Jun 7, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT
Nationals right-hander Doug Fister completed his first rehab game with Syracuse Sunday afternoon. Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tightness on May 15, worked 3 2/3 innings vs. Pawtucket while allowing two runs (including a solo home run), six strikeouts and no walks. He threw 63 pitches, 47 of them for strikes.…
Jun 7, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT
The Nationals lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs featured Yunel Escobar for the first time in two days, but missing was Ryan Zimmerman. The veteran first baseman is going through an extended slump and is taking the day off to recharge. The Nationals are also off on Monday before they head…
Jun 7, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals close out their season series with the Chicago Cubs in a late afternoon Sunday start with Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 2.88) and Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.99) set to pitch. The Nationals lost 4-2 on Saturday, as their offense struggled against Jason Hammel. They will hope for better results from their lineup on Sunday, but…
Jun 7, 2015, 9:32 AM EDT
When the Nationals broke out for seven runs on Friday night, the hope was certainly for that momentum to carry over on Saturday in their early afternoon bout with the Cubs. Manager Matt Williams had adjusted his lineup with Ryan Zimmerman batting second and Anthony Rendon hitting cleanup. He went with the same approach on…
Jun 6, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT
Desperate times call for desperate measures and with two starters on the disabled list and mixed results from their usual spot-starters, the Nationals called on prospect Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. It was an unexpected move that caught Ross himself by surprise. He was called in…
Jun 6, 2015, 2:58 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Called up from Double-A Harrisburg for a spot start, rookie Joe Ross pitched admirably in his major league debut but it wasn’t enough to overcome yet another poor showing from the Nationals’ lineup in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon. The Nats broke out for seven runs the…
Jun 6, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT
The Nationals had some good news and some bad on the injury front Saturday as they got ready to take on the Chicago Cubs in an early afternoon start. The good news was Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session for the first time in his recovery from a strained left trapezius muscle. The bad news…
Jun 6, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT
To clear room on their roster for rookie pitcher Joe Ross, the Nationals made a pair of roster moves on Saturday in sending A.J. Cole down to Triple-A Syracuse and Craig Stammen to the 60-day disabled list. Ross will start the Nats’ afternoon matchup with the Chicago Cubs in his major league debut. Cole, 23,…
Jun 6, 2015, 9:07 AM EDT
After breaking out for seven runs in their win over the Cubs on Friday night, the Nationals will try to continue that momentum on Saturday and give rookie Joe Ross some help in his MLB debut. Ross, 22, was called up from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in while the Nats’ rotation deals with injuries. The…
Jun 5, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Over their last 90 games (dating to Aug. 20, 2014), they’re 29-61. That’s not very good. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) Only one player with OPS+ over 100:…
Jun 5, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
It was all setting up for a Hollywood-esque ending for Anthony Rendon in his first game back with the Nationals. The 24-year-old infielder, who made his long-awaited 2015 debut Thursday night after months rehabbing from knee and oblique injuries, stood at the plate in bottom of the ninth inning with two on and two out…
Jun 5, 2015, 1:52 AM EDT
With their offense stalled in a two-week long slump, the Nationals walked a tightrope on Thursday night that caused several close plays and one big mistake on the basepaths to loom large in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The game itself ended when Clint Robinson was picked off by catcher David Ross at…
Jun 5, 2015, 1:24 AM EDT
The Nationals saw Anthony Rendon finally return on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for them to have another player go down. Third baseman Yunel Escobar left the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs with a right wrist injury. Escobar hurt his wrist during a check-swing while facing Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first…
Jun 5, 2015, 12:14 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a delay of nearly two hours due to heavy and persistent rain, the Nationals’ offense squandered a solid outing by Gio Gonzalez as Washington fell 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs, their sixth loss in seven games. Gonzalez overcame a two-run first inning that could have been much worse to put in…
Jun 4, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT
Pitchers Doug Fister, Sammy Solis and Stephen Strasburg have all made progress in their respective rehab stints, according to manager Matt Williams. Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 17 with forearm tightness, threw around 40 pitches in the bullpen Thursday afternoon. The Nationals have had Tanner Roark in the rotation…
Jun 4, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT
Losers of six of their last eight, the Nationals will try to get back on track against the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series beginning Thursday night. The Nats took two of three in Chicago just two weeks ago, now they meet again. Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.73) will get the start for Washington in his…
Jun 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES If Nationals fans thought their team’s bullpen had issues, take a look at what’s going on with the Braves these days. In a recent 10-game road trip, Atlanta relievers allowed 22 earned runs in 22 innings of work, with the most egregious effort coming Wednesday night after a 6-0 Braves lead turned into…
Jun 3, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I looked ahead to this weekend’s Nats-Cubs series with CSN Chicago Insider Patrick Mooney. We also talked to Matt Swope, Director of Baseball Operations for the Maryland Terrapins. Mooney was great on Kris Bryant and the…
Jun 3, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals had a rough time trying to hold teams down late in games this past week. That and more on this edition of Stock Watch.
Jun 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
In Tuesday night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Nats starter Max Scherzer allowed four runs through six innings on six hits. On some nights, that would be enough for a win for the Nationals, a team that ranks in the top five in the majors in runs scored. But it wasn’t enough on this…
Jun 2, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
Denard Span met with reporters after the Nationals’ doubleheader split with the Blue Jays on Wednesday to give an update on his sore right knee and shed some light on how the injury actually occurred. Span said he originally sustained the injury during the team’s series at the Chicago Cubs and it got worse several…
Jun 2, 2015, 11:01 PM EDT
Right-hander Taylor Jordan will get the start for the Nationals in their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Tuesday’s doubleheader split. Jordan, 26, made his first appearance of the 2015 season on May 29 against the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up three earned runs in…
Jun 2, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT
With a taxed bullpen, a doubleheader to manage and the highest-scoring MLB team in town, the Nationals turned to Jordan Zimmermann on Tuesday hoping for a long and efficient start. They got just that, as Zimmermann carved up the Toronto Blue Jays in his best game of the 2015 season so far on a dark and rainy…
Jun 1, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT
Anthony Rendon returned to Nationals Park with the Harrisburg Senators off on Monday to go through a workout and be evaluated by Nats trainers. Rendon played three games over the weekend with Double-A Harrisburg before throwing and running at Nationals Park as he continues to recover from a strained left oblique. Rendon is expected to…
Jun 1, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
The Nationals return home on Monday looking to get past an ugly weekend sweep at the Cincinnati Reds. Up next for them is a seven-game homestand, beginning with three against the Toronto Blue Jays. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.26) will make his 11th start of the season and just his second ever appearance against the Blue…
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