WASHINGTON — In a little under a week on Sept. 1, Major League rosters expand to 40 players, meaning the Nationals can add some reserves from the minors for depth as they make their stretch run to the postseason.
There are several prime candidates to be called up. Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Brian Goodwin all recently made their Major League debuts. Perhaps Matt den Dekker (.211/.292/.326) could return. Things aren’t going so well for Michael A. Taylor (.215/.288/.308) at Triple-A Syracuse, on the other hand. Others could still make their debuts, like second baseman Chris Bostick (.261/.326/.405).
But there’s no way of knowing now who the Nationals could choose.
So let’s take a look at what Mike Rizzo is saying, see if we can’t try and gauge the direction they might be thinking. The Nationals General Manager addressed the topic during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance with The Sports Junkies on Wednesday.
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“Well, you know, it depends on what Dusty’s looking for, you know,” Rizzo said. “We can infuse some other really fast speed guys that can help us. We can go and get some left-handed arms and go get ourselves some power right-handed guys to help get get us through with the rotation or in the bullpen. We haven’t really discussed September call-ups yet;we’ll do that this homestand and kind of line up who we want.”
The Nationals have been short a left-handed reliever since Sammy Solis went on the disabled list, an extension of the void created when Felipe Rivero was dealt to Pittsburgh in the Mark Melancon deal. On Thursday they struck a deal with Oakland to bring in lefty specialist Marc Rzepczynski.
If that’s not enough, they acquired familiar face Sean Burnett a week ago. He’s fared well in his first three outings at Syracuse, allowing one run over three innings pitched. He arrived with a 1.91 ERA on the year.
“We’ve got a good, deep, fertile farm system,” Rizzo said. “I think when we bring some of these guys up, they’re gonna really help Dusty get through the last month of the season and hopefully set us up for something bigger.”
Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer.