09/11/10 1:38 PM EST
Ramos, Pudge to split catching duties
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
The Nationals want to get a long look at Ramos before the season comes to an end. Ramos is considered the club's starting catcher of the future after he was acquired from the Twins for closer Matt Capps.
Entering Saturday's action against the Marlins, Ramos was 3-for-13 (.231) with a home run and two RBIs.
"The ball jumps off his bat, he has a good arm, soft hands behind the plate," manager Jim Riggleman said.
Kennedy understands reduced role
WASHINGTON -- Since the arrival of Danny Espinosa, second baseman Adam Kennedy has been reduced to pinch hitting duties and used as a defensive replacement.
Kennedy said he understands that the club has to get a long look at Espinosa, who is expected to be the starting second baseman by next year.
"Riggs [Manager Jim Riggleman] talked to me about Danny playing, and I enjoy watching him play as much as you guys have," Kennedy said. "He has done great. It's part of the game."
Last offseason, the Nationals signed Kennedy to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with an option for a second year. Kennedy has had an up and down season in 2010. He started the year as the everyday second baseman, but lost his job by late May to Cristian Guzman, who was swinging a hot bat at the time. Being on the bench affected Kennedy's play offensive and defensively. After the All-Star break, Kennedy started to play more often until Espinosa's arrival.
Entering Saturday's action, Kennedy was hitting .252 with three home runs and 30 RBIs.
"I haven't played great, and it's time to see what Danny can do," Kennedy said. "I don't have any problem with that at all. If I had started out a little better, things would have been different. It didn't and I never fully recovered.
"When you don't do well and the team doesn't do well, you have to look at yourself as part of [the problem]," Kennedy said. "If I had done better, it would have made a difference."
It appears doubtful that the Nationals will pick up Kennedy's option, but he plans to talk to general manger Mike Rizzo about his future soon.
Nats remember 9/11, pay tribute to DCFD
WASHJINGTON -- In remembrance of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Nationals hosted 9/11 Remembrance-Heroes on Saturday. The Nationals paid tribute to the District of Columbia Fire Department (DCFD) for helping keep the Nation's Capital safe by wearing specially-designed DCFD baseball caps during batting practice and when they took field before playing the Marlins.
Before the game, general manager Mike Rizzo and catcher Ivan Rodriguez were recognized by the DCFD as Honorary Fire Chiefs with a special helmet presentation.
As part of the Military Recognition, representatives from the Post 911 Foundation presented the Nationals with a flag that was flown at Ground Zero at the end of the third inning. The presentation included an exclusive video broadcast on NatsHD depicting a scene from nine years earlier, when Detective Rich Miller first raised the American flag over Ground Zero the morning of Sept. 12, 2001.
Led by Miller and Master Sergeant Scott Neil, the Post 911 Foundation was formed to provide direct support to those who have served the nation following 9/11. Their flag will be present for special occasions hosted by the Nationals throughout the year before returning to Ground Zero for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks next September.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman announced that there will be no more callups this month. ... Reliever Craig Stammen has not appeared in a game since Sept. 1, when he allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Marlins. It doesn't help that the club has two additional long relievers to choose from in Scott Olsen and Miguel Batista.