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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Taylor Jordan Watch; Which Pitcher Will Fill In For Dan Haren?

The Washington Nationals recalled Tyler Moore this morning after placing Dan Haren on the 15-Day DL. Will they bring a new pitcher up to fill in for Haren next time his spot in the rotation comes around? Can Tyler Moore get the bat going? Does this mean bad news on Jayson Werth's groin injury is coming later today?

Patrick McDermott

Will Jayson Werth be able to play tonight? Will the groin issue be more serious than originally thought? How will Bryce Harper's first rehab start with the Potomac Nationals go? Do you think people will turn out at Pfitzner Stadium to see Harp? Heh. Can Gio Gonzalez help get the Washington Nationals back to .500? When will the Nationals announce that Taylor Jor-- uh, when will the Nats announce who's going to fill in for Dan Haren? Are there any Harper bobbleheads left? Why was Taylor Jordan limited in his pitch count/innings limit last night? There are a lot of things up in the air in the nation's capital. One thing we do know? The Nationals have recalled Tyler Moore this morning after officially placing Dan Haren on the DL. Are they just using the time they have before they'll need another starter to get an extra bat up? Is it a bad sign about Werth's groin? Which pitcher will they call up when they need one? "Which came first the chicken or the egg?" "I asked the chicken, and then I ate his leg." - MCA. Will the Nationals just fill in for Haren with Ross Ohlendorf? Who knows? Until we have the answers, we have links, and lot of them starting... RIGHT NOW!!!:


• "[Dan] Haren received an MRI. The test revealed no structural damage, as Haren expected, he said in an email. He received a cortisone shot to reduce inflammation and stiffness in his shoulder, and he plans to begin throwing again in a day or two." - "Nationals recall Tyler Moore, officially place Dan Haren on disabled list" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post


• "... a source with knowledge of the situation said the team would probably call up right-hander Taylor Jordan." - "Werth pulls left groin, hopes to avoid missing time" - Thom Schad, News

• "[Bryce] Harper, who has not played since May 26, was in and out of the Nationals’ lineup after his May 13 collision with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium." - "Bryce Harper scheduled to begin rehab assignment Tuesday with Single-A Potomac" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The plan for [Bryce] Harper, the source said, is to have him progressively build up his innings at Potomac." - "Nationals Pastime: Harper to begin rehab assignment Tuesday" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Bryce] Harper originally didn't expect to be ready to appear in a game until Wednesday at the earliest but bumped up the schedule after another strong BP session today at the ballpark..." - "Harper to play at Potomac tomorrow" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "But after [Bryce] Harper worked out Monday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nationals determined Harper could start playing in games without risking damage to his swollen left knee..." - "Bryce Harper to start rehab Tuesday in Potomac" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "General manager Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post on Monday night that Harper will play on Tuesday despite the 20-year-old's previous concerns that the date seemed 'kind of early.'" - "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper slated to start rehab stint on Tuesday" - Tom Schad, News

• "'We’re not consistent and playing like we should and taking advantage of men on base or making the pitches we need to make,' [Rafael] Soriano said in Spanish over the weekend." - "Rafael Soriano on the Nationals’ inconsistencies" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "With the Nationals below .500 after 75 games, revisiting my preseason projections seemed like a good idea." - "Time for new crystal ball after revisiting MLB preseason predictions" - Mike Harris, Washington Times

• "Last year, the Nats didn't have one of their five opening day starting pitchers land on the DL at any point during the season." - "Nationals Pastime: Still treading water nearly three months in" - Dan Kolko,

• "The latest twist in Danny Espinosa’s star-crossed season came this weekend." - "Danny Espinosa playing shortstop at Syracuse" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The problem: [Taylor] Jordan pitched only 54 1/3 innings last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, he's already thrown 85 1/3 innings this season..." - "Who replaces Haren in rotation?" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Going into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Nationals need to acquire a bat more than they need a pitcher." - "Inbox: How will Haren's rotation void be filled?" - Bill Ladson, News

• "Just as the crowds grow at Nationals Park, boasting the biggest increase of any team in ’13, the air is steadily going out of the club that plays there." - "The Washington Nationals can spend their way out of their early-season malaise" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "Will Taylor Jordan get a shot? Will Nathan Karns be back up? What about Danny Rosenbaum? We'll see who Johnson goes with." - "State of the Nats-6/24" - Chase Hughes,

• "[Gio] Gonzalez will take the ball Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against the D-backs at Nationals Park." - "Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals - June 25, 2013" - Andrew Simon, Preview

• "While [Tyler] Moore saw regular action with the Nats during Jayson Werth’s stint on the disabled list, he was relegated to a pinch-hitting role in early June." - "Tyler Moore looks to get back into a rhythm with Syracuse" - Rick Maese, Washington Post

• "Along with underperformance and roster changes, injuries have turned the Nationals from a preseason favorite to a team flirting with .500." - "Washington Nationals’ bruises remain bewildering" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "It doesn't matter how many baseball games you've watched in your lifetime, your eyes have a way of deceiving you." - "Surprising stats" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "And even though they have tread water for nearly three months, the National League East has been, in a word, mediocre, too." - "Nationals’ best chance to improve could be now" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Chances are it'll be Taylor Jordan getting the call-up from Double-A Harrisburg to fill Haren's spot in the rotation." - "Nationals Pastime: A look at Taylor Jordan and the open rotation spot" - Dan Kolko,

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• "Bryce Harper is hurt; Davey Johnson isn't sure how hurt" - Grant Brisbee, Baseball Nation

• "[Dan] Haren’s performance may owe less to shoulder woes than to a mechanical breakdown caused by lower back and hip woes..." - "Nationals injuries: Issues with Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Dan Haren continue to plague Washington" - Jay Jaffe, The Strike Zone -

