Signed to a 1-year/$1.5M free agent deal this previous March, Ehire Adrianza, a 32-year-old, 10-year veteran, gave Nationals’ supervisor Davey Martinez a number of choices in his infield combine.
“Adrianza, clearly he’s one other super-u man that we plan on utilizing all over the place,” Martinez advised reporters early in Spring Coaching.
“Can play some second, some quick, some third, and even some outfield,” the supervisor mentioned of the addition. “And he has performed first base as nicely.”
“Adrianza goes to play a bit of little bit of all over the place, that’s why we received him,” Martinez added just a few days later.
“He can play all over the place within the infield, he can play the outfield, he’s a switch-hitter, however I really like having him right here.”
As Spring Coaching wound down, nevertheless, the veteran infielder suffered a quadriceps harm which landed him on the IL earlier than Opening Day, and Adrianza spent the primary two months of the season rehabbing earlier than he was reinstated from the Injured Listing earlier this month.
“He’s a veteran man that understands the sport, he can play a number of positions,” Martinez advised reporters earlier than the sequence opener with the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday. “So it’s actually good to have him again. I talked to him a bit of bit at the moment, he’s excited to be again. He appears like that is the primary day of the season for him, so he’s getting on the market and attending to know all people a bit of bit, however I advised him, I mentioned, ‘Hey, we want you. You’re going to play. You’re going to play a number of positions, however simply be prepared, so I’m excited to have him again.”
Although he’ll come off the bench, as a brilliant utility man, as Martinez mentioned from the beginning this spring, the fifth-year supervisor additionally mentioned Adrianza may spell a few of his gamers who’ve been taking part in quite a bit over the primary 57 video games.
“He’ll get some begins,” Martinez defined.
“We’ve received some guys which have performed day-after-day thus far, so having him round is form of good to get a few of these guys off their toes, but additionally too, coming off the bench with him will probably be good as a result of he can accomplish that many various issues.”
The Nats’ skipper mentioned Adrianza’s presence may additionally profit recently-recalled 22-year-old infielder Luis García.
“I feel truthfully with him he’s going to assist Luis out quite a bit,” Martinez mentioned. “And simply having him off the bench, understanding the sport, may also help a few of our youthful gamers as nicely, so like I mentioned, the rationale why we introduced him right here is as a result of we love what he can do on the sphere. He does lots of various things. He’s skilled coming off of the bench, pinch hitting, so he does lots of various things for us.”
Adrianza received a begin at third within the second of three with the Marlins in Miami final night time.
“I checked out all the things, it was an excellent day to offer [Maikel] Franco a time off,” Martinez mentioned prematurely of the primary pitch of the sport. “I feel yesterday was the primary inning [Franco’s] ever had off [this year]. So I needed to offer him a day, get Ehire in there at the moment, and there will probably be another guys who get days off right here pretty quickly. However it’s good to offer [Franco] a time off. This man has been taking part in and taking part in very well, he’s carried out superb for us, so I simply wish to get him off his toes at the moment, however as I all the time inform them, I mentioned, ‘Hey, it would solely be for half a recreation, so simply be able to play late within the recreation and he’s all up for it.”
Commerce Deadline – Untimely Discuss:
Following final yr’s sell-off of expiring contracts on the commerce deadline, GM Mike Rizzo mentioned extra of the identical this season would possibly make sense as he constructed the roster for the 2022 season.
“I feel some actually good one-year offers make sense. We applied that final winter, and we signed a few actually fantastic one-year contracts to some gamers,” Rizzo mentioned, and when the Nationals had been clearly out of rivalry on the deadline, they dealt these gamers for the mostly-major-league-ready group they received in return, who may assist jumpstart the reboot within the group.
This time round, with one other commerce deadline six weeks-ish away at this level? What’s the outlook for the membership?
“We nonetheless have a protracted methods to determine that out,” Rizzo advised 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies on Wednesday morning. “However I’d assume that if we’re taking part in on the price we’re taking part in, we’ll most likely watch out sellers, and be sure that we maximize the gamers a minimum of with expiring contracts, and I don’t assume that will come as a shock to anyone on the radio station proper now.”
What is going to the Nationals get in return this time in the event that they commerce Josh Bell (in the event that they don’t signal him to an extension), Nelson Cruz, César Hernández, Maikel Franco and extra to offer the rebooting group one other increase as they proceed constructing the subsequent contender in D.C.?
Luis García ❤️:
Because the Nationals famous earlier than final night time’s matchup with the Fish, “In six video games since being recalled on June 1, Luis García [had] a .391/.375/.609 slash line,” going into the 2nd of three in Miami. “He has gone 9-for-23 with two doubles, one homer, six RBI and one run scored,” because the Nats added, and he’d, “… hit safely in 5 of the six video games.” Not a foul begin for the 22-year-old shortstop, who tore up Triple-A pitching till he was referred to as again as much as the majors.
Garcia had additionally, “… hit safely in 4 straight video games and [had] recorded multi-hit efforts in his final three,” going into Wednesday’s recreation.
“He’s preparing on time, and he’s very quick to the ball,” supervisor Davey Martinez mentioned when requested about a few of the changes García’s made because the final time he was up within the Nationals’ lineup. “And it’s very nice. So like I mentioned yesterday, he smoked that ball, however the at-bat towards the lefty [Richard Bleier], was very nice that he was in a position to get his arms again, keep up the center, and put a extremely good swing on it.
“So he’s carried out nicely since he’s been right here, he’s carried out nicely. so he’s working actually arduous on his protection with [coaches Tim Bogar and Gary DiSarcina] so he’s going to get an opportunity to play day-after-day like I mentioned.
“He went down there to Triple-A and did all the things we requested him to do and did very well, so he’s getting a chance to play right here day-after-day.”
“It’s a really small pattern measurement, however he can hit,” GM Mike Rizzo advised The Sports activities Junkies on 106.7 the FAN on Wednesday morning.
“And he’s all the time hit all through his very younger minor league profession, and within the large leagues, so yeah, we be ok with the place he’s at in his improvement, he’s a piece in progress at shortstop on the large league degree, which is a really, very tough place to be in — a piece in progress as a shortstop within the large leagues, as a result of to me it’s the second-toughest defensive place on the sphere moreover catcher.
“You’re the quarterback of the infield, and I feel that added duty provides to the workload of a younger, 22-year-old participant. I feel he’s dealing with it nicely. I feel you’ve seen a bit of little bit of enchancment in his footwork from the opening couple video games to that sequence in Cincinnati the place I feel he took a step ahead defensively. I feel on the finish of the day he’s going to be fantastic, however there’s going to be some lean moments at shortstop. However when he’s in that batter’s field, he’s thrilling, he’s received bat pace, steadiness, and energy, and like I’ve mentioned, he’s on the age of faculty senior proper now, so he’s a fairly good prospect.”