Closing out Nats series, Gonzo scratched, Strasburg to DL

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers if filling in for David O’Brien this series.)

Washington – It’s a 12:35 p.m. start today, kind of strange, so the masses (ahem) that will come out of this Nats game today won’t have to deal with rush hour traffic, or perhaps crowded metro trains.

But we are set to go on a quick turnaround today and hammering out a quick blog to get up for your chatting enjoying during the game.

Bobby Cox had originally given Jason Heyward the day off in right field today against lefty Scott Olsen, wanting to get Omar Infante in there. But that was before he knew that Alex Gonzalez came in today with 101-degree temperature and flu-like symptoms. So Infante is in there at shortstop today, and Heyward back in at right.

For Infante, it’s his first start since July 20 (third base) against Padres left-hander Wade LeBlanc.

“I had to get him in there today on way or another,” Cox said. “The guy is hitting .330 (.327); I ought to be able to get him in there somewhere.”

I’m told what Gonzalez has is not the same thing as Eric O’Flaherty (viral infection) so that’s good news anyway.

Cox did say O’Flaherty did well yesterday with his round of catch. So that’s a good sign.

“He did OK yesterday,” said Cox, who had the upbeat sound when he said ‘OK’ (a good OK, not a so-so OK). “He played catch, 40 (throws). He got fatigued but he’s coming along a little better.”

The Braves can’t count on him the rest of this road trip to Cincinnati or the next home stand. Cox said he’ll need to get some rehab work in after he gets his strength back up.

“He’s got to regain a lot of stamina,” Cox said.

There’s still been no word on Jonny Venters’ appeal. He’s eligible for today’s game if the Braves don’t hear by first pitch. But he’s pitched 2 1/3 innings in the last two games, as the Braves tried to get the most out of him before he had to serve his suspension. And now MLB has taken longer than the Braves originally thought. Cox said Venters would only pitch today, “if it goes extra innings, to the 18th.”

Strasburg to DL

The Nats went ahead and placed Stephen Strasburg (shoulder inflammation) on the disabled list today when they reinstated Scott Olsen for today’s start. So there won’t be teasing any fans over whether Strasburg makes his next scheduled start Sunday.

The move is retroactive to July 22, which would mean he’s eligible to return Aug. 7. The Nationals are on the road until Aug. 10 so chances are they wait until they return home, and see how he feels by then.

Sounds like, barring something unforeseen, the Nats will not shut him down for the rest of the season. When asked if he’d pitch again this year, Nats manager Jim Riggleman said “absolutely.”

Trade waiting

Based on what Frank Wren told me yesterday, the Braves are biding their time, getting closer to the deadline, to see if any of the asking prices they’ve been hearing fall. I don’t think they’re going to pull the trigger unless it does. And Wren has said in the past the Braves could wait past the non-waiver deadline and into August. You have to wonder if that’s posturing. It’s hard to imagine the Braves not making a move Saturday but as both Wren and Cox have said, they made their move with Gonzalez.

The Phillies are on the cusp of getting Roy Oswalt, and that would be a tremendous piece to add to their pitching staff. Thought I’d share with you what esteemed Daily News writer and notes group colleague Paul Hagen just sent today on the subject this morning:

All indications are that, if Roy Oswalt was sincere about preferring to pitch for a contender, that he could be with the Phillies by the end of the day. Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is done, pending Oswalt waiving his no-trade clause.

This is obviously an evolving story, but I’ll just say a couple things:

Yes, although GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will never say it, this is a tacit admission that trading LHP Cliff Lee when they got Roy Halladay was a mistake. They are now giving up even more prospects from an already-depleted farm system plus LHP J.A. Happ who was the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up last season. They are also adding to a payroll that they liked to pretend was pushing its limit. And as good as Oswalt is, Lee is better.

The one caveat is that the Phillies traded Lee, in part, because they didn’t think they could sign him past this season. Oswalt, though expensive, is controllable through 2012.

This may end badly in a few years if the Phillies roster is choked with older, expensive players who are well past their prime and have no prospects to bring up because of the trades to get Lee, Halladay and Oswalt (and Joe Blanton before that). But in the short run, it probably gives the Phillies the best 1-2-3 top of the rotation in the National League with Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt.

Wren on Freeman

I did ask Wren about Freddie Freeman yesterday after he’d hit his second home run in as many days and is making a lot of noise down in Gwinnett.

