Nationals Rumors & News

  • Bryce Harper injury news: Progress made and reasons for optimism for the Nationals

    CBS Sports "After losing two of three to the Dodgers over the weekend, the Washington Nationals are all but assured of finishing with the second best record in the National League. They're 5 1/2 games behind Los Angeles for the best record and four games up on the Diamondbacks for the second best..." September 19

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • Bryce Harper took batting practice yesterday

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper has been on the disabled list since mid-August after he slipped on first base and hyperextended his left knee. At the time the injury looked horrific, with most people watching it assuming he shredded his knee. Thankfully, though it was diagnosed as a “significant bone bruise.” There..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Nationals 'optimistic' outfielder Bryce Harper will be available for playoffs

    CBS Sports "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a bone bruise in his left knee. While there was no structural damage to the knee, it was indeed a scary-looking injury. The club never really laid out a firm timeline for Harper's recovery, but the hope was always that he'd..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Why Nationals allowed Scherzer to work deeper than needed in a meaningless game

    CBS Sports "I can see the uninformed overreaction from miles away. The math is oh-so-easy. Let's take a look. Max Scherzer Wednesday night took his third start since returning from the disabled list. The Nationals were tied, 2-2, with the Braves through six innings. Scherzer had thrown 97 pitches..." September 14

  • Nationals' Koda Glover: Shut down for season

    CBS Sports "Glover (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, The Washington Post reports. Glover currently doesn't plan to undergo surgery for the right shoulder impingement he's dealing with, but he won't be back with the Nationals this year -- including the playoffs. Instead, he'll..." September 14

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Nationals call up top prospect Victor Robles

    Washington Post "In a bit of a surprise, the Nationals are calling up center fielder Victor Robles, the organization’s top prospect, Thursday as they begin a four-game series against the Phillies. The club transferred right-hander Erick Fedde to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Robles on the 40-man..." September 07

  • Stephen Strasburg sets Nationals record with 26 consecutive scoreless innings

    Hardball Talk "Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg hurled six scoreless innings against the Marlins in Monday night’s 2-1 victory, running his consecutive scoreless innings streak up to 26. That’s a new Nationals record. Strasburg tossed a shutout against the Marlins last Wednesday and blanked the Astros over..." September 06

  • Fedde shut down for rest of ‘17 with flexor strain in forearm

    Masn "The injury Erick Fedde is now dealing with - a strained flexor mass in his forearm - wouldn’t typically require a long layoff. But given the situation both the Nationals and Fedde are in right now, at this stage of the season, the club has decided to not to send its top pitching prospect back to..." September 05

  • A.J. Cole to start Monday over Stephen Strasburg, but Nats must put someone on DL

    ESPN "Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he plans to shuffle the team's pitching rotation heading into Monday's game against the Miami Marlins. Baker said the team will insert A.J. Cole into the rotation and start him on Monday, replacing scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg in the series..." September 04

  • Nationals RHP Max Scherzer leaves game with apparent injury

    ESPN "Washington's Max Scherzer was lifted after throwing 75 pitches over five innings, one inning after he limped to first base in an at-bat. A liner from Milwaukee's Travis Shaw hit the 2016 National League Cy Young Award winner on his left leg in the first. In Scherzer's fifth-inning plate..." September 03

  • Bryce Harper is ‘a long ways from running’ and frustrated by not being able to play

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper has spent much of this week sitting at his locker, or sitting in one of the big leather chairs in the back of the clubhouse, Players’ Weekend hat pulled low, not smiling much. Harper isn’t usually a particularly vocal clubhouse presence, and isn’t known for a perpetual smile. But..." August 30

  • The Nationals are starting to heal — and starting to look like themselves again

    Washington Post "This was a step Monday night. The entire sport of baseball could be enveloped by the shadow of Giancarlo Stanton — body by Adonis, stats by Bonds, 17 home runs in August alone. Washington was next on Stanton’s list of cities to torch. The Nationals lay quietly in wait, and they stepped forward...." August 29

  • Erick Fedde’s velocity was down Sunday, but the Nationals rookie isn’t worried

    Washington Post "Erick Fedde did not look quite right Sunday afternoon, when the top pitching prospect in the Washington Nationals’ system made the third major league start of his career in a 6-5 to the New York Mets. His fastball velocity dipped from the 94 mph average from his first two big league starts to..." August 28

