One day after acquiring right-hander reliever David Carpenter from the Yankees the Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett on the disabled list with a strained biceps muscle.
Barrett appeared in a team-high 30 of the Nationals’ first 60 games, including five of the past seven games, so it’s possible the heavy workload caught up with him. He has an ugly 5.06 ERA, but it comes with a nice 28/6 K/BB ratio in 21 innings.
Washington’s bullpen was already in need of help before Barrett went down, so this puts a lot of pressure on Carpenter to emerge as a reliable option for manager Matt Williams.
Hours after being brought back from the minors, Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett ended up getting the go-ahead hit last night in a 6-5 win over the Nationals at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The Nationals actually grabbed an early 5-1 lead on Matt Garza, but the Brewers chipped away against Tanner Roark with two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth before Gerardo Parra hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh. Gennett, who was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs last month after batting .154 with a .403 OPS over his first 21 games this season, then hit a go-ahead single off Aaron Barrett in the the eighth before Francisco Rodriguez notched the save.
Everybody keeps waiting for the Nationals to run away and hide in the National League East. While it could still happen, they haven’t lived up to expectations yet. The Nationals have lost 10 out of their last 13 games and currently sit at 31-29 on the year. That puts them a half-game behind the Mets for first place in the National League East. By the way, all five teams in the National League East have a negative run differential. This has been quite the underwhelming lot thus far.
Your Thursday box scores and AP recaps:
Mariners 0, Indians 6
Padres 6, Braves 4 (11 innings)
Rangers 0, Athletics 7
Giants 4, Mets 5
Rockies 0, Marlins 6
Red Sox 5, Orioles 6
Angels 6, Rays 2
Reds 3, Cubs 6
Nationals 5, Brewers 6
Dan Uggla is hitting .206/.306/.365 with one home run this year. And he still can’t play defense. The odds of him staying with the Nationals all season are slim and, once he’s released, the odds of him latching on elsewhere are even slimmer, I’d wager. Really, we are seeing the end of his career.
But he is good at something, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post:
Really, that’s the story:
“He’s just a big bicep teddy bear,” reliever Aaron Barrett said. After a grin and laugh, Barrett continued: “The hugs are fantastic. I love it. It’s very comforting.” . . . Uggla is known for his hugs. Freddie Freeman, with the Braves, is perhaps more well-known for his many on-field hugs, but Uggla said he taught that to Freeman. Fans have held up signs at games such as “I Want a Huggla from Uggla” at games. His nickname is, sometimes, Huggla.
Yes, the entire article is about a bench guy’s hugs. What a world.