(l-r : Washington’s inexplicably employed Jim Bowden, the Dominican Republic’s oldest teenager)

Nationals assistant GM Jose Rijo is taking a leave of absence. Previously implicated in baseball’s bung scandal, Rijo was said to instrumental in Washington’s awarding Dominican prospect Esmailyn Gonzalez to a $1.4 million signing bonus at the age of 16.  Trouble is, the player wasn’t 16 at the time, nor was his name Gonzalez.   Appropriately enough, Fire Jim Bowden is keeping track of further developments, including a vehement insistence from the not-nearly-so-young man’s trainer that neither he or Rijo were involved in the scam.