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Jun 1, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

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Anthony Rendon was promoted to Class AAA Syracuse last night.

ATLANTA — The Nationals promoted Anthony Rendon to Class AAA Syracuse late last night and plan to give their top prospect an extended look at second base, the likely final step toward his permanent arrival in the big leagues.

Rendon had appeared in five games at second base for Class AA Harrisburg but still spent the majority of his time at his natural third base position. In Syracuse, though, he'll work extensively with manager Tony Beasley (a former second baseman himself) on mastering the middle infield, which would prepare him for another promotion to Washington to possibly take over as the Nationals' everyday second baseman, according to sources familiar with the organization's plan.

Having received a paltry offensive performance from their second basemen this season — the group's .539 OPS ranks dead-last in MLB — the Nationals could benefit from adding Rendon's bat toRead more »

  1. Joe Seamhead - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    This is an exciting development! If successful this could change a lot of dynamics!

  2. Joe Seamhead - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    What's the story with the one eye closed in the picture above?

  3. karlkolchak - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    So it sounds like our long Nationals second base nightmare…will continue for at least a couple of more month. At least we should be well out of contention by then and there won't be any extra pressure on the rookie.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I fell off of my chair! Finally. If P**** is reading this, I win that bet!

  5. TimDz - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Wow…..Four and a half games out on June 1st and talk of being out of contention in two months….I mean, I know this season hasn't been the coronation most expected,but the season is far from lost, Karl…..

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Um, it was Throw Like a Pirate day?Joe Seamhead said… What's the story with the one eye closed in the picture above? June 01, 2013 12:58 PM

  7. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Some were saying "season over" in late April, I think. I can only imagine those folks are speechless with rage by now. *g*

  8. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Did you all hear what happened at our game in Bal- mer Thursday night???? Two Ori- hole " fans" beat the crap out of a guy at the game- guy is seriously hurt. Dude was with a girl and wearing a NY hat. Apparently they taunted the couple the whole game. Been arrested of course. Stay classy Baltimore. By the way– still catching up on the game. Last couple of appearances Drew was back to filthy. Walked a guy, but pitches were nasty like they used to be. Hope that is going to keep up.

  9. Section 222 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I'm with ya Ghost. It's the smart, and obvious, thing to do. Why it took them this long, I have no idea, but I'm very happy to hear this news.

  10. Unknown - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I thought the Nationals were past the point of needing a minor leaguer to be promoted and come through for the team to be successful. Sigh ….

  11. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Might not have been had we not lost Ramos, Werth, Harper, Det and now maybe Stras. Harper came up earlier last year because of Werth. Forces the issue.

  12. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Espi is also forcing the issue. He is broken. To be fair, Lombo is not going to be the main 2b because he is a backup in too many other places. Utility guy is usually not tied up in one place. Something has got to give!! So- any word if Zuke is ok??

  13. natsfan1a - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    That is seriously messed up.baseballswami said… Did you all hear what happened at our game in Bal- mer Thursday night???? Two Ori- hole " fans" beat the crap out of a guy at the game- guy is seriously hurt. Dude was with a girl and wearing a NY hat. Apparently they taunted the couple the whole game. Been arrested of course. Stay classy Baltimore. By the way– still catching up on the game. Last couple of appearances Drew was back to filthy. Walked a guy, but pitches were nasty like they used to be. Hope that is going to keep up. June 01, 2013 1:20 PM

  14. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    "I'm with ya Ghost. It's the smart, and obvious, thing to do. Why it took them this long, I have no idea"It's called player development. It's Rizzo's M.O. He wants players to master each level before moving up. Had it not been for Zimmerman's injury requiring someone to fill in at third for a couple of weeks, Rendon would not have had his stint in AA interrupted. That was an emergency stopgap measure, and there was absolutely no way Rendon would have stayed in the show after Zimmerman came back. Remember how Davey said he could hit .900 and he'd still be going back down? Now as for why he hasn't been playing second before now, that's clearly because they were holding out hope that Espinosa would turn the corner. Now it looks like they've realized he's not going to.

