Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Nats’ bullpen mix; Carl Edwards, Jr.; and Dash Gordon…

Lefties Are Overrated:

Davey Martinez talked earlier than the collection opener in Cincinnati about probably utilizing lefty Evan Lee in reduction on his bullpen day between begins, with one lefty, Josh Rogers, in a right-hand heavy reduction corps proper now.

“We advised [Lee] to be prepared for the 5 days,” Martinez defined, primarily green-lighting a second begin for the 24-year-old lefty who made his MLB debut in Citi Area.

“We’ll see what transpires in these different days. We additionally — for me, we’ve acquired one lefty within the bullpen, and it’s [Lee’s] bullpen day, we would maintain him again, and put him within the bullpen for that day.”

“In his bullpen he’ll in all probability throw 30-35 pitches, so we may use him as only a bullpen day after which do one thing else, even let him begin, so like I mentioned, I’ve considered it, I’m not dedicated to something but, so we’ll see what occurs.”

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That was on Thursday although. On Friday afternoon, the Nationals positioned Rogers on the 15-Day IL with what the membership described as an impingement in his left shoulder.

“He went on the IL with somewhat little bit of impingement in his left shoulder,” Martinez mentioned earlier than the 2nd of 4 in Nice American Ball Park.

“So we’ll see. He’s gonna get an MRI tomorrow, we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow. However we introduced in [Andres] Machado to fill that void as nicely.”

Machado, after all, is a righty, so Rogers occurring the IL left the Nationals with two lefties within the rotation (Lee and Patrick Corbin) however none within the bullpen, which Martinez mentioned could be tremendous for now.

“We really feel like — I nonetheless really feel like we acquired guys that may get lefties out. [Carl Edwards, Jr.] being one among them. [Paolo] Espino has performed an excellent job in opposition to lefties as nicely, so, after which our again finish guys who face each left and proper. So, I feel we’re going to be OK. It’s good to have. It was very nice to have Rogers that would do a number of issues down there, give us size, and in addition are available in in opposition to lefties. However hopefully, he’ll be okay, and we get him again as quickly as he’s wholesome. However these guys are greater than able to getting the job performed.”


Dee Unusual-Gordon and his spouse welcomed a brand new son into the world on Friday, so he went on the paternity listing earlier than the 2nd of 4 with the Reds in GABP, however the very best a part of the story is that the Gordon’s named the child Sprint. Sprint Gordon. Grandpa Tom “Flash” Gordon has to like that.

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“He texted me all these hours of the morning that his spouse was having the child,” Martinez mentioned after the information was introduced by the crew on Friday afternoon. “And I needed him to be there. And he left, he had somewhat boy. His title’s Sprint. So congratulations to the household. However we would have liked to get anyone up right here that may do what Dee does, and Cunning [Lucius Fox] is the man.

“So, hopefully [Fox] needs to be right here shortly to affix us, so he can fill in that void until Dee will get again.”

CJ or Carl Edwards, Jr. And The Scoreless Inning Streak:

Carl Edwards, Jr. gave up three runs in an inning of labor in his debut with the Nats again on Might tenth, after he was referred to as up from Triple-A Rochester, however since then he’s thrown a complete of 12 consecutive scoreless innings, giving up two hits and 5 walks, whereas putting out 11, and holding opposing hitters to a .057/.175/.086 line in opposition to over that dominant stretch the reliever’s supervisor mentioned he and the Nationals’ brass believed he had in him after they signed the previous Cub to a 1-year deal this previous winter.

The keys to Edwards, Jr.’s success on this run? Davey Martinez, who was the bench coach in Chicago when Edwards, Jr. got here up with the Cubs, mentioned it’s pretty straight-forward.

“Pounding the strike zone,” he advised reporters.

“I knew all alongside if he may keep wholesome, and throw strikes, that he may assist us, and he’s doing that proper now. I’ve had him, like I mentioned, he was with me in Chicago, we knew what he may do if he pounded the strike zone, and his focus proper now’s throwing strikes, and he’s performed an excellent job. I’ve used him in several conditions, however he’s actually performed an excellent job for us.”

Seeing the reliever have success after he struggled with accidents and noticed minimal motion within the large leagues in 2021, has thrilled Martinez.

“Superior,” he mentioned. “He’s such an excellent man, and an excellent teammate, I’m so comfortable that he’s having some success, now we simply wish to maintain him there.”

Edwards, Jr. threw one other scoreless inning in final evening’s win over the Reds in Cincinnati.