Williams said Span will do light work on the field today.
New York Post "Let’s see, this has been a typical time for the Mets, correct? They called up Michael Conforto. They traded for Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and Tyler Clippard. They lost Jenrry Mejia to another PED suspension. They almost traded Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler then nixed the deal over medical..." August 03
New York Post "The Mets finally have figured how to fix their sluggish offense. No, it’s not the arrival of Yoenis Cespedes, who made his Mets debut Saturday. Instead, it’s letting Lucas Duda loose. Duda homered twice then hit a booming RBI double that scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth..." August 02
Masn "In a tie game with postseason implications in a playoff-type atmosphere, Bryce Harper, arguably the MVP of the National League, got himself ejected after striking out in the 11th inning. "He needs to stay in the baseball game," manager Matt Williams repeated three times, after the Nationals..." August 02
Washington Post "Nationals Manager Matt Williams said center fielder Denard Span is strengthening his core these days, a nebulous descriptor of the activities that have occupied him since he landed on the disabled list with back spasms just before the all-star break. But he hopes soon “strengthening” will be..." August 01
New York Post "Wilmer Flores could run for president right about now. Among Mets fans, the infielder would receive an overwhelming majority of the vote, after emerging from his farewell party earlier in the week to KO a hated rival Friday night. Flores cleared the left-field fence on Felipe Rivero’s third..." August 01
Washington Post "After his first save in a Washington Nationals uniform, a 1-2-3 ninth inning that locked down a 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon, Jonathan Papelbon — wearing a tie covered in tiny skulls — was asked how it felt, pitching in his first game with a new team since 2012. “You..." July 31
Oakland Press "The Mets have said throughout this week that they were looking for a big bat. Both Fox Sports national reporters, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, have heard that — after the collapse of the deal to bring Carlos Gomez over from the Brewers — the Mets are now talking to the Tigers about Yoenis..." July 31
Washington Post "As the trade deadline nears and the stretch run begins, the Washington Nationals are adjusting. A new face arrived Wednesday. Perhaps more are coming. Old faces have returned from injury. More are coming. The now-healthy lineup looks different than it did during the first half of the season. The..." July 30
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "After a disastrous road trip that saw them struggle against a pair of teams with losing records, the hope was that a home start for Jose Fernandez and the return of injured All-Star Dee Gordon would give the Marlins a much-needed boost as they started a nine-game homestand. And that's exactly..." July 29
Hardball Talk "Here are Nationals’ former closer Drew Storen’s comments regarding the Jonathan Papelbon trade. You know, the trade that made him the former Nats closer: “All I’m going to say is, I’m aware of the move and I’ve talked to Mike about it. I’ve talked to my agent about it,” Storen said. “We’ve had..." July 29
Sources: Papelbon or his agents talking to Nats about a potential trade. Issues to resolve: no-trade, being a closer and 2016 club option.
MLB Daily Dish "It was no secret that Jonathan Papelbon wanted to be traded, and it appears as though he's gotten his wish. According to Jon Morosi, the Phillies have agreed to send him to the Washington Nationals. Drew Storen is the current ninth for the Nationals, but with Papelbon's addition, that's likely no..." July 28
MLB.com "The Nationals are expected to add two significant bats to their lineup when they face the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman are expected to be activated from the disabled list, according to two baseball sources. The Nationals have not..." July 28
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Two of the most exciting times to pitch, Gerrit Cole told Tony Watson recently, are the first game of a series or the last game of a series. Set the tone early, or shut it down late. “Coming out and winning the first two, I was just ready to get back out there and close this thing out,” Cole..." July 27
CBS Sports "The Blue Jays and Nationals are seen as the two most likely destinations for controversial but consistent veteran Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, a third team has emerged, with the Cubs also in the mix as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Washington, an interesting possible..." July 27
CBS Sports "The Nationals and Blue Jays are among the teams showing some interest in Padres star closer Craig Kimbrel, who along with the rest of the San Diego roster, is available. Washington and Toronto are two teams that have been connected to eminently available Jonathan Papelbon, so their potential..." July 27
Stephen Strasburg felt good today and played catch. He'll make a rehab start four days from today.
Washington Post "It has been some time since Washington Nationals Manager Matt Williams could fill out a lineup card with the names of his expected everyday players. He’s getting closer to doing just that, as for the first time in a month Anthony Rendon was back, hitting second and playing second base. Yunel..." July 26
Philly.com "Given Jonathan Papelbon's limited no-trade clause and his insistence on remaining a closer, the Washington Nationals - reportedly the latest team to discuss acquiring his services - do not appear a likely fit. The Phillies and Nationals have discussed Papelbon, according to FOXSports. However,..." July 26
Stephen Strasburg felt good today and played catch. He'll make a rehab start four days from today.
