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  1. Strasburg throws off flat ground, Nats encouraged

    Jun 3, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Doctor confirms trapezius strain for Strasburg

    Jun 2, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT


    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…

  3. Making sense of a sweep

    Jun 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace (60) reacts in the dugout after giving up four runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 8-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    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…

  4. Strasburg lands on DL, Hill promoted from Syracuse

    May 30, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT


    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…

  5. Strasburg departs in 2nd inning with tight left trapezius

    May 29, 2015, 11:07 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Game 48: Nats at Reds

    May 29, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT

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    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.…

  7. Stock Watch: Scherzer showing why he’s the ace

    May 28, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 22, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 2 - 1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  8. Still no answer for Strasburg’s woes

    May 23, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Phillies 8, Nats 1: Strasburg rocked during ugly loss

    May 23, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. Game 43: Phillies at Nats

    May 23, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. Game 39: Nats at Padres

    May 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT


    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…

  12. Where would Nats be without Scherzer?

    May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    May 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  13. McCatty to Strasburg: “You just have to deal with it”

    May 13, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

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    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:…

  14. Stock Watch: Harper’s hot streak continues

    May 13, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 12, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  15. Alarming stretch has Strasburg searching for answers

    May 13, 2015, 2:49 AM EDT

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    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.…

  16. D’backs 14, Nats 6: Strasburg rocked, win streak ends

    May 13, 2015, 12:39 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. Game 34: Nats at Diamondbacks

    May 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  18. State of the Nats: Harper leading offensive surge

    May 11, 2015, 1:17 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  19. Strasburg cleared to start Tuesday

    May 10, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT


    Stephen Strasburg has been cleared by the Nationals’ medical staff to rejoin the rotation and start on Tuesday in Arizona after several days of testing his back and ankle in pregame throwing sessions at Nats Park. Max Scherzer was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but he will now start the first game of the three-game…

  20. Strasburg throws bullpen, clarifies injury

    May 9, 2015, 1:23 PM EDT

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    [Updated 2:53 p.m.] Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon and afterwards took his clubhouse media session as an opportunity to clear the air on what has been ailing him in recent days. Contrary to some reports, Strasburg does not have a problem with his shoulder. It is instead his ankle, which caused…

  21. Strasburg’s status for Monday still undetermined

    May 8, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT


    Stephen Strasburg reported to Nationals Park on Friday feeling strong, his right shoulder blade having responded to chiropractic treatment, but won’t know if he’ll be able to make his next scheduled start until he first throws off a bullpen mound with no problems. Strasburg, who departed from his last start after only three innings due…

  22. VIDEO: Max Scherzer joins CSN after Caps game

    May 7, 2015, 8:59 AM EDT

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    A bunch of Nationals players took advantage of a day game with an off-day on Thursday to go to Wednesday night’s Capitals-Rangers Game 4 playoff matchup. Bryce Harper, Aaron Barrett, Stephen Strasburg, Danny Espinosa, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Lobaton and Max Scherzer were among those in attendance. Scherzer was nice enough to join CSN’s SportsTalk Live…

  23. No update from Strasburg after postgame throwing session

    May 6, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT


    Stephen Strasburg played catch on the field at Nationals Park following Wednesday’s win over the Marlins, but the right-hander offered no update on how he felt one day after experiencing shoulder discomfort during his shortest start of the season. Strasburg, who was due to meet with a chiropractor during the day Wednesday, walked through the…

  24. Strasburg hopeful chiropractor will fix shoulder issue

    May 6, 2015, 12:11 AM EDT


    The sight of Stephen Strasburg grimacing after throwing several pitches Tuesday night, then being visited on the mound by a trainer, then being pulled after three ragged but hardly awful innings could not have been comforting to the Nationals or to fans who understandably fear the worst anytime something appears to physically be wrong with…

  25. Marlins 2, Nats 1: Strasburg exits early, bats go silent

    May 5, 2015, 10:40 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a 28-minute rain delay, Stephen Strasburg took the mound trying to duplicate his rotation mates’ recent string of dominance and pitch the Nationals to their fourth straight win. Something, though, clearly wasn’t right with Strasburg from the beginning, who labored through three innings, was visited on the mound by a…



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