A few things on my mind this chilly morning:
*We don't have Alex Cintron to kick around anymore. DFA. Good. The Nats will be short a bench player, but you can make the case they were short a bench player with him on the roster. Bergmann back in what is now an eight-man bullpen. Those gas cans get heavy so they need more people to carry them around.
*The TV crew talked a lot about how Joe Beimel is being used in a different role here than he was in LA and that may have something to do with his struggles. If I get time later, I may research that. The biggest question: Is he really OK? His numbers pre- and post-injury lead me to believe that is a bigger factor than his role.
*Dukes to the DL. Only five days after he was hurt. I'm not doctor, though I am the son of one. But it strikes me as odd that the Nats repeatedly wait before putting someone on the DL. Is there no way to tell just a little quicker? Maybe not. Just seems strange. He pinch hit Saturday, a day after he was hurt. Dukes is obviously very athletic but he also seems a bit fragile - I'm curious if he'll ever be able to play a 162-game season.
*Condolences to Dmitri Young and his family. His mother died.
*Ladies Day is coming up, two weeks from tomorrow. Sounds like fun and my wife would like to attend. The game is part of our season-ticket package, so I already have four tickets. She was planning on taking a half-day off from work (she usually doesn't go to mid-week games during the school year). So I have to buy another ticket to get her into the Ladies Day function? That doesn't seem right when I bought a ticket for the game well in advance. Anyone know how this might work?