  15. natsfan1a - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Baltimore story is here.

  16. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    "Section 222 said… I'm with ya Ghost. It's the smart, and obvious, thing to do. Why it took them this long, I have no idea, but I'm very happy to hear this news"I wasnt for it at first. It was a good call Ghost. I thought Espy would turn his career around. He now looks like a backup utility infielder.After watching Manny Machado I can only hope that Rendon can come close to those results in being a doubles machine.

  17. sjm308 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Will jump in on this post after starting early in the morning.First – I was not bashing Clip or Henry, just making a point about how people go all nuts when Henry has his wildness issues. I think Natslady and JaneB figured that out. I want them both to do well!!Second – I am right there with you Natsjack and while Clip will never have many 10 pitch innings he does seem to figure things out and do the job most of the time. As I remember, you caught in HS and you have to be impressed with Suzuki's toughness last night.third – very excited about Rendon, who wouldn't be. Ghost, you called this months ago, nice job.Question – do we have a spot for Davis without putting someone on the dl? I have a hard time with 25 man vs. 40 man rosters. Can they actually call someone up and have them in the dugout without being on the 25 man roster? Or did they have an extra spot already. Hate to be ignorant of this but thanks in advance.Clip and Stammen will obviously not be pitching tonight so he will definitely be a nice addition.Go Nats!!

  18. Drew - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Hooray!Now get Espinosa the surgery he needs.

  19. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Baltimore and Philadelphia are both blue collar towns and unfortunately are similar in many ways.Its hard to live in Maryland and not feel that constant stigma of guilt by association. Its probably how the nice people of Harrisburg feel living in Pennsylvania about Philadelphia.

  20. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    sjm its my understanding that a 40 man player like Davis can sit on the bench and not be on the 25 man active roster. Not sure what good that would do except keep him in waiting for the DL, option a player or DFA move to clear a spot.The good news is Davis is already on the 40 man roster.

  21. sjm308 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    thanks 128, that is what I thought as well but I do wonder, maybe like you, that it would be strange to have him in uniform but not able to play. I am guessing we will here more information in the next few hours as we get closer to game time. I can't imagine it being legal to put Harper or SS on the dl in like the 5th inning and go tell the kid to get warmed up. My big hope is that Gio is on tonight and gives us 7 quality innings. Abad is fresh, Storen can handle back to back games as can Soriano and yes we still have Duke & Henry.Go Nats!

  22. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I have to believe Davey is hoping for 6 or more innings by Gio as Davey really needs Zach Duke saved as the lefty behind Karns for tomorrow.Mattheus stupidity in punching his locker has really cost this team.My guess is Henry is the long man tonight if needed.

  23. Joe Seamhead - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Yes, Davis is on the 40 man, but to make room for him on the 25 man the Nats put Harper on the DL.When I read stuff like what happened in Balmer I think that maybe making the beer so outrageously priced at Nats Stadium has some redeeming value, as it makes it too expensive to get plastered!

  24. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Rendon's Super 2 status is on June 21. Meaning, we get him for an extra year if we call him up after that. I expect him to be called up on June 22. That gives him 3 weeks to learn second base.

  25. Mac Guire - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    GREAT NEEEEWS!!!I've long awaited this move. Definitely a step in the right direction. The Nats brass is trying to take back sanity after all the struggles this season.Danny K Espinosa's days with the Nats are finally numbered. In hindsight, he shoulda been replaced with Lombo back in September, 2011. It is way too long overdue.

  26. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Oh Happy Day. Hopefully this will be 2 weeks or less! Espi needs to heal completely. And that means shoulder surgery and the wrist. V

  27. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Ok. Amended June 22 it is. In the meantime can we see Kobernus play.

