Eric Valent, who drew interest during the winter, could be dealt to open up the roster spot when Cameron is activated. -NY Post
Brilliant! I had no idea it could be done, but by all means. I would still prefer to see Diaz demoted than collecting dust next to Marlon Anderson, but if they're serious about maybe giving Floyd the occasional day off, or maybe putting Diaz at second (kidding, although he was an IF), he certainly looks like Valent's superior.
Jae Seo takes the mound tonight against Washington, hoping to follow up his outstanding debut with the big club. He might not have to face Nick Johnson, whose hot streak may be interrupted by a minor injury. Surprising? Not even a little bit. He's one of the few remotely scary names in that lineup. There's Wilkerson, Vidro, Jose Guillen... No, I don't give a damn what Vinny Castilla is hitting at the moment. That's about it, though I once kept a candle burning for Terrmel "Sister" Sledge. Jae should make it to the sixth inning in one piece.
The Nationals counter with Livan Hernandez. The festively plump Cuban has had a somewhat erratic career ERA-wise, but except for his abnormally good 2003, his peripherals have been fairly consistent. Strikes out around six per nine, walks about three, and watches at least one clear the fence. Unspectacular, but he delivers those innings in massive quantities, which helps a lot. On a side note, am I the only one who thought he was older than 30 by now? Of course I thought the same about Sidney Ponson last year and he was only 27.
I had kind of gotten used to life above .500, and am ready to see the Nats assume their rightful position as the division's chew toy. Mark my words: Vinny Castilla starts getting exposed tonight!
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