Apr 16, 2015, 11:34 PM EST
Despite the injuries and the ugly early season numbers, anyone who has watched the Nationals in recent years could tell you it was only a matter of time before their offense broke out. Some may say they turned a corner during Wednesday’s win when they put a 10-spot on the Red Sox. Some may look…
Apr 16, 2015, 3:11 PM EST
The Washington Nationals return home on Thursday to begin a seven-game homestand starting with a four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies. Doug Fister will go up against Phillies ace Cole Hamels in the 10th game of the 2015 season. The Phillies enter Thursday with an identical record to the Nats at 3-6, though they have…
Apr 16, 2015, 1:37 PM EST
[Updated 6:45 p.m.] Seeking another lefty for their bullpen before a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals called up Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday afternoon. Right-hander Taylor Jordan was sent down as the corresponding move. Rivero, 23, joins the Nationals for his first stint in the majors after seven minor league seasons.…
Apr 15, 2015, 3:21 PM EST
In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I had two of the Nationals’ top minor league prospects on as guests. Tim traveled to Harrisburg on Monday and talked to both Joe Ross and Tony Renda. Both had great stuff on playing in Double-A and their development as…
Apr 13, 2015, 11:03 AM EST
Top storylines: Werth set to return – The Nationals are getting some help this week with the return of Jayson Werth, who had been recovering the last three months from his Jan. 9 shoulder surgery. Werth, 35, appeared in three minor league rehab games with the Single-A Potomac Nationals in recent days. He logged nine plate…
Apr 13, 2015, 9:24 AM EST
This week’s episode of The Baseball Show covered plenty of topics with the Nationals off to a surprising, 2-4 start. Mark, Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak tried to put it all in perspective and examine what fans should worry about and what should not be a concern at this point. In this first clip, they…
Apr 10, 2015, 11:12 AM EST
In his return to the mound on Thursday after over 18 months of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Mets starter Matt Harvey picked up right where he left off in his memorable 2013 season. The right-hander was borderline dominant as he struck out nine Nationals batters on his way to six shutout innings. Harvey sat…
Apr 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EST
It has only been three games, but so far the Nationals find themselves reaffirming many of the suspicions those who watch the team closely held before they opened the 2015 season. With three regulars out, runs may come at a premium, especially until they get Denard Span and Anthony Rendon back in place atop their…
Apr 9, 2015, 4:01 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a much-anticipated matchup of star pitchers – both famous veterans of Tommy John surgery – it was Matt Harvey who stood out above Stephen Strasburg on Thursday, as the Mets pitcher made a successful return to the mound in New York’s 6-3 victory at Nationals Park. Harvey was brilliant from…
Apr 9, 2015, 12:25 PM EST
One day after sharing good news about Denard Span and Jayson Werth, Matt Williams had more positive reports on both Anthony Rendon and Casey Janssen as they continue their rehab from injury. Rendon, who is nursing a sprained left MCL, has been working side-to-side in drills and running in figure eight formations to test his…
Apr 9, 2015, 11:10 AM EST
Opening Day is the early season game that gets all of the attention, fans pack the stadium and tons of media shows up for the only time you’ll see them at a baseball game until October. Then there’s usually a drop-off by all accounts for the second and third games of the season, as the long…
Apr 8, 2015, 11:33 PM EST
Remember when people wondered how Ryan Zimmerman would transition to first base from third, whether playing groundballs from the opposite side of the infield would somehow throw him off? Well, that whole offseason discussion – fun as it was – may have been a massive waste of time. It’s only two games, but so far…
Apr 8, 2015, 9:00 PM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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…
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