Nationals Rumors & News

  • Phils sweep Nats to conclude successful homestand

    CSN Philly "Here’s a little indication of how poorly the Phillies have played at home in 2014: They completed their best homestand of the season with an 8-4 win to complete a three-game sweep of the previously rampaging Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. The sweep gave the Phillies a 7-2 homestand..." August 28

  • Hamels appears upset with Sandberg in Phils' win over Nats

    CSN Philly "Another Phillie appears to be upset with manager Ryne Sandberg and this one isn’t a fifth starter with a bloated ERA, a stumbling outfielder or a headstrong rookie. This one is the highest-paid athlete in Philadelphia sports history and a former World Series MVP. Cole Hamels appeared none..." August 27

  • Nationals shut down top prospect Lucas Giolito for the season

    Hardball Talk "’s Bill Ladson and Daniel Popper report that the Nationals have shut down top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito for the season, part of the organization’s protocol for handling pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery. Giolito was the Nationals’ first-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2012..." August 24

  • After weird first inning, Jordan Zimmermann and Nationals dominate Giants

    CSN Washington "Two batters into Saturday evening’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals already were trailing the Giants 2-0, and a rain-soaked crowd of 34,137 was murmuring, perhaps worried all the good vibes of the 10-game winning streak that ended Friday night were about to disappear into thin air. On..." August 24

  • 5d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Nate Schierholtz expected to join Nats today from Class AAA Syracuse, per sources. Unsure of corresponding move. Adds lefty bat to bench.

  • Posey, Panik power Giants to end Nats' 10-game run

    San Francisco Chronicle "The old man of 27 still has it. Not that he ever lost it. But based on chatter from certain columnists, bloggers, tweeters and radio talkies, the time is coming for Buster Posey to hang up his shin guards and order a new line of first baseman's mitts. To which Posey says..." August 23

  • Doug Fister recently had skin cancer removed from his neck

    Hardball Talk "According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington, Nationals right-hander Doug Fister revealed last night that he had skin cancer removed from his neck this week. Fister could be seen with a row of stitches on the left side of his neck during his start last night against the Giants." August 23

  • Nats 1, Diamondbacks 0

    Nats Insider "Throughout the Nationals’ recent winning streak, they have found a variety of ways to win. Some have been pretty, some have been ugly. On a soggy Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats perhaps got their ugliest win yet in what is now a 10-game winning streak, tying a team..." August 22

  • Nats' Zimmerman takes significant step in recovery

    CSN Washington "Ryan Zimmerman is still without a timetable to return, but he did take a step forward on Thursday in throwing for the first time in his recovery from a strained right hamstring. Zimmerman threw lightly on the field at Nationals Park before the team's game against Arizona. It represented the..." August 22

  • Rendon lifts Nationals to 3-2 win with ninth-inning pinch-hit single

    Washington Post "What the Washington Nationals have done in the past nine days — nine straight wins, including four walk-offs — now borders on absurd. It has reached a point that Manager Matt Williams, who has spent a lifetime in baseball, can’t visibly share in his players’ excitement after the games because of..." August 21

  • Nationals' 9-game win streak is "absolutely epic"

    CSN Washington "This shouldn't be happening, not like this. It's not that the Nationals have won nine straight games. And it's not that they've won in walk-off fashion four of the last five nights. It's that they've won three of the last four nights after blowing a lead in the eighth or ninth inning. Really,..." August 21

  • Strasburg pitches eight innings, Nationals cruise to eighth straight win

    Washington Post "Asdrubal Cabrera stood at second base, smacked his hands together and pointed to the sky. All three runners had scored moments before. The crowd at Nationals Park erupted, and the players in the home dugout were on their feet, smiles and high-fives everywhere. The rout was on with no outs in the..." August 20

  • 9d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Nate McLouth will have season-ending surgery for torn labrum in R shoulder. Given developments of last few days, doesn't come as surprise.

  • Nats beat Diamondbacks in third straight walk-off win

    CSN Washington "Riding a season-high 6-game winning streak that included a weekend sweep of the contending Pirates, the Nationals opened a 4-game series against the non-contending Diamondbacks feeling mighty good about themselves. What they didn't expect was a real battle against unknown Arizona left-hander Vidal..." August 19

  • 10d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats have signed veteran OF Nate Schierholtz to minor-league contract. Will report to Syracuse. Would imagine we'll see him in September.

