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  1. Sources: Werth to have shoulder surgery Friday

    Jan 8, 2015, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Jayson Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday, a procedure that could prevent the veteran Nationals outfielder from being 100 percent healthy in time for Opening Day, multiple sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. Werth needs the surgery to repair the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, an injury that plagued him late last…

  2. 2015 minor-league coaching staff includes Ankiel

    Jan 8, 2015, 1:01 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ 2015 minor-league coaching staff includes plenty of familiar faces returning to their old positions, a few familiar faces taking on new roles and a very familiar face returning to the organization to hold a brand-new job. Rick Ankiel, the one-time Cardinals pitching phenom who resurrected his career as an outfielder and spent two…

  3. What the 25-man roster looks like at this point

    Jan 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As noted yesterday, there’s still a long way to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training (six weeks) and an even longer way to go until the Nationals take the field April 5 to face the Mets on Opening Day. So it would be premature to speculate right now what the Nats’ Opening…

  4. Where do things stand at second base?

    Jan 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals entered the offseason three months ago with one glaring roster hole: second base. Yet here they stand today, with pitchers and catchers due to report for spring training in a mere six weeks, and that one glaring hole hasn’t really been addressed. So, what’s going on with the Nats at second base? The…

  5. Treinen eager for whatever Nats have in mind for him

    Jan 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Blake Treinen was a revelation for the Nationals last season, an out-of-nowhere power right-hander with the ability to pitch both as a starter or reliever. That versatility helped get Treinen to the big leagues for the first time, and it makes him a valuable commodity for the Nats entering 2015. But versatility is also something…

  6. McLouth confident about health, not about playing time

    Jan 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Nate McLouth entered 2014 feeling as good about himself as he had in some time, for no shortage of reasons. He was healthy. He was coming off back-to-back strong seasons in Baltimore. And he had job security after signing a 2-year, $10.75 million deal with a good Nationals club. Fast-forward one year and the veteran…

  7. A classic day for Nationals Park and D.C. sports

    Jan 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Ted Leonsis and Mark Lerner always thought they knew what this would be like. Images of the Winter Classic at Nationals Park had floated through their minds for years. But until the day finally arrives, until the event actually takes place, you never really know. So, how did it go? Did it live up to…

  8. Significant moment No. 1: 2 outs, top of the 9th, Game 2

    Dec 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude today with significant moment No. 1: Matt Williams’ decision to pull Jordan…

  9. Reports: Rays signing Cabrera, making Zobrist available

    Dec 30, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Asdrubal Cabrera, who filled in admirably for the Nationals at second base after his acquisition at the July 31 trade deadline, won’t be returning to Washington in 2015. Cabrera has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Rays, according to multiple reports, removing another potential second base option from the Nationals’ plans but possibly making…

  10. Significant moment No. 2: Souza saves JZ’s no-hitter

    Dec 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 2: Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter, capped by Steven…

  11. Significant moment No. 5: The kids step up in October

    Dec 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 5: Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon rising…

  12. Nats sign Uggla to minor-league contract

    Dec 26, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

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    Updated at 3:07 p.m. Dan Uggla once was one of the most-productive second basemen in baseball. He hasn’t staked claim to that designation in quite awhile, but Mike Rizzo is willing to give him a chance to re-establish himself with the Nationals. The Nationals signed Uggla to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league…

  13. Significant moment No. 6: 10 in a row

    Dec 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 6: The Nats’ 10th straight win, which…

  14. Significant moment No. 7: Harper benched for ‘lack of hustle’

    Dec 25, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 7: Matt Williams’ benching of Bryce Harper…

  15. Significant moment No. 8: Span sets club record for hits

    Dec 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 8: Denard Span setting a new club…

  16. Nats sign Stewart to minor deal, make scouting promotions

    Dec 23, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed Ian Stewart to a minor-league contract, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, adding a veteran infielder who potentially could serve as a left-handed backup to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and third baseman Anthony Rendon. Stewart, 29, is a career .229 hitter in parts of seven big-league seasons with the Rockies, Cubs…

  17. Significant moment No. 9: Soriano out, Storen in

    Dec 23, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 9: Drew Storen replacing Rafael Soriano as…

  18. Nats sign veteran reliever Bell to minor-league contract

    Dec 22, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed veteran reliever Heath Bell to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, a club source confirmed Monday afternoon. Bell — who announced the news via a self-written essay on The Players’ Tribune, a website for athletes created by Derek Jeter following his retirement in October — was a 3-time…

  19. Significant moment No. 10: Roark makes the rotation

    Dec 22, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We begin today with significant moment No. 10: The decision to put Ross Detwiler…

  20. USO trip abroad “life-changing” for Fister

    Dec 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Doug Fister grew up in central California and still calls it home. He pitched in Seattle and Detroit earlier in his career and enjoyed both cities. But there’s something particularly special about pitching in Washington for Fister, who has tried to make the most of his time living in the nation’s capital. Prominent politicians and…

  21. UPDATED: Trade official, Turner stays with Padres til June

    Dec 19, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Updated at 3:29 p.m. The complex, 3-team, 11-player trade that was agreed upon Wednesday is now official. But the prized shortstop prospect the Nationals will be receiving as part of the deal still can’t join his new organization for another six months. The Nationals announced their end of the trade Friday, with outfielder Steven Souza…

  22. How the Turner trade impacts the Desmond decision

    Dec 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If the Nationals were trying to find a potential long-term replacement at shortstop should Ian Desmond leave one year from now, they certainly found themselves an intriguing candidate Wednesday in Trea Turner. The 21-year-old — one of two players the Nationals acquired from the Padres as part of the 3-team, 11-player trade that also sends…

  23. Nats get Turner, Ross from Padres; send Souza, Ott to Rays

    Dec 17, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Addressing a major organizational hole while dealing from a significant strength, the Nationals have agreed to be part of a 3-team trade with the Rays and Padres that will send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Tampa Bay and bring top shortstop prospect Trea Turner to Washington. The complex, 11-player deal, which is headlined by San…

  24. Souza’s name crops up in Rays-Padres trade rumor

    Dec 17, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    There’s a growing amount of evidence to suggest the Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on a trade that would send 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres for a package of players. And there’s also a growing sense around the baseball world that if and when that trade…

  25. Storen appreciates vote of confidence in him

    Dec 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Two winters ago, in the wake of a difficult postseason debut in which he gave up the runs that handed the Cardinals a 5-game NLDS victory over the Nationals, Drew Storen watched helplessly as general manager Mike Rizzo brought in a new closer, relegating him to a lesser relief role. So forgive Storen if privately…

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