Jun 18, 2015, 11:43 PM EDT
Updated at 11:43 p.m. Manager Matt Williams says Bryce Harper suffered only a “mild” hamstring strain during what appeared to everyone inside Nationals Park to be a serious left leg injury sustained on a freak play in right field during Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays, offering up some cautious optimism about the 22-year-old…
Jun 18, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
So, they scored 16 runs on 23 hits Tuesday night. Then they were shut out on two hits Wednesday night. What on earth can we expect from the Nationals tonight in their series finale against the Rays? Your guess is as good as mine, though they face an extra challenge in this one with Tampa…
Jun 18, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Competitor that he is, Doug Fister never wants to admit he’s not physically fit to pitch. But it was the realization and then acceptance of that fact five weeks ago that put Fister into the position he is today: Ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation, ready to be the contributor he expected to be all…
Jun 17, 2015, 10:10 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Theory of Baseball Momentum would dictate that a team that scores 16 runs on 23 hits one night would be in prime position to stay hot the next night against the exact same team. Matt Williams, though, doesn’t believe momentum exists from game-to-game, and on Wednesday night the Nationals manager…
Jun 17, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT
So, when you score 16 runs on a club-record 23 hits, what do you do for an encore? We’ll find out tonight when the Nationals-Rays series shifts to D.C. after a pair of games in St. Petersburg. The Nats will be hoping to carry over some momentum from last night’s offensive onslaught, and they’ll be…
Jun 17, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT
Updated at 6:23 p.m. Stephen Strasburg completed a strong, 5-inning rehab start at Class AA Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Nationals to decide whether their enigmatic right-hander is ready to come off the disabled list now or whether he still needs more fine tuning. Strasburg allowed two runs (only one earned) over five innings…
Jun 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
For all the anguish displayed over the last week — some of it admittedly deserved — the Nationals did just wrap up a 4-4 road trip. No, that shouldn’t be cause for celebration, but neither should it be cause for panic. Do the Nationals have their share of issues? Absolutely. This has been a painfully…
Jun 16, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT
With one more game to be played in an AL park on this road trip, the Nationals have one last opportunity to utilize the DH and take advantage of the domino effects of an extra bat in the lineup. Last night, that meant giving Bryce Harper and his sore knee a chance to play without…
Jun 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Just when you thought it was safe to turn on a Nationals game and have some semblance of confidence in the starting pitcher’s ability to take control, Gio Gonzalez took the mound Tuesday night and reminded us this rotation remains something less than desired right now. Gonzalez lasted only 3 1/3 innings during the Nationals’…
Jun 15, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals lineup tonight, his left knee/quad apparently feeling well enough for him to hit after sitting out yesterday’s game in Milwaukee. But Harper won’t be fully participating in the game at Tampa Bay; since they’re playing in an AL park, he’ll be able to serve as designated hitter for…
Jun 15, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT
Stephen Strasburg will make a rehab start Wednesday afternoon for Class AA Harrisburg, his first game appearance since going on the disabled list two weeks ago with a strained left trapezius muscle. Strasburg is slated to pitch in Harrisburg against Richmond at noon Wednesday, the Senators announced. This rehab assignment comes after Strasburg threw 60…
Jun 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals really needed a win Saturday in Milwaukee. So, naturally, they turned to none other than Bryce Harper to lead the way at the plate. And, not so naturally, Joe Ross on the mound. I mean, talk about an odd couple to carry you to victory. Harper, of course, we have come to expect…
Jun 13, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
I wrote the other day about the need for the Nationals to get Danny Espinosa into their lineup, even if that meant putting him in left field. Well, he hasn’t been used in the outfield yet this weekend, but today he will make his first appearance at another position: first base. With Ryan Zimmerman on…
Jun 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Friday night’s game in Milwaukee — an 8-4 loss to the Brewers — won’t go down as one of the more memorable games of the season. It was another frustrating loss to a struggling opponent, and it continued the Nationals’ downward trend. They’ve now lost 11 of their last 14, leaving them a precarious 31-30…
Jun 12, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT
Things did not go well last night for the Nationals, who blew an early 5-1 lead to the Brewers, with Tanner Roark fading as his start progressed, the bullpen giving up the go-ahead run and Aaron Barrett suffering what we now know was a biceps strain (he has been placed on the DL). But tonight…
Jun 12, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT
The Nationals’ revolving-door bullpen spun around again Friday when the club placed Aaron Barrett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained biceps muscle and officially added fellow right-hander David Carpenter to the major-league roster. Barrett’s injury, which forced him from Thursday night’s game in Milwaukee during the bottom of the eighth inning, was diagnosed…
Jun 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
On Tuesday night in New York, Max Scherzer took the mound for the bottom of the seventh in a 1-1 game, his pitch count at 100, and promptly gave up the runs that put the Yankees on top for good. On Wednesday afternoon in New York, Gio Gonzalez took the mound for the bottom of…
Jun 11, 2015, 4:54 PM EDT
It’s been a busy day already for the Nationals, who this morning traded for reliever David Carpenter and this afternoon placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis, an unfortunate move that felt more and more likely as the week played out. Combine that with Ian Desmond getting his first day off this…
Jun 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Seeking an experienced arm to bolster a bullpen that has been made over several times already this season, the Nationals on Thursday acquired right-hander David Carpenter from the Yankees in exchange for minor-league infielder Tony Renda. The Yankees had designated Carpenter for assignment last week after he posted a 4.82 ERA in 22 appearances, putting…
Jun 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Has it gotten to a point, Matt Williams was asked after Wednesday’s game, where the Nationals simply need to find a way to get Danny Espinosa’s bat into the lineup on a regular basis, even if it means putting him in the outfield? “Yeah, have to try to find a space for…
Jun 10, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
NEW YORK — He had already come back from two abdominal surgeries in three months, then a sore knee that kept him out of a couple of games last week. And now Denard Span was trying to play through a bad back that had sidelined him from Tuesday night’s series opener against the Yankees and…
Jun 10, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As was the case Tuesday night, the Nationals and Yankees found themselves in a tight pitchers’ duel for six innings. And as was the case Tuesday, the Yankees then busted out for four runs in the seventh to take the lead. This time, though, the Nats stormed back to tie the…
Jun 10, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Ryan Zimmerman, mired in one of the worst slumps of his career and dealing with a lingering foot injury, was out of the Nationals lineup Wednesday, the third time he hasn’t played in four days. Zimmerman has tried to play through plantar fasciitis in his left foot most of the season, but…
Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Hello again from Yankee Stadium, where today this very brief, 2-game series wraps up with a matinee, getaway-day game. The Nationals, losers in nine of their last 11 games, really need this one. The Yankees, on the other hand, are riding a 7-game winning streak and have opened up a 2 1/2-game…
Jun 9, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT
NEW YORK — There is, of course, the biggest underlying problem for the Nationals that has stretched over the last two weeks: A team-wide offensive slump. But when a team isn’t scoring runs with any regularity, it must find other ways to win close, low-scoring ballgames. And that means every key decision made, whether by…
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