But why? They can call him back up in 10 days. And then send him down again if they want.
I think they are trying to teach him something, so they might call him up as soon as the lesson is learned. Of course, they may think that takes a month. But if they decide it is learned in 10 days, they can bring him up then.
The point is that if they call him back up in 10 days and then keep him on the MLB roster all season they can't send him down next season. And they would have wasted the option for a ten day lesson.
I guess I see your point, but in some ways my brain simply can't get around this. Or maybe I'm just thinking logically and it is clear that the Nats front office doesn't do that.
No matter how long he is down for, they have indeed lost the option year. That is a sunk cost, nothing they can do will get that cost back. So, if they think the lesson is learned, there is no reason to wait longer to call him up. But with the Nats who knows.
There are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change. That's pride, tradition, and most of all, we have the greatest fans in the world. -Derek Jeter, 9/21/08 -- last words from old Yankee Stadium