Two more postgame notes (Pudge and tomorrow’s pitcher)

Wrapping up another low-scoring loss here at Nationals Park, I’ve got a couple more postgame notes for you:

* Asked about rumors that he could be traded to San Francisco, which needs a catcher after Buster Posey broke his leg last week, Ivan Rodriguez said he hadn’t heard much the last few days while attending his son’s high school graduation. “Nobody’s told me anything. (General manager Mike) Rizzo, nobody, tells me anything,” Rodriguez said. “But I can tell you one thing: I feel good where I am. I think this is a great team to be (with), a nice group of guys. I told Rizzo that, and I’m not thinking about it. I play for the Washington Nationals right now. I’m focusing on winning ballgames and being a good teammate. Those rumors, I hear that a whole lot in my 21-year career. I just concentrate on playing my game, helping my teammates. This is a great group of guys, a great team, a great organization, the fans are great and I’m happy where I am.”

* The Nationals sent Collin Balester back to the minors after today’s game, and will call up a pitcher to take Tom Gorzelanny’s spot in the rotation on Sunday. The team hasn’t announced who will start tomorrow, but Yunesky Maya is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Syracuse. He’s also already on a major league deal, so the Nationals could call him up without having to touch the 40-man roster. Tom Milone, another candidate, is scheduled to pitch for Syracuse tonight. So if he’s pulled from his start, we’ll know something’s up. But my money is on Maya.