Jul 6, 2015, 11:41 PM EDT
It has become an all-too-familiar scene for the Nationals, a player leaving a game early with an apparent injury. And when it happened twice on Monday night, to two of the club’s most-important and most-productive veterans, it could only leave everyone in the organization hoping neither Denard Span nor Yunel Escobar was seriously hurt. The…
Jul 6, 2015, 10:17 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an impressive, 3-game sweep of the defending champion Giants, the Nationals opened a 3-game series against a struggling Reds team that for some reason has owned them this season. And the script didn’t change on this night. Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer off Casey Janssen in the top…
Jul 6, 2015, 7:19 PM EDT
Max Scherzer was named to the NL All-Star team Monday evening and will join teammate Bryce Harper next week in Cincinnati as the Nationals’ lone representatives for the Midsummer Classic. For now. Scherzer, arguably the NL’s best pitcher through the season’s first half, is the logical choice to start next Tuesday night’s game at Great…
Jul 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There are nights when the Nationals’ lineup looks capable of posting big numbers, no matter how many regulars find themselves shelved due to injury. And then there are nights like Wednesday. The Nationals looked feeble at the plate during their 4-1 loss to the Braves, held to a measly four hits by rookie right-hander Matt…
Jun 30, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT
After a wild weekend of baseball in Philadelphia, the Nationals now head to Atlanta to wrap up their road trip with a 3-game series against the Braves. Hey, remember the whole “The Nats can’t beat the Braves ’cause they’re in their heads” thing? Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore. The Nationals have won eight straight against…
Jun 27, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals submitted a lineup for Saturday’s game against the Phillies that featured only one player projected to start on Opening Day (Ian Desmond) hitting in a spot he rarely has held in his career (third). Such is life for Matt Williams right now, with six of his regular position players currently out…
Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question. Also in question…
Jun 26, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Yunel Escobar became the latest member of the Nationals’ starting lineup to succumb to injury Friday night, forced out of his team’s game against the Phillies after getting struck in the left hand by a first-inning Aaron Harang fastball. Preliminary X-rays were negative, according to manager Matt Williams, but Escobar’s hand remained sore…
Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…
Jun 7, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT
The Nationals lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs featured Yunel Escobar for the first time in two days, but missing was Ryan Zimmerman. The veteran first baseman is going through an extended slump and is taking the day off to recharge. The Nationals are also off on Monday before they head…
Jun 6, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT
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 6, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT
Danny Espinosa would have started making the mental adjustment required when moving from a spot in the daily lineup to a spot on the bench, if only he had enough time to consider it. Before Espinosa could get comfortable in a reserve role, though, he found himself right back on the field for the Nationals…
Jun 5, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT
Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Friday, his right wrist still sore following an awkward check-swing that knocked him out of Thursday night’s game after only one inning. X-rays taken of Escobar’s wrist were negative, but the veteran infielder continued to be bothered by soreness in the area and didn’t feel well enough…
Jun 5, 2015, 1:24 AM EDT
The Nationals saw Anthony Rendon finally return on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for them to have another player go down. Third baseman Yunel Escobar left the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs with a right wrist injury. Escobar hurt his wrist during a check-swing while facing Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first…
Jun 3, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals had a rough time trying to hold teams down late in games this past week. That and more on this edition of Stock Watch.
May 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ 3-2 loss in Chicago on Tuesday had a little bit of everything. A gutty pitching performance by Jordan Zimmermann. Another jaw-dropping home run by Bryce Harper. And some inexplicable mental mistakes by Yunel Escobar and (to a lesser extent) Ian Desmond during the decisive ninth inning. All of that made for one of…
May 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Bryce Harper is receiving a boatload of attention right now, and deservedly so. Win back-to-back NL Player of the Week honors, get talked about a whole lot. But Harper alone is not responsible for the Nationals’ resurgence over the last three weeks. Yes, he has contributed to their 15-4 record since April 28 more than…
May 12, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Plenty of members of the Nationals’ roster and coaching staff had seen Yunel Escobar over the years and thought they had a decent sense of him as a player. Most did not, however, think he would be what he has proven to be through his first six weeks in a Washington uniform. “You…
May 12, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Denard Span dug in, Josh Collmenter went into his funky, tomahawk-style windup and tried to sneak an 84-mph cutter over the inner half of the plate and then the ball went soaring toward right field. The game was all of 30 seconds old, many in the Chase Field crowd of 16,406 had yet…
May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After sweeping the Braves to complete a impressive homestand, the Nationals headed west, hoping their red-hot bats would continue to show up in the hot, dry, desert air. Did it ever. The Nats blasted Josh Collmenter out of Chase Field, piling up 10 runs in the game’s first two innings to…
May 7, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-2 Team slash: .262/.322/.373 Team ERA: 2.32 Runs per game: 3.42 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, RF: 3 HR/ 8 RBI/ 1.047 OPS Was there any way he wouldn’t make it…
May 4, 2015, 11:53 PM EDT
It took nearly a month, but perhaps the 2015 Nationals are beginning to forge an identity, one that bears some strong resemblance to the 2014 version of this club. Whether overcoming injuries to key regulars, a sloppy play here and there or a late deficit, these Nationals are beginning to show a characteristic key to…
May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an eventful, 10-game road trip that ended on a high note, the Nationals were right back at the park Monday night to open a 6-game homestand, with another surging division rival in town. What transpired was another taut, low-scoring affair that was decided late. As has been…
May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
If the Nationals’ intention Thursday night was to make a statement to the Mets, consider their mission accomplished. With a lopsided, 8-2 victory at Citi Field, the Nationals took the first game of this big weekend series, won their third straight, moved to within five games of first place in the NL East and thoroughly…
Apr 28, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT
ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A.J. Cole getting called up to make his major-league debut in place of the injured Max Scherzer, everyone seemed to gloss over a teeny little fact…
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