Catcher Matt Wieters fouled a ball off his right knee last night and isn't in tonight's lineup. He also isn't available to pinch hit, according to manager Dave Trembley.
That's one more issue for Trembley, who has a desk full of them right now.
MASN's Amber Theoharis tells me that X-rays taken on Wieters knee came back negative and he's hoping to get back in the lineup tomorrow afternoon. He's just too sore to play tonight.
The Orioles have 10 days to trade, release or request waivers on infielder Justin Turner after designating him for assignment. I was surprised that he came off the 40-man roster today, though he hit .167 in 12 games with the Orioles last season and went 0-for-9 in a brief call-up this year.
Alberto Castillo must be viewed as left-handed relief depth in the organization. That's the only reason I can see for keeping him on the 40-man.
Would anyone claim him off waivers?
Maybe the chances increase when you're left-handed, no matter your numbers.
The weekend series with the Nationals gives certain members of the media another opportunity to debate whether a beltway rivalry (I prefer "parkway") actually exists.
That's the short answer.
Here's the long one:
No, it doesn't.
The Nationals' surprising start and all the speculation over Trembley's job status make this series more interesting than the others, but I don't believe that players on both sides are more pumped up because of their opponent.