Minor League Notebook: Johnson to Rehab in NO

Nick Johnson will return to action in a rehab assignment in New Orleans, plus a look at the past few days for the Zephyrs and Senators.

A look over the past few days around the Nats system:

AA Harrisburg

Armando Galarraga pitched a gem on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning and going the distance with a three-hit shutout as the Senators beat Trenton 7-0. The 22-year-old struck out seven and walked just one.

"I was doing the same job I've been doing here," Galarraga said through an interpreter. "I was hitting the spot and I felt good and the defense helped me out."

The offense helped out, too, as Dee Haynes went 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and catcher John Wilson went 2-3 with a run scored.

The Senators' bats were cranking on Friday night as well. Larry Broadway went 3-5 including two doubles and a home run as Harrisburg won 10-4 in Altoona. The first baseman scored three runs and drove in another. Ryan Zimmerman went 3-5 with a double and a run scored, raising his AA batting average to .267 and his OPS to 7.90. Haynes kicked in with two home runs, giving him 18 for the year.

Rich Rundles went 6.1 innings to pick up the win. Although all four Altoona runs were charged to him, only one of them was earned.

The Senators are tied for last place in the Southern Division of the Eastern League, but they are only 6.5 games out of first and three games out of a playoff spot as the top two teams in each division compete for the league title.

AAA New Orleans

There's not much good to point to from a team standpoint in the Crescent City. The Zephyrs have dropped their last four in a row to drop to a season-worst 11 games under .500. They're mired in fourth place in the four-team American South Division of the Pacific Coast League, 4.5 games out of third.

There are still some individual success stories in New Orleans. Dee Brown, who was recently moved up from Harrisburg, is batting .400 in nine games for the Z's. He's 10 for 25 with an OPS of 1.073 and has a double, two home runs and 11 RBI. Brown is in the process of silencing those who thought that the wrong player was promoted as he got the nod over Haynes, who was batting about 150 points higher than Brown when the latter Dee was called up.

Tyrell Godwin, the Zephyr outfielder who is being groomed for the major leagues, is playing well but still showing that he has some work to do. He is batting a very respectable .323 (although that mark is just the fourth-best among New Orleans' regulars), but with an average like that you'd like to see an OBA higher than the .398 that Godwin has posted, especially for a player who is not a power hitter (5 HR on the season).

On a side note, Nick Johnson will start a rehab assignment in New Orleans on Saturday. The first baseman was the Nationals' best hitter before going on the disabled list on June 27.

We'll pick up tomorrow with Potomac, Savannah, Vermont, the GCL Nats and coverage of Johnson's performance in New Orleans.

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