Transaction Mania

If you were thinking that the last four days in Chief-land have been a little hectic, there’s a reason for that – the last four days in Chief-land have, well, been a little hectic.  Because of trades, injuries, and an enormously tired bullpen, Syracuse has made eleven transactions in four days.  Let’s slow down and recap them:

July 30

OF Brian Bixler recalled by Washington; SP Yunesky Maya recalled by Washington; SP Garrett Mock promoted from GCL Nationals

The Nats traded IF/OF Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the Brewers and SP Jason Marquis to the Diamondbacks before the deadline, so Bixler and Maya were logical replacements.  Bixler, like Hairston, is a right-handed hitter who can play everywhere on the field, and could see some increased time in center field as the backup to Rick Ankiel.  Maya was recalled to take Marquis’ spot for a game Marquis was originally scheduled to pitch in.

To take the place of Maya – that day’s scheduled Syracuse starter – the Nationals plucked Mock from the depths of the Gulf Coast League, where he’d been pitching in relief for the Nats’ GCL team.  Mock could only throw 60 pitches, though, since he wasn’t stretched out, which ate up just three innings of what turned out to be an eleven-inning game.  So the bullpen was a bit burned up…keep that in mind.

July 31

RP Atahualpa Severino recalled by Washington; SP Yunesky Maya optioned back to Syracuse

Yunesky Maya pitched a heck of a game in his spot start, throwing 5.1 innings of shutout ball and earning his first big league win in a victory over the Mets.  His reward?  A return trip back to Syracuse.  Lefty Atahualpa Severino was called up to the Nats to give Washington another bullpen arm as insurance at the deadline.

August 1

OF Roger Bernadina optioned to Syracuse from Washington; SP Brad Meyers activated from Disabled List; SP Tommy Milone placed on Disabled List; RP Evan Bronson promoted to Syracuse from Class A-Advanced Potomac; IF Michael Aubrey placed on Disabled List

Changes galore!  Bernadina finally made his way to Toledo after the Nats had optioned him down with the arrival of Chien-Ming Wang. The outfielder had been struggling in the big leagues and Washington needed another bullpen arm at the time.

Meyers was taken off the DL after just around a month on it.  He’d been out with some minor injuries after originally going on with a neck injury.  Milone’s fine, but the Nationals want to limit his innings a bit coming down the stretch run of the season.  As for Bronson, he was called up to provide the bullpen with some relief.  For Monday’s game, only Bronson and Ryan Tatusko were readily available…and Bronson took the Chiefs home by throwing the final 4.1 innings.  He’ll probably head back down soon, but certainly stole a future audition.

Aubrey’s headed to the DL with some knee problems.  He’s been banged up all season despite a nice year – Aubrey’s been a team leader in on-base and slugging percentage all season.  It’s too bad for Aubrey’s sake the Nats never picked him up to the bigs – as a left-handed bench option on a team that had a struggling Matt Stairs all year, Washington could have done much, much worse.

August 2

RP Collin Balester recalled by Washington

Balester threw 4 shutout innings in Game 1 of the Toledo series – a length that was likely pre-determined, as Davey Johnson’s planning to use him as a long reliever up in the big leagues.  The next move coming is likely the return of Severino, who’s been optioned down by Washington.  Bronson could also likely return to Potomac soon…so don’t be surprised if even more moves are on the horizon.


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