Nationals Rumors & News

  • LaRoche's walk-off hit saves Nationals from sweep vs. Angels

    CSN Washington "Trying to avoid an interleague series sweep, the Nationals needed a good start from Gio Gonzalez. They got one, but that still wasn't good enough. Until some high drama in the bottom of the ninth. Cruising for five innings, Gonzalez quickly got into trouble in the sixth when he walked Mike..." April 24

  • Bryce Harper stopped hustling three days after getting benched for not hustling

    USA Today "It was lost in the hullabaloo over 500th home runs and generous Air Force servicemen, but Tuesday night’s Nationals-Angels game featured more base-running drama from Bryce Harper. Three days after being benched by new manager Matt Williams for a “lack of hustle” on the base paths, Harper did it..." April 23

  • Albert Pujols hits career home run No. 500 in Angels' win over Nationals

    Los Angeles Times "Some 18,000 men have played major league baseball since 1876, and only 26 of them have hit 500 home runs in their career. Albert Pujols joined that exclusive club Tuesday night when he crushed career home run No. 500, a two-run shot to left-center field in the top of the fifth inning off..." April 23

  • Denard Span’s sacrifice fly lifts Washington to 3-2 win over St. Louis

    Washington Post "Early Saturday evening, the ferocity of the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen forced Jayson Werth to reconsider the complexion of building a pitching staff. Ever since the Washington Nationals succumbed to them in the 2012 playoffs, Werth had been awed by how many flame-throwers the Cardinals..." April 21

  • Rosenthal uses heat to help Cardinals subdue Nationals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Well before he reaches the mound to talk with a pitcher in duress, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist has an idea, based on the personality waiting there for him, whether he needs to “poke, prod, or pat on the back.” He had a good idea what he was going to say Saturday in the ninth inning to help..." April 20

  • Bryce Harper benched for 'lack of hustle' "Yeesh, tough call by Williams. He's clearly using Harper to set an example for the rest of the team. I don't think any player would run out that ball hard. Ironically, Harper usually plays extremely hard, often to his detriment. He tends to run into walls and stuff like that. In fact, here is..." April 20

  • Sean Marshall, Denard Span and Chris Stewart all activated off DL "A trio of NL clubs welcomed players back from the DL on Saturday. Lefty Sean Marshall (Reds), center fielder Denard Span (Nationals) and catcher Chris Stewart (Pirates) were all activated. Marshall, 31, started the season on the DL with a shoulder issue. He had a similar problem last year and..." April 19

  • Nats 3, Cardinals 1

    Nats Insider "On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael..." April 19

  • Wainwright, Cardinals shut out bungling Nats

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It wasn't until the ninth inning that Washington managed to get a base hit out of the infield against Adam Wainwright. It didn't matter. The Cardinals' ace raced through the Washington Nationals' lineup on a chilly night as his teammates feasted on the error-prone Nats for an 8-0 victory at..." April 18

  • Nationals Werth & Walters homer in 6-3 win over Marlins

    CSN Washington "GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Desperate to close out a rough road trip on a high note, the Nationals found themselves in a familiar position tonight: Trailing early. Derek Dietrich's fourth-inning homer off Tanner Roark left the Nationals in a 3-0 hole and surely left some wondering whether this would..." April 17

  • Stanton, Koehler help Marlins end 8-game skid

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The predicament screamed for a hero. "The only way we can get out of this thing is somebody needs to step up and say it's over and done with," manager Mike Redmond said after the Marlins' losing streak reached eight on Monday. Who better than the man who might as well wear a giant S on his..." April 16

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Also, Wilson Ramos had the stitches removed from his left hand and is beginning rehab.

  • 8d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Per Matt Williams, no surgery for Ryan Zimmerman's broken right thumb. Specialist examined him yesterday and bone is set. Still 4-6 weeks.

  • Bryce Harper, Jordan Zimmermann lead Nationals to 9-2 rout of Marlins

    Washington Post "Two players central to the Washington Nationals’ plans began the season puzzlingly slow. Bryce Harper, the Nationals’ star outfielder, declared himself “lost” at the plate after only five games, and his equipment paid the price for his frustration. Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals’ most consistent..." April 15

  • Braves complete sweep with blowout over Nats

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Officially, the Braves just finished what they started against the Nationals Sunday with a 10-2 win to complete a series sweep. Unofficially? They put the finishing touches on a demoralizing weekend for their NL East rival. While the Nationals spent three days making questionable decisions on..." April 14

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Denard Span feels better today & hopes to take BP tomorrow in Miami. Says much better than '11 concussion. Got apology text from Dan Uggla.

