Nationals Farm Authority does its usual excellent job keep abreast of goings on below the major-league level. The latest update mentions Johnny Estrada - the $1.25 million half of the DynamicDudDuo - finishing his rehab assignment.
That is causing me considerable distress as I frantically check here and there to see what the Nats will do with him.
There's no way they'll keep him. Is there? IS there? No offense Johnny E., but that's a contract that has to be eaten and eaten now.
We know the No. 1 catcher now and for the foreseeable future. Nieves is a better backup choice than Estrada because he's much better behind the plate and his hitting is at least tolerable. LoDuca, the major portion of the $6.25 DDD, fills a utility role - how well is a question but he fills it and I don't have a problem with him on the roster in that role.
Where does Estrada fit? I'm not sure he did before he was signed but I'm damn sure he doesn't 96 games into the season.
I hope my joy over the Hood signing doesn't dissolve into anger with news that Estrada is on the 25-man.