Sep 11, 2013, 1:17 PM EST
The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 5-1 Team slash: .264/.335/.529 Team ERA: 3.06 Runs per game: 5.5 Opponent runs per game: 3.0 Opponent slash: .235/.281/.286 HOT Ryan Zimmerman, 3B: 5-25/5 HR/6 RBI/.286 OBP/1.086 OPS What an odd line — just five hits and three walks, but all three hits left the park, giving…
Sep 11, 2013, 12:37 AM EST
NEW YORK — Yes, the Nationals know they have to keep winning ballgames, maybe every single one remaining on their schedule. But they also know they’re going to need some help from somebody ahead of them in the standings, so they fully admit to scoreboard watching even as they’re trying to scratch and claw their…
Sep 10, 2013, 3:40 PM EST
NEW YORK — Who’s the toughest pitcher the Nationals have faced this season? Clayton Kershaw? Matt Harvey? Tim Hudson? Well, they all did pitch well against the Nats, but an argument can also be made for … Dillon Gee. Yes, Dillon Gee. In five starts against the Nationals this year, the Mets right-hander is 4-1…
Sep 9, 2013, 6:17 PM EST
NEW YORK — An MRI taken Monday morning of Bryce Harper’s ailing left hip showed no structural damage, so the Nationals star outfielder could be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday. Manager Davey Johnson said team medical director Wiemi Douoguih diagnosed Harper with inflammation in the hip and prescribed him anti-inflammatory medication and…
Sep 9, 2013, 3:27 PM EST
NEW YORK — Hello from Flushing Meadows, where the biggest sporting event tonight is taking place across the parking lot from Citi Field (the U.S. Open Men’s Final). The Nationals and Mets, meanwhile, open a four-game series with not very much at stake at this point (unless you’re still clinging to the Nats’ hopes of…
Sep 9, 2013, 12:14 PM EST
Top storylines: Bryce Harper’s hip - This week we learned Harper is dealing with an injury to his hip, an ailment serious enough to send him home to Washington from Miami for further testing. Harper has clearly been hobbled lately and it brings into question whether he should return at all this season. Exactly how long…
Sep 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
At this point, the question isn’t whether Bryce Harper is injured. It’s how seriously he’s injured. Which leads to the inevitable quandary: Should he play anymore this season for the Nationals? Harper, of course, wouldn’t even dignify that question with a response if presented the opportunity. He always believes he can — and should —…
Sep 8, 2013, 12:40 PM EST
As they await word from D.C. on Bryce Harper’s hip — which is being examined by team medical director Wiemi Douoguih — the Nationals wrap up their series in Miami, trying to take two of three and improve to four games over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 23-19 way back…
Sep 8, 2013, 9:45 AM EST
Unable to play for the second time in three games due to an ailing left hip, Bryce Harper has left the Nationals in Miami and is returning to Washington to be examined by the club’s doctor. Harper was a last-minute scratch from Saturday night’s game after he fell to ground trying to take swings in…
Sep 7, 2013, 3:51 PM EST
As the finish line to this season draws closer — the regular season ends three weeks from tomorrow — and as the Nationals’ already-slim playoff hopes fade even further away — they now trail the Reds by 8 games — there are going to be more opportunities to evaluate younger players with an eye on…
Sep 6, 2013, 4:10 PM EST
While a weekend series in Miami may sound like a piece of cake for the Nationals, don’t go penciling in three wins just yet. For one thing, they’re going up tonight against the probable NL Rookie of the Year in right-hander Jose Fernandez. The 21-year-old has been dominant, leading the league in fewest hits allowed…
Sep 6, 2013, 12:17 PM EST
In his weekly sitdown with Mark on Wednesday, Bryce Harper gave a bit more detail as to the pain he’s been playing through over the course of this season. He’s hinted at the fact he hasn’t been the same since April, but now the revelation of a hip injury has surfaced and it’s become clear…
Sep 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals spent the better part of four months trying to figure out why they haven’t been as successful a ballclub as they (and everyone else) expected they’d be in 2013, and mostly emerged with no clear-cut answer. Was it the lack of clutch hits? An unproductive bench? An erratic bullpen? Bad defense? All of…
Sep 4, 2013, 6:14 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper finally admitted Wednesday his ailing left hip is bothering him, so manager Davey Johnson gave his young outfielder the night off. Harper, though, also admitted he hasn’t been close to 100 percent healthy for the vast majority of this season, certainly not since he collided with the right field wall in…
Sep 3, 2013, 3:37 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Despite all the hubbub last night and this morning over Bryce Harper and whether he’s fit to play or not, Davey Johnson was pretty clear all along he planned to keep Harper in his lineup. And sure enough, Bryce is batting third and starting in left field tonight against the Phillies. Obviously, there…
Sep 3, 2013, 10:11 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Anybody watching Bryce Harper during Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Phillies could tell the Nationals outfielder was less than 100 percent healthy. Harper took awkward swings, he labored to get down the first-base line and he gingerly took his position in the field between innings. In the middle of the third inning,…
Sep 3, 2013, 12:29 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — If and when the Nationals officially are eliminated from the playoff race later this month — and “when” is looking more and more likely than “if” at the moment — they may be tempted to harken back to their toughest losses of the season, the ones that they just knew would come back…
Sep 2, 2013, 12:24 PM EST
Top storylines: Can they hold on to momentum? - After losing two straight to the Mets, it appeared all the momentum the Nationals had built over the month of August was lost. They were blown out in ugly fashion on Saturday night and were facing the sweep on national television Sunday night. But not only did…
Sep 2, 2013, 10:45 AM EST
With two men on and no outs in the eighth inning on Sunday night, and the Nats down by two runs, Bryce Harper didn’t take a swing for the fences, or even swing at all. He instead took a 0-1 fastball from Mets reliever Scott Rice and laid down a sacrifice bunt to simply move…
Sep 2, 2013, 1:40 AM EST
You could look at the Nats’ chip-away, comeback win Sunday night against the Mets as their most satisfying victory of the season thus far, or merely an avoidance of disaster. The alternative would have been a sweep to an injury-riddled team just as they head on a pivotal road trip. However you classify it, the…
Sep 1, 2013, 4:19 PM EST
After losing the first two of this weekend series with the New York Mets, the Nationals will send Ross Ohlendorf to the mound looking to avoid the sweep. They sit 7 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card with 27 games remaining on their schedule, this the first of their final month of the…
Aug 31, 2013, 6:31 PM EST
A day after Bryce Harper’s effort on a groundout was questioned by his teammates and bench coach Randy Knorr, manager Davey Johnson elaborated on what he thinks happened in the eighth inning of the Nationals’ loss to the Mets. Johnson believes Harper was favoring his left knee on the play, the same one that’s been…
Aug 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EST
The Nationals didn’t exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper’s effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound. Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst…
Aug 30, 2013, 10:34 AM EST
Looking to pull a longman out of his bullpen to make a start on Sunday, Davey Johnson needed Gio Gonzalez to pitch deep into Thursday’s game against the Marlins. A rain delay the night before forced Johnson to use five different relief pitchers, and the previous night he needed four out of the bullpen to…
Aug 29, 2013, 9:32 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals have lacked a killer instinct much of this season, but when presented with the opportunity to deliver a knockout blow to the woeful Marlins tonight, they did just that. Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond all clubbed multi-run homers to ignite this suddenly resurgent lineup. Ryan Zimmerman reached…
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