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  1. Nats hoping for Harper return on July 1

    Jun 4, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Game 57: Phillies at Nats

    Jun 4, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  3. Nats not afraid of ‘risky’ draft prospects

    Jun 4, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

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    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.…

  4. ‘Baseball in the District’ – BA’s John Manuel talks draft

    Jun 4, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  5. Zimmermann back on track with 8 scoreless innings

    Jun 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. New position, same Zim

    Jun 3, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Phillies 0

    Jun 3, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. Zim in LF: The time has come

    Jun 3, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Gio to rehab Friday at Potomac

    Jun 3, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. Game 56: Phillies at Nats

    Jun 3, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  11. Zim activated, Moore optioned

    Jun 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. For MLB draft, Nats do their homework

    Jun 3, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

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    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…

  13. Zimmerman ready to return, play left field for Nats

    Jun 2, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

    AP

    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…

  14. Class A: Salem at Potomac

    Jun 2, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  15. State of the Nats: Zim’s return near

    Jun 2, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. Nats involved in first double challenge

    Jun 2, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. Nats react to Darvish’s gem

    Jun 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. Gio throws sim game; Zim getting closer

    Jun 1, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Both Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Zimmerman took notable steps forward in their recoveries on Sunday as each inch closer to returning to the Nationals. Gonzalez threw a simulated game of 50 pitches before the team’s matchup with the Texas Rangers. Teammates Kevin Frandsen, Greg Dobbs and Tyler Moore stood in to face Gonzalez as pitching…

  19. Instant Analysis: Rangers 2, Nats 0

    Jun 1, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off two blowout wins where they scored a combined 19 runs against the Rangers, one could have probably guessed all that would stop with Yu Darvish on the mound. The Texas ace did not disappoint, tossing a gem of a game to close out this interleague series and prevent a Nationals’…

  20. Nats to send Boone & DiPuglia to draft

    Jun 1, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are sending a pair of front office executives to Secaucus, New Jersey on Thursday to represent the organization in the 2014 MLB Draft. Vice President of player personnel Bob Boone and director of international scouting Johnny DiPuglia will be in attendance with a direct line to the Nationals’ draft room back in Washington.…

  21. Game 55: Rangers at Nats

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals’ offense has enjoyed their best consecutive games of the 2014 season this weekend, combining to score 19 runs in two wins over the Rangers. For the third and final game of this interleague series, they’ll get quite the challenge as they look to keep it up. Rangers ace Yu Darvish (4-2, 2.35) is…

  22. Up next: Yu Darvish

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have had no problem scoring runs against the Texas Rangers so far in their interleague series at Nats Park. Through two games, they’ve scored a combined 19 runs while holding the Rangers to a total of four. With a series win in hand, now comes the hard part: solving Yu Darvish. The Rangers’…

  23. VIDEO: Zimmerman plays LF at Potomac

    May 31, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman completed the second leg of his minor league rehab assignment on Saturday night, playing five innings in left field for the Single-A Potomac Nationals. Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in the P-Nats’ 8-1 win over the Salem Red Sox. Through two games with Potomac he is 1-for-6 with an RBI. Zimmerman has…

  24. Fister strong again in Nats’ win

    May 31, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Doug Fister’s tenure with the Washington Nationals by no means started off on the right foot. He was injured in spring training and didn’t debut until May 9 in a trainwreck of a start out in Oakland. Since, however, Fister has battled through an inconsistent month overall for his team to put in four consecutive…

  25. Instant Analysis: Nats 10, Rangers 2

    May 31, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off a much-needed laugher of a win on Friday night, the Nationals kept the good fortune going with another blowout victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. This one ended with a score of 10-2, as their offense continued to roll and Doug Fister pitched another gem of a start. The…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 47 1.5
MIAMI 48 52 8.0
NEW YORK 48 54 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 44 58 12.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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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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