Apr 18, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT
After a final tune-up Saturday at Nationals Park in which he went through a full pregame workout and emerged with no lingering issues in either area where he recently underwent core muscle surgery, Denard Span is likely to make his season debut Sunday. “I feel pretty good,” the veteran center fielder said following the Nationals’…
Apr 17, 2015, 10:20 AM EDT
It may have been a little in-game redemption, but Michael Taylor sure didn’t see it that way. Despite delivering the game’s decisive blow — a fifth inning solo shot off Cole Hamels to break a 2-2 tie — the talented 24-year-old rookie centerfielder was still lamenting a fourth inning gaffe that could have cost the…
Apr 14, 2015, 9:33 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This one had it all, some disconcerting moments early, a stunning Nationals rally in the middle and then an epic collapse late entirely of their own making. In a season-opening stretch that has defied logic, this game managed somehow to stand out from the rest. The Nationals fell into an early…
Apr 14, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT
BOSTON — On the heels of an embarrassing performance Monday afternoon, the Nationals are back at it this evening (note the early 6:05 p.m. EDT starting time) at Fenway Park, hoping for a far better showing against the Red Sox. Matt Williams made some tweaks to his batting order. Michael Taylor has been bumped down…
Apr 12, 2015, 12:32 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The theme inside the Nationals’ clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Phillies — a loss that left this team a surprising 1-4 to begin a season of sky-high expectations — was universal. “I think we’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. I…
Apr 10, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — It’s easy to point to the fateful bottom of the seventh inning as the turning point of Friday night’s game, with the Nationals’ pitching staff imploding and turning a 1-0 lead into a 4-1 deficit in the blink of an eye. And certainly there are questions this team must answer when it comes…
Apr 10, 2015, 9:37 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a tough season-opening series against the Mets’ talented rotation, the Nationals may have thought they were due for some more fireworks against journeyman Jerome Williams. And when Michael Taylor led off the game with a home run down the left-field line, everybody in the visiting dugout perked up. But then…
Apr 4, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT
Matt Williams’ press conference Saturday at Nationals Park ahead of the team’s final exhibition game of 2015 brought some unexpected good news on the injury front regarding center fielder Denard Span. Span, who has been sidelined since having core muscle surgery on March 9, is expected to play three innings in a minor league game…
Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT
Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…
Mar 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Sunday wound up being quite a busy news day at Space Coast Stadium, so we weren’t able to get around to observations from the game itself. Before we turn the page to today’s game against the Cardinals in Jupiter, though, let’s revisit a couple interesting developments… — Doug Fister was all over…
Mar 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Three weeks ago, back when he didn’t think he’d be looking for an Opening Day center fielder, Nationals manager Matt Williams noted the progress Michael Taylor had made over the previous 12 months and how that left the top prospect on the cusp of the big-league roster. “Mike’s close,” Williams said. “He’s really close.” Circumstances,…
Mar 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Several random, yet somewhat connected, thoughts that have come to mind in the 24 hours since we learned Denard Span had surgery to repair a core muscle injury… We don’t know how long it will take Span to fully recover from the surgery, or whether this will become a lingering problem all season. While the…
Mar 3, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It happens every spring. The scenario is always the same, only the names involved change. A promising young player looks ready to make the Opening Day roster. Except the only job available is on the bench, which would deny him from the regular playing time he’d get at Class AAA. This spring,…
Jan 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Dec. 2010 2015 salary: $21 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B, 3B, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 9 SB, 83 BB, 113 SO, .292 BA, .394 OBP, .455 SLG, .849 OPS, 134 OPS+, 5 E, -1.6 UZR, 4.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Jayson Werth is entering his fifth season with the Nationals in the third-to-final…
Jan 20, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Twins, Nov. 2012 2015 salary: $9 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 668 PA, 94 R, 184 H, 39 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 31 SB, 50 BB, 65 SO, .302 BA, .355 OBP, .416 SLG, .771 OPS, 113 OPS+, 4 E, -4.7 UZR, 3.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Denard Span is entering the…
Dec 19, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
Ten weeks into the offseason, the Nationals have few open spots to fill on their roster, but on their bench remain several opportunities, at least for the moment. There is plenty of time for Mike Rizzo and the Nats to replace the holes left by Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston via trade or free agency. If…
Nov 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Draft (6th round), June 2009 Position: Center fielder Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Nationals (MLB) 2014 Stats: 110 G, .304 BA, 428 AB, 130 H, 23 HR, 64 RBI, 37 SB, 81 R, 20 2B, 3 3B, 57 BB,…
Sep 6, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT
With the Syracuse Chiefs getting eliminated from the International League playoffs on Friday night, the Nationals called up two more players to expand their roster to 34. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor – 2014 MVP of the Double-A Eastern League – and right-hander Ryan Mattheus – a member of the team’s 2012 NL East division champion…
Aug 26, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August. We here at the Insider, on the other hand, don’t worry about such things. Especially with a very important date fast approaching. We’re five days away from baseball’s August 31 deadline to set postseason…
Aug 23, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT
The Nationals signed Nate Schierholtz to a minor-league deal on Monday, thinking the veteran outfielder wouldn’t need much time in Syracuse before joining the big-league roster. Turns out he only needed four days at Class AAA. Schierholtz had his contract purchased Saturday by the Nationals, who felt the time was right to add an experienced,…
Aug 18, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
Top storylines: Nats on a roll – With two walk-off victories this weekend, the Nationals have now won six straight, their best stretch of the 2014 season. Even with Ryan Zimmerman still out, even with Jayson Werth still technically out, and even with the recent struggles of Gio Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, the Nats are…
Aug 15, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT
With the Nationals in the middle of a winning streak, there were plenty of positives to discuss on this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The Nationals are six games up in first place in the NL East, and there have been several standout performers who deserve credit. This first segment looks at how good…
Aug 14, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT
Tonight the Nationals close out their three-game series at Citi Field in search of a sweep of the New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68) will look to overcome his road woes against a club he has handled well in the past. Strasburg, oddly enough, is only making his sixth career start vs. the Mets tonight. Compare…
Aug 14, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured three different guests for the very first time. The first was Nats outfielder Michael Taylor, the second was Kevin McAlpin from the Braves radio network and the third was WTOP’s Ben Raby. Taylor talked with Tim Murray about his memorable debut on Tuesday night in an…
Aug 13, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT
Two of the Nationals’ three regular outfielders are not in tonight’s lineup, for very different reasons. Denard Span, who streak of consecutive games reaching base came to an end last night at 36, gets a well-deserved and highly rare day off. How rare? Well, since returning from the 7-day concussion DL in mid-April, Span had…
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