Sep 21, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Bryce Harper has been very much at ease in his first days as a pro ballplayer. Workouts for the Florida instructional league have been going on for five days now, with nearly four-dozen Nationals prospects and rehabbing veterans getting some extra work in Viera before heading home for the winter. The…
Sep 21, 2010, 3:57 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER With a paid crowd of only 10,999, there were plenty of empty sections. As they trickled out of the clubhouse and began warming up for tonight's game, it quickly became obvious to members of the Nationals that they'd be playing in front of a minuscule audience. "Before the…
Sep 20, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond has played shortstop all season and will remain there in 2011. Since he arrived in the big leagues earlier this month, Danny Espinosa has played almost exclusively at second base, filling in at shortstop only when Ian Desmond isn't in the lineup. Espinosa, though, came up…
Sep 20, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats open their final homestand of the season tonight against the Astros. Well, we've reached the final homestand of the season, and it's a long one: Ten games against the Astros, Braves and Phillies before the Nationals head up to New York to finish out the season…
Sep 20, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Drew Storen could be the Nats' closer, but he may need some backup. It's been without question the strongest area of the their roster all season, but the Nationals' bullpen is far from a perfect unit, as we saw yesterday in Philadelphia. Drew Storen's ninth-inning meltdown — four…
Sep 19, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya tries to salvage the series for the Nats today at Citizens Bank Park. Citizens Bank Park hasn't been the friendliest venue for the Nationals. Since 2005, the Nats are 17-36 at the home of the Phillies. It's even worse over the last two years, when…
Sep 18, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces Kyle Kendrick tonight at Citizens Bank Park. After a blowout loss last night in which Jason Marquis retired only one of nine batters faced, the Nationals look to get back on track tonight against the Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nats,…
Sep 17, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After taking two of three in Atlanta, the Nats take their spoiler act to Philly. Whether it's a motivating factor for them or not, the Nationals are in position to have a significant effect on the NL playoff race. They just deal the Braves a serious blow…
Sep 17, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper, who turns 18 next month, may play in the Arizona Fall League. Forty-six Nationals prospects have convened in Viera, Fla., and today will begin workouts for the Florida instructional league. Only one of them will be attracting significant media attention: Bryce Harper. Several media outlets will…
Sep 16, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT
Nyjer Morgan's seven-game suspension for an alleged incident with fans in Philadelphia has been eliminated upon appeal, but his eight-game suspension for a series of events that culminated in a brawl in Florida has been upheld, according to a source familiar with the decision. Thus, the total 15 games the Nationals outfielder was originally due…
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