Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Alcides Escobar in a new role; bullpen reduction; injury updates…


Altility? Utilcides? Alcides Escobar’s New Position:

Davey Martinez advised reporters when Alcides Escobar first went on the IL with a hamstring damage again on June 1st, and 22-year-old shortstop Luis García received the decision to play brief within the massive leagues, that there could be a dialog when the veteran infielder was set to return, as a result of García was coming as much as play brief day by day.

“As we get nearer to him preparing once more, there will probably be one other dialog with him,” Martinez stated.

“Proper now I simply need him to get wholesome,” he added.

“However I feel he understands the place we’re at. He is aware of that we’re attempting to construct some younger gamers and get them up right here, and that’s a part of the method, however it will likely be a dialog to have with him when he begins getting higher, and we all know that he’s going to be okay and able to play.”

Earlier than the veteran infielder went out on a rehab project, Martinez and Escobar did speak about his function as soon as he returned to the majors.

“I talked to Alcides, and he’s going to be extra of a utility participant. He can play third, he’s finished it, brief, second, first, left area, he has performed middle area earlier than,” Martinez stated.

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“So, he’s going to form of be that man the place if we want any individual late within the video games, and in addition too if there’s a tricky lefty and we’ve to present Luis a break day we are going to, and he can play brief, however he understands shifting ahead his function, that Luis goes to play day by day.

“And Luis has finished nicely thus far. And as I at all times point out, when [García] comes up right here it’s to see him play day by day, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Earlier than final night time’s recreation, Escobar was reinstated from the IL, and he and Martinez talked a bit about the place he’d match going ahead, and the way he wanted to embrace his new function.

“He’s received to grasp the place we’re at proper now so far as a corporation,” the fifth-year skipper reiterated, “… and that he’s received to have the ability to play all positions.

“And I advised him, I stated, simply be able to play,” Martinez added. “However he’s received the flexibility to play third base, shortstop, second base, and he’s performed outfield as nicely, so I form of like that.

“Having him and [Ehire] Adrianza that may do a large number of issues is form of good.”

Since Escobar and Adrianza are in related roles now, how will he determine which one to go together with in spot begins, fill-in spots, pinch hit alternatives, or as a defensive substitute?

“We’ll simply see how the sport goes, and a few of these guys will probably be utilized in a unique scenario than the others, but it surely’s good to have them each, each can play brief.

“Alcides has truly received extra expertise enjoying shortstop, in order that’s good. And [Adrianza] can play in every single place, so I identical to having them each round, they’re each veteran guys that perceive the sport nicely.”

Roster Discount:

Davey Martinez was holding out hope Main League Baseball would as soon as once more determined to let the entire groups maintain 14 pitchers on their roster, as they’ve thus far in 2022, however as of Monday, the quantity was set to drop again all the way down to 13, which the Nationals’ supervisor stated may trigger some points for his beleaguered bullpen, if his starters didn’t begin going a bit deeper of their outings.

“For us, I hoped they’d do it,” Martinez stated of probably retaining it at 14.

“I can’t sit right here and mislead you, however it could be good if we may maintain that further pitcher, however I don’t know. I haven’t heard something but, we’ll see. I do know final time they modified it just a few days earlier than, I’m holding my breath, however we’ll see. I’d love — and actually it’s not simply us neither. You go searching baseball, what’s happening, I feel having an additional pitcher will certainly assist, no less than for the remainder of this 12 months.”

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So did MLB permit groups to maintain 14? Narrator: They didn’t.

On Sunday afternoon, the Nationals introduced they’d optioned right-hander Cory Abbott again to Triple-A Rochester, and earlier than the beginning of play final night time, the corresponding transfer to convey Alcides Escobar off the IL was introduced.

What did he suppose must change by way of his bullpen utilization now, with a possible lengthy man on the way in which to upstate NY.

“We’ve talked to a bunch of our guys that they’re going to should get stretched out a little bit bit, and be capable to pitch 1+ innings,” Martinez stated.

“A few of our guys have finished it, I do know [Andres] Machado is without doubt one of the guys I discussed, that he’s finished it. Erasmo [Ramírez] has finished it. So, we rely on these guys, if want be they should go on the market and pitch greater than only one inning. Some days we would want them simply to pitch one inning, however they perceive the scenario and their function, particularly now with one much less pitcher, they could extra usually have to do this.”

Did they think about retaining Abbott to have one other long-man within the ‘pen?

“We thought of it, and size, however we felt like the most effective factor to do was to ship him again and maintain him stretched out simply in case something occurs.”

Random Updates:

Final we heard, Stephen Strasburg was heading out to see a specialist, after feeling discomfort in his first MLB begin again after surgical procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome final summer season? Something new?

“No, nothing but. We’re ready on some outcomes, however we haven’t gotten something again but.”

How about Victor Arano, the veteran reliever who went on the IL with irritation in his left knee again on June sixth?

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“He’s coming alongside,” Martinez stated. “He’s been throwing, however not from his toes but, however we’re attempting to maintain his arm stretched out as a lot as doable. However he’s strengthening his decrease half, he seems good in the present day.

“Right now is the primary time I noticed him actually strolling and not using a limp, in order that’s nice. However he’s coming alongside.”

“Not from his toes but”?

“Yeah, he sits and throws,” the supervisor defined.

“They received him on sitting and throwing and enjoying long-toss, so, we need to maintain him arm in good condition.”

In order that they’re working him out any approach they will to maintain him in form whereas he rests his knee?

“Yeah, he’s additionally performing some higher physique stuff as nicely, so like I stated, our hope this week is he’s capable of flip the nook, we get him on his toes and begin throwing.”

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