August 15, 2005

See You in September

On September 1st, the Nationals major league roster will expand from 25 to 40 players. The roster expansion will facilitate the return of fan favorite Rick Short. Rick is currently doing his best Ted Williams impersonation in New Orleans, hitting a positively silly .400 with a 1.060 OPS.

Other possible call-ups:

  • If Frank feels the need to add another player to an already overcrowded outfield Marlon Byrd, Matt Cepicky or Tyrell Godwin could be back.
  • Infielder Brendan Harris, who had 3 hits in 9 ABs with the Nats earlier this year.
  • Lefty pitcher Matt White, 6-5 with a 3.44 ERA in 13 starts for New Orleans.
  • Reliever Travis Hughes, who pitched 4.1 scoreless innings for the Nats in June.
  • 2004 1st-round pick (and W&M alum) left-handed reliever Bill Bray.

Of course, a lot depends on whether we're calling up people for a playoff push (Short, Byrd, Hughes) or an early spring training tryout (Godwin, White, Bray).

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