Spring Raining

No, I didn’t forget the “t” – it is currently raining and somewhat gloomy here in (typically sunny) Viera. Of course, I don’t expect anyone up north to cry for us, because “gloomy” weather in Florida does not preclude the wearing of short-sleeved shirts and shorts.

The Nationals are off today, with home games coming up on both Wednesday and Thursday. A couple of notes from yesterday:

- We chatted for quite a while with Ryan Tatusko, a Syracuse hurler in 2011 who spent all of last season with Double-A Harrisburg. Tatusko’s hopeful he’ll be in Syracuse for 2013, and we wouldn’t bet against it. He sported a 3.50 ERA in 82.1 innings with the Senators last year, in what was likely the second-best season of his six-year minor league career. Tatusko also got married in the offseason and pitched down in Puerto Rico in winter ball. He’s an engaging and friendly guy – we’d certainly be happy to see him once again.

- We also met with new Chiefs trainer Jeff Allred, who replaces Atsushi Toriida, the team’s trainer for the last two years. “Sushi” is headed back to Japan, where he’ll be working in the Japanese Baseball League and returning home with his family. We’re sad to see him go, but Allred should step in nicely. He’s been in the Nationals’ system for a few seasons now and gets the bump up from Double-A Harrisburg.

- Zach Duke – an All-Star with the Chiefs last year – was roughed up by the Braves in two-thirds of an inning, allowing three hits and two runs. Despite that, Duke, who’s had an otherwise strong spring, looks like a safe bet to make the Nationals’ roster as a relief pitcher. Washington let left-handers Sean Burnett and Mike Gonzalez go in the offseason, and Duke may be the lone southpaw in the bullpen…

- …unless left-hander Fernando Abad makes the team. Abad, the former Astro, has impressed in camp, and may be in a battle with flame-throwing right-hander Henry Rodriguez for the final spot in the bullpen. Rodriguez is out of options, however, so the Nationals would likely lose him if they don’t keep him on the big league roster.

That’s all for now. Tweet us @ChiefsRadio if there’s something you’d like us to keep an eye on over the week.

Kevin

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