Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Juan Soto and his streaks; the Sunday roster moves + more …


Soto Is Streaking!:

With a 400-foot, reverse subject house run to left subject on Saturday, Juan Soto prolonged three streaks. He had a success streak, which stretched to 12-straight video games, over which he was 17 for 41 (.415/.564/.732) with 4 doubles, three homers, 14 walks, and eight strikeouts in 55 plate appearances, and a 19-game on-base streak going again to June seventeenth over which he had a formidable .333/.500/.614 line in 76 PAs. We’ll get to the third streak in a second…

He additionally walked late in Saturday’s loss, for an MLB-high 71 free passes on the 12 months.

Soto’s house run was his third in his earlier seven video games and 25 PAs.

“He’s actually staying on the ball rather well,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez instructed reporters in his put up recreation press convention on Saturday. “I’ve mentioned this earlier than, when he begins hitting house runs to middle subject and left subject, that’s who he’s. And the remainder of it’s going to come. He hit the ball effectively right this moment, so we simply acquired to maintain him constant and preserve him going.”

That third streak? We didn’t overlook: Soto additionally had multi-hit video games in 4 straight video games, “matching a career-high” because the Nationals talked about of their pregame notes.

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Martinez mentioned Soto’s five-pitch, two-out at-bat towards Braves’ lefty A.J. Minter within the ninth, which ended on a single to proper on an 0-2 change up within the zone inside, offered Soto’s teammates with an instance of the right way to strategy a tricky battle in a high-leverage state of affairs.

“It’s simply to look at him battle. Watch him get the ball — he knew that he needed to get the ball up on Minter — and he acquired the ball up. He stayed away from chase, and he had an important at-bat. However that is what I would like our younger guys to grasp. We have now to get the ball within the zone, and once we do this, we’re sometimes fairly good. We hit the ball onerous. So, we acquired to proceed to work on it, acquired to proceed to do it.”

Soto prolonged each of his hit and on-base streaks with a two-out single in his first journey to the plate on Sunday afternoon. The multi-hit streak?

Roster Strikes – Adon To Triple-A; Harvey to bullpen; Tetreault to 60-Day:

Earlier than begin of the collection finale in Atlanta on Sunday, the Nationals introduced a collection of roster strikes:

“The Washington Nationals returned from rehabilitation task and reinstated right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey from the 60-day Injured Record and optioned right-handed pitcher Joan Adon to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Nationals transferred right-handed pitcher Jackson Tetreault to the 60-day Injured Record.

Davey Martinez talked, after Joan Adon returned from Triple-A, and gave up six hits, three walks, and 4 runs in 4 innings towards the Phillies in Philadelphia’s Residents Financial institution Park final week, concerning the plans going ahead with the membership’s rotation, notably not committing to a different flip within the rotation for the 23-year-old starter.

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“We’re TBD proper now, we’ll see within the subsequent couple days the place we’re at,” Martinez mentioned when requested who’d go the subsequent time the rotation spot got here up.

As soon as they despatched Adon down, Martinez defined the considering behind the transfer on Sunday.

“We’re going to ship Adon again simply to proceed his growth course of,” he mentioned.

“Like I talked to him earlier, he was throwing much more changeups down in Rochester as a result of we needed him to, he didn’t throw as many, we wish him to get snug throwing it.

“I do know we’ve been speaking to him about his breaking ball utilization, when to make use of it, so it’s simply a part of his growth.

“We had an important dialog this morning, he understands. Like I mentioned earlier than, he’s an enormous a part of our future, however we wish to get him going, get him per all his pitches, and crucial factor, as I all the time say, is throwing strikes, , location on all his pitches, so he’s going to go down there, he’s going to pitch on Wednesday down there, and we’ll get him going and see the place he’s at in a pair weeks.”

With Adon taking place, there was a spot within the majors open for Hunter Harvey (as soon as they moved Jackson Tetreault — already on the IL with a stress fracture of the suitable scapula — onto the 60-Day IL), the hard-throwing righty who’d tossed 2 23 scoreless innings between Triple-A Rochester and the Florida Advanced League Nationals on his rehab task, and a couple of 23 scoreless for the large league Nats again in April, earlier than he landed on the IL with a proper forearm pressure.

Reasonably than extra rehab outings within the minors, Martinez mentioned the membership thought Harvey was good to return to the majors.

“He’s been throwing the ball effectively, and he’s thrown quite a bit,” the fifth-year skipper mentioned, “… so we thought, ‘Hey, may simply carry him right here, give us one other good arm within the bullpen.’ Like I mentioned, he’s been throwing the ball rather well, he felt nice, we had no points, so we determined to carry him right here.”

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The 27-year-old, 2013 1st Spherical choose by the Baltimore Orioles, who was chosen off waivers by the San Francisco Giants in November 2021, then chosen by the Nationals off waivers in March of this 12 months, has loads of potential (and a 97 MPH fastball he threw 81.1% of the time early in 2022).

“He’s a man that has an enormous arm,” Martinez mentioned.

“The largest factor with him is throwing strikes. Since we’ve been right here, [pitching coach Jim] Hickey has carried out some issues with him and he’s been nice. Down there [in the minors] he was throwing numerous strikes, his cut up is de facto good, as effectively, so we’ll give him a chance once more to come back up right here. When he was up there the final time he threw the ball effectively earlier than he acquired harm, so hopefully he continues to do this.”

As for the choice to shift Tetreault to the 60-Day IL, Martinez mentioned it was only a matter of the truth of the right-hander’s state of affairs.

“We felt prefer it’s going to be a bit of longer than we thought,” he defined. “It’s nonetheless the identical, similar factor, we simply wish to progress him, wish to get him stronger, so we thought one of the best factor for him is to offer him a while and we’ll get him prepared once we can.”

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