Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has begun looking beyond this season. For days he has dropped hints about squeezing more playing time for younger players over some slumping starters. Although General Manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this week he hadn’t given up on the Nationals’ postseason hopes both he and Johnson are aware of the long odds the Nationals face. “We’re not in the position I’d like to be in but there is a necessity to look at some guys” Johnson said before Wednesday’s game at Wrigley Field. “. . . Going forward I’m going to be doing a little bit of platooning which I don’t feel I needed to do early. But guys haven’t performed at the level they’re supposed to be performing at. So I’ll give some other guys an opportunity to be in a semi-platoon role.” Perhaps it’s a motivational tactic by the veteran manager perhaps it’s just Johnson being a realist. Either way the team’s veteran hitters appeared to get the message — at least for a night — in
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