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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Injury Woes Mount, Ross Detwiler vs The Mets Tonight.

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Drew Storen is headed to see Dr. James Andrews. More news to come on that front. Anthony Rendon injured his ankle this weekend, no word yet on the severity of the injury. Brian Goodwin suffered an undisclosed leg injury last night. Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel are thought to be close to returning from their respective injuries. Yeah, good injury news! But Danny Espinosa took an elbow to the head last night, though he stayed in the game after overcoming some dizziness. The Nats are banged up early, and they suffered a tough loss last night, but they're still 2-2 after four games. Ross Detwiler takes the mound in Citi Field tonight, unfortunately it's against "Cy" Gee (aka Dillon Gee) who's (3-0) in five starts against the Nationals over the first two seasons of the 25-year-old right-hander's career. Get your "Golly Gee", "Gee Whiz" and "Gee-nyus" headlines ready NY sports writers! (ed. note - "Can someone come up with a better "Gee" headline in the commments?") It's the Nats vs the Mets game two of three in Citi Field at 7:10 pm EDT tonight. Until then you can keep yourself busy with reading links. Start clicking and reading, RIGHT NOW!!!!


• "Right now, the Nationals appear to be satisfied that an MRI arthrogram taken in March showed no structural ligament damage in [Drew] Storen’s elbow." - "Storen's elbow gives Nationals cause for concern" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times


• "Danny Espinosa caught an elbow to the head when he tried to retrieve Henry Rodriguez's throw to first in the ninth inning, but the Nationals second baseman says he'll be fine." - "Breaking down where it all broke down" - Dan Kolko,

• "If there is a silver lining to this saga, it doesn't appear [Drew] Storen is in any danger of needing Tommy John surgery." - "Can Nats survive without Storen?" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Manager Davey Johnson wasn't optimistic about when the team would see [Drew] Storen on the mound again. The skipper even hinted that Storen may have a bone chip in the elbow." - "Nats send Storen to get elbow examination" - Bill Ladson, News

• "[Henry] Rodriguez walked the first batter of the ninth, melted down trying to field a bunt and then allowed Daniel Murphy’s game-winning single, all without recording an out." - "Nationals vs. Mets: Henry Rodriguez’s ninth-inning meltdown shows how much Washington misses Drew Storen" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "'Nobody wants to go out for the ninth and walk the first guy,' [Henry] Rodriguez said, in his first extended interview conducted in English.'" - "Mistakes, missed opportunities plague Nationals in loss to Mets" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "By the time he realized his best play was at first, [Henry] Rodriguez needed to put a little extra on the throw to beat [Ruben] Tejada, and the ball tailed toward the first-base line." - "Johnson talks missed opportunities after Nats' 4-3 loss" - Dan Kolko,

• "Before the Mets rallied in the ninth inning Monday night with a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt, the Nationals gave themselves an identical opportunity in the top of the ninth." - "Nationals’ loss a matter of execution" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "A costly error by reliever Henry Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth inning helped the Mets defeat the Nationals, 4-3, at Citi Field on Monday night." - "Washington Nationals at New York Mets - April 9, 2012" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap

• "Beltway Baseball Live - 1 p.m. today" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'I look at it this way: Detwiler earned the job,' Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. 'He deserved the job. It was a prudent baseball move for the current Nationals and the future Nationals.'" - "Washington Nationals at New York Mets - April 10, 2012" - Doug Miller, Preview

• "The Nationals plan for Michael Morse to play nine innings in left field at Class A Hagerstown tonight and tomorrow, with an eye on his return Thursday for the Nationals home opener." - "Michael Morse likely to return for the Nationals home opener" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The trainers came out to check on [Danny] Espinosa, as did manager Davey Johnson, but he was allowed to remain in the game after some initial dizziness wore off." - "Espinosa OK after elbow to head; prospect Goodwin suffers injury in Hagerstown" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

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• NATS MINORS (Brian Goodwin Edition):

• "According to a club source, [Brian] Goodwin left the game under his own power, but favoring what appeared to be an upper right leg injury." - "Hagerstown center fielder Goodwin leaves game with injury; Ankiel homers" - Byron Kerr,

• "Class A Hagerstown outfielder Brian Goodwin suffered a leg injury in an 8-7 victory over Lexington on Monday. It's not known how serious the injury is." - "Prospect Goodwin injures leg in Hagerstown tilt" - Bill Ladson, News

• "Class A Hagerstown center fielder Brian Goodwin was pulled tonight in the second inning after he hit a single. The Nationals are currently assessing the nature and severity of Goodwin’s injury." - "Nationals prospect Brian Goodwin leaves game with an injury" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

Class-A Hagerstown: "Washington Nationals Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse both contributed to the Suns offense with Ankiel going 2-for-3 with a home run, 3 RBI and two runs scored. Morse was 2-for-4 with a run scored." - "Suns Walk-Off, Ankiel Homers" - Hagerstown Suns News