  28. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Re Davis, it's only because he tweeted that he's coming up that this story was written. The team hasn't announced it yet, and probably won't announce it until they inform the league office about the callup and the corresponding roster move that will clear space. Then they will announce both moves to the press simultaneously.There is no rule against telling a minor leaguer to travel to where the big club is playing before officially making the roster move.

  29. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    "David Proctor said… Rendon's Super 2 status is on June 21. Meaning, we get him for an extra year if we call him up after that. I expect him to be called up on June 22. That gives him 3 weeks to learn second base."He already accrued service time on his earlier callup that counts toward Super 2. If that's a factor in when he gets called up to play second (and it probably isn't) they will have to wait several weeks beyond June 22.

  30. Drew - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    It will be years before we know wo came out best in the top of the 2011 draft, but it will be fun to see how it plays out.You'll recall that the five players picked ahead of Rendon were righty Gerrit Cole to the Pirates, lefty Danny Hultzen to the Mariners, righty Trevor Bauer to the Snakes (since dealt to Cleveland), righty Dylan Bundy to Baltimore and high school OF prodigy Bubba Starling to K.C.Looks like Bauer and Rendon will get the first chances to make their mark.

  31. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    David Proctor said… Rendon's Super 2 status is on June 21. Meaning, we get him for an extra year if we call him up after that. I expect him to be called up on June 22. That gives him 3 weeks to learn second baseThe year of extra service passed in April when he was called up so the Nats would control him for 6 full seasons plus the remainder of this year if he was called up even today. The next deadline if for avoiding 4 years of arbitration if he stays up the rest of the year and I don't think Rizzo cares much about the potential of extra cash 3 years from now.

  32. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    "When I read stuff like what happened in Balmer I think that maybe making the beer so outrageously priced at Nats Stadium has some redeeming value, as it makes it too expensive to get plastered!"Beer in OPCY is no cheaper than at Nats Park. $7.50 for a Natty Boh draft (probably more for a can from a vendor) and $8.50 for a 16 oz microbrew draft. (A 20 oz draft in Nats Park is $9.00.)

  33. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Thanks for the clarification. So assuming Rendon gets called up relatively soon, what do you envision the lineup looking like? Span-Werth-Harper-Zim-ALR-Desmond-Rendon-Suzuki-Pitcher? Or would you have Rendon bat 2nd and put Werth into an RBI spot? So maybe Span-Rendon-Harper-Zim-ALR-Werth-Desmond-Suzuki-Pitcher?

  34. NatsLady - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Wow, Cards are blasting Matt Cain and the Giants. Guess they should just give up for the season. /s

  35. nats guy - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Emdash,Its June 1st now not April anymore. What has gotten better? They are actually playing worse now. They pretty much have to sweep the Braves.

  36. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    "Nats 128 said… Baltimore and Philadelphia are both blue collar towns and unfortunately are similar in many ways. Its hard to live in Maryland and not feel that constant stigma of guilt by association. Its probably how the nice people of Harrisburg feel living in Pennsylvania about Philadelphia."Don't be so quick to indict Baltimore here.Two men — Gregory Fleischman, 22, of Jarrettsville, and Michael Bell, 21, of Annapolis — were charged in the attack.

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    David, I expect they will want Rendon to show he can make a few doubleplays look routine before any callup. Not sure what the hurry is now as I saw the hurry the day he went back to Harrisburg and should've been playing 2nd base then.Somewhere in the braintrust the bell finally got rung. Espi is "fools gold" as someone wisely put it.

  38. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    They do not have to sweep the Braves. They need to win 2/3. We've already won 1. A sweep by the Braves would've been a disaster and we've prevented that. Even if we lose the next 2 (and we have Karns starting on Sunday so it's likely we lose that one), we're not in a bad spot. There are no "musts" yet. Other than we "must" start playing better.

