Nationals Watch Archive: March 2011


  • Riggleman reacts to Morgan's comments

    Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said he was "disappointed" to read outfielder Nyjer Morgan's comments to MLB.com that he felt he would not be with the team by Opening Day. Published March 26 2011

  • The relieving situation, Morgan not on travel roster and other postgame notes

    With Opening Day just five days away, the Nationals got several encouraging performances out of their relievers Friday night that could go a long way towards helping to define the bullpen roles that, to this point, had yet to shake out. After Tom Gorzelanny threw six innings, allowing two earned runs off four hits and a walk in the Nationals' 3-2 victory over St. Louis, Chad Gaudin, Doug Slaten and Drew Storen followed with three straight innings of scoreless relief. Published March 25 2011

  • Harper should be ready for April 7, Maya optioned

    Bryce Harper took batting practice under the watchful eye of assistant general manager Bob Boone Friday afternoon and Boone came away with the impression that, barring any unforseen setbacks, Harper would be ready for the Single-A Hagerstown season opener on April 7. Yunesky Maya was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. Published March 25 2011

  • LaRoche shut down from throwing, Werth's thoughts on hitting second and other pregame notes

    Adam LaRoche shut down 2-3 days with a sore throwing shoulder, Jayson Werth's thoughts on hitting second and other pregame notes. Published March 25 2011

  • Analyzing the center field battle

    At some point in the next five days, Jim Riggleman is going to be asked about the center field battle and the Nationals' manager is going to come out with an official answer. Rick Ankiel, Nyjer Morgan or Roger Bernadina. Published March 25 2011

  • Zimmermann ready for the season and other postgame notes

    Livan Hernandez is the Nationals' opening day starter and, therefore, their defacto No. 1 pitcher. But Thursday night, Jordan Zimmermann showed just why he'll be considered the best pitcher in the Nationals rotation by season's end, shutting out the Tigers for five innings and stranding runners in the second, third and fourth innings. Published March 24 2011

  • Werth batting second, Gorzelanny as fifth starter, Rodriguez DL likely and other pregame notes

    Jayson Werth will bat second this season, Gorzelanny will be the team's fifth starter while Chad Gaudin moves to the bullpen, Henry Rodriguez will likely start the season on the disabled list and other pregame notes. Published March 24 2011

  • Nationals option Flores, Stammen to Triple-A Syracuse

    The Nationals cut their roster by two more on Thursday, optioning Jesus Flores and Craig Stammen to Triple-A Syracuse. Published March 24 2011

  • Zimmerman on track for Friday and the travel roster

    Ryan Zimmerman spent roughly 20 minutes on the field at Space Coast Stadium this morning taking grounders and working on throwing across the diamond to first, making shorter throws to second base and then charging the ball and throwing to first. None of it aggrivated the sore groin he's been nursing for the past 10 days and the third baseman said he expects to be in the lineup on Friday when the Nationals welcome St. Louis to Viera for the team's first meeting since the benches cleared on Monday in Jupiter. Published March 24 2011

  • 'NatsFest' announced for March 30

    The Nationals announced their official schedule for NatsFest, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 at Nationals Park. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. Published March 23 2011

  • Nationals sign Oliver Perez to minor league deal

    VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals have agreed to a minor league deal with left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez, according to a club source, confirming multiple reports that the left-hander had signed with Washington. Published March 23 2011

  • A few notes on the Nationals off day

    Catching up with former Nationals, Strasburg's the 13th highest-selling MLB jersey and other notes on the Nationals' off day. Published March 23 2011

  • Questions facing the Nationals about their bullpen

    Most of the questions surrounding the Nationals bullpen have centered on who they will turn to in the ninth inning with the game on the line. But first they'll have to settle on the seven players who'll make up their bullpen and the decision is one of the biggest ones they'll have to make in the coming week. Here's a breakdown of their bullpen options. Published March 22 2011

  • Storen's perfect ninth a much-needed boost

    Drew Storen stood in front of his locker after the Nationals 3-1 victory over the Astros today and said the one thing that most succinctly summed up his 1-2-3 ninth inning. "I needed that," the right-hander said. Published March 22 2011

  • Rizzo on Harper's ankle and center field battle , along with other pregame notes

    General manager Mike Rizzo's thoughts on Bryce Harper's ankle sprain, the center field competition and the bullpen, along with a Ryan Zimmerman update. Published March 22 2011

  • Today's lineup vs. Houston

    Today's Nationals lineup vs. Houston at 1:05 p.m. Published March 22 2011

  • Desmond and Espinosa: the Nationals' potential-filled double play tandem

    We officially re-launched our section Monday morning, after a 444 day hiatus, and the first in-print Nationals story of the new section was on the Nationals' possible double play tandem of the future, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa. As usually is the case, there was a lot of good stuff that didn't make it into the newspaper story so I thought I'd share some of Desmond and Espinosa's other thoughts on the subject with you here Published March 21 2011

  • Some things that may have been overlooked today

    Today was a busy day for the Nationals. It started with Bryce Harper being carted off the field at the Nationals' training complex in Viera with a left ankle sprain and ended with a benches-clearing altercation on the field between Washington and St. Louis at Roger Dean Stadium. But I didn't want to overlook a few things other that happened in today's game. Published March 21 2011

  • Tensions high, benches clear in Nationals 7-2 win over Cardinals

    Three batters were hit and the benches cleared on Monday in Jupiter as the Nationals beat the Cardinals, 7-2. Published March 21 2011

  • Harper sprains left ankle (updated)

    Bryce Harper sprained his left ankle today during an intrasquad game at the Nationals' training complex. Harper was immediately removed from the field and examined. The Nationals list him as day-to-day. Published March 21 2011

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