Early in Spring Coaching this yr, Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez stated he was fascinated with watching outfielder Donovan Casey within the truncated, three-week build-up that started as soon as Main League Baseball and the MLB Gamers’ Affiliation agreed on a brand new CBA.
“I’m going to look at him play and see the place he’s at. However I do know that we like him so much and he’s undoubtedly going to be a part of our future whether or not it’s Opening Day, whether or not it’s the center of the season, whether or not it’s on the finish of the season, however we’re undoubtedly going to maintain shut eyes on him,” the supervisor stated.
Casey, who turned 26 this previous February, was certainly one of 4 prospects acquired by the Nats within the commerce deadline deal final July which introduced the outfielder, right-handed starters Josiah Grey and Gerardo Carrillo, and catcher Keibert Ruiz over from Los Angeles and despatched each a pair months of Max Scherzer and a year-plus of Trea Turner to the Dodgers.
Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo, who made the tough determination to commerce each Scherzer and Turner within the deal, talked earlier this spring about the potential for having Grey, Ruiz, and Casey all on the main league stage sooner or later this yr, and the optics, for followers, of getting all three of them on the large league roster so quickly after an organization-altering transfer, certainly one of a number of the membership made final July thirtieth to kick off their reboot.
“Properly, I believe that was a part of our plan,” Rizzo defined.
“That was our blueprint to contend within the very close to future, and we made all of the trades that we made, for probably the most half, for gamers that have been near the large leagues, and I believe that’s simply going to expedite us getting again into that championship-caliber window that we’re all aspiring to get to.”
Earlier than final evening’s recreation, experiences emerged that Casey had been referred to as up from the Triple-A Rochester, the place he completed with the group final yr and began once more this spring.
The decision got here after veteran Dee Unusual-Gordon was scratched from the lineup earlier than the beginning of the collection opener.
“He was sick. We despatched him residence. That’s all I can say about it,” Martinez stated when requested to clarify what occurred to Unusual-Gordon in his post-game presser from PNC.
Gordon remained on the lodge in Pittsburgh, and the supervisor stated they might have extra data on a corresponding transfer, if mandatory, at present.
This morning, the membership formally introduced the transfer, although with none clarification as to what’s ailing Unusual-Gordon.
Casey is with the crew, and he’ll be obtainable for the second of 4 tonight, and can make his MLB debut every time he will get in a recreation.