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  1. Escobar still dealing with sore wrist, out of lineup

    Jun 5, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Friday, his right wrist still sore following an awkward check-swing that knocked him out of Thursday night’s game after only one inning. X-rays taken of Escobar’s wrist were negative, but the veteran infielder continued to be bothered by soreness in the area and didn’t feel well enough…

  2. Game 55: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 5, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals are in a funk right now, of that there’s no doubt. They’ve lost six of their last seven games, and their once-productive lineup has gone silent, averaging a mere 2.3 runs and 6.9 hits per game since May 20. And because of all that, they found themselves this morning in second place in…

  3. UPDATED: Ross getting promoted from AA to start Saturday

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

    Minor League Baseball

    Updated at 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Joe Ross, one of the players acquired in last winter’s complex trade that most notably will bring shortstop Trea Turner to the Nationals next week, will be promoted from Class AA Harrisburg and start Saturday’s game against the Cubs, manager Matt Williams announced. Ross, 22, isn’t currently on the Nationals’…

  4. Updated: Rendon activated, glad to be back

    Jun 4, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

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    [Updated 5:18 p.m.] Anthony Rendon’s long, once-interrupted rehab from a pair of injuries has finally ended. The Nationals have activated the 24-year-old infielder off the disabled list, and he will make his 2015 debut Thursday night against the Cubs. Rendon will bat second in the Nationals’ lineup. “I had a frustrating few months, but I’m…

  5. As lineup slumps, reinforcements draw closer

    Jun 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ sustained surge throughout most of May was triggered largely by offensive output, with a lineup that averaged a stout 6.7 runs during a 20-game stretch that resulted in a 16-4 record. That lineup, though, has turned awfully quiet in the last two weeks. The Nationals suddenly find themselves in a full-blown slump at…

  6. Blue Jays 8, Nats 0: Buehrle cruises, Jordan roughed up

    Jun 3, 2015, 9:17 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to avoid their second straight series loss, the Nationals turned to Taylor Jordan, filling in for the injured Stephen Strasburg, and hoped for the best. They didn’t get anything close to the young right-hander’s best, though, and with Mark Buehrle in peak form for the Blue Jays, they…

  7. Strasburg throws off flat ground, Nats encouraged

    Jun 3, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg threw pitches off flat ground in the outfield Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Nationals encouraged about the state of the right-hander’s neck and upper back. Strasburg had not thrown since departing Friday night’s start in Cincinnati after one inning with neck discomfort. He was placed on the disabled list with a left trapezius strain…

  8. Harper, Scherzer win NL monthly awards

    Jun 3, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

    AP

    Bryce Harper’s record-setting May at the plate earned him an official MLB award on Wednesday: NL Player of the Month. And Max Scherzer’s dominant performance on the mound also earned him an award: NL Pitcher of the Month. Harper won the monthly honor, a no-brainer considering his performance throughout May. The Nationals right fielder hit…

  9. Game 53: Blue Jays at Nats

    Jun 3, 2015, 3:50 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After nine consecutive series won, the Nationals are in danger tonight of dropping their second straight. With that on the line, they’ll send Taylor Jordan to the mound for his first big-league start since April 2014, at which point the right-hander’s stock within the organization took a major tumble. Jordan has turned things around since…

  10. Blue Jays 7, Nats 3: Pillar’s homers stun Scherzer

    Jun 2, 2015, 10:09 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After watching Jordan Zimmermann cruise through eight scoreless innings earlier in the day, Max Scherzer had visions of duplicating the feat and pitching the Nationals to a doubleheader sweep. Kevin Pillar and the Blue Jays had other ideas. Pillar homered twice of Scherzer, including a 3-run shot in the top of…

  11. Game 52: Blue Jays at Nats

    Jun 2, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    And we’re back for the nightcap of this day-night doubleheader. There’s still more rain in the forecast, but it’s not as ominous as it looked earlier. Max Scherzer faces one-time National Marco Estrada (anyone remember him?) in a matchup of right-handers. You’ll notice Denard Span is again out of the Nats lineup. He was supposed…

  12. Nats 2, Blue Jays 0: Zimmermann cruises in twinbill opener

    Jun 2, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a rain-soaked Monday night, the Nationals and Blue Jays were back at the ballpark early Tuesday, hoping to squeeze two games in despite another ominous forecast. The rain held off enough, though, to get the afternoon opener in without delay. A well-pitched, fast-paced game by Jordan Zimmermann and R.A. Dickey…