  • 10d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Ryan Zimmerman fractured right thumb. Out four to six weeks.

  • Braves score 4 in 1st, beat Nats to clinch series

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Whether the Braves score a bunch of runs early or scratch out a few runs late, and whether they limit the Nationals to one run or allow eight, here’s what most recent games between the two teams have in common: The Braves win. B.J. Upton homered in a four-run first inning and Alex Wood wiggled..." April 13

  • Washington Nationals place Denard Span on disabled list

    Fansided "The Washington Nationals made a handful of roster moves today that features outfielder Denard Span. Span was injured on Friday after colliding with Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. He has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with the Nationals calling up outfielder Steven Souza from..." April 13

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    No Werth (groin) in #Nats lineup tonight.

  • J-Up homers to tie, then singles for Braves walk-off win over Nats

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Their offense has been the Braves’ primary weakness for the early part of the season, but it was shaky pitching and defense that threatened to do them in Friday night when they blew two leads against the Nationals. Fortunately for the Braves, Justin Upton’s bat has heated up quickly. Upton’s..." April 12

  • Strasburg brilliant in Nats’ 7-1 win over Marlins

    CSN Washington "Stephen Strasburg entered Thursday’s matinee against the Marlins with a 6.10 ERA after two starts, and just a day after the Nationals’ bullpen was needed for over seven innings. He was also facing a Marlins team who, even in their lowest moments, seem to give him trouble. Fortunately for the..." April 11

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    Andrew Simon @AndrewSimonMLB

    Matt Williams: Doug Fister took "good step today" throwing on flat ground. Could throw bullpen tomorrow, or if not, the next day. #Nats

  • Harper, Werth homers power Nats' comeback win over Marlins

    CSN Washington "It took 62 tries, not until a June 9 doubleheader against the Twins, before the 2013 Nationals came from three runs down to win a ballgame. Only eight games into the 2014 season, the Nationals have already done it twice. And after Wednesday's dramatic, back-and-forth, plucked-out-of-thin-air,..." April 10

  • Gio, Rendon power Nats to 5-0 win over Marlins

    CSN Washington "On a chilly April evening, the pitchers figured to be ahead of the hitters. And sure enough, that was true for Gio Gonzalez and Henderson Alvarez. The two young starters combined to allow only one run through 5 1/2 innings. That's not to say Gonzalez was in top form; he racked up a much higher..." April 09

  • Ryan Zimmerman has arthritic right shoulder "On Sunday, Nationals manager Matt Williams said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had inflammation in his right shoulder but there wasn't any structural damage. However, Williams went on 106.7 The Fan FM on Monday night and gave a much worse description of Zimmerman's shoulder, saying the slugger..." April 08

  • Ryan Zimmerman's MRI negative

    CSN Washington "An MRI on Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder revealed no structural damage, just inflammation, Nationals manager Matt Williams said on Sunday. The Nats' third baseman will now rest on the team's off-day and be reevaluated Tuesday. Zimmerman actually pinch-hit for the Nationals in the eighth inning..." April 07

  • Desmond leads Nats to win with HR, reveals personal struggle

    CSN Washington "With the Nationals and Braves locked in a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh on Sunday, Nats shortstop Ian Desmond walked to the plate looking to swing big on the first pitch. After allowing three straight hits to begin the game, Braves starter Alex Wood had settled in to dominate the Nationals..." April 07

  • Nats continue to get bit by injury bug, place Scott Hairston on DL "Another day, another injury for the Nationals. The team announced they have placed outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain. He told reporters he suffered the injury during a swing on Thursday. Hairston, 33, was acquired from the Cubs in a minor trade last summer...." April 06

  • Ryan Zimmerman has been having trouble with his throwing mechanics

    Hardball Talk "Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has committed 135 errors in his ten-year career, and a whopping 97 of them — 72 percent — have been throwing errors. Zimmerman has ranked second in baseball in errors committed in each of the last two seasons, with 21 and 19, accounting for nearly one-third..." April 06

  • Braves win 4th in a row, beat Nats and Strasburg again

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves would never say it publicly, and neither would the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg. But for now, the team from Georgia clearly has the upper hand on the team from the nation’s capital and particularly its marquee pitcher. The Braves beat the Nationals and Strasburg again Saturday,..." April 06

