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Healthy DeRosa hopes to regain stroke

Feb 22, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

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Mark DeRosa joins the Nationals after two injury-plagued seasons with the Giants.

VIERA, Fla. — When a tendon in his left wrist snapped last May while he stood in the batter's box watching a Clayton Kershaw breaking ball hit the dirt in front of him, Mark DeRosa had no idea if he'd ever play again.

Watch the video of that bizarre, non-contact injury taking place and you can read DeRosa's lips as a Giants trainer comes rushing out to check on him: "I'm done."

Nine months later, the veteran utilityman (he turns 37 on Sunday) feels a whole lot better about his chances of not only playing in the big leagues for years to come, but of regaining the power stroke that made him such a valuable player before his ongoing wrist troubles derailed his career.

"To be honest with you, since I ruptured it, that's the best it's felt," DeRosa said this morning after reporting to Nationals camp. "I was able to come back last year after rehabbing and play in September andRead more »

  1. SCNatsFan - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    That video is just bizzare. I encourage people to watch it… but it also means this guy might have some Nick Johnson DNA in him, counting on him for much this year might be a mistake.

  2. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Thsi gusy is going to be a big part of the club this year. Nice pickup.dfh21

  3. Nats1924 - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    ya, definitely a freak injury.We have 43 days till opening day? Thats awful! Lets go dubs!!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Thsi gusy is going to be a big part of the club this year. Nice pickup.I am recylcing old posts here and running my motuh to keep up with expectations (even spelled a bunch of stuff wrong too).Best 25 go North!dfh21

  5. Joel K - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I'm certainly rooting for the guy but this has all the signs of one of those classic, "this year I'm finally healthy, haven't felt this good in years" spring training stories. We have no choice but to take the guy's word but every year there are a whole lot of guys who claim they're finally healthy and/or in "the best shape of their lives".Or maybe I've just got a lingering case of pessimism from the LaRoche stuff this morning.

  6. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    The guy did come back and play well at the end of 2011, so it's not like the Nats don't have a decent reason to belive he's in good shape health-wise, no?dfh21

  7. Steve M. - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    "However I can get on the field," he said. "That's how I got my start, being a utility guy. It's kind of coming full circle, coming back to it, which I'm not happy about but I also understand. I'm pretty comfortable playing wherever."I wish Lombardozzi followed in DeRosa's and Jerry Hairston's footsteps and had at least 2 gloves (infielder and outfielder). Davey has said he wants to get Lombo into 130 games this year. No way that comes from playing 2nd, 3rd and SS unless Zim is moving to 1st base!The Guzman experiment of just throwing an infielder into the outfield with little prep doesn't work either (see Houston disaster)

  8. Steve M. - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I still believe DeRosa's contribution to the team will be a key in 2012.

  9. Steve M. - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Amanda Comak reporting that Zim's agent Brodie Van Wagenen will be at Nats camp for a few days.If the Nats get a deal done with Zim I hope they don't delay announcing it for several weeks like they did with his last contract. We don't need more "drama" as the Anon said.

  10. MicheleS - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Richard Justice is on 980 with Tony K. He has good things to say about the Nats. He is in Nats camp today, I am sure we will see a story on MLB.com later

  11. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Getting Lombo into a bunch of games, if Davey is serious with that 130 number, means lost playing time for Desmond more than anyone, I;d guess, as he has the least upside or power of the guys at positions that Lombo can reasonable play. Lombo might even be the starting SS or 2B if Desmond does not look very good and Lombo does over these next 6 weeks. The club is looking to win and the best performing guys are going to play.

  12. natsfan1a - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    LOL, I like your moxie, dfh. :-)Not gonna watch the video because, ewwww, icky.Anonymous said… Thsi gusy is going to be a big part of the club this year. Nice pickup. I am recylcing old posts here and running my motuh to keep up with expectations (even spelled a bunch of stuff wrong too). Best 25 go North! dfh21 February 22, 2012 10:47 AM

  13. Les in NC - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    That's right, Anon 11:22, best 25 go north.umm, best 24 go north with Desmond…no wait, best 23 go north with Desmond and Detwiler….well, now that I mention it…. best 22 go north with Desmond, Detwiler and Lannan….Shoot, now I'm confused again! :)At any rate best intentions go north!

