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Nationals Watch Archive: June 2011

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: LHP Clayton Richard

    If the Nationals win one of their next two games, they'll finish their 11-game road trip no worse than one-game under .500 on the trip. I don't want to overstate things because their overall record is what it is at 28-36 heading into tonight's game, but that would be a remarkable west coast trip for the Nationals. Published June 11 2011

  • Big leagues come calling for Mattheus

    Ryan Mattheus started the day with three missed calls from his Triple-A manager, Randy Knorr. Asleep in his apartment in Syracuse until about 10 this morning, Mattheus woke up and returned Knorr's call to hear the words he's been waiting for all his life: "Get out of bed, get your stuff packed, you're going to the big leagues," Knorr told him. Published June 11 2011

  • Kimball on shoulder inflammation: "It's just something you pitch through sometimes, and sometimes you can't."

    After toiling in the minor leagues for five years, Cole Kimball was elated when his first-ever call to the big leagues came late Friday night, May 13. It was so exciting for the 25-year-old that he didn't say anything about the slight shoulder soreness that had hampered him when getting loose since a cold day in April in Syracuse. Published June 10 2011

  • Strasburg makes an appearance at Petco, throws bullpen

    Two days after the one-year anniversary of his electric major league debut, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was back on a mound inside a major league ballpark. Published June 10 2011

  • Zimmerman's rehab rolls on, Tuesday activation still possible

    While his team is battling to remain less than 10 games under .500, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is nearing his long-awaited return to the active roster. Zimmerman, who has made four rehab starts with the Nationals' Single-A affiliates, will play for Triple-A Syracuse this weekend and have a scheduled off day on Monday. Published June 10 2011

  • Kimball placed on 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation, Mattheus' contract purchased

    The Nationals officially placed right-hander Cole Kimball on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation this afternoon and purchased the contract of right-hander Ryan Mattheus from Triple-A Syracuse. No 40-man roster move was needed because the Nationals had 39 guys on their 40-man. Published June 10 2011

  • Hairston still out: today's lineups

    With a roster move upcoming in their relief corps, the Nationals lineup is still without Jerry Hairston Jr. as he continues to be on the mend from back spasms. If Hairston does not play tonight, it will be the third straight game he's missed. Hairston has been the primary replacement for Ryan Zimmerman at third bas Published June 10 2011

  • Nationals investigating twitter remarks made by draft pick (UPDATED)

    With the 457th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Nationals selected a shortstop out of Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina named Zach Houchins. In the days since they tabbed him in the 15th round, Houchins' twitter account has been brought to the attention of Nationals officials. Published June 10 2011

  • Injury updates: Hairston's back, Werth's ankle, Gorzelanny and Slaten's elbows and Zimmerman's rehab start

    Injury updates on Jerry Hairston Jr., Jayson Werth, Tom Gorzelanny, Doug Slaten and Ryan Zimmerman. Published June 9 2011

  • Espinosa relieved not to have broken hand

    When Matt Cain's 92 mph fastball collided with Danny Espinosa's left hand on the last play of the Nationals 3-1 loss Wednesday afternoon, the second baseman -- who's already averted major injury a few times this season -- was scared as he ripped his batting gloves off and bent over in pain. "I thought it was broken 100 percent," Espinosa said today, his left hand quite swollen and a bit bruised but no worse for the wear structurally. "I thought it could be near season-ending." Published June 9 2011

  • Werth, Espinosa both in: today's lineups

    Two good signs for the Nationals are they get set to open a four-game series with the San Diego Padres: Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa are both in the lineup. Published June 9 2011

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Aaron Harang

    The Nationals have an even 100 games left in the 2011 season and they'll take their National Leauge-worst .230 team batting average to pitcher-friendly Petco Park tonight when they open a four-game set with the San Diego Padres. Livan Hernandez, who's already used to little or no run support, will take the mound for the Nationals while their offense looks to see what it can do against Padres' right-hander Aaron Harang, who they missed when the Padres visited Nationals Park at the end of May. Published June 9 2011

  • Wrapping up the Nationals' 2011 draft

    When the three-day talent-selecting marathon was over and the 2011 MLB Draft had been completed, the Nationals finished up with 51 new player to potentially add to their farm system. Published June 9 2011

  • Espinosa hit by a pitch while striking out to end the game

    Danny Espinosa was hit on the left hand with a pitch Wednesday afternoon but was ruled to have swung, thereby ending the game with a strikeout. The health of his hand is unknown at this time. Published June 8 2011

  • Jayson Werth scratched again as right ankle needs a bit more time

    Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched from the lineup for the second straight day as he continues to deal with soreness in his right ankle after jamming it on the bullpen mound at AT&T Park Monday night. Published June 8 2011

  • Jerry Hairston Jr. drops appeal, serves one-game suspension

    Dealing with back spasms that would keep him out of Wendesday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants anyway, Jerry Hairston Jr. elected to drop the appeal of his one-game suspension -- which would have been held Wednesday anyway -- and serve it. Published June 8 2011

  • Back spasms expected to keep Hairston out of lineup Wednesday

    Jerry Hairston Jr. made it to AT&T Park Tuesday night but from the moment he woke up Tuesday morning he couldn't get his back to loosen up. That came to a head after the second pitch he saw but Hairston remained in the game until the fifth inning. Published June 8 2011

  • Pudge plays role of proud Papa on draft day

    Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez has been a lot of things: An All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a Silver Slugger, an MVP. But Tuesday afternoon he got to be something else entirely: A proud father as his son Ivan "Dereck" Rodriguez was taken with the No. 208 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. Published June 7 2011

  • Jayson Werth scratched with sore right ankle

    Roughly 45 minutes before the first pitch in tonight's Nationals - Giants game, right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched with a sore right ankle. He's available tonight and is listed as day-to-day. Published June 7 2011

  • Marquis, Riggleman react to suspensions, fines

    Nationals manager Jim Riggleman and pitcher Jason Marquis responded today to their respective suspensions and fines for involvement in the hit-by-pitch-a-thon that went on Arizona on Sunday afternoon. Published June 7 2011