While it’s never as quick as we want, the effects from the promotions of Bryce Harper and Tyler Moore are starting to become apparent. To be clear, there isn’t necessarily or always a 1:1 relationship to roster moves. But for the sakes of clarity and explanation, it’s simply easier to presume one:
SYRACUSE → WASHINGTON
• OF Bryce Harper replaces 3B Ryan Zimmerman, 15-Day DL (eligible to be activated May 6)
• 1B-OF Tyler Moore replaces IF-OF Mark DeRosa, 15-Day DL (eligible to be activated May 13)
• RHP Ryan Perry replaces RHP Brad Lidge, 15-Day DL (eligible to be activated May 7)
HARRISBURG → SYRACUSE
• RHP Pat Lehman replaces Perry
• IF Jim Negrych replaces Moore
POTOMAC → HARRISBURG
• IF Sean Nicol replaces Negrych
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING → HARRISBURG
• RHP Ryan Tatusko replaces Lehman
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING → POTOMAC
• SS Rick Hague replaces Nicol
Currently, the Syracuse roster is one short of the 25-man limit, which is a new development this year for AA and AAA and may help explain why there’s been no “rush” to make moves.
As reported in the News & Notes the past couple of days, C Jhonatan Solano is eligible to come off the DL but has not yet been activated. OF Xavier Paul is still on the Restricted List and (presumably) is also a candidate. Speculation in the comments that Moore could be returned once Zimmerman is reactivated next weekend is certainly a viable hypothesis.
Finally, as we’ve seen from the large contingency in Viera/Auburn — and several of the moves made on the Hagerstown roster this month — there are also plenty of options for the Nationals to rotate players on and off rosters. We can’t help but guess the next move or pound the drum for a promotion, but the past three days ought to remind us that we’ll probably be wrong more often than not and surprised just as much.