Sep 15, 2013, 7:07 PM EST
Denard Span was answering a question about his 26-game hitting streak when the first roar came from another corner of the Nationals’ clubhouse. Span looked around as asked what happened, then was informed Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez had just robbed a home run from the Reds’ Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth…
Sep 15, 2013, 1:21 AM EST
With the clock ticking down on their 2013 season, the Washington Nationals have put themselves in an unfortunate position where every little mistake and miscue in a nail-biting defeat becomes something much larger than it really is. In the Nats’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies, the players harped back on several minor moments in what…
Sep 14, 2013, 6:22 PM EST
With all the winning the Nats have been doing lately, it’s easy to forget they still aren’t full strength. Ross Detwiler, their fifth starter, has been on the disabled list since July 7 with a lower back strain and now Stephen Strasburg, their ace, is on the mend. Both starters are working their way back…
Sep 14, 2013, 12:18 PM EST
To us reporters, it was quite a surprise seeing Ross Ohlendorf’s name on the Nationals lineup card in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon. Normally if there is something unexpected in the Nats’ lineup, it’s just a position player getting the day off. But this time it was Stephen Strasburg’s name that was missing and it…
Sep 13, 2013, 5:39 PM EST
[Updated 6:23 p.m.] Though they’ve won eight of their last nine games, not all is well for the Nats as they return home on Friday. Stephen Strasburg was scratched before his expected start against the Philadelphia Phillies due to forearm tightness. The Nats’ ace felt the injury during a bullpen session on Thursday in New…
Sep 13, 2013, 11:18 AM EST
This week Mark sat down with Bryce Harper after the outfielder missed four games due to a sore left hip. On the topic of injury, Harper talked about missing time this season and how the team has played without him. He says the Nats didn’t miss him at all in the lineup, as they won…
Sep 12, 2013, 12:39 PM EST
NEW YORK — It sounds, at first blush, like a crazy idea: Let a catcher who has battled major leg injuries the last two seasons start more consecutive games than any other major-league catcher has in 2013. Wilson Ramos, though, really wants to do it. And Davey Johnson really wants to give Ramos the opportunity…
Sep 11, 2013, 6:41 PM EST
NEW YORK — Like the Nationals’ hopes of making the playoffs, Ross Detwiler’s hopes of pitching again this season looked bleak a few weeks ago. But just as the Nationals have crept their way back into the fringes of the pennant race, Detwiler has progressed enough in his rehab from a strained back to give…
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 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, 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, 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 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 5, 2013, 4:05 PM EST
Syracuse Chiefs (66-78, 11th in International League) Best Hitter: SS Zach Walters (.253 BA, 29 HR, 77 RBI, 69 R) Best Pitcher: RHP Tanner Roark (9-3, 3.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 105.2 IP) Biggest Surprise: RHP Caleb Clay (5-2, 2.49 ERA, 51 SO, 83.0 IP) Zach Walters could double as the biggest surprise out of the…
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 4, 2013, 1:43 PM EST
The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .298/.365/.450 Team ERA: 3.77 Runs per game: 5.0 Opponent runs per game: 4.4 Opponent slash: .262/.323/.375 HOT Tanner Roark, RP: 0-0/1.69 ERA/1.31 WHIP/5.1 IP/5 K Row-ark has emerged as quite the valuable bullpen piece, and while he isn’t always called upon in the highest-leverage…
Sep 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals made their final round of September call-ups on Tuesday, promoting five more players from Class AAA Syracuse, including infielder Zach Walters. More significant than those were were brought up for the season’s final month, though, was one player who didn’t get the call: Danny Espinosa. The Nationals’ Opening Day second baseman,…
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 2, 2013, 6:33 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Roger Bernadina never wanted to leave the Nationals, the organization that signed him as a teenager and retained him for 12 years. But the outfielder understood why Washington released him two weeks ago and has embraced his new affiliation with the Phillies. “Of course you want to be in the organization. Of course…
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 1, 2013, 4:02 PM EST
[Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Washington Nationals began expanding their roster with September call-ups on Sunday, promoting pitchers Erik Davis and Ian Krol from Triple-A Syracuse, as well as catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats are expected to call up more players in the coming days as both the Chiefs’ and Senators’ schedules end…
Sep 1, 2013, 12:04 PM EST
Davey Johnson put it fairly mildly when he described the performance put on by Mets rookie starter Zack Wheeler on Saturday night. “I thought he threw the ball good. He’s good a good arm. Fastball, slider, we didn’t get much against him,” said the Nationals’ august manager. In a division suddenly rife with dynamic young…
Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EST
Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper. Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved…
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…
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