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Game 6: Nats at Mets

Apr 11, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The temperature is up and Livan Hernandez is on the mound today.

NEW YORK — So, let's see what has already taken place on this Sunday morning…

— Garrett Mock was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse following wretched season opener Friday night.

— Livan Hernandez had his contract purchased so he can now make his season debut this afternoon against the Mets.

— Scott Olsen is going to be recalled from Syracuse and most likely start Thursday's game in Philadelphia, at which point a reliever will need to be demoted.

— Mike Morse was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained calf.

— Roger Bernadina was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to take Morse's spot and give Jim Riggleman another healthy body off the bench.

— Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup with a tight hamstring and will probably miss tomorrow's game in Philadelphia as well.

— Adam Kennedy is starting at third base despite having not played a single inning there during spring training. (He did, however, start 82 games at third base last season for the A's.)

— Oh yeah, and some guy named Strasburg is making his minor-league debut for Class AA Harrisburg this afternoon. (I'll have some updates on him throughout the day, with reports from my special correspondents in Altoona. One thing to note: Strasburg will beRead more »

  1. Ashraf - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    What time does Strasburg's start begin? I heard it will be on ESPNEWS

  2. Knoxville Nat - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    I thought the MLB network was televising SS debut today?

  3. TBC - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Olsen will start Thursday against the Phillies even though that would be Lannan's normal start if he pitched every fifth day? Is that because they don't want the Phillies damaging Lannan's psyche any further so early in the season?

  4. Aeoliano - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Olsen did not throw well his first time out for Syracuse. But JD Martin threw a quality start? This seems a bit risky given that this effectively finishes up all of Olsen's options.

  5. DJ - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    TBC-Sunday – HernandezMonday – MarquisWednesday – StammenThursday – OlsenFriday – Lannan

  6. Steven J. Berke - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Options don't work that way. Think of option years, not an option as a single act. Olsen can go back and forth this year as often as the Nats want. He just can't be sent down next year without going through waivers.

  7. hleeo3 - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Olsen threw better in ST than Martin. Not to mention has more major league experience and appears to be throwing his fastball 90+ again. Its an easy decision.

  8. NatBiscuit - Apr 11, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Oh brother, "…If he's got a no-hitter through five but he's reached his pitch limit, that's it, he's out…." Could we get a little grip here. Hype is one thing, but the expectations might be a little bit high.Let's dial it down just a wee bit.

  9. Sam - Apr 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    I was ripping Willy Taveras before the beginning of the year. Now, it's only been 5 games (and one at-bat), but if he is willing to take walks and try to get on base, then I take back everything I said about him. Of course, I am listening on the radio today (and for the next month), so I'm not sure if the pitches he took were just simply unhittable or if he really had a good eye. To summarize my point, if he performs as an average hitter this year, then I gladly welcome him to the team.

  10. aneedell - Apr 11, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Do you think Dibble will stop talking about how perfect Santanna is now that we're up 4-0?

  11. Carl in 309 - Apr 11, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Well, it is early in the game (I'm monitoring it via computer on ESPN gamecast), but handing Livo four early runs on Josh's grand slam certainly is a help. And Santana is clearly no CC.

  12. Anonymous - Apr 11, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    They're showing the Harrisburg game on espn3 (formerly espn360) if your ISP supports it.Patrick

  13. TBC - Apr 11, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    "TBC-Sunday – HernandezMonday – MarquisWednesday – StammenThursday – OlsenFriday – Lannan"Due to the off day Tuesday, Lannan could pitch on Thursday with regular rest. That's my point. Actually, if Lannan pitched Thursday, Livo could pitch Friday, Marquis could pitch Saturday and they wouldn't need Olsen until next Sunday.

  14. Janner33 - Apr 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Can someone tell me why exactly Livo was pulled with a shutout bid going? His pitch count wasn't even close to what he's capable of. Now we're only up by 3; not enough of a cushion to make me feel relaxed.

  15. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 11, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Mets announcers are saying Willie said something to K-Rod as he was running down the line. I want to know what it was.

  16. Anonymous - Apr 11, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    @TBC – It's probably to set the rotation for the next couple of weeks, considering they don't have a bye until the 29th after Tuesday.

  17. Jeff Wang - Apr 11, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    We're #4! We're #4!

  18. Positively Half St. - Apr 11, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    What a nice weekend this has been. Let's go at least 3-3 the next 6 (or even the next 156) games.

  19. HALjr - Apr 11, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Janner33 – Riggs said that Livo said he was out of gas. His arm felt ok but his legs were about gone.

  20. Aeoliano - Apr 11, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    How come only Livo can get quality starts? You can see why McCatty is so incensed with Mock. It must make him look bad.

  21. Michael J. Hayde - Apr 11, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    "In fact, it looks like K-Rod may have started it, saying something as Harris trotted down the line."Heh. MASN showed K-Rod approaching Harris, and you could easily see what he was saying. As the late George Carlin put it, he used the two-word phrase that's "used to hurt people. It's a heavy – it's the one you save for the end of the argument."And he said it at least three times.

  22. natsfan1a - Apr 11, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Yeah, "F-Rod" suits him better than "K-Rod," methinks. :-) It looked to me like Willie may have been saying something like "golly gee willikers, that really hurt" as he went up the line.In the post-game, Riggleman said that Livo told him he was gassed.

  23. Janner33 - Apr 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    HALjr – Thanks, though i would have thought all that racquetball in the offseason would have prevented that! :)

  24. E. Fudd - Apr 12, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Be vewwy, vewwy qui-et. We'w hunting F-Wods…

  25. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Hey, at least we didn't cheer like softball girls… :-)





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