Washington Nationals -Minor News-
Here's a thread where minor news can be posted here. Things like injury updates, minor league deals, anything not derserving its own thread can be all gathered here for everyone to see. You could also use this thread to talk about certain things regarding the Nationals.
Washington's Ayala recovering from hunting accident
Washington Nationals reliever Luis Ayala was accidentally hit in the upper left forearm by a shotgun pellet during a holiday hunting trip, the club and Ayala's agent said Friday. Though the pellet is still lodged in his arm, doctors believe Ayala will be ready for spring training the Washington Post reported.
"He's very lucky," Joe Longo, Ayala's agent, said yesterday by phone. "The doctors told him, 'Luis, a couple inches difference, and we would have had trouble.' "
Longo said Ayala and some friends were hunting Dec. 26 in the right-hander's home town of Los Mochis, Mexico. The accident, according to Longo, occurred when the gun of one of Ayala's companions went off as the group was taking a break...
Young will mentor troubled Dukes in Washington
Dmitri Young of the Washington Nationals just wants to give something back in the hopes that he can save someone, much like someone saved him according to the Boston Globe.
He'll be a mentor to the troubled Elijah Dukes, the former Tampa Bay outfielder who was dealt to Washington during the winter meetings. Nationals general manager Jim Bowden came to Young before consummating the deal to ask whether he could lend a hand. Young, who rebounded from drug and alcohol addiction and a near-death experience with diabetes to hit .320 last season, was very agreeable.
"I love being in this role," said Young, a 12-year veteran and .290 career hitter. "This is what makes my life meaningful. If I can get to Elijah and make him realize that he can get his life straight, be a role model for every young, underprivileged black kid in the city who has no hope, then I've given back. Maybe he'll get sick of me, but I'm going to be there."...
Maekawa signed, Gonzalez claimed
You may or may not remember that, at the winter meetings, the Nationals had some interest in a Japanese lefty named Katsuhiko Maekawa, who was pitching in the Dominican Republic. Well they've signed him to a minor league deal, meaning he would have a chance to make the team in spring training, or perhaps link on with the club in Class AAA.
Also: The Padres claimed right-hander Enrique Gonzalez off waivers from the Nationals. He had been claimed by the Nationals off waivers from the Diamondbacks last year, but was moved off the 40-man roster when they signed Johnny Estrada last week.
Back to Maekawa. He went 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, though I'm not sure those stats are completely up to date. I'll check.
Maekawa had legal problems in Japan resulting from a hit-and-run accident. He did not pitch in Japan in 2007 because of the problems, and according to Japanese media, he had been driving without a license for as many as four years and was unofficially barred from the Japanese major leagues. He was the No. 1 draft pick by the Kinetsu Buffaloes in 1997. He's 29, and was 1-7 with a 5.26 ERA with Orix in 2006.