Nationals Rumors & News

  • Stanton, Alvarez help Marlins get past Nationals and back to .500

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have said throughout their recent red-hot run that they’re going to need more than the usual suspects to carry them if they’re going to make a serious playoff push. On Tuesday night, though, it was still pretty nice to have a pair of those big horses around. Like a pair of tag-team..." July 30

  • Report: Ryan Zimmerman has a Grade 3 hamstring strain "The Nationals still haven't publicly announced the severity of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring injury, but there's a report from Bill Ladson (the beat writer for the Nationals official website) that says it's a Grade 3 hamstring strain. This would be the most significant strain (Grades..." July 30

  • Orioles, Nationals engaged in massive TV contract legal dispute

    SB Nation "The O's and Nats are not loving thy neighbor. The Orioles and Nationals are engaged in a hotly contested legal battle centered around the TV contract the teams agreed to in 2005, according to Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter. The initial agreement, which was put into place when the..." July 30

  • Bryce Harper rediscovers his hitting stroke

    CSN Washington "Throughout Bryce Harper's early, frustrating days back from the disabled list, manager Matt Williams insisted the young slugger's hitting stroke would return at some point. He just needed time and at-bats to find it. Sure enough, it has come together over the last two weeks. In 11 games since..." July 30

  • Cueto sharp as Reds blank Nationals

    Cincinnati Enquirer "What's the thing where the Reds play nine innings and score more runs than the other team? Oh, right, a win. For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Reds won a baseball game, beating the Nationals 1-0 at Great American Ball Park in front of 32,999 people. After the game, Reds manager..." July 27

  • Nats asked after Beltre with Zimmerman absent "With Ryan Zimmerman out with a hamstring injury, two baseball sources revealed on Friday that the Nationals inquired about Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, but the "Nationals were rebuffed" one of the sources said. Beltre, 35, is considered a solid defensive player and would have provided..." July 27

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Talk among #Nationals is that Zimmerman will be out 6-8 weeks. Team could add 2B (with Rendon at 3B), but Rizzo long supportive of Espinosa.

  • Roark, Nats win 4-1, hand Reds seventh-straight loss

    CSN Washington "Tanner Roark won the final spot in Washington's rotation during spring training. Halfway through the season, he's the Nationals' top winner. Roark allowed only three singles over seven innings on Friday night, and Denard Span matched Cincinnati's hit total with his four singles, leading the..." July 26

  • Jorge De La Rosa once again dominant at home as Rockies beat Nats

    Denver Post "Like the wind-driven thunderstorm that invaded Coors Field late Wednesday afternoon, trade rumors continue to swirl around Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. Not that the veteran seemed to notice. De La Rosa pitched 7 terrific innings, striking out 11 and walking none as the Rockies beat the..." July 24

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    It looks like Ryan Zimmerman is going on disabled list because of a hamstring injury. #Nats #Nationals #MLB

  • Adam LaRoche lifts Nationals past Rockies, but Ryan Zimmerman leaves with leg injury

    Washington Post "Ryan Zimmerman sat in the dirt just past first base at Coors Field, facing another potential crossroads in a season already marked by too many of them. Zimmerman had played through a degenerative shoulder, broken his thumb, changed positions and returned to the old position that tormented him...." July 23

  • The Race to Succeed Bud Selig Isn't Much of a Race

    The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23

  • Aaron Barrett, Doug Fister lift Nationals to 7-2 win over Rockies

    Washington Post "The conditions at Coors Field, like mud on a horse track or dim lighting at a bar, can equalize mismatched contestants. High altitude and vast expanses of outfield grass ensure even the most motley outfit will stumble into one ripe opportunity, one chance to send a game-altering hit hurtling..." July 22

  • Nationals pound Brewers

    Washington Post "Milwaukee Brewers starter Matt Garza was so baffled and frustrated, he walked slowly off the mound toward the dugout and barely acknowledged his manager. He held his glove out and waved it at his side. Only one out into the bottom of the first inning Saturday, the Washington Nationals had a..." July 20

  • Brewers open second half with win over Nationals

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Kyle Lohse was as exhausted as a pitcher can be after surrendering only one run over seven innings. "It was survival," he said, aptly describing his night on the mound. It also was a veteran who knows how to bend but not break. Despite giving up 10 hits, Lohse held Washington to one run..." July 19

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    #Nats RHP Jordan Zimmermann is not going on the disabled list. He will throw a bullpen today or tomorrow. #Nationals #MLB

  • Jeter, Trout spark victory American League "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16

  • Selig, PA aim to end smokeless tobacco use "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Nationals' Clippard being added to NL All-Star team.

