MLB notebook: Nationals honor victims of Navy Yard shootings
The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff greeted players in the Nationals clubhouse before the game, handing out blue and gold Navy caps. Manager Davey Johnson and his players held those caps from Adm. James Winnefeld over their hearts during a pregame moment of silence, disturbed only by the sound of a helicopter hovering nearby.
Baseball was played in the nation's capital Tuesday, just a short walk from the site where a gunman killed 12 people at the nearby Navy Yard military instillation. It was another attempt from the world of sports to restore normalcy when things really aren't normal.
“There's nothing we can do to replace the lives that were lost yesterday,” Nationals outfielder Denard Span said.
At 1:07 p.m. on this cool, late summer day, the first pitch was thrown. The Nationals were back in their regular “curly W” caps, and soon fans were cheering an inning-ending double play by the home team. It was back to work, playing the first game of a day-night doubleheader hastily arranged after the previous night's game was postponed.
“It hit me hard,” Span said, “because this is right across the street from our stadium. Just to know that we come here every day for work, and you drive by the Navy Yard all the time.”
• Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says it's his full expectation that manager Ron Washington will return next season. The Rangers started play Tuesday mired in a seven-game losing streak and have seen their AL West title hopes apparently slip away for a second straight season because of a September slide. Texas dropped 12 of its first 14 games this month.
• Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the Mets next season. Tommy John surgery remains a possibility.
• Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion needs surgery on his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season. All-Star left-hander Brett Cecil also is being shut down for the final 13 games with a sore elbow.