DH him, which probably helped.

    Pujols kept playing with it until mid-summer, when he suffered a rupture of the ligament and spent the last 6+ weeks of the season on the DL.

    Not a doctor, never played one on TV – no idea if or how this is relevant. But if Zim’s PF is torn and not merely inflamed (-itis), then surgery or a long DL stint could be in his future.

    • davebinmd - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      Hiram,

      Did you at least sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night?? 😉

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:40 PM

        Not even!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Pujols was 33 years old in 2013 and still hit 17 HRs and while his numbers were down he still had a robust statline with a .330 OBP and .767 OPS and had a higher OBP then vs now.

      The ailments of Ryan Zimmerman just continue to mount. I’m not so sure how much is plantar fascitis and how much is bat speed and how much is just not seeing the ball well.

      Some would say, what took them so long to DL him. I had held the view that he was so good in clutch hitting until 2 weeks ago and his defense was excellent that he wasn’t hurting the team much. Well, the last 2 weeks has been tough to watch and something had to be done.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        That was the thing that struck me about Pujols #s–they did decline in 2013, but not nearly to the degree that Zim’s have. That’s why I wonder if the PF is the entire story.

        I think the Nats can compete with him on the DL. I just really want him (and Jayson, and Stras, and Fister….) back in form for the final push.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:14 PM

        It’s a curious case of who knows.

  7. Whack-A-Mule - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    It is discouraging to have Ryan Zimmerman batting .209 (although his RBI production has been disproportionately good).
    It is ironic to replace him with someone hitting .181

    And now Carpenter, the second outright-released Yankee reliever we have snapped up in desperation.
    Does anyone recall the boardroom scene at the beginning of the film “Major League” ?

    • virginiascopist - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      Rizzo is not one to make moves out of desperation. I think most will agree Thornton has worked out very well, and hopefully so will Carpenter. As has been noted, Renda was blocked. And now, come next week, we will get our first glimpse of our infield of the future in Difo and Turner.

  8. dclivejazz - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Plantar Fasciitis is an annoying, piercing pain in one’s heal, which doesn’t seem like it would interfere with batting in and of itself. If so, though, it takes a very long time to clear up, mostly with rest off your feet. A 15-day stint on the DL won’t clear it up, so maybe something else is going on, or this is another dose of the Haren treatment–getting him out of the day-to-day grind to clear his head and give him a restart. Hope it works for RZ and he comes roaring back.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      Going to the 15 day DL does not mean he’ll be back in 15 days.

      This does seem to suggest that the theory that he was just old and declining wasn’t justified. The guy is hurt. That’s what was wrong with Zim, in the words of the last post’s title.

      The lineup is just a ghost of what we expected at the beginning of the year. No Werth, no Zim, a seriously deficient Desi. On the other hand, Espi has been the surprise of the year, Rendon is back, and Bryce is a beast. We’ll soon see if TyMo and C-Rob can step up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

        “This does seem to suggest that the theory that he was just old and declining wasn’t justified.”

        We still don’t know much and everyone is guessing at what’s wrong but you can point to the stats that are kept and clocking bat speed and exit speed on balls and distance on HRs etc.

        I think after the 2 days of rest on Sunday and Monday that MW and Rizzo hoped to see the bat speed pick up and better contact and it just wasn’t there on Tuesday.

        Hard to say if he’s in an age regression decline or its the shoulder or the plantar fascitis is affecting everything or just a good ole fashioned slump combined with medical factors.

        I’d be guessing but believe it’s a combination.

      • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:13 PM

        I think he’s hurt, too. The best current option for the Nats at 1b is a fully healthy Ryan Zimmerman. I’ve had plantar fasciitis, and I think his is on his right foot, his plant foot. Everyone is different, and some guys might be able to play on that, and some might not. I know I wouldn’t, and Zim has not been able to.

        And he’s got that chronic shoulder problem, too. The Nats have got to try and get him whole. All the prior discussions about 1b leave the Nats with no better alternative, unless Rizzo works some kind of magic.

        The Nats not only have Difo, Esco, Danny, Rendon, Uggla and Turner, don’t forget about Chris Bostick. He got off to a slow start, but he has been smacking the ball, lately, and he’s really young. Renda had no chance against all of that talent, and Rizzo has plenty of additional ammo to make a deal, including Desmond, and a cadre of pitching prospects.

        If Zim continues to falter, I can see Mike trading for a new starter at 1b. He’s not Ruben Amaro. At least, I don’t think he is.

        Get well Zim. And please hurry up!

    • zmunchkin - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Given the RZ’s batting stance and his left leg kick, of course Plantar Fasciitis in his left heel would impact his batting. Sharp pain at the critical point of his swing has to have an effect.

