Sep 19, 2013, 1:29 AM EST
Any other time this season, under any other circumstance, the Nationals would have been perfectly satisfied to take two of three games from the Braves. Not right now. Not under these circumstances. “It’s just not enough,” manager Davey Johnson said. “We just can’t afford to lose. It’s that simple.” The Nationals’ 5-2 loss to Atlanta…
Sep 19, 2013, 12:30 AM EST
For the second time in six days, the Nationals have scratched Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start, concerned enough about lingering forearm tightness to allow him to take the mound. Scheduled to pitch Thursday night against the Marlins, six days after he previously was held out of a start against the Phillies, Strasburg again was…
Sep 17, 2013, 12:08 PM EST
Though the Nationals and Braves were not able to play their game on Monday, Stephen Strasburg did manage to fit in a bullpen session at Nats Park to test the tightness in his right forearm. Davey Johnson said the Nats’ starter felt no complications and is still on track to start Thursday against the Miami…
Sep 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
Top storylines: Braves come to town - Winners of eight of their last nine, the Nationals now welcome the big, bad Braves to Washington for their final series of the season. The Braves have had their way with the Nats this year, going 12-4 up until this point in the season series. It should be the…
Sep 14, 2013, 6:22 PM EST
With all the winning the Nats have been doing lately, it’s easy to forget they still aren’t full strength. Ross Detwiler, their fifth starter, has been on the disabled list since July 7 with a lower back strain and now Stephen Strasburg, their ace, is on the mend. Both starters are working their way back…
Sep 14, 2013, 12:18 PM EST
To us reporters, it was quite a surprise seeing Ross Ohlendorf’s name on the Nationals lineup card in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon. Normally if there is something unexpected in the Nats’ lineup, it’s just a position player getting the day off. But this time it was Stephen Strasburg’s name that was missing and it…
Sep 14, 2013, 12:50 AM EST
These days just about everything is going the Nationals’ way. Returning home for a ten game homestand, the Nats pulled Stephen Strasburg from his start in a surprise move because of forearm soreness. In came Ross Ohlendorf who had been a disaster since July, and off he went with a 31-pitch inning that saw an…
Sep 13, 2013, 10:09 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: Ross Ohlendorf was thrown in to start after Stephen Strasburg was a late scratch on Friday night, and the veteran delivered. He threw 31 pitches in the first inning and allowed an early run, but settled in and worked five innings with the help of a large lead provided by his…
Sep 13, 2013, 5:39 PM EST
[Updated 6:23 p.m.] Though they’ve won eight of their last nine games, not all is well for the Nats as they return home on Friday. Stephen Strasburg was scratched before his expected start against the Philadelphia Phillies due to forearm tightness. The Nats’ ace felt the injury during a bullpen session on Thursday in New…
Sep 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EST
The Nationals return home having won six consecutive games and eight of their last nine. Tonight they try and keep it going with the first of a three-game series against the Phillies. The Nats will open their homestand without Stephen Strasburg who was a late scratch due to forearm tightness. Ross Ohlendorf is starting in…
Sep 8, 2013, 12:40 PM EST
As they await word from D.C. on Bryce Harper’s hip — which is being examined by team medical director Wiemi Douoguih — the Nationals wrap up their series in Miami, trying to take two of three and improve to four games over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 23-19 way back…
Sep 4, 2013, 6:35 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Tanner Roark will make his first big-league start Saturday night, selected by Nationals manager Davey Johnson to pitch against the Marlins in place of veteran Ross Ohlendorf, who will move to the bullpen. Johnson had said for a couple of weeks he wanted to give Roark a chance to start at least a…
Sep 3, 2013, 12:29 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — If and when the Nationals officially are eliminated from the playoff race later this month — and “when” is looking more and more likely than “if” at the moment — they may be tempted to harken back to their toughest losses of the season, the ones that they just knew would come back…
Sep 2, 2013, 10:11 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: A 9-game road trip for the Nationals opened with a big-time pitching showdown between Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels, and the matchup lived up to the billing. Each ace allowed only one run on two hits, though neither factored into the decision, departing with the game tied 1-1. The Nationals took…
Sep 2, 2013, 3:35 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where it was raining a short while ago (hence the tarp covering the infield in the accompanying photo) but has since cleared up. There is a slight chance of more rain later tonight, which at this point should come as no surprise because Stephen Strasburg is on the…
Sep 1, 2013, 11:18 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: Ross Ohlendorf got the Nationals off to a poor start against the Mets with three runs allowed through the first three innings. It seemed everything he tossed found the barrel of a bat as even pitcher Jonathon Niese got in on the fun. One of the hits allowed included a solo…
Aug 30, 2013, 5:54 PM EST
Ross Ohlendorf it is. Davey Johnson confirmed before Friday’s game the veteran right-hander will indeed start for the Nationals on Sunday night, and ruled out Stephen Strasburg’s availability to pitch a day early. Strasburg threw a bullpen session on Friday and is fine after feeling tightness in his back in his previous start. Tanner Roark…
Aug 29, 2013, 6:18 PM EST
Though Stephen Strasburg threw just 22 pitches in his start on Wednesday night, Davey Johnson does not expect to adjust his rotation to let the right-hander pitch on Sunday. Johnson said things can still change, but at this point he is looking at Ross Ohlendorf as the likely choice to face the New York Mets.…
Aug 29, 2013, 11:42 AM EST
After throwing only 22 pitches before his start was cut short by a lengthy rain delay, Stephen Strasburg could return to pitch on short rest and take the mound Sunday night against the Mets. Manager Davey Johnson said he will consider bringing Strasburg back on three days’ rest, provided the right-hander experiences no physical setbacks…
Aug 29, 2013, 1:19 AM EST
Perhaps during his dark days of 2011, or perhaps even earlier this season when he was still rediscovering his swing, Jayson Werth would have been pitched to in the seventh inning of a tie game and the go-ahead run in scoring position. Not these days, though, not with Werth as productive and as feared as…
Aug 28, 2013, 11:19 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg was hoping to take aim at yet another deep start, but a 1-hour, 12-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second spoiled that plan. Both Strasburg and Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez didn’t return after the delay, so this became a battle of bullpens. The Nationals’ relief corps won…
Aug 28, 2013, 3:25 PM EST
The last six times Stephen Strasburg has taken the mound — and not subsequently been ejected — he has pitched at least seven innings for the Nationals. The last two times, he has made it to the ninth, coming within one out last week of his second career complete game. What does tonight have in…
Aug 26, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
Team Record: 65-65 (24-26) N.L. East Standings Wild Card Standings Offensive Game of the Week: Jayson Werth 8/21 vs. Cubs – 1 for 3, HR (18), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB Pitching Line of the Week: Jordan Zimmermann 8/24 vs. Royals – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO, 114 pitches, 78 strikeouts Top…
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