Reliever King Is Expected to Be Activated
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.
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.”