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  • Nationals Claim Javy Guerra, Designate Dan Jennings

    Masn "The Washington Nationals made the following roster moves on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. * Recalled from rehab assignment and reinstated left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp from the 10-day Injured List *..." May 20

  • Nationals looking to move Juan Soto to first base?

    Yardbarker "The Washington Nationals may have a new job in mind for Childish Bambino. The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty reported Sunday that Nats phenom Juan Soto, who regularly takes grounders at first base during batting practice, really got into the details of the position with..." May 20

  • John Maddon drops protest, 'though I still don't agree' "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Sunday’s game that the team had dropped its protest of Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals. Maddon and the Cubs were upset because Washington closer Sean Doolittle tapped his foot on the ground during his delivery in the ninth inning,..." May 20

  • Sean Doolittle defends his toe tap delivery, thinks it should be legal

    Larry Brown Sports "Sean Doolittle sent a series of tweets on Sunday night in which he defended his delivery and argued that it should be legal. The Washington Nationals closer became the center of attention after Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon complained about the reliever’s pitching motion..." May 20

  • Cubs never filed protest over Sean Doolittle’s delivery

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Cubs made a lot of noise Saturday night about filing a protest over a perceived illegal toe-tap in Sean Doolittle’s delivery, but they reportedly never actually did it. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs never formally filed a protest after the loss,..." May 19

  • Brandon Kintzler takes shot at Nationals a year after bizarre trade

    Cubs Insider "You don’t get a nickname like “Salt” for being super chill and just keeping your thoughts and emotions to yourself. So when the crusty Brandon Kintzler grumbled his way through a brief Triple-A stint in 2016, his teammates gave him a moniker that reflected his curmudgeonly..." May 19

  • Joe Maddon's protest prompts Sean Doolittle to call his act 'tired'

    NBC Sports Washington "Sean Doolittle stood at his locker in the clubhouse still roiled by what occurred in the ninth inning Saturday.  His clean inning for his eighth save was not on his mind. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was. The Cubs appeared to enact a pre-planned grouse when..." May 19

  • Cubs file a formal protest, alleging Nationals closer Sean Doolittle used an illegal delivery

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to bat for reliever Carl Edwards Jr. to combat what he believes is a double standard. Maddon played the final two outs of the Cubs’ 5-2 loss to the Nationals on Saturday night under protest, alleging closer Sean Doolittle was allowed to tap his..." May 19

  • Nationals Expected To Place Anibal Sanchez On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Anibal Sanchez suffered a left hamstring strain that forced him out of today’s start in the second inning, and Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters (including Sam Fortier of the Washington Post) that Sanchez is headed for the injured list.  This will keep Sanchez out of..." May 17

  • Max Scherzer passes Bartolo Colon on all-time strikeout list

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer has enjoyed many incredible moments during his MLB career. Hopefully, his achievement on Friday night will soon join the ranks of his biggest highlights during his time in baseball. In the fifth inning of Friday’s game, Scherzer..." May 17

  • Trea Turner activated and batting leadoff

    Fantasy Pros "Trea Turner has been activated by the Washington Nationals and will start at shortstop on Friday. Turner returns after breaking his finger back in early April, which has sidelined him since then. (Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter) Fantasy Impact: Turner being back only gives..." May 17

  • Nationals’ high strikeout totals are “alarming” to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo...

    Federal Baseball "Of all the disturbing trends for the Washington Nationals through the first month-plus of the 2019 campaign, and there have been a number of troubling developments with injuries, and underperformance, one of the things the front office in the nation’s capital didn’t expect..." May 16

  • Anibal Sanchez hurt, leaves game in second inning

    NBC Sports Washington "Anibal Sanchez left Thursday's game with one out in the second inning because of an injury.  It's unclear what particular injury caused Sanchez to leave the game. He walked Brandon Nimmo with a cutter, then appeared upset on the mound. Sanchez circled the mound, head..." May 16

  • Trea Turner shows encouraging signs in first rehab start with Potomac Nationals

    NBC Sports Washington "Trea Turner has finally found his way back onto the baseball diamond. He began a rehabilitation stint with the Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals on Tuesday.  His first game back was one that showcased his speed and ability out in the field, but also revealed that he may still..." May 15

  • Trevor Rosenthal to pitch back-to-back days at Class AA Harrisburg

    Washington Post "Trevor Rosenthal is the latest member of the injury-riddled Washington Nationals to make significant progress in his rehab. The 28-year-old reliever signed by Washington this offseason, will throw at Class AA Harrisburg on Thursday and Friday, he said on Wednesday afternoon in the Nationals..." May 15

  • MASN owes Nationals tens of millions, MLB panel rules

    Washington Post "A Major League Baseball committee ruled the Washington Nationals are owed nearly $100 million by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, according to court filings that were made public Tuesday, marking the latest twist in a years-old dispute between the Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles over TV..." May 14

  • Nationals send Trea Turner out on rehab assignment with High-A Potomac

    Federal Baseball "Washington Nationals’ shortstop Trea Turner got four games in this season before he broke the index finger on his right hand when he squared to bunt in the first at bat of an April 2nd game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nation’s capital. A..." May 14

  • The Nationals are facing tough calls. The trick is knowing which ones not to make.

