Davey Johnson had a difficult time accepting the firing of his hitting coach Rick Eckstein, a move imposed by GM Mike Rizzo. One former MLB GM familiar with Davey, says he likely won’t forget this, and the relationship between Rizzo and Davey may never rebound.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo denied rumors that Washington’s looking to trade for a starting pitcher before the deadline, saying he’s confident Dan Haren will bounce back, and made maybe the first public reference to the team’s top three pitchers as “The Big Three.”
Bryce Harper’s absence from the Nats’ lineup has cast a tremendous shadow over the team’s offensive production, but his return may be imminent after piecing together comments from Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson on the slugger’s injury status.
Nats general manager Mike Rizzo answered a litany of questions about how the Nats will climb out of this season-long slump they’ve been in, which he says comes from guys “over-thinking it.” They just need to go out there and “see ball, hit ball and catch ball.”
The future seemed so bleak just last week when the Nats placed yet another player on the Disabled List in Stephen Strasburg, but one week from Wednesday and a handful of games later, that could all be in the past with Washington’s rotation returning to full-strength.
Mike Rizzo hadn’t heard that closer Rafael Soriano had called out Bryce Harper for his positioning on a game-tying triple by the Giants last night. But if he had a problem with Harper, he says making his case to the newspapers isn’t how he would have handled it.
Nats general manger Mike Rizzo insists Bryce Harper did not suffer a concussion in his collision with the right field scoreboard at Dodgers Stadium, saying he’s still day-to-day. However, he didn’t seem aware that Harper had been feeling “a little carsick” yesterday, leaving Harper’s return date in question.
Although cooler heads can gather third base umpire John Hirschbeck was looking for a fight when he threw Bryce Harper out in the 1st inning of the Pittsburgh game Sunday, Mike Rizzo says the 20-year-old slugger needs to be a little smarter and not throw his hands up in defiance of an umpire’s decision.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo supported Davey Johnson’s decision to bench Danny Espinosa during his weekly radio show Wednesday, saying the second baseman is “in a little bit of a funk right now” and could use a couple days off.
Stephen Strasburg looked dreadful at times during his six-inning, six-hit performance against the Braves Monday night, and “tightness in his forearm” was all fans needed to hear to be sent into a full-scale panic, but as Mike Rizzo told Charlie Slowes on Tuesday, “it really was not that big of a deal.”