Apr 302012

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:

• 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)

• RHP Pat Lehman replaces Perry
• IF Jim Negrych replaces Moore

• IF Sean Nicol replaces Negrych

• RHP Ryan Tatusko replaces Lehman

• 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.

  4 Responses to “Ripple Effects From The Harper, Moore Promotions”

  1. I gather getting information on Rendon and Goodwin is kind of like getting information out of the People’s Republic of China….

    • Maybe not that bad, but given our resources and the organization’s history of injury disclosure, we’re probably not going to find out much until they’re actually activated.

      • Mayo reported that Rendon had surgery. Not sure how long that will take to get him past that especially given his history of ankle injuries? Its makes one queasy about the notion of having him play at all this year …

        • Mayo reported “a procedure,” which doesn’t necessarily mean surgery (a closed reduction, for example, is a procedure; so is an open reduction, the difference is whether or not the skin was incised to access the bone).

          It probably was, but we don’t know that for a fact, which is undoubtedly why he (a) used that word or (b) was told that word.

          Like I wrote before, without knowing what exactly the procedure was, guessing a recovery timeframe is a fool’s errand.

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