“He’s handling Triple-A very well, doing everything we hoped he would do,” Wren said. “That’s good for us. It puts us in a position to have another young player ready to play here very shortly.”

So I asked if he had a shot before the season is out.

“I wouldn’t want to speculate about that,” Wren said. “But I think right now we’re just real happy with him doing what he’s doing in Triple-A.”

So wouldn’t rule out a call-up this season?

“I wouldn’t rule out anything,” Wren said. “He’s a good young player. But at the same time we don’t have a timetable.

Minor league deal

The Braves made a minor trade yesterday, acquiring minor league second baseman Michael Noboa from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named. He was assigned to the Dominican Summer League. Noboa, 5-8, 160 pounds, has hit .196 (57-for-291) with no home runs and 23 RBIs in 117 games, with just six games above the rookie league level.

Pitching matchups for the Reds series:

RH Kris Medlen (6-2, 3.57 ERA) vs. RH Johnny Cueto (10-2, 3.18)

RH Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 4.37) vs. RH Bronson Arroyo (10-6, 4.21)

RH Tommy Hanson (8-7, 3.99) vs. RH Edinson Volquez (1-1, 8.25)

DOB will be re-joining you guys from Cincinnati. I’m sure you’ll be glad to get him back but thanks for staying with me!

3,214 comments Add your comment

N8

July 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

flange1

July 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

Hey CR,

We always enjoy you taking over the reins of the good old bloggage!

Thanks for the new one!

flange1

July 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

Beat me to it N8!

Venice Jim

July 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

tmoneylove

July 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

Nova Scotia Steve

July 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

I have an uncontrollable feeling of imminent doom.

However it might just be gas.

Mikeyc588

July 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

Thanks, Venice Jim.

tmoneylove

July 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

The braves need pitching, not offense (although Glaus needs to go).

Crime Dog

July 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

Nats went 1-2-3. Ballgame for them as well. Double forfeit. Ice cream for everyone.

Dave

July 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

Ah, it’s a shame I read the article before realizing there were no comments. I didn’t get to do the fun internet thing where I can brag about spending more time on the internet than everyone.

shmoe

July 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

cmon glaus turn it around starting NOW

Snotboogie

July 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

Nice to see that all 3 pitchers in the Reds series will be RH. But we face Volquez and Cueto – wont be easy. The biggest danger is probably going to be Votto anyway.

TennesseePaul

July 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

Thanks for the work CR

FUWren

July 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

If we’re gonna trade young pitching for an OF then it needs to be for a true stud that we can pencil into the lineup for several years to come. Trading for a guy marginally better than the cadre of 4th OFs that we already have seems like a bad idea. Plus we’re gonna need at least some of that young pitching in the relatively near future anyway.

shmoe

July 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

there we go. infante keeps raking

Snotboogie

July 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

Does anyone still find it odd hearing “All Star” about Infante? I do.

Michael Scharff

July 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

Carroll, I appreciate the hard work you do and the great blogs you write when the Man in Black is away from the denizens!

TennesseePaul

July 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

abwright: TennesseePaul, Escobar isn’t on the team anymore to get routinely picked off of first base.

Ah, I thought your statement was more general in application. Didn’t know it only applied to the bottom four hitters of the 2010 April through July starting line up.

Efrim

July 29th, 2010
12:53 pm

Damn shame if the Phillies get Oswalt without including Singleton.

Nick

July 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Don’t worry guys, Glaus will turn it around.

Carroll Rogers

July 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Thanks Michael. I’m sure the Man in Black is itching to get back about now.

Mitchell

July 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Come on Melky.

Homerun.

Tomahawkin

July 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Melk-Dud!

Come ON! Do Something!

.580

July 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Who is Mick Nooby?

Ross…..doin’ werk!

Mitchell

July 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

That was terrible.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

Melky was PISSED

.580

July 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

Phillies are rollin’ y’all…..scared?

Mitchell

July 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

I bet he gets a double in his next at-bat with nobody on base.

Snotboogie

July 29th, 2010
12:56 pm

Who is Mick Nooby?

Micheal Noboa is a 5′ 8″ 2B who slugged .227 over the last 4 years. With those numbers he might as well be Micheal Nobody.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

We netter score against Olsen, cause we have looked terrible against the Nats pen’

dickfer

July 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Nick

July 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

The Braves will win this game, no doubt.

