Nats Notes: Strasburg's 5K, Johnson retires

Nats Notes: Strasburg's 5K, Johnson retires
January 29, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Here are a collection of some Nats stories out there this week:

Strasburg’s 5K in San Diego

Saturday’s NatsFest featured most of the 2013 Nationals team, but it was missing a few big names. One player absent from the event was Stephen Strasburg who was hosting his annual 5K run to benefit the San Diego State baseball program that day.

Strasburg’s run this year went off once again without a hitch, so says the pitcher. Check out this video from Saturday:

Nats prospect marrying Soprano’s star

Ever heard of Cutter Dykstra? He is a Single-A prospect in the Nationals’ organization who happens to be the son of former MLB star Lenny Dykstra. He also now has a famous fiancé.

Dykstra is engaged to Jamie-Lynn Sigler who played Tony Soprano’s daughter, meadow, on the HBO show. The Nationals acquired Dykstra from the Brewers in 2011 in a trade that sent Nyjer Morgan to Milwaukee. The Brewers took him originally in the second round of the 2008 MLB Draft.

Javier Vazquez to have knee surgery

The Nationals have been linked to former All-Star Javier Vazquez, a starter attempting a comeback to the majors after sitting out the 2012 season. He has been pitching in Puerto Rico and Washington has had scouts report back great things from seeing him up close. Vazquez’ comeback, however, may be slowed by a procedure he is set to have on Wednesday to repair his right meniscus.


Nick Johnson to retire

Former Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson has decided to retire at the age of 34 after a ten-year major league career characterized mostly by his tendency to get injured. Johnson came into the majors as a top prospect in the New York Yankees organization, but was never able to play a full season.

Johnson played with the Nats from 2005 to 2009 after coming to Washington as a member of the Montreal Expos. His best season in the majors was with the Nationals in 2006 when he posted a .290/.428/.520 split with 23 homers, 77 RBI, and 110 walks.

Johnson also spent time with the Marlins before returning to the Yankees in 2010. He played 38 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 after sitting out the 2011 season.

Ex-Senators OF Chuck Hinton dies

Chuck Hinton passed away Sunday at the age of 78, he played with the Washington Senators from 1961-64 and was the head coach of the Howard University Bison baseball team for 28 seasons. He was an All-Star with the Senators in 1964 and received MVP votes in 1962. The 1962 season was his best in Washington, he hit .310 with 17 home runs and 75 RBI.