Nationals Rumors & News

  • D-backs top Gonzalez, Nationals in rain-shortened game

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It was about 20 minutes before the first pitch on Wednesday as Gio Gonzalez began to warm up on the green grass of right field. Washington's starting pitcher looked to the heavens and then ran some sprints before eventually heading to the bullpen beyond the right field fence at..." September 29

  • Difo's first career homer helps Nationals beat Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It has been a rough week for several All-Star players in the nation's capital. On Sunday Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hurt his thumb in Pittsburgh and has not played since. Catcher Wilson Ramos tore his ACL on Monday and is done for the season, while Washington..." September 29

  • Stephen Strasburg is ‘unlikely’ to pitch in NLDS, Mike Rizzo says

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg played catch at 90 feet Tuesday afternoon at Nationals Park. The session constitutes progress in his recovery from a strained flexor mass, but not enough for the Nationals to believe the all-star right-hander will be ready for the start of the playoffs. “I think it would be..." September 28

  • Banged up Nationals blown out by Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East title on Saturday night with a win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. But little has gone well for the Nationals in the 48 hours since then, even with a win on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Jean Segura had three hits,..." September 27

  • Rendon homer lifts Nationals over Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Dusty Baker is big on numbers and milestones, and he wants to see ace pitcher Max Scherzer try and win 20 games this year. But Baker needed to pinch-hit for Scherzer in the sixth inning Tuesday night with his team trailing 2-0. The Washington manager got the best of both..." September 27

  • Nationals' Cole suspended 5 games for throwing at Pirates' Kang

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, benches cleared in Pittsburgh after Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole threw behind Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang. That was in response to Kang applying a fake tag on Bryce Harper earlier in the game, which forced Harper to slide awkwardly and hurt his thumb. Here's the..." September 27

  • Wilson Ramos out with torn ACL

    Washington Times "Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, according to manager Dusty Baker. Ramos exited Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning after jumping for a high throw from first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Ramos landed..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Harper hurt, Werth homers as Nationals outslug Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It was a wild game, for sure, even though Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker called it "not a very good game." That would have been the full scope of it if not for an injury to star Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, ill feelings and a benches-clearing incident in the..." September 25

  • Harper leaves game with apparent hand injury

    CBS Sports "Harper left Sunday's gamein the third inning with a hand injury, Dan Kolko of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network reports." September 25

  • Stallings' RBI single in 11th lifts Pirates past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Even with expanded rosters in September, Pittsburgh third-string catcher Jacob Stallings knew he could get into Friday's game as it stretched into the 11th inning. "I kind of did the math in my head. Bases loaded, two outs was the only way I was going to come up that inning,"..." September 24

  • How Much Has Trea Turner Impacted The Nationals?

    The Sports Quotient "When Trea Turner was called up for good on July 10th, the Nationals already had a 97% chance of winning their division. With players like Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, and a resurgent Anthony Rendon leading the offense, it was not like the team struggled for offensive firepower. However, there were..." September 24

  • Daniel Murphy has strained left buttocks, Stephen Strasburg’s playoff status still uncertain

    Washington Post "Daniel Murphy, whose left leg injury was not responding to treatment, has a mild strain in his left buttocks, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Friday. Murphy underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, an issue that plagues him most when he is running. Baker said the Nationals are going “to..." September 24

  • Report: Nationals sign Cuban prospect Yadiel Hernandez

    Today's Knuckleball "The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement to sign Cuban outfielder Yadiel Hernandez, per Jesse Sanchez of At 29 years old, Hernandez is not limited to Washington’s international signing pool, as the Nationals have ponied up $200,00 to acquire him, pending the completion of his..." September 22

  • Bryce Harper told the Nationals he is not hurt, and they seem to believe him

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper went 1 for 4 with a walk in Wednesday night’s win over the Miami Marlins, a typical night for him in the 2016 season in which he is hitting .240 and keeping pace with Paul Goldschmidt for the National League lead in walks. He slid headfirst into second base twice, both times without a..." September 22

  • Nationals open talks with Ramos; sides not close

    Today's Knuckleball "The Washington Nationals initiated talks with soon-to-be free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, making an initial offer. However, indications are that the Nats’ offer was somewhere in the range of $30 million over three years, which apparently isn’t in the ballpark of what Ramos seeks and perhaps not..." September 22

