Aug 3, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Chien-Ming Wang fell to 0-2 in two starts since coming off the DL. Digging yourself into a six-run hole and hoping to climb out of it against arguably the best bullpen in the majors? Not exactly a blueprint for success. Yet here the Nationals stood in the bottom of the sixth inning…
Aug 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg will make his first start in an organized game since undergoing Tommy John surgery Sunday in Hagerstown, provided the Nationals right-hander experiences no setbacks before then. According to manager Davey Johnson, Strasburg will throw off a bullpen mound Thursday at the club's spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Assuming that goes well, the…
Aug 3, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Winners of four straight, the Nationals attempt to sweep the Braves today. When Chien-Ming Wang took the mound at Nationals Park five days ago, there was no expectation for how he might perform in his first big-league appearance in more than two years. In the end, the clearly…
Aug 3, 2011, 4:07 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Jonny Gomes’ takeout slide of David Ross set up Rick Ankiel’s grand slam. The ball screamed off Rick Ankiel’s bat and soared toward center field, bringing four runners across the plate and the crowd at Nationals Park to its feet. That fourth-inning grand slam put the Nationals on top of the Braves…
Aug 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals look to make it four in a row tonight against the Braves. It's been an up-and-down season for the Nationals, who are suddenly back on an upswing, having won three straight. Two big reasons for that: Rick Ankiel and Jayson Werth, who have each caught fire.…
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…
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