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Davey happy for Morse; Walters on the way?

Aug 31, 2013, 10:01 AM EST

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After claiming Michael Morse off waivers on Thursday, the Orioles spent the next 24 hours completing the trade with Seattle. Davey Johnson had actually heard from bench coach Randy Knorr during the game Thursday night it was going to fall through.

He heard because Nats players were following the situation during their game against the Marlins from the dugout. Somebody was in contact with Morse and feeding the rest of the team updates.

Having seen Morse blossom into a well-rounded slugger, Johnson praised the move. It’s his former player joining his former team and, to him, they seem the perfect fit.

“He’s a big impact on the lineup. Huge,” Johnson said. “At Camden Yards? I shudder to think. That ballpark’s made for him. He’s that right-center hitter and that’s the jet stream. He’s a good fit there.”

Morse was a fan favorite and popular clubhouse presence during the Nationals’ historic 2013 season. Despite the two parting ways in the offseason, Johnson has nothing but nice things to say about him.

“I think it’s great. I’m happy for him,” he said. “They’ll be having karaoke songs and all that over there.”

Nats to call up seven or eight for September

With MLB rosters set to expand on Sept. 1, Davey Johnson doesn’t expect any big surprises for the Nationals. Everybody they plan to bring up has either played for Johnson already this season or in spring training.

“I know all of them, I’ve seen them,” Johnson said. There’s nobody that will be coming up that hasn’t played for me before.”

Johnson said the Nats plan to call up three pitchers – all who have been up already this year – and four or five position players.  Among the position players could be shortstop Zach Walters. The 23-year-old broke out this season at Triple-A Syracuse with 29 home runs and 77 RBI through 130 games.

Johnson was coy about Walters coming up, but may have dropped a hefty hint.

“Your call-ups, you reward people for good years,” he said. “He’s certainly deserving, let’s put it that way. I would like to see him come up.”

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    agreed. Morse will do very well if he is fully healthy.

  2. natsjackinfl - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I imagine he’ll be limited to DH’ing as Buck places a premium on defense with that pitching staff.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      They don’t make many errors and they have the best 3rd baseman rating in UZR. When a 3rd baseman misses aball to the bag side it’s a double. Their 3rd baseman has probably saved a dozen doubles and another dozen singles.

      The Nats 3rd basemen this season have all been awful. In the last week alone the 3rd baseman has cost them the winning run in 2 games. Just think about those implications!

      That’s all I know.

  3. Muddy Ruel - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I’m glad Morse is back in the area. I feel he added a lot to the Nats both on and off the field. They seemed more lively then. Morse was an offensive force and, re defense, I thought Morse was a pretty good 1st baseman and an okay outfielder; but the baseball gurus cited UZR and other statistics otherwise. I think UZR and WAR and other sabermetrics contain a lot of subjectivirty. For example, how is a fielder’s range estimated? What is an “average” offensive player? I like OBP and a few other numbers that I feel are “harder”.

  4. natsguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    RZim cost the Nats that game last night. I really don’t know how many games he has cost them this year with his fielding, but he is a definite liability in the field and no longer makes up for it with his bat. His throwing sort of got cured by playing in so much, but it is costing a lot of hits he should be fielding. If I was a pitcher I wouldn’t want him out there. JZim s/b be furious. How many times have you heard this season RZim dives and cannot get it. Those are plays he s/b making. Tough because they should have won last night.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      That 1st loss in April to the Braves on the bad throw that lost the game us what sent the season and Davey down. Everyone says RZim was throwing bullets in warmups and then throws those floaters in the game. He has been a liability this year and his poor fielding has killed this pitching staff.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Zimmerman’s shoulder has been the source of his offensive and defensive woes this year. Mark my words, if he stays healthy, we will see a much better third baseman next season. In an interview with Julie Alexandria, Zim admitted his shoulder was still not 100% healthy and that he had developed some bad habits it trying to avoid pain. I fully expect to see the old Ryan Zimmerman I loved next year.

      • natsguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Sonny G 10,

        From someone who knows the pain never goes away. Shoulders aren’t easy to fix.

  5. natsguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Wait till you guys get a load of Walter’s fielding. He makes RZim look like a cross between Aurelio Rodriguiz and Brooks Robinson. That reference is for you old time Senators fans.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      That is true. Not sure why Rizzo would give Walters a coveted 40 man spot. While he has put up nice power numbers, he isn’t much else to get excited about. I’d expect him to do well before the world has a scouting report on him but longterm he’s not much to get excited about.

  6. natsguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Hey Muddy,

    Mikey Mo is a great guy and a pretty good hitter but has always been a butcher in the field.

  7. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I don’t care if Walters comes up, but Danny should come up also, to help Desi. Bottom line, forget this punishment stuff, bring up the guy you NEED.

    Dan Haren will be gone tonight if we don’t win. WIN, boys, WIN. Need to be 6.5 or 5.5 games back on Sept 1 (I said 6, but that’s not possible).

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      “……to help Desi”


      • Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Maybe he could run Desi’s glove out to him when he gets left on base. :)

  8. coolhandbane - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    From the previous thread about Harper not hustling. My dad and I believe Harper will leave the Nationals as soon as he can if they keep giving him crap. The team should have had Harper’s back when he was hit against the Braves. They waited until the next series to retaliate. If I was Harper, Id would be pissed my team didnt have my back. We all know Ryan has cost us the winning run last night. But for some odd reason, Harper get criticized more for not hustling than Ryan for making that dumb play. Harper didnt lose us the game nor did he win it for us.

    welcome back to the east coast Mike Morse.

  9. Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I might even watch an O’s game if Mikey Mo is playing.

  10. veejh - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Yeah…that HR to Ike Davis was Zims fault.

    • veejh - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Ryan, that is





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