  • Nats pound Marlins, close in on NL East title

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- If anybody thinks major league players don't watch the scoreboard to track other games, they are wrong. Proof positive was provided by Max Scherzer after he led the Washington Nationals to an 8-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. The first-place Nationals (89-63)..." September 21

  • Nationals dismiss report about Bryce Harper shoulder injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Two prominent members of the Washington Nationals on Tuesday dismissed a report discussing the extent of Bryce Harper’s shoulder injury. SI’s Tom Verducci wrote a column Tuesday about the Nats’ playoff hopes, which he said were dampened by Harper’s shoulder concerns. Verducci reported a source..." September 21

  • Fernandez, Marlins blank Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly earlier said his team's playoff chances were on life support. However, after Miami's third consecutive win -- a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night -- perhaps it is time for an update. The Marlins, as it turns out, are still..." September 20

  • Hurting Harper among Nationals' concerns, but Washington still a threat to Cubs

    SI "Can the Nationals to be trusted in October? On paper, they are the team with the best shot at derailing the freight train that is the Cubs, provided both clubs survive the National League Division Series. Their steady play has been admirable: Washington has held first place in the NL East for all..." September 20

  • Marlins take advantage of Nationals' miscues

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker won't blame rookie center fielder Trea Turner for misplaying two fly balls. Baker knows that Turner, a natural shortstop, is playing out of position to help the team. Still, Turner's issues led to three runs and the Miami Marlins used..." September 19

  • Wisler wins again for Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Atlanta pitcher Matt Wisler has experienced his share of setbacks this year, but his recent streak of success since returning from the minor leagues indicates why the Braves have been so willing to stick with the young right-hander through his various travails. Wisler continued..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Nationals to activate Joe Ross for Sunday start

    Today's Knuckleball "Washington Nationals’ right-handed pitcher Joe Ross is expected to come off the 60-day disabled list and start on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, according to the Associated Press. Ross originally hit the 60-day disabled list back on July 3 due to a shoulder issue. The initial..." September 18

  • Scherzer, Nationals beat Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Washington Nationals still have two games left against the Braves, but they already have more victories against Atlanta than any other team ever over a two-year period. Max Scherzer beat Atlanta for the fourth time this season, rookie Trea Turner had four hits, including a..." September 17

  • Inciarte helps Braves overtake Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Trea Turner hit two home runs for the Washington Nationals, but the Atlanta Braves' leadoff hitter had a highly productive day as well. Ender Inciarte was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring three times, as the Braves got to Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez for a 7-3 victory..." September 17

  • Is Trea Turner a smaller version of Bo Jackson? One MLB manager thinks so.

    Washington Post "Soon after Dusty Baker was hired to manage the Nationals, an old colleague from the Reds called with a scouting report. “When I saw that Dusty got the job, I let him know about this kid Trea Turner he was going to have in the minor leagues,” said Delino DeShields, a minor league manager who..." September 17

  • Goose Gossage -- I Still Kinda Hate Bryce Harper ... But No Lie, Kid Can Play

    TMZ "Goose Gossage still really, really, really doesn't like Bryce Harper and thinks he's a "punk" ... but good news, Bryce ... Gossage doesn't hate you as much as he did back in March! If you remember ... Goosage threw all kinds of shade on Harper a few months back ... calling him a "fool" and..." September 17

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Roark, Ramos lead Nationals past Mets

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The first-place Washington Nationals are in the midst of another pennant race, aiming for their third National League East title in five years. But important things like life events also take precedent, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker was not with the team Wednesday due to a..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Nationals' Mat Latos: Leaves with hamstring tightness

    CBS Sports "Latos left Monday's start with hamstring tightness, and it is not believed to be serious, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports." September 13

  • Rivera's homer in 10th lifts Mets over Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins played a hunch Tuesday, giving rookie T.J. Rivera a rare start at second base. With Wilmer Flores still banged up, Collins turned to a rookie who made his big league debut at third base on Aug. 10 and had just 41 at-bats in 16 games before..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Nationals carry on without Latos, whip Mets

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Mat Latos stood on the mound, surrounded by his infielders, manager Dusty Baker and athletic trainer Paul Lessard in the top of the fifth inning. The right-handed pitcher, who had hit his fourth career homer in the second inning, was two outs away from being in line for a..." September 12

