CSN Washington "Anthony Rendon began a new rehab assignment Friday night with Class AA Harrisburg, playing seven innings at second base and going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Senators' 3-2 win at Bowie. Rendon, whose previous stint with Harrisburg while rehabbing from a sprained knee was cut short by..." May 30
Hardball Talk "The Nationals have scratched outfielder Bryce Harper from tonight’s lineup against the Reds due to a sore back. This will be the first game he hasn’t started this season. Harper was hit square in the middle of his back by a 93 mph fastball from Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani in the seventh..." May 30
Bryce Harper scratched. Was plunked in the back last night. First game he hasn't started this year. https://t.co/IV2gnOEOqC
Left trap muscle issue for Strasburg. Will be evaluated tomorrow.
Cincinnati Enquirer "A couple of home runs, a couple of timely hits, some good pitching and some emotion all played a role for the Reds Friday night. The Reds beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 before a crowd of 28,877 at Great American Ball Park. "A lot of things to go around in that game," Reds manager Bryan..." May 30
#Nats have placed Stephen Strasburg on 15-day DL with neck tightness, recalled RHP Taylor Hill from Syracuse.
Rafael Soriano is leaving agent Scott Boras, per source familiar with the situation. He wants to sign with a team. He's still a free agent.
CSN Washington "It has turned into a broken record, but never has a broken record sounded so sweet to Washington baseball fans. The Nationals won another series Wednesday night, their ninth straight series won, matching a franchise record. And what a series it was, a tense, compelling, 3-day event at Wrigley..." May 28
MLB.com "A CT scan of Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday revealed two small fractures, according to a baseball source. The Nationals have not confirmed the news. Dr. Richard Berger, who operated on Werth's wrist in 2012, is convinced that..." May 28
CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant stood under the hand-written "Silk" sign hanging from his locker, shrugging his shoulders at each question with an "aw shucks" smile painted on his face. Smooth as silk. Bryce Harper gave Bryant that "silk" nickname years ago when the two played together in Las Vegas because of..." May 27
CSN Washington "Tanner Roark made a successful return to Washington's rotation on Monday. It was like he never left. Roark pitched five effective innings, Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking homer and the Nationals beat the Cubs 2-1 in the first major league matchup of young sluggers Bryce Harper and Chicago rookie..." May 26
Larry Brown Sports "No player in baseball has come out of the gate hotter than Bryce Harper this season. The Washington Nationals outfielder is hitting .333 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI. He leads the major leagues with 39 runs, 26 extra-base hits, 40 walks and an OPS of 1.198. Could Harper soon overtake Mike Trout as..." May 26
ESPN.com "The month of May is big for graduations and life passages, so this is as suitable a time as any to look beyond the eye black and Natitude and take stock of where Washington right fielder Bryce Harper stands in his educational timeline. With each authoritative swing -- or decision to lay off a..." May 26
Federal Baseball "A.J. Cole was called upon to do the yeoman's work on Saturday, taking over on the mound for Stephen Strasburg in the fourth with the Washington Nationals down 6-0. Cole, 23, went 4 ⅓, giving up two runs, but he managed to save the Nats' bullpen from what could have been a long afternoon,..." May 25
Washington Times "There were no fireworks from Bryce Harper on Sunday afternoon, no moonshots bouncing off blue seats, no sounding of the horn at Nationals Park, no hairflips on the dugout steps. Instead there were only productive at-bats, gritty at-bats — one after another, four in all. The towering home runs..." May 25
MLB.com "They played against each other and were teammates, starting when the pair were about 8 years old growing up in Las Vegas. On Monday, the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Nationals' Bryce Harper will compete against each other at Wrigley Field in the first game of a three-game series. "The thing that..." May 25
Bryce Harper on Kris Bryant: "When we were younger, we used to call him ‘Silk,’ because he was so smooth with everything he did." #Cubs
Washington Post "These days, despite the brace on his swollen left wrist, Jayson Werth hustles out to the outfield during batting practice and pursues fly balls, hat in hand. For now, the wrist is still too swollen to use a glove — or do much of anything, really. Though it is not broken or damaged structurally, it..." May 24
CSN Philly "When it was 30 degrees outside and meaningful baseball was weeks or months away, the common refrain heard in Philly was that the 2015 season would not be about results for the Phillies. Rather, it was about development of young players and trades of established veterans to further stockpile the..." May 24
Washington Post "The Washington Nationals signed Max Scherzer this offseason for his right arm. Nine starts into the season, it has been utterly impressive: a 1.67 ERA, 72 strikeouts and at least seven innings in eight of those starts, including eight spectacular frames in Friday’s 2-1 win against the Philadelphia..." May 23
Hardball Talk "Casey Janssen was signed for $5 million this offseason to replace Tyler Clippard as the Nationals’ primary setup man, but instead he spent the first six weeks of the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Janssen has been rehabbing in the minors and the Nationals are convinced he’s..." May 22
CSN Washington "The Nationals don't seem to know how to play a boring ballgame right now, and Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Yankees was only the latest example of that, with the third-inning ejections of Bryce Harper and Matt Williams stealing the spotlight from what already was going to be a compelling..." May 21
CSN Washington "Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night's win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were..." May 21
CSN Washington "An enticing matchup between the red-hot Nationals (featuring the red-hot Bryce Harper) and the first-place Yankees produced some extra buzz at the ballpark Tuesday night. That the opener of this 2-game interleague showdown lived up to the hype only added to the intrigue. The Nationals burst out..." May 20
Andrews gave same diagnosis on Rendon: Sprained MCL. He's now getting 3rd opinion from knee specialist in Colorado.
