Nationals Rumors & News

  • Righty Tanner Roark waiting to hear on role for NLDS "Nationals manager Matt Williams has not announced his rotation during the National League Division Series, which starts Friday at Nationals Park. It will be interesting to see what role Tanner Roark will play in the postseason. All indications have him coming out of the bullpen -- at least for the..." September 30

  • Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann no-hits Marlins "Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann pitched a no-hitter against the Marlins on Sunday (WAS 1, MIA 0). It was the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history and fifth in Nationals/Expos franchise history. Zimmermann's was also the fifth no-hitter of 2014. On the day, Zimmermann struck..." September 29

  • Nats 5, Marlins 1

    CSN Washington "The truck keeps rolling along, no matter what's at stake right now. The Nationals could've taken Saturday off but instead went out and put forth another impressive effort to beat the Marlins and improve to 32-13 down the stretch, with one game to go on the regular-season slate. It certainly..." September 28

  • Marlins ride late-arriving offense to doubleheader split over Nationals

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Marlins totaled more than two games worth of hits Friday. That wasn't altogether unexpected, considering they played the Nationals twice. The peculiar part was the distribution. After Doug Fister tossed a three-hit shutout in the matinee, the Marlins exploded for a season-high 22 under the..." September 27

  • Nats lock up home-field advantage through NLCS with win over Marlins

    CSN Washington "For the second time in three years, no team in the National League will finish with a better record than the Nationals. Thanks to Doug Fister’s 4-0 shutout victory over the Marlins in the first half of Friday’s day-night doubleheader, the Nationals locked up home-field advantage through the..." September 27

  • Mets have another losing season after splitting doubleheader against Nationals

    New York Daily News "On the televisions in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park Thursday afternoon, Washington manager Matt Williams was talking about lining his team’s rotation up for the playoffs while the Mets sat quietly eating between games of a doubleheader and talking about their own future: 2015. As the..." September 26

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    106.7 The Fan @1067thefandc

    JUST IN: Tonight's #Nats - #Mets game will be made up tomrorow (Thursday) as part of a split doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. (via @Nationals)

  • Nationals defeat Mets in triumphant return home

    CSN Washington "The 2014 NL East champions finally returned home tonight, a full week removed from their division clincher in Atlanta, and were given a heroes' welcome from a crowd of 30,714 that looked for every possible opportunity to shower the home team with love. Tanner Roark got a standing ovation as he..." September 24

  • Jordan Zimmermann suffers bruised shoulder, survives scare

    Washington Post "Jordan Zimmermann suffered a bruised pitching shoulder Saturday night when he narrowly avoided being struck in the face by a line drive in the Nationals’ 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Leading off the sixth inning, Casey McGehee smashed a line drive back through the middle, headed straight at..." September 21

  • Nationals set to activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL soon "The Nationals appear ready to activate Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list very soon, possibly even Saturday, per multiple reports. Manager Matt Williams said that the veteran has "answered every question" regarding his health (Adam Kilgore), so it's only a matter of time. Zimmerman, 29, has..." September 20

  • Fister, Nats do enough right to get by Marlins

    CSN Washington "With Adam LaRoche back in the lineup and Ryan Zimmerman back in the dugout, the Nationals looked complete as a ballclub for this game. And though they didn't necessarily play their best game of the last week, they still managed to do enough right to improve to 7-2 on this final road trip of the..." September 20

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Sounds like Ryan Zimmerman is on his way to Miami after playing 7 innings in Viera today. Likely to be activated for tomorrow's game.

  • Nationals claim Twins’ Opening Day shortstop off waivers

    Hardball Talk "It’s not often you see a team’s Opening Day shortstop get claimed off regular, non-revocable waivers in mid-September, but the Twins just lost Pedro Florimon to the Nationals on the waiver wire. Of course, Florimon lost Minnesota’s shortstop job in April and has spent most of the season at..." September 19

  • Bethancourt comes through, Braves beat Nats to snap 5-game skid

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt displayed his quick feet and rifle arm in the top of the sixth inning when he threw out Michael Taylor trying to steal third base for the second out, with two on and Washington ahead 1-0. But what the defensively gifted catcher did with his bat in the bottom..." September 18

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    The Nats' lineup includes seven 2014 Syracuse Chiefs and Kevin Frandsen batting third for third time in his career.

  • Nationals clinch NL East with victory in Atlanta

    CSN Washington "It wasn’t supposed to be this easy. Sure, the Nationals entered 2014 as consensus favorites to win the NL East on the heels of a disappointing, 86-win season. But most teams don’t just run away with a division title, certainly not when they’re deadlocked with their chief rivals as late as July..." September 17

  • Harper latest to come down with illness

    Nats Insider "The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded and..." September 16

  • Nationals lower magic number to four, top Mets

    CSN Washington "The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season's final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves' surprising struggles in Texas, has now put them in..." September 15

  • Rafael Soriano making strides, but won’t reclaim closer’s role yet

    Washington Post "For the second time since he returned to pitching in games, Rafael Soriano took the mound in a low-pressure situation. On Saturday, he strolled to the mound in the seventh inning with the Nationals holding a four-run lead over the Mets. Soriano fired a scoreless inning, allowing no base runners..." September 15

