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  1. Norris fine after brief scare

    May 22, 2010, 8:06 PM EST

    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.…

  2. Olsen placed on DL [updated]

    May 22, 2010, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

  3. Game 44: Orioles at Nats

    May 22, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to get out of their rut this afternoon against the Orioles. Jim Riggleman, like most managers, lives by the adage that "momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher." He said it yesterday afternoon, only to watch as Scott Olsen (ailing from…

  4. Nothing to worry about?

    May 22, 2010, 4:35 AM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen was pulled after three innings and faces an uncertain future. They all insisted afterward — after this 5-3 loss to the worst team in baseball, after the left-hander who had been so good for the last month departed with shoulder tightness, after they dropped their seventh…

  5. Norris suffers head injury

    May 22, 2010, 3:45 AM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Derek Norris, who appeared in big-league camp this spring, has dealt with several injuries. Derek Norris, the Nationals' top catching prospect, was hit in the head by a fastball during tonight's game at Class A Potomac and lay motionless on the field for nearly 10 minutes. According to…

  6. Morgan talks about slump

    May 21, 2010, 11:28 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan was benched tonight by Jim Riggleman, ostensibly because the Nationals’ leadoff man and center fielder is mired in a three-week slump at the plate, on the bases and in the field. Morgan realizes he needs to refine some things. He also believes he needs to stick to his aggressive style of play, in…

  7. Game 43: Orioles at Nats

    May 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Orioles come down the Parkway for the weekend interleague series. I feel like I've been writing this a lot the last week, but the next few days are big for the Nationals. Perhaps they brought this upon themselves with that five-game losing streak, putting added pressure on…

  8. Taveras released, Bruney still waiting

    May 21, 2010, 6:29 PM EST

    The Nationals announced this afternoon that Willy Taveras was unconditionally released, ending the outfielder’s brief tenure with the organization. Taveras had been designated for assignment Saturday when the club needed to activate Michael Morse off the 15-day disabled list. He cleared waivers and could have been outrighted to Class AAA, but the Nationals were already…

  9. A rivalry? Not yet.

    May 21, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nats-Mets didn't pack 'em in. Will the Battle of the Beltways? Nyjer Morgan didn't arrive in D.C. until last July, so he hasn't experienced any interleague play with the Nationals to date. The effervescent center fielder was talking yesterday about how much he's looking forward to this weekend's…

  10. "We just played terrible baseball"

    May 21, 2010, 4:09 AM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan watches Ike Davis' fourth-inning drive carom off the wall. Those were the words of Jim Riggleman following tonight's 10-7 loss to the Mets, a game that wasn't nearly as compelling as the final score would indicate. The Nationals trailed 10-1 in the sixth inning, having gotten…

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