Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Donovan Casey, Joshua Palacios, Victor Robles + more…


Donovan Casey To D.C.; Joshua Palacios To Rochester:

Davey Martinez will not be capable of say what’s occurring with Dee Unusual-Gordon, who’s sick and on the Injured Record, with no particulars offered by the group.

“He’s higher. Like I mentioned, I can’t actually speak about a lot, however he’s doing higher,” Martinez mentioned in his pregame press convention on Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.

The excellent news? Nobody else with the group is occurring the Injured Record proper now.

“No. Everyone’s right here. I simply noticed Donovan [Casey] a short time in the past, so he’s right here, excited to be right here, it’s his first time, so we’ll see if I get him in there one way or the other.”

Casey, in fact, is the outfielder who was a part of the return the Nationals obtained once they dealt Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to LA for a package deal of Dodgers’ prospects on the commerce deadline final July thirtieth.

Why was Casey the one who received this chance with Unusual-Gordon unavailable?

“He’s finished nicely [at Triple-A Rochester],” Martinez mentioned. Casey was 6 for twenty-four (.250 AVG) with two doubles, two triples, and a house run in six video games earlier than he received the decision to satisfy with the group within the Metal Metropolis.

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“He’s received a number of additional base hits down there, and he can play protection, he can run and steal a base, however he can play all three outfield positions, and proper now that’s someone we want.”

Martinez was requested if he frightened Casey, like Josiah Grey and Keibert Ruiz earlier than him, may doubtlessly press and attempt to show himself worthy of being included in a commerce for the likes of Scherzer and Turner?

“Yeah, you understand for him it’s simply hey, chill out and have enjoyable, and I informed him, I mentioned, ‘You’ve had some good at-bats in Triple-A, and proceed to do this if you get some enjoying time.

“Get your work in each day, the stadiums are all going to be new to him, be sure to get your fly balls in every single place, and work with [Hitting Coach Darnell Coles] on what you have been engaged on down there [at Triple-A], and once I get you within the sport, simply have good at-bats and chill out and have enjoyable.”

New Outfielder Joins Group:

Shortly after the Nationals formally introduced Dee Unusual-Gordon’s transfer to the IL, and the choice to name up Donovan Casey, the membership reported on Twitter they claimed Joshua Palacios off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and optioned the 26-year-old to Triple-A Rochester.

Palacios, a 2016 4th Spherical decide by the Jays, debuted within the majors in 2021, enjoying in a complete of 13 video games, over which he was 7 for 35 (.200 AVG), however he missed two months with a hand harm he suffered final Might, and performed in simply 32 video games complete final season between minor and main league motion, after not enjoying in any respect in 2020 (with no minor league season as a result of pandemic).

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What do the Nationals like about him?

“I do know his uncle [Rey Palacios],” Martinez mentioned.

“He was a catcher. Performed within the large leagues. yeah, good child. Actually good child. However is aware of find out how to play the sport.

“Left-handed hitter, performs all three outfield positions. I do know he had a very good Spring Coaching, however he turned accessible and we picked him up.”

Victor Robles Is Going to Play:

In his explaining the choice to maintain Victor Robles on the bench within the sequence opener in PNC Park on Thursday evening, Davey Martinez pointed to the outfielder’s struggles hitting sliders as one of many causes he held him out towards a slider-heavy starter in JT Brubaker.

“We have a look at all his knowledge, and we all know that Victor struggles towards guys with good sliders,” Martinez defined, “so tonight, I felt like we’re simply going to proceed to work with him on his swing, get him some additional swings, after which get him again in there tomorrow.”

However when the lineup for Friday evening’s sport was launched, Robles was not a part of it.

Robles has began in simply 5 of the primary eight video games this season, because the membership tries to get him again to the participant he was arising by the minors, and early in his large league profession, earlier than he had bother on the plate in every of the previous two seasons.

“We’ve been working with Victor, and he’s been coming in early to hit, and I wished to provide him these two days to work with [Hitting Coach] Darnell [Coles]. He’s been swinging loads, and we talked to him at this time, and he swung the bat very well at this time in early BP, so I informed him, I mentioned, ‘Be able to play at this time if we want you, however tomorrow, you’ll play, and also you’ll play for the subsequent two days, after which we’ll see the place he’s at,” Martinez defined.

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“However like I mentioned, it’s one thing that we’ve been working with him in Spring Coaching … He’s getting higher, however Darnell wished simply to work with him and attempt to get him prepared, as a result of I don’t need him to get pissed off by the result, and that’s one thing that issues me a bit of bit. I don’t need him to begin chasing hits, I simply need him to have good at-bats. I need him to get comfy — and he’s getting there, and he’s feeling loads higher, so tomorrow he’ll get an opportunity to play tomorrow.”

The work they proceed to do, Martinez mentioned, is what they’ve been engaged on because the begin of Spring Coaching, tweaking his mechanics on the plate, and reinforcing these modifications in an try to get him going.

“Yeah, completely,” Martinez mentioned.

“So, for proper now we’re attending to the purpose the place he’s not interested by the place his fingers have to go or get again or something. Now he’s truly seeing the ball and placing good swings on each ball, and that’s — like I mentioned, at this time was a variety of velo. We had [Bullpen Coach] Ricky Bones throw to him, and he throws BP pretty laborious, so it was good for him to get on the market and ensure to work on his timing and get his fingers up and get him above the ball.”

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