Now Harper Out for Two Months!

This latest news is a huge blow to the Nats chances for fighting their way to the playoffs.  Both Zim and Bryce got seriously hurt sliding headfirst.

Doug Fister and Wilson Ramos are on the road back however.  It seems possible that Fister could start a game by about May 7th.  Ramos is practicing “lightly.”  It will likely take him several more weeks to regain the strength needed to bat with power in game conditions.  But he hopes to appear in minor-league games this week.

This is the time for the bench players to step up and show us why they made the roster coming out of Spring Training!  I have to admit, after hoping the Nats would trade Danny Espinosa before Spring Training, that he has made me VERY GLAD he is still here!  I did not think it would be possible to make Danny a major league hitter, but I was wrong:)  I’m impressed with the improved hitting thus far.  And we all know he is a gold glove calibre fielder.  In fact many of the usual suspects posting on the team website are calling for Danny to REPLACE Ian Desmond at SS!

Late breaking news:  Zack Walters has been sent down to Syracuse as well as Taylor Jordan. Ryan Mattheus is back up here.  The last time Mattheus pitched well was in 2012; I hope they don’t have to use him in a critical situation.  Maybe they want to have him in case they need a “mop-up” pitcher in a game that has got out of hand:)  I also hope they bring Souza back.

Ross Ohlendorf, We Need You

Ross Ohlendorf has stirred Nats fans with his fast pitch, but he stirred yours truly with his Texas Longhorn cattle herd. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Ross Ohlendorf has stirred Nats fans with his fast pitch, but he stirred yours truly with his Texas Longhorn cattle herd. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Ross Ohlendorf is 31 years old, has pitched for three different Major League Baseball teams and has been a part of six MLB organizations. He has a solid major league résumé, yet calling him a “farmhand” still wouldn’t be totally off-base. The career journeyman, who signed a major league deal with the Washington Nationals during this past offseason, is also a rancher. He raises longhorn cattle on his family’s ranch in Austin, Texas. Although his schedule is usually filled from March through September, Ohlendorf still spends his offseasons helping with the livestock care.

For many years Ross Ohlendorf and his dad Curtis have worked with the same tenacious demand for quality in the cow herd at their Rocking O Ranch outside of Austin, Texas as Ross has worked to put a pitch in the upper ninety mph speed right on a 2″ target. These genetic details are revealed in quality cattle and cheering fans.

Ross was a very effective pitcher for the 2013 Nationals. With an old-fashioned windup (that reminds me of when I was pitching back in the dark ages) and mid-90s heat on his fastball, he started a few games and also came out of the bullpen.  The windup plus heat combination would upset the timing of many hitters and that was the key to his effectiveness.  The team sure could use him right now!

He’ll be on the disabled list (DL) until mid-May with a back strain.

Ross is one of 4 major leagers who went to Princeton.  And there are several more playing in the minors today.  This school has (surprise!) turned into a significant producer of baseball talent. Only 12 schools in the country have more than 4 former students playing in the majors.  The coach, Scott Bradley, played major-league ball for eight years and is clearly doing a good job.