    Washington Post "When do you know? When do you admit that you were wrong and move on? When do you fire the team president, the general manager, the coach or the manager? When do you give up on your quarterback or decide you must add a top reliever, expenses to the wind, to fix your bullpen?..." May 14

  • How bad is this Nationals bullpen? It's worse than you thought

    NBC Sports Washington "Is this the worst Nationals bullpen in organization history? A simple question with a simple answer: yes. But, how bad? Why? What was the process to get here? First, this season’s ugliness. The Nationals come to a rest Monday in a rare off-day with a 6.34..." May 14

  • Victor Robles still learning in the majors, so expect mistakes from Nationals’ rookie...

    Federal Baseball "Adam Eaton and Victor Robles singled in back-to-back at bats in the opening frame of the game on Saturday night, for two of four hits that LA’s starter, Walker Buehler, allowed in seven scoreless innings of work in Dodger Stadium, but a truly puzzling moment..." May 13

  • Cracks showing in Nats’ foundation, and Mike Rizzo may not have a fix

    Washington Post "What was determined on the Washington Nationals’ 3-7 trip was not much, not much at all. Focus on the hopeless sweep in Milwaukee if you believe the season is doomed. Find something to like about the split in Los Angeles if you somehow maintain optimism, even if it ended with a..." May 13

  • Mickey Callaway’s job not yet under threat after slow start

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets are not performing as they expected to, but it will not yet threaten manager Mickey Callaway’s job, according to reports. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon summoned Callaway and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen for a meeting on Friday, but according to multiple reports,..." May 12

  • Juan Soto activated, Trevor Rosenthal sent to Double-A Harrisburg

    NBC Sports Washington "The Nationals made two key moves Saturday. Juan Soto (back spasms) was activated from the 10-day injured list. Jake Noll was sent to Triple-A Fresno to make room on the 25-man roster. Elsewhere in the organization, reliever Trevor Rosenthal was sent to Double-A Harrisburg to begin a..." May 12

  • Erick Fedde Auditioning For Expanded Role In Nationals Bullpen

    MLB Trade Rumors "Results have been good thus far for Erick Fedde, who in limited action has made a good impression on a struggling Nationals bullpen, per Byron Kerr of MASN Sports. Fedde, a starter in the minors, was brought up for the first time this season on April 28th – and he immediately made an..." May 11

  • Dodgers' Joc Pederson Gives Brian Dozier the Middle Finger After Being Robbed of Hit

    12 Up "Never rob Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson of a base knock. If you do, you're bound to get flipped the bird? Yup, you will. And on Friday night, Washington Nationals infielder Brian Dozier learned this the hard way, as his former teammate let him know just how mad he..." May 11

  • Dusty Baker ‘sometimes’ wishes he still managed the Nationals. So do plenty of fans.

    Washington Post "The Nationals are experiencing their worst start to a season since before the Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper eras began. Lots of fingers have been pointed by the fan base, many in the direction of Dave Martinez, who took over as manager for Dusty Baker after Baker’s contract was not..." May 11

  • Firing the manager might create more problems for the Nationals than it fixes

    NBC Sports Washington "Trouble comes when there is no good solution, when being backed into a self-constructed corner only allows a way to run into another wall. The Nationals have imposed such a conundrum on themselves. Fire manager Davey Martinez and they further solidify their foundation as a problematic..." May 10

  • Nationals Designate Jimmy Cordero For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced a trio of roster moves, including the news that right-hander Jimmy Cordero has been designated for assignment.  The club’s previously-reported signing of outfielder Gerardo Parra was also made official, while outfielder Andrew Stevenson has been sent to the..." May 09

  • Nats' Ryan Zimmerman defends Davey Martinez, says players must perform

    The Score "The Washington Nationals have stumbled out of the gate this season, causing some fans to call for manager Davey Martinez to lose his job. But on Thursday, veteran Ryan Zimmerman defended his skipper. "Fans have the right to say whatever they want," the Nationals first..." May 09

  • Mike Rizzo takes blame for underperforming Nationals, says he still believes in Martinez

    NBC Sports Washington "Mike Rizzo took responsibility for the Nationals' struggles in an interview with The Sports Junkies on Wednesday morning, telling the hosts that no one was more disappointed in the team's performance than he is. "First and foremost, there’s nobody more upset, and..." May 08

  • The Nationals sign free agent Gerardo Parra

    Hardball Talk "ESPN is now reporting that they have, in fact, signed Parra and he will join the Nationals when they get to Los Angeles for this weekend’s series against the Dodgers. Sam Fortier of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals are “progressing toward a..." May 08

  • Anthony Rendon trolls umpire CB Bucknor with photos from at-bat after game

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was ejected from Tuesday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers for arguing a called third strike, and he found a unique way of continuing to state his case after the game was over. Rendon was called out on strikes by home plate..." May 08

