Jun 2, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT
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…
Jun 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
Jun 1, 2015, 7:19 PM EDT
[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…
Jun 1, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT
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…
May 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
May 30, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT
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…
May 30, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT
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…
May 30, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT
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…
May 29, 2015, 11:07 PM EDT
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…
May 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
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…
May 29, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT
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.…
May 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
May 28, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT
Jayson Werth has two small fractures in his left wrist, likely sidelining the veteran Nationals outfielder until August, according to a source familiar with the diagnosis. Werth was examined Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., by the same specialist who repaired his broken wrist in 2012 and discovered the current fractures, suffered two…
May 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
It has turned into a broken record, but never has a broken record sounded so sweet to Washington baseball fans. The Nationals won another series Wednesday night, their ninth straight series won, matching a franchise record. And what a series it was, a tense, compelling, 3-day event at Wrigley Field that saw the Nats win…
May 27, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT
We’ve seen a pair of nip-and-tuck, 1-run games so far in this series between the Nationals and Cubs, with each team winning once. And now for the series finale, we get a great pitching matchup of the two guys who got the biggest free-agent contracts last winter: Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Scherzer has been…
May 27, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT
Bryce Harper’s stunning start to the season hasn’t been lost at all by baseball fans, both in Washington and around the world. Harper has received more All-Star votes than any other player in the National League so far, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday, making him an early favorite to be in the starting lineup at…
May 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ 3-2 loss in Chicago on Tuesday had a little bit of everything. A gutty pitching performance by Jordan Zimmermann. Another jaw-dropping home run by Bryce Harper. And some inexplicable mental mistakes by Yunel Escobar and (to a lesser extent) Ian Desmond during the decisive ninth inning. All of that made for one of…
May 26, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
If you were worried when Bryce Harper slammed pretty hard into the ivy (and the brick wall behind it) making a catch yesterday at Wrigley Field, it appears you can stand down. Harper, who appeared to jam his right hand against the wall while bracing himself, stayed in the game (and doubled in his next…
May 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Major-league closers, like NFL kickers and the sanitation department, only draw your attention when something goes wrong. We just expect them to work flawlessly, and if everything goes according to plan, we don’t even notice them. Drew Storen, though, deserves our attention right now, because he has been just as responsible for the Nationals’ prolonged,…
May 25, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT
Tanner Roark was among the best starting pitchers in the NL last season, a 15-game winner with a 2.85 ERA over 31 starts. But when the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract in January, Roark found himself the odd man out of a jam-packed rotation, relegated to bullpen duties to begin 2015. Today,…
May 23, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT
There was a time, not terribly long ago, when the sight of Stephen Strasburg taking the mound was a confidence boost for the Nationals, not to mention a daunting prospect for the opposition. He was an intimidating presence on the mound, with a repertoire that left batters quaking in their spikes and fans on the…
May 23, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The less said about this game, the better. But the bosses require a bit more description than that, so here goes… Stephen Strasburg was roughed up once again, this time giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings that featured a bunch of hard-hit balls, some awful defense and…
May 23, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT
Tanner Roark will make his first start of the season Monday in Chicago without much time to build up his arm after seven weeks spent in the Nationals’ bullpen. But the right-hander doesn’t expect that to mean much when he takes the mound at Wrigley Field on Memorial Day. “Nothing, really,” he said. “You’ve just…
May 23, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT
It is an absolutely spectacular Saturday afternoon in the District of Columbia. I mean, somebody needs to hit a pause button on the atmosphere right now and keep this intact for the next three months. Is that doable? The Nationals and Phillies resume their weekend series later this afternoon, with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch…
May 23, 2015, 12:05 AM EDT
At the end of a night in which his starting pitcher tossed eight brilliant innings, recorded a key base hit and scored the eventual game-winning run, Matt Williams summed up Max Scherzer in six words. “He loves to play the game,” the Nationals manager said. Why wouldn’t Scherzer be having the time of his life…
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