The Nationals may be in denial about Kasten's resignation

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The Nationals just released a statement regarding Stan Kasten’s resignation. In it, Ted Lerner, the team’s owner, says the Nationals “will continue to call upon Stan Kasten . . .”

I know the team is in trouble without Kasten, but given that they don’t even know what the term “resignation” means, they may be in more trouble than I even realized.

Michael Wacha leaves game with a left oblique strain

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Cardinals starter Michael Wacha suffered a strained left oblique muscle during his start this afternoon against the Phillies, causing him to leave in the fourth inning.

Wacha is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 71/36 K/BB ratio in 84.1 innings across 15 starts this season with St. Louis. To the extent he has to miss some time — and obliques invariably send starters to the disabled list — potential fill-in candidates include John Gant, Daniel Poncedeleon and Dakota Hudson.