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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2011

  • Shairon Martis throws seven-inning Double-A no-hitter

    Double-A right-hander Shairon Martis sandwiched one walk around a whole lot of zeroes Friday night when he threw the third no-hitter in Harrisburg Senators history in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Published August 26 2011

  • Talking about Brian Bixler, and how Hurricane Irene affects the Nationals even when they're out of dodge

    Brian Bixler was back in the Nationals lineup, playing center field and hitting second, for the second straight day -- his third start there in the Nationals last four games. With Washington facing left-hander Dontrelle Willis, Nationals manager Davey Johnson opted for the right-handed Bixler over the left-handed Ankiel for the matchup. Published August 26 2011

  • Ryan Mattheus heads to DL with shoulder strain, could be done for season

    Ryan Mattheus was pulled from Thursday night's game when Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty and manager Davey Johnson noticed a drop in the right-handed relievers' velocity from his usual mid-90s down to 90 mph. After the game, and in spite of being pulled a week before with some shoulder tightness, Mattheus insisted he felt fine but did notice the velocity drop himself. He maintained that stance Friday afternoon in Cincinnati, admitting only that he was a little tired and had experienced this dead arm type of feeling during spring training occasionally. A few days off from game action was what he expected. But around 4 p.m. Mattheus was summoned to the manager's office and Johnson informed him that he'd be getting more than a few days, he'd be getting at least 15. Mattheus was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a right shoulder strain. Published August 26 2011

  • Laynce Nix and Jonny Gomes make their return to the Queen city (plus lineups)

    While the east coast braces for Hurricane Irene (the Mets and Braves have already shortened their weekend series in New York to tonight's game only) the Nationals are getting out of town at just the right time. Instead of battling rain, wind and (likely) cancellations, they'll be in the Queen City reuniting their left fielders with their previous home and hoping to recreate some of the good fortune they had against the Reds 10 days ago when they took two of three at Nationals Park. Published August 26 2011

  • Mattheus pulled again with right shoulder issue

    Ryan Mattheus will likely get a few days off the bullpen workload as he was pulled from Thursday night's game with right shoulder tightness -- the same issue that plagued him a week ago. Published August 25 2011

  • Pudge to begin rehab assignment this weekend with Single-A Potomac

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez will take a big step in his lengthy rehab from a strained right oblique when he begins a rehab assignment this weekend with Single-A Potomac. Published August 25 2011

  • Peacock, Moore named season-ending Double-A All-Stars

    Two Nationals prospects were honored Thursday afternoon, with first baseman Tyler Moore and right-hander Brad Peacock both being named to the Double-A Eastern League's season-ending All-Star team. Moore, the Nationals minor league Player of the Year in 2010, is hitting .267 with 61 extra-base hits (29 doubles, four triples and 28 home runs). Peacock, now a member of the Triple-A Syracuse starting rotation and primed for a September call-up to the major leagues, was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA and a Futures Game selection before his promotion to Triple-A. Published August 25 2011

  • Werth returns as Nationals look to seal winning homestand

    After a one-day absence due to a slight groin strain, Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals lineup for the homestand finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night. Werth insisted from the start that the issue with his groin wasn't serious and him being back in the lineup after just one day most likely solidifies that feeling. Published August 25 2011

  • Werth sits out plus Nationals-D-backs lineups

    One adjustment to the Nationals' lineup, as Jayson Werth sits out after straining his groin Tuesday. Instead, Laynce Nix starts in right field. Published August 24 2011

  • Boras talks Bryce Harper, Pudge and draft

    The Nationals introduced their top three draft picks to the Washington media Tuesday afternoon, giving Anthony Rendon, Alex Meyer and Brian Goodwin a chance to see a glimpse of what awaits them if they can make it to the big leagues. They also brought with them a man who needs no introduction in these parts: Scott Boras. Published August 24 2011

  • Werth leaves game with mild groin strain, availability for Wednesday in jeopardy

    Jayson Werth struck out to end the eighth inning Tuesday night in a 2-0 Nationals loss to the Diamondbacks and when the Nationals defense took the field for the top of the ninth, Werth had been replaced by Brian Bixler in right field. Published August 24 2011

  • Strasburg will pitch Saturday in Syracuse

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was back in the major league clubhouse Tuesday afternoon after throwing three innings, 60 pitches in his fourth rehab start, Monday night in Hagerstown. The right-hander will make his fifth rehab start Saturday and this one will get him out of the Single-A designation. Published August 23 2011

  • Earthquake shakes up the schedule at Nationals Park

    As a 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook the Virginia, Maryland, D.C. area — and much of the rest of the East Coast just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon,Washington Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner watched as the center field scoreboard in his team’s park swayed back and forth. The park was evacuated following the earthquake but staff members were let back in around 2:30 p.m. The park was still being checked for structural damages as 6 p.m. approached and while the Nationals did not anticipate the earthquake having any major effect on their scheduled 7:05 p.m. game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the opening of the gates to fans was delayed. Published August 23 2011

  • Finally comfortable at the plate, Werth goes oppo to propel Nationals

    Jayson Werth, in spite of his still underwhelming offensive numbers (.229 batting average, .331 on-base percentage, .388 slugging percentage, .718 OPS), has begun to feel like his old self in the batters box again. He's chipped away all season at getting his timing right, getting his stance right, getting into what hitting coach Rick Eckstein refers to as "the good hitting position." All the tinkering finally has Werth feeling comfortable. Published August 23 2011

  • Zimmerman wins NL co-player of the week and Ankiel gets some rest

    Ryan Zimmerman had, by anyone's standards, a phenomenal week last week. It would have been phenomenal had Zimmerman's walk-off grand slam Friday night against Philadelphia been all he had to show for it, but the Nationals third baseman also hit .500 (12-for-24) with two doubles, three homers and eight RBI. Published August 22 2011

  • With walk-off weekend in the rearview, Bixler slots in to CF: today's lineups

    As their hangover from walk-off weekend wears off, the Nationals turn their attention to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the potential that tempers hibernating since June could flare up this week. Published August 22 2011

  • Nats Notes: First walk-off hit by pitch

    Plus: another big crowd and bullpen dominance. Published August 21 2011

  • Alexandria's Michael Schwimer settles down in Phillies debut

    Ex-UVa. pitcher allows homer but throws three strong innings. Published August 21 2011

  • Have Nats seen best of Chien-Ming Wang yet?

    Manager Davey Johnson sees more progress in Sunday's outing. Published August 21 2011

  • Nationals walk off on Phillies again

    More proof that you can't predict baseball. Published August 21 2011