Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez and GM Mike Rizzo on Victor Robles; Josh Bell; & Patrick Corbin and Riley Adams…


The Victor Robles We Had been Trying For:

Following an 0 for 18 begin in his first eight video games of the 2022 marketing campaign, some tweaks to his swing mechanics, and a ton of reps on the plate, Victor Robles began the 2nd of three in Coors Subject on one thing of a tear on the plate.

Robles, “throughout his final 14 video games … has recorded a .341/.375/.455 slash line,” the Nationals highlighted of their pregame notes. “He’s 15-for-44 with 5 doubles, 9 RBI, three walks and eight runs scored,” they added, and he’d, “hit safely in 9 of the 14.”

“We labored with him in Spring Coaching, and it’s beginning to click on for him,” supervisor Davey Martinez advised reporters just lately, “in order that’s form of good to see, and see the outcomes for him.”

Martinez isn’t the one one excited in regards to the enchancment they’ve seen from the 24-year-old outfielder, after two subpar offensive years in 2020-21.

“I’m happy together with his work ethic,” GM Mike Rizzo advised 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies in his weekly go to on Wednesday morning.

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“And it’s not simple to alter midstream if you’ve had success early in your profession,” he added, “… after which form of change issues round. I’ve to provide [Hitting Coach] Darnell Coles and Davey plenty of credit score for form of promoting it to Victor and provides Victor plenty of credit score for accepting it and dealing so laborious to make some refined adjustments. The ability set is simply so robust that you simply’ve bought to consider in guys like this, as a result of there’s simply not plenty of guys round together with his instruments, and if you get a man like that, it’s important to actually be affected person with him, as a result of they’re going to have rising pains, they’re going to have inconsistencies, however when you are able to do what he can do on the sector and on the basepaths and together with his throwing arm, it’s very helpful for a younger workforce to have such younger expertise at such a premium place like heart subject.”

Let’s not crack open the champagne and rejoice simply but, after all, as a result of it’s a stable stretch after a pair years of struggles.

“We’ll be affected person with him,” Rizzo stated, “… and he’s beginning to really feel a little bit bit higher in regards to the changes, and I feel that he’s going to have , robust, stable season for us.”

Ring (Or Perhaps Lengthen?) That Bell:

Josh Bell’s 3 for five (3-run HR) recreation within the collection opener with the Rockies left the 29-year-old first baseman 9 for 18 (.500/.550/.778), with two doubles and the house run 4 video games into the Nationals’ highway journey.

On the yr, in his second season in D.C. following the Christmas Eve 2020 commerce from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bell had reached base safely in 22 of 24 video games going into Wednesday’s matchup in Coors Subject, and going again to Could 13, 2021, the Nationals famous, after a sluggish begin following a sting on the COVID-IL final season, Bell had a .300/.390/.519 line, “26 doubles, [a] triple, 27 homers, 96 RBI(s), 73 walks[,] and 75 runs scored in 145 video games.”

What does his supervisor consider the constant manufacturing over Bell’s first year-plus in D.C.?

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“He works laborious,” Martinez stated on Tuesday evening. “And the factor about him proper now, is he’s making an attempt to maintain all the pieces easy. He’s not making an attempt to do an excessive amount of up there, he’s simply making an attempt to place the barrel of the bat on the ball, and he’s swinging the bat rather well.”

Bell’s potential to spark the offense, as he did with the three-run shot early within the first of three with the Rockies, has stood out as properly.

“It’s superior, and like I stated, for me proper now, simply watching him it’s plenty of enjoyable to look at him working at-bats,” Martinez stated.

“When he will get like this — we’ve seen it earlier than — he can carry a workforce, and he’s doing that proper now.”

“He’s a very good participant,” GM Mike Rizzo advised 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies early on Wednesday morning. “We thought quite a bit about him once we traded for him and he has not dissatisfied for us on the sector, and extra importantly off the sector within the clubhouse and locally he’s been a godsend, so he’s a terrific human being and he’s a hell of participant, and we actually like him right here in D.C.”

Bell went 0 for 4 within the Nationals’ 5-2 loss final evening.

Strasdate… Upburg? Stephen Strasburg Replace?:

Right here’s the most recent from GM Mike Rizzo on the Junkies speaking in regards to the Nationals’ ‘09 No. 1 general decide, Stephen Strasburg, who’s presently build up in West Palm Seashore, FL as he continues to get well from the season-ending surgical procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome he had final summer time…

“The most recent on Stras could be he threw a stay batting apply in opposition to hitters yesterday and he threw one inning of stay BP, he’s going to throw one other one on Friday, and we’re going to increase him. Additionally, Joe Ross did the identical factor, so each these guys are on observe to do a rehab begin with some affiliate within the close to future. Perhaps a pair extra stay batting practices and see in the event that they’re on observe they usually be ok with it, we get them out to an affiliate and get their arms stretched out 70-80 pitches after which we carry them to D.C.”

Patrick and Riley:

Going into final evening’s recreation, Patrick Corbin had a 7.96 ERA and .364/.462/.573 line in opposition to in six begins and 26 IP with Keibert Ruiz behind the plate, and a 2.55 ERA and .159/.232/.270 line in opposition to in three begins and 17 2/3 IP working with Riley Adams. Corbin’s supervisor talked earlier than the second of three with the Rockies about what was working for the lefty and their backup catcher.

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“We’ll see the way it works out right this moment,” Martinez stated, when requested if they may pair up on extra of a daily foundation. “It really labored out good, as a result of with the day recreation tomorrow, the matchup with the lefty introduced itself with Riley and in a position to catch Corbin, and tomorrow Ruiz will catch within the day recreation, so, however yeah, they work good collectively, Patrick feels snug throwing to him, he’s really completed properly catching him, so it’s one other good alternative for these two guys to work collectively, and if it does work out properly, we could have to go away him catching Corbin, if Corbin feels snug throwing to him which he does, we’ll see how that performs out, however I wouldn’t thoughts that in any respect.”

Following Corbin’s eight-inning, 94-pitch outing, Martinez advised reporters it labored properly for each of them once more, and it’d develop into a factor.

“They labored nice collectively, they actually did, so we’ll see what occurs in 5 days from now, however I form of preferred what I noticed out of each of them right this moment,” he stated.

“I feel Riley offers him a much bigger goal, he’s only a large man, however the talk, they arrive in after each inning, they speak, they’re sitting there they usually’re watching movies. I heard them speaking right this moment about [Brendan] Rodgers, after getting a pair hits the opposite manner, they readjusted, so I imply, however they work actually good collectively, so we’ll see — like I stated, in 5 days we’ll take a look at all the pieces, however I like what Riley is doing with Patrick proper now.”

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