Nationals Watch Archive: August 2011


  • More rain for Nationals, Phillies

    Game resumes after 1-hour, 11-minute delay. Published August 21 2011

  • Nats' righty-heavy lineup to face Roy Halladay

    Chien-Ming Wang starts vs. Phillies Published August 21 2011

  • As he makes his fifth start of the season, does Chien-Ming Wang have a future in Washington?

    As Chien-Ming Wang continues to put it together -- and assuming that progression continues -- the question arises: does he fit with the Nationals in 2012? Published August 20 2011

  • Pudge swings pain-free and other pre-game notes

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez made some progress Saturday afternoon when he took 25 swings in the batting cage, testing his right oblique, and came out of the session in good shape. It was a small step, but for Rodriguez it was an important one. Having been on the disabled list since July 7 with the strained oblique, Rodriguez had been setback several times when it came to swinging. Published August 20 2011

  • Morse returns, Nix hits fifth, Werth six: today's lineups

    I know the question on everyone's mind is whether or not Livan Hernandez's right arm is indeed still attached to his body. Since the clubhouse isn't open yet, I can't confirm one way or the other but will sure to keep everyone posted. The other news is that Michael Morse is back in the Nationals lineup after a one-day hiatus for some left elbow inflammation and Laynce Nix (he of the 11-for-25, four doubles, a triple and three home runs against Roy Oswalt) is hitting cleanup. That means Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa drop down to sixth and seventh in the lineup, respectively. Published August 20 2011

  • Reaction from the Nationals 8-4 walk-off win over the Phillies

    There were so many things that had to go right for the Nationals to stage a ninth-inning comeback Friday night the way they did. Ryan Madson, the Phillies seemingly unflappable closer, had to be summoned for the third straight day. Jayson Werth had to see 11 pitches in his at-bat to lead off the inning. Danny Espinosa and Jonny Gomes had to single behind him. Wilson Ramos had to get a bunt down, something he nearly did not accomplish. Jesus Flores had to be intentionally walked in front of Ian Desmond -- who singled in the game-tying run. And Ryan Zimmerman had to work the count full before sending the next pitch just over the left field wal Published August 20 2011

  • Adam LaRoche and his surgically repaired left shoulder are "feeling great."

    Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche made an appearance in the Nationals clubhouse Friday afternoon, his surgically repaired left shoulder "feeling great," and his sights set toward spring training 2012. "It feels good to put some baseball pants on," LaRoche said as he changed from his street clothes. It has been officially nine weeks since LaRoche underwent surgery on the torn labrum in his left shoulder and he's passed his milestones slowly and quietly as the Nationals were forced to move on without him. Published August 19 2011

  • Bryce Harper's hamstring strain could keep him out for the rest of the season (UPDATED: He's on the DL)

    The Nationals placed Bryce Harper on the seven-day minor league disabled list this evening after the diagnosis of strained right hamstring initially given to him Thursday night was confirmed by a doctor in Harrisburg. Putting him on the 7-day DL does not officially end his season, as there is about two weeks remaining in the regular season schedule, but it's very likely the Nationals will be extremely cautious with Harper and not rush him back for a final week of play or even the Eastern League playoffs if he's not completely healthy. Nationals manager Davey Johnson confirmed as much early Friday afternoon, speculating that there's a good chance the Nationals top prospect's season is over. Published August 19 2011

  • Morse sits with elbow inflammation

    Michael Morse didn't know he would be taking Friday night off until he arrived at Nationals Park and noticed his name missing from the lineup. One week after taking a fastball from Ryan Dempster off his left elbow, Morse is dealing with some inflammation in the area. The Nationals are concerned that, without some rest, it could turn into tendinitis. Morse was absent from Friday's lineup as a precaution. Published August 19 2011

  • Morse sits, Nix plays 1B: today's lineups

    The Nationals open a three-game set with the Phillies tonight at Nationals Park against Roy Oswalt and they'll do so without Michael Morse in the lineup. Morse, who has started 29 of the Nationals last 30 games, gets a day off in favor of Laynce Nix at first base tonight. Jonny Gomes will get the start again in left field. Published August 19 2011

