Caught up with GM Mike Rizzo this afternoon, and I've got a couple minor-league updates for you out of that:
--Catcher Derek Norris, who broke his left hamate bone last October and bruised his left wrist sliding into second base in spring training, was placed on the 7-day DL at Single-A Potomac, retroactive to April 19. "He had a little setback," Rizzo said. "He has some soreness over the area the hamate was taken out of last year, a little soreness swinging the bat, but nothing serious. We expect in 7-10 days, he'll be back and playing in games again."
Norris has played just once this year, going 0-for-2. But Rizzo said the injury is "very routine," and added he isn't worried about Norris, who was the team's minor-league player of the year last season.
--Luis Atilano will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday to start for the Nationals in place of Jason Marquis, in one of those rare confluences of need and merit. Atilano is the pitcher the Nationals would have wanted, having started the year with a 2-0 record and a 1.64 ERA. "Atilano is the hottest guy up there. He threw really good in spring training, and he's on rotation with Jason," Rizzo said. "It's a smooth transition with him, plus he's the guy who deserves the start on Friday out of the guys from Triple-A. We're comfortable with that."