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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2011

  • The first domino falls: Nationals agree with Turnbull

    The Nationals signed the first of their top five unsigned picks with about 2 1/2 hours to go before the deadline with Baseball America's Jim Callis reporting that they've agreed to terms with fourth-round selection Kylin Turnbull. Callis, who is considered one of the foremost draft experts in the industry, reports that Turnbull agreed for a signing bonus of $325,000 -- $100,000 over the MLB-recommended slot for the 127th overall pick Published August 15 2011

  • Strasburg takes his show to Hagerstown on Wednesday

    The Hagerstown Suns site made things official this evening on their site: Stephen Strasburg is on his way back. Published August 15 2011

  • With about 36 hours until the deadline, here's how the Nationals and their draft picks shape up

    With roughly 36 hours to go before the midnight August 15 signing deadline for 2011 draft picks, the Nationals have locked up 26 of their 50 picks from the June draft, including five of their top 10 -- but none of their top five. Published August 14 2011

  • Diving glove flip leaves left knee a little sore for Lannan

    There wasn't much that went right for John Lannan in an abbreviated outing Saturday night in Philadelphia, but he did earn himself top billing on ESPN's Baseball Tonight with the No. 1 Web Gem. Lannan's diving glove flip to catcher Wilson Ramos that sailed remarkably over the shoulder of Ryan Howard to get the Phillies' first baseman out at home plate was deemed the best of the night. Sunday morning, though, Lannan was still dealing with a repercussion of that play: his left knee was still feeling a little tight after the ball checked up on him as he was going to the ground for it Published August 14 2011

  • Nationals - Phillies postponed Sunday, will be made up Sept. 20

    With torrential rain pounding much of the east coast Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies didn’t wait around to see if things would clear. Three hours before their scheduled 1:35 p.m. series finale, the game was postponed. It will be made up Sept. 20 at 1:05 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader. The second game will be at 7:05 p.m. Published August 14 2011

  • Notes on Lannan, Pudge and Strasburg, plus lineups

    Tonight, John Lannan will make his 120th major league start. He'll do it on the same mound that he made his first -- the same mound that he was ejected off of after hitting Ryan Howard and Chase Utley -- and with the same umpire behind the plate as that fateful afternoon. Published August 13 2011

  • Talking about Drew Storen's slider and a few other postgame notes

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that in his eyes, his closer was "letter perfect," Friday night against the Phillies. Storen entered to pitch the ninth inning with a three-run lead and quickly found himself with the first two men on and a once-slumbering Philadelphia crowd raucously on their feet. Published August 13 2011

  • Morse relieved to only have contusion, available to pinch hit tonight; plus other pregame notes

    Bruised but relieved, Michael Morse was smiling inside the visitors clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon sporting a pretty swollen left elbow and showing off a new elbow guard to wear when he bats. Published August 12 2011

  • Morse sits, Gomes cleans up, Bixler plays first: today's lineups

    As soon as Ryan Dempster's fastball connected with Michael Morse's left elbow Thursday afternoon, there was little chance the Nationals cleanup hitter and first baseman would be in the lineup this afternoon in Philadelphia -- regardless of what the results of his X-rays were. Published August 12 2011

  • Is this the weekend the Nationals exorcise their CBP/Philadelphia demons?

    The Nationals wake up this morning in Philadelphia 2/3 of the way through their final three-city road trip of the season. Considering they're 24-38 on the road this year and 32-23 at home (where they play 26 of their remaining 45 games), that's the good news. Published August 12 2011

  • Michael Morse taken to the hospital for X-rays on left elbow

    Michael Morse was hit on the left elbow with a pitch in the seventh inning of Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Cubs and doubled over in pain at first base. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays and was still there when the game ended and the clubhouse was opened to reporters. Published August 11 2011

  • Morse hit in left elbow area with a pitch, exits game

    Michael Morse was hit on the left elbow with a pitch in the seventh inning of the Nationals vs. Cubs game Thursday, and doubled over in pain at first base. As trainers came out to attend to the Nationals' best hitter, Morse took off his wrist guard and tried to outstretch a trembling hand to go through a few basic tests. He was then removed from the game. Published August 11 2011

  • Looking for Danny Espinosa to bunt more and Wang's successful bullpen session

    Danny Espinosa has been struggling offensively since the All-Star break. It's a statement that's tough to come to grips with occasionally because even though he's hitting .172 with a .234 on-base percentage and just one homer since the break, it seems like every ball he hits is hard. Facts are facts, though, and Espinosa will be the first to say he hasn't been producing at the same torrid pace (at least on the power side) that he was in the first half. Published August 11 2011

  • Jordan Zimmermann makes a start today, just one more to inch him closer to that innings limit (plus lineups)

    In about a half hour, Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for one of his final three or four starts of the 2011 season. With his impending 160-inning limit looming with every start he's made since the All-Star break, the Nationals are going to savor every time he takes the mound in these last few starts with the hope that, next year, he'll be pitching 200-plus innings without incident. Published August 11 2011

  • Werth's outfield slide, Harper's ejection and Nix's Achilles

    Jayson Werth was playing Alfonso Soriano to pull in the fourth inning Wednesday night when the former Nationals' outfielder dropped an RBI-double just inside the right field line. Werth had a long way to run and, before he got there, he pulled up and slid. The ball bounced past him a bit and before Werth could recover, Soriano was standing on second base and Geovany Soto had scored what would stand up as the game-winning RBI in a 4-2 Cubs victory. Published August 11 2011

  • Pudge no closer to a return from right oblique strain

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez is still struggling to overcome a right oblique strain that has kept him on the disabled list for the last five weeks and there doesn't appear to be an immediate end in sight. Rodriguez, who prides himself on his workout routine and pushes himself often, can't seem to remain inactive long enough to make significant progress with the strain. Published August 10 2011

  • Hot-hitting Gomes gets fourth straight start: today's lineups

    The lineup behind Ross Detwiler is pretty standard with hot-hitting Jonny Gomes getting his fourth straight start and Laynce Nix remaining on the bench. Wilson Ramos also gets a day off (on his 24th birthday) and will presumably play the day game tomorrow. Published August 10 2011

  • News flash: Michael Morse hits some ridiculously long home runs

    During batting practice Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Nationals hitters put on a show. Much maligned as a unit much of the year for their lack of production, one thing is certain about several Nationals: they have some sickening power. Later that night, Michael Morse showed that he can talk power with the best of them when he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning and hit a ball so far to center field that the first and only comparison that came to mind for many longtime Chicago scribes was Sammy Sosa. Published August 10 2011

  • En route to Chien-Ming Wang's first win in over two years, Drew Storen earned his 30th save

    While Chien-Ming Wang was rediscovering the pitch that defined his major league career, Nationals closer Drew Storen was sitting in the bullpen at Wrigley Field, watching in awe. Published August 10 2011

  • Davey talks Strasburg & Werth, and other pregame notes

    It's official: Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday night with Single-A Potomac. Notes on that, Jayson Werth, Laynce Nix and Livan Hernandez. Published August 9 2011