Aug 3, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT
They were wholeheartedly anointed the team to beat in what looked like a weak NL East, and for most of the summer to date, the Nationals were living up to the billing. Baseball Prospectus publishes daily playoff odds, and pretty much for the last six weeks the Nats were given anywhere from a 75 percent…
Jul 30, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With the series hanging in the balance and every game carrying more weight as the calendar approaches August and the Mets looming in the rear view mirror, the Nationals very much needed Thursday’s matinee at Marlins Park. So they turned to their ace, their longtime slugger, their former closer and their…
Jul 28, 2015, 4:51 PM EDT
The Nationals will have two of their key injured veterans back in the lineup Tuesday night in Miami, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled list in time for the club’s series opener with the Marlins. To clear roster space for the returning regulars, the Nationals optioned…
Jul 28, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT
There’s been a whole lotta stuff flying around today, most notably trade rumors, but ultimately there’s a ballgame to be played tonight in Miami. The Nationals continue their 3-city, 10-game trip beginning tonight at Marlins Park, where Jose Fernandez takes the mound as the latest big-name pitcher to take on this lineup. The good news:…
Jul 27, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT
Jayson Werth is ready to return from a 2 1/2-month stint on the disabled list and is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday for their series opener in Miami. Werth, out since May 15 with two small fractures in his left wrist, wrapped up his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday and…
Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…
Jul 20, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled. “Alright, let me step back,” he said as he motioned with his hands as if he had to count them all up. There wasn’t a ton of new information to share on…
Jul 19, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators as he continues to work his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Zimmerman will appear with the Senators for the first time since he was a prospect in 2005. The Nationals first baseman has been on…
Jul 18, 2015, 1:51 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman went through an extensive workout at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon to test the plantar fasciitis in his left foot with head trainer Lee Kuntz and manager Matt Williams looking on. He took batting practice, he fielded grounders at first base and practiced throws to second, he also did baserunning drills. Zimmerman broke…
Jul 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EDT
With four days off for the All-Star break and a large group of notable players on the disabled list, Friday afforded Nationals manager Matt Williams an opportunity to run down a long list of injury updates. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg remain sidelined as the team begins the second…
Jul 9, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT
Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. And when they return to the field Friday night in Baltimore, the Nationals probably won’t have more than four regulars available: Harper and Desmond, plus…
Jul 7, 2015, 5:38 PM EDT
After leaving the Nats’ loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring. Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results…
Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…
Jun 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is continuing to rest his left foot as he serves out a 15-day disabled list stint with plantar fasciitis. The Nationals first baseman is doing his best to remain patient with little else to do besides wait. “Just kind of hang out and do nothing. It’s pretty brutal, actually,” he said. “I just gotta…
Jun 16, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT
On the latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ there was lots of talk about Max Scherzer after his brilliant start on Sunday and some about Ryan Zimmerman’s recent landing on the disabled list. In this first segment, Mark looks back at the contract Scherzer signed this offseason and evaluates the deal through 13 starts. In…
Jun 11, 2015, 4:54 PM EDT
It’s been a busy day already for the Nationals, who this morning traded for reliever David Carpenter and this afternoon placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis, an unfortunate move that felt more and more likely as the week played out. Combine that with Ian Desmond getting his first day off this…
Jun 11, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT
The Nationals have placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Zimmerman missed Sunday and Wednesday’s games, as he rested during an extended slump. He has been dealing with pain in his left foot since…
Jun 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 2-4 Team slash: .240/.290/.399 Team ERA: 4.42 Runs per game: 3.16 STOCK UP Danny Espinosa, 2B/LF: .438 AVG/ 2 HR/ 4 RBI It’s hard to believe, but Espinosa has quietly been one of…
Jun 10, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Ryan Zimmerman, mired in one of the worst slumps of his career and dealing with a lingering foot injury, was out of the Nationals lineup Wednesday, the third time he hasn’t played in four days. Zimmerman has tried to play through plantar fasciitis in his left foot most of the season, but…
Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Hello again from Yankee Stadium, where today this very brief, 2-game series wraps up with a matinee, getaway-day game. The Nationals, losers in nine of their last 11 games, really need this one. The Yankees, on the other hand, are riding a 7-game winning streak and have opened up a 2 1/2-game…
Jun 9, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT
There was the 7-13 start to the season, which left more than a few observers concerned. Then there was the 21-6 stretch that included nine consecutive series won, leaving more than a few observers raving about the Nationals. Now, though, there is a 2-8 slump, one that has dropped the Nats out of first place…
Jun 7, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT
The Nationals lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs featured Yunel Escobar for the first time in two days, but missing was Ryan Zimmerman. The veteran first baseman is going through an extended slump and is taking the day off to recharge. The Nationals are also off on Monday before they head…
Jun 2, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT
And we’re back for the nightcap of this day-night doubleheader. There’s still more rain in the forecast, but it’s not as ominous as it looked earlier. Max Scherzer faces one-time National Marco Estrada (anyone remember him?) in a matchup of right-handers. You’ll notice Denard Span is again out of the Nats lineup. He was supposed…
May 20, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
So, what do the Nationals do for an encore tonight? Does Bryce Harper have another home run in him? Does Ryan Zimmerman have another walk-off homer against the Yankees in his bag of tricks? Or is something else completely unexpected bound to happen? Matt Williams’ lineup is mostly the same from last night’s dramatic, extra-inning…
May 20, 2015, 12:22 AM EDT
On Tuesday night in bottom of the 10th inning, with one of the best relievers in baseball on the mound and a chance to close the gap on first place for the first time this season, the Nationals had a rather fortuitous turn of the lineup as they aimed for their 11th comeback win of the…
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