Sunday, June 24, 2007

A Flury Of Moves

Was I ever stunned to just read "The Guz" is on the Disabled List. Wow--Hopefully more news about this move will come out soon.

The Offical Release:


Following this afternoon’s series finale vs. Cleveland at RFK Memorial Stadium, the Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Jason Bergmann from the 15-Day Disabled List and optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Schroder to Columbus of the Triple-A International League. The Nationals then placed right-handed pitcher Jesus Colome on the 15-Day Disabled List with a right lower extremity soft-tissue infection and recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Schroder from Columbus of the Triple-A International League. The club also placed shortstop Cristian Guzman on the 15-Day Disabled List with a left thumb ligament sprain. Tomorrow, prior to their series opener at Turner Field, the Nationals are expected to select the contract of infielder D’Angelo Jimenez from Columbus. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcements.

Bergmann, 25, will start for the Nationals in tomorrow night’s series opener at Atlanta. Bergmann was placed on the 15-Day DL on May 18 (retroactive to May 15) with right elbow inflammation. Prior to his five-week DL stint, Bergmann was leading baseball in batting average against at .162. Bergmann went 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA (1 ER/7.0 IP) in two rehab starts with Columbus.

In his finest big league campaign to date, the 29 year-old Colome is 4-0 with eight holds, one save and a 2.76 ERA in 40 games with the Nationals.

Guzman, 29, was hitting .329 with six doubles, six triples, two home runs and 14 RBI in 43 games with Washington at the time of the injury. He also posted a career-best .382 on-base percentage.

The 29 year-old Jimenez entered play today hitting .368 with 13 doubles, seven home runs, 25 RBI and a .461 on-base percentage in 50 games with the Clippers. He went 1-for-14 (.071) in 17 games with Washington earlier this season.

Schroder, 28, has worked 1.0 scoreless inning during with the Nationals in 2007.

And-Levale Speigner is Officially Ours.

The Offical Release:


The Washington Nationals today acquired right-handed pitcher Levale Speigner from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Darnell McDonald. Following the transaction, the Nationals outrighted Speigner to Columbus of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcements.

Speigner, 26, went 2-3 with an 8.78 ERA (39 ER/40.0 IP) in 19 games (six starts) with Washington before being designated for assignment by the Nationals on June 19. He posted a 4.41 ERA (8 ER/16.1 IP) in 13 relief appearances with the Nationals.

The 28 year-old McDonald, who signed with the Nationals as a minor-league free agent on Nov. 6, 2006, was hitting .315 with two home runs and 41 RBI in 73 games with Columbus at the time of the trade. He will again be a free agent in October.

Rogearvin Bernadina, 22, was promoted to Columbus to assume the roster spot vacated by McDonald. Bernadina batted .282, posted a .358 on-base percentage and swiped 25 bases with Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League to garner the promotion.

More on all of this later. Does FLop move back to shortstop--Ronnie Belliard to second? Interesting.


Edward J. Cunningham said...

It's a damn shame Guzman has to go on the disabled list. Two years ago he was hitting so poorly I would have once cheered this news, but he has made a remarkable improvement this year. I hope he gets better soon.

BTW, I really hate to say this, but has anybody noticed the promos MASN makes for the Nats? MASN does a really good job promoting the good players on this team. I don't think anybody...except of course SBF...does such a good job of accentuating the positive when it comes to this team.

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so, Guzzie, say it ain't so!

I almost want to cry. Alas, there is no crying in...

Colome has looked uncomfortable for weeks. Let's hope he heals quickly.

Will the Nats now use a 6-man bullpen? Who goes when Fick returns?

BTW, SBF, have you heard Charlie Slowes' play-by-play of Logan's baserunning gaffe?

Classic. Rack him.

Anonymous said...

FLop play shortstop? No, no, no!

Need I remind you of your "Highlight of the Game" for Saturday, May 5?

Positively Half St. said...

I don't understand! When did the injury to Guzman happen?? He was as good a story as we had this year- when pitchers started coming back, I was really looking forward to a healthy team.

SenatorNat said...

Besides having the best uniforms and logo outside of the Yankees, Nats have the best radio announcer in MLB in CS - the what is this crazy kid doing, incredulous tone was indeed a classic. Bob U could not have topped it describing the exploits of Willie Mays Hayes, whom I have often compared Nook to!

And once MASN buys a microphone to go with its camera, I will agree that it is pretty darn good wall-to-wall coverage...