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Nats bring Zimmerman, Lobaton off DL; option Cole, Severino

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ATLANTA — The Washington Nationals have reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Jose Lobaton from the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman is starting in Saturday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Right-hander A.J. Cole and catcher Pedro Severino were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

Zimmerman has been out since Aug. 1 with a bruised left wrist. Lobaton has been out since July 20 with left elbow tendinitis.

Max Scherzer gave his catchers Hublot watches for catching his no-hitter and one-hitter


Jordan Zimmermann gave Steven Souza a Best Buy gift card for the catch that saved his no hitter last year. Max Scherzer upped the ante a bit. From James Wagner of the Washington Post:

. . . after Max Scherzer tossed his career first no-hitter on June 20 against the Pirates, he bought catcher Wilson Ramos a little something for his help that day. But Scherzer didn’t stop with Ramos. He also gave catcher Jose Lobaton, who was behind the plate when Scherzer tossed a one-hitter against the Brewers on June 14, the same gift: an elegant Hublot watch.

They’re not cheap, though Wagner does not know which model was given. They retail from between $2,000 and $80,000 or even more for crazy ones.

There are some nice, graceful quotes from Scherzer and his catchers in the article. It’s been a crappy second half for Washington, but this is nice at least.

Home plate umpire Brian Knight leaves game after being hit in mask by pitch

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Scary moment in today’s Phillies-Nationals game, as home plate umpire Brian Knight was forced to exit after he was hit in the facemask by a pitch in the top of the ninth inning.

Knight was hit when Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton flat out missed a 96 mph fastball from right-hander Blake Treinen. The pitch hit him square. He was noticeably woozy, but walked into the tunnel under his own power. The game then had a 12-minute delay, as second base umpire Larry Vanover put on the gear to move behind the plate.

We’ll pass along an update on Knight when it is made available. Here’s hoping for the best.