Apr 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
If you predicted back on Feb. 19 that the Nationals’ Opening Day lineup would likely include Michael Taylor, Tyler Moore and Dan Uggla; and that their Opening Day roster would likely include Matt den Dekker, Reed Johnson, Clint Robinson and Rich Hill; and that their Opening Day disabled list would likely include Denard Span, Anthony…
Apr 1, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — The Nationals brought more clarity to the final makeup of their Opening Day bench and bullpen Wednesday when they re-assigned infielder Ian Stewart and right-hander Rafael Martin to minor-league camp. Those moves, along with Wednesday morning’s cuts of Kevin Frandsen and Tony Gwynn Jr. leave the Nationals with only 27 remaining healthy…
Apr 1, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Hello yet again from Roger Dean Stadium (thankfully for the final time this spring) where the Nationals face the Marlins this afternoon in their penultimate Grapefruit League (they’re off tomorrow, then face the Yankees in Tampa on Friday in advance of Saturday’s exhibition against the Bronx Bombers in D.C.). Check out Matt…
Apr 1, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — The latest examination of Anthony Rendon’s ailing left knee produced the same diagnosis as the previous two: The Nationals third baseman has a sprained MCL, an injury that doesn’t require surgery but will force him to open the season on the disabled list. Knee specialist Steve Singleton examined Rendon on Tuesday in…
Apr 1, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT
Updated at 2:10 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — The Nationals’ late-spring bench dilemma got a little clearer Tuesday morning when the club released utilityman Kevin Frandsen and reassigned outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to minor-league camp. Both moves would have been surprising only a week or two ago, but there was growing evidence in recent days both…
Apr 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Having each played recently in the NL East, Matt den Dekker and Reed Johnson each had seen enough of the Nationals the last couple years to formulate a strong impression of this franchise. Which made their respective acquisitions by the Nats on Monday cause for excitement. “I love playing in Washington,” said…
Mar 31, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Jerry Blevins spent the seventh inning of Monday’s game in Jupiter sitting in the Nationals bullpen, confused why he hadn’t been called upon yet to pitch against the Cardinals. He spent the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game in Viera warming up in the Mets bullpen, then entering to face Bryce Harper, striking…
Mar 31, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth got his first three at-bats of the spring Monday in a minor-league game and emerged feeling confident about the state of his surgically repaired right shoulder. What the veteran Nationals outfielder isn’t confident about is whether he’s got enough time left to be ready for Opening Day. “I felt like…
Mar 31, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — This could prove to be “Awkward Day” at Space Coast Stadium, when the Nationals and Mets square off in the Viera finale of the spring. Why awkward? Let’s count the ways… 1. Yunel Escobar is playing third base for the first time since 2007 as the Nats try to figure out how…
Mar 31, 2015, 11:07 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Anthony Rendon is getting a third opinion on his injured left knee from a specialist in Colorado after orthopedist James Andrews’ second opinion confirmed the Nationals’ original diagnosis of a sprained MCL. Rendon exercised his right to seek another opinion and headed to Vail to be examined by knee specialist Steve Singleton,…
Mar 31, 2015, 9:17 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — In the 11 years I’ve been covering the Nationals, I’m pretty sure I’ve never covered a day quite like Monday. The sheer volume of significant news about significant players, all happening in rapid-fire succession over a short period in the afternoon, was enough to leave your head spinning. So, good thing I…
Mar 30, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — An MRI of Casey Janssen’s right shoulder revealed rotator cuff tendinitis, an injury the Nationals don’t believe will keep the veteran reliever out long-term but likely will sideline him for Opening Day. “He’s had it before,” manager Matt Williams said. “They did an MRI, found that, and he’s going to be fine.…
Mar 30, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Anthony Rendon had his ailing left knee examined by orthopedist James Andrews on Monday, a potentially troubling development for the Nationals third baseman, who has not played in three weeks and hasn’t been cleared for any baseball activities since. The Nationals sent Rendon to Pensacola, Fla., for a second opinion from Andrews,…
Mar 30, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
Updated at 5:45 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Closer Drew Storen departed Monday’s game against the Cardinals after facing only four batters, walking off the field with a trainer in what surely caused a moment of panic among the Nationals and their fans. Once it was revealed Storen merely had a blister on his right big…
Mar 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Hello from Roger Dean Stadium for what feels like the 17th time this spring. The Nationals are here once again to face the Cardinals, once again facing Michael Wacha. The difference this time: It’s Taylor Jordan on the mound, with Max Scherzer staying back in Viera to pitch in a minor-league game…
Mar 30, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — The Nationals traded Sandy Leon on Monday, sending the out-of-options catcher to the Red Sox for cash considerations. Leon had been in a precarious position all spring, unlikely to make the Opening Day roster unless Wilson Ramos or Jose Lobaton suffered an injury but unable to be demoted to the minors without…
Mar 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Sunday wound up being quite a busy news day at Space Coast Stadium, so we weren’t able to get around to observations from the game itself. Before we turn the page to today’s game against the Cardinals in Jupiter, though, let’s revisit a couple interesting developments… — Doug Fister was all over…
Mar 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Though it appears his team will be forced to open the season without any of its 1-2-3 hitters, projected fourth outfielder or possibly its top setup man, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday he’s not looking outside the organization right now for roster reinforcements. “We’re satisfied with what we have,” Rizzo…
Mar 29, 2015, 5:02 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Casey Janssen, signed by the Nationals over the winter to serve as the club’s new setup man after Tyler Clippard’s trade to Oakland, will have an MRI test Monday after complaining of a sore shoulder. Janssen hadn’t pitched since last Monday, when he surrendered a 2-run homer to the Yankees, then noted…
Mar 29, 2015, 12:33 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It’s a beautiful (if a bit on the cool side) afternoon at Space Coast Stadium, where the Nationals today play their second-to-last home game of the spring, facing a Marlins club that sent its entire starting lineup up from Jupiter. That’ll be a good test for Doug Fister, who gets the ball…
Mar 29, 2015, 10:43 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Dan Uggla has been in a big-league clubhouse during the final week of spring training for a decade now, but he hasn’t found himself in this position — uncertain whether he’d be heading north with his club for Opening Day — since his very first camp as a Rule 5 draft pick…
Mar 28, 2015, 5:54 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was making his first start in 11 days, and it looked like it. The right-hander, scratched from his last outing due to a minor ankle sprain, wasn’t as sharp as he had been the last time he faced a major-league lineup, giving up four runs on four hits…
Mar 28, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Less than a week after announcing Max Scherzer as their Opening Day starter, the Nationals announced the order for the rest of their rotation to open the season. Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will follow Scherzer and face the Mets in the season-opening series April 6-9. Gio Gonzalez and Doug…
Mar 28, 2015, 1:03 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman said he felt “way better” Saturday morning than he did the previous afternoon when he injured himself diving for a ball to his left, and the veteran first baseman expects to be back in the Nationals’ lineup within the next 2-3 days and thus ready for Opening Day. “I feel…
Mar 28, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Hello from Tradition Field, where the Nats and Mets meet for the fifth time this spring. (They’ve still got one more meeting Tuesday in Viera before they meet for real on Opening Day.) It’s a bit interesting that Stephen Strasburg will pitch today, considering he’ll be facing New York in…
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