More Roster Changes

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

Posted by Cheryl Nichols

We hadn't even pulled out of the parking lot after the game when we heard Charlie and Dave say the words that we have been waiting to hear for weeks...."Alex Cintron has been designated for assignment." It is about time.

Roster changes were announced during press conference following game.

Elijah Dukes was placed on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to May 18th. Maybe someone can explain to me why this could not have been done earlier in the day so that Maxwell could have been in the dugout tonight. Justin Maxwell will be back tomorrow to share time in CF with Willie Harris.

For the first time in Nationals history, the team will carry thirteen pitchers. Jason Bergmann will join the bullpen in middle relief. In Syracuse Bergy is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and one save in 12 games. He has walked five and struck out 11 in 16 1/3 innings. This is Bergmann's second stint with the Nationals this season. The first time around he had a 3.60 ERA in three games while holding opponents to a .167 batting average.

Other News:

-Ross Detwiler earned another start. Detwiler will be on the mound on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles instead of heading north to Syracuse. Congratulations Ross. We are happy to have you.

-Joel Hanrahan declared closer again. The closer by committee idea was not working. Now we just need Joel to be "mean" and throw strikes and make batters nervous to face him.

-Nats think they will draft Stephen Strasburg. This is what we all want and hopefully it will actually happen.

-Nick Johnson being scouted by Red Sox and Mets?