• The Nationals have extended spring training invites to former Senators Pat McCoy, Tanner Roark, and Zach Walters among others. Although all have extremely long odds of beginning the season on the 25-man roster, the invite offers them the opportunity to spend valuable time in major-league camp. Pitchers and catchers report on February 12th and position players are slated for three days later.
• Atsushi Toriida, the Senators’ trainer in 2009 and 2010, has left the Nationals’ organization to return back home to Japan as the conditioning coach for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks baseball team. Sushi, as he is affectionately called, posted the news on his Facebook page, “It was tough decision to leave from Washington Nationals because I have so many friends in this organization, players, coaches, athletic trainers, medical staff, front office people, scouts, fans (people helping minor league teams).”
• The sad, sad descent of Milton Bradley continues as last Thursday he was charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted. Prosecutors have alleged that Bradley has choked, kicked, and threatened her with a bat and knife during their volatile relationship and contentious divorce.
Old Faces, New Places
• Longtime reliever and all-time Senators’ saves leader Zech Zinicola signed with the Baltimore Orioles organization
• With Carlos Ruiz slated to serve his 25-game suspension to begin the season, the Phillies have re-signed John Suomi to bolster their catcher depth within the organization
• According to Baseball America, Kevin Pucetas signed a minor league free agent deal with the Rangers after a solid 2012 season with the Senators
• The playing career of Geoff Blum, member of the 1996 and 1998 Senators, has officially come to an end as the 14-year major league veteran is set to join the Houston Astros’ television broadcast team as a color analyst for roughly 60 games.
• Don’t forget that the Senators’ Hot Stove Dinner is Saturday, January 26th at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel. Guests slated to appear are Dave Trembley, Matt LeCroy, Chris Rahl, Doug Harris, and Neil Weber. Tickets for this special event are $70 per person and are available online or by calling Emily Winslow at 231-4444 at extension 109.