Nats lose Castro, maybe Strasburg, in Camden Yards split

washington nationalsThe Washington Nationals, in earning a split with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, lost second baseman Starlin Castro, who broke his wrist trying to make a defensive play, and had big-money starter Stephen Strasburg leave after throwing only 16 pitches.

Castro was slashing .283/.317/.467 with two homers and four RBI after signing with the Nats as a free agent in the offseason.

Washington called up top prospect Luis Garcia to replace Castro, who you would have to assume is done for the season, if you factor in the expected six-week recovery time from the broken bone.

Garcia, who had topped out at Double-A before this season, was 2-for-5 with two RBI in his debut, in the 15-3 win in the nightcap.

Eric Fedde was stellar in his emergency relief appearance in place of Strasburg, who gave up a solo homer in the first to O’s slugger Anthony Santander before leaving with two outs and nobody on.

Fedde gave the Nats five and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits and walking three.

Story by Chris Graham


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