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Huge Changes In Nats Clubhouse

Yesterday on the podcast, Craig and I called for some major changes with the Washington Nationals. This morning on this site, Will wrote about the bad dream that was the beginning of the 2012 Nats season. Well, GM Mike Rizzo, like the rest of us, has finally decided enough is enough. The Nationals announced several huge roster moves today prior to opening the series against the Mets at home. Here they are with the most up-to-date information we have:

Who's gone?

- Danny Espinosa: Espinosa has been terrible this season, and most thought it was because of his shoulder injury. Today, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling a wrist injury. Espinosa did get his wrist hurt by a Paul Maholm pitch, but there is no mention of his shoulder playing into the decision. He was hitting .158 before his DL trip.

- Henry Rodriguez: The long Nationals nightmare is over as HRod was designated for assignment. That means he'll have to pass through waivers in order to be removed from the 40-man roster, and it's hard to imagine one of the other 29 teams in baseball not taking a flyer on the hard-throwing righty, but if they don't he'll likely head to Triple-A Syracuse.

- Zach Duke: Duke did a nice job in the Nats bullpen last September, but that in no way translated into the 2013 season, and he was DFA'd as well. His 8.72 ERA in 12 games pretty much says all you need to know.

Who's up?

- Jayson Werth: Werth returns from his extended, 28-game stint on the disabled list with a hamstring issue that would not go away. Once he got things going, he lit up his reahab assignment, hitting .556 with a double and two homers in six-games at Single-A Potomac.

- Anthony Rendon: The Nats "next big thing" will get his second chance at the big league level, and Rizzo expects him to get most of his chances at second base. Rendon was just called up to Triple-A last week and played just three games there before being recalled.

- Ian Krol: Krol is the latest pitcher to make the jump from Double-A to the majors for the Nats this season. The lefty was acquired in the Michael Morse trade this past offseason, and he's put up great numbers in Harrisburg so far this season. In 26 innings, he has an 0.69 ERA, 2.51 FIP, and 10.04 K/9 there.

There will surely be much more to talk about about this shake up in the coming days.

About Joe Drugan

Managing editor of The Nats Blog and co-host of the Nats Talk On The Go podcast.

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