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Major League Baseball postponed Miami’s games through the weekend, so the Nationals’ planned trip to Marlins Park was called off and they’ll have to wait until next Tuesday for their two-game series with the New York Mets to start.
Starlin Castro, coming off a 4 for 5 game and 7 for 15 four-game set with the Blue Jays, said that he would, of course, like to keep playing, but ... this season is different.
“Of course, after my third hit, that’s exactly the same thing I [thought] about,” Castro explained.
“I said, ‘I feel good, I’ve been feeling good, I’ve been hitting the ball hard, all these games against the Yankees and the Blue Jays, and I say, wow, three hits today. I think I’m going to get two more, three more at bats, wow.’”
Castro went 4 for 4 before making an out in his fifth trip to the plate.
“The bad thing is tomorrow we’re not going to play and the next day we’re not going to play. It’s kind of tough, but that’s one of the things that I always do by myself, I just don’t try to put this in my mind, because that’s one of the things that I can’t control or we can’t control as a team.
“What happens, happens. If we can control, and we can play tomorrow, we can play Saturday. We can’t control [it], but, it’s tough.
“But we — as a team, we get our mind right, and we get it, Tuesday, that’s the next game.”
Carter Kieboom was dealing with a groin issue early this season, that limited his ability to move laterally, but after back-to-back starts and a 2 for 2, two walk finale with the Jays, a couple days off aren’t ideal.
“I would obviously love to play, play another game tomorrow, and continue,” Kieboom said.
“We’ve had some success the last couple days, and I know we would all like to kind of build off of that and keep going, because we’re headed in the right direction. But we’re still going to come out and practice, we’re going to see live pitching still, and we’re going to do whatever we can to maintain that focus and that positive energy that we’ve been having lately. I don’t thing it’s going to really play a huge factor in what we’ve been doing the last few days. We’re just going to continue to do what we do. We know there’s going to be a lot of hoops and hurdles that we have to go through this year, and it’s just a matter of being patient and kind of rolling with the punches and every day is a new day for us.”
Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez has a plan for the four-day weekend ahead, but he said he wants his team to rest up first after a taxing first week of the season.
“We’re going — tomorrow I want these guys just to take off, I mean, don’t do anything. Just go — basically sit at home,” the manager explained.
“Just rest. We’ve been up and down for the past couple weeks. Just go home and take your mind off everything and enjoy the day, and then Saturday we’re going to get after it again.
“I plan on — we’ve got some pitchers that need to throw Saturday, we got some pitchers that need to throw on Sunday, so we’re going to have some scrimmages, we’re going to work a lot on defense, run the bases a couple times, but get ready to go again when the bell rings again on Tuesday.”