With the Brandon Kintzler trade yesterday turning into a “Deep Throat” situation to the removal of Shawn Kelley last night from the clubhouse and his DFA, the Nationals are making changes that are tabloid fodder. For anyone who watched the entire Nationals 25-4 dismantling of the Mets last night you saw a Kelley tirade on the mound. That did not sit well with anyone, and the Nationals move quickly after the clubhouse cleared out to address it after the media departed.
As we wrote near midnight in D.C., Shawn Kelley was DFA’d. It was shocking and hard to believe they would do that with Koda Glover not deemed ready and closer Sean Doolittle on the 10-day DL they would have to turn to Jimmy Cordero. It looks like a weaker bullpen today statistically.
Mike Rizzo and Dave Martinez both addressed the media on the Kelley DFA.
“You’re either in or you’re in the way,” Rizzo said. “I thought he was in the way…If it resonates in the clubhouse then so be it.”
“Disrespectful to the organization,” manager Dave Martinez said.
Well, we do have a ballgame coming up at noon today with first pitch at 12:05. The Nationals send lefty Tommy Milone to the mound and the Mets activate Noah Syndergaard off of the 10-day DL for the start.
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 12:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2; MLB.TV app out-of-network
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Line-ups subject to change without notice: