Free agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins hinted Saturday to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s likely to retire if he isn’t offered a contract soon.
“There were some calls (in the spring) but they were to go to
Triple-A,” said Jenkins. “That just
wasn’t in my heart. Part of it is ego but you’ve tasted this life so long. We weren’t asking for the world. We put it out there to everybody.”
Veteran major leaguers rarely go quietly and it can sometimes get ugly at the end. But Jenkins has to realize that no team would offer him a 25-man roster spot after he failed to register a major league at-bat in 2009 and put up an ugly .246/.301/.392 batting line for the Phillies in ’08. If he wants to prove that he still has something left in the tank, it will have to be in the minor leagues. The 35-year-old from Olympia, Washington owns a .275 career batting average and 221 career home runs.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.