New York Daily News "It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be Bryce Harper. Sports Illustrated cover boy at 16, No. 1 overall pick at 17, Rookie of the Year at 19. Whirlwind probably doesn’t begin to describe what Harper has experienced during the past five or six years. Alex Rodriguez understands. The..." May 19
Sources: #Nationals expected to promote IF Wilmer Difo. Werth a candidate for DL.
Felipe Rivero is with Class AAA Syracuse and will begin his rehab assignment there today.
Washington Post "Days like Sunday are what make the Washington Nationals such a captivating team, when the talented roster many believed would contend for a title in 2015 is on full display. In a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres, Bryce Harper’s torrid hitting showed no sign of ending. And Stephen..." May 18
Washington Post "Jayson Werth is expected to miss the rest of the weekend series against the Padres, resting his left wrist, which is swollen after getting hit by a 92-mph fastball on Friday night. X-rays on the wrist after Friday’s game were negative but the swelling needs to subside before undergoing an MRI..." May 17
Washington Post "This winter, the Washington Nationals invested $210 million in Max Scherzer because of his past performance as one of baseball’s elite starters. From 2012 to 2014, he was among the elite starting pitchers in baseball, including winning the 2013 American League Cy Young Award. But through eight..." May 17
Jayson Werth (wrist) out: Span CF, Desmond SS, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Ramos C, Espinosa 2B, Taylor LF, Scherzer P.
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth underwent X-rays on his left wrist, which came back negative, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per the Washington Post. Werth exited Friday's game against San Diego in the second inning after getting plunked on the left wrist with a 92 mph fastball from..." May 16
Washington Post "X-rays results on Jayson Werth’s left wrist were negative, according to Manager Matt Williams. Werth will be evaluated again Saturday. Werth had his left wrist wrapped up and wasn’t available after the game, but Williams said the wrist guard he wears on his left wrist during games helped..." May 16
Doug Fister is on his way back to DC to get examined by Nats team doctor. Nats don't have a feeling yet for severity of forearm tightness
After the half-inning, Werth practiced flexing his glove. Chatted with MW. Then decided to come out. Left wrist an issue. Moore comes in.
Washington Post "Only three weeks ago, the Washington Nationals’ offense ranked in the bottom third in the majors in runs. Denard Span and Jayson Werth were back from preseason surgeries, but their bats had yet to click. Since, the hits and runs have come in bursts — the latest evidence Friday’s 10-0 mashing of..." May 16
MLB.com "The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and placed right-handed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day Disabled List with right forearm tightness on Friday. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Cole,..." May 16
Bleacher Report "Smoke still pouring into the desert sky from the Diamondbacks’ scorching of Stephen Strasburg the other day, the Nationals nevertheless remain white-hot. But (whisper voice here) might they be, you know, finally ready to give up on Strasburg given his current 6.06 ERA and 1.71 WHIP while coming..." May 16
San Diego Union-Tribune "At least this time when they pulled out the tarp, a family of skunks didn’t greet the grounds crew. Wet weather necessitated tarping the Petco Park infield before Thursday night’s Nationals-Padres game — and again two minutes into the game. But a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay didn’t bother..." May 15
Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15
Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15
Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15
CSN Washington "When Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were ejected in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, you couldn't help but sense that controversy would end up affecting the outcome of this game, good or bad. Turns out it did have a dramatic effect on the outcome, in a surprisingly positive..." May 14