  • Anthony Rendon reinstated from Injured List; Carter Kieboom optioned to Triple-A

    Federal Baseball "Discussing the organization’s handling of Anthony Rendon, who injured his left elbow when he was hit by a pitch in Miami on April 20th, tested it in a game on the 26th, but did not end up going on the Injured List until April 30th, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo explained to..." May 07

  • Nationals expect Juan Soto to return from IL as soon as he’s eligible

    Sportsnaut "Juan Soto is on the injured list. But all signs point towards the Washington Nationals star returning from the IL as soon as he’s eligible. Soto was on the field playing catch prior to Washington’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers (H/T Alex Chappell, MASN). Mark..." May 07

  • Nationals forced to sit on runway for seven hours due to plane trouble

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals traveled from Philadelphia to Milwaukee on Sunday night for their series against the Brewers, and it would not be a surprise if they look like they are lacking energy during Monday night’s game. Jamal Collier of reports that the Nationals had an..." May 06

  • Adams becomes latest key Nats player to hit IL

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals are down another first baseman because of injury. Matt Adams was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a left shoulder injury. The move comes just seven days after starting first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the IL with plantar fasciitis in..." May 05

  • Mariners Acquire Austin Adams From Nationals

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Mariners have acquired righty Austin Adams from the Nationals for lefty Nick Wells and cash considerations. " May 04

  • Back spasms cause Juan Soto to join growing list of Nationals starters on injured list

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals are in the early stages of what could be a season-defining stretch. Unfortunately for them, they'll have to navigate the immediate future without another one of their best players. That's because on Saturday the Nationals placed outfielder Juan Soto on..." May 04

  • Nats' Hellickson wanted to face Harper: 'I should've stayed out there'

    Masn "It doesn’t happen every single night, but on occasion a major league manager faces a critical pitching decision in the latter innings of a tight ballgame, one that is likely to impact the outcome of the contest. Sometimes the pitchers involved get the job done and reward the..." May 04

  • The guy replacing Derek Lilliquist knew he was getting the job three days ago

    Hardball Talk "This morning we noted that Nationals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist was fired after last night’s game. Today we learn that the Nationals, apparently, handled it poorly. Jamal Collier of tweets from the press conference for Lilliquist’s replacement, Paul..." May 03

  • Nats GM Mike Rizzo is Lying Through His Teeth About Davey Martinez After Derek Lilliquist Firing

    12 Up "The Washington Nationals have not had the most ideal start to the 2019 season. Despite their active offseason in which they brought in an influx of talent to accompany young outfielders Juan Soto and Victor Robles, the Nationals sit in fourth place in the NL East. So,..." May 03

  • Nationals cite ‘preparation issues’ in firing pitching coach

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals have fired their pitching coach after a disappointing start to the season. The Nationals are off to a 13-17 start and are currently in fourth place in the National League East. Despite earning a 2-1 victory on Thursday, the team decided it was time to go in a..." May 03

  • Carter Kieboom vows to correct early struggles with Nationals

    NBC Sports Washington "Baseball’s relentlessness has a way of warping time. What existed just a week prior can feel like a month ago as days, cities and first pitches meld. Adrenaline-pumping success can quickly yield to bad at-bat after bad at-bat. Baseball is not so much an avalanche as a consistent snowfall..." May 02

  • Nationals Park is seeing its lowest fan attendance since 2011

    Federal Baseball "One month into the Washington Nationals’ 2019 season, the results have been well short of preseason expectations. Entering play Thursday, the Nats are 12-17 and 4.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. Fans have apparently taken notice, as..." May 02

  • Stephen Strasburg Becomes Fastest Player to 1,500 Career Strikeouts

    SI "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg reached 1,500 strikeouts in fewer innings pitched than any player in major league history during Washington's game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Strasburg got opposing pitcher Dakota Hudson looking in the fifth inning for his..." May 02

  • Nationals outfielder Juan Soto scratched from lineup again with back spasms

    Washington Post "Juan Soto will not start a second consecutive game Thursday after he was scratched from the Washington Nationals’ lineup about an hour before first pitch for the second day in a row. Soto, 20, had played in all 28 of the Nationals’ games before he first felt back pain..." May 02

  • Nationals' Trea Turner could take swings next week

    Sportsnaut "A month after he suffered a broken right index finger after getting hit by a pitch, Washington Nationals star shortstop Trea Turner might be nearing the first big step to a return. According to The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Turner is progressing well in his recovery and the..." May 02

  • Nationals remain undecided on career course of top pitching prospect Erick Fedde

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals are undecided on what to do with one of their top pitching prospects, Erick Fedde, General Manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday. The Nationals could promote Fedde in hopes that the long-man might become a stabilizing force in a bullpen in need of one. But..." May 01

  • Nationals place Rendon on IL with left elbow contusion

    Federal Baseball "Anthony Rendon took a fastball off the left elbow in the Nationals’ April 20th game in Miami, and he tried to test it in Washington’s April 26th game against San Diego in D.C., but he had it swell up on him again after trying to swing the bat before the finale with the Padres over..." April 30

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30