Nationals Baseball: Saturday?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Saturday?

Strasburg has been all but put on the mound for Saturday's game. It's still not official. He's not on the probables, but I haven't heard anything about him not pitching. That means the "non official" status is all about getting one more day from someone on the roster before they have to be moved for Strasburg to come off the DL. I'm not reading anything into it.

There could hardly be more favorable conditions for a pitchers return. It's his hometown (he pitches well on the West Coast in general). The weather is good. It's a twilight game (thought to favor pitching - and this year and historically he pitches better during the day). It's against the lowest scoring team in the National League in one of the most run depressing ball parks. He's following Scherzer which means there isn't going to be much pressure on him to eat up innings.This is being gently eased back into the pool, inch by inch.

What am I looking for? Nothing much beyond throw ~90 pitches of decent baseball.  I suppose I'd like to see a higher percentage of strikes, as it was his control that was going that last game.  The velocity isn't an issue. It wasn't one before he left so it shouldn't be now. I mean, don't get killed obviously, but I'm not going to throw up any alarms for a 4 run, 5 1/3 outing where he has good control. Even with such favorable terms, it's still his first game back in the majors, and I still only care that he's healthy, not that he's ready to potentially shut down the Dodgers next week.

Other notes

The Nats are feeling the offensive woes from all these injuries but thanks to the solid pitching staff taking on some weak offenses the Nats haven't felt it in the win column. They've scored 3-3-10-3-3-2-6-3-2-2 runs in their last 10 games, and it took a walk-off grand slam to get that 6.  I'll be curious to see how the Nats hang through the Astros - Mets - Miami - Mil stretch.  Still it's just for curiousity's "what if Bryce doesn't come back" sake. Standing wise you can go ahead and assume HFA for the NLDS and a #2 seed overall. They are up 9.5 on the Cubs, and trail the Dodgers by 13. And if Bryce does come back in time to get back in the swing of things, how the Nats did without him hardly matters. 

Kelley is back and Madson is down. Madson hurt his finger. They are going to sit him and hope it feels better in a week. That's the only good news that accompanies all these injuries. The Nats are so secure that every one that happens they can sit people and let them take all the time they need because there is nothing in doubt. Kelley has been in Syracuse and has pitched to a 1.80 ERA. Sorry that's a typo. I mean an 8.10 ERA. Ouch. Most of that was early damage though. He gave up 5 runs in his first three outings. In his last 5 outings (4IP) he's given up 1 run (a homer of course), striking out 3 and walking none. He's as ready as he'll ever be.

Updating that injury post : Scherzer did come back. The finally are ready for Kelley. Raburn still sits in limbo until roster expansion (maybe)

Werth is still nowhere, last seen jogging bases apparently waiting to see when he can run and it hasn't happened yet. After having the team point to a general time frame and missing that, it's hard to figure when he'll return at this point. That's really the only bad news the Nats have had on the recovery front. Strasburg was delayed an additional week but as we said should be back Saturday. MAT was brought up very early that 3rd week.

Drew is taking grounders and seems to be on schedule for an return sometime this month. Turner is as well but still needs to swing a bat before he can get a rehab assignment. End of the month seems more likely and I'd be surprised if he wasn't with the team by Labor Day weekend. Glover has seemingly gotten the clear to ramp back up but given his current state is probably still a month away. Any setback but the mildest one would probably put him down for the year.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Best team in the league if healthy. Big if, but its the truth.

Jay said...

Turner took BP on the field just the other day, so he's swinging a bat at this point. Werth was running the bases the same day. I haven't heard any more though, so I don't know if that means he is fine or if there is an issue. I think they need everyone back if possible (even Werth). We'll hope everyone gets better and gets back soon enough to get into the swing of things.

What do you do if some of these guys aren't performing by the end of the year. Would you sit Turner or Werth if they aren't hitting by the end of the year? We need Murphy hitting better as well. He has been off ever since he hurt his hip.

PhthePhillies said...

Turner is on the 60-day DL retroactive to June 30. He was placed there on Monday, I believe, when Goodwin went down and they needed room on the 40-man when they called up De Aza. By my reckoning, that means Turner can't be activated before August 29.
But I agree, Harper, by Labor Day for sure. Hopefully that gives him enough time to get his timing back.
Anon, If not the best, damn close to it. That's for sure. Here's to health!!!

Harper said...

Jay - Still haven't heard of Turner swinging the bat - I think we would have, but maybe I'm wrong. They showed some video of Werth running bases and running was being very generous.

I'd sit Werth for Howie if Howie was hot and Werth wasn't hitting. I wouldn't sit Turner for Difo or Drew.

PH - there you go August 29th at the earliest. Thanks for that.

KO said...

@harper Chelsea janes tweeted on Tuesday that TT was taking BP on the field

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/masnKolko/status/897568920479174657

G Cracka X said...

I'm surprised that Raburn isn't on the 25-man at this point if he's healthy. Seems like with all the OF injuries that there's room for him at this point.

KW said...

I've seen scuttlebutt that both Turner and Werth have gone to West Palm to really begin rehabbing. Turner can play in GCL games, but Werth is too old. The minor-league seasons don't run much past Labor Day, but there will be instructional league games continuing to run in West Palm. Turner is about half Werth's age (or at least looks it), so he may be able to ramp up faster. None of the Nats coming off a similar hand injury in recent years have hit well, though.

Raburn was last seen spitting sunflower seeds on the Nats bench, so not rehabbing. I assume that they would have preferred him to De Aza, so I would think he's still incapacitated.

Harper said...

Well dammit I confused my days. Didn't catch that the 15th was Monday

Jay said...

Max to the DL. He says he stopped doing his neck exercises and will be fine to start when he's done with DL stint. Hopefully it is not a cervical disc problem.

Robot said...

Nooooooo!!!!

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