  • 11d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Still no Werth in #Nats lineup. Out for 8th time in 9 games.

  • Jayson Werth targeting Sunday return to Nationals lineup

    CSN Washington "The Nationals expect to have Jayson Werth back in the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates and might even have the veteran outfielder available off the bench tonight. Werth was due to take a full round of batting practice in the cage underneath the stands at Nationals Park this..." August 17

  • Nationals beat Pirates in thrilling comeback, walk-off victory

    CSN Washington "Seeking only their second 5-game winning streak of the season, the Nationals took the field tonight knowing they'd need a quality start from struggling Gio Gonzalez to have a good chance. They got neither that nor much of anything at the plate against lefty Jeff Locke, putting themselves in a 3-0..." August 17

  • Nats pounce early, hang on late to beat Pirates

    CSN Washington "One by one, they stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first, hoping to put together quality at-bats but fully aware the percentages said more of them would make outs than didn't. But then Denard Span beat out an infield single to get things started. And then Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk to..." August 16

  • 13d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Jayson Werth to hit off a tee today & go thru full workout tomorrow to test shoulder, per Matt. Could return to lineup Sat. or likely Sun.

  • 13d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    McLouth is getting second opinion on shoulder, not responding as well as he'd like.

  • Strasburg, Harper lead the way as Nats sweep Mets

    Nats Insider "That the Nationals just swept the Mets in New York isn’t a major surprise. This is a team, in case you didn’t realize, that has now won 11 consecutive games at Citi Field. A loss in Flushing, that would have constituted a surprise. But the manner in which the Nationals won the last three..." August 15

  • Nats 3-2 over Mets for 10th straight in Citi Field

    Federal Baseball "New York Mets' right-hander Bartolo Colon shut the Washington Nationals down for six innings in Citi Field, but the Nats rallied late for a 3-2 win and their 10th straight decision in Citi Field. Jordan Zimmermann was solid on the mound again for the Nationals... New York Mets' right-hander..." August 14

  • An early look at the top MLB free agents

    MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14

  • Michael A. Taylor homers in MLB debut, Nationals cruise past Mets

    Washington Post "Michael A. Taylor’s father had called him five times Saturday night, even though he had nothing new to say. The news had spread that Taylor would arrive in the major leagues the next day. Taylor only kept hearing from his father, “I’m so proud of you.” Anthony Taylor, a logistics officer for 22..." August 13

  • Jayson Werth charged with reckless driving in Fairfax County

    Washington Post "Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was pulled over in early July and charged with reckless driving for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to a case file on the Fairfax County General District Court Web site. Werth was charged with a misdemeanor for the incident, which occurred July 6,..." August 13

  • Werth gets cortisone shot for shoulder sprain "Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth had an MRI taken Tuesday night on his right shoulder and the results revealed an AC joint sprain. On Wednesday, he received a cortisone shot in the shoulder and will not be able to play for the next couple of days. Werth hurt the shoulder making a catch..." August 13

  • Bud Selig expects MLB regular season games in Europe soon

    SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13

  • 17d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    SS Ian Desmond, who rejected a reported $90 million extension from #Nats last winter, has cleared waivers, along with starter Gio Gonzalez,

  • Atlanta fans irate with Bryce Harper for scuffing Braves logo

    USA Today "Bryce Harper quickly became the least popular person in Atlanta Saturday night after he repeatedly scuffed the script ‘A’ behind home plate at Turner Field. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Harper walked across the Braves logo in each of his first three trips to the plate, dragging..." August 11

  • Nationals expected to call up top prospect Taylor

    CSN Washington "Desperate for healthy outfielders, the Nationals are expected to promote top prospect Michael Taylor and have the dynamic 23-year-old in uniform for Sunday night’s series finale against the Braves. Taylor was a late scratch from Class AAA Syracuse’s lineup Saturday evening and was due to depart..." August 10

  • Nats outlast Braves, 4-1, in rain-delayed marathon

    CSN Washington "They were all set to play at Turner Field on Friday night. Pitchers warmed up. Players stretched. They sang the national anthem. And then at 7:03 p.m., 7 minutes before scheduled first pitch, they rolled out the tarp in anticipation of heavy rain which arrived a few minutes later. Little did they..." August 10

  • 19d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Werth scratched. Shoulder/ankle must still be a problem. Harper now in RF, Frandsen in LF.

