Jun 5, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT
Updated at 12:07 a.m. The story of the Nationals’ latest first-round draft pick should sound quite familiar to those who have followed this franchise over the last five years. Right-hander Erick Fedde, taken with the 18th overall pick in Thursday night’s MLB Draft, comes from Las Vegas, where he was high school teammates with none…
Jun 5, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT
When it comes to this juncture of the 2014 season, the Nationals sure have good timing. Just days before they embark on a 10-game road trip mostly on the West Coast, they’ve put together their best stretch of baseball so far this year. Five wins in six games, all five as convincing as victories come.…
Jun 5, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon with another impressive showing from their offense. Now healthy, the Nationals are starting to torment opposing pitchers and that continued in their 4-2 win over the Phillies. Ryan Zimmerman knocked in an RBI in the bottom of the first…
Jun 5, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to work through the slow rehab process after his April 29 surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, still waiting for the day he can resume baseball activities. The two-time All-Star gave an update on his progress Thursday, saying he does not have a timetable to return…
Jun 5, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
The Nationals have put together a nice little run here as of late, winning four of their last five games and scoring a bunch of runs in the process. Tonight they send Doug Fister (3-1, 3.34) to the mound for his sixth start of the season as they look for the sweep against Philly. Having pitched…
Jun 5, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT
When: June 5-7 Where: Secaucus, NJ TV: MLB Network will carry the first and second rounds live on television Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. Rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday will be broadcast on MLB.com. The second and third days get started at 1 p.m. Draft order: The first 10 picks…
Jun 5, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT
It’s only five games. That qualifier needs to be made. Five days from now, the storyline could be completely reversed. But over these last five games — four of them wins, including Wednesday night’s 8-4 victory over the Phillies — the Nationals haven’t merely looked like a team having a nice week. After two months…
Jun 4, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have been waiting for weeks to go on a sustained run, a stretch where they’re firing on all cylinders, at the plate and on the mound. It may be too early to declare this the run they’ve been seeking, but they’re certainly on the right track. With yet another…
Jun 4, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT
They got Wilson Ramos back from a broken bone in his hand. They got Adam LaRoche back from a strained quad muscle. And Tuesday night they got Ryan Zimmerman back from a fractured thumb. The only member of the Nationals’ Opening Day lineup still on the disabled list is Bryce Harper, and team officials are…
Jun 4, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
And so we officially move beyond Ryan Zimmerman Left Field Debut Day and into Ryan Zimmerman Regular Left Fielder Month. After last night’s successful return following 7 1/2 weeks on the DL, Zim is right back out there again, batting fifth and again starting in left field. Will he actually be tested defensively tonight? We…
Jun 4, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT
In every MLB draft – or any professional sports draft for that matter – there are certain players who present risks. Character concerns are one thing, injuries are another. The Nationals have proven to be a team that is willing to take a risk on an injured player, and they’ve seen it work both ways.…
Jun 4, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT
This week on ‘Baseball in the District’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed a very special guest in John Manuel of Baseball America. Manuel is one of the premier MLB Draft experts out there and has an encyclopedic knowledge of draft prospects. On Thursday night he will be on MLB Network’s draft broadcast and…
Jun 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
Not that ever doubted himself, but given his recent struggles, Jordan Zimmermann understood the importance of his dominant start last night against the Phillies. “It was big,” the right-hander admitted after tossing eight scoreless innings in the Nationals’ 7-0 blowout win. “May was a pretty rough month for me. Hopefully June has better things to…
Jun 3, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT
Seeing Ryan Zimmerman trot out to left field moments before the Nationals took on the Phillies Tuesday night was certainly an odd sight for those who have watched the two-time Silver Slugger over the years. Playing his first MLB game ever in the outfield – after 1,120 professional games as an infielder – Zimmerman may have…
Jun 3, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The familiar sight of Ryan Zimmerman taking the field for the Nationals for the first time in 7 1/2 weeks surely was comforting to his teammates, manager and the crowd of 25,291. The unfamiliar sight of him taking his position not at third base, but in left field for the first…
Jun 3, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT
Somewhere along the way during the seven weeks it took for Ryan Zimmerman to return from a fractured right thumb, the idea was proposed to the former Gold Glove third baseman that a position change would be in his best interest. Zimmerman has played shortstop in the majors before for one game, as he did…
Jun 3, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT
Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez will make a minor league rehab appearance on Friday in Woodbridge, Va. with the Single-A Potomac Nationals, manager Matt Williams announced on Tuesday. Gonzalez is expected to throw 65 pitches for the P-Nats as he works his way back from left shoulder inflammation. Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list…
Jun 3, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
I think it’s safe to say plenty of people — myself included — predicted Ryan Zimmerman would one day play something other than third base for the Nationals. I think it’s also safe to say very few people — if any — prior to about two weeks ago would have predicted Zimmerman’s first start at…
Jun 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT
The Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Zimmerman is in the starting lineup at left field as the Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a three-game series. Once a Gold Glove third baseman, Zimmerman will be playing in…
Jun 3, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT
The Washington Nationals will have to wait 17 picks before they are on the clock at No. 18 in this Thursday’s draft, but just about all of the hard work has already been done. Forget just going back to last year’s draft, scouting prospects for the Nationals is a process years in the making. General…
Jun 2, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — He played a total of 21 innings in left field over the last three days, during which time only a couple of balls were even hit his way. That’ll have to be enough for Ryan Zimmerman, who now expects to rejoin the Nationals for Tuesday’s series opener against the Phillies, make his…
Jun 2, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Hello from Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Class A Potomac Nationals, and for the third straight day home to left fielder Ryan Zimmerman. Yes, left fielder. Zimmerman is once again in the outfield tonight for what should be the final appearance of his brief rehab assignment. He’s batting third, wearing No. 24…
Jun 2, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
Top storylines: Zimmerman set to return – Ryan Zimmerman will play nine innings in left field with Single-A Potomac Monday night as he continues his recovery from a fractured right thumb. If all goes well, he should be ready to go for Tuesday’s Nats game in Washington when the Phillies come to town. Having Zimmerman back…
Jun 2, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT
In the Nationals’ 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday, Major League Baseball’s new system of managers challenges showed us something we had previously yet to see: a double challenge. Both managers – Matt Williams of the Nats and Ron Washington of the Rangers – challenged the same play, thus creating two separate rulings on the…
Jun 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT
The excellence of Yu Darvish is not something many fans – or baseball players for that matter – in Washington, D.C. have been able to appreciate in his two-plus seasons in the majors. Darvish plays in the American League in a division out west where many of the games don’t even start until after 10…
NL EAST STANDINGS
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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