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Nationals Watch Archive: July 2011

  • Flores looking to improve in new role with Nationals

    Three different times Dodger hitters reached base Sunday afternoon -- twice via walks and once on a bunt single -- and all three times they promptly stole second base. With Jesus Flores making his fourth start behind the plate this season, the Dodgers wasted no time in testing out his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder and using good timing to jump early. Flores has now seen teams attempt to steal on him seven times since being recalled from Triple-A when Ivan Rodriguez went on the disabled list on July 7. They've been successful all seven times. Published July 24 2011

  • Chien-Ming Wang set to start Friday vs. New York Mets

    For the first time since July 4, 2009, Chien-Ming Wang is listed as a probable pitcher for a major league team. Wang, who pitched five innings in his final rehab start this afternoon, is listed as the Nationals starter Friday, July 29 against the New York Mets. The start will culminate a long, arduous rehab process for the former 19-game winner for the New York Yankees. Published July 24 2011

  • Chien-Ming Wang goes five, allows five runs in what should be final rehab start

    In what projects to be his final rehab start, Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw 96 pitches in five innings of work for Triple-A Syracuse Sunday afternoon, allowing five earned runs off eight hits and a walk. Published July 24 2011

  • Achilles still bothering Nix as he sits again

    Laynce Nix was out of the Nationals starting lineup for the fourth time in the last five games Sunday morning as he continues to deal with soreness in his right Achilles that acts up without warning and on it's own timetable. Published July 24 2011

  • Nix sits again: today's lineups

    The Nationals are wrapping up a 10-day, nine-game road trip this afternoon in Los Angeles with Jason Marquis on the mound against Chad Billingsley. But despite the fact that Billingsley is a right-hander, the Nationals will do so without Laynce Nix in the lineup. Published July 24 2011

  • Sunday morning trade deadline notes on Upton, Desmond and veteran starting pitching

    The trade deadline is fast approaching and the Nationals have made no secret that where the organization finds its least amount of depth is in the outfield. With that in mind, the Nationals have several leadoff-hitting center fielders on their radar including names like Minnesota's Denard Span, Tampa's B.J. Upton and Houston's Michael Bourn. Published July 24 2011

  • With change expected for the Nationals pitching staff next week, Detwiler shines on an otherwise ugly night

    The role Ross Detwiler is in for the Nationals is a new one. The former first-round pick is not truly a starter but not entirely a reliever. Even he has admitted that he’s not always sure what his schedule is on most days, just going with the flow and doing as told as he adjusts to being the swing man in the Nationals bullpen. Published July 24 2011

  • As speculation abounds, one name to keep in mind for the trade deadline

    As we head into the final week before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one name to keep in mind for the Nationals with regard to center field is Denard Span. Published July 23 2011

  • One day after grand slam, Hairston leads off plays LF: today's lineups

    Earlier this week, after watching on television as his brother Scott went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI for the New York Mets on Saturday, Nationals utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. shook his head when asked by a few reporters how it was that his brother didn't happen to make it into the Mets' starting lineup the following day. The Nationals' Hairston didn't suffer the same fate one night after he gave the Nationals some serious cushion with a ninth-inning grand slam in a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers. Published July 23 2011

  • Hairston, showing no setbacks from fractured wrist, stays hot at the plate

    When Dan Haren's pitch collided with Jerry Hairston Jr.'s right wrist 3 1/2 weeks ago, while the utility man's first concern was for his health, his second was for his swing. The concerns, it seems, were overblown. Published July 23 2011

  • The conversation that helped Sean Burnett take a small step forward Friday night

    A conversation with pitching coach Steve McCatty and starter Livan Hernandez seems to pay immediate dividends for struggling reliever Sean Burnett after he gets two quick outs and out of a jam Friday night. Published July 23 2011

  • Tom Gorzelanny will start Saturday

    Nationals left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will make his scheduled start on Saturday, despite suffering a sprained ankle and leaving after just two innings in his previous outing in Atlanta on Sunday. Published July 22 2011

  • Pudge suffers setback with right oblique, headed to Miami

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez's stay on the disabled list is going to be longer than originally anticipated after he suffered a setback in his recovery from a right oblique strain this week and is headed to his Miami home to work with a physical therapist for the Miami Heat. Published July 22 2011

  • In need of a series win, Nats open first of three with L.A.: today's lineups

    The Nationals open a the final three games of a 10-day, nine game road trip tonight in Los Angeles. At 2-4 on the trip, it's safe to say the Nationals absolutely need to take at least two of three from the downtrodden Dodgers. They'll send John Lannan to the mound tonight in an attempt to do so against Dodgers' righty Hiroki Kuroda. Published July 22 2011

  • Todd Coffey's recent plight, Gaudin and Chico released

    July has not been a good month for Todd Coffey. The Nationals right-handed reliever has pitched seven innings since July 1, allowed 13 hits, 6 earned runs, walked four and struck out five. He's only gotten 20 of the 37 batters he's faced this month in eight appearances and the last two Nationals games have been decided on runs he's allowed. Published July 21 2011

  • Rotation and injury updates from Minute Maid Park

    Tom Gorzelanny threw off a mound Wednesday morning and said everything went well in his session and he expected to start Saturday but nothing was set in stone as of game time Wednesday. With the Nationals having two offdays in the next five days, they're able to manipulate their rotation really any way they'd like Published July 20 2011

  • Nix, Desmond both sit, Bernadina returns to leadoff: today's lineups

    It's getaway day here in Houston and true to form, just as he said he would yesterday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson is using the opportunity to get some of his bench in the lineup before an off day. Published July 20 2011

  • Michael Morse's penchant for hitting inside and other notes from the Nationals 7-6 loss Tuesday night

    Monday night, Michael Morse hit a home run so far that his teammates were still talking about it Tuesday afternoon. The official measurement was 385-feet -- a number that seemed more inclined to spare the feelings of 20-year-old Astros pitcher Jordan Lyles than it did to provide an accurate reading. It was part of a 3-for-4 night for Morse, who hasn't seemed to cool since taking over the every day first baseman's job in mid-May. Tuesday night he did that performance one better, reaching base five times, crushing another two-run homer and doubling twice. The numbers since he began playing regularly at first base are no longer surprising. He's hitting .332 with 15 homers, 41 RBI and his slugging and on-base percentages are off the charts. Published July 20 2011

  • Davey talks lineup plus injury updates

    With the Nationals facing the first left-handed starter since Davey Johnson took over as manager three weeks ago, he went with a bit of a different lineup. Leadoff man Roger Bernadina was dropped to the seventh spot and Danny Espionsa and Ian Desmond took up residence atop the lineup. Published July 19 2011

  • Nationals plan for Chien-Ming Wang to join major league roster shortly

    Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang made his fifth minor league rehab start Tuesday night -- and his first above Double-A -- when he took the mound for Triple-A Syracuse. If all goes well for Wang health-wise, the Nationals plan for him to make one more minor league rehab start and join the Nationals' active roster when his rehab runs out on July 27. Published July 19 2011