Oct 18, 2015, 10:42 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 33 How acquired: Trade with the Athletics in Jan. 2015 MLB service time: 8 years, 121 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $5 million Contract status: Signed for $7 million in 2016, $7 million team option for 2017 with $1 million buyout 2015 stats: 139 G, 591 PA, 75 R, 168 H, 25 2B, 3B, 9 HR, 56 RBI, 2 SB, 45 BB, 70 SO, .314 AVG,…
Oct 1, 2015, 6:39 PM EST
ATLANTA — Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Thursday night, the fourth straight game he has missed with back spasms, but the veteran infielder appears likely to return for this weekend’s final series in New York. “He’s going to need one more [day off],” manager Matt Williams said prior to Thursday’s game. “He’s…
Sep 29, 2015, 6:40 PM EST
ATLANTA — It comes as no surprise at this point, but Ryan Zimmerman won’t have enough time to return from a strained oblique muscle to play before the end of the season. Sidelined for three weeks with the ailment, Zimmerman has been trying to get himself feeling well enough to return to the field before…
Sep 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals lost a close ballgame Friday night, giving up the winning run in the seventh inning. Really, who could have seen that coming? It’s a broken record now, but one the Nationals can’t shut off. They just keep going around and around in circles, making the same mistakes, losing in the same fashion every…
Sep 9, 2015, 5:29 PM EST
In order to avoid a sweep against the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday, the Nationals will have to do so with three regular starters out of their lineup. Ryan Zimmerman is out for the second straight day with a left oblique strain. Michael Taylor is still bothered by his sore right knee. And Yunel…
Sep 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
And you thought Monday’s loss was tough to watch? What transpired Tuesday in St. Louis made the previous night’s game feel pedestrian, as if it was just some run-of-the-mill loss every team suffers during the course of the season. It wasn’t, of course, but the Nationals’ 8-5 loss Tuesday — coincidentally the exact same score…
Aug 28, 2015, 5:59 PM EST
Denard Span’s injury plagued season will come to an abrupt conclusion Tuesday when the Nationals leadoff man has surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip, but the club was able to breathe a bit easier Friday when it learned Michael Taylor (Span’s backup in center field) was not seriously injured during a scary-looking…
Aug 28, 2015, 3:36 PM EST
The Nationals suffered three blows last night, with Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar getting hurt and Denard Span going back on the DL only two days after returning, but they did manage to win the game and their series against the Padres. They’ve won 6 of 9 now, with a chance to continue the trend…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:49 PM EST
Denard Span’s return from the disabled list earlier this week was as big an emotional boost as the Nationals had experienced in quite some time. Which only made the center fielder’s return to the DL late Thursday night an even tougher punch to the gut. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EST
[Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…
Aug 27, 2015, 10:08 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to take their third consecutive series — and then hoping beyond hope the Mets would actually lose a ballgame for a change — the Nationals turned to their surprising rookie right-hander and watched as he pitched yet another gem. Joe Ross allowed only one run (unearned) on one…
Aug 27, 2015, 12:49 AM EST
There is perhaps no bigger gamble in baseball than swinging at a 3-0 pitch. It’s the ultimate high-risk, high-reward play, at times producing game-changing hits at crucial moments while at other times stopping potential rallies dead in their tracks. The Nationals, as a team, like to take that risk. They preach an aggressive approach at…
Aug 24, 2015, 5:35 PM EST
Since the return of Anthony Rendon on July 25, the Nationals have had a logjam in their infield. And lately that has become even more evident thanks to the improved play of not only Rendon, but Ian Desmond as well. Finding Danny Espinosa playing time, in particular, has become a challenge at times. When Desmond and…
Aug 22, 2015, 6:39 PM EST
Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Saturday night, still feeling the effects of Friday night’s collision down the third-base line with the wall and a fan seated in the front row. Escobar said he was “feeling a little better” the day after suffering the injury, via a club spokesperson, but offered no timetable…
Aug 22, 2015, 3:23 PM EST
The sky is blue, the humidity is low, it’s a gorgeous Saturday in the District of Columbia, and there’s a ballgame to be played tonight. Can’t complain about that, right? OK, so there’s plenty to complain about right now as it pertains to the Nationals, who after dropping last night’s series opener to the Brewers…
Aug 22, 2015, 12:51 AM EST
If the Nationals were hoping the start of a long homestead would present an opportunity to bolster any optimism still out there for a late-season surge, they sure did little Friday night to back up the sentiment. Slogging their way through an ugly ballgame against an uninspired opponent, the Nationals were clobbered 10-3 by the…
Aug 21, 2015, 11:25 PM EST
[Updated: 11:25 p.m.] Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Friday night’s loss to the Brewers in the top of the first inning after the Nationals third baseman collided with both the railing and a fan seated down the left-field line trying to chase a foul popup. The injury was diagnosed as a hyper-extended neck, according to…
Aug 21, 2015, 10:29 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a brutal road trip, the Nationals returned to D.C. on Friday night hoping to re-establish themselves as a legitimate contender for the NL East title. Then the game started and everything that happened afterward suggested anything but. The Nationals were rocked by a last-place Brewers club, done…
Aug 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Call it desperation. Call it a hunch. Call it a calculated gamble. Whatever you want to call it, the lineup card Matt Williams filled out Tuesday in Colorado was unlike any he had attached his signature to since becoming manager of the Nationals last year. Jayson Werth, owner of a .261 on-base percentage (.203 in…
Aug 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals faced a tough enough challenge Tuesday night with Zack Greinke on the mound for the Dodgers. That they wound up having to face the Cy Young frontrunner without the services of Bryce Harper was downright unfair. The absence of Harper from the Nationals’ lineup due to a sore left knee proved significant during…
Aug 4, 2015, 10:48 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals woke up Tuesday morning looking up at somebody else in the NL East standings for the first time since June 19, with a town suddenly worried about its ballclub’s chances this season. There were some more nervous moments as the second game of this series against the Diamondbacks played…
Jul 25, 2015, 4:20 PM EST
For weeks, we’ve been talking about members of the Nationals lineup who are unavailable to play. Tonight, we’re finally able to talk about a couple who are available to play, and who will play. Yes, Anthony Rendon is off the DL, having missed the last month with a strained left quadriceps muscle; he’s batting second…
Jul 24, 2015, 4:05 PM EST
The last time he faced the Pirates, Max Scherzer … well, you know what he did. (And what he came oh-so-close to doing beyond that.) So what does Scherzer have in store for tonight’s rematch in Pittsburgh? On paper, this looks like quite an advantageous matchup for the Nationals, who are getting the Pirates’ Big…
Jul 23, 2015, 3:45 PM EST
They made it through a homestand that included games against Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and emerged with a 3-3 record. Now the Nationals embark on a tough, 10-game road trip that will feature plenty more tough opposition on the mound, beginning tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It’s…
Jul 23, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 3-3 Team slash: .203/.277/.316 Team ERA: 3.83 Runs per game: 3.3 STOCK UP Yunel Escobar, 3B: .318 AVG / .591 SLG / .909 OPS The Nationals have to hope that Escobar’s latest…
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