The Devil He Knows

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | , , | 0 comments »

So Mike Rizzo goes with the devil he knows.

Livan Hernandez was brought back to the Nationals today, signing a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

I'll keep this brief. 

What this means is that now that Ross Detwiler is out with hip surgery, the Nats front office has so little confidence in Garrett Mock, Matt Chico, Shairon Martis, Collin Balester, J.D. Martin and Craig Stammen that they would rather give the ball every five days to Hernandez, who they know will give the team seven innings and an ERA of 5.25.

The Nats are now looking at a starting staff with Miguel Batista and Livan Hernandez at the 4-5 spots. 

If Scott Olsen can't go?  Move those two up and it's Russian Roulette in the five-spot.

The future may hold some promise, with the possibility of Chien-Ming Wang and Detwiler and Baseball Jesus all arriving around Memorial Day. 

Until then?  Well, things might be a little rough out of the gates.