Brad Lidge was roughed up a bit in his brief rehab appearance for Class A Potomac this evening, allowing three of four Frederick batters he faced to reach safely in the bottom of the first before being pulled upon reaching his predetermined pitch count.
The veteran reliever, out since late April following surgery to repair a sports hernia, struck out the first batter he faced, then issued a walk and two singles, allowing one run to score in the process. He threw a total of 22 pitches, only 10 of them strikes.
Lidge is hoping to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals' bullpen next week while the club is in Toronto. He'll likely make another two or three rehab appearances, pitching on back-to-back days before he's activated.
With Opening Day just a week away, the Washington Nationals were still unsure of who would be the starting closer.
After the team didn't re-sign Mark Melancon this offseason, and missed out on top free agent Kenley Jansen, the team got dangerously close to starting the season without naming a starting closer.
That was, until Thursday morning, when manager Dusty Baker tabbed Blake Treinen to be the Nationals' starting closer.
"To be in the position Dusty has put me in, I feel honored," Treinen said according to Mark Zuckerman.
This will be Treinen's fourth season with the Nationals. In 2016, Treinen finished with a 2.28 ERA in 67 innings for the Nationals. The 28-year-old also had 63 strikeouts in 67 innings.
The Washington Nationals will start their season against the Miami Marlins on Monday, April 3rd at Nationals Park.
Baseball season is about to begin, which means fantasy baseball seasons are about to begin, which means the season of naming your fantasy baseball team(s) is about to begin.
Are you struggling to come up with a clever/cheesy/"Yo, that is 90-percent stupid but 10-percent funny" 2017 fantasy baseball team name? Allow CSNmidatlantic.com to help you with the following 25 fantasy baseball team name ideas.
The first 12 are Nationals and Orioles-related fantasy team names, and the 13 after are inspired by the names of players with the 28 other organizations. Using any of them will ensure your season gets off to a strong start. Building a potent roster to go along with the name, though? Well, that's on you.
The top 25 2017 fantasy baseball team names
Nationals and Orioles names
1) The Bryce is right
2) The Scherzey Shore
3) Alternative Max
4) Damned if you Drew, damned if you Rendon't
5) Earth, Lind & Fire
6) 50 Shades of Trea
7) Beef Welington
8) Game of Jones
9) Watch me Whip, watch me J.J.
10) 8 Miley
11) Machado About Nothing
12) You say Ma-chay-do, I say Machado
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General MLB names
13) Hold the Odor!
14) Abad and Boujee
15) The Life of Pablo
16) Catch me if Yu can
17) Bauer Rangers
18) Upton Funk
19) Wacha Flocka Flame
20) Russell & Flow
21) No Cain, no gain
22) Gin Andrus
23) Honey Nut Ichiros
24) Soler powered
25) Gettin' Miggy Wit it