See-Through Blauser

July 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

I can’t get over the fact that Olsen has not thrown a curve yet. 21 pitches, 19 fastballs, 2 changeups. Why can’t we hit the fastball again??

SoWeGa Fanatic

July 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

TommyP, I for one don’t think the Braves have played “the best they can play” so far. And even Charlie Manual has no confidence in his own bullpen.

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Well, 2 hits for the Braves already, so that’s something to give us a little hope today :) But man, these day games play havoc with me getting any work done

Realist

July 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

No comments on the Noboa trade?

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

Nick

July 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

That ball was smoked.

tiger297

July 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee I’m just starting a loooooooooong lunch

Dutchieeeeeeeeeee

July 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

From the old blog:

Bay Area Steve

Daygame, so I’m here again! I’ve just gotten home :D

Idea: add the forum to your favorites. You’ll be able to find the games everytime!

http://www.myp2pforum.eu/threads/43206-Streaming-MLB-Today-Thur-July-29?p=999732#post999732

Let’s get back into that ‘taking-the-series-and-we’ll-be-allright’ mode.

Go Braves!

See-Through Blauser

July 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Mets up early on the Cards 3-0.

Mitchell

July 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Enter your comments here

.580

July 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Why Micheal Noboa?

WTH!

We need a 2B man?

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

See-Through Blauser

Mets dont have a shot

Dee

July 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

Why does Melky do that? Grr. That’s so frustrating. He cannot seem to get his body right to catch the ball!! He was twisted around on at least 2 catches I saw in last night’s game. And there he was again on that Dunn double, twisting, turning. No wonder he can’t get to anything to catch it…not like that! :mad:

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

I would, tiger, but I’m leaving in less than 2 weeks for vacation. Need to clear out some of this clutter.

dickfer

July 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

melky does that b/c hes a got the build of a backup catcher

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

Dee

Did you see where that ball was hit, Andruw Jones in his prime would have not gotten that

Chip's Mama

July 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

FREE JONNY VENTERS.

Dee

July 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

I think the Noboa trade might have something to do with ….possibly turning him to another team in a different trade for someone better? :D

JasonInFL

July 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

come on lowe, big k here!

Nova Scotia Steve

July 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

D. Lowe looks good.

Again.

Rough Estimate

July 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

The Braves acquired second baseman Michael Noboa from the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash.

Awesome! Good job Frank Wren! Great way to counter the Phils and their apparant Roy Oswalt aquisition. This move will surely lock up the NL East title for the Bravos.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

AdamRubinESPN:
RT @jaysonst: Roy Oswalt plans to OK deal to #Phillies, source says. But deal not official yet. More to come on ESPN.com #trades [via Twitter]

.580

July 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

Adam Dunn is a MAN…..a big man.

He owns us.

Dee

July 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

Brave4life–

I was not commenting on whether or not he should’ve caught it. Just how he was twisting and turning his body. He has terrible routes.

shmoe

July 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

i thought he had a play at home there

Nick

July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Why didn’t he throw it home????

Venters Mama

July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

I think MLB is jerking the Braves around.

MLB should be required to issue a decision within 24 hrs or something.

I think what MLB is doing is waiting until the Braves get out of DC– that way Venters would have to start his suspension against the Reds (much tougher team) rather than the Nats.

It’s a conspiracy I tell ya.

Efrim

July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

melky does that b/c hes a got the build of a backup catcher

He does have an odd build to him.

bravesfan1984

July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

the trade with ARZ just seems suspicious to me…why would we trade for a 2B who has been absolutely terrible….organizational depth is the only reason, but trading for this bum? was there an injury in the lower minors or something to a middle infielder?

Mitchell

July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Enter comments here… okay, good idea.

Not feeling it today from the Braves. I’m usually pretty good about these things.

I’m very feely. Not so much touchy. More feely than anything but I don’t know I’m not feelin’ it.

Hmm. 1-0 Nats.

.580

July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Missed an easy out at home. :(

I see where this one’s going.

Tomahawkin

July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

we need the offense to come through today…

I don’t know why but we have sucked at hitting in this park since it opened in 2008

DAP

July 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

im very surprised that the ’stros dont have a better offer if they are willing to shell out $12 of oswalt’s salary. very very surprised. heck, if they would pay $12mil or the salary, i wouldnt mind the braves getting him.

