Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…
Jun 20, 2015, 4:01 PM EST
Jayson Werth has taken a small but important step in his recovery from a fractured left wrist, starting to shag fly balls and grip a bat for the first time since suffering his injury one month ago. Werth was on the field during batting practice Friday, catching fly balls with his glove on the injured…
Jun 17, 2015, 1:32 PM EST
Updated at 6:23 p.m. Stephen Strasburg completed a strong, 5-inning rehab start at Class AA Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Nationals to decide whether their enigmatic right-hander is ready to come off the disabled list now or whether he still needs more fine tuning. Strasburg allowed two runs (only one earned) over five innings…
Jun 15, 2015, 11:29 AM EST
Stephen Strasburg will make a rehab start Wednesday afternoon for Class AA Harrisburg, his first game appearance since going on the disabled list two weeks ago with a strained left trapezius muscle. Strasburg is slated to pitch in Harrisburg against Richmond at noon Wednesday, the Senators announced. This rehab assignment comes after Strasburg threw 60…
Jun 9, 2015, 6:22 PM EST
NEW YORK — Doug Fister will make another rehab start later this week, and if all goes well the right-hander likely would be ready to return to the Nationals rotation after that. Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, is likely to face live hitters later this week as he moves closer to coming off the disabled list himself.…
Jun 6, 2015, 11:46 AM EST
The Nationals had some good news and some bad on the injury front Saturday as they got ready to take on the Chicago Cubs in an early afternoon start. The good news was Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session for the first time in his recovery from a strained left trapezius muscle. The bad news…
Jun 4, 2015, 6:17 PM EST
Pitchers Doug Fister, Sammy Solis and Stephen Strasburg have all made progress in their respective rehab stints, according to manager Matt Williams. Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 17 with forearm tightness, threw around 40 pitches in the bullpen Thursday afternoon. The Nationals have had Tanner Roark in the rotation…
Jun 3, 2015, 6:52 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg threw pitches off flat ground in the outfield Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Nationals encouraged about the state of the right-hander’s neck and upper back. Strasburg had not thrown since departing Friday night’s start in Cincinnati after one inning with neck discomfort. He was placed on the disabled list with a left trapezius strain…
Jun 2, 2015, 11:37 AM EST
A follow-up exam by the Nationals’ team doctor on Stephen Strasburg confirmed the club’s initial diagnosis when the struggling pitcher departed his last start after only one inning: He has a strained left trapezius muscle. Strasburg hasn’t thrown since leaving Friday night’s game in Cincinnati, and he won’t be cleared to resume throwing until the…
Jun 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
After winning nine consecutive series to tie a franchise record, the Nationals took a step back over the weekend by getting swept by the Reds. The Nationals arrived in Cincinnati as one of the hottest teams in baseball, while the Reds had lost 10 of their previous 11 games. So, what happened? Well, it’s tough…
May 30, 2015, 2:30 PM EST
Conceding their once-dominant right-hander couldn’t continue to pitch through the worst prolonged slump of his career, the Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with neck tightness. Fellow right-hander Taylor Hill was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to take Strasburg’s roster spot and provide a fresh arm out of the bullpen for…
May 29, 2015, 11:07 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg’s latest abbreviated start was the result of a new (though potentially related) physical ailment to the upper right back discomfort that plagued him earlier this month: Tightness in his left trapezius muscle. Manager Matt Williams revealed this newest injury to reporters in Cincinnati following the Nationals’ 5-2 loss Friday night, but offered no…
May 29, 2015, 3:51 PM EST
It’s probably not fair to say this about any start in late May, especially for a team that has won 21 of its last 27 games, but this sure feels like a really important start for Stephen Strasburg. He has failed to get out of the fourth inning three times in his last four outings.…
May 28, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 4-2 Team slash: .220/.275/.403 Team ERA: 3.53 Runs per game: 2.3 STOCK UP Max Scherzer, SP: 2-0/ 19 K/ 0.60 ERA Who knows if there’s any way a player can truly justify…
May 23, 2015, 8:47 PM EST
There was a time, not terribly long ago, when the sight of Stephen Strasburg taking the mound was a confidence boost for the Nationals, not to mention a daunting prospect for the opposition. He was an intimidating presence on the mound, with a repertoire that left batters quaking in their spikes and fans on the…
May 23, 2015, 6:40 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The less said about this game, the better. But the bosses require a bit more description than that, so here goes… Stephen Strasburg was roughed up once again, this time giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings that featured a bunch of hard-hit balls, some awful defense and…
May 23, 2015, 12:40 PM EST
It is an absolutely spectacular Saturday afternoon in the District of Columbia. I mean, somebody needs to hit a pause button on the atmosphere right now and keep this intact for the next three months. Is that doable? The Nationals and Phillies resume their weekend series later this afternoon, with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch…
May 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EST
The Nationals close their series with the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego with a chance to take three of four and earn their sixth consecutive series win. Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06) will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career in his hometown in front of friends and…
May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EST
When the Nationals first signed Max Scherzer to a record free-agent deal in January, many of us – including yours truly – scratched their heads. The Nats already had by most accounts the deepest rotation in baseball and by some numbers, such as starters ERA, the best. Where would Tanner Roark go? Was the move…
May 13, 2015, 3:29 PM EST
PHOENIX — Nobody has been a more trusted resource for Stephen Strasburg since he arrived in the big leagues in 2010 than Steve McCatty, and right now the struggling Strasburg may need nobody more than the Nationals pitching coach. McCatty’s advice for Strasburg to help get him past the worst prolonged stretch of his career:…
May 13, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-1 Team slash: .357/.396/.619 Team ERA: 5.26 Runs per game: 7.8 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, RF: 7 HR/ 16 RBI/ 2.181 OPS The way he’s going these days, we’re not sure…
May 13, 2015, 2:49 AM EST
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg has never pitched like this, not for a somewhat-prolonged stretch. At least not since he came into anyone’s consciousness outside of his hometown of San Diego. Not in three seasons of college. Not in his two months in the minors. Not since he made his major-league debut nearly five years ago.…
May 13, 2015, 12:39 AM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound Tuesday night at Chase Field with even more eyes focused on him than usual, everyone wondering if he would bounce back from last week’s abbreviated start that saw the right-hander wincing after several pitches, or whether there was any cause for lingering concern. Very quickly, it…
May 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EST
PHOENIX — Score 11 runs, 10 of them in the first two innings, why change anything? The Nationals certainly aren’t, so it’s the exact same lineup for tonight’s second game of this series against the Diamondbacks, with Denard Span, Yunel Escobar, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Co. looking to keep things rolling and secure this…
May 11, 2015, 1:17 PM EST
Top storylines: Harper leading Nats offense – The Nationals enter this week having scored at least five runs in five of their last six games. They have won 10 of 12 and have seen an offensive surge along the way, particularly from players like Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos. Their inconsistency overall at times has…
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