Jul 10, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT
When Jordan Zimmermann underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow August 19, he immediately wanted to know how long it would be before he could pitch again in the major leagues. Doctors told him the standard recovery time for that major procedure is 12-to-18 months. Zimmermann immediately established a goal for himself: Make it…
Jul 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The temperature has finally cooled off. The Nationals' bats have not. Remember when everyone was worried about the Nationals' putrid offensive output? Come on, it's not that hard to remember. It was only a week ago that this team looked incapable of scoring more than two runs a…
Jul 10, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg’s best performance in a month resulted in his third win. Stephen Strasburg threw 17 pitches (eight strikes) in his first inning on the mound tonight. Four of those strikes were tagged by the Giants, one of them ricocheting off the facing of the second deck down…
Jul 9, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT
The Nationals have optioned right-hander Luis Atilano to Class AAA Syracuse, a move made to give the club an extra position player until the fifth starter's spot comes back up July 20. No corresponding move was announced, but Justin Maxwell was scratched from Syracuse's lineup tonight, raising the likelihood the outfielder is en route to…
Jul 9, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT
Forget about those plans to try to stretch out Stephen Strasburg's remaining innings through late-September. The Nationals have decided to keep the rookie ace on a regular schedule coming out of the All-Star break and ride him until he reaches his innings limit for the season, even if that occurs in late-August. Manager Jim Riggleman…
Jul 9, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces Matt Cain tonight in a top-tier pitching matchup. It's the final Strasmas of the first half, and the kid will be facing yet another stiff challenge tonight at Nationals Park. For one thing, the Giants are sending a tough right-hander of their own to the…
Jul 9, 2010, 3:10 AM EDT
Chances are, you didn't know much about Mat Latos before tonight. Perhaps you'd never even heard of the Padres right-hander, whose first name is missing a "T" and whose last name isn't pronounced the way you think. (It rhymes with "hate" not "hat".) Well, this just in: Latos deserves your attention, because he's one of…
Jul 9, 2010, 12:01 AM EDT
The Nationals announced this evening they have signed three more draft picks, including third-round selection Rick Hague. Hague, a shortstop from Rice University, hit .340 with 15 homers, 55 RBI and a .591 slugging percentage in his junior season. He did, however, commit 23 errors in 62 games, prompting Nationals scouts to say he’s most…
Jul 8, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT
The results of MLB's "Final Man" vote were just announced, and Ryan Zimmerman wound up losing out to Reds first baseman Joey Votto for a spot in the All-Star Game. Zimmerman, who made a strong push by going 8-for-13 with three homers since learning Sunday he was among the contenders for the All-Star roster spot,…
Jul 8, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann turned in another impressive showing in his second rehab start earlier today. Starting once again for Class A Potomac, Zimmermann tossed three scoreless innings at Frederick, allowing one hit with five strikeouts and no walks. He threw 45 pitches, 30 for strikes, in the next step in the right-hander’s recovery from major elbow…
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