  • Zimmermann likely will avoid DL with biceps strain

    Nats Insider "The Nationals don’t believe Jordan Zimmermann will need to spend any time on the disabled list after an MRI of his right arm taken Saturday revealed only a biceps strain, no structural damage. Manager Matt Williams dispersed results of the MRI following the Nationals’ 5-3, 10-inning win over..." July 13

  • Ryan Zimmerman delivers in 10th inning as Nationals rally past Phillies, 5-3

    Washington Post "If this season has proved anything about Ryan Zimmerman, it is that he cannot be counted out. The Washington Nationals stuck him in left field, and he learned how to play a new position while his broken thumb healed. They yanked him back to his old position, the one that makes his battered..." July 13

  • Zimmermann hopeful biceps cramp isn't serious

    CSN Washington "Jordan Zimmermann has made 132 starts in the big leagues, several of them as a rookie with a barking elbow that needed Tommy John surgery, but never before had he stood on the mound after throwing a pitch and motioned to the Nationals dugout that he needed to come out of a game. So when that..." July 12

  • Bats, Burnett lead Phillies to win over Nationals

    CSN Philly "It started in Milwaukee. There, after losing nine out of 10 games and getting ready to take on the top team in the National League, the Phillies’ hitters got together to hold a meeting. Discussed were how hitters can approach plate appearances and how the team could give the Phillies one last..." July 12

  • With 4-3 win over Nationals, Orioles reach 50 victories in their fewest games since 1997

    Baltimore Sun "After their gritty, 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night, the Orioles will have to wait until August for the opportunity to claim true "Beltway Series" bragging rights. They took two of three against the Nationals this week, but Tuesday’s game in Washington was rained out..." July 11

  • Nationals dominate Orioles 6-2 in Baltimore

    CSN Washington "Playing their first game in an AL park with a healthy lineup, the Nationals had an opportunity to field a lineup built both with offense and defense in mind for a change. And both aspects of Matt Williams' starting nine played roles in this convincing victory at Camden Yards. A lineup that..." July 10

  • Nats and Orioles game postponed due to rain

    CSN Washington "Tuesday night's game between the Nationals and Orioles was postponed due to heavy rain after a delay of approximately 2 1/2 hours. The two teams will now play a makeup game on Aug. 4 at Nationals Park. The tarp rolled out in D.C. about a half-an-hour before game time as a large storm carrying..." July 09

  • Orioles hit three home runs in top of the 11th to beat the Nationals, 8-2

    Baltimore Sun "In an incredibly close contest between two evenly matched teams Monday night, the Orioles picked up an 8-2 victory in 11 innings against the Washington Nationals and, potentially, something much more important. The Orioles are hoping they also discovered a resurgent Chris Davis. The..." July 08

  • Despite some uneven play, Nationals find a way in series finale against the Cubs

    Washington Post "An afternoon of mistakes on the base paths and at the plate by the Washington Nationals didn’t deter Denard Span. He saw a chance for an extra base and took it. “I just trusted my instincts and just went for it,” Span said. “A little risky.” Span’s double in the eighth inning turned into the..." July 07

  • Nats collect 19 hits and Gio Gonzalez throws eight shutout innings in 13-0 win over Cubs

    Washington Post "Through injury and inconsistencies, the Washington Nationals dreamed of a week like this, when their offense would be whole and churning all at once. Against the lowly Chicago Cubs, who traded away their best starting pitcher 24 hours before he would face the Nationals, Washington’s potent lineup..." July 06

  • Jason Hammel’s unhappiness turns into parting shot as Cubs beat Nationals

    Chicago Sun-Times "In the end, it was nothing more than a parting shot. Pulled from the Cubs’ 7-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh inning, Jason Hammel fumed about a pitch-count issue raised two months ago by Jeff Samardzija and discussed privately by Cubs..." July 05

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Rizzo also said the Nats' trade discussions could not be hacked like Houston's because he keeps his ideas in a notebook.

