Reliever King Is Ex­pected to Be Ac­ti­vated

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports - By Tarik El-Bashir

Left-handed re­lief pitcher Ray King was ex­pected to be ac­ti­vated to­day from the 15-day dis­abled list, Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als Man­ager Manny Acta said.

There was some spec­u­la­tion the move would be made be­fore the first pitch against the Mets. But Acta said he wanted to give King an­other full day of re­cov­ery from ten­dini­tis in his throw­ing shoul­der.

There also was the is­sue of de­cid­ing which player would be sent to the mi­nor leagues to make room for King. Gen­eral Man­ager Jim Bow­den and Acta hud­dled be­hind the bat­ting cage dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice last night, but Bow­den left with­out speak­ing to re­porters.

“The guys who have op­tions, prob­a­bly,” Acta said. “It will be a pitcher.”

Pea­cock to DL

The Po­tomac Na­tion­als, Wash­ing­ton’s Class A af­fil­i­ate, an­nounced yes­ter­day that catcher Brian Pea­cock­was placed on the dis­abled list be­cause of an in­jury he suf­fered dur­ing a benches-clear­ing brawl at the con­clu­sion of Thurs­day’s game against Win­ston-Salem.

Pea­cock suf­fered a hair­line frac­ture of the ver­te­brae in his lower back, and right-handed pitcher Clint Everts, the fifth over­all draft pick in 2002, suf­fered a con­cus­sion. Both were taken to Wake For­est Univer­sity Bap­tist Hospi­tal and were kept overnight for treat­ment and ob­ser­va­tion.

It’s es­ti­mated that Pea­cock will miss at least a month. Everts, mean­time, missed his sched­uled out­ing Fri­day but will likely start Wed­nes­day against the Warthogs at Pfitzner Sta­dium.

Si­mon­tac­chi Up­date

Acta said he ex­pects right-handed pitcher Ja­son Si­mon­tac­chi to make one more start for Class AAA Colum­bus be­fore re­join­ing Wash­ing­ton. Si­mon­tac­chi, who is re­cov­er­ing strained groin mus­cle, pitched five in­nings Fri­day against Scran­ton/ Wilkes-Barre.

“He threw the ball real good,” Acta said. “He topped out at 92 [mph] and had to cover first base a cou­ple of times. He’s more pol­ished than any­one in our ro­ta­tion.”

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