Sep 29, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
ATLANTA — It comes as no surprise at this point, but Ryan Zimmerman won’t have enough time to return from a strained oblique muscle to play before the end of the season. Sidelined for three weeks with the ailment, Zimmerman has been trying to get himself feeling well enough to return to the field before…
Sep 18, 2015, 6:42 PM EDT
Michael Taylor was kept out of the Nationals’ lineup Friday night, not because his swollen right knee was preventing him from playing, but because manager Matt Williams had been looking to give the young center fielder a day off and felt the time was right. With the Nationals scheduled to face a pair of Marlins…
Sep 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
The raw emotions of this week’s sweep at the hands of the Mets have had some time to wear off, the Nationals have had a chance to take a day off and tonight they get back to work, the stakes perhaps not nearly as high as they were the last time they took the field…
Sep 9, 2015, 5:29 PM EDT
In order to avoid a sweep against the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday, the Nationals will have to do so with three regular starters out of their lineup. Ryan Zimmerman is out for the second straight day with a left oblique strain. Michael Taylor is still bothered by his sore right knee. And Yunel…
Sep 6, 2015, 10:24 PM EDT
The Nationals lineup on Sunday – once it was corrected with a late adjustment – featured the return of Michael Taylor to center field and the exclusion of Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Taylor was not 100 percent, but was ready to rejoin the lineup. Zimmerman was originally in there batting cleanup before becoming a…
Sep 5, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
It’s a nice, warm Saturday here at Nationals Park, where everybody seems to have a little extra giddy-up in their step today. Must be carryover from last night’s dramatic win over the Braves. (Or perhaps Northwestern’s upset of Stanford earlier today. OK, that’s only why I have a lot of extra giddy-up in my step.)…
Sep 5, 2015, 1:49 AM EDT
Jonathan Papelbon was holding court inside the Nationals’ clubhouse Friday night, the room thumping like it hadn’t in a long time after a 5-2, 10-inning victory over the Braves — with an even bigger roar about to be come moments later when the Marlins walked off the Mets in Miami — when the veteran closer…
Sep 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT
Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals’ starting lineup for Friday’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves with a bruised right knee, marking the third straight game he’s missed with injury. The rookie centerfielder said Friday that he re-aggravated his previously bruised knee Monday night in St. Louis when he was making a throw from center to home plate. “Swelling came back…
Sep 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
It’s been more than two months since Tanner Roark started a game for the Nationals, his season broken into multiple parts that have included stints as a long reliever, short reliever, spot starter and minor-league starter. He just served as the latter, making two minor-league starts in advance of his return to the Nats’ rotation…
Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…
Aug 28, 2015, 5:59 PM EDT
Denard Span’s injury plagued season will come to an abrupt conclusion Tuesday when the Nationals leadoff man has surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip, but the club was able to breathe a bit easier Friday when it learned Michael Taylor (Span’s backup in center field) was not seriously injured during a scary-looking…
Aug 28, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
The Nationals suffered three blows last night, with Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar getting hurt and Denard Span going back on the DL only two days after returning, but they did manage to win the game and their series against the Padres. They’ve won 6 of 9 now, with a chance to continue the trend…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:49 PM EDT
Denard Span’s return from the disabled list earlier this week was as big an emotional boost as the Nationals had experienced in quite some time. Which only made the center fielder’s return to the DL late Thursday night an even tougher punch to the gut. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT
[Updated: 11:13 p.m.] Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night. Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of…
Aug 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams will get a chance to do something tonight he hasn’t been able to do since July 6: Fill out a lineup card that includes Denard Span’s name. And he very well may get a chance to do something he hasn’t been able to do at all in 2015: Fill out a lineup card…
Aug 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals, as was noted here at the start of the week, probably need to win two out of every three games they play the rest of the season to win the NL East title. It may not require quite that many wins, or it may even require a few more. But taking 2-of-3 the…
Aug 8, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
The Nationals’ season-long hopes of fielding a completely healthy lineup took another blow when Denard Span suffered a setback this weekend in his attempt to return from a lingering back injury, one that leaves his status for the rest of the year in question. Span, on the disabled list since mid-July, tried to ramp up…
Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game: 3.83 STOCK UP Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…
Jul 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Mets decided to put everything they had into this week’s series at Nationals Park. They held back their top three starters specifically to pitch in D.C. Their manager openly admitted these games were more important than others. Then he took blame late Wednesday for not bringing in his closer in the bottom of the…
Jul 21, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT
Ian Desmond told a story after Monday night’s game that caught the attention of many baseball fans in the Mid-Atlantic area, how MLB Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. gave him some advice recently that may have helped him snap out of an extended hitless streak. Ripken saw Desmond before one of…
Jul 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
There was Yunel Escobar’s backhanded stab of John Mayberry’s smash down the third-base line in the top of the first, perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Michael Taylor’s galloping catch of Eric Campbell’s drive to deep right-center in the top of the fifth, again perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Bryce…
Jul 13, 2015, 9:29 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — The key rally in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Orioles may have aptly encapsulated much of what the first half of the Nationals’ season has been about. Thanks to three consecutive two-out base hits from Clint Robinson, Dan Uggla and Tyler Moore — none of whom were intended to be regulars before the year…
Jul 10, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Round 1 of this year’s Battle of the Beltways brought the season’s largest crowd to Camden Yards. And it brought a tight, tense ballgame to downtown Baltimore, decided late by bullpens and big at-bats. In the end, the Orioles’ relief corps and big bats came through when the Nationals’ could not.…
Jun 28, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With uncertainty surrounding the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, especially on the pitching front, nothing was more important to the Nationals than a strong start from Stephen Strasburg in the opener. Which is exactly what they got. Strasburg again looked like his old self, tossing seven innings…
Jun 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
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