By Rich Dubroff
CSNwashington.comShortly before Thursday's game, the Nationals announced that Henry Rodriguez was headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right index finger. Brad Lidge had such a successful rehab outing on Wednesday that he was reactivated a few days ahead of schedule.I did talk to Lidge, and he is feeling great, manager Davey Johnson said before the move was announced.Lidge, who pitched a scoreless inning onWednesday night for Potomac against Frederick had been out with a sports hernia since Apr. 22. He had been scheduled to pitch for the P-Nats on Friday and then be reactivated.Rodriguez is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA. He had nine saves in 12 chances.Lidge has two saves and a 5.14 ERA in seven appearances.Ryan Mattheus went through pitchers fielding practice, and came through it well, Johnson said. Mattheus has been out since May 21 with plantar fascitis in his right foot.
He actually says he feels better pitching on his foot now than he did at any time in the previous two months, Johnson said.Mattheus will pitch a simulated game on Friday and pitch in a minor league game on Sunday.Hes way ahead of schedule, Johnson said.Utilityman Mark DeRosa is about to go on a rehab assignment, Johnson said. His left oblique strain is lingering, but DeRosa told Johnson he can play through it. DeRosa has been on the DL since April 28.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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