  • Harper's hamstring and Mattheus' shoulder

    Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper went down in the middle of the basepaths Thursday night, coming up with an apparent leg injury and had to be helped off the field in Akron, OH. Harper was diagnosed with a right hamstring strain and will be re-evaluated on Friday. Published August 19 2011

  • Strasburg's schedule, Purke update and tonight's lineups

    Count Davey Johnson among those unconcerned by Stephen Strasburg's struggles in his rehabilitation start Wednesday. Published August 18 2011

  • Strasburg reacts to first rehab struggle

    Stephen Strasburg did something Wednesday night he had yet to do in his road to recovery from Tommy John Surgery: he struggled. Here's some of what Strasburg had to say: Published August 17 2011

  • A possible timeline for Strasburg's return plus a lineup shuffle

    Right-hander Stephen Strasburg could start for the Nationals as soon as Sept. 2 against the Mets, according to a hypothetical schedule manager Davey Johnson discussed today. Published August 17 2011

  • Matt Purke is healthy and ready to become a National: "I'm ready. Just give me a uniform and put me out there."

    In a phone interview with the Washington Times, Nationals third-round draft pick Matt Purke talked about the health of his left shoulder, why the Nationals were right for him and what he's been doing all summer. Published August 17 2011

  • Michael Morse, Nationals call-ups and looking toward the future

    There is no way around it: No matter what the Nationals have to do next year, they will find a place for Michael Morse on the field. If that means he shifts back to left field when a presumably healthy Adam LaRoche returns from shoulder surgery, that's what it means and that's what they'll do. They simply can't justify putting their best hitter of 2011 -- for average, power and to all fields -- into any kind of a position battle. Morse is an every day player. He's been an every day player since the middle of May and one of the most productive ones in all of major league baseball in that time. He's hitting .323, slugging .566 and getting on base at a .372 clip. Published August 16 2011

  • An update on Pudge, Lannan and the Nationals honoring fallen soldiers

    Ivan Rodriguez was back at Nationals Park on Tuesday working out and throwing, his first physical activity in nearly a week. The good news was that Rodriguez was allowed to do that, the bad news was that's about all he'll most likely be doing for the next few days. Published August 16 2011

  • Why the Nationals agreed to give Rendon and Purke major league deals

    There will be plenty more to come over the next few days about the Nationals impressive draft haul and what it means for an organization already on the upswing but there is one details from tonight's proceedings that I didn't want to get overlooked: In signing all of their top picks, the Nationals handed out not one but two major league deals. The Nationals gave Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon to a four-year major league deal with a one-year club option for a total of $7.2 million. $6 million of it is bonus money and the major league deal means that Rendon will be on the Nationals 40-man roster for the foreseeable future. The same goes for Matt Purke, the left-hander out of Texas Christian University, who signed a four-year major league deal for roughly $4 million. Published August 16 2011

  • Nationals complete what could be the most impactful draft in organizational history

    This year, there was no Bryce Harper and no Stephen Strasburg. There was no No. 1 overall pick deemed once-in-a-generation waiting until the clock struck midnight to relent, get paid record sums and join the Washington Nationals. But as the 2011 signing deadline for draft picks inched ever-closer the Nationals completed a coup of a different kind: perhaps the most impactful draft from start to finish in organizational history. In signing all of their top five picks in the 2011 draft, and 29 of their 51 selections, the Nationals took in an unparalleled haul. Published August 16 2011

  • Nationals lock up all top four picks: Rendon, Meyer, Goodwin, Purke

    Minutes before the midnight deadline, the Nationals locked up No. 6 overall pick Anthony Rendon, No. 23 Alex Meyer, No. 34 Brian Goodwin and No. 93 Matt Purke. No. 127 overall, Kylin Turnbull, agreed to a $325,000 deal about 2 ½ hours before the deadline. Published August 16 2011

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