Aug 18, 2011, 11:18 PM EST
Matt Purke hasn't pitched in a competitive baseball game since June 4, when he tossed five innings for TCU against Dallas Baptist. In the two-plus months that have since passed, there has been plenty of question about the status of Purke's left shoulder and whether it would prevent the Nationals from signing their third-round draft…
Aug 18, 2011, 9:48 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg will return to Hagerstown for yet another rehab start Monday night, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said today. This will be Strasburg’s fourth minor-league start on his road back from Tommy John surgery, his third for the low-Class A Suns. He made his 2011 debut in Hagerstown on August 7, allowing one run over…
Aug 18, 2011, 7:20 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's the rubber game of the series against the Reds tonight at Nationals Park. Davey Johnson tried out a new-look lineup last night, with Ian Desmond hitting leadoff for the first time since mid-April. That new look didn't exactly produce a whole lot — aside from Ryan Zimmerman's…
Aug 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EST
US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler allowed one run and struck out seven over six strong innings. Catching up on a few things after a busy Wednesday in NatsTown… – Last night's 2-1 loss to the Reds had to be frustrating on a number of levels, not the least of which was the fact the Nationals…
Aug 18, 2011, 12:27 AM EST
Updated at 10:58 p.m. HAGERSTOWN — Stephen Strasburg has known all along his return from Tommy John surgery wouldn’t be without any bumps in the road, despite what all evidence to this point suggested. So when it actually happened Wednesday night while wearing a Hagerstown Suns uniform, Strasburg wasn’t so much upset as he was…
Aug 17, 2011, 9:00 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ross Detwiler faces Johnny Cueto tonight at Nationals Park. Way back when this season began, Ian Desmond was the Nationals' leadoff hitter. Wow, does that seem like a long time ago, or what? By April 15, the shortstop had been dropped in the order, and he's spent…
Aug 17, 2011, 8:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg returns to Hagerstown tonight for his latest rehab start. HAGERSTOWN — Hello from historic Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, where tonight the low-Class A Suns host the Lexington Legends in the finale of a three-game South Atlantic League series. Most notable, of course, is the name of…
Aug 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
In the latest edition of Beltway Baseball, Chase Hughes and I discussed this week's draft signing deadline, Stephen Strasburg's impending return from Tommy John surgery and Danny Espinosa's second-half slump. We also answered your questions on Michael Morse, Rick Ankiel and Chien-Ming Wang. The show aired live at 1 p.m., but if you missed it,…
Aug 17, 2011, 3:47 AM EST
Associated Press photo Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse scored four of the Nationals’ six runs. The Nationals played their 120th game of the season Tuesday night, reaching the three-quarter pole of 2011 perhaps quicker than most realized. There are only 42 games left to play, but these will not be 42 games of insignificance. With…
Aug 16, 2011, 7:34 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang faces Mike Leake tonight at Nationals Park. After an unexpected two-day layoff thanks to Sunday's rainout in Philadelphia and yesterday's off-day in D.C., the Nationals are back in action tonight, opening a 10-game homestand. First up: The Reds, the only NL opponent the Nats have yet…
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