Jul 20, 2010, 3:20 AM EDT
CINCINNATI — The Nationals recalled right-hander Luis Atilano from Class AAA following tonight’s game and optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell back to Syracuse, a roster move that had been expected for more than a week. Atilano will start tomorrow night’s game against the Reds after a brief demotion during the All-Star break. The rookie hurler struggled…
Jul 20, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT
CINCINNATI — By any statistical measure, Nyjer Morgan is having the worst season of his career. And at this stage of the summer, it’s going to be difficult for the Nationals’ center fielder to turn things completely around and salvage some final numbers close to his career norm. But if you’re looking for the slightest…
Jul 19, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT
CINCINNATI — Jordan Zimmermann, who was scheduled to make his fourth rehab start for Class A Potomac tonight, has been scratched due to a stiff neck. The Nationals say the injury is not serious, and Zimmermann is expected to start sometime later this week. The right-hander, in the final stages of rehab from last August’s…
Jul 19, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Reds host the Nationals in a four-game series along the banks of the Ohio River. CINCINNATI — Hello from Great American Ball Park, which when you view from this vantage point behind home plate looks like it sits in the middle of nowhere. That's the Ohio River…
Jul 19, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen pitched a fantastic game in yesterday's loss. 33,000 FEET OVER SANFORD, FLA. — I've always wanted to use a dateline like that. Thanks to Delta Airlines and their on-board wi-fi — where have you been all my life? — I'm actually able to do it this…
Jul 19, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT
MIAMI — As I alluded to in my postgame article on CSNwashington.com, Rick Eckstein takes his team's poor offensive performances just as hard (if not more) than his players. That's certainly understandable, because this is Eckstein's livelihood. He spends every waking moment working with hitters, studying video, thinking about swings and opposing pitchers. Hitting consumes…
Jul 18, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan reached base four times the last two days but did not score. MIAMI — Rick Eckstein can break down every at-bat by every one of his Nationals batters the last two days and point to those who did their job and were victims of bad luck…
Jul 18, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals and Marlins meet in the series finale at Sun Life Stadium. MIAMI — A very pleasant Sunday morning to you all once again from Sun Life Stadium, where the Nationals and Marlins play the rubber game of this weekend series today. We've seen a couple of…
Jul 18, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Kennedy is tagged out trying to score from second on a fourth-inning error. MIAMI — Pick a moment, any moment, from tonight's 2-0 loss to the Marlins. Ian Desmond's dropped popup in the second. Adam Kennedy's out at the plate in the fourth. Ryan Zimmerman's home run-turned-foul…
Jul 17, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT
MIAMI — The Nationals have been waiting for a bevy of injured pitchers to rejoin their rotation since April. At long last, they may not have to wait much longer for the reinforcements to arrive. Ross Detwiler, Scott Olsen, Jason Marquis and Jordan Zimmermann all should be within a month of returning to the majors,…
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