  • Scherzer expected to return Monday vs. Marlins

    Washington Post "Max Scherzer will not start Sunday against the Mets, Dusty Baker said after Saturday’s game. But that Scherzer will not return two days after his bullpen session should be no cause for concern. He will, Baker said, start Monday instead. Erick Fedde will pitch Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader...." August 27

  • Ryan Zimmerman's shoulder injury latest in long line of injury issues for Nats

    ESPN "Add Ryan Zimmerman to the list of walking wounded for the Washington Nationals. Following Friday's 4-2 loss to the New York Mets, manager Dusty Baker revealed that Zimmerman, who sat out the game, injured his shoulder sliding headfirst into home plate in the 11th inning of Washington's Thursday..." August 26

  • Sore neck will keep Nats' Max Scherzer sidelined longer than hoped

    ESPN "Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is not ready to rejoin the rotation Friday as the team had hoped, manager Dusty Baker told reporters Wednesday. Scherzer continues to battle a sore neck that landed him on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 18. "I'm a couple days behind," the right-hander..." August 24

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Nationals activate Stephen Strasburg for Saturday start

    Washington Post "The Nationals officially activated Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list, and the right-hander will make his return Saturday against the Padres at Petco Park. Strasburg took Max Scherzer’s spot on the roster after he was placed on the disabled list Friday with neck inflammation. No other..." August 19

  • Nationals ace Max Scherzer placed on DL with neck inflammation

    Washington Post "Max Scherzer could laugh about the pain in the left side of his neck Friday night because it did not worry him. It was the same discomfort he felt nearly three weeks earlier in Miami, where he removed himself from a game at Marlins Park after throwing 10 pitches and hitting a home run in the first..." August 19

  • Nationals owner Mark Lerner had leg amputated after cancer treatment

    Bleacher Report "Washington Nationals vice chairman and principal owner Mark Lerner told MASN's Mark Zuckerman Thursday night he hasn't been a visible presence at Nationals Park this season because he was diagnosed with cancer in his left leg. "I know you recognize that only something really challenging would..." August 18

  • Nationals place Brian Goodwin on DL, recall Alejandro De Aza

    ESPN "Brian Goodwin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain, joining a long list of Washington Nationals outfielders currently sidelined with injuries. Goodwin was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 14. He joins Bryce Harper (hyperextended knee), Ryan Raburn (trapezius..." August 16

  • Harper won't risk season by rushing back from knee injury

    USA Today "Bryce Harper’s left knee did not succumb in the waning, rain-swept hours of Saturday evening. Nor did the very real World Series hopes of his Washington Nationals. Yet even as Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo declared Sunday morning that Harper suffered only a “significant bone bruise,”..." August 14

  • Scott Boras Calls For MLB To Prevent Wet Bases After Harper Injury

    SI "Agent Scott Boras wants Major League Baseball to be more careful and prevent wet bases from being used in games after periods of inclement weather, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. His comments come just one day after his client and Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was injured in the..." August 14

  • What happens to the Nationals if Harper fears become reality?

    Fanrag Sports "So let’s say Bryce Harper, who suffered a knee injury Saturday night, can’t walk until next year. What does that mean? It doesn’t mean much to the Washington Nationals’ chances of winning the National League East. Barring a truly cosmic alignment of misfortune, the Nationals will be NL East..." August 13

  • Bryce Harper Has Bone Bruise, Should Return This Season

    Bleacher Report "Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper reportedly suffered a bone bruise in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. According to Robert Flores of MLB Network, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called the setback a bone bruise while noting Harper avoided ligament and tendon..." August 13

  • Bryce Harper's injury could be blamed on bases

    ESPN "Should MLB and the MLB Players Association explore the question of whether bases could be composed of better materials? Cal Ripken played in every game over 16 years, and one of his managers, Davey Johnson, once mused about how Ripken somehow circumvented serious injury despite the range of..." August 13

  • Nationals' Doolittle calls Charlottesville rally 'disgusting'

    Washington Post "Sean Doolittle wrestled with sharing his thoughts on social media as he watched torch-bearing white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members march through Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, where he went to school for three years, on Friday night and all day Saturday. The new..." August 13