  13. Game 51: Blue Jays at Nats

    Jun 2, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Hey, let’s try this again. After last night’s washout, the Nationals and Blue Jays are back at the park early today, attempting to pull off a day-night doubleheader despite more rain in the forecast at various times during the day. (Actually, there’s rain in the rain in the forecast every day this week.) Both teams…

  14. Doctor confirms trapezius strain for Strasburg

    Jun 2, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT

    AP

    A follow-up exam by the Nationals’ team doctor on Stephen Strasburg confirmed the club’s initial diagnosis when the struggling pitcher departed his last start after only one inning: He has a strained left trapezius muscle. Strasburg hasn’t thrown since leaving Friday night’s game in Cincinnati, and he won’t be cleared to resume throwing until the…

  15. Nats bullpen in latest state of flux

    Jun 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    It was cause for concern in April, but then cause for comfort in May. What, then, will the Nationals’ bullpen cause in June: Soothing relief or heartburn? We won’t know the answer to that question for awhile, but we do know that group continues to deal with changes in personnel and in roles. The Nationals…

  16. Updated: Game postponed, day-night doubleheader Tuesday

    Jun 1, 2015, 7:19 PM EDT

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    [Updated 8:08 p.m.] The opener of the Nationals’ interleague series with the Blue Jays has been postponed due to heavy rain in the region. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, with a rescheduled game starting at 1:05 p.m. and followed by the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest. Jordan Zimmermann…

  17. Rivero recalled, Grace optioned to AAA

    Jun 1, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have recalled left-hander Felipe Rivero from Class AAA, optioning Matt Grace to Syracuse to address a bullpen that was overworked and ineffective during this weekend’s sweep in Cincinnati. Rivero made his major-league debut April 17 for the Nationals but had to be placed on the disabled list after only one appearance when it…

  18. Thoughts on Saturday’s 8-5 loss in Cincinnati

    May 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    It had been a month since the Nationals last dropped two games in a row, not to mention a series, so the events of the last 48 hours have come as a bit of a shock. A Nats club that was sky-high just lost two straight to the Reds, who had lost 10 of their…

  19. Harper scratched from lineup with sore back

    May 30, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

    AP

    Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup for Saturday’s game in Cincinnati, the slugger’s back still sore after getting hit by a pitch the previous night. Harper, who was originally listed on manager Matt Williams’ lineup card in his customary cleanup spot, will be replaced in right field by Clint Robinson (who had been…

  20. Strasburg lands on DL, Hill promoted from Syracuse

    May 30, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT

    AP

    Conceding their once-dominant right-hander couldn’t continue to pitch through the worst prolonged slump of his career, the Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with neck tightness. Fellow right-hander Taylor Hill was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to take Strasburg’s roster spot and provide a fresh arm out of the bullpen for…

  21. Game 49: Nats at Reds

    May 30, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT

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    On the heels of Stephen Strasburg’s abbreviated, 1-inning start last night, the Nationals sure could use a quality outing today from Gio Gonzalez. As always, Gonzalez’s ability to get quick outs and not raise his pitch count too early is key. The Nationals will be facing Reds rookie right-hander Raisel Iglesias, making only his fourth…

  22. Strasburg departs in 2nd inning with tight left trapezius

    May 29, 2015, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg’s latest abbreviated start was the result of a new (though potentially related) physical ailment to the upper right back discomfort that plagued him earlier this month: Tightness in his left trapezius muscle. Manager Matt Williams revealed this newest injury to reporters in Cincinnati following the Nationals’ 5-2 loss Friday night, but offered no…

  23. Rendon plays 7 innings at 2B in rehab with Harrisburg

    May 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon began a new rehab assignment Friday night with Class AA Harrisburg, playing seven innings at second base and going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Senators’ 3-2 win at Bowie. Rendon, whose previous stint with Harrisburg while rehabbing from a sprained knee was cut short by an oblique strain, appeared in an official…

  24. Game 48: Nats at Reds

    May 29, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT

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    It’s probably not fair to say this about any start in late May, especially for a team that has won 21 of its last 27 games, but this sure feels like a really important start for Stephen Strasburg. He has failed to get out of the fourth inning three times in his last four outings.…

  25. How do Nats compensate for Werth’s prolonged absence?

    May 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are going to be without Jayson Werth for awhile, likely until sometime in August after a specialist at the Mayo Clinic discovered two small fractures Thursday in his injured left wrist. That’s not good news for the Nats, who now face at least two more months without their No. 3 hitter and trusted…

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