Facing friends from former teams

Former Marlins Face Old Friends In Florida
Scott Olsen threw well enough for the Nationals to beat the Marlins. Unfortunately, the bullpen could not hold on.

After Monday’s game in Miami, Scott credited the Nats training staff for helping him get back on track. He said he’s been doing different exercises and he’s used 5-8 pound weights which has helped to strengthen his arm.

He said he’s not a Jamie Moyer type pitcher, so he needs to keep his velocity up -- which he was able to be clocked in the low 90s.

Josh Willingham told me before the game that he’s been getting pitches he can handle. He’s hitting balls hard and they’re finding holes instead of being hit right at people. In his last 18 games he’s increased his batting average to the .284 mark going into Tuesday’s game.

As for facing his former teammates Josh told me he still has a lot of friends in Florida that he really cares about. But, once the game starts, that’s all pushed aside.

Down on the Farm
RHP Garrett Mock, who’s been rock solid in Syracuse, was named International League Pitcher of the Week. His work last week included a pair of winning starts where he posted a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings pitched.

The Nats also signed seven more players this week including second rounder Jeffrey Kobernus, a second baseman out of the University of California. He’ll be assigned to play Class A ball for the Vermont Lock Monsters.

Mike Rizzo’s crew has now come to terms with 23 players from the 2009 draft.