Some of the Nationals coaches and players left Houston to spend a few days away from our nation's capitol at their offseason homes.
Adam Dunn in particular didn't have to go far since he lives in the Houston area when he's not playing baseball.
Home Away from Home
Pitchers Scott Olsen and John Lannan were planning to just enjoy the D.C. area. Scott told me he was looking forward to checking out the Air and Space Museum and the Ford Theater. I told him the National Zoo was a favorite destination of mine and he said he'd probably check that out, too.
The overall consensus is that this break couldn't come at a better time. The first half has fallen well below any expectations. The team will now regroup and show everyone that they are not as bad as the 26 and 61 record shows.
Rizzo not Wasting Time
Moments before the All-Star break officially began for the Nats, the team announced rookie Ross Detwiler would be sent to Triple-A Syracuse and Garrett Mock would be joining the team as its fourth starter.
The rotation now features in this order: two lefties, Lannan and Olsen, along with three righties, Zimmermann, Mock and Stammen.
Enjoy the All-Star Break
I hope you all enjoy watching Ryan Zimmerman as the Nats' All-Star representative in St. Louis. And don't forget we'll be covering the bases with Ryan during Thursday's game against the Cubs. It should be a lot of fun.
As for me, I'll be taking in some of the local sights with my family. Stay safe and we'll talk to you soon!