Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez talks Stephen Strasburg and next steps; bullpen arms + more…


Davey Martinez laughed when he was requested, after the Washington’s win over the Colorado Rockies within the sequence finale in Nationals Park on Sunday, if he had an opportunity to observe his 33-year-old right-hander, Stephen Strasburg, throw a rehab begin for Fredericksburg, the Nats’ Excessive-A affiliate. Strasburg was pitching whereas the massive league membership was taking part in the Rockies, however in fact Martinez knew in regards to the outcomes (6 Ks, 1 BB, 5.0 hitless IP) in his second begin as Strasburg works his means again from surgical procedure for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

“I knew that about proper when he was completed. He was actually good,” Martinez mentioned with a hand-rubbing, anticipatory tone. “That’s superior. We’re going to get him again. He’s going to get right here, get him on the prepare with us. He’s going to New York, he’ll throw a bullpen, we’ll see how he feels, after which we’ll decide the place he’s going subsequent. If he feels good, I can inform you now, that we’ll in all probability ship him to Rochester, as a result of it’s shut, but it surely was superior, it was nice information to listen to that, it actually was.”

Extra importantly, it’s one other step on a protracted highway again for Strasburg, who has, in fact, made simply seven begins within the final two injury-plagued seasons.

“So, hey, look, constructing blocks,” Martinez added. “‘In the future nearer,’ that’s what I all the time say, someday nearer, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, after which we’ll go from there.”

In the future after these feedback, the supervisor was requested earlier than the sequence opener with the Mets final evening, if there was any extra information slightly extra faraway from Strasburg’s outing.

“He was good,” Martinez mentioned. “His breaking ball was good. His changeup was good. He attacked the strike zone. Like I mentioned, he bought six strikeouts, no walks, which is superior, 58 pitches in 5 innings. So he’s going to exit right here in a pair days and throw a bullpen, and if all the pieces goes properly, like I mentioned yesterday, we’re in all probability going to ship him to Rochester and get him stretched out slightly bit extra after which we’ll see the place we’re at from there.”

So, may he come again to the majors if all goes properly subsequent trip, or does he nonetheless want a pair extra?

“I’m not going to place a timeframe on him,” the supervisor mentioned. “We haven’t completed that but, and I don’t wish to do this to him now. So, we’re going to let him proceed to progress and construct up, and we’ll have conversations with him now, and all through, as a result of I’m hoping that he’s going to be with us after he does throw in these video games, after which we’ll discuss it and see the place he’s at mentally and bodily after which we’ll go from there.”

Bullpen Depth:

Going into the three-game sequence with the New York Mets this week, Washington Nationals’ reliever Victor Arano was tied for the crew lead with 21 appearances out of the bullpen and was tied for first in innings pitched out of the ‘pen with 20 23 general within the first two months this season. Carl Edwards, Jr. was getting massive innings, when the Nats had been forward. Lefty Erasmo Ramírez, in 15 video games and 20 IP, had the bottom ERA (2.25, tied with Edwards, Jr.) amongst all relievers with no less than 10 appearances for the Nationals this season.

“They’ve been nice, they actually have,” Martinez mentioned of the contributions these three have made in every of their first seasons in D.C., “and for me this can be a testomony about our guys, our scouts, the fellows up high, [GM] Mike [Rizzo] and people guys, the analytical guys, feeling that these guys may help. We had been on Arano actually, actually early. We actually preferred his stuff when he was with Philly. So, he’s one acquisition we bought pretty early, after which Erasmo got here later, however the greatest factor with him and CJ [Edwards, Jr.] was well being. If these guys had been wholesome, we felt like they may assist, and the opposite factor with CJ is — as a result of I’ve know him, is strikes. When he works forward, and he’s forward of hitters, he’s very, very efficient, and he’s completed that, and he’s very conscious of that. We pound that on him every single day, hey, it’s all the time strike zone. It’s strike one, strike one, strike one, your stuff is nice. So, and he’s been engaged on it. He’s been engaged on quite a lot of various things with [Bullpen coach] Ricky [Bones]. We discuss to him rather a lot about his fastball utilization and what he must do, and he’s been doing it, so he’s been superior.”

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General, Martinez added at one other level on this previous Saturday’s submit sport presser, he’s been pleased with the work his relievers have completed in a tricky first two months.

“Our bullpen has been doing properly,” he mentioned. “Knock on wooden. They actually have been doing properly. I really feel actually assured if we’ve got the lead late in video games that these guys can are available in and do the job they did right now, so it’s superior to see. Very gratifying for that as properly. Ricky [Bones] has completed a great job with them. [Pitching Coach Jim] Hickey has completed an awesome job with them about pounding the strike zone.

“I do know we all the time discuss in regards to the walks, particularly the leadoff walks, so that you’ve bought to throw the ball over the plate and let your protection play, so that they’ve been doing a great job of that.”

Bear in mind AY-ray ah-dree-AHN-zuh?:

Ehire Adrianza suffered a quad damage in late March, and the 32-year-old veteran began the yr on the IL, however he’s again taking part in at Triple-A Rochester now and constructing again up once more, after taking part in six video games at Double-A Harrisburg on the rehab stint.

“He’s bought the day without work right now,” Martinez mentioned on Monday afternoon, “however he’ll play in Rochester tomorrow. All of the rehab guys, we gave them a day without work right now, so that they’ll resume development tomorrow, however he’s going to play tomorrow in Rochester, and get at-bats there. However he seems good.

“Yesterday he had two at-bats [with Harrisburg] and he needed to get out of there, and this fashion he may journey and get a day the place he may recuperate and get again on the market [with Rochester].”

As for packing containers he must test earlier than the Nationals convey him up?

“Like I mentioned, this can be a Spring Coaching interval for him, proper? So, he’s going to undergo this course of, we’ll have a look at all the pieces, we’ll deem when he’s prepared, however we wish him to play a number of positions. I wish to get him a pair video games within the outfield, as a result of he’s completed that previously, so we wish to get him on the market as properly, and we’ll work out after we really feel he’s prepared.”