Double-A Harrisburg: Harrisburg 3, New Britain 6 - Jeff Kobernus 2 for 5, 1 2B; Mike Ballard - 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER - Harrisburg Senators Scoreboard

• "After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Syracuse manager Tony Beasley gave the ball to Ryan Perry. Pena greeted Perry with a leadoff double over the head of [Bryce] Harper in center." - "Chiefs score early, beat Yankees 6-5" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Tyler Moore drove in three runs, including a two-run blast in the second, as the Chiefs built a 6-0 lead early and held on for a 6-5 win." - "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Luke Erickson,


• "Hidden along Florida's Space Coast, an area of the Atlantic coastline which originally became famous during the 1950s and still is through today for being the epicenter of our modern day heroes mounted on mammoth rockets headed for the heavens, in a sleepy bedroom community is a very unsuspecting ballpark." - "Space Coast Stadium Reviews, Washington Nationals Spring Training" - Jim Dietrich, Stadium Journey

• "New food options will be introduced at the four main eateries found along the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk, giving fans another reason to chow down at Blue Smoke, Box Frites, Shake Shack and El Verano Taquería." - "Nationals to unveil new menu options at home opener" - Brian Eller,

• "In just the past year, the question of what to eat at Nationals Park has gotten substantially easier to answer..." - "What to Eat at Nationals Park, Home of the Nationals - Stadium Dining Guides" - Amy McKeever, Eater DC

• "How can you have the team store at the ball park closed for the first 20% of the season, Andy Feffer? Why have a team store in the downtown area if it isn’t open, Ted Leonsis?" - "CLOSED: A tale of two D.C. team stores" - William F. Yurasko, William World News

• "What is Drew Storen worth? It's a question that has been debated pretty heavily since the Nationals used their No. 10 overall pick to draft the talented reliever in 2009." - "With Storen out, we may finally get a good gauge of his value" - Will Yoder, Nationals Buzz,

• "After missing most of spring training and the start of the season with elbow issues, Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen got the news no pitcher ever wants to hear, "it’s time to see Dr. James Andrews." - "Drew Storen Set To See The Doctor of Doom, How Will Nats Cope?" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "I'm Stephen Strasburg, and Toyota is the easiest pitch I'll make all year..." - "Stephen Strasburg, car salesman." - Nats Enquirer

• "On April 10, 1961- Before the Washington Senators and the Chicago White Sox opening day game the crowd of 26,725 watched President John F. Kennedy throw out ceremonial first pitch at Griffith Stadium." - "This Day in D.C. Baseball History – Expansion Senators Debut" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History

• "The Nats had their chance in the ninth against former Nats pitcher Jon Rauch. Rauch walked Steve Lombardozzi leading off, which brought up Ian Desmond. But again, poor execution cost the Nats..." - "Washington Nationals Game 4 Review: Lack of execution dooms Nats in 4-3 loss to Mets" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "When the Nats signed Adam LaRoche in January of 2011, nobody knew what kind of hitter to expect." - "Adam LaRoche Must Think It’s August" - The Nationals Review

• "Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 15" - Capitol Baseball

• "Everybody was looking towards center field to see what Bryce Harper would do, but instead they found Corey Brown..." - "Nats Farm Report: Moore Finds Stride, Harper, Brown Find Chemistry" - Keara Dowd, Win For Teddy

• "Once again, the guest prognosticator series returns. Leading off the 2012 Washington Nationals season is blogging pioneer Eric McErlain of Off Wing Opinion." - "2012 Nats vs. Mets Q&A with Eric McErlain" - William F. Yurasko, William World News "


Mets: "Everything about the Mets' game against the Washington Nationals felt like a loss last night. Mike Pelfrey was erratic as usual, even while somehow hanging on for eight strikeouts in five and two thirds innings." - "The Mets Go a Very Loony 4-0" - Will Leitch, The Sports Section - New York Magazine

Marins: "Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said prior to Monday’s game against the Phillies that he would travel back to Miami after the game and hold a press conference Tuesday to address comments in a recent Time magazine article concerning Cuban dictator Fidel Castro." - "Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen sets Tuesday press conference to explain Fidel Castro comments" - Andre C. Fernandez,

Phillies: "Austin Kearns, who replaced Stanton in right field, added another homer for the Marlins - his first for Miami - when he led off the ninth against closer Jonathan Papelbon." - "Omar Infante hits two homers in Miami Marlins' 6-2 win over Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies" - Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post

Braves: "So the Braves have a tricky juggling act with Heyward. They have a young player who can still develop, and become something much more than he already is." - "On Jason Heyward Sitting Against Lefties" - Grant Brisbee, Baseball Nation

• Tom Milone Fan Section:

• "Finally facing a team not named the Mariners, Oakland put on an excellent defensive expo to back an equally impressive outing by lefty Tommy Milone, who tossed eight shutout innings in his season debut." - "Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics - April 9, 2012" - Jane Lee, OAK Recap