Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Stephen Strasburg & the next step; future at short + more…

Strasburg’s Subsequent Step:

Six innings and 100-ish pitches was one objective the Washington Nationals stated they needed to see Stephen Strasburg attain as he builds up in the direction of his return to the large league rotation within the coming weeks, barring any setbacks, and he went six on 83 pitches, with one stroll, 4 Ks, and one hit allowed in his newest rehab begin.

Following the outing with the Nats’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, NY, the 33-year-old right-hander traveled to Ohio to satisfy up with the group in Cincinnati, the place they have been enjoying 4 with the Reds, and earlier than the finale in Nice American Ball Park, Davey Martinez talked to reporters in regards to the subsequent steps for the ‘09 No. general choose and 2019 World Sequence MVP.

“He’s had a routine that he does in between begins, so he’s simply doing his routine,” Martinez defined.

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“He’s gonna throw a bullpen right here within the subsequent day, and we’ll see the place he’s at after which we’ll have a dialog after the bullpen. However up to now, all the pieces seems good. So I don’t need to make any choices but till he throws his bullpen and we go from there.”

Martinez wasn’t committing to Strasburg’s subsequent begin being within the large leagues, however stated the starter will stay with the group as they journey to Miami for the third cease on their highway journey.

“He’s going to Miami with us, yeah, he’s staying with us and no matter what we do subsequent, he’ll journey with the group.”

As for the way the rotation will form up towards the Marlins? Have they got a plan but?

“No,” Martinez stated. “I’m gonna sit down and speak to [Pitching Coach Jim] Hickey after we meet after which attempt to go over our rotation. So we’ll see. Like I stated, we nonetheless obtained Evan [Lee] right here. We’re going to attempt to use him out of the bullpen, however it hasn’t labored out, so he’s obtainable to start out as effectively. Josiah [Gray], I feel, will begin a kind of video games. We haven’t determined when. However I’ll know extra most likely after the sport.”

Talking of Grey:

Earlier than the second of 4 with the Reds this weekend in GABP, Davey Martinez was requested if he noticed similarities between Josiah Grey, a 2018 2nd Spherical draft choose by Cincinnati out of Le Moyne Faculty in Syracuse, NY, and Tom Browning (a ninth Spherical choose by the Reds in 1982), or Jim Deshais, two of the extra well-known pitchers who attended Le Moyne as effectively earlier than pitching within the majors, however the fifth-year skipper stated Grey’s a special kind of pitcher.

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“Proper now, he’s extra of an influence pitcher,” Martinez defined. “He makes use of his fastball quite a bit. He’s obtained an amazing breaking ball, however he assaults together with his fastball, so we’re getting him to attempt to use extra of his secondary pitches, and he did quite a bit higher his final outing with that, particularly in high-leverage conditions, and he’s getting comfy doing it, in order that’s superior to see. However he likes to assault the strike zone, he actually does, and also you’ll see him on the market right this moment working the primary inning simply making an attempt to actually set up the strike zone after which go from there.”

Escobar’s Hamstring:

Alcides Escobar put up a .185/.254/.215 line within the first 19 video games and 71 plate appearances of the season in April, however earlier than a hamstring damage compelled him to the IL, the 35-year-old’s fortunes have been turning, with a extra respectable .264/.278/.377 line in 16 video games and 54 PAs in Might.

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Davey Martinez stated after the membership referred to as Luis García as much as play quick for the Nationals, they must have a dialog when Escobar is able to return, however for now the 22-year-old shortstop goes to start out each day at quick. How’s Escobar progressing as he works his manner again from the correct hamstring difficulty?

“He’s feeling quite a bit higher. He’s recovering. These hamstrings, as everyone knows, if you get slightly pressure like that, they’re a bit tough, particularly with the place that he performs, so, however he’s recovering effectively. He’s doing a whole lot of strengthening proper now. He was capable of swing the bat slightly bit the opposite day, which is sort of good. So we’ll see how he feels this week.”