Today is September 1, which means Major League teams can expand their rosters from 25 to 40 players for the final month of the season. Not every team calls up 15 players, but most, including the Nationals, will call up a few players.
That process now seems like it has begun. According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson on Twitter, the first two such players the Nationals will bring up are catchers Wilson Ramos and second baseman Danny Espinosa. In addition, Mark Zuckerman is reporting that pitcher Collin Balester will also be called up.
Ramos was the highly-touted catcher acquired in the trade with the Minnesota Twins for closer Matt Capps. He spent some time with the Nationals earlier this month, starting one game. Espinosa was the Nationals' third-round pick in 2008, and has split time between AA-Syracuse and AAA-Harrisburg this season. Balester has pitched in six games with the Nationals this season, posting an 0-1 record and a 4.70 ERA.
More call-ups are expected to be announced in the coming days. For more, visit Federal Baseball.