Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
After the Nationals' loss Tuesday, Bryce Harper took the blame. The thought of hitting the wall, eight days after his gruesome collision with one at Dodger Stadium, entered his mind. He felt he could've caught the ball, but he didn't. He admitted it was an issue he'll have to overcome. A few locker stalls down, though, apparently Rafael Soriano, who threw the slider that Blanco hit, was not pleased.
The moment the Washington Nationals 23rd loss of the season went from a tight, pulse-pounding victory to a gut-wrenching 4-2 loss came quickly. Pablo Sandoval's monstrous 10th-inning home run off Yunesky Maya brought with it the pain of an infuriatingly inconsistent season and a surprising .500 record after 46 games for the pre-season World Series favorites.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson accepted an invitation from San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to be a coach on his staff at the 2013 All-Star Game.
Fernando Abad was eating in a restaurant in Toledo, Ohio on Monday night when he got a call from Triple-A manager Tony Beasley. The first thing Beasley wanted to know was if Abad was with Maya. The left-hander told him he was not, so Beasley passed along a message.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was out on the field at AT&T Park early on Tuesday afternoon, watching several of his hitters take early batting practice and as left-hander Ross Detwiler did his first throwing since straining his right oblique.
As the Washington Nationals tried to reset, refocus and finish their 10-game west coast trip strong, their position players gathered Monday afternoon for their usual pre-series hitters' meeting. Shortstop Ian Desmond and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman reminded teammates to remember their own unique strengths. Perhaps the effect will be felt in the days and weeks to come. But Monday the Nationals were shut out for the sixth time this season as they fell 8-0 to the San Francisco Giants.
Right-hander Ryan Mattheus broke a bone near the fourth knuckle in his pitching hand on Sunday afternoon when he returned to the clubhouse following a five-run inning and slammed his hand, holding his glove, into his locker. The Nationals called up left-hander Fernando Abad and right-hander Yunesky Maya as reinforcements and optioned Eury Perez to Triple-A Syracuse.
Bryce Harper returned to the Washington Nationals' lineup on Monday night after missing the previous two games with bruising and swelling in his left knee.
Ross Detwiler stood by the railing of the Nationals' dugout at AT&T Park on Monday and smiled as he chatted with coaches and teammates. Normally, it would've been his day to pitch, but a slight right oblique strain forced him to miss this start. The good news, though, was that the left-hander had perhaps his most encouraging day since he was pulled from Wednesday's game after three innings.
After getting what Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson called "kind of an alarming report" on Jayson Werth following another MRI on his strained right hamstring, it appears the right fielder's return will be delayed even further than the start of the team's upcoming homestand.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was back in the lineup on Monday after missing the weekend with pain and swelling in his left knee.
When the Washington Nationals packed up and left D.C. a week ago, they knew their 10-game road swing through California would be a difficult test for their young season. The toughest spot appeared to be at the end, in San Francisco, where the reigning World Series champions would be waiting. As the Nationals departed San Diego late Sunday evening, they were 3-4 through the first week of their trip. As they've muddled their way through injuries and inconsistency, they will take a 23-21 record into the series. And the Giants? They're 24-20 -- and limping home from a 1-5 road trip through Toronto and Colorado.
The Washington Nationals will send right-hander Dan Haren to the mound on Sunday as he looks to continue a string of strong starts and the Nationals look to take the four-game series from the San Diego Padres.
On a day the Nationals again demanded near perfection out of Jordan Zimmermann, he came very close with his pitching. Tossing eight innings on just 85 pitches, Zimmermann required the fewest pitches in a non-rain-shortened complete game in Nationals history. But without any margin for error, a pickoff throw he yanked just wide of first baseman Adam LaRoche in the eighth stuck with him, and cost the Nationals.
The traveling continued for Jayson Werth on Saturday as the right fielder went to Chicago to visit with another specialist about his strained right hamstring. The Nationals are hopeful that Werth will be ready to return to the active roster on Friday, but he has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's road trip.
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