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DeRosa could be back in days

Jun 23, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

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Mark DeRosa will play nine innings for Class A Potomac tonight.

BALTIMORE — The Nationals expect to have utilityman Mark DeRosa back from the disabled list within days, perhaps in time for Sunday's series finale against the Orioles.

DeRosa is starting in left field for Class A Potomac tonight and is scheduled to play nine innings for the first time since landing on the DL with a strained left oblique muscle. If that goes well, manager Davey Johnson suggested the 37-year-old could be in uniform as soon as Sunday at Camden Yards.

"He's going to play nine innings tonight and see how he comes out of that, and we'll take it one day at a time," Johnson said. "He could be here tomorrow or another 2-3 days. We'll see."

DeRosa was hitless in his first four at-bats on rehab, though he did draw two walks last night. Afterward, he exchanged emails with hisRead more »

  1. Atlee - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Sounds like it's time to part ways with the X-Man.

  2. timeless46 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    I agree that the X-man is the one to go. However, DeRosa is about the only one who was hitting worse than Nady when he went on the DL. Hopefully, he will have improved with the time out.

  3. SCNatsFan - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    I vote for Nady. Might be a nice guy but his time as come.

  4. rabbit34 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    With DeRosa hitting a torid .081, how about him hitting cleanup behind Zimmerman? Heck, I just can't wait to see him again. Yea, things are looking up. I feel so sorry for the pitchers.

  5. Positively Half St. - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    I would have to say Nady goes, mostly because I have been asking for that for a while now.+1/2St.

  6. sm13 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Davey's comment on Zim is pretty ominous. Sounds like he's expecting Zim to go the DL, maybe as soon as DeRosa arrives. That may be the move, not waiving X.

  7. peric - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    1. Brad Lidge: BIG MISTAKE leads to DFA2. Chien-Ming Wang BIG MISTAKE replacing Detwiler, even going there.3. Mark DeRosa BIG MISTAKE picking this player over Brown or Marerro.That's three huge ones for Davey. With Ryan Zimmerman possibly in what is shaping up to be a season long deep slump? Morse still getting his feet wet? LaRoche returning to his mean? And the offense sputtering? And you're bringing a guy back who really can't hit nor play the field anymore due to age and infirmities? Really?

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    DeRosa = meh.Nady = meh.But it sounds like they're warming a seat on the bench for FoF unless his bat heats up one of these weeks…

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Just call him "peric, the thread killer".

  10. rdexposfan - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Peric you are right Davey is an idiot and that is why the Nats are in last place bringing up the rear. Let's fire him as Johnson can't manage himself out of a wet paper bag. Ooops, I just checked the standings and the Nats have the 4th best record in baseball and are first in the NL East. Gee Peric what happened why are we in 1st. We can't be winning with that flawed plan of Davy's

  11. rogieshan - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    DeRosa has now gone 0-for-8 in his rehab assignment. Outside of his versatility with the glove, I just don't see how he could be an upgrade to any of the players we already have on the roster.

  12. ehay2k - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Peric, maybe Davey wants vets for leadership? Only thing I can think of.

  13. sjm308 - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    rdeexpofan – I was right on this about us being in first place with the fourth best record – can't wait to hear peric's reply but it will be self serving if nothing at alllove the win tonight and can't imagine how we accomplished that with the GM and Manager that we haveAgain – FIRST PLACE JUNE 23RD with peric's mistake after mistake

  14. bdrube - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    I actually kind of agree with peric. I'd much rather see Corey Brown at this point than this stiff.

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Sounds like it is Zim going on the DL. IF DeRosa comes back, O bench his butt, and place Lobo at third andTyler Moore in left.If Zim doesn't go to the DL, then X-Man goes, though I don't think he is as bad as DeRosa, and DeRosa would be the odd man out for me.

  16. md_schmidt - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Roster construction is really under the purview of the GM. Those moves were either made by Rizzo or even if suggested by Davey, they had Rizzo's complete support. Having said that, it would be hard to argue that any of those three particular moves has gone according to plan. Regarding DeRosa, his performance with the Nats before his DL stint was atrocious and his numbers during his rehab with Potomac have been pretty awful as well. Though he can play 3B, it's a little disconcerting to think about having his bat in everyday lineup should Zimm go to DL and Davey decides to keep Lombo in LF so DeRosa can fill in at 3B…..which is what Davey is saying he would do I believe. Pitching staff needs to see how they can slice another 0.5-1.0 runs off their ERA.

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