  39. Laddie Blah Blah - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Late. Way, way, way late, but better late than never. I was shocked (my exact word) when I learned that Espinosa had a torn rotator cuff and that it would not be operated on in the off-season. The Nats have mis-managed injuries to position players for far too long. Putting harper back in before he was fully healed was another loser decision. SI just ripped the Nats for how they have bungled this season:http://mlb.si.com/2013/05/31/washington-nationals-stuck-at-500/?sct=uk_t11_a2&sct=uk_t11_a5Rendon will enliven a dead lineup. He is an ideal 2-hole guy who makes contact, can go the opposite way, works the count, draws walks, gets on base, hits, and hits for power without striking out. Right now, the Nats do not have anyone on the team with that combination of abilities with the bat.It's way late, but maybe not too late. Ghost, Swami, SJM, moi-meme, Candide, et. al. have been screaming for this for months.I am still unhappy that the Nats do not have Rendon ready to go at 2nd base, right now. There is no good excuse for not already having done what obviously has needed to be done, all season long.Espinos should have any needed corrective surgery done immediately, so that he can be ready to start next spring training at 100%. By then the 2nd base job will almost certainly belong to Anthony Rendon, and Danny can compete for a job as a super-utility guy, or go back down. Regardless, I would not let him back on the field until he is whole.That goes for Harp, Detwiler, SS, Ramos, et. al. I really can't help but wonder if Harp and Ramos would be back in the lineup if the Nats had handled those 2 the way they handle the rotation guys.

  40. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    "Ghost Of Steve M. said… David, I expect they will want Rendon to show he can make a few doubleplays look routine before any callup."That could take a few weeks or a few days. The prudent move is that 2 to 3 week timeframe to make sure Rendon has the confidence.Very exciting possibilities.

  41. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    " Putting harper back in before he was fully healed was another loser decision. "The problem is that Harper will never heal. Nobody seems to understand it. Once the swelling and pain goes down, he can play. Resting more won't help it at all. Yet, the first time he slides wrong or fouls a ball off wrong, the bursitis will return. That's going to be the case the rest of the year until he has surgery on it.

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Thanks Laddie. Something finally told them Espinosa isn't the future. SI is right, it was bungled badly and probably as I've said it started in the off-season.

  43. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    "Laddie Blah Blah said… Late. Way, way, way late, but better late than never. I was shocked (my exact word) when I learned that Espinosa had a torn rotator cuff and that it would not be operated on in the off-season. The Nats have mis-managed injuries to position players for far too long. Putting harper back in before he was fully healed was another loser decision. SI just ripped the Nats for how they have bungled this season"Bungled is certainly a nice way of saying it and true, better late than never. While Rizzo is a good judge of talent hes had a problem over valuing some of his own. I just cant see another GM staying with Espy so long unless you are a rebuilding team. To read the Nats 2nd base spot has the lowest OPS in the Majors is disappointing.

  44. NatsLady - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    DP–Harper seems to understand it. Said he would have to deal with it, and with the pain until the off-season.

  45. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    There seems to be a feeling that it would be punishing Danny by sitting him or sending him to AAA. I believe that what is going on right now is quite detrimental to his health, psyche and future career. He is not getting healthier, or better at the game, or creating any value for himself. A DL stint or surgery, followed by an effective rehab to rebuild his hitting could revitalize his stalled career. Best for him and best for the Nats. Then Rendon at second, if he can, Lombo BSCJ to utility and super sub where he has great value.

  46. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Laddiethe Nats can't force Espi to get the surgery. If Espi has a clue he will get everything done now and prepare for next year

  47. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I mostly mean people hear who think that resting Harper will allow him to heal more. It won't. Once the swelling and pain is manageable, he'll have to play through it. Obviously the swelling and pain isn't going away for now, so he's on the DL.

  48. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    At least Jon Heyman gets it:"makes no sense to question nats call to save strasburg arm last yr bec he now has oblique injury. arm is key, not oblique.""strasburg still said hopeful he can take ball next start. of course obliques r tricky and nats are understandably cautious"Said he gave the Nats credit for being cautious with him.

