Apr 8, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT
A year-and-a-half removed from Tommy John surgery, Mets superstar pitcher Matt Harvey will make his much-anticipated return to the mound on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park. Ironically, he’ll be pitching opposite Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg, the player most associated with the procedure in recent baseball history. Harvey’s return from Tommy John is arguably the most…
Apr 8, 2015, 5:22 PM EDT
Wednesday’s pregame press conference with Nationals manager Matt Williams brought good news for both Jayson Werth and Denard Span, two outfielders who remain out of the Nats’ lineup as they recover from surgeries. Werth, who is coming back from Jan. 9 surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, will head to Potomac…
Apr 8, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT
Listen to ‘Baseball in the District’ We are back with another episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ with plenty to talk about now that the regular season is underway. In this week’s installment, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests: Nationals pitching prospect Jake Johansen and Washington Times columnist Thom Loverro. I…
Apr 7, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT
When news broke on Sunday the Atlanta Braves were trading star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, or in other words out of the NL East, Nationals fans celebrated on Twitter. My mentions were filled with people saying ‘amen,’ ‘hallelujah,’ ‘it’s a great day to be an NL East fan,’ and one who…
Apr 6, 2015, 8:42 PM EDT
With three regulars out with injuries, three players playing new positions, a rookie in center field and a natural first baseman in left, defense will surely be a big point of focus for the Nationals early in the 2015 season. As they navigate through their current circumstances, mistakes are to be expected and they could at…
Apr 6, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT
Jayson Werth remains sidelined as the Nationals open their 2015 season Monday against the New York Mets, though he was apparently close to making the Opening Day lineup. Manager Matt Williams said he and Werth had a discussion in recent days about him potentially being in the lineup. As Monday approached, however, they decided to…
Apr 6, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT
Center fielder Denard Span will play in a simulated game at Nationals Park on Tuesday with plans to take swings against live pitching for the first time since undergoing core muscle surgery on March 9. Span, 31, has played in two minor league exhibition games on defense. He played three innings on both Saturday and…
Apr 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The Baseball Show is back on Comcast SportsNet this season with a new day and time. The show now airs on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. with replays on Monday mornings. Last night was the first episode of the season and a ton of topics were covered. Mark talked with host Rob Carlin and MLB analyst…
Apr 5, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT
After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason. The 30-year-old right-hander was given a record $210 million contract, further cementing the Nationals as 2015 World Series favorites. But before they prove all the…
Apr 5, 2015, 10:58 AM EDT
Clint Robinson, 30 years old and a veteran of eight seasons in minor league baseball, has appeared in just 13 MLB games since getting drafted in the 25th round by the Kansas City Royals back in 2007. He has just 14 career plate appearances in the majors and has spent most of the last decade in…
Apr 4, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
The Nationals have all but decided their Opening Day roster, though the team plans to make an official announcement on Sunday. And despite their unwillingness to confirm it, veteran Dan Uggla is almost certain to make the team. Uggla himself has not been told either way, but is simply happy with the way the last few…
Apr 4, 2015, 5:05 PM EDT
Within minutes of their final exhibition game of 2015 spring training, the Nationals informed 30-year-old Clint Robinson he had made the Opening Day roster. Veterans Mike Carp and Rich Hill, on the other hand, have been reassigned to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals will not announce officially their 25-man roster until Sunday, but choosing to send…
Apr 4, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals closed their 2015 exhibition schedule with a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday, a sunny but windy afternoon in Washington. Doug Fister closed the books on an inconsistent spring training with a strong outing and the Nats’ lineup looked sharp against New York starter Nathan Eovaldi. But…
Apr 4, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT
Just 48 hours before the Nationals open their 2015 season against the New York Mets, manager Matt Williams sounded optimistic about the progress of Jayson Werth’s recovery. Werth had surgery on January 9 to repair the A/C joint in his right shoulder. Since he has slowly moved forward in his rehab, which will almost certainly…
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…
Apr 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES After a wild offseason for the Atlanta Braves, their 2015 spring training has been without any real major news stories. They saw B.J. Upton change his name to Melvin Upton, Jr, Mike Minor miss time with a shoulder injury and Cuban infielder Hector Olivera choose the Dodgers over them in a late offseason…
Mar 30, 2015, 4:56 PM EDT
On a day that featured a flurry of roster moves, the Nationals signed veteran outfielder Reed Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Johnson, 38, was cut by the Miami Marlins earlier on Monday. He has 12 years of MLB experience. Johnson spent 2014 with the Marlins, appearing in 113…
Mar 30, 2015, 4:41 PM EDT
Updated at 6:50 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Needing outfield help to compensate for a phalanx of spring training injuries and believing they had some excess left-handed depth, the Nationals traded reliever Jerry Blevins to the Mets on Monday for outfielder Matt den Dekker. The deal, announced shortly before the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-2 exhibition…
Mar 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
With less than two weeks to go until Opening Day, ‘Baseball in the District’ has returned with the first episode of 2015. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I did a season preview that included Mark calling in from Viera, Fla. to give an update on the Nats and Marc Carig of NY Newsday to talk…
Mar 24, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT
One day after getting released by the Nationals, 37-year-old veteran reliever Heath Bell has decided to call it a career. The right-hander retired on Tuesday after 11 major league seasons. Bell signed a minor league deal with the Nats in late December and pitched for them in seven spring games. He allowed five runs (4…
Mar 18, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT
Anything can happen over the course of a 162-game MLB season, but as of today, March 18, the Miami Marlins certainly look like the Nationals’ biggest threat to repeating as champions of the NL East. They have the pitching and they have the young talent on offense to contend for the playoffs this year, and…
Mar 18, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT
The Nationals have optioned right-hander A.J. Cole – considered their second-best pitching prospect – to Triple-A Syracuse, ending his outside shot of earning a roster spot this spring. Cole, 23, will return to the Chiefs where he spent the second half of his 2014 season. The former fourth round pick made two appearances this spring,…
Mar 18, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT
With less than three weeks to go until Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 6, the Nats have announced who will throw out the first pitch as part of their pregame ceremonies. New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will get the honor in his first season on the job. He took office in January, succeeding…
Mar 17, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT
With newfound depth at the position of second base, the Nationals announced on Tuesday the release of former second round pick Jeff Kobernus. The move frees up a spot on their 40-man roster. Kobernus, 26, was drafted by the Nationals in 2009 and debuted in 2013. He appeared in just 28 total MLB games with…
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