Thursday, April 11, 2013
The DH in D.C.
By Jason A. Churchill
The Washington Nationals, thanks to the new scheduling format, will play an interleague series versus the Chicago White Sox starting Tuesday. They won't need the DH, since the games are at home, but in May they do visit the Baltimore Orioles for a three-game series. MLB.com's Bill Ladson was asked who are the leading candidates to serve as the designated hitter in those games.
Ladson replied to the question by saying "I have to think that Tyler Moore and Chad Tracy will split the role this year," and noted that prospect Anthony Rendon, the club's first-round pick from 2011, is staying in the minors until "at least until September."
Rendon, however, could force his way to the big leagues before September if he stays healthy and hits his way into Triple-A fairly early in the season -- for example, before the halfway point -- or if the big club suffers an injury at first base or third base.
When Rendon was drafted, he was considered a quick study with a short path to the majors. Only injuries have slowed him, so one would think a healthy season gets him to the majors sooner than later.