  • 19d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Souza feeling better today, not concerned it's anything serious. Said he passed multiple concussion tests last night and today.

  • Braves 7, Nationals 6

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Nationals were just what the free-falling Braves needed. Yes, the first-place Nationals and their star Stephen Strasburg. The Braves snapped an eight-game losing streak by using four home runs to defeat the Nationals 7-6 Friday night in their return to Turner Field. The Braves improved..." August 09

  • Instant Analysis: Nats 5, Mets 3 (13)

    Nats Insider "After breaking out of a disappointing stretch with a lopsided win over the Mets on Wednesday night, the Nationals followed up with a second straight victory over New York, setting the stage for a huge series against the Braves in Atlanta this weekend. This one came in extra innings and was..." August 08

  • Fister barely breaks a sweat in 7-1 win over Mets

    CSN Washington "On the heels of a tough loss, who do the Nationals give the ball to? Doug Fister. The formula has worked all season, and it worked again tonight. Fister was dominant yet again, shutting out the Mets into the eighth inning without so much as breaking a sweat before getting charged with an..." August 07

  • MLB asks feds for names in probe "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07

  • N.Y. court blocks Major League Baseball decision in O's, Nats' TV rights case

    Baltimore Sun "A New York court — acting in a television rights fees dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals — has temporarily blocked Major League Baseball from proceeding with a recent decision that would divert tens of millions of dollars in profits from the regional network that primarily..." August 07

  • Zack Wheeler, Mets shut down Nationals

    New York Post "Zack Wheeler was on his way to becoming toast Tuesday night when he suddenly rediscovered his love for the strike zone. Somehow, the Mets right-hander not only survived, but stuck around for 6 ²/₃ innings — long enough for his beleaguered lineup to create a ruckus against the..." August 06

  • Nightengale: MLB's Biogenesis nightmare far from over

    USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06

  • 23d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Ryan Zimmerman walked on underwater treadmill yesterday, hamstring felt fine, per Matt Williams. First of many steps to returning.

  • Nationals claim Matt Thornton off waivers from Yankees

    Hardball Talk "Most players are pulled back once they’re claimed during the August revocable waiver period, but it’s always interesting when a team claims a player and the original team simply says “OK fine, take him.” That happened today with Matt Thornton, who was claimed off revocable waivers by the..." August 05

  • 23d
    T.J. Quinn @TJQuinnESPN

    Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.

  • Nationals shut down Nate McLouth, call up hot-hitting Steven Souza

    Hardball Talk "This offseason the Nationals made Nate McLouth a very expensive fourth outfielder by signing him to a two-year, $10.75 million deal, but he’s hit just .173 in limited playing time and now he’s on the disabled list. McLouth has been shut down with right shoulder inflammation and according to..." August 04

  • Strasburg dominates in Nats' 4-0 win over Phillies

    CSN Washington "Before the Phillies bullpen allowed the Nationals to secure a comfortable lead in the eighth inning on Sunday, much of the afternoon was the Stephen Strasburg vs. Cole Hamels show. Both starters were locked in, neither giving an inch to their opponent. Hamels was the one to blink with a run..." August 04

  • 26d
    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Bryce Harper gets a day off. Scott Hairston playing left. He crushes Cole Hamels.

  • Early rally sets the tone for Nationals in 11-0 rout over Phillies

    CSN Washington "By the fourth inning, the Nationals led by 11 runs, turning the Phillies pitching staff into mincemeat and allowing everyone to breathe a sigh of relief and just play out the string under no pressure. But when Saturday night’s game was only two batters into the bottom of the first, when the..." August 03

  • Orioles attempted to trade for Asdrubal Cabrera

    Masn "The non-waiver deadline has passed, but I can't seem to let it go. I'm not sure why, since I mostly find it annoying. This could explain my relationship issues. But seriously... The Orioles failed to trade for a hitter Thursday despite making a final push shortly before 4 p.m. Executive..." August 03

  • Trio of Phillies spark 2nd straight win over Nats

    CSN Philly "Three of the standouts in the Phillies’ win over the Washington Nationals Friday night would not have been Phillies if things had gone differently earlier in the week. Any team in baseball could have Roberto Hernandez, Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd. Of course, by now you know that GM Ruben..." August 02