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For those readers that don’t already know. I have recently been awarded an internship with the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) for the 2009/2010 season. The lack of updates in the last three days have been a result of my temporary move to Columbus.

Nats fall to San Diego

The Nationals brought Livan Hernandez back to the club to do one thing; eat innings. Seeing as eating is clearly one of Livan’s favorite things to do, the plan worked out perfectly for the Nats Monday night in their 3-1 loss to the Padres.

Hernandez pitched a complete game loss Monday, throwing only 90 pitches while allowing three earned runs on seven hits. The big righty struck out five while walking only one, and aside from a few sparing mistakes, Hernandez pitched an excellent game.

The Nationals bats could not wake up Monday however, not even against the apathetic pitching of the San Diego Padres.

The club combined for eight hits, with the only run coming from Livan himself. Hernandez reached base twice, one a hit and a walk and perhaps was Washington’s best offensive threat.

Rookie Pete Orr continued his hot streak going 2/4 with the games only RBI. He is now hitting .533 on his short season.

In other news:

luisgarciaUtility infielder Ronnie Belliard was traded to Los Angeles earlier this week in return for minor league right-handed pitcher Luis Garcia. Garcia is a 22-year-old Dominican who has been successful at every stop thus far, as he is finishing 2009 in high-A Great Lakes as a reliever. Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus said:

“Garcia’s a worthwhile arm to have added to the stockpile, having pitched effectively for Great Lakes in Low-A in his full-season debut. The 22-year-old Dominican’s been generating a lot of ground-ball outs (1.8 for every fly), which isn’t easy with the suspect fields and fielding in the minors, while also striking out 55 in 73 IP against just 14 walks. Getting that plus something else for a few weeks of Ronnie Belliard’s time seems entirely worthwhile.”

Bill Ladson of is reporting that Mike Rizzo has indicated that the Nationals may not make their September call-ups for another week. Rizzo also said to expect many arms to be used in September to ease the wear and tear on their young pitching staff, but to also be on the look out for Ian Desmond’s MLB debut.

Dave Nichols of the Nats News Network and Federal Baseball wrote a piece yesterday on his predictions for possible call ups for September:

“With September 1 literally just hours away, major league teams can expand their active roster to include anyone occupying a spot on their 40-man roster.  Traditionally, teams have utilized the “September call-up” in one of several ways:

1)  For contenders, it’s a chance to give their regulars a night off here and there in preparation for the gruel of the playoffs

2)  For middle of the pack teams, it’s often a reward to long-time minor leaguers or AAAA-types toiling in obscurity

3)  For bottom feeders, it’s an opportunity for a chance to see that prospect that everyone is excited about, even for just a quick appearance


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