  49. Joe Seamhead - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Well, I think the reason the Nats still kept playing Anthony Rendon primarily at 3rd was because they weren't sure whether Ryan Zimmerman was going to make it back all the way, or for how long. Though still not picture book perfect on his throws, Zimm has looked pretty okay lately. Let's hope that he holds up and keeps steadily improving.

  50. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    That would be – back to utility. And I am confused. I thought bursitis was an inflammation of the bursa sac. How would surgery help? Maybe at some point Mark or Chase could do a layperson 's guide to oblique, hamstring and bursitis. I don't recall hearing of other players with knee bursitis- shoulder maybe, knee ligament problems for sure, plantar fasciitis– common ones. Inflammation is usually rest, ice, compression, elevation.

  51. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    David — last night on the National broadcast Stras said he could have played but Davey had already made up his mind– quite petulant. Too bad that's what the non Nats fans heard from him. He is one temperamental dude sometimes.

  52. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    It is the inflammation of the bursa sac. Not everybody will need surgery. But in cases where rest won't fix it, surgery is an option and it sounds like one Bryce will need.According to wikipedia, "In a bursectomy the bursa is cut out either endoscopically or with open surgery. The bursa grows back in place after a couple of weeks but without any inflammatory component."That apparently fixes it for good.

  53. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I love that SI article and how the outside DC press speaks their mind. I wonder if that article forced Rizzo's hand. Its almost unbelievable it took Rizzo this long and someone needs to slam Chad Tracys fist into a locker to get him on the DL¿What is unfair in that article is slamming Span for the wrong reason. He picks his stat line and ignores his really bad baserunning when you consider 3 pickoffs, 2 caught off the bag and thrown out in doubleplays and the 3 caught stealings in 9 attempts is real bad. You can argue he was safe yesterday on the doubleplay but I dont care as he ran before the ball cleared the infield and it was right in front of him.When you get on base at a .330 clip and take yourself off 8 times it brings that OBP down to .294 and thats why Span is a poor leadoff man.

  54. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Official from Nats PR: #Nationals place OF Bryce Harper on DL (retro May 27) with left knee bursitis & recall RHP Erik Davis from Syracuse. Davis will wear #51.

  55. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    "I wonder if that article forced Rizzo's hand."If you think the media forced Rizzo's hand on anything, you don't know Mike Rizzo very well.

  56. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    David, I dont know Mike Rizzo at all and frankly dont care to. I love this team and want to win more then anything. Locals mostly read Zuckerman and the whole country reads Sports Illustrated. Right there it questioned managements decisions on Rendon and that night he is called up.The writer thinks things are so bad hes suggested a trade to get Ian Kinsler. Hes right as that was suggested here in the offseason also. Maybe someone can find that comment.Rizzo isnt the powerful all knowing GM. Hes good however has stumbled. He deserves all the credit for last year and all the blame for this year as thats how it works. What have you done for me lately. He made his bed with Espi and now he is laying in it.

  57. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Just because it's national media doesn't mean it is right. In fact, national media tends to be wrong more often than not. I'm not trying to say Rizzo is perfect or something. He's made mistakes as any GMs have, but I do think you're being too hard on him. Also, no thanks to Kinsler. Why in the world would we sign someone who is owed a lot of money and is on the wrong side of 30? Especially when we'd have to trade top prospects for him? That would be an AWFUL decision.

  58. BxJaycobb - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Hey guys. I have to report something hilarious. I had to watch the game last night with Bose noise canceling headphones and as a result of the better sound quality (and apologies if this has already been brought up) during Danny's final At bat when he struck out looking, as Ray was just hammering him after saying "I don't mean to be too negative…" and carp sat awkwardly in silence, you could LITERALLY HEAR some body shushing ray in the background obviously trying to get him to be less negative…my money's on a producer off some sort. The shhh happened twice. Just so fascinating. I encourage anyone if they had game dvred or archived on MLB.tv etc to fast forward to the at bat and turn volume up high. It was magical.

