Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
Ryan Zimmerman committed his ninth error of the season Friday night, and while plenty of those nine have been deserved as Zimmerman's throwing woes have become one of the Nationals' central storylines on the young season, this one was a difficult call.
Hours before they'd turn the music up loud and the Washington Nationals would celebrate a hard-earned, 10-inning, 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres, manager Davey Johnson sat in the visitors' dugout at Petco Park and answered a question about his bench. The Nationals' pinch hitting stats, among the league's elite in 2012, were bleak. "They're awful," Johnson said of the numbers. "Just come out and say it."
When Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went on the disabled list last week with a slight right hamstring strain, he did so with the hope that he would be ready to return as soon as he was eligible --- on May 18. But his return has been delayed at least a few days.
Ross Detwiler will miss his next start with a slight strain of his right oblique, but the Washington Nationals are still uncertain about whether they will lose their talented left-hander for more than that.
Danny Espinosa returned to the Nationals' lineup on Friday evening, after a one-day break for the slumping second baseman.
Stephen Strasburg climbed the mound on Thursday night with a mission. Whether it was intentional or not, whether it was spoken or not, it seemed the Washington Nationals big right-hander felt there were some questions to be answered. And he was ready to let his performance do the talking.
Washington Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler was sent for an MRI Thursday afternoon in San Diego, one day after back spasms cut short his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, to determine the extent of the issue. Detwiler's next start, scheduled for Monday in San Francisco, may be in jeopardy.
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Feeling some slight tightness in his strained right hamstring, Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth traveled to New York on Thursday to visit with the team's specialist and get the issue examined. His expected return from the disabled list on Saturday will likely be delayed a few days, according to a team spokesman.
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The Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the disabled list Thursday afternoon with a left hamstring strain and recalled Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to the starting lineup on Thursday for the first time since his violent collision with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Danny Espinosa was out of the lineup.
Bryce Harper popped out of the Washington Nationals' dugout moments after Danny Espinosa singled to open the ninth inning, and began to loosen up in the on-deck circle. It was the first time Harper had appeared on the field during a game since his nasty collision Monday night with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium.
There was plenty about the Washington Nationals' 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night that was familiar. But their total losses on Wednesday were different. Losing the game, and even the series, can seem somewhat trivial when you watch your starting pitcher and your starting catcher exit with injuries in the span of an inning.
In the span of an inning Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals might've been dealt two significant injury blows to left-hander Ross Detwiler and catcher Wilson Ramos.
As the Washington Nationals were preparing to play the rubber match of their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, across the country, right fielder Jayson Werth was taking a significant step in returning to the active roster.
Bryce Harper was out on the field at Dodger Stadium doing some light running on Wednesday afternoon under the supervision of a trainer, and he took full batting practice on the field with the team, but he was out of the Nationals' lineup again on Wednesday as he continued to recover from a gruesome collision with the right field wall. The nausea Harper described on Tuesday was apparently lessened, and Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz said Harer was given a SCAT 2 (Sport Concussion Assessment Test) on Monday night and another on Tuesday morning. He passed both, which were administered by an independent medical professional.
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