With the last three games not proving to be too kind to Washington’s offense, I’ve decided to declare today “Comeback Sunday.” What? Did you really think I was going to go with Women’s Equality Day? The law was the only thing we had on our side and we threw it all away.
I kid. I kid.
Anyhoo, hopefully later today the Nats can get back on track and avoid the sweep at the hands of the Phillies, though it will hurt not to have both Michael Morse and Ian Desmond in the lineup. Until game time rolls around, for kicks and giggles, here’s a Sunday morning edition of quick hits:
- I thought this was supposed to work the other way around? Dodgers bail out BoSox, acquire Gonzalez, Beckett, and Crawford. While it is heartening to see something in Brokefornia come into money, methinks long-term this won’t end well for the Dodgers. However, in the short-run, the addition of Gonzalez and if he is rejuvenated, Beckett, could propel Los Angeles into the playoffs. And if they make it in, you would have to think they would be a formidable opponent. So while the Nats continue to barrel towards unilateral disarmament, their foes stock up. Sigh. I wish I wasn’t such a brooding auditor.
- Thankfully, the Nationals joined the frequent Tommy John surgery club. This one’s free! Lucas Giolito, the Nationals’ top draft pick, will undergo Tommy John surgery.
- This is probably going to come as a shock to everyone, but I have a thing for numbers. So this fascinating column from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports allowed me to slip into nirvana without coming out smelling like teen spirit. 25 things you didn’t know about baseball. My favorite: Fernando Rodney and his 0. 77 ERA. Who says God doesn’t interfere in the affairs of men?
- And finally, I guess the 50-game suspension of Fatolo Colon earlier this week only goes to show that you can lead an athlete to steroids but you still can’t make him work out.
And that’s all folks!
So, I can’t say I’m a die-hard follower of the MLB draft but I did tune in last night to catch who the Nationals took in the first round. And I found it fascinating to discover that apparently, the Nationals may really belong to a frequent Tommy John Surgery Club. With the 16th pick in the MLB draft, Washington snagged right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito from Harvard-Westlake High in Studio City, California. The good news is that by all accounts, the kid is blessed with overall #1 talent, buoyed by an electric 100 mph fastball. The not-so-good news is that Lucas has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.
From Adam Kilgore’s Nationals Journal piece today comes the money quote:
He (Giolito) said he had been assured his UCL strain would most likely not lead to Tommy John surgery, about which, “I was 100 percent relieved.”
Most likely not lead to Tommy John surgery. Sounds about as convincing as when I say a third doughnut most likely won’t lead to any further weight gain.
Oh, and I should probably also throw out there that Lucas may opt for UCLA over the Nationals, especially if the team can’t meet his asking price. Given the recommended slot signing bonuses and overall draft spending cap, there is yet another mine in the way of a successful pairing of pitcher and team. I guess given the position the Nationals were in, these risks were worth taking on. To make it all work, though, the team better be prepared to punch another hole in the Tommy John Surgery Club card, and an expensive one at that.