ST. LOUIS -- The Nationals have been scouting Rays center fielder B.J. Upton, according to a baseball source, but the club doesn't have interest in acquiring him right now. The source pointed out that it was routine scouting that is normally done during the season. The Nationals have not had any talks with the Rays about Upton.
The Nationals are happy with Rick Ankiel, their current center fielder, according to the source, who pointed out that general manager Mike Rizzo brought Ankiel to Washington and played a major role in Ankiel playing every day.
Although Ankiel is 17-for-57 (.211) with a home run and four RBIs entering Tuesday's action, the Nationals love his work in center field. Ankiel is considered the team's best defensive center fielder since Brad Wilkerson in 2005.