  • Bryce Harper carried off field with apparent knee injury

    Sporting News " Bryce Harper injured his knee rounding first base Saturday night and had to be helped off the field. The play was not pretty. The Nationals and Giants game had already been delayed for several hours due to rain, so Nationals fans were already a little annoyed. " August 12

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Daniel Murphy not only ex-Met to come back and terrorize team

    New York Post "Justin Turner thought he was on the right path even before the Mets non-tendered him following the 2013 season. But had the Mets kept him, the Dodgers’ All-Star third baseman isn’t convinced his career would have taken off like it has in Los Angeles. “Who knows? If I [stayed] with the Mets,..." August 07

  • Wives of Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant inspire more Harper-to-Cubs buzz

    Sportress of Blogitude "The wives of Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant are now playing a role in fueling speculation that the Washington Nationals superstar slugger could join fellow Las Vegas native and friend by signing with the Chicago Cubs. Kayla Harper and Jess Bryant sat together and enjoyed the finale of the..." August 07

  • Max Scherzer plans to start Monday

    Yardbarker "Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer’s neck injury will push his next start back slightly, but does not sound serious. Scherzer said Friday that he intends to throw a bullpen session Saturday. Provided that goes well, he expects to make his next start on Monday against the Miami Marlins." August 05

  • Max Scherzer expects to make his next start

    Hardball Talk "Max Scherzer left last night’s game against the Marlins after just one inning due to neck discomfort. While that caused some Nats fans to freak out for a few minutes, it turns out he’s OK. In fact, the Nats are saying that Scherzer will be able to make his next scheduled start, no..." August 02

  • Max Scherzer hits his first career home run, later exits with neck spasm

    Hardball Talk "Scherzer left with a neck spasm, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post. Max Scherzer‘s Tuesday night in Miami did not go at all how anyone expected. The right-hander belted his first career home run in the top of the second inning, staking his team to a 4-0 lead as part of a six-run inning...." August 02

  • Brandon Kintzler was on safari when he found out he had been traded

    Larry Brown Sports "Nationals fans are quickly discovering the quirks of their newest reliever. In an appearance Monday on MLB Network Radio, Brandon Kintzler said that he was on a safari in San Diego when he found out that he had been traded to Washington by the Minnesota Twins. “I was in the middle of feeding..." August 01

  • Gio Gonzalez would've left game with no-hitter intact if wife went into labor

    CBS Washington "Gio Gonzalez is from Miami. He was good friends with Jose Fernandez. On Monday, what would have been Jose Fernandez’s 25th birthday, Gio Gonzalez spent time with Jose Ferndanez’s girlfriend and his young child. Then, he took the mound in Miami. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, the..." August 01

  • Nationals trade for Twins closer Brandon Kintzler at deadline to help steady nagging late-game situations

    Washington Post "The Nationals will acquire closer Brandon Kintzler from the Twins, according to a person familiar with the situation, close to the buzzer of Monday’s 4 p.m. MLB trade deadline. The other pieces being exchanged have yet to be announced. Kintzler, 32, does not have the profile of some of the..." July 31

  • Four teams that need to be buyers at MLB trade deadline

    Sportsnet "Sellers? Buyers? The stakes aren’t what you’d like them to be for the Toronto Blue Jays with today’s 4 p.m., ET non-waiver trade deadline approaching. Indeed, as one MLB executive told me this weekend, the Blue Jays are a lot of teams’ Plan B or Plan C. That might be why there were a grand..." July 31

  • Nationals focused on acquiring top lefty reliever

    Larry Brown Sports "Pass the Pepto-Bismol because the Washington Nationals need more relief. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Saturday, the Nationals’ “main goal” ahead of Monday’s trade deadline is to further improve their bullpen. They are said to be “focused” on a trio of top lefties..." July 30

  • Howie Kendrick Traded from Phillies to Nationals for Prospect

    Bleacher Report "Howie Kendrick has been traded to the Washington Nationals on Friday after spending the first three months of this season with the Philadelphia Phillies. MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal first reported the Nationals acquired Kendrick from the Phillies. Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer..." July 29

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Nationals scouted Cardinals' Pham, Rosenthal

    12 Up "With the days winding down until Major League Baseball's trade deadline, the market is surely heating up. ​We've already seen several high-profile deals in the past few weeks, and the Nationals may be the next squad to make a big-time splash before time runs out. Sources say the Nationals..." July 28