Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Casey Donovan not getting in; Gerardo Carrillo going on IL + more…


[Should Have] Let Casey Play!!!:

Donovan Casey joined the Washington Nationals on April fifteenth in Pittsburgh, and the 26-year-old outfielder, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers as one of many 4 prospects within the Max Scherzer/Trea Turner deal final July thirtieth, was with the Nats via the collection in PNC Park and the primary two video games with the Arizona Diamondbacks this week, earlier than he was optioned again to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday night time, having by no means in that point taken the sphere for what would have been his MLB debut.

Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez did attempt to let him know earlier than he returned to Rochester, that he nonetheless figures within the membership’s plans, seemingly within the close to future.

“I talked to him for a bit bit and I mentioned, ‘Hey, look, you’re nonetheless a part of our group, our future,’ however he’s received to play every single day,” Martinez defined.

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“He understands that. I informed him, ‘It stunk that I couldn’t get you within the video games, however go down there and hold knocking the door down.’ As a result of he was swinging the bat nicely, he’s taking part in nicely, so he goes again down there and begins taking part in every single day once more, and simply be prepared to your subsequent call-up.”

Casey went 6 for twenty-four (.250/.280/.625) with two doubles, two triples, and a house run in six video games at Triple-A earlier than he received known as up.

Martinez was requested if he’d thought-about slotting Casey in because the DH with a purpose to get him into one of many video games whereas he was up, however he mentioned he’s juggling lots of gamers, and making an attempt to get everybody the at-bats they should keep sharp and it simply didn’t work out.

“Yeah, I considered it, however you need to play [Victor] Robles,” he mentioned, “… and I needed to play Lane [Thomas]. We have been fascinated with doing a little issues within the video games — as a result of he’s an unbelievable defender, he actually is, but it surely simply didn’t work out.”

Gerardo Carrillo To Double-A IL:

Gerardo Carrillo, 23, is one other prospect acquired within the Scherzer/Turner take care of the LA Dodgers, together with Casey, Josiah Grey, and Keibert Ruiz, and the right-handed pitcher began the season because the No. 7 prospect within the group in line with MLB Pipeline.

Carillo posted a 4.76 ERA, 50 walks, and 108 Ks in 23 video games, 22 begins, and 96 13 IP with the Dodgers and Nationals’ Double-A associates in 2021, however AA Harrisburg skipper Tripp Keister informed FBB’s David Driver final week that the hard-throwing righty was making the transition to the bullpen.

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“We now have been taking it very slowly with him,” Keister mentioned.

“He has a extremely good arm; he’s nicely suited to the bullpen, and he’s getting used to that. He has a fastball, two-seam, cutter, curve, and alter.”

Sadly, Carrillo ended up on the 7-Day IL earlier this week, and when Davey Martinez was requested if he had any information on Wednesday, he admitted he hadn’t heard something from the membership’s Double-A affiliate, although he had simply seen the information.

“I’ve not received any suggestions of why, so I’ll discover out,” Martinez promised, and when he spoke upfront of Thursday afternoon’s sport he mentioned he had a report, explaining merely he was informed Carrillo had, “shoulder discomfort” in his proper shoulder.

Aníbal Sánchez Replace?:

Aníbal Sánchez got here off the flight from West Palm Seashore to D.C. on the finish of Spring Coaching with a cervical nerve impingement in his neck which landed the 38-year-old pitcher on the 10-Day IL earlier this month.

Davey Martinez mentioned on Thursday afternoon that the veteran starter hasn’t began to throw but, as he rehabs and works his method again following a 12 months off in 2021, when he determined he wouldn’t play, and a fast ramp-up within the post-CBA settlement, three-week construct to 2022 in Spring Coaching.

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Martinez was requested earlier than yesterday’s sport about what, if any, progress Sánchez had made since touchdown on the IL.

“No, identical,” Martinez mentioned. “He’s nonetheless — no throwing, simply rehabbing, and I’ll let you already know when he’s in a position to throw. However he’s simply rehabbing, making an attempt to construct energy again.”

As for what he’s doing by way of his rehab to “construct energy again”?

“Simply lots of completely different strengthening workouts, strengthening the shoulder space, the neck space, his again,” Martinez defined.

“So, like I mentioned, he’s doing higher, he’s simply fairly not there but.”

Saturday’s Starter?:

The doubleheader with the D-backs on Tuesday created a necessity for a starter this weekend, for the reason that Nationals had to make use of two starters within the twin invoice, which means nobody can be good to go on common relaxation 5 days from the sport. So the place will the Nationals flip for a starter for the second sport of three with the San Francisco Giants in D.C. on Saturday?

As of Thursday afternoon, Martinez was nonetheless not prepared to call a starter, although he did word that ideally, if he can keep away from utilizing Paolo Espino, the right-hander would take that project and begin on Saturday afternoon.

“As of proper now, that’s the plan,” Martinez mentioned. “But when we’d like him to pitch, we’ll see, so I don’t need to make any bulletins on who’s pitching Saturday but, so we’ll fear about in the present day, we’ve received an opportunity to win the collection in the present day with Josh Rogers pitching, and he’s finished nicely for us, so I’m trying ahead to watching him go on the market and compete once more.”

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