  • Stephen Strasburg, Nationals have their way with the Rockies in 7-1 win

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals arrived at the easy way to avoid controversy, the best method to scuttle any lingering hard feelings. They did not talk their way out of a lineup logjam, and they did not hold a team meeting to address whether to share an opinion about the manager’s lineup card. Tuesday..." July 02

  • Some Nationals veterans 'resent' Bryce Harper

    Fox Sports "Can we stop with the baseball bromide, “Things will work themselves out?” No. Sorry. Things don’t always work themselves out. Consider the Washington Nationals, a team very much on edge, whether they admit it or not. Manager Matt Williams put on his happy face Tuesday, denying he had a rift..." July 02

  • Bryce Harper returns from injury as Nationals thump Rockies, 7-3

    Washington Post "The red helmet cratered into the dirt behind third base and skittered toward the outfield, discarded in a burst of energy and glee, like wrapping paper on Christmas morning. Bryce Harper sprinted for home, his slicked-back hair holding on for dear life. Ian Desmond had scorched the ball into the..." July 01

  • Bryce Harper isn’t thrilled about the Nationals’ lineup tonight

    CSN Washington "Finally having Bryce Harper back in the mix on Monday, Matt Williams' lineup card looked much like it did on Opening Day, the last time he had a roster at full health to choose from. Harper is back in left field with Ryan Zimmerman at third base, Anthony Rendon is back at second. Denard Span..." July 01

  • Bryce Harper slugs three home runs at Double-A, expected to return to Nationals on Monday

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper sure seems excited to return to the Nationals’ active roster after missing the past two months following April 29 surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The 21-year-old outfielder went 4-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI on Saturday night at..." June 30

  • Harper set to return tonight

    Masn "Finally. For the first time since the seventh inning on opening day, the Nationals will have their full roster in place today, when Bryce Harper is activated from the disabled list. Harper played in just 22 games this season before tearing a ligament in his left thumb when sliding into third..." June 30

  • Nationals sweep Cubs, reach midway mark tied for first in the NL East at 43-38

    Washington Post "A long and unusual day at Wrigley Field offered the Washington Nationals a chance for reflection. After sweeping Saturday’s rare doubleheader, the first scheduled one at this stadium in more than three decades, the Nationals officially reached the midpoint of their season. And through 81 games,..." June 29

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Matt says Harper may DH today. Next week is still a target; Monday a possibility. Wants Harper to play back-to-back full games before return

  • Cubs 7, Nationals 2

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jason Hammel helped the Cubs continue their strong June. And in the process he boosted his trade value. With scouts watching, Hammel pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs while striking out six in the Cubs’ 7-2 win Friday over the Washington Nationals. Expected to be dealt before the July..." June 28

  • Gennett, Davis power Brewers to victory over Nationals in series finale

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "No Ryan Braun? No Jonathan Lucroy? No Aramis Ramirez? No worries. With most of their big guns getting the day off following the 16-inning marathon that had ended roughly 12 hours earlier, the Milwaukee Brewers got all the offense they needed from two of their talented youngsters Wednesday at..." June 26

  • Zimmerman's homer lifts Nats over Brewers in 16

    CSN Washington "Ryan Zimmerman's two-run home run in the 16th inning lifted the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Zimmerman hit a 2-0 pitch off Mike Fiers (0-1) over the wall in left field to score Adam LaRoche for the Nationals fourth consecutive win. Tyler..." June 25

  • Freeman’s out of slump, just in time to wreck Nats

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Nationals pitchers must’ve cringed when they went over the Braves scouting reports entering this series and noticed that Freddie Freeman had begun to heat up after a rare extended slump by the big first baseman. So much for their hopes of facing a struggling Freeman and getting through a series..." June 25

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    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    Bryce Harper's rehab assignment will continue tomorrow with Double-A Harrisburg in Akron, OH, #Nats Manager Matt Williams said.

  • In second start back from DL, Gonzalez impressive in 3-0 victory

    Washington Post "This season has been trying for Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez. His performance hasn’t been up to his usual standard or ability. He landed on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year major league career, his inflamed left shoulder betraying him and forcing him to miss a..." June 24

  • Harper to start rehab assignment "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Class A Potomac. The 21-year-old Harper will play at least two games for Potomac and then be re-evaluated. He will be playing all three outfield positions during his rehab assignment. The..." June 24

  • Strasburg to give up chewing tobacco "Stephen Strasburg, like his former college teammate Addison Reed, is giving up smokeless tobacco following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The Washington Nationals ace, who played for Gwynn at San Diego State, told he will quit because of his young daughter. "I think it's a..." June 24

  • Nationals defeat Braves, 4-1, split series with division rival

    Washington Post "Forget for a moment all those losses to the Atlanta Braves since the start of the 2013 season, and the Washington Nationals’ past two games bring a small measure of delight. After being beaten down in every way for more than a year by their fiercest division rivals, including in the first two..." June 23