Aug 14, 2015, 6:44 PM EST
At this point, there’s not much else to say except for the obvious: The Nationals need to start playing better baseball, and as a result start winning more games, before their deficit to the surging Mets becomes too steep to overcome. They’ll try again tonight in San Francisco, hoping both that Max Scherzer can put…
Aug 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
This space could be devoted to a breakdown of Thursday night’s 3-1 loss in San Francisco, with mentions of Stephen Strasburg’s rocky first inning but impressive rebound after that, Yunel Escobar’s game-opening homer followed by a complete lack of offense by the Nationals after that and yet another case of this bullpen’s inability to keep…
Aug 9, 2015, 7:17 PM EST
The Nationals returned home last Monday with an opportunity ahead of them. They had just been swept by the New York Mets to close a road trip where they lost seven of 10 games. But awaiting them was a seven-game stretch against sub-.500 teams within the friendly confines of Nationals Park. On the other end…
Aug 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
There were any number of moments Friday night at Citi Field that could have stood on their own merits as epic examples of what pennant race baseball is all about. Matt Harvey taking the mound for the eighth inning with the Mets up 1-0, then giving up the tying hit to Yunel Escobar. Tyler Clippard…
Jul 28, 2015, 4:51 PM EST
The Nationals will have two of their key injured veterans back in the lineup Tuesday night in Miami, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled list in time for the club’s series opener with the Marlins. To clear roster space for the returning regulars, the Nationals optioned…
Jul 28, 2015, 4:46 PM EST
There’s been a whole lotta stuff flying around today, most notably trade rumors, but ultimately there’s a ballgame to be played tonight in Miami. The Nationals continue their 3-city, 10-game trip beginning tonight at Marlins Park, where Jose Fernandez takes the mound as the latest big-name pitcher to take on this lineup. The good news:…
Jul 27, 2015, 6:16 PM EST
Jayson Werth is ready to return from a 2 1/2-month stint on the disabled list and is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday for their series opener in Miami. Werth, out since May 15 with two small fractures in his left wrist, wrapped up his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday and…
Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…
Jul 21, 2015, 5:31 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg threw off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time since landing on the disabled list at Nationals Park on Tuesday. The right-hander is rehabbing a strained left oblique and tossed 30 pitches. “[It was] light. Threw a couple of breaking balls. Fastballs and changeups, and had no issues. So, that’s a…
Jul 20, 2015, 5:49 PM EST
[Updated 5:51 p.m.] With rookie reliever Abel de los Santos joining the team on Monday, the Nationals made a pair of moves to clear up a roster spot. They transferred Jayson Werth – who is rehabbing a broken left wrist – from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. They also optioned struggling right-hander Blake…
Jul 18, 2015, 11:49 AM EST
Anthony Rendon will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Saturday night, Matt Williams revealed before the team’s quasi-doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon will play third base as he recovers from a strained left quadriceps muscle. The P-Nats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:35 p.m. in Woodbridge,…
Jul 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EST
With four days off for the All-Star break and a large group of notable players on the disabled list, Friday afforded Nationals manager Matt Williams an opportunity to run down a long list of injury updates. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg remain sidelined as the team begins the second…
Jul 16, 2015, 11:42 AM EST
Jayson Werth will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac tonight, the Nationals’ minor-league affiliate announced, possibly positioning the veteran outfielder to return from a fractured left wrist before the end of the month. Werth, out since getting hit by a pitch May 15 in San Diego, had been targeting an August 1 return…
Jul 9, 2015, 11:38 AM EST
Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. And when they return to the field Friday night in Baltimore, the Nationals probably won’t have more than four regulars available: Harper and Desmond, plus…
Jun 20, 2015, 4:01 PM EST
Jayson Werth has taken a small but important step in his recovery from a fractured left wrist, starting to shag fly balls and grip a bat for the first time since suffering his injury one month ago. Werth was on the field during batting practice Friday, catching fly balls with his glove on the injured…
Jun 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
NEW YORK — Has it gotten to a point, Matt Williams was asked after Wednesday’s game, where the Nationals simply need to find a way to get Danny Espinosa’s bat into the lineup on a regular basis, even if it means putting him in the outfield? “Yeah, have to try to find a space for…
May 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals are going to be without Jayson Werth for awhile, likely until sometime in August after a specialist at the Mayo Clinic discovered two small fractures Thursday in his injured left wrist. That’s not good news for the Nats, who now face at least two more months without their No. 3 hitter and trusted…
May 28, 2015, 4:40 PM EST
Jayson Werth has two small fractures in his left wrist, likely sidelining the veteran Nationals outfielder until August, according to a source familiar with the diagnosis. Werth was examined Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., by the same specialist who repaired his broken wrist in 2012 and discovered the current fractures, suffered two…
May 20, 2015, 1:29 AM EST
On the day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and moments after the Nationals homered their way into a first-place tie on Tuesday night, Jayson Werth spent a few minutes with reporters to give an update on his left wrist contusion. Werth will be out until at least May 31 as he first…
May 19, 2015, 1:48 PM EST
Updated at 6:21 p.m. The Nationals have promoted Wilmer Difo from Class AA Harrisburg and will have their top infield prospect in uniform Tuesday night against the Yankees in a surprising move necessitated by outfielder Jayson Werth going on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion. Difo was summoned to D.C. on Monday…
May 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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 13, 2015, 9:18 PM EST
PHOENIX — Michael Taylor strode to the plate in the top of the ninth Wednesday afternoon, the bases loaded with Nationals in a tight ballgame, and every one of the 19,026 souls at Chase Field had to have the same reaction. Of course it would happen like this. Really, could you have expected anything else?…
May 13, 2015, 7:18 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: When Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were ejected in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, you couldn’t help but sense that controversy would end up affecting the outcome of this game, good or bad. Turns out it did have a dramatic effect on the outcome, in a surprisingly positive way.…
May 9, 2015, 10:09 AM EST
Bryce Harper once again stole the show last night, but there was plenty else worth discussing about the Nationals’ 9-2 thumping of the Braves. Such as… Danny Espinosa hit two homers left-handed If you’ve followed his career at all, last night’s performance by Espinosa was one of the all-time head-scratchers. He struck out twice while…
May 8, 2015, 11:40 PM EST
The quotes from teammates about him — “Don’t touch him, you might get third-degree burns” — are ludicrous. The records being dug up by Elias and on Baseball-Reference — “He’s the first player in D.C. baseball history to do this” — are telling. And the balls soaring off his bat are leaving everybody watching in…
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