  • Rendon, Gonzalez power Nationals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- There is not a whole lot of stability these days in the pitching rotation of the Washington Nationals, who nonetheless could run away with the National League East title. Star right-hander Stephen Strasburg left his start after 42 pitches Wednesday with a flexor mass strain,..." September 11

  • Turner powers Nats past Phils

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Trea Turner smashed a solo homer to center with two outs in the ninth off Frank Hermann as the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Friday. The winning pitcher was Mark Melancon (2-1), who tossed a scoreless ninth, while Hermann (0-2) was tagged with the..." September 10

  • Stephen Strasburg Diagnosed With Flexor Mass Strain; No Ligament Damage Found

    MLB Trade Rumors "Strasburg says he can’t promise he’ll return for the postseason, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post tweets. Via’s Jamal Collier (also on Twitter), Strasburg received a PRP shot yesterday." September 10

  • Harper, Scherzer lead Nationals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper flipped his bat behind him, clenched his fists and looked into the Washington Nationals' dugout as he began his trip around the bases. After striking out in his first three at-bats, Harper hit a hanging curve for a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning..." September 10

  • Stephen Strasburg heading for second opinion, unsure about status for postseason

    CBS Sports " Earlier this week the Nationals lost co-ace Stephen Strasburg to a strained flexor mass in his first start back from the disabled list. He'd missed time with soreness in his surgically repaired elbow." September 10

  • Nationals slip past Braves in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The personable Dusty Baker, who likes to talk with his players in the clubhouse, approached starter Stephen Strasburg before Wednesday's game. The manager asked the right-handed pitcher three questions: Was he ready? Was he psyched? Was he chomping at the bit? "He..." September 08

  • Asher records first win as Phillies defeat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The previous appearance for pitcher Alec Asher came on Saturday in Trenton, New Jersey. Before that, he made three minor-league starts in the Gulf Coast League last month, and prior to that his last outing was May 17 at the Triple-A level before being hit with an 80-game drug..." September 08

  • Trainer: Strasburg has flexor mass strain, ‘not a season-ending’ injury

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg left Wednesday night’s game after getting one out in the third inning, a troubling turn of events for the right-hander who was activated from the disabled list before the game. Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg felt a “pinch in the back of his elbow,” and would undergo..." September 08

  • After Years in Minors, Bryce's Brother Bryan Harper Still Waiting for MLB Shot

    Bleacher Report "Bryan Harper had just entered a tie game to start the ninth inning for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, and he was now in a bind—loading the bases on two walks and a sharp single. The next Portland Sea Dogs batter slammed a hard grounder up the middle for a short-to-second, inning-ending force..." September 08

  • Stephen Strasburg exits Wednesday’s game in the third inning

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg left Wednesday night’s game after getting one out in the third inning, a troubling turn of events for the right-hander who was activated from the disabled list before the game. Strasburg had been on the disabled list with what the team called “right elbow soreness,” a move that..." September 08

  • Nationals score three in eighth, beat Braves 9-7

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The expanded rosters in September allow for major league managers to make a series of moves in tight ballgames if they so desire. And manager Dusty Baker certainly took advantage of his deep bench again Tuesday. One day after using five bench players as starters, Baker..." September 07

  • Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg activated from disabled list

    SI "The Washington Nationals have activated pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day disabled list, and he will start in the series finale against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Strasburg had been sidelined since Aug. 23 with a sore right elbow. "It would mean a lot to us because he's one of..." September 07

  • Lugo, Mets top Nats to keep pace

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Seth Lugo didn't come out of nowhere, and neither did the New York Mets. But neither Lugo nor the Mets look ready to return to their meager roots anytime soon. Lugo continued to serve as an unexpected stopper for the Mets on Sunday night, when the rookie right-hander earned the..." September 05

  • Turner, Scherzer lead Nationals past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer is hard enough to beat under even the most normal of circumstances. Throw in the fact that Scherzer had an extra day of rest and was pitching at home during afternoon shadows and the last-place team in the National League East was no match for the veteran..." September 05

  • Nats targeting Wednesday for Stephen Strasburg's return "The end of Stephen Strasburg's latest stint on the disabled list appears to be near. Strasburg threw bullpen sessions every other day this week and came away feeling well after each of them, including one that sent Gio Gonzalez into manager Dusty Baker's office raving about his teammate's..." September 05