An evening bulletin

Hello from lovely Minneapolis, where I’m spending a couple days at home for a friend’s wedding this weekend. I’m not blogging this from my parents’ basement, but I’ll probably do that at some point before I head home, getting the final merit badge, if you will, in my transition to full-time online journalism from newspapers. Should be exciting.

(Full disclosure: The whole “blogging from mom’s basement” thing is enough of a long-running joke, and has been dispelled by enough bloggers doing good work, that I’m fairly confident I can make it without stepping on any toes. There are scores of great bloggers out there, and I’m honored to be among you.)

Just a couple afternoon notes for you:

The Rockies finalized their starting rotation for the weekend, and will start Jeff Francis (who’s been out for 15 months with left shoulder issues) on Sunday. Francis was one of the key cogs in the Rockies’ 2007 World Series run, and his return could give the Rockies the kind of boost the Nationals are hoping to get from Chien-Ming Wang later this summer.

The Nationals added physical therapist Angela Gordon to their medical staff today, according to a news release. The release says Gordon will “oversee identifying players at risk for chronic injury, developing programs for at-risk players and making program modifications needed to maintain a level of physical excellence for the Nationals’ players.” Gordon is currently the clinic director and outpatient orthopedist rehabilitation specialist at Patriot Sportsmedicine in Alexandria. Not sure if the addition is in response to the slow injury diagnosis the Nationals have had on a couple players (Jesus Flores and Jason Marquis among them), but it sounds like Gordon will be something of a consultant on the team’s medical practices.

Pfitzner Stadium, the home of Single-A Potomac, is getting a new video board on May 24, allowing fans to see video replays for the first time there. The P-Nats are also going to start streaming their games via webcam over the Internet, so you’ll be able to keep up with their prospects there.

Lastly, I got an email from reader Section 222 today informing me that the Nationals are allowing season ticket holders to use Red Carpet Rewards (the team’s season-ticket loyalty program) for the June 4-10 homestand after initially restricting them. Fans can cash in RCR points for tickets to those games, but not for Diamond or Presidents’ Club seats. Hmm...think that might be a sign the Strasburg debut is indeed coming the first homestand in June?

Well, I’m off to a wedding rehearsal, but Byron Kerr will have something for you on the Nationals-Rockies game later tonight, and I’ll probably chime in from my parents’ basement later. Enjoy the game!