Aug 13, 2010, 11:07 PM EST
The Nationals drafted Bryce Harper more than two months ago. They want to sign the 17-year-old catcher-turned-outfielder. He wants to sign. But there have been virtually no contract negotiations between the two sides, and no one expects serious talks to begin until the final minutes before Monday night’s deadline for all MLB draft picks to…
Aug 13, 2010, 9:53 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya tossed three hitless innings today in Florida. Yunesky Maya, the Cuban right-hander signed by the Nationals two weeks ago who is expected to pitch in the majors this season, took a big first step in that direction this afternoon. In his minor-league debut, Maya tossed three…
Aug 13, 2010, 7:32 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stuck in a five-game losing streak, the Nats look to rebound against Arizona. There was a time when the sight of John Lannan on the mound would have been encouraging for a Nationals team mired in a losing streak. That hasn't been the case this season, though the…
Aug 13, 2010, 5:43 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond eludes Hanley Ramirez after tagging him out in the fourth. If the Nationals are ever going to escape the basement of the NL East, they're going to have to leapfrog someone in the division. That team may prove to be the Mets, who are currently experiencing…
Aug 12, 2010, 9:13 PM EST
Updated at 1:09 a.m. Read the full, updated story with quotes on CSNwashington.com. Josh Willingham has damaged cartilage in his left knee and possibly a meniscus tear, an injury that has been hampering the Nationals left fielder since early in the season but one he hopes to play through before potentially having surgery this winter.…
Aug 12, 2010, 7:31 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals try to salvage one game against the Marlins tonight. Everybody in baseball has got a nemesis, that one opposing player or team that just terrorizes you every time you meet. For the Nationals, that team is the Marlins and that player is Hanley Ramirez. Over the…
Aug 12, 2010, 4:12 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen was yanked after recording only five outs. The velocity was there. In fact, Scott Olsen probably threw the ball harder tonight than he had in any of his previous 21 starts with the Nationals. His fastball, which hasn't even averaged 90 mph this season, was consistently…
Aug 11, 2010, 11:36 PM EST
Josh Willingham’s prolonged slump may be more than just a case of a guy reverting to his typical career numbers. Turns out Willingham has been dealing with a lingering knee issue most of the season, the primary reason he’s not in the Nationals’ lineup tonight. “Just an aggravation that he’s played through,” Jim Riggleman said.…
Aug 11, 2010, 7:40 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen faces the Marlins tonight at Nationals Park. Remember when Josh Willingham was putting together the best offensive numbers of his career and looking like a legitimate All-Star candidate? Yeah, not so much anymore. Willingham is in a world-class slump right now. At the All-Star break, he…
Aug 11, 2010, 3:16 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa's fine minor-league season could result in a September promotion. It's just about that time of the year when thoughts turn to September and who among the Nationals' top minor leaguers might be in line for a cup of coffee in the big leagues. September call-ups tend…
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