Aug 11, 2010, 11:36 PM EDT
Josh Willingham’s prolonged slump may be more than just a case of a guy reverting to his typical career numbers. Turns out Willingham has been dealing with a lingering knee issue most of the season, the primary reason he’s not in the Nationals’ lineup tonight. “Just an aggravation that he’s played through,” Jim Riggleman said.…
Aug 11, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen faces the Marlins tonight at Nationals Park. Remember when Josh Willingham was putting together the best offensive numbers of his career and looking like a legitimate All-Star candidate? Yeah, not so much anymore. Willingham is in a world-class slump right now. At the All-Star break, he…
Aug 11, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa's fine minor-league season could result in a September promotion. It's just about that time of the year when thoughts turn to September and who among the Nationals' top minor leaguers might be in line for a cup of coffee in the big leagues. September call-ups tend…
Aug 11, 2010, 4:19 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning tonight. The number of legitimately poor starts in Stephen Strasburg’s pitching career, even dating back to his junior year at San Diego State, is minuscule. Without question, it can be counted on one hand, maybe even with the…
Aug 10, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT
Ross Detwiler and Nyjer Morgan each were in uniform in the Nationals' clubhouse this afternoon, each looking to the naked eye like he could play in tonight's game if needed. Of course, both players are on the 15-day disabled list, both with right hip injuries. The good news, though, is that neither injury appears serious…
Aug 10, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg returns tonight to face the Marlins. Hello from South Capitol Street, where both the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg return tonight. The Marlins are in town, and this will mark the first time Strasburg has faced an opponent for the second time. (He, of course, was supposed…
Aug 10, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT
The Nationals have assigned Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez to Class AA Harrisburg after a successful stint in the Gulf Coast League by the 44-year-old right-hander. Hernandez, who was signed to a minor-league contract last month, appeared in five games in Viera, allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings of relief work. He…
Aug 10, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg returns to the mound tonight against the Marlins. Around 6:40 p.m. tonight, Stephen Strasburg will emerge from the first-base dugout at Nationals Park and make his way, along with pitching coach Steve McCatty, to the right-field corner. There he'll stretch and begin playing catch before moving…
Aug 9, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Michael Morse at last has a chance to take advantage of regular playing time. These are officially the dog days of summer now, with the temperature holding steady in the upper 90s and the local ballclub definitively out of time to climb back into contention. It's easy to…
Aug 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers The Nats wrap up a three-game series today at Dodger Stadium. When last we saw Jason Marquis, he was suffering through the worst start of his (or most any pitcher's) career. On April 18, the veteran right-hander faced seven Brewers. He didn't retire any of them. This, after struggling big-time…
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