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Nationals Watch Archive: June 2011


  • A few pregame notes as the Nationals await the announcement of their new manager

    The Nationals are still expected to announce that Davey Johnson has agreed to be the team's new manager a some point soon but that announcement has not come and the Nationals are minutes from the first pitch in Chicago this afternoon. In the meantime, here are a few notes from the clubhouse: Published June 25 2011

  • Zimmerman to DH: today's lineups

    The Nationals have an opportunity Saturday to win their fifth straight series and they'll attempt to do it with Ryan Zimmerman getting his first action as the designated hitter. Published June 25 2011

  • Hairston steamed over Friday night ejection

    One thing that got a little lost in the shuffle lat Friday night as the Nationals won their 12th game in their last 13 -- and became one of only six teams to blow three saves in one game and still win -- was that Jerry Hairston Jr. was still livid, six innings later, over his eighth-inning ejection. Published June 25 2011

  • Nationals first base coach Dan Radison reacts to Riggleman's resignation

    Nationals first base coach Dan Radison and Jim Riggleman are very close. "My best friend in the whole world," Radison said Friday and it was clear that Riggleman's decision to resign from his position as Nationals manager Thursday had weighed on him. Published June 24 2011

  • Wang to pitch in Hagerstown Monday

    Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will take a monumental step in his tenure for the Washington Nationals on Monday: he will pitch in a professional game. Published June 24 2011

  • Davey Johnson still atop Nationals list of managerial candidates

    As John McLaren prepared to manage his first game as the Nationals interim manager Friday evening in Chicago, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo reiterated that it is a short-term solution and the team expects to have a manager in place for the rest of the season soon. Published June 24 2011

  • McLaren's first lineup as interim manager

    In case anyone forgot, there is actually a baseball game to be played today. Interim manager John McLaren's first lineup is one that doesn't include the pitcher hitting as the Nationals play their second Interleague series of the season. Published June 24 2011

  • Nationals officially name McLaren interim manager

    The Nationals released a statement this afternoon making it official that John McLaren will be the team's interim manager, at least for this weekend. The release does not specify an expiration date on his tenure but every indication is that the Nationals plan to have someone else in place by Monday to manager the remainder of the season. According to a source, Davey Johnson is the top candidate for that position. Here is the full statement from the Nationals: Published June 24 2011

  • The morning after: a few thoughts from Chicago

    Yesterday was an interesting day and, in a few hours, the Nationals will play their first game since 2009 without Jim Riggleman in the manager's office. They've got to find some way to move on and from what was said yesterday immediately after the news was dropped on them that was really the only reaction most of the players had -- at least publicly. There are a few things to ponder, though, before the Nationals fully turn the page on the Jim Riggleman era: Published June 24 2011

  • McLaren named Nationals interim manager

    Bench coach John McLaren is expected to be named as the team's interim manager for the weekend but sources indicate he may only manage through the series in Chicago and that senior advisor to the general manager Davey Johnson is high on the Nationals list of candidates to manage the rest of the season. Calls to Johnson were not immediately returned. Published June 23 2011

  • Nationals' clubhouse reacts to Riggleman resigning

    Plenty of reaction swirling around Nationals Park after Jim Riggleman's shocking resignation Thursday. Here are comments from a couple of players I couldn't fit into the main piece on the departure. Published June 23 2011

  • Statement from Mike Rizzo on resignation of Jim Riggleman

    A statement from Mike Rizzo regarding Thursday afternoon's resignation of manager Jim Riggleman. Published June 23 2011

  • Reaction about Jim Riggleman's resignation

    Here are a few quotes from the clubhouse after Jim Riggleman resigned this afternoon: Published June 23 2011

  • Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns

    Nationals manager Jim Riggleman announced his resignation after today's 1-0 walk-off victory over the Mariners. Published June 23 2011

  • Harper, Peacock selected to play in Futures Game

    The Nationals announced today that outfielder Bryce Harper and right-hander Brad Peacock will be the organization's representatives in this year's MLB Futures Game on July 10, the Sunday before the MLB All-Star break. Published June 23 2011

  • Werth bumped down, plus Mariners-Nationals lineups

    Jayson Werth's career as a leadoff hitter is on hold, at least for one game. Published June 23 2011

  • One year after demotion, Lannan stronger than ever

    On the brim of every cap John Lannan wears on the mound are the letters AA. They're there, in indelible ink, to remind the lanky left-hander of a place he never wants to go back to. It was at this time last year when Lannan was demoted from the major league roster all the way to Double-A Harrisburg, a wakeup call for Lannan and easily the lowest point in his somewhat brief major league career. Published June 23 2011

  • How Sean Burnett got his confidence back and other leftovers from the Nationals' win

    For Sean Burnett, it seemed to become ritual that on nights he pitched, he'd find himself standing at his locker after the game talking about what went wrong for him. "I feel like I have to apologize to my teammates every outing because i'm just costing ballgames every time I get out there," Burnett said on June 8 in San Francisco. His confidence, he admitted, was wavering. There was never anything specific he -- or anyone else -- could pinpoint to change, but absolutely nothing was going his way. "It's night and day to tell you the truth," Burnett said Wednesday. Published June 23 2011

  • Kimball shut down for two weeks and other injury updates

    Experiencing some soreness in his injured right shoulder, Cole Kimball will be shut down for two weeks, a setback for the reliever who had a cortisone shot last Friday and had hoped to be throwing a bullpen by this time in his return from right shoulder inflammation. Published June 22 2011

  • Desmond up to second vs. lefty: today's lineups

    Facing their third left-hander in the last five games, manager Jim Riggleman is continuing to do exactly what he said he would with his new lineup: no major alterations but Roger Bernadina drops to the ninth spot and Ian Desmond moves up to second. Published June 22 2011