Good afternoon from Nationals Park - the Nationals will try to avoid a sweep against the Marlins at 1:35 p.m. today. As is typical on a Sunday morning, the home clubhouse was pretty quiet, but here are a couple things I picked up:
* Cole Kimball’s call-up came at an odd time for his family; they had driven to Triple-A Syracuse for the weekend to watch the right-hander pitch for the Chiefs, but at 12:30 on Saturday morning, Kimball got notice he was heading to Washington to make his major league debut. He was on a flight from Syracuse to Washington by 6:30, and his family didn’t get to see him pitch, though they were there to help him celebrate the call-up. Kimball made his debut on Saturday, though, before a few of his old college teammates, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the Nationals’ loss to the Marlins.
* Ian Desmond gets another day off to rest his sore quadriceps muscle. He was walking around this morning and is available to pinch hit, but the Nationals will err on the side of caution with the shortstop.
* Roger Bernadina’s sensational catch on Friday was only the fourth-best play of the week on SportsCenter, which bugged a few players in the clubhouse who thought it would have been ranked higher if it were a player on a different team. There were a couple of behind-the-back flips ahead of Bernadina’s catch, but nothing I’d say was tougher or more impressive.
We’ll have a discussion thread going today, and I’ll have game analysis throughout the day.