Jun 4, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT
[Updated 5:18 p.m.] Anthony Rendon’s long, once-interrupted rehab from a pair of injuries has finally ended. The Nationals have activated the 24-year-old infielder off the disabled list, and he will make his 2015 debut Thursday night against the Cubs. Rendon will bat second in the Nationals’ lineup. “I had a frustrating few months, but I’m…
May 24, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT
The Nationals have called up right hander Taylor Jordan and optioned A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced before Sunday’s game vs. the Phillies. The move comes one day after Cole pitched four-plus innings in relief. With Tanner Roark slated to start his first game of the season in Chicago Monday, the Nationals were in…
May 23, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The less said about this game, the better. But the bosses require a bit more description than that, so here goes… Stephen Strasburg was roughed up once again, this time giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings that featured a bunch of hard-hit balls, some awful defense and…
May 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
On the morning of April 28, the Nationals appeared to be a mess, stuck in a 6-game losing streak, owning a 7-13 record and sitting a full 8 games behind the Mets in the NL East. Nobody truly believed this team wouldn’t be able to make up ground over time, but everybody seemed to recognize…
May 15, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT
The Nationals have placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness and recalled A.J. Cole from Class AAA Syracuse, a surprising development on the heels of Fister’s ragged start Thursday night in San Diego. Fister was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits in only two innings, serving up a…
Apr 29, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
Updated at 6:39 p.m. ATLANTA — The Nationals made another flurry of roster moves Wednesday afternoon, promoting outfielder Michael Taylor and left-hander Sammy Solis to the majors, placing outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list and optioning right-hander A.J. Cole back to the minors after his difficult debut the previous night. The moves were…
Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT
ATLANTA — If your head is still spinning from the hysteria of last night — as a certain beat reporter’s certainly is — here are even more takeaways from the Nationals’ historic, 13-12 victory over the Braves… Denard Span went 5-for-6 with 11 total bases and nearly hit for the cycle Dan Uggla got most…
Apr 29, 2015, 1:51 AM EDT
ATLANTA — At the end of a 3-week stretch of bad baseball that had seen the Nationals find new soul-crushing ways to lose ballgames on a nightly basis, this sure felt like rock bottom: Down eight runs after two innings, with an unsuspecting rookie pitcher forced to take a beating in his major-league debut for…
Apr 28, 2015, 10:37 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Where to begin with this one? Guess we need to start at the beginning, with A.J. Cole making his major-league debut and getting beat up to the tune of nine runs in only two innings, a painful way to be introduced to the world. Who would’ve believed that would be a…
Apr 28, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Major-league debuts are always a big deal, no matter how touted a rookie is or is not. But they’re an even bigger deal when they come in a particularly important game for that young player’s team, as most certainly is the case tonight for A.J. Cole and the Nationals. Losers of six straight…
Apr 28, 2015, 3:10 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Needing to clear a spot on their roster for A.J. Cole to make his big-league debut Tuesday night, the Nationals optioned reliever Rafael Martin to Class AAA Syracuse. Martin, 30, became the odd man out when the Nationals needed to drop someone to account for Cole’s promotion, necessitated by Max Scherzer’s scratch from…
Apr 27, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
Updated at 11:36 p.m. ATLANTA — With Max Scherzer’s sprained thumb not healed enough to make his scheduled start Tuesday night, the Nationals will send prospect A.J. Cole to the mound to make his major-league debut against the Braves. Cole, 22, is the organization’s top-rated, upper-level pitching prospect, rated the 30th-best prospect in the entire…
Apr 26, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT
Updated at 5:03 p.m. MIAMI — The odds of Max Scherzer making his scheduled start Tuesday night in Atlanta look slim after the Nationals ace was unable to throw Sunday morning without feeling discomfort in his right thumb, which he suggested is the byproduct of a sprained ligament. Scherzer, who jammed the thumb while hitting…
Mar 22, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT
Stephen Strasburg was supposed to start today, making the trip to Lakeland to face Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Instead, Strasburg is back in Viera, nursing a twisted left ankle suffered during conditioning drills. The injury is not believed to be serious, but it is enough to keep the right-hander from…
Mar 18, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT
The Nationals have optioned right-hander A.J. Cole – considered their second-best pitching prospect – to Triple-A Syracuse, ending his outside shot of earning a roster spot this spring. Cole, 23, will return to the Chiefs where he spent the second half of his 2014 season. The former fourth round pick made two appearances this spring,…
Mar 12, 2015, 12:38 PM EDT
It’s Stephen Strasburg’s turn to pitch today, but the right-hander won’t be pitching in Port St. Lucie against the Mets. Instead, as a result of an ingrown toenail that needed to be removed, Strasburg is pitching in a minor-league game in Viera. In addition to the idea that he can pitch in a more controlled…
Nov 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Whether it happens via trade this offseason or free agency the next two offseasons, the Nationals star-studded rotation is most likely going to undergo change sometime in the near future. Unless the Lerner family starts doling out massive contracts the likes of which it (not to mention other franchises) has been reluctant to offer to date,…
Nov 20, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT
The Nationals added four prospects to their 40-man roster Thursday, protecting all from next month’s Rule 5 draft, clearing space for one of them by dropping veteran reliever Ryan Mattheus. Right-hander A.J. Cole, outfielder Brian Goodwin, infielder Wilmer Difo and left-handed reliever Matt Grace all had their contracts purchased, putting them on the organization’s 40-man…
Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
An active major-league roster, as you surely know, consists of 25 players (provided the calendar doesn’t read September). But as any astute baseball fan also knows, an organization’s 40-man roster is just as significant over the long haul, because it’s from that expanded pool of candidates that teams select their 25 active players. And early each…
Mar 12, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT
The Nationals trimmed their spring training roster by two more names this morning, sending down a pair of promising pitching prospects. Left-hander Felipe Rivero was optioned to Class AA Harrisburg, while right-hander A.J. Cole (who isn’t on the club’s 40-man roster yet) was re-assigned to minor-league camp. Both young pitchers impressed in their first big-league…
Feb 17, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — This morning’s session on the practice fields outside Space Coast Stadium saw a bevy of pitchers throw off the bullpen mounds for the second time in camp. Among the participants was Doug Fister, who already is showing the Nationals exactly what made him so attractive in this winter’s trade: His ability to…
Jan 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT
The Nationals have invited 18 non-roster players to participate in big-league camp this spring, a list that includes prospects A.J. Cole, Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole. Cole, Goodwin and Skole are the organization’s second-, third- and fourth-ranked prospects, according to Baseball America. Though none has a reasonable shot at making the Opening Day roster, each…
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