• "But there is NO REASON the Nats can't get one of these starters. They'll try other options first -- in part because the teams in position to trade want to use the leverage of the 7/31 deadline to get the best deal." - "Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sports" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "Still, there is too much talent for the Nats to continue struggling, provided [Bryce] Harper, right-hander Stephen Strasburg and Co. stay reasonably healthy the rest of the way." - "Can any other struggling MLB teams go on a run like the Toronto Blue Jays?" - Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports on MSN

• "This injury is on [Jayson] Werth’s left side and does not appear directly related to his previous soft tissue ailment, but the cumulative wear and tear may be adding up." - "Injury update: Braun, Kemp, Harper, more" - Stepania Bell Blog - ESPN

• "After being released by the Washington Nationals organization this spring, [Ryan] Demmin hooked on with the Normal Cornbelters in the Frontier League and is making his best pitch at a return to affiliated baseball." - "Oshkosh North graduate Demmin pitching in for Independent League Cornbelters" - Steve Clark, The Oshkosh Northwestern |

• "The Washington Nationals have to be the worst team in baseball when it comes to handling everything to do with injuries." - "MASH Report (6/24/13)" - Jeff Zimmerman, FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

• "One rival executive said that while trade talk around the league remains mostly quiet and preliminary, as is typical with more than a month to go before the deadline, Washington has emerged as the most aggressive team. 'They’re calling everybody, trying to do something,' the exec said. 'They’re looking for pitching, and they’re being really aggressive.'" - "Trade deadline notes: Could the Yankees get anything for Hughes, Chamberlain? What teams are the most aggressive so far?" - Andy Martino, New York Daily News


Class-A Auburn: "The Doubledays regained the lead in the seventh inning when Jimmy Yezzo singled to start the inning." - "Doubledays Get Even" - Auburn Doubledays News

• "Auburn's Jean Carlos Valdez singled in James Yezzo for the go-ahead run in the seventh, a half-inning after Mahoning Valley tied the score." - "Doubledays hold on for 2-1 win over Scrappers" - Jeremy Houghtaling, Auburn Citizen

Class-A Hagerstown: Suns 12, Power 5 - Tony Renda - 4 for 6, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

Class-A Potomac: "Potomac RHP A.J. Cole (4-3), the eventual losing pitcher, tossed a quality start after turning in 6.0 innings in which he surrendered three runs with only two earned." - "Nationals Drop Series Opener with Pelicans, 3-2" - Potomac Nationals News

• "The longtime owner of the Potomac Nationals wouldn’t object to the Hagerstown Suns relocating to a Fredericksburg stadium that would be 26 miles away from the P–Nats’ planned new home." - "Potomac Nationals OK if Suns relocate here" - Bill Freehling, The Free Lance-Star

Double-A Harrisburg: "Taylor Jordan tossed five innings and scattered eight hits, allowing just one run to improve to 7-0 on the season." - "Head, Souza Go Deep in 7-1 Win" - Marshall Kelner, Harrisburg Senators News

• "Jerad Head and Steven Souza Jr. homered, and Taylor Jordan won his sixth straight start..." - "Jerad Head, Steven Souza homer as Taylor Jordan wins sixth straight start for Harrisburg Senators" - Geoff Morrow,

• "On if it's possible Jordan goes up Saturday: 'I don't make any of those [decisions]. I wish I knew. Anything's possible.'" - Matt LeCroy - "Taylor Jordan on sudden innings limit (what does it mean?); Matt LeCroy gives his answers: Harrisburg Senators game notebook" - Geoff Morrow,

• "[Aaron] Barrett has 14 saves in 31 games spanning 30 1/3 innings, with 41 strikeouts and just nine walks. He is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and has not allowed an earned run in nine straight appearances." - "Harrisburg pitching coach Menhart: Barrett 'brings it every day'" - Byron Kerr,

Triple-A Syracuse: "After a 5-1 loss in the twin bill's first game, Tanner Roark tossed five scoreless innings en route to a 1-0 win in game two." - "Roark, Chiefs split twin bill with Braves" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Chris Rahl Named International League Batter of the Week" - Luke Erickson,

• "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Luke Erickson,


• "The reason isn't injury, it's apparently mostly age affecting velocity. but you can't go to the DL with that." - "Monday quickie" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Sources tell Tom Schad of that right-handed prospect Taylor Jordan very well may be the guy." - "Sources: Prospect Taylor Jordan Could Replace Injured Haren"- Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "Bryce Harper will begin rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Tuesday" - Nats Enquirer

• "Washington has been a huge untapped media market for decades and one lonely winning season is all it took to bring baseball fans out of the woodwork in D.C." - "Nationals Buzz: The ugly downside of the nouveau riche" - Ted Leavengood,


Mets: "If Zack Wheeler can follow in Matt Harvey’s footsteps, the Mets will have two tremendous power pitchers for years to come." - "If Zack Wheeler can be another ace, New York Mets are really onto something" - Kevin Kiernan,

Phillies: "At 36-40 and 7.5 games out of first place with the trade deadline fast approaching, the Phillies are dangerously close to backing themselves into the sellers’ corner." - "Some Optimism: It Could Be Worse!" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Braves: "After season-ending elbow injuries to Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty, nobody has come up bigger getting the ball to Braves closer Craig Kimbrel than Jordan Walden." - "Walden dominant; silent treatment for hot-hitting Schafer" - Carroll Rogers,

Marlins: "Justin Ruggiano was having trouble making sense of the logic to the point where he finally gave up trying to understand." - "SAN FRANCISCO: Opportunity pays off for Miami Marlins’ Justin Ruggiano" - Clark Spencer,