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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2011

  • Rainout lineup redux

    It's pretty bright and sunny at Wrigley Field this afternoon so I think it's safe to say there will indeed be baseball in the Windy City this evening. Published August 9 2011

  • Nationals - Cubs rained out, moved to 2:20 p.m. EDT Thursday

    With steady rain falling all afternoon at Wrigley Field and more predicted to fall throughout the evening in Chicago, the Nationals and Cubs game Monday night was postponed. The teams will play a makeup game Thursday at 2:20 p.m. EDT. Published August 8 2011

  • Strasburg to pitch again Friday and other pregame notes from a wet Wrigley Field

    One day after Stephen Strasburg made his much-anticipated first rehab start in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Nationals said the right-hander will make his second start Friday. The location, though, is still to be determined and won't be decided until after Strasburg throws a side session in Washington on Tuesday. Published August 8 2011

  • Live from Wrigley Field: tonight's lineups

    Twenty-three years ago today, the first ever night game was played at Wrigley Field. Tonight, the Nationals have the honor of commemorating that anniversary with the Cubs in the first of three night games -- and Chien-Ming Wang's third start. Published August 8 2011

  • What the Nationals gained when they traded for Jonny Gomes

    Jonny Gomes hit a home run Sunday afternoon. That fact alone is not all that remarkable. Gomes had done it 11 times before this season and plenty of other times in his career -- including twice in one game off the same pitcher he took deep yesterday. But it was his first in a Nationals uniform and that is significant. Published August 8 2011

  • Pudge gets epidural, shut down for three days; Nationals draft picks take physicals

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez received an epidural for his strained right oblique Saturday afternoon and will be shut down for three days now while that shot has its desired effect. Rodriguez took batting practice with Single-A Hagerstown on Saturday but will not do any activity now until at least Wednesday. The Nationals also had their top four draft picks take and pass physicals. Published August 7 2011

  • Storen and Tulowitzki do battle

    When the bullpen doors opened Sunday afternoon at Coors Field, Nationals closer Drew Storen knew what he'd be walking into. Bottom of the ninth, one-run game, heart of the Rockies order due up. Published August 7 2011

  • Sunday leftovers: notes from the Nationals 3-2 victory over the Rockies

    Wrapping up the Nationals 3-2 win over the Rockies that earned them a series split, a few notes as the Nationals head to Chicago... Published August 7 2011

  • Call-up provides family affair for Ian Desmond

    The Colorado Rockies made a roster move Sunday morning, calling up right-handed reliever Josh Roenicke from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and making things a family affair for Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond Published August 7 2011

  • Pudge not catching Strasburg

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez will not catch Stephen Strasburg today in Hagerstown. He will continue to rehab from a strained right oblique muscle. Published August 7 2011

  • A pivotal start for John Lannan

    Four weeks ago, John Lannan took a line drive off his face. Lannan escaped relatively unscathed after some initial bleeding upon impact. CT scans were negative, a hairline fracture in his nose was the worst of it. Lannan didn't miss a single start and, in fact, won three of his next four starts. For all intents and purposes, he was moving on without any of the mental or physical repercussions that could have easily cropped up after the incident. But this afternoon at Coors Field, while trying to put the fresh memory of what happened to Juan Nicasio out of his mind, Lannan will have to face the same Rockies lineup that he did that night in Washington. Published August 7 2011

  • Lots of media, lots of guidelines for Strasburg's rehab start

    No, President Barack Obama isn't taking the mound at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., today. Instead, Stephen Strasburg makes his first rehabilitation start, accompanied by media guidelines reminiscent of a presidential visit. Published August 7 2011

  • Gorzelanny adapts to new role in 'pen while still hoping to start

    Tom Gorzelanny threw 2 1/3 innings Saturday night. That's a statement that would have been met with disgust and disappointment a few weeks ago but the key here is that those 2 1/3 innings came in relief -- and they were relatively successful. In a 15-7 blowout loss to the Rockies, Gorzelanny allowed just one earned run and was one of the Nationals lone pitching bright spots. Published August 7 2011

  • Adjusting his approach at the plate has paid dividends for Desmond

    Ian Desmond will be the first person to admit that this has not been the way he envisioned his sophomore season going offensively. After a rookie campaign where he hit .269 with 10 home runs, Desmond's batting average has seen a number above .250 only once -- on April 7 -- and he's spent much more time in the .220 range than he ever anticipated. Published August 6 2011

  • Pudge cleared to take BP, could catch Strasburg Sunday

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez was cleared by Dr. Bill Meyers after visiting him for a second opinion in Philadelphia and he took batting practice today with Single-A Hagerstown. Rodriguez, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 with a strained right oblique, will then be examined by the trainers and they will reevaluate his status at that point. If all goes well, it is possible that Rodriguez could catch Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, making his first rehab start since September 2010 Tommy John surgery, on Sunday. Published August 6 2011

  • Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio stable, alert, moving all extremities and could pitch again

    After a very long night at Denver Health, Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger addressed the media on the condition of Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio and seemed optimistic and upbeat about the 24-year-old's prospects at getting back on a mound in the future. Published August 6 2011

  • Rockies pitcher Nicasio has surgery for broken neck

    Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio, who was hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Ian Desmond Friday night, underwent surgery on Saturday to repair a broken neck, according to the team. Published August 6 2011

  • Clippard and Storen continue to prove their value at bullpen's back end

    Nationals relievers Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen saved the day, and the win, for the Nationals once again. Published August 6 2011

  • Desmond, Zimmermann, Storen speak about injury to Juan Nicasio

    Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was said to be resting comfortably while undergoing a battery of tests at a local hospital Friday night after the 24-year-old was struck in the right side of his head with a line drive in the second inning of the Nationals 5-3 victory. Published August 6 2011

  • Zimmerman's rise coincides with Espinosa's slump

    Ryan Zimmerman said Thursday night that for the past two weeks he's started to feel like himself again at the plate -- a product, he said, of finally being able to do his pre and postgame workouts without soreness in his surgically repaired abdomen. "Everything about him has seemed sharper," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday. But while the Nationals third baseman has finally gotten back to his usual exceptional output, their second baseman has struggled. Danny Espinosa is still a Rookie of the Year candidate and he still expects and hopes to play all 162 games this season, but his numbers have tailed off dramatically since the All-Star break. Published August 5 2011