  59. Laddie Blah Blah - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    "…the Nats can't force Espi to get the surgery."I know, Michelle, but if they tell him he is on the DL until his shoulder is fixed, he may be persuaded.

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… MicheleS said… Ghost/NatsJack. Not sure if you saw on Twitter Last night, but the Braves fans were having a Hissy fit about this. Oh and the tool beat writer from STL was chiming in about the "Overpay" January 16, 2013 10:46 AM Braves have to raise the ante for Justin Upton. Rizzo can make it more difficult in helping Texas.If I'm Rizzo, I'm asking for Ian Kinsler. How do you like those apples! Nats aren't getting Cano. How's about Kinsler? January 16, 2013 10:57 AM Ghost Of Steve M. said… TX gets Upton and Morse, AZ gets their SS and a starter, and the Nats get Kinsler and a prospect. January 16, 2013 11:32 AM Nats128, I suggested Kinsler a deal that was two-fold, ship Espi to Texas to help them get JUpton from Arizona in a 3 team trade and block Atlanta.Of course I suggested it before it all went down.Again, I don't talk in hindsight but I wouldn't do a thing now until you see how Rendon does. The Nats had the trade chips in the off-season, they don't now.

  61. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    BxJaycobb that is a great story and probably was Carp shushing him.Ray Ray is my type of guy as he will speak his mind while being a homer. You can be both! :0

  62. Laddie Blah Blah - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    "That's going to be the case the rest of the year until he has surgery on it."How long does it take to heal from that type of surgery? The way Harper plays, he is going to bang up that knee, one way or the other, for the rest of the season. If the bursitis is a recurring type of injury, then the Nats will not be able to count on Harp until he has the repair work done, if I read your comment correctly.

  63. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Rest will help it and possibly make it less likely to flair up. But it can easily be recurring yes. The surgery takes anywhere from several weeks to a couple of months to recover from. It would be something that's done in the offseason though, it's not an option mid-season.

  64. sjm308 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Thanks Laddie and well,stated. So now it's official on Harper and Davey should have a full pen by tomorrow with rest for Clip and Stammen today. Again, not a Dr but the removal of the bursa sac is not considered a major,issue and it does grow,back unlike ligaments which need to be replaced. Harp will,have pain though, no doubt about that.

  65. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    He is one temperamental dude sometimes.I was watching that and thinking, not for the first time, "He is SO out of here the first chance he gets. The very first chance."

  66. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Meh, I don't get the hate for Strasburg. He'll grow up. His talent is worth a little "temperament" it's not like he's a locker room cancer.

  67. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Harper will have pain though, no doubt about that.He's still a catcher, in his own mind. Pain is irrelevant. But I sure hope Suzuki is OK.

  68. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    "Ghost Of Steve M. said… Nats128, I suggested Kinsler a deal that"Ghost, did you write that article? Are you a ghost writer as Jay Jaffe. Nice job and I agree that the time to have done that trade wouldve been in the off-season.Since the Nats are going to face the Rangers in the World Series probably good they didnt get Justin Upton and Michael Morse.Also of note, Texas is so strong because of their TV Deal where they good spend like drunk sailors on Yu Darvish.

  69. phil dunton - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    When Rendon arrives, we can trade Danny to the Marlins for a bag of balls and a couple of Giancarlo Stanton bats.

  70. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I wasn't hating on Strasburg. But he sure doesn't seem too happy here.

  71. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    What's the story with the one eye closed in the picture above?He's being sarcastic with the throw. That's his irony wink.; )

  72. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    "phil dunton said… When Rendon arrives, we can trade Danny to the Marlins for a bag of balls and a couple of Giancarlo Stanton bats."The sad part is as Ghost noted was Dannys best value was in the offseason even with the shoulder problem as teams needed shortstops.Now you are correct as his value is that of a utility infielder worth about a bag of balls and a A level guy.

  73. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Jon Rauch to the Orioles.

  74. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    On a minor league deal.

