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Who replaces Haren in rotation?

Jun 24, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

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Dan Haren's placement on the disabled list, while not a total shock, does leave the Nationals scrambling to find a replacement starter by the end of the week. That's a short-term problem. Long-term, they also need to figure out what exactly they intend to do with the final spot in their rotation.

Do they give Haren another shot once he's deemed healthy, or have they seen all they need to see out of him? Do they have a viable alternative in-house, whether a journeyman veteran like Ross Ohlendorf or a highly touted (though still really green) prospect like Nate Karns or Taylor Jordan? Or does Mike Rizzo need to go look outside the organization and make a bold deal for another starter before the July 31 trade deadline?

Before we get to the long-term question, let's quickly address the short-term one. The Nationals don't have to make an immediate decision, because they don't need a replacement starter until Saturday in New York at the earliest.

The easiest answer would seem to be handing the ball to Ohlendorf, who has been great in two appearances so far (one start, oneRead more »

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  1. Laddie Blah Blah - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    "With the force if that second crash, and knowing he already had knee issues, I really wish they had DL'd him right away. Injury management not so good. End up losing more time."Bryce has been pushing back at Nats management. He has his reasons, apparently. He should have been given all the time he needed to fully recover, the first time, the second time, and this time.

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    NatsJack, what do you think of that assessment I just posted at 7:30?

  3. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    And speaking of Bryce- new post, playing Tuesday. Seriously hope they are not exploiting this kid .

  4. Brother Juniper - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Nobody. I always liked the four man rotation and think getting away from it was a mistake.

  5. DJB - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Mrs. B, why would you not take the deal? I can see the Marlins not taking it, but not the Nats. Stanton hit 37 home runs when he was 22 and 34 when he was 21. Zimm hit 34 in one season only. Stanton's career OPS is 894 while Zimmerman's is 815 and declining. Zimmerman is 28 and injury prone. Stanton is 23 and not. Stanton is clearly the better player with the higher ceiling. The advantage to the deal is that the Nats give a number of options to the Marlins at low cost. We pay a premium for a much better player with a higher ceiling. I think most GM's would take this deal in a second. I don't get the FoF attitude. It's a losing team's attitude. I would even throw in an additional player and it would still be a deal.

  6. Water23 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Nats guy,Actually, there are a few teams that would take a chance on Espy even in his funk. He has options and talent. That allows for some patience.1. Astros – potential is still potential (Nats 2008-2010)2. Marlins see #13. Cubs – see #14. Mets – see #15. Mariners – see #1

  7. jeffwx - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    I suspect Bryce knows his knee better than Davey or anyone else. Not a big fan of bringing up AA pitchers in any situation. Gotta have some reps with AAA hitters. Jeez, even the great SS had to go thru AAA.

  8. Eric - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    "Why do we have hitting coaches?"As I said before, IMO this is like asking "why do newspapers have editors?"Professional writers still benefit from refinement and feedback, but if they have writer's block or routinely turn in amateur crap, the editor can only do so much to help.And, of course, getting a hit 1/4 to 1/3 of the time is considered decent to excellent…its not exactly easy to do…

  9. Eric - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    "Seriously hope they are not exploiting this kid ."FWIW, Harper stated that he wouldn't play if he didn't feel ready, and then cited swing timing concerns as the reason why he wants a prolonged rehab assignment.Davey said his primary consideration is how Harper is doing the day after each new level of activity. I think that's the right approach. I trust Davey more than Harper with regard to how best to get his timing back, and he's stated repeatedly that Harper knows his body better than anyone. I think Davey will defer on the injury but pull rank on the timing.

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