Aug 2, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg completed the final task his six-month rehabilitation process in Viera, Fla., this morning, pitching a three-inning, simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex. Next up for the 23-year-old right-hander: A 30-day minor-league rehab stint that should begin early next week and put him on course to return to the Nationals in early…
Aug 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT
The trade deadline has passed, Jason Marquis and Jerry Hairston are gone, Drew Storen is still here and Stephen Strasburg is very close to pitching again. Chase Hughes and I discussed all that — and showed exclusive video of Strasburg making his final simulated game appearance in Viera — at 1 p.m. today during our…
Aug 2, 2011, 4:19 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Rick Ankiel homered twice to pace the Nationals’ lineup Monday night. It’s a long way from the basement to the penthouse of the NL East, which may very well be baseball’s toughest division. Sure, the AL East has the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. But the Phillies and…
Aug 1, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg is likely to begin a rehab assignment with one of the Nationals’ minor-league affiliates early next week, marking the right-hander’s first appearance in a competitive game since he underwent Tommy John surgery less than one year ago. Though team officials haven’t finalized a schedule yet, manager Davey Johnson suggested Strasburg “might get a…
Aug 1, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez faces Jair Jurrjens tonight at Nationals Park. With yesterday's drama (both on the field and in the GM's office) behind them, the Nationals get back to simple baseball business tonight, hosting the Braves (who, by the way, lost the 10,000th game in their franchise's illustrious history…
Aug 1, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Two items of note this afternoon before lineups are posted for the series opener against the Braves… Matt Stairs was granted his unconditional release today, officially ending his playing tenure with the Nationals. The 43-year-old had been designated for assignment Wednesday to clear roster space for recently acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes. Any other club could…
Aug 1, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT
Monday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Jair Jurrjens (12-3, 2.38) vs. RHP Livan Hernandez (5-10, 4.19)TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Derek Lowe (6-9, 4.52) vs. LHP John Lannan (7-7, 3.63)TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM Wednesday, 1:05 p.m. — RHP Brandon Beachy (4-2, 3.27) vs. RHP Chien-Ming Wang…
Aug 1, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel is congratulated after scoring the winning run. After losing five straight series dating back to before the All-Star break, the Nationals finally broke through in a 3-2 win against the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon. Washington took the win and the series on an Ian Desmond walk-off single that…
Jul 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT
Updated at 6:40 p.m. Mike Rizzo insisted all along it would be “very difficult” to trade Drew Storen, unless the Nationals received an overwhelming return for the 23-year-old closer. The Nationals general manager stayed true to his word as the clock ticked down to Sunday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, refusing to pull off a blockbuster…
Jul 31, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces Jon Niese in today's series finale at Nationals Park. As the drama of the trade deadline plays out in the general manager's office, the Nationals take the field this afternoon to face the Mets in the rubber game of this weekend series. Last night's 3-0…
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