Davey Martinez talked before tonight’s game about the way he’ll handle the Nationals’ lineup now that Adam Eaton (fractured left index finger) is done for the 2020 season.
Before the game, Washington optioned Yadiel Hernandez to the Alternate Training Site in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and called outfielder Andrew Stevenson up.
“With the injury of Eaton, we want to give Stevenson a chance to play against right-handed pitching,” Martinez explained.
“More so than that, I want to keep Jake Noll around. He’s been swinging the bat well, and I want another right-handed bat here.”
“[Noll] can play multiple positions, so I wanted to keep him around,” the third-year skipper continued.
“Stevenson will play right field against right-handed pitching, he’ll platoon with [Michael A. Taylor] for the rest of this year, and I just want to see him get some at bats over here.
“He deserves it. He worked really hard in Fredericksburg, kept in shape.
“Stevenson is a great guy, good teammate, was swinging the bat well. So I wanted to give him an opportunity.”
Stevenson, the Nationals’ 2015 2nd Round pick, started the first game of the doubleheader with the Marlins in Miami this afternoon, but with lefty Daniel Castano on the mound in the nightcap, Martinez, as he said he would, penciled Michael A. Taylor in as his right fielder.
As for Noll, the 26-year-old, 2016 7th Round pick, Martinez said he wants to get a good look at him over the next week-plus.
“He can play first base, he can play second base late in games if things start progressing.
“He can play left field, he can play right field. He can DH. He can do a bunch of different things for us.
“The biggest thing is, like I said, he’s had a couple good at bats here, I know he’s swinging the bat well in Fredericksburg, so I just want him to stick around, and we can use him as a pinch hitter, we can use him as a DH, first base, wherever we need him.
“But he’s the kind of guy that I really like, because he can do a lot of different things.”
Tonight, Noll is playing first base for the Nationals, who took Game 1 of 2 today, 5-0.