  75. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Jon Rauch to the Orioles organization.

  76. Mark Grabowsky - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Last time I was at Camden Yards I saw O's fans taunting this guy who has too much too drink and was trying to sleep in his chair. After they threw beer bottles at the guy I called the usher and they were escorted out.Inconceivable that that would happen at Nats Park.

  77. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Interesting quotes in this article on the timing of when we can expect Rendon:Rendon

  78. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Wow! Oliver Perez has lowered his ERA to 1.35 in relief for Seattle.

  79. SCNatsFan - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I have to admit I was a little happy reading this as it was suggested I was an idiot for thinking this was going to happen

  80. Dave - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Hey, 1a and Swami, thanks for pointing some attention on the savage attack on an innocent fan at our game at OPCY. I saw the story this morning and haven't understood why there wasn't more concern expressed on Twitter about it. I'm not inclined to go up there wearing my Nats gear now, ever. Especially after Secret Wasian Man's and 1a's tales of physical assaults by Baltimore fans. And now this. Positively Philly-like.

  81. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    "Well, I think the reason the Nats still kept playing Anthony Rendon primarily at 3rd was because they weren't sure whether Ryan Zimmerman was going to make it back all the way, or for how long."Davey and Zim have said all along that he wouldn't be fully right until June."Though still not picture book perfect on his throws, Zimm has looked pretty okay lately."And what day is today? June 1st. They knew.

  82. DWS - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Thanks for your words of wisdom Phil.I feel for a young man (whom I wanted on the D/L) who worked his ass off to stay in the show.If he coagulates his feces I'll welcome him back.

  83. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    "I thought bursitis was an inflammation of the bursa sac. How would surgery help?"They remove the bursa sac. But that would probably put him out for the season while he recovers from the surgery.

  84. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    "That apparently fixes it for good."Unless the patient runs full speed into a wall again.

  85. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Not surprisingly, Rendon is indeed playing 2B in his first game at Syracuse.

  86. TexNat - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    This is a positive development although I still think that Rendon is probably a 3B long term.The Nats should aslo be looking outside the organization to upgrade their bench. They could really use a starter caliber 4th outfielder. Someone who can hit at at least a decent clip. Especially since that outfielder is needed to start right now, and will need to be called on spell Werth (and probably Harper) going forward. And to be a DH in American league parks.I would suggest they look at Willingham. Shouldn't cost an elite prospect and is worth the money for a contending club. He would give you what we were hoping to get from Moore, plus he would alow you to send Moore down to get himself together.An alternative to pushing Rendon to 2B would be to acquire a 2B. One option would be to go after Asdrubal Cabrera and move him from SS to 2B. Another option would be the Murphy guy on the Mets. Neitehr should cost you a top 5 prospect. I'm not sure that any of the guys are the right answer (though Willingham certainly seems good to me), but I do think the Nats need to be looking not only at their system but outside it for help.

  87. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    "An alternative to pushing Rendon to 2B would be to acquire a 2B. One option would be to go after Asdrubal Cabrera and move him from SS to 2B. Another option would be the Murphy guy on the Mets. Neitehr should cost you a top 5 prospect. "The Indians are contenders, they will not trade Cabrera. The Mets would never trade within the division either.

  88. TexNat - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Proctor,Maybe you are right. But I don't view Cleveland as a legit contender. I'm not sure they view themselves that way either. Their pitching is awful and there is no real chance they last. Give them a few weeks and we will see. They were also rumored to be listening on Cabrera in the off season.I am not sure why the Mets would care on Murphy. They are contending any time soon, and he isn't a star player.In any event, the larger point is that there are players out there that would definitely be an upgrade for this team that woudn't cost you an arm and a leg from a prospect perspective.

  89. TexNat - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    *aren't contenting anytime soon.

  90. TexNat - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    *contending (we need an edit function!)

  91. D'Gourds - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    about f-ing time! jeesh

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
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y-Clinched playoff berth
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