  • Gattis homers in Braves’ 2-1 win over Nats to open series

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After Evan Gattis homered in the top of the fifth inning, reminding a sellout crowd at Nationals Park of why he warranted a splendid nickname as a rookie, the home team had a would-be inside-the-park home run overturned by an umpires’ review in the bottom of the inning. And so, things were..." April 05

  • Tanner Roark shines in surprise start as the Nationals complete a sweep of the Mets, 8-2

    Washington Post "Prepared to spend the day as a spectator, Tanner Roark woke up Thursday morning and saw Steve McCatty had called him. He had no idea why. Roark would not make his season debut until Friday back home at Nationals Park. What could his pitching coach want? And why couldn’t it wait until he arrived at..." April 04

  • Zimmermann scratched with flu-like symptoms

    CSN Washington "The Nationals were forced to scratch Jordan Zimmermann from today’s scheduled start against the Mets when the right-hander came down with flu-like symptoms and now will send Tanner Roark to the mound instead for their 1:10 p.m. series finale at Citi Field. Zimmermann appears to be the latest..." April 03

  • Nationals beat Mets, 2-0

    CSN Washington "After the pomp and circumstance (and wackiness) of Opening Day, and then an abrupt day of rest that followed, the Nationals began the true baseball season tonight, the long slog of 162 games in 182 days that tests a team both physically and mentally. If this performance was an indication of things..." April 03

  • Rafael Soriano working on new pitches

    Washington Post "During spring training, Nationals closer Rafael Soriano fiddled with a new pitch and he is considering adding it to his repertoire this season. However, he is coy about it and won’t commit to how much he will use it. He does admit that his aunt’s husband, who played baseball, showed him a new grip..." April 02

  • Wilson Ramos likely to undergo surgery, miss 4-8 weeks

    Washington Post "Nationals catcher and opening day cleanup hitter Wilson Ramos will likely undergo hamate bone surgery on his left hand Wednesday morning, according to multiple people familiar with situation. The procedure would sideline the Nationals’ bedrock catcher for more than a month and affect him once he..." April 02

  • Nationals place C Wilson Ramos on DL, recall C Sandy Leon "Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to remove a fractured hamate bone from his left hand. Ramos, who visited with hand specialist Dr. Kenneth Means on Tuesday, had the operation Wednesday and he will begin his rehab immediately. The team placed..." April 02

  • Nats give Matt Williams a workout before winning his managerial debut in 10 innings

    Washington Post "On Sunday night, Matt Williams devoured dinner at an Italian restaurant, retreated to his hotel room, lay in bed and found sleep futile. “Nervous energy,” he said. “That’s part of the deal.” He had never managed a major league game before, and all possibilities rattled around his head. Whatever..." April 01

  • Betting 101: How to safely bet early-season MLB action "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01

  • Scott Boras suggests Mike Trout’s contract will not relate to Bryce Harper

    Washington Post "Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the consensus best player in baseball and a 22-year-old dynamo frequently compared to Nationals phenom Bryce Harper, agreed to a contract extension Friday night that, starting in 2015, will reportedly pay him nearly $145 million. The deal covers his remaining three..." March 30

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: LHP Aaron Laffey to #Nationals on minor league deal.

  • Report: Drug policy changes will bar players from postseason, even if they’ve served their suspensions

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29

  • Doug Fister leaves with lat strain, doubtful for first Nationals start

    Washington Post "Nationals right-hander Doug Fister, the prized offseason addition who gave them perhaps the best starting rotation in baseball, exited a minor league start after one inning Thursday with a right lat strain. Already trying to build arm strength in time for the regular season in the wake of..." March 28

  • Forbes: Washington Nationals franchise worth $700 million

    CSN Washington "Despite falling short of the playoffs in 2013, the Washington Nationals saw their franchise value go up by about $70 million over the course of the last year. Forbes released their 2014 MLB team valuations on Wednesday and the Nationals came in at $700 million. That's good enough for 13th in..." March 27

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    LHP Michael Gonzalez, released on Tuesday, has rejoined #Nats on minor-league deal. Presumably reports to AAA Syracuse.

  • 27d
    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Doug Fister left a minor league start after one inning with a lat strain. Williams didn't rule him out, but little chance he makes 1st start

  • Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

    Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27

  • 28d
    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    The #Nats have voided their previous option of RHP Ross Ohlendorf and have placed him on the 60-Day DL with a right lumbar strain.

  • 28d
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Kevin Frandsen gets a fully guaranteed major league deal for 900K with the #nationals.

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