Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Juan Soto at the plate; Hunter Harvey on IL + more…


Not Fearful About Juan:

Davey Martinez didn’t have any criticism for Juan Soto after the 23-year-old slugger popped out, chasing a 1-2 cutter from Mark Melancon out of the zone to finish Thursday’s collection finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks, leaving the bases loaded in a 4-3 loss.

Martinez, who instructed reporters he’ll take his possibilities with Soto on the plate with an opportunity to win one, was requested after the loss what message he’d have for Soto when he talked to him about his strategy in that closing at-bat.

“Pat him on the again,” Martinez stated, “and I’ll inform him the identical factor I instructed you guys, ‘I can’t wait until you’re up with bases loaded once more, and once more, and once more, extra instances than not he’ll come by.”

What was Soto’s takeaway from the at-bat?

“For me, simply maintain my strike zone, don’t fear about any of the calls that they make, simply attempt to maintain my swing [and] my eyes within the strike zone and don’t attempt to do an excessive amount of,” he stated.

Martinez talked earlier than the collection opener with the San Francisco Giants final evening about how Soto, who’s as soon as once more seeing the bottom share of pitches within the zone (39.2% Zone% in 2022 going into final evening’s recreation) within the majors, stays able to hit pitches he does get within the strike zone.

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“, I watched him take early BP yesterday, and he was completely crushing balls to left-center subject,” Martinez stated, “… and I instructed him that’s the place he must be. I imply, he wants to actually give attention to staying up the center, driving the ball to left-center. When he’s going rather well that’s what he does, that’s when he’s at his finest. However I additionally inform him that, hey, you’re [not] going to get pitched to fairly a bit, however whenever you do get that pitch, you’ve bought to be prepared for it. It may very well be the primary pitch, it may very well be the third or fourth pitch, you bought to be prepared for it, which he all the time is, you already know, and so it occurs yesterday that he bought a pitch — form of higher within the zone, but it surely’s a pitch that I’ve seen him hit and drive. I believe he tried to do some bit an excessive amount of, so he’s bought to remain inside himself, and like I stated, simply drive the ball up the center.”

Via 15 video games earlier than final evening’s opener with the Giants, Soto was 13 for 50 on the 12 months with a .260/.448/.480 line, two doubles, three residence runs, 16 walks, and eight Ks in 67 plate appearances.

Martinez stated he’s seen constructive indicators lately that Soto is rounding into form on the dish.

“[On Wednesday], he took a curveball the place he stayed again rather well and hit a bullet to heart subject,” Martinez stated. “That’s who he’s, and I all the time stated this. He’s going to hit residence runs, and he’s going to drive the ball. I don’t need him to begin fascinated about it and pondering that he has to do it each time up, you already know, simply get pitch and attempt to hit the ball and keep in the course of the sphere.”

Hunter Harvey To IL:

Earlier than Thursday’s recreation the Nationals introduced they positioned right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey on the 10-day Injured Record with a proper pronator pressure, after the one-time Baltimore Orioles’ prospect (and 2013 O’s 1st Spherical choose) tossed 2 23 scoreless in his first 12 months in D.C. after he was chosen off waivers from the Giants this spring.

“He felt one thing final evening,” Martinez stated after Thursday’s recreation, “… and we requested him to go get an MRI, and he has a pronator pressure, and we’re not going to fiddle with it, and put him on the 10-Day IL and we’ll see how he feels after 10 days.”

Harvey had Tommy John surgical procedure in 2016, and he handled indirect and lat strains in 2021, so the membership was attempting to deal with the hard-throwing righty rigorously, even earlier than the harm considerations got here up this week.

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“It’s powerful,” Martinez stated of the truth that he nonetheless bought damage. “However fortunately it wasn’t something extra severe than that, and hopefully with somewhat relaxation get him going once more and get him again.”

Harvey instructed reporters earlier than final evening’s recreation that he tried to pitch by an analogous challenge earlier than and ended up making it worse, so he was glad he spoke up and stated one thing this time when he didn’t really feel proper.

His supervisor was joyful the 27-year-old reliever spoke up too, whereas others up to now haven’t.

“I talked to him final evening after the sport for a short while,” Martinez stated, “and I believe over the previous years he was reluctant to ever say something about his accidents, and it may need value him a couple of months right here and there, however I’m glad he was good sufficient to say he felt one thing, and I instructed him, ‘ what that’s referred to as? Maturity.’ ? In case you’re damage, you’re damage, and we have now individuals right here who may assist you get higher ahead of later, so he was glad that he stated one thing and he’s very hopeful that it’s nothing main and that he can come again and assist us as quickly as attainable, which might be nice.”

Ask For Cade; Get Stephen & Joe:

MASN’s Byron Kerr reported on Twitter final evening that prime pitching prospect Cade Cavalli, who hadn’t pitched since 4/14, was set to return to the mound for Triple-A Rochester this Sunday, and FBB’s David Driver talked to a supply who instructed him Cavalli, “… is wholesome and threw [a] aspect session Thursday,” in preparation for Sunday’s begin.

Davey Martinez didn’t have any info on Cavalli when he was requested earlier than final evening’s recreation, however he did replace reporters on two pitchers presently throwing in West Palm Seashore…

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“[I’ve] bought nothing [on Cavalli],” Martinez stated, “however I’ll positively discover out for you. I spent a whole lot of time at this time speaking about Joe Ross and [Stephen Strasburg]. These guys are throwing bullpens, so it’s good. Hopefully by subsequent week if issues go properly they’ll begin throwing some [live bullpens], in order that they’re progressing properly.”

Strasburg, who remains to be constructing after surgical procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome final season, and a brief ramp-up in Spring Coaching, “… threw 27 pitches, and I believe it was about the identical for Joe,” Martinez added, with Ross recovering from surgical procedure to take away a bone spur in his proper elbow after he had a partial tear of his UCL final summer season.



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