Apr 8, 2014, 10:06 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a chilly April evening, the pitchers figured to be ahead of the hitters. And sure enough, that was true for Gio Gonzalez and Henderson Alvarez. The two young starters combined to allow only one run through 5 1/2 innings. That’s not to say Gonzalez was in top form; he racked…
Apr 8, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT
The Nationals are tweaking the order of their rotation, bumping Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg up to face the Marlins the next two days while pushing Tanner Roark back to face the Braves on Friday night. Using Monday’s day off as an opportunity to reconfigure things, manager Matt Williams decided to push his top two…
Apr 8, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman wants to play and help the Nationals as best he can. The Nationals want Zimmerman to play and help them as best he can. At the moment, the best place for him to do that is at third base. So Zimmerman, dealing with significant pain in his right shoulder that is unlikely to…
Apr 8, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
Some four hours before tonight’s scheduled first pitch, Ryan Zimmerman was out on the field, making sidearm throws across the diamond from third base to first base. He then huddled up with Matt Williams, Nationals coaches and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz for several minutes before heading back down the dugout tunnel. The verdict: Zimmerman,…
Apr 8, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Despite a rash of pitching injuries during spring training, the Braves have opened the 2014 season looking like they haven’t skipped a beat. They took two of three against both the Brewers and Nationals this past week, and now head back home to face the Mets with free agent signing Ervin Santana set…
Apr 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
It’s been three days since Ryan Zimmerman last took his position in the field for the Nationals, departing abruptly after his latest attempt to throw the ball across the diamond sailed over Adam LaRoche’s head with minimal velocity and maximum awkwardness. Since then, Zimmerman has had a chance to rest. He has had his right…
Apr 7, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano earned his first save of the 2014 season on Sunday after closing out the team’s 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Though he sealed the win, however, it took him 22 pitches to record three outs and featured two basehits by the Braves. Soriano even capped it off with a dramatic…
Apr 7, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT
Top storylines: Injuries mounting – The Nationals avoided the sweep on Sunday, but moving forward there are plenty of injury situations to watch. For one, Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be reevaluated on Tuesday as the team looks for a solution to his shoulder soreness. An MRI showed no structural damage, only inflammation, which is good. Matt Williams said…
Apr 7, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT
For his first start of the 2014 season – and the 10th overall in his young MLB career – Taylor Jordan was handed quite the tough assignment on Sunday. The Nationals were facing a sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, and Matt Williams was resting many of his regulars. Because of injuries and…
Apr 6, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT
With the Nationals and Braves locked in a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh on Sunday, Nats shortstop Ian Desmond walked to the plate looking to swing big on the first pitch. After allowing three straight hits to begin the game, Braves starter Alex Wood had settled in to dominate the Nationals for five…
Apr 6, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI shows no structural damage An MRI on Ryan Zimmerman’s right shoulder revealed no structural damage, just inflammation, Nationals manager Matt Williams said on Sunday. The Nats’ third baseman will now rest on the team’s off-day and be reevaluated Tuesday. Zimmerman actually pinch-hit for the Nationals in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 2-1…
Apr 6, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday to avoid the sweep in the teams’ first series of the season. The game started as a strong offensive showing by the Nats, but quickly turned into a pitchers duel between Taylor Jordan and Braves’ lefty Alex Wood. Wood gave up three straight singles…
Apr 6, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT
Whew. Three stories about Nationals’ injuries later, and it’s time for the game thread. We’re just five games into the Nats’ 2014 season and what a ride it has been. Today the Nationals have a game to play, and it’s about as important as an April game can be. They will look to avoid a…
Apr 6, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
Nationals pitcher Doug Fister threw on flat ground from 60 feet on Sunday as he works his way back from a right lat strain. Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty said the right-hander looked normal and did not complain of discomfort during or afterwards. “He played catch at 60 feet today and he threw the ball…
Apr 6, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals placed backup outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a left oblique strain. Tyler Moore has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place. Hairston said he first felt pain on a swing in the Nats’ April 3 game against the Mets in New York. He did…
Apr 6, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT
After leaving Saturday’s game with pain in his right shoulder, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is awaiting the results of an MRI exam as the team gets set to close out their series with the Braves in Washington. Zimmerman does not know his prognosis, but says he has a new level of discomfort since having arthroscopic…
Apr 6, 2014, 12:53 AM EDT
Whether there has been a mental component to Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing issues over the last two-plus years remains a topic of discussion. There is no debating, however, the physical component of this longstanding problem, as became painfully obvious Saturday night during the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Braves. After committing another ghastly throwing error in…
Apr 5, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For three innings Saturday night, the crowd of 37,841 at Nationals Park had ample reason to get excited and believe the hometown club would make progress in overcoming the psychological demons that are the rival Braves. And then Ryan Zimmerman attempted to make a routine throw across the diamond in the…
Apr 5, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT
Updated at 1:10 a.m. Bryce Harper exudes confidence like few, if any, 21-year-olds have in baseball history. So when the Nationals left fielder shows a rare display of doubt, as he did following the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Saturday night, it’s perhaps more striking than any home run he hits or laser…
Apr 5, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT
There’s no such thing as a must-win game on April 5. There simply isn’t. Now, having made that disclaimer, the Nationals sure would like to win tonight’s game against the Braves. Not because it would have any dramatic effect on the NL East standings less than one week into the season. But because another loss…
Apr 5, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT
Friday’s home opener for the Nationals brought much of what we’ve come to expect from the budding rivalry between Washington and the Atlanta Braves. There was great pitching (despite both starters battling illness), it came down to the final at-bat, and there was a good deal of controversy. Though it was just one game, it…
Apr 5, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT
The Baseball Show is back for the 2014 season, and this week marked the first episode featuring real games to talk about. Unfortunately a lot of the discussion centered around Wilson Ramos and his recent injury news. Ramos has dealt with a variety of injuries over the course of his five major league seasons and his…
Apr 4, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT
Matt Williams wants his Nationals to be aggressive on the bases. That much he has made clear since the day he was introduced as the club’s new manager. Williams, though, always adds one important caveat to that sentiment. “We want to take advantage of it when it’s there for us,” he said. “But we also…
Apr 4, 2014, 7:06 PM EDT
When baseball games come down to one run, when Craig Kimbrel shuts the door on a close game, it’s easy to go back to specific moments and second guess what could have been. The Nationals put themselves in that situation in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Braves, and one key play stands out as pivotal.…
Apr 4, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With fanfare, somber event remembrances and award presentations, the Nationals took the field for their home opener amid plenty of buzz. Then baseball took center stage, and a tense, nip-and-tuck ballgame between two talented division rivals broke out. Jordan Zimmermann, still battling the stomach virus that prevented him from starting yesterday…
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 p.m.
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
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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