  • Harper, Desmond star in Nats 10-3 win over Mets

    CSN Washington "Bryce Harper homered, Ian Desmond drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals moved a step closer to their second NL East title in three years with a 10-3 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night. Anthony Rendon added to his huge series with four hits as Washington reduced its..." September 14

  • Jayson Werth gets a day off

    Washington Post "Jayson Werth is out of Friday night’s lineup because he said he is feeling sick, likely catching the same bug that has gone around the Nationals clubhouse in recent days. Werth also felt “a little bit of dead legs” during Thursday’s game, according to Manager Matt Williams. Werth was due for a day..." September 13

  • No, really: Mets actually beat Nationals at Citi

    New York Post "The Mets have retaken Citi Field — for one night, at least. Ending an embarrassing franchise-worst home losing streak, the Mets wrestled back the keys to Citi Field with a 4-3 win over the Nationals on Friday night, giving them their first home win over Washington in 13 games. The victory..." September 13

  • Playoff hopes shrink as Mets lose to division-leading Nationals, 6-2

    New York Daily News "There is not much of a battle between the Mets and Nationals these days. Washington has dominated the Mets all season long, and has beaten them 12 straight times at Citi Field dating back to 2013. Now after Thursday night, there will be bruises, too. The Nationals battered Bartolo Colon and..." September 12

  • Braves avoid sweep with 6-2 win against Nats and Strasburg

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "While Atlanta’s pleasantly surprising journeyman Aaron Harang got back to pitching as he had for most of the season, the Braves did what they’ve done to Stephen Strasburg since the Washington ace’s ballyhooed arrival in the majors. They beat him. The Braves scored first on a home run from..." September 11

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Desmond and Rendon are out today. Infield of Frandsen, Espinosa, Cabrera, LaRoche behind Strasburg.

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Anthony Rendon is sick, Williams said. Desmond told Williams he could play, but Williams wanted him to rest. He's played 140 of 143, anyway.

  • Nats victorious in playoff-like atmosphere against Braves

    CSN Washington "You want tense, September pennant-race drama against a division rival? You got it tonight when the Nationals and Braves opened a big, 3-game series that will go a long way toward either moving the Nats a step closer to the NL East title or allow Atlanta to sneak its way back into the race. Doug..." September 09

  • Home runs power Nats to Sunday win over Phillies, 3-2

    CSN Washington "Having lost the first two games of this series, not to mention five straight to the Phillies, and now needing to beat Cole Hamels to avoid a sweep, the Nationals weren't exactly in an ideal situation this afternoon. But they came through with a strong, if not flawless, performance in this..." September 08

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Rafael Soriano says he spoke with Matt Williams. He will take a couple days off to work on mechanics & slider. Will throw a bullpen Monday.

  • After yet another blown save, Rafael Soriano could be out as the Nats’ closer

    Hardball Talk "The Washington Nationals hold a seven-game divisional lead and are shoe-ins for the playoffs. Most folks would probably say they’re the favorite in the entire National League at the moment. But they do have one problem: their closer. Rafael Soriano blew his second straight save last night and..." September 06

  • Phillies 9, Nationals 8 (11 innings)

    CSN Philly "The Phillies rallied back from a pair of five-run deficits in posting one of their best wins of the season Friday night. They beat the NL East-leading Washington Nationals, 9-8, in 11 innings. The Phils rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 7-7. All the..." September 06

  • Nationals outlast Dodgers, 8-5, in marathon 14-inning game

    CSN Washington "At the end of a long roller coaster of a road trip, the Nationals needed to beat the Dodgers to capture their second straight series out west against a contending opponent and salvage a 4-5 record overall on a 10-day jaunt that began with a surprising sweep in Philadelphia. But they found..." September 04

  • Adam LaRoche joins Harold Baines with historically-rare achievement

    Hardball Talk "When Adam LaRoche stepped to the plate in the ninth inning against Kenley Jansen, pinch-hitting for Tyler Moore, he could have quoted Dante from the movie Clerks, saying, “I’m not even supposed to be here today!” The Nationals’ first baseman has been bothered lately by a back injury and was out of..." September 04

  • Dustin Ackley’s home run helps Mariners beat Nationals, 5-3

    Seattle Times "Progress doesn’t always come on a schedule, yours or anybody else’s. Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley hit .273 in 90 games during his first season in 2011, even earning a Rookie of the Year vote. But his development has come in fits and starts since. “He was the best college hitter in the..." September 01

  • Strasburg pitches gem as Nats beat Mariners 3-1

    CSN Washington "One night after the Nationals made Felix Hernandez look human, their own marquee starter lived up to the billing. Stephen Strasburg had arguably his best road outing of 2014 with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, the only score coming on his final pitch of the night. His final line included eight..." August 31

  • Nats blast King Felix, open series vs. Mariners with win

    CSN Washington "The Nationals entered Friday night in a three-game skid going up against the best right-hander of his generation. Few on their roster had ever faced Felix Hernandez, and those who had found no luck. But for some reason, in a development that no one could have predicted, the Nats slapped around..." August 30

  • Bryce Harper is 15th player in MLB history to reach 50 career homers before age-22 season

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper hit one of six home runs for the Nationals last night in an 8-3 victory over the Mariners. In doing so, he joined some impressive company. Harper is just the 15th player in MLB history to reach 50 career home runs before their age-22 season. It took him 331 games to get there." August 30

  • 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

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    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

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    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.