"Obviously, I want to be here and I feel like I should be here, but that stuff is out of my hands. I'm not going to worry about it. I want to pitch well every time out, whether it's here or [playing] softball or wherever."
(Tyler Clippard, via Washington Times, 6/15/2008)
Nats 5, Mariners 2: Hell freezes over: Nats win back-to-back games.
Clippard! Much, much better the second time around; Jesus Flores comes up big, yet again, leaving no doubt who deserves to play every day when Lo Duca returns.
Unfortunately for Clippard, he'll be sent back to AAA (move will be official on Tuesday), the odd man out as Paul Lo Duca returns on the scene like ants at a picnic. But with news that the Nats messed up the timing of Odalis Perez's move to the DL with Clippard's two callups (now Perez can't come back until June 26), will Clippard be back to start in 5 days? Who'll be the odd man out then (*cough* Wil Nieves *cough*)? Or do the Nats just wait for someone else to get injured?
Meanwhile, Manny's making it sort-of clear who's going to start behind the plate with the return of Jimbo's $5 Million Mistake (via Nationals dot com):
"It's still about four months to go and a lot of at-bats left, but the way [Flores] is playing right now, there is no way we are going to be able to not play the kid and not be able to feel like he's part of out lineup right now. He is doing it offensively and defensively. As far as Paul is concerned, he is gong to get his playing time, too. We are going to get him at-bats. Flores is not going to catch every single time. He doesn't do it now."
(AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)