  14. Steve M. - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Here's Rizzo's quote on Lombardozzi. Remember, if he pinch hits in 80 games that leaves 220 at-bats for games that maybe he starts in and that's how you get to 130 games. “He won’t be a true utility player,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “But a hybrid role, where he can get multiple at-bats and we could utilize his skill set and still have him develop as a player … We see him as an everyday player. And Davey sees him the same way. And Davey is going to utilize him to get those 300 at-bats in the major leagues.”

  15. MicheleS - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    I just saw this…First Day Drew needs to trim that mop up and not sure what is growing on his chin. And Gio is getting into the "I need to by the Shersey" range. Need more from EJax before he gets into the shersey discussion

  16. PAY TO PLAY - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Re: Lombardozzi. I don't see it. Rizzo's quote of 300 At-bats is not an every day player unless you consider him pinch hitting as being every day. Even if he appears in 130 games of which 50 are starts that is basically 1 out of every 3 games that he will be in the starting lineup.Why can't they just say they see a big role for Lombardozzi or pencil out their intentions.Lombo is listed generously at 6'0" (same as DeRosa). Maybe 1st base and corner outfield is in his future also.

  17. MicheleS - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    And for those of you that want and update on Pudge I hope someone picks him up

  18. Joel K - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Pay to Play- I took it to mean they see him as an everyday player in the future, not necessarily this season, so he would like to see him get more ABs than the avg utility guy so that he can continue to develop… I'm personally split, on the one hand I think he needs to play every day, on the other hand i kind of like the idea of having him on our bench breathing down Desmond's neck and pushing him to either get better or get out of the way.

  19. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    natsfan1a — funny stuff. :-)Lombo's AB's — if he really is going to get a lot of them in 2012, he needs to make the roster first — are going to come from the infield, likely the middle infield. In the infield, Zim's healthy, LaRoche is supposed to be (and if he isn't Mrose is) and Espi has 20+ HR power and is a switch, so I think that the Anon above claiming Desmond might be losing AB's unless he's playing very well might have something. Club needs OBP like you read about and all. We'll see.dfh21

  20. David - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yes. I also believe that Davey will play who he believes give us the best chance to win. If Lombo outplays Desmond this spring, it's his job. Davey wants to win….

  21. DFL - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Barring injury, Zimmerman, Desmond and Espinosa are each capable of starting 150 games+ this year and should if they are not injured or in a prolonged slump. I'd be disappointed in their competitive spirit if they did not. That doesn't leave much of a role for Lombardozzi. If Lombardozzi can not beat out Desmond, he should be Syracuse bound or trade bait. Someone like Blanco or Tug Hulett can fulfill the middle-infielder reserve role. De Rosa can play third and first.

  22. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    If Lombardozzi can not beat out Desmond, he should be Syracuse bound or trade bait. Someone like Blanco or Tug Hulett can fulfill the middle-infielder reserve role. De Rosa can play third and first.Read between the lines. If Desmond doesn't hit Johnson will move Lombardozzi in there. That is the "Plan B" for lead-off. The same might be true for Espinosa. The lineup isn't that fixed so that there isn't room for competition during the season. Desmond is capable of doing the infield UTIL role as much as any player. Its all about who hits and who doesn't in Johnson's mind I bet.

  23. DFL - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Anonymous, do you think Desmond will bridle at being benched? If so, how badly? Will he be a disruptive force?

  24. JaneB - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    If only for DeRosa, I hope he makes it back.

  25. JaneB - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Thanks for the Pudge update, 1a. And the reading in between the lines, Steve. I hadn't seen that and it makes sense.

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