May 17, 2011, 2:59 AM EST
It’s a little late, since this aired before tonight’s game, but here’s my live shot from Nationals Park on Comcast SportsNet with the always unpredictable Chick Hernandez. Among the topics we discuss: Stephen Strasburg’s rehab timetable, Bryce Harper’s promotion timetable, Jason Marquis’ success and the Nationals bullpen’s dominance.
May 16, 2011, 9:31 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The tarp is on the field right now, but they should be able to play tonight. It was just pouring here at Nationals Park a few minutes ago, canceling outdoor batting practice about 10 minutes into the proceedings. But the system seems to be moving out of the…
May 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Monday, 7:05 p.m.Pirates LHP Paul Maholm (1-5, 3.60) vs.Nationals LHP John Lannan (2-4, 4.79)TV: MASN2Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Tuesday, 1:05 p.m.Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (4-1, 3.13) vs.Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 4.13)TV: MASN2Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM PIRATES UPDATEEveryone in Pittsburgh was in a great mood this time last week, when the home club won…
May 15, 2011, 11:17 PM EST
There aren’t many better feelings for a big-league pitcher than taking the mound in the second inning with a 6-run lead. “Oh, it’s definitely nice,” Jason Marquis said. “You can attack the strike zone a little bit more comfortably. I didn’t feel my best today with my rhythm and my delivery. So it allowed me…
May 15, 2011, 9:40 PM EST
Todd Coffey was sporting a large welt that including visible seams from the baseball that struck him near the right elbow during today's game, but the Nationals reliever appears to have avoided serious injury. X-rays came back negative, and Coffey's status is day-to-day with a bruise. "It just a little sore," he said. "I already…
May 15, 2011, 6:16 PM EST
Drew Storen entered today’s game as one of the hottest relievers in the majors, having not allowed an earned run since his first appearance of the year, boasting an 0.40 ERA and eight saves in eight opportunities. The right-hander was nice enough to sit down with me this morning and talk about his performance so…
May 15, 2011, 3:06 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals wrap up their series with the Marlins this afternoon. The Nationals came home two days ago feeling pretty good about themselves, having just taken road series at both Florida and Atlanta. Two days later, they find themselves needing to beat the Marlins just to avoid a…
May 14, 2011, 10:26 PM EST
US Presswire photo Jayson Werth and the Nationals haven’t been making solid contact all season. There’s a prevailing belief in baseball that no real conclusions can be drawn about a team until Memorial Day. By that point, the season is about 33 percent complete, and typically a team’s performance through late May is going to…
May 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After a tough loss last night, the Nationals try to bounce back today. Plenty going on in advance of this afternoon's ballgame. First up, if you didn't see the news below, the Nationals designated Brian Broderick for assignment and recalled Cole Kimball from Class AAA Sryacuse, giving the…
May 14, 2011, 4:02 PM EST
The Nationals designated Brian Broderick for assignment this morning and recalled fellow right-hander Cole Kimball from Class AAA Syracuse to take his spot in the bullpen. Broderick is now available for any other club in the majors to claim off waivers, though as a Rule 5 draftee he would have to remain on their big-league…
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