(Jim Bowden sitting in the front row behind the on deck circle? Picture of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
No, that definitely wasn't Jim Bowden sitting in the front row behind the on deck circle at Great American Ball Park on Monday night for a battle between his former employers. However, anonymous sources with no knowledge of the situation report seeing Ol' Leatherpants wandering around the stadium before the game decked out in Reds gear.
Speaking of Jimbo, a former love of his life, Wily Mo Pena, is reportedly about to sign a minor league deal with the Padres (via MLB Trade Rumors).
Speaking of Jimbo's favorite sluggers, according to Adam Kilgore/Nationals Journal, even the parking lot attendants at Great American Ball Park were asking Employee #44 if he was going to be traded. Our anonymous sources with no knowledge of the situation say Dunn is getting increasingly...pissed off...as the days go by.
Jordan Zimmermann hit a pothole on the road back to Washington: scratched from tonight's rehab start with a stiff neck. I know the club is saying it's nothing serious...but given the history of minor injuries resulting in extended time on the shelf for the Nationals, if we read "Jordan Zimmermann" and "scratched" in the same sentence, we're reaching for the panic button.
Mark Zuckerman/Nats Insider reports that some guy named Jason Marquis was "strong" in a rehab start down in Viera. Who?