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Nationals Watch Archive: June 2011

  • With Jerry Hairston set to go on DL, a look at why the Nationals may have interest in Mike Cameron

    With Jerry Hairston Jr. expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a fractured right wrist, the Nationals outfield depth just got even thinner. Could they be interested in Mike Cameron? Published June 30 2011

  • Throwing motion coming along for Zimmerman as he notes that ultimately, "I think it can make me a better player."

    Ryan Zimmerman committed his fourth error in 14 games since returning from the disabled list Wednesday evening and it was a costly one. In 1-0 loss to the Angels Zimmerman's throwing error, which came on a tough play where he tried to get the lead runner at second base but sent the throw left of second baseman Danny Espinosa's glove, allowed the winning run to get to third base.It also showcased Zimmerman's throwing motion. What it didn't do what deter Zimmerman from continuing to work on his new motion, one he has no plans to abandon. Published June 30 2011

  • X-rays on Hairston's right wrist reveal small break

    Jerry Hairston Jr. walked through the visitors clubhouse at Angels Stadium Wednesday evening with his right wrist wrapped and a mediocre prognosis. The wrist suffered a small break when Hairston was hit with a 91 mph two-seam fastball from Dan Haren in the fifth inning. Published June 29 2011

  • Davey talks about managing the battles with an eye on "winning the war," plus injury updates

    The first few lineups Davey Johnson pens himself will come under a bit more scrutiny and garner a bit more interest than perhaps any of the other 80 he puts together for the rest of the season. There's a reason behind each move and it's always interesting to hear it. Published June 29 2011

  • Werth, Nix, Ramos, Desmond all sit: today's lineups

    When Davey Johnson was asked about his opinions on lineup construction Tuesday afternoon he mentioned that he has reasons for each lineup he puts out and said that while he had reasons for the first two, he may have different reasons for a new one Wednesday. It's definitely a different lineup than the Nationals have used both in Johnson's abbreviated tenure or at all this season with starters Jayson Werth, Laynce Nix, Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos all out of the starting lineup. Published June 29 2011

  • Nationals sign J.C. Romero to minor league deal

    The Nationals have signed former Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero to a minor league deal and placed him on the roster at Triple-A Syracuse, as CSN's Mark Zuckerman first reported. Published June 29 2011

  • Right Achilles acts up again forcing Nix from the game

    Laynce Nix was a triple shy of the cycle when he came to the plate in the seventh inning Tuesday night. A single to complete Nix's first 4-for-4 night, his first in six years, was the end of his workday. His sore right Achilles tightened up and Nix was pulled when he reached first base. Published June 29 2011

  • Updates on Harper, Ankiel and Wang

    Updates on Bryce Harper's left thumb, Rick Ankiel's left intercostal and Chien-Ming Wang's next rehab start. Published June 28 2011

  • Talking lineup with Davey

    On his second day as the Nationals manager, Davey Johnson made a few things clear about the way he puts together the lineup. He prefers consistency, he's not a huge fan of platoons and he does not like the idea of hitting the pitcher eighth. Published June 28 2011

  • Nationals stick with exact same lineup

    In his introductory press conference Monday, Davey Johnson said he prefers to use a set lineup. Consistency, he said, is liked among both players and managers. He proved that in a small way Tuesday afternoon, posting the exact same lineup as he did on Monday. He did leave himself a little leeway to change things, noting that the Nationals have a stable of young players who are still discovering what kind of hitters they're going to be -- and that could affect where they hit in the lineup. Published June 28 2011

  • Bochy fills Riggleman's spot on All-Star staff

    Davey Johnson slipped on a uniform with No. 5 on the back Monday afternoon, taking the number once designated for manager Jim Riggleman and Giants manager Bruce Bochy has now also officially replaced Riggleman on the National League All-Star staff. Published June 28 2011

  • Discussing Danny Espinosa's clutch hitting

    The Nationals were down to to their last out Monday night when Danny Espinosa turned on the first pitch he saw from closer Jordan Walden down the right field line and into the seats at Angels Stadium. Suddenly the Nationals found themselves in a tie game, even though they'd eventually lose in the 10th. It was the 15th home run of the season for the second baseman -- the most by a rookie second baseman before the All-Star break in baseball history -- and perhaps even more remarkably, it was his ninth of the season that has come when the Nationals are within a run. It was also his fourth of the season on the first pitch. Published June 28 2011

  • Clippard rests "tired" arm

    The Nationals entered Monday knowing they'd have a short bullpen with Drew Storen away from the team to attend his grandmother's funeral. It got even shorter when Tyler Clippard told pitching coach Steve McCatty before the game that his arm was feeling tired. Published June 28 2011

  • Bryce Harper just getting some rest

    Monday night in Hagerstown, while Chien-Ming Wang was making his first minor league rehab start of the year, Bryce Harper was not playing. He was, however, coaching first base for the Suns. Published June 27 2011

  • Davey talks managerial strategy

    There will be plenty up on the main sports page soon about new Nationals manager Davey Johnson -- and plenty more in the coming days -- but before the Nationals and Angels get set to open a three-game series, let's talk about Johnson's managerial style. Or rather, let's hear him talk about it. Published June 27 2011

  • Davey Johnson's first lineup as Nationals manager

    Davey Johnson was in uniform and standing behind the cage early Monday afternoon at Angels Stadium, wasting no time involved with his new club. Johnson stood and watched several of his players take early swings with Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse, Matt Stairs, Brian Bixler and even Jason Marquis coming out to hit. Published June 27 2011

  • A few observations as the Nationals turn the page on an interesting four days

    In the last four days the Nationals have proven a lot of things but the main one is this: they're nothing if not interesting. A few observations as the Nationals leave behind a wild weekend in Chicago: Published June 27 2011

  • Emotional McLaren steps down from Nationals coaching staff

    When the Nationals were in Florida in early May to play the Marlins, bench coach John McLaren made a promise to his manager, Jim Riggleman: If you go, I go. "He looked like he was an island all by himself," McLaren said. "I just told him, 'Jim, I'm all in with you. If you leave, I'm going to leave.'" Published June 26 2011

  • Nationals make hiring of Davey Johnson as new manager official

    The Nationals made official what had been rumored almost from the moment former manager Jim Riggleman tendered his resignation Thursday afternoon: Davey Johnson will be the team's new manager. Johnson will manage the team through the remainder of the 2011 season but has signed a three-year consulting contract and will participate in the hiring of his successor. The Nationals will work in the offseason to "evaluate management needs for 2012." Published June 26 2011

  • Bernadina leads off, Desmond sits: today's lineups

    As the Nationals prepare to wrap up a three-game set in Chicago -- and potentially win their fifth straight series -- Roger Bernadina will bat leadoff and Ian Desmond will get a day off. This will be John McLaren's final day as the team's interim manager with Davey Johnson set to take over tomorrow when the team heads to Anaheim. Here are the full lineups: Published June 26 2011