    • Toot D. Blan - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      He has PF in his left foot, the leg he kicks and plants as part of his swing. You would have to think that the prospect of planting a sore heel down every time he takes a swing would be affecting his production at the plate. Even if it’s just subconsciously, that’s enough. Hitting a baseball is hard, and to do it right absolutely everything needs to be in sync.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:12 PM

      Plantar Fasciitis is an annoying, piercing pain in one’s heal, which doesn’t seem like it would interfere with batting in and of itself.

      Let’s find out for sure. Put a thumbtack inside the heel of your shoe, pointy side up. Now, “take two and hit to right.” Let us know how that works out.

  9. langleyclub - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    I think that the Nats also recalled den Dekker because of Span’s back issues.

    When Span sat out recently, MAT was in center and Harper in right with only Moore or C Rob to play left (or Espinosa). In close late game situations, you do not want to have a major defensive question mark at one of the OF spots. With den Dekker, who is a legit defensive outfielder, the Nats will have defensive options even when Span needs to sit.

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      And this is the World Series favorite.We lead the league in injuries and thats about it.

      • pdowdy83 - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:55 PM

        They also lead the division…so there is that.

      • dc27dan - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        Last time i checked, we also lead the NL East Division, which is pretty important to get to the World Series.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      “I think that the Nats also recalled den Dekker because of Span’s back issues.”

      I think you’re right. Span is a gamer, but he is still not completely healthy.

  10. lplipty - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Zimmerman extension was one of Rizzo’s worst moves. If he did not extend Zim, the NATs would be sitting prerrtier financially now AND next year.

    • pdowdy83 - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      $14mm/year is not really that much these days. Look around the league. Scott Feldman and several other 5th starters are making $10mm/year.

      While yes the extension looks bad at this point it is not exactly something that will cripple the team like Robinson Cano or Albert Pujols sized contracts.

      • philipd763 - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM

        The $100 million not trade contract is $16.7 million per year. There’s also a team option for 2020 at $24 million which one can assume won’t be exercised because RZ will be in a rocking chair by then.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:02 PM

        While there were some media outlets that reported a team option of $24M for 2020, that’s not what any of the reference sites say. Zimmerman’s extension, signed in 2012, ran from 2014-2019 with a team option for 2020. The salaries are $14M a season from 2014-2018 and $18M in 2019, with a $18M salary ($2M buyout) for 2020. So the Nationals are either committed to $90M for six years ($15M/year) if they buy out 2020, or for $106M/7 years ($15.14M/year) if they exercise the option for 2020.

        You could look it up either on baseball reference or fangraphs. I tried to embed the links, but for some reason the comments aren’t posting where I can see them. If this is a duplicate, I apologize.

        Oddly enough, at current market rates, Zimmerman would only have to produce about 2 WAR per season to make the contract a push. If Zim bounces back at all (and at the bottom of the curve it’s hard to see that, but he’s still only 30 and a complete collapse is unlikely) then the contract would be no bargain, but no albatross either.

    • npb99 - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      I tend to agree and was making this point last year too. The Nats drafted Rendon in the first round in 2011 and then extended RZ in 2012. They should have been more patient, seen what they had in Rendon.

      • langleyclub - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        Rizzo extended Zimmerman because RZ gave the Nats a home town discount. At the time, I hated the deal because Zimmerman seemed injury-prone and older than his roster-age. Even so, I thought he would still be productive in 2014 and 2015. but was concerned about the last 2 or 3 years of the deal (he is signed through 2019). Also, at the time, no one knew that that RZ would be relegated to 1st base (or a corner OF spot) before hitting age 30. His bat was good/at least decent for a elite fielding 3rd baseman. His bat is below average at first base or corner OF.

        You need to be a elite slugger to be right-handed and play 1b or corner OF everyday, as those two spots are usually where you put lefties or switch-hitters to balance out a lineup unless you have a Paul Goldschmidt or Giancarlo Stanton. Unless RZ can return to his 2009 form, the Nats are stuck paying $14 million+ over the next 4 seasons for a mediocre (at best) right handed hitting first baseman who gets hurt a lot. Not good. Understand why the deal was made, but hard to see it ever working out well for the Nats.

    • adcwonk - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Zimmerman extension was one of Rizzo’s worst moves

      Please. Given that there’s four more years left, and given that RZ is just 30, it’s awfully early to be making that judgement. We have absolutely no idea what RZ will be worth in Sept, let alone next year.

      • npb99 - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        You’re not at all concerned with the Nats having two aging and/or injury-prone highly paid hitters with several years left on their contracts?

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2015 at 7:47 AM

        Of course I’m concerned. But none of us know how it will play out. Rizzo was an idiot for signing ALR, too, after his first injury prone .172 season with us — until he followed it with a gold glove, silver slugger season.

