Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on latest roster moves; Riley Adams playing first at Triple-A + more…

Roster Strikes:

Earlier than final evening’s recreation, the Washington Nationals introduced a collection of roster strikes to shake issues up a bit with the catching corps and bullpen combine:

  • Recalled catcher Tres Barrera from Triple-A Rochester
  • Returned from rehabilitation project and reinstated right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson from the 60-day Injured record
  • Optioned catcher Riley Adams to Triple-A Rochester
  • Designated left-handed pitcher Sam Clay for project

The transfer to carry Tres Barrera up and ship Riley Adams down was considerably stunning, however as supervisor Davey Martinez defined it in his pregame press convention earlier than their collection opener with the Miami Marlins in D.C. final evening, it was about getting Adams at-bats he received’t get taking part in behind Keibert Ruiz within the majors.

“For Riley,” Martinez mentioned of the recently-turned 26-year-old Adams, who has a .192/.284/.321 line on the plate in 27 video games and 88 plate appearances this season, “it was robust, but it surely was about getting him constant at-bats, getting him down there [to Triple-A], letting him catch each day, additionally play slightly little bit of first base, but it surely was extra about simply getting him constant at-bats each day down there. I need to get him going, so it’s not the final we’ve seen of Riley. I feel quite a lot of — Riley has finished very well. He’s made some massive, massive enhancements catching, and that’s good, but it surely’s extra about getting him on the market each day catching, getting at-bats each single day, after which seeing the place we’re at right here in a couple of weeks.”

Adams getting work in at first base may make quite a lot of sense in a couple of weeks if the Nats do commerce Josh Bell on the 2022 Commerce Deadline.

Martinez didn’t contact on that risk.

However he did say it could profit Adams to play a number of spots.

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“We wish him to discover ways to play one other place. We’ve — it’s laborious to get him at-bats when you may have a switch-hitting catcher in Keibert. My efforts had been to attempt to get him on the market not less than 2-3 occasions per week, however extra so than that for him, I worth what he does, I worth the particular person he’s, and like I mentioned, it’s all about Riley Adams and getting him at-bats. It at all times stinks once you get despatched down, we get that, however I feel transferring ahead for his future right here, we need to get him going.

“I imagine this man can hit 15-20 dwelling runs, and catch the way in which he catches, and if he can play first base in a second that we will put him on the market and he can catch the ball…

“So, it is going to be good for us and in addition be good for him in his profession.”

The supervisor additionally mentioned they had been speaking about getting Adams extra at-bats for some time now.

“And so at this explicit second I believed it could be finest to get him down there, get him some at-bats, getting him going earlier than we lose an excessive amount of of the season.”

Getting common at-bats, and reps at first, the Nationals apparently imagine, will profit their catcher within the long-run.

“With out Riley actually doing it, and taking part in [first base], I imply you may hit as many floor balls throughout warm-ups, however when it’s recreation velocity, issues occur awfully shortly and it is going to be good to only let him go down there, chill out slightly bit and let him begin off by taking part in first base down in Triple-A and see how nicely he does there.”

Barrera’s Again:

Tres Barrera, 27, put up a .256/.342/.439 line, seven doubles, and 7 dwelling runs on the plate for Triple-A Rochester in 51 video games and 192 plate appearances earlier than he received the decision from the large league membership final evening, and got here again to the majors for the Nationals.

Barrera debuted within the massive leagues in 2019, and he performed 30 video games final season, and now he’s as much as again up Keibert Ruiz.

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“He’s been good. He’s been actually good. I do know the pitchers love throwing to him. He’s been hitting the ball, taking part in the sport the precise approach,” Martinez mentioned.

“So it’s good to see him once more. I talked to him, and I informed him, ‘Simply be able to play. You’ll get some alternatives to catch, simply be prepared.”

Thompson For Clay:

Sam Clay, a 2014 4th Spherical decide by the Minnesota Twins, who signed with the Nationals in 2020-21, put up a 6.02 ERA out of the bullpen over two seasons in D.C. which, ultimately resulted within the left-hander getting designated for project final evening, after he threw only a 13 of an inning in his newest stint with the staff. His concern? And the considering behind the DFA? One, the Nationals wanted a roster spot for a returning Mason Thompson, and two?

“As I talked about, [Clay] couldn’t management the strike zone up right here, however I like Sammy quite a bit, he’s a superb man,” Davey Martinez informed reporters after the strikes had been introduced final evening.

“Hopefully he will get picked up, if not I at all times point out that we’d like to get him again if issues don’t work out,” the supervisor mentioned.

“However as you realize, that is a part of the sport. Mason was prepared to return again and we introduced him again up.”

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Martinez did say on Wednesday the group wished Thompson, 24, and bought on the deadline final July from the Padres within the deal that despatched Daniel Hudson to San Diego, to, “… get … back-to-back days, one-plus innings, [while they] proceed to stretch him out slightly bit,” however apparently they preferred what they noticed sufficient to fast-track his return after he put up a 1.35 ERA in six video games and 6 23 IP as he rehabbed from the biceps pressure which landed him on the IL again in mid-April.

“We talked to a bunch of individuals down there they usually mentioned he’s throwing the ball very well,” Martinez mentioned, “… and he’s prepared, so why not get him up right here and he can try this right here. We’ll watch out with him, however I talked to him for a second and he mentioned he felt nice, and he can go back-to-back days, he can get 4 or 5 outs if we’d like him, in order that’s good.”

Thompson labored round a two-out single in an 18-pitch, 14-strike ninth, throwing 13 sinkers (72%) which averaged 96.9 and received as much as 97.8 MPH, and 5 sliders (28%).

“Good. Actually good. His fastball was popping out, sinking the ball nicely, his slider was higher,” Martinez mentioned of what he noticed from Thompson after the sport. “It was one thing we talked to him about, and never afraid to throw it, and that was good to see.”