See-Through Blauser

July 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again??, agree with you but it’s always good to keep track of them.

Mark

July 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

Where’s the ‘Ballgame’ call?

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

Where are all these STRIKES BLUE

TnBian

July 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

I thought somebody was going to get Dunn? I wish they would’ve before this series. That guy kills us.

Brian from SC

July 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

the trade with ARZ just seems suspicious to me…why would we trade for a 2B who has been absolutely terrible….organizational depth is the only reason, but trading for this bum? was there an injury in the lower minors or something to a middle infielder?

Who cares? One rookie league player for another. Maybe Noboa’s uncle works in the Braves’ front office or something. This deal has nothing to do with the major league club, and never will.

.580

July 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

Looks like their content with their blistering 3-1 win last night.

Taking today off?

Brian from SC

July 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

Uh, Dunn most certainly would not have been out at home. Scores easily.

dickfer

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

free nobobbaoaba

SoWeGa Fanatic

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

Get em on, get em over, get em in. Good baseball, Nats.

.580

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

shmoe

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

son of a desmond

.580

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

CRUSHED!!!!!!!!

Jeff321

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

Tomahawkin

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

G-Dammit Blowe!

Mark

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

A year and a half of Oswalt for $4 million. Braves should have tried to put something together…Minor and a couple of lower prospects for him…

Nick

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

Ok that’s the Ballgame.

Bobby Hill

July 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

If the Phillies can get healthy and add Oswalt, if they are less than 5 games out come Sept 1 the Braves will have a real fight on their hands.

Pete*

July 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

“DOB will be re-joining you guys from Cincinnati. I’m sure you’ll be glad to get him back but thanks for staying with me!”

Carroll, I appreciate and enjoy your comments just as much as DOB!

chilidog75

July 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

I’m about sick of Ian F’n Desmond. Good lord.

Turtsnap

July 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

I was off on my prediction to my son… told him that the Nats would score 2 off of Lowe in the 1st….. He waited until the 2nd. He SUCKS!

dickfer

July 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

and blowes striks again
can we send him to aaa to hang out with mccrap the bed

Rough Estimate

July 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

Adam Dunn would look a lot better with a tomahawk across his chest, and Troy Glaus would look a lot better as a backup 1B/3B.

JasonInFL

July 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

Ok, so that’s what I get for believing in Lowe. He did suck, does suck, and will suck.

Nick

July 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

Is it me or does Desmond suck unless he’s facing us?

Mark

July 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

There it is, Nick…Wondering where you were…

Mitchell

July 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

Way to go Derek. That’s just great.

You always know unless things are really not going our way that we’ll usually get one game against the Nats.

Looks like last night was the one.

See-Through Blauser

July 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

Man, Desmond crushed that. I see his sinker is not sinking today.

GT Fan

July 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

tmoneylove, I honestly have to disagree with you. The Braves’ pitching is fine. Hudson’s been amazing. Other than that 1 horrible start Jair had in April, he has a 3.27 ERA, and he’s 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA since coming off the DL. Medlen has been good, Hanson has been solid, and Lowe is still better than anyone who will be in the 4 or 5 slots of the Phillies’ rotation. If Oswalt goes to Philly, they’ll have a better top 3 than the Braves, but the Braves will still have the better overall rotation.

Plus, there’s nothing pitchers can do about the offense being shutout.

Unknown Hinson

July 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

D.Lowe really is our #5 starter, sucks with the $ we’ve paid him. With that said he’s not a bad #5 starter.

dickfer

July 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

our pen might as well get ready
no way blowes get to the 6th

philsfan8

July 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

looks like it’s gonna be 2.5 by tonight…. :)

TnBian

July 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

This Lowe … I don’t know what to say about him anymore. Waste of money.

Does he realize when you throw everything in the same spot that hitters will be looking for it there? Everything is low, which is fine, but the idiot should try and change the hitters eye levels some and he might not have guys fouling 50 pitches off. 2-0 and he’s up to 40 pitches in the 2nd inning.

Yep, same ‘ol Laborin Lowe. Nothing new.

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

Dang, Lowe. Settle down and get this out :mad:

SoWeGa Fanatic

July 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

UHOH. Better crank up the bats, boys.

See-Through Blauser

July 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

Must be that notorious thin air of DC…

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