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Ankiel cleared to return tomorrow

Apr 13, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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Rick Ankiel will come off the 15-day DL in time for tomorrow's game.

The Nationals plan to activate Rick Ankiel off the 15-day disabled list before tomorrow afternoon's game against the Reds and insert the veteran center fielder right back into their starting lineup.

"You're going to see him tomorrow," manager Davey Johnson said. "He's in great shape. … He looks good to go."

After dealing with a lingering quadriceps strain during spring training, Ankiel opened the season on the DL but immediately began a minor-league rehab assignment on Opening Day. In eight total games with low-Class A Hagerstown, Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse, he went 8-for-20 with three homers and seven RBI.

Signed in February to a minor-league contract, Ankiel wasn't added to the 40-man roster until March 30. Thus the Nationals weren't able to backdate his DL move until that day, making him ineligible to returnRead more ยป

  1. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    So, the X-man might not be the next ex-Nat. Carroll doesn't have an opt-out, IIRC, does he?

  2. David - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Mark, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is wondering whether Brown's hot start in AAA has turned heads with Rizzo & Nats brass. Any word on who who is "Rizzo's guy" in AAA that is ready to come up? A lot of people assume he meant Harper. But Moore and Brown have more minor league experience and both have started the season hot. Is Brown going to see the majors this year?

  3. SFNats - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Unless they want Lombo to play every day in AAA, it looks like Carroll is out.

  4. jd - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    If Lombo gets sent down who is the backup middle infielder? I sure dont want to see DeRosa at short. I think it must be Carroll unless we are prepared to DFA Bernie.

  5. natsfan1a - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    So I guess I'll get to see The Arm in action tomorrow, my first in-person game this year.

  6. Meridian - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    We've seen enough of Roger Bernadina, and this team needs to score more runs because we know that over time, late inning theatrics by low-scoring teams even out (remember 2005?). I'm for bringing up Brown or Moore and seeing what they can do, especially since after Morse recovers and Harper is brought up, there really isn't going to be much room for guys like that to get much playing time. Assuming, of course, that Werth does not become a high-priced bench guy.

  7. erocks33 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    jd said…If Lombo gets sent down who is the backup middle infielder? I sure dont want to see DeRosa at short.Espinosa would be the backup SS if Lombo goes down to AAA.

  8. Anonymous - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    If Lombo gets sent down who is the backup middle infielder? I sure dont want to see DeRosa at short.Espinosa can play shortstop (he may actually be better at it than Desmond .. .remember? sheesh ) DeRosa can play the other positions. Lombardozzi gets to play everyday getting plenty of at bats in Syracuse. Meanwhile, doubtless, they will work on making a trade involving Lannan and Bernadina. Albeit it looks to me like Flores might end up being the most coveted position player … if not Ramos.

  9. Anonymous - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    i live in va beach, have cox cable and am watching the nats,i cant hear anything on masn 2,is this happening to anyone else?

  10. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    masn2, comcast cable in Bethesda, is unwatchable. The signal is so week that I am lucky to hold the picture for 2 to 3 minutes.I just watch the box score.MASN is a travesty.

  11. Arlington BigFish - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    MASN2 is indeed a travesty on FIOS — at least from an audio standpoint. The engineers seem to have the volume cranked down several notches lower than every other channel. I've called MASN several times on this, & have been met with universal "Wha?"

  12. Kirbs - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Bernie had his chance to keep his spot. Bring on Rick!

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