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Nationals Watch Archive: July 2011

  • Rodriguez to catch every third day

    When the Nationals began the year, the plan was to phase Wilson Ramos in as the team's every day catcher and transition Ivan Rodriguez to a more traditional backup role. The two first began splitting time, then Ramos was playing three and four days in a row. But on his second day as Nationals manager, Davey Johnson informed Rodriguez that he'd be playing him a bit more than the veteran had been previously. Every third day, Rodriguez will catch and Ramos will continue to get two games in a row between Rodriguez's starts. Published July 5 2011

  • Nationals still planning to limit Jordan Zimmermann's innings and it could keep Ross Detwiler around longer

    The Nationals have been planning all season to keep right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on an innings limit. Now just reaching the two-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, the Nationals would like to keep Zimmermann to about 160 innings this season. Because of that limit, there's a good chance he will not make another start before next week's All-Star break. Published July 5 2011

  • Nationals officially recall Detwiler, Balester DFA'd

    The Nationals made official the move to bring up their starting pitcher, Ross Detwiler, for Tuesday's start and in clearing room for Detwiler on the 25-man roster, they designated reliever Collin Balester for assignment. Published July 5 2011

  • Morse enlisting help of teammates past and present to help with Final Vote

    Michael Morse is having the best season of his career. Put it together with the end of his 2010 season and he's already had the best season of a lot of people's careers. But if Morse is going to be recognized as an All-Star at an extremely difficult position -- Prince Fielder and Joey Votto are the National League's other two first basemen -- he's going to need a fan Final Vote to get him there Published July 5 2011

  • Nationals expected to call up Detwiler, option Balester

    In need of a spot starter for Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs, the Nationals are expected to recall left-hander Ross Detwiler from Triple-A Syracuse and reliever Collin Balester is expected to be optioned. Published July 4 2011

  • Injury updates on Morse, Werth and a note about tomorrow's starter

    Injury updates on Jayson Werth, Michael morse and a note on tomorrow's pitcher. Published July 4 2011

  • Harper's promotion to Double-A all part of Nationals plan

    Taking a long-awaited next step in his progression from former No. 1 overall pick to major league baseball player, Bryce Harper was promoted from Low Single-A Hagerstown to Double-A Harrisburg Monday. “I think it's perfect,” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who has known Harper since he was 15 years old. “I think right about now he needs another challenge and Double-A's the perfect spot." Published July 4 2011

  • Zimmerman gets a rest (UPDATED)

    Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will begin today's series opener against the Cubs on the bench. Published July 4 2011

  • Werth in, Zimmerman out: Today's lineups

    The Nationals and Cubs will open a four-game set this Fourth of July morning at Nationals Park and the Nationals will do so with Jayson Werth in the lineup in right field but Ryan Zimmerman out of it. Published July 4 2011

  • Bryce Harper promoted to Double-A Harrisburg

    After 72 games with Single-A Hagerstown, Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper has made the next step in his progression to the major leagues with a promotion this morning to Double-A Harrisburg. Published July 4 2011

  • Clippard named Nats all-star; Morse selected for Final Vote

    Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard was named the team's representative to the upcoming all-star game in Arizona. Published July 3 2011

  • Saturday leftovers: notes on Lannan, Nix, Morse, Bernadina, Werth and others

    Some leftover notes as the Nationals doubleheader Saturday comes to a close and they look for their sixth series victory in their last seven tries on Sunday afternoon... Published July 3 2011

  • Mattheus throws in both ends of doubleheader, collects first MLB win

    Between games of the doubleheader Saturday, Ryan Mattheus -- who'd thrown 13 pitches to get the game's final two outs in the opener -- did not ice. He talked to pitching coach Steve McCatty and assured him that he'd be ready to go in the nightcap if needed. With Todd Coffey and Sean Burnett both also being used in the opener and Henry Rodriguez gone for the day with strep throat, Mattheus knew how thin his team's bullpen was. Published July 3 2011

  • Nationals will call up spot starter Tuesday and a few other pregame notes

    The Nationals doubleheader with the Pirates this afternoon will leave them needing a starting pitcher Tuesday afternoon and with none of their regular starters on regular rest. They'll need a spot starter and manager Davey Johnson said Saturday that Ross Detwiler is "most definitely" a candidate for that job. Published July 2 2011

  • Rizzo: No more coaching changes planned

    The Nationals firing of Dan Radison on Friday afternoon will be the final coaching shakeup for the Nationals, GM Mike Rizzo said Saturday. Published July 2 2011

  • Nationals sending six to minor league All-Star games

    With the Single-A All-Star games out of the way, the only team left that has yet to be announced is the big league one. The Double-A and Triple-A selections came out this week and the Nationals will be sending five players to the Eastern League game on July 13 in New Hampshire and one to the International League's contest on July 13 in Salt Lake City. Published July 2 2011

  • Johnson still looking to add pieces

    The buzz word in the Nationals’ clubhouse on Friday was confidence. Manager Davey Johnson had confidence in Matt Stairs to drive in the game-winning run, while the team had confidence in Johnson to help it weather the storm of its skid in Anaheim. Published July 2 2011

  • Werth second, pitcher ninth: today's lineup

    Davey Johnson is returning to Washington for his first game as manager, and the Nationals are returning to a more traditional lineup. Published July 1 2011

  • Radison out as 1B Coach, Replaced by Trent Jewett

    Nationals first base coach Dan Radison was let go Friday to make room for incoming bench coach Pat Corrales. Trent Jewett will serve as Radison’s replacement at first base. Published July 1 2011

  • Hairston to the DL, Ankiel Returns

    Utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks due to a small break in his right wrist. Rick Ankiel was activated from the DL and will take Hairston’s place. Published July 1 2011