Nationals Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Bryce Harper blamed his pregame music following his latest ejection

    CBS Sports "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper went off on home plate umpire Chris Segal after striking out in the eighth inning of the Nats' win over the Brewers (WAS 8, MIL 5) on Wednesday night. Harper was visibly upset at a called strike on the second pitch of the at-bat, then he lost it,..." July 27

  • Stephen Strasburg expected to make next start for Nats

    Larry Brown Sports "All appears to be good on the Stephen Strasburg injury front, at least for now. The Washington Nationals ace is expected to make his next scheduled start for the team despite leaving his Sunday start with forearm discomfort." July 25

  • Nats, Yanks among those in on Sonny Gray "When Sonny Gray pitches tonight in Toronto -- if he's not traded before then -- the Nationals and Yankees will be paying close attention. Sources say the A's and Nats have remained in contact since finalizing the deal that sent relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington earlier this..." July 25

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Stephen Strasburg exits start with apparent injury

    Fanrag Sports "No, it’s not a “hug watch,” but Stephen Strasburg did leave the Washington Nationals-Arizona Diamondbacks game on Sunday early with an apparent injury. Washington’s scheduled starter threw two scoreless innings, but not without some scares along the way. He induced a Chris Owings flyout with..." July 23

  • Bryce Harper, wife launch Instagram food account

    Yardbarker "Bryce Harper and wife Kayla are stepping into a new area. Harper’s wife announced in an Instagram story Thursday that the two are launching a food account on the social media service after receiving multiple requests to do so. Their food account is called “HarpEats.” Their first post is sure..." July 21

  • Nationals’ Jayson Werth has a fracture in his foot — and has known for some time

    Washington Post "Something always seemed a little off about Jayson Werth’s injury, a prognosis told differently by the left fielder and his manager and from which he was supposed to be able to return this week — then simply did not. On Tuesday, Werth offered more clarity — if not a total explanation — for why the..." July 19

  • Nationals to designate Jacob Turner for assignment to make room for Edwin Jackson

    Hardball Talk "Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals will designate pitcher Jacob Turner for assignment today. They’ll make the move so they can call up Edwin Jackson who will start today against the Angels. Turner has pitched in 18 games, starting two, and has a 5.08 ERA...." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Nationals Still In Market For Bullpen Upgrades

    MLB Trade Rumors "Even after acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the A’s yesterday, the Nationals remain interested in bolstering their bullpen, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets. Tigers lefty Justin Wilson is of particular interest to them, per’s Jon Morosi (also via Twitter), and Morosi notes that the..." July 17

  • Ryan Zimmerman becomes the all-time home run leader for the Expos-Nationals franchise

    Hardball Talk "There is some rare Monday afternoon baseball today, with the Reds and Nationals wrapping up their four-game series. The game has practically ended before it really got going, though, with the Nationals jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. This following three games in which..." July 17

  • Nats reportedly address bullpen by acquiring Madson, Doolittle from A's

    CBS Sports "Saturday night, we brought you the rumor that the Washington Nationals were attempting to fix their bullpen by acquiring relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics. That no longer appears to be a rumor. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network on Sunday,..." July 16

  • Nationals trying to acquire Doolittle, Madson from A's

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals, in an attempt to bolster their bullpen, are reportedly eyeing Oakland A's relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle in deadline deals, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal added it's "unclear" if the Nationals "will require cash in deadline deals and give..." July 16

  • Nationals' Joe Ross will reportedly undergo Tommy John surgery

    Washington Post "Nationals right-hander Joe Ross has a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday morning, Manager Dusty Baker announced Saturday. The procedure will end the 24-year-old’s season and likely will cost him at least a portion,..." July 16

  • Nationals place Joe Ross on 10-day disabled list with an elbow sprain

    Hardball Talk "What started off as a triceps strain has apparently morphed into something much more serious for Nationals’ right-hander Joe Ross, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with a right elbow sprain. Ross underwent an MRI arthrogram, but the team is still awaiting the full results..." July 15

  • Bryce Harper passes Vladimir Guerrero for rare Expos-Nationals record

    Sportsnet "Despite still sitting a few months shy of his 25th birthday, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is already carving out his place in big-league history. Continuing to put up numbers at a feverish pace, Harper moved past Vladimir Guerrero by posting more multi-home run games than any other..." July 15

  • Nationals Release Francisco Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have released veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez, reports Jesse Sanchez of (via Twitter). The 35-year-old righty had inked a minor league pact with Washington following his release from the Tigers." July 14

  • Harper can't stay in NYC for more than 3 days: 'it's pretty crazy and hectic'

    USA Today "Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper appeared to pour cold water on the idea of a future with the New York Yankees, saying he’s not a fan of New York City and that his career-path preference would be similar to the likes of Cal Ripken Jr. with the Orioles and Derek Jeter with the..." July 12

  • Bryce Harper bashes Dellin Betances during All-Star Game after working walk

    New York Daily News "Randy Levine now has another reason to try and get Bryce Harper when he becomes a free agent. In the third inning of the All-Star Game, Harper worked a walk against the Yankees’ reliever. While on first base, Harper’ microphone picked up him giving the NL’s first base coach a rather simple..." July 12

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Bryce Harper insists Yankee rumors are just speculation

    New York Daily News "Until Bryce Harper becomes a free agent and makes a decision about where he’s going to play in 2019 and beyond, the rumors and speculation won’t stop. Harper, of course, has been connected to the Bronx Bombers for a while. “I think that’s just part of people talking and hearing what they want..." July 11

  • Joe Ross leaves Sunday’s game in the fourth inning with ‘triceps tenderness’

    Washington Post "For the second straight afternoon, a Washington Nationals starter did not make it through the fourth inning, in part because of apparent injury. Stephen Strasburg was fine after taking a comebacker to the hip Saturday. Joe Ross, however, might have a lingering issue after leaving Sunday’s game..." July 10

  • Bryce Harper: All-Star captains should draft teams

    Sportsnaut "Now that the MLB All-Star Game is no longer used to determine home field advantage in the World Series, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper — Mr. Make Baseball Fun Again — has an idea about how to spice things up. Rather than the traditional American League vs. National League format, Harper..." July 10

  • Bryce Harper: Phillies fans not as rude as fans of Mets, Braves

    Hardball Talk "Speaking to the media as All-Star Game festivities were under way in Miami, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper dropped a bombshell. Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he said that Phillies fans were not as rude as fans of the Mets and Braves. There are several possible explanations..." July 10

  • MLB All-Star Game: Max Scherzer, Chris Sale named starting pitchers

    USA Today "Chris Sale and Max Scherzer were named starting pitchers for the American and National League All-Star teams on Monday. For Sale, it's his second consecutive start in the Midsummer Classic, but first in a Boston Red Sox uniform. The hard-throwing left-hander started last year as a Chicago White..." July 10

  • When Bryce Harper faces questions about his future, expect a few sharp comebackers

    Washington Post "It is the weekend before baseball’s All-Star Game, and Bryce Harper knows what that means for him. On Monday in Miami, a gaggle of scribes and television reporters will gather around, lobbing questions about his season thus far and — let’s be realistic — about two seasons from now, about where he..." July 09