        Yeah, it’s concerning. This doesn’t look good. But that’s a bit different than declaring the story already over.

  11. mauimo22 - Jun 11, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    I’m hoping TyMo will surprise some people if he gets every day reps at 1B.
    The kid’s got talent, just needs to work on plate discipline.

    • jd - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      mauimo22,

      He won the left field job out of spring training and failed. It’s not like he hasn’t gotten chances.

      • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        I think that’s really overstating the case. There were only three games in April where he had two or more at bats. 18 total for the month, if my arithmetic is correct.

  12. philipd763 - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Cheer up, after this lost season, there are only four more years left on his $100 million no trade contract with a team option at $26 million for 2020. We are stuck.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      The season is not lost yet. Two years ago Zim got off to a terrible start and only had 3 HRs by the end of June. Then he went on a tear and hit 23 more over the last 3 months of the season, almost exactly 2 HRs per week.

      He’s still only 30 years old. If he can get heathy, he might be able to do that, again.

      • natsguy - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

        That was cortisone talking.

  13. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Milwaukee is a good place for Moore to find his stroke — and everybody else, too, for that matter. The issue will be whether the Nats’ starters can keep Bernie Brewer off the water slide.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      The issue will be whether they can keep Kolko off the water slide…

  14. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    I remain a Tyler Moore fan, but even I think that if he doesn’t step it up over the next few weeks the next stop is DFA.

    Do it, big guy.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      He’s had enough chances to run his own lottery. This may be his biggest, and last, ticket to play. By the time Zim comes back, Rizzo will have made up his mind about Tyler. His next decision will be whether, or not, to make a big move at the trade deadline. And that will depend on how Zim performs when he comes back.

      And that assumes Span does not have to sit, again.

      Not the way most of us figured the season would play out. Oh, yeah – Fister and Stras, and the revolving door out in the pen.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        Not only do they not play the games on paper, neither do they play them in the hospital ward or training room.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:01 PM

        He’s had enough chances to run his own lottery.

        Love it!

  15. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Espi at SS?! Wow…

    Span CF
    Rendon 2B
    Escobar 3B
    Harper RF
    Ramos C
    *******Espinosa SS*******
    Robinson 1B
    Taylor LF
    Roark P

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:48 PM

      Er, I suppose one game isn’t such a huge deal, still, it caught my eye.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      He’s the best hitting SS they’ve got. The only surprise, to me, is that this took so long. I would have had Danny protecting Harper, though, and hitting ahead of Ramos.

      The top of that lineup looks pretty good, though, especially when Tony finally breaks out.

  16. virginiascopist - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Off topic, but the Braves were up 4-1 on San Diego at the start of the 8th, and just lost 6-4 in 11.

  17. langleyclub - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    About time. Playing Desi everyday was not helping him get his head straight. Maybe sitting a game or two will help.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      How many times have you seen, or heard, Matt speak about swinging at good pitches, and laying off the bad stuff? I have always thought that he meant exactly that. Maybe this is a way to emphasize that message.

  18. natsfan1a - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Feel better, Zimm.

    • unkyd59 - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      +1

  19. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Good move, step one done and I’m still sticking to what I said the other day:

    Nats Fan Zee – Jun 10, 2015 at 11:20 PM
    RZim need to go on the D/L. Desi needs to ride the pine for at least a week. Plug in T-mo, Tony to 3rd, Escobar to SS, Danny to 2nd base. Play that line up for a few weeks and I’ll bet the offense pick up. OBTW, Wilson needs to sit every 3rd day too.

    and to amend this, MAT in LF … all of those named deserve to start on a regular basis based upon performance. For those that think T-mo does not deserve a chance, think again … he has been working his butt off for years!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2014/08/15/the-26th-man-tyler-moore/

    • letswin3 - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:59 PM

      NFZ, Thanks, that analysis gives me a better feeling. I’m still a “wait-N-see guy re Danny, but he’s starting to look like he’s reinvented himself. I may have to issue some retractions if Danny can sustain his offensive conversion over the remainder of the season. Anf if he’s still doing in September what he’s doing now, I want to start a drive to triple the salary of Rick Schu.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:16 PM

        Yes, me too (Danny retractions) but you have to play the hot hand

  20. rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Lead the division.If the Braves and the Mets lose everyday we will always lead the division but that is a long way from the World Series.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Yes and no. Win the division, and they are as close as the other five division winners, and closer than the two wildcards, and way closer than everybody else on the “wait til next y

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        OOPS.

        “wait til next year” bus.

        That is all.

  21. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Clint wins the MW’s “right call of the night” so far! I’m thrilled for the young man. And those SOB’s in the dugout are cruel in a very funny way with the silent treatment.

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