Bill Ladson

Baker: Lopez could make postseason roster

Nats' No. 3 prospect could be long man in playoffs after scoreless outing

Baker: Lopez could make postseason roster

PITTSBURGH -- Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was outstanding during Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Pirates. He replaced Joe Ross in the third inning and pitched 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run and struck out six batters.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker was so impressed that he said he hasn't ruled out putting Lopez, the third-best prospect in the Nationals' farm system according to, on the postseason roster.

"We wanted to use Lopez as our long man. We wanted to see how he did out of the bullpen. Who knows? He might be on our playoff roster," Baker said. "He has made some adjustments. [Pitching coach] Mike [Maddux] made some big adjustments with him. [Catcher Wilson] Ramos directed him masterfully."

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.