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    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.

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    Luis Ayala took a shotgun pellet in his left (non-throwing) arm during a recent hunting trip, but he should be ready for spring training.

    Ayala suffered a bruised nerve causing some numbness that's getting better by the day. Other than that, he has full use of the arm.
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    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...
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    glad to hear hes ok

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    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."...
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    Nationals signed OF Lastings Milledge, 3B-OF Kory Casto, LHP Ross Detwiler, LHP John Lannan, RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Chris Schroder, 1B Josh Whitesell and 1B Matt Whitney to one-year contracts.

    Milledge and Schroder both figure to have spots on the Opening Day roster, Milledge probably as the everyday center fielder. Mock and Lannan will be two of the longer shots for rotation spots, while Detwiler is due for at least a couple of months in the minors.

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    Nationals agreed to terms with RHP Tim Redding on a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Redding is likely to be a part of Washington's rotation after going 3-6 with a 3.64 ERA in 15 starts after joining the Nationals last season. There's no upside here, but he'll eat innings on a young staff.

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    MLB.com reports that Paul Lo Duca suffered a right knee injury while working out at a New York gym earlier this week.

    The injury is being described as a "tweak," but he's expected to be examined further by Nationals team doctors after undergoing an MRI on Friday.

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    Nationals re-signed outfielder Alex Escobar to a minor league contract.

    The Nationals will have at least seven outfielders ahead of Escobar on the depth chart (besides the starters, there's Elijah Dukes, Willie Harris, Rob Mackowiak and Ryan Langerhans), so he probably would have been better off going elsewhere. Escobar missed 2007 with shoulder, ankle and foot injuries.

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    The Nationals will likely send Jesus Flores to Double-A to begin the year after adding Johnny Estrada.

    Flores will get a chance to catch more of the Nationals' top young prospects at the lower levels. "We think the pitching prospects are better there," GM Jim Bowden said. "He'll see better stuff there." He should still be the top alternative should the Nationals lose one of their top two catchers.

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    yea Johnny Estrada will get his time to play once a while. We still revolve around Lo duca though

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    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.
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    Nationals recalled LHP John Lannan from Triple-A Columbus.

    Lannan will make a spot start Sunday against the Cardinals. The Nationals hope to have Shawn Hill reach on April 13, so Lannan could head right back to the minors after the game. However, he could be kept as protection in case Hill isn't ready to go.

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    Hurler Hill makes Minors rehab start
    Right-hander breezes in outing, eyes Sunday return vs. Braves

    WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill had his first rehab assignment on Tuesday and pitched five shutout innings for Class-A Potomac, which blanked Myrtle Beach, 2-0.

    Hill, on the disabled list due to a sore right forearm, threw 67 pitches, 45 of which went for strikes. His fastball was clocked at 90 to 91 mph. At one point during the game, Hill retired 10 consecutive batters.

    Hill is hoping to pitch his first Major League game of the season against the Braves on Sunday. He said on Monday that the sharp pain in his forearm has subsided but he feels some tightness in the forearm.

    Manager Manny Acta said if Hill is activated, Washington will not carry six starters. The current starting staff -- Odalis Perez, Jason Bergmann, Matt Chico, John Lannan and Tim Redding -- has pitched adequately, so the Nationals might have to make a tough decision on one of the five.

    Injured outfielder Wily Mo Pena (left oblique strain) played three innings in an extended spring game on Tuesday. He went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. Pena played left field and didn't get any opportunities.
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