May 25, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER AT&T Park, home of the Giants, sopping wet today. SAN FRANCISCO — Hello from beautiful AT&T Park, along the San Francisco Bay and McCovey Cove. This is one of the prettiest venues in the major leagues, and my view from the press box (which is as close to…
May 25, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals have officially purchased the contract of catcher Carlos Maldonado from Class AAA Syracuse and granted reliever Brian Bruney his unconditional release. Maldonado becomes the primary backup to catcher Wil Nieves, who takes over regular duties with Ivan Rodriguez on the DL. The 31-year-old journeyman has 21 games of big-league experience;…
May 25, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — The first round of NL All-Star voting results was released today, and if nothing else, it's clear the rest of the baseball world isn't paying much attention to the Nationals' surprising early season success. Only Ivan Rodriguez (third among NL catchers) ranks in the top five at his position. The future Hall…
May 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Strasburg will start for Class AAA Saturday again on Saturday night. After that? It's still up in the air, but June 4 at Nationals Park remains a strong possibility. The Nationals announced today the top pitching prospect will return to the mound Saturday in Syracuse, facing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll pitch on normal…
May 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has seized the right field job over the last two weeks. [UPDATE: I stand corrected. Due to mechanical problems with their charter plane, the Nats were unable to fly out to San Francisco Sunday night and waited until yesterday to make the trip. So, actually, there…
May 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats will be without Pudge for at least two weeks. [UPDATE AT 4:40 P.M. — The Nationals will purchase Carlos Maldonado's contract from Class AAA Syracuse tomorrow and add him to the big-league roster as Ivan Rodriguez's replacement. Maldonado, 31, appeared in 21 games with the Pirates…
May 23, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to take two in a row from the Orioles this afternoon. Four things you need to know heading into today's series finale at Nationals Park… 1. Nyjer Morgan is in Jim Riggleman's starting lineup, leading off and playing center field. Looks like they're ready to…
May 23, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham and others were supportive of Nyjer Morgan despite his mistake. It could have been a defining moment in the worst possible way, the moment the Nationals' positive season turned south for good. Nyjer Morgan's inexplicable reaction after failing to catch Adam Jones' fourth-inning drive to center…
May 22, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT
Derek Norris, the Nationals' top catching prospect who was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball last night, is doing fine and is not expected to suffer any significant residual effects from an event that initially scared teammates and the organization. Norris suffered a "slight concussion," according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.…
May 22, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT
UPDATE AT 7:55 P.M. — Olsen has now been placed on the 15-day DL with left shoulder tightness. A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow, but the Nats could probably call up a position player and use that extra body on the bench for a week until another starting pitcher is needed next Saturday. UPDATE…
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