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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies, Jayson Werth, More Nyjer Morgan.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals talks with a fan before the start of their game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals talks with a fan before the start of their game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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• Programming Note: Ryan Zimmerman's out for three weeks...Though Adam LaRoche left Sunday's game with a groin tweak he's expected to play tonight. Jayson Werth's going to face his former team for the first time since signing in D.C. Mr. National Livan Hernandez will take the mound tonight. The Nationals are set to announce a roster move at some point this afternoon. The Phillies fans are reportedly coming to D.C. on Thursday, how many of them will be in Nationals Park tonight? The Nats and Phillies are on Sirius/XM channel 185. The Washington Nationals broadcast schedule has the game listed on MASN2 HD, 106.7 the FAN in D.C. and WFED 1500 AM...Can the Nats beat the Phillies without Zim?


• "CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Backdropped by the deadly earthquake and tsunami and worsening radiation leak, the Japan Pro Baseball season opened Tuesday to relief, empathy and cheers..." - "Japan baseball opens to relief and cheers" - Stephen Moore, AP/WTOP 103.5 FM


• "...[Jayson] Werth told [Nyjer] Morgan to do the rest of the sprints. Morgan declined, figuring he arrived at the ballpark at 5:30 a.m. ET and didn't need to do any more work. 'After they went into the locker room a few minutes later, Werth and Morgan got into a verbal argument, with Werth telling Morgan that he needed to continue to do his work.'" - "Jayson Werth's workmanlike attitude rubbing off on Nats" - Bill Ladson,

• "Nyjer's comment was truly comical. I've never seen a 30-year-old ballplayer who knew less about how to play the game. It was all a mystery to him." - "Ask Boswell" - Thomas Boswell Chat, The Washington Post

• Chad Dukes: "I'm fairly certain that you don't concern yourself with Nyjer Morgan now that he's not a part of the team any longer, but he had a quote saying that "D.C. wasn't ready for the way that he plays baseball," is there any validity to that in your eyes?"

Mike Rizzo: "I don't even know what that means, so. D.C. is a terrific sports town, they're a terrific baseball town. They know the game. They're intelligent, they have a high baseball IQ in the stands. They're a passionate crowd and we love our fans and they appreciate guys going 100%, playing the game the right way and they expect us to win ball games and play well. And when we do that on a consistent basis we're going to have a terrific fanbase. We've got a great fanbase right now and I wouldn't trade them for anybody."


• Zimmerman Injury: 

• "This will be the third time in four years Zimmerman has been sidelined for a significant chunk of time by an injury." - "Ryan Zimmerman headed to disabled list" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The move will put a big hole in a Nationals lineup that has already struggled to score consistently..." - "Ryan Zimmerman headed to 15-day disabled list" - Ben Goessling,

• "Zimmerman doesn't have any problems swinging the bat or playing defense, according to general manager Mike Rizzo." - "Zimmerman headed to disabled list" - Bill Ladson,

• "[Chris] Marrero could also be an option. Though defensively he’d only serve to give first baseman Adam LaRoche, who is also ailing, a few days off...'" - "Zimmerman reportedly headed to 15-day disabled list" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• Jayson Werth Chatter: 

• "'Perception isn't changed overnight,' he said. 'Hopefully this team will be the team that can change perception in Washington, D.C., and around the league and around the country. It's going to take winning to change that.'" - Jayson Werth on the Nats - "Werth ready to face Phillies" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington 

• "'I take my job serious so, of course, I look forward to seeing my old teammates and friends, but once the game starts, the game takes priority. Business as usual.'" - "Werth to step up against old friends" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "A part of Jayson Werth will always be a Phillie, even though right now he might not be willing to wholeheartedly admit it." - "Jayson Werth: An old friend becomes a new foe" - Jim Salisbury,

• "In the wake of the Cliff Lee signing, is Jayson Werth justified in his anger towards the Phillies for not re-signing him?" - "Phillies-Nats game notes: Blanton vs. Hernandez" - CSN Washington

Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama On Twitter (@Dalai Lama): "If we make a steady effort, I think we can overcome any form of negative conditioning and make positive changes in our lives."

• Doghouse Recommendation: " Let’s not get too up in arms about this, though, because Morse is making it tough for us to love him." - "NL OF: Mike Morse, Allen Craig" - Eno Sarris, FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball


• "With Zimm out of the lineup, it leaves just those prospects who, while hungry, have yet to prove themselves consistently at the Major League level." - "Ouch, Ryan Zimmerman Likely Out Three Weeks. How Do The Nationals Get By?" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "The Nats are hitting just .217/.321/.328 as a team, and at exactly 4.00 runs per game are in the lower third of N.L. teams in scoring.  Subtract Zimmerman from that?  Not pretty." - "Worst Fears Realized as Zimmerman Heads to D.L." - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "Jayson Werth: 'I'm excited to see those guys.'" - The Nationals Enquirer

• "[Adam] LaRoche expects to be ready to return to play tomorrow. Here’s hoping, because without calling someone up, the team is running really short on replacement players." - "Injury bug" - MissChatter : The Chatter Files

• "Presidents to race Ringling Bros. clowns Wednesday night" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• Nats Minor Leagues: 

• "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, lost another extra-inning heartbreaker with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Monday night." - Triple-A Syracuse: "Chiefs fall in extras for second time" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "The first three batters all reached base in the bottom of the 8th, and Potomac pushed across it's first run on a Cutter Dykstra single to score Stephen King." - "BAYNE DOMINATES, DASH HANG ON TO WIN 7-5" - Potomac Nationals News

• Hagerstown Suns Rained Out: via Bryce Harper on Twitter (@BHarp34): "Game cancelled due to rain! Doubleheader tmrw! This sucks! hah"

• "'One thing I have heard a lot from (manager Matt) Lecroy is that I need to be a real leader out there being the shortstop,' [Rick] Hague said." - "Prospect Hague shortens swing to success" - Byron Kerr,

• NL East Updates: 

Braves: "Jair Jurrjens reported no problems with his previously bothersome right oblique muscle after pitching six solid innings for Triple-A Gwinnett against the Norfolk Tides in a rehabilitation outing Monday night." - "Jurrjens pitches 6 solid Gwinnett innings" Carroll Rogers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Mets: "Rockies 7, Mets 6: Comeback Falls Short In Sloppy Mess Of A Game" - James Kannengieser, Amazin' Avenue

Marlins: "[Gaby] Sanchez doesn’t fit in the basher’s mold for first basemen, and frankly doesn’t sweat it." - "Florida Marlins’ Gaby Sanchez succeeding outside the mold" - Clark Spencer,

• Twitter: Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski): "I'm not much for figuring FIP, but I'm guessing Dice K's 2 innings, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2 homers doesn't score too well."