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Nats Round Up 4/30

Because sometimes the little things get lost between the cracks.

Nats trade for Kensing

Looking to bolster the shaky bullpen the Nationals shipped right-hander Kyle Gunderson (A) to Jupiter (Florida…not the planet) for Marlins relief pitcher, right-hander Logan Kensing.

So far in 7.1 innings for the Marlins Kensing has given up eight runs, not exactly a great start. The one thing the Nats like about Kensing is that he throws hard, really hard, and they’re hoping a new uniform may make a difference for the  26 year old.

In 2008 Kensing went 3-1 with a 4.23 ERA in 37 games.

Jim Bowden is the epitome of professionalism

Washington Times columnist Thom Loverro wrote a piece yesterday about what our old buddy Jim Bowden is up to. Wouldn’t you know? Its publically badmouthing the franchise he ran into the ground from 3000 miles away. Bowden now is a part-time co-host for the’ Mason and Ireland Show’ on ESPN 710 in L.A

Loverro reported that Bowden made several points that may interest Nats fans. Some being:

-Bowden compared the Nats to the perpetual losers, the Washington Generals

-He leaked that the decision to sign Stephen Strasburg has already been made

-He said the Nats offered Mark Teixira more money and more years than anybody in baseball.

You should read the column, it’s very interesting and there’s a lot more in there. The one thing that sticks in my craw however isn’t Bowden making fun of the team he  basically got canned from, but the Strasburg comment. I feel that type of information is confidential at least through a professional courtesy. If the Nationals wanted it announced they were going to take Strasburg they would have done it themselves. There is also no doubt that by announcing something like this it will have a major impact on contract negotiations once he Is picked. It gives Strasburg, Boras, and everyone in baseball more reason to expect more money.

The hodgepoge of Nats voices announce: closer by committee

With Joel Hanrahan’s inability to be a major league closer, the Nats had to make a decision. With Biemel on the DL the club announced that they will go closer by committee until it makes sense to announce a closer. This means there is no set 9th inning shut down pitcher, but that Acta will use at his disgression who he feels will do the best job to slam the door.

Notes:

-Ryan Zimmerman extends his hit streak to 18 games. Sets Nationals record.
-Nats have 18 errors in the first 17 games.
-Adam Dunn: “I think everyone’s out there playing hard. We’re making mistakes that big-league teams should not make, but we’re making them, and that’s what’s costing us games.”

Transactions 4-23 to 4/30

4/29
-Cristian Guzman activated from 15-day DL
-Alberto Gonzalez and Jason Bergmann optioned to Syracuse
-Wilfredo Ledezma outrighted to Syracuse
-Trade Marlins Kyle Gunderson for Logan Kensing

4/28
-Willie Harris activated from DL
-Justin Maxwell optioned to Syracuse

Disabled List

Joe Beimel – hip flexor – 9/15 Day DL
Matt Chico – Tommy John- out until All-Star break
Dimitri Young- Fatness- starts rehab in Syracuse early may
Roger Bernadina-broken ankle- transferred to 60 day DL, back in 2 months minimum. 

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