Nats Insider "The Nationals have promoted top prospect Lucas Giolito to Class AA Harrisburg, deeming the 21-year-old right-hander ready to start pitching at the upper levels of their farm system. Giolito, recently named the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, went 3-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 games (11..." July 25
Top #Nats pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has been promoted to Class AA Harrisburg.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A Gregory Polanco second-half breakout likely would be more valuable to the Pirates than anything they could acquire on the trade market before the deadline. The 13th sellout crowd of the season at PNC Park hopes Friday's 7-5 win against the Washington Nationals is evidence the 23-year-old..." July 25
Re: Wash reported interest in Pap (@Ken_Rosenthal). Talked to him about that today. Phils have not approached him. Won't go unless he closes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Extra-base hits make life a lot easier for an offense, and the Pirates took advantage of them Thursday night. The Pirates hit three home runs, Francisco Liriano struck out 11 batters and the Pirates won the first game of their series against the Washington Nationals, 7-3. After dropping five of..." July 24
CSN Washington "The Mets decided to put everything they had into this week's series at Nationals Park. They held back their top three starters specifically to pitch in D.C. Their manager openly admitted these games were more important than others. Then he took blame late Wednesday for not bringing in his closer..." July 23
New York Post "Noah Syndergaard won’t be treating Wednesday like just another start. The Mets rookie has pitched in historic venues such as Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium this season and last week performed in front of a packed house at Busch Stadium. But getting to face the Nationals on their own turf..." July 22
Deadspin "VinePair charted the best beer prices from all 30 MLB teams. Unsurprisingly, Fenway Park bleeds their patrons dry when it comes to selling beers. Leeches. The first graph’s a bit useless, since there are varying sizes of the cheapest small beer available: As an example, the Phillies’ smallest..." July 22
Nats Insider "Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with an apparent injury to his left wrist. The Nationals infielder fell to the ground after swinging at a pitch from Noah Syndergaard. He then got up clutching his left wrist as trainers and manager..." July 22
SB Nation "The trade deadline is in 10 days. There are no rumors. Why, did you hear any rumors? If you have a good Ken Rosenthal tweet, can you share it with me? I just sit in a dark room, favoriting and unfavoriting a tweet from the Ken Rosenthai imposter account, hoping it'll get me closer to the next real..." July 22
Washington Post "Divisions aren’t won in July, but this week’s three-game series against the New York Mets is arguably the season’s biggest for the Washington Nationals to date. Only two games separated the division rivals as the series began, and as the Nationals battle through injuries, the Mets reset their..." July 21
Stephen Strasburg continues to throw, should pitch off bullpen mound in "next few days," according to Matt Williams.
L.A. Daily News "The odds of any pitcher throwing 43 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings are microscopic to begin with, but consider what’s unfolding every time Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Dodgers. In 1988, Orel Hershiser set the record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings, one more than Don..." July 20
CSN Washington "Dodgers starter Zack Greinke continued a historic stretch on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals by extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings. That's the fourth-longest such streak since 1961 and the best since Orel Hershiser's 59 straight in 1988. He is just the third..." July 20
Span had cortisone injection in back earlier this week. Jogged on a treadmill, played catch since. Says it feels better, will ramp up soon.
Ryan Zimmerman will join Double-A Harrisburg today to begin a rehab assignment. #Nats
Danny Espinosa left the game with cramps in his calves, per MW. Felt it on the dive.
Washington Post "By the time it was all over Saturday, by the time 11/2 games were finally complete and everything was back on schedule, the Washington Nationals were nine games over .500 two days after the all-star break, exactly where they were when it began. The second half of their season began Friday..." July 19
MLB.com "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who is on the 15-day disabled list because of a left oblique strain, played catch on flat ground on Thursday and Friday without any problems. Strasburg will continue to do similar activities for the next couple of days before it's time to throw off the..." July 19
Anthony Rendon (quad) is starting his rehab assignment tonight with Class A Potomac. He'll play 3B today because it's easier on leg, per MW.
Hardball Talk "After play was stopped three times due to a lighting malfunction at Nationals Park, last night’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals was suspended in the top of the sixth inning and will resume this afternoon at 2:05 p.m. ET. The outage consisted of a bank of lights along the third base..." July 18
NESN "If you think the Major League Baseball season needs to be shortened, then you might get your wish soon. Or not. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players’ Association director Tony Clark spoke to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale before Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati and said the league..." July 16
MLB.com "July is a fun month for fans and a busy one for the game's decision-makers, who will be focused almost exclusively on the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Without a doubt, the rumor mill will circulate many players' names across the next couple of weeks. Of those who will be bandied about,..." July 16