CHICAGO -- Reliever Ian Krol, a native of Naperville, Ill. -- a suburban city 30 miles outside Chicago -- was glad to be at Wrigley Field as a player for the first time.
"Personally, I think this is the greatest city to be in," Krol said before Tuesday's game against the Cubs. "All the people are so nice, and it's always nice coming back home. Whenever you get a chance to come back home, you've got to take the opportunity and just take it and relax and enjoy it and soak it all in."
Following the Nationals' 4-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday, the club announced that Krol has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, who was activated from the DL in order to make Wednesday's start.
Manager Davey Johnson indicated Krol would be back when rosters expand Sept. 1.
The rookie posted a solid 3.24 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 27 appearances for the Nationals this season.
And as someone who grew up a Cubs fan, Krol was excited to be on the mound in a ballpark he often went to as a youngster, pitching the eighth inning in Monday's series opener.
"I was a Cubs fan," Krol said. "I grew up a Cubs fan and came to Wrigley a lot. I enjoyed all the games and my parents are Cubs fans. So I'm pretty familiar with the stadium."
Stras, Davey won't face suspensions from league
CHICAGO -- Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reported that Major League Baseball has decided not to suspend Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg or manager Davey Johnson following Strasburg's plunking of the Braves' Justin Upton and pair of pitches thrown behind Andrelton Simmons on Saturday night.
Both Strasburg and Johnson were ejected from that game following a warning issued by umpire Marvin Hudson when Strasburg hit Upton.
The decision not to issue suspensions for Strasburg or Johnson came on the same day that MLB issued a five-game suspension for Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch after first throwing behind him in Sunday night's game against the Yankees. Dempster wasn't ejected.
Johnson said Tuesday that he's happy with the decision.
"I think that's a great decision," Johnson said. "I was happy to hear that they made a decision on Dempster, and he [hit Rodriguez] on Sunday night and [our game] happened on Saturday, so I figured we weren't probably going to get suspended, at least."
Strasburg's plunking of Upton and pitches behind Simmons came after the Braves hit Bryce Harper twice in the series, leading the outfielder to be scratched from the starting lineup Saturday due to a left triceps muscle bruise sustained from one of the pitches.
While MLB has not officially announced the decision not to issue suspensions, a league source confirmed it, saying that upon review by the Commissioner's office, there wasn't evidence that Strasburg intentionally threw at Simmons.
Strasburg and Johnson could still face fines, however.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, David DeJesus -- who was traded by the Cubs to the Nationals before Washington's 11-1 loss Monday at Wrigley Field -- became the fourth position player since 1900 to change teams midseason and make his debut with his new club in a double-digit loss to his former team.
DeJesus pinch-hit in the eighth inning and popped out to short.
"It was unbelievable, because the last couple of games [the Cubs] had trouble scoring," DeJesus said. "And now they put 11 up there but, you know, it's tough. It's one of those things that I'm part of this family now, but you see your guys over there swinging the bat well, and I want to wish them the best."
• The Nationals went 29-13 (.690) against NL Central opponents in 2012. This season they haven't fared as well, with Monday's series-opening loss to the Cubs dropping them to 12-16 (.429) against the division in 2013, with six games remaining (three -- including Tuesday -- against the Cubs and three against the Cardinals).
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.