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Wire Taps: Carter Kieboom called up by Nationals; What to do with Trevor Rosenthal?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this weekend’s series with the Padres in D.C.

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Ah, good, another quarterback for people to obsess over. This surely won’t obscure any more substantial coverage of the Nationals.

Here’s the beat from South Capitol Street:

Nationals plan to call up top prospect Carter Kieboom (WaPo)
The Nationals will need to send someone down—which they already did by sending Jake Noll to Fresno—but they'll also need to clear a spot on the 40-man.

Source: Nats promoting top prospect Carter Kieboom (MASN)
Jake Noll went back to Reno after his second cup of coffee, and Kieboom will likely play on a daily basis based on historical precedent for similar call-ups.

5 things to know about Nationals call-up Carter Kieboom (NBCSW)
He raked in the spring, and isn't actually a second baseman — and more importantly, is hitting .379 in Fresno.

Carter Kieboom to join Nationals Friday (
"It’s unlikely Kieboom’s defense has upgraded dramatically in three weeks, but the Nats' decision to promote him now was more about seeking an offensive upgrade, a source told, rather than any changing injury timetable for Turner, who was still wearing a brace on his finger that prevents him from full baseball activity, or Rendon, who has missed the previous four games after getting hit by a pitch on the left elbow Saturday. The Nats are hopeful Rendon can return to the lineup Friday night against the Padres."

Trevor Rosenthal’s control issues remain a problem, but the Nationals have few options (WaPo)
The same story continues to repeat itself over and over with the bullpen: incompetency becomes a dumpster fire when Rosenthal enters. Nobody really knows what to do, and nobody knows who to replace him with in the eighth or even in the bullpen in general.

Time for Nats to make a decision on Rosenthal (MASN)
It's pretty clear things aren't going to get better with Trevor Rosenthal any time soon. Sure, he's been showing encouraging signs, but Davey Martinez simply can't trust him — and now the Nationals have to figure out what to do with him, which is more difficult than it sounds.

Trevor Rosenthal’s fate among key questions as Nationals stumble home (NBCSW)
The Nats were looking for this road trip to serve as a launching pad towards better things. Instead, they hovered around the .500 mark yet again, with Anthony Rendon still injured and Trevor Rosenthal still confoundingly bad.