(3/18/2007) According to MLB.com, the Nationals made two roster moves on Sunday. They optioned 1B Larry Broadway to Triple-A Columbus and then reassigned 1B/OF Dmitri Young from their minor league accelerated camp to the major league camp. Broadway went 7-for-21 (.333) this spring, but six of his hits went for singles. The team cited the 26-year-old's lack of power is the reason why he was sent down. Young will now compete with Travis Lee for the starting first base job, while starting 1B Nick Johnson recovers from a leg injury to open the season.
Nats 1B job wide open right now
(2/21/2007) Travis Lee is the can't-miss-kid-turned-journeyman, one who got a surprising "goodbye and good luck" late last season. Larry Broadway is still stuck in can't-miss mode, a prospect yearning for his "hello and welcome to the show" moment. Both play 1B and aim to earn the right to start there for the Nats while Nick Johnson works to come back from the broken right leg that will sideline him until who knows when. "It's an interesting competition, because we're going to give Larry Broadway a shot, and also we're bringing in Travis Lee to compete for that job," manager Manny Acta said, "and who knows? We've got a lot more people in here that, if things don't work out, we could go to." That list includes Dmitri Young and Tony Batista, who are starting the spring in the team's minor league camp. There's also Robert Fick, who for now has been working with the catchers.
Nick Johnson likely out until June
(2/16/2007) Nationals 1B Nick Johnson, whose 2006 season ended with a broken right leg, still isn't sure when he'll be able to play again. Johnson arrived at spring training Friday. Asked what he thought the best-case scenario is for his return, Johnson said it might be June. "Everything's so weak in my right leg -- my hip, my quad, everything," he said. Johnson said his leg gets sore when he walks and that he's not yet able to jog. A team doctor is to examine X-rays Monday,GM Jim Bowden said. "Right now, there is not enough information or data to put a timetable on it," Bowden said. Dmitri Young, Travis Lee and Larry Broadway are competing to open the year as the Nats' everyday 1B.
Johnson out early part of season
(2/1/2007) Manny Acta said it's unclear when 1B Nick Johnson will be able to play; Johnson broke his leg in a collision with Kearns during a game in September. "We all know that we're going to miss Nick for at least the beginning of the season," Acta said.
1B Broadway has competition now
(1/19/2007) Travis Lee, who was given a minor league deal by the Nationals with an invitation to spring training, could provide insurance if 1B Nick Johnson (leg, knee) misses a chunk of the regular season while recovering from a broken leg.
Broadway candidate to make team?
(1/7/2007) Nick Johnson (leg, knee) reportedly is concerned about his availability for opening day. Johnson had arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue in his right knee in November, 1½ months after an on-field collision ended his season. A metal rod and screws were inserted in his broken right leg Sept. 23, the day he slammed into outfielder Austin Kearns during a game against the Mets. Larry Broadway, the Nats' top 1B prospect from Triple-A, might be a candidate to open with the big club this April now.
Nats option Broadway to Triple-A
(3/9/2006) The Nationals optioned 1B Larry Broadway to New Orleans of the PCL and LHP Michael Hinckley to Potomac of the Carolina League and assigned RHP Andrew Good, RHP Francis Beltran, LHP Mike Bacsik, LHP Micah Bowie, LHP Jim Crowell, C Erick San Pedro, 2B Josh Labandeira, INF Kory Casto, OF Frank Diaz, OF Ruben Mateo and OF Cristian Guerrero to their minor league camp.
Nats give Broadway one-year deal
(2/8/2006) The Nationals agreed to terms with 1B Larry Broadway, 3B Kory Casto, RHP Darrell Rasner, RHP Travis Hughes and LHP Mike Hinckley on one-year contracts.
Broadway out four to six weeks
(5/15/2005) Larry Broadway will miss at least four to six weeks due to a sprained right knee.
Nats' Broadway gets sent to minors
(3/17/2005) Larry Broadway was optioned to Triple-A by the Nationals on Wednesday.
Nationals' Broadway gets 1-year deal
(2/11/2005) The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with 1B Larry Broadway on a one-year contract.