Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on handling Josiah Gray carefully; roster moves for arms; Juan Soto sitting

No Grey Tuesday:

Josiah Grey was scorching. He’d warmed up in preparation for the primary pitch of the sequence opener with Atlanta within the nation’s capital, however a storm cell popped up over Nationals Park simply as the sport was set to begin, and an hour and thirty-five-ish minutes later the groups took the sphere and started the primary of three in D.C.

However Grey didn’t come out to the mound. Shortly earlier than first pitch, Erasmo Ramírez, the Nats’ 32-year-old reliever, was introduced because the “opener”, nevertheless it wasn’t till after the 9-5 loss to the Nationals’ NL East rivals that supervisor Davey Martinez shared his pondering in not sending the 24-year-old Grey out to there after the delay.

“We felt like [Gray] was totally warmed,” Martinez defined. “He got here out of the gate, they instructed us they had been going to place the tarp on, he sat for a really, very very long time, and I’m not going to do this to him. He was in uncharted waters proper there, so I made a decision after an hour and a half that we weren’t going to ship him out, and he was good. He was very uneasy all through the method as a result of he didn’t know what to anticipate, and like I stated, that’s uncharted waters for a younger child like that. And he’s been pitching properly, so we’ll push him again, we’ll deal with this as a bullpen day, after which I’m going to see how he feels tomorrow after which we’ll decide when he’s going to begin once more.”

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Ramírez, he added, was primarily his solely selection when it got here to choosing an opener.

“We didn’t have many choices. Let’s put it that means,” Martinez stated after Ramírez went three innings on 54 pitches, giving up six hits (three homers), two walks, and 6 earned runs.

“I had the again finish of the bullpen guys. We had loads of guys throw right here within the final couple days, I believed Erasmo may give us some size, and he actually did, and I thanked him for it as a result of it’s a tricky state of affairs. Twenty minutes earlier than the sport you’re getting instructed you’re going to begin.

“However he gave us all the pieces he had, so I admire it. But it surely was robust. I made the decision to not pitch [Josiah], and I believe I made the best name.”

He additionally stated he wouldn’t simply push Grey again a day for the second recreation with the Braves.

“Like I stated, he acquired scorching. He threw, I believe 37 pitches within the bullpen. And he was scorching, able to go, so…”

Requested if he thought the membership would wish so as to add/substitute some arms within the bullpen, with all of the video games developing and after what they’d been via in the previous few, Martinez stated he and the Nationals’ brass would discuss what they wanted to do when it comes to roster strikes.

“We’re going to talk about that for concerning the subsequent hour or so,” he stated.

Earlier than the second of three with the Braves in D.C., the Nationals introduced the next roster strikes:

Roster Strikes Defined:

Davey Martinez talked earlier than the second recreation of the sequence final evening concerning the membership’s pondering in making the strikes they made.

Stephen Strasburg formally went on the IL after he was scratched from final evening’s begin with what the workforce described as a “stress response of the ribs” which is outwardly tied to the surgical procedure he had for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome final summer season.

Because the Nats went with a bullpen recreation on Monday evening, they wanted reinforcements for the aid corps, so that they despatched Jordan Weems (who’d thrown two innings on 42 pitches within the sequence opener) right down to Triple-A, designated Dee Unusual-Gordon for project, and acquired a few arms up in Francisco Pérez and Reed Garrett.

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“Yeah, we wanted pitching,” Martinez stated. “Our bullpen is skinny proper now, so each these guys may give us a number of innings, which is good. And also you guys have seen Francisco earlier than, however Reed has been throwing the ball properly. He’s been pitching within the again finish of the bullpen down in Rochester, and he’s acquired an excellent, stay fastball, good slider, good splitter. We wanted a recent arm, so I instructed him, I stated, ‘You’re going to get an opportunity to pitch, so be prepared.”

Unusual-Gordon getting DFA’d, Martinez acknowledged, was robust.

“Oh, I really like him,” the supervisor stated.

“He was superior. He actually was. Filled with power. He simply was blissful to be right here, he actually was. So, that was a tricky one at present, speaking to him, however as I all the time say, selfishly, for those who don’t get a job some place else, we’d like to have him again, however I believe he can assist out loads of groups, so we’ll see what occurs.”

Soto Lastly Sits:

Juan Soto began in every of the Nationals’ first 63 video games this season, struggling at instances in a Juan-Soto-struggling form of means … (… as in Soto nonetheless led MLB hitters in walks going into final evening’s recreation, and was ranked fifth in OBP (.378), eleventh in wOBA (.368), and eleventh in wRC+ (136) because the Nationals highlighted of their pregame notes final evening) … so when he banged his knee up slipping within the dugout and hitting it towards the bench, his supervisor noticed it as a possibility to lastly inform the 22-year-old to take an evening off.

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“He’s okay,” Martinez stated earlier than final evening’s recreation. “He’s banged up a bit bit. However I believe with the knee — I believe it was an excellent day to offer him a time without work. I imply, we acquired loads of video games developing this weekend. He hasn’t a time without work but all yr, so I wished to offer him a day.”

The choice, he stated, was made earlier than Soto confirmed up on the park, so it wasn’t in response to the difficulty being worse than anticipated or something like that the fifth-year supervisor stated.

“This morning, after him limping off the sphere yesterday, I had simply determined to not play him and provides him a day,” Martinez defined.