Nationals Watch Archive: September 2011


  • Staph infection hopefully behind him, Corey Brown possibly leaving D.C. tomorrow

    It started out as a simple whitehead, a pimple, basically, on the right knee of Nationals outfielder Corey Brown. He'd had one before, earlier this season, and didn't think much of popping it. After he did, though, the trainers at Triple-A Syracuse cautioned him against that in the future, infection, they said, could develop if he did. Published September 23 2011

  • The plans for Stephen Strasburg tonight and an amateur attempt at the forecast (UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. start time)

    A note about the forecast and how it will or will not affect Stephen Strasburg tonight. UPDATE: Game expected to start at 7:15 p.m. Published September 23 2011

  • The Nationals, the Braves and a chance to play spoiler

    One of the hottest teams in baseball will welcome a divisional rival to their home stadium tonight for a three game serious with significant playoff implications. Sounds exciting, right? Published September 23 2011

  • Stephen Strasburg expected to start season finale, plus lineups

    On Wednesday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said if he had his way, Stephen Strasburg would start Friday and then again on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the season finale. Sounds like that's become more of a sure thing as Johnson said he also ran the decision by general manager Mike Rizzo and he raised no protest. Published September 22 2011

  • Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa power up, then limp off

    Even when the Nationals were at their lowest points this season, you'd have been hard-pressed to find a player in that clubhouse that didn't feel they were making progress. Even if it was sometimes difficult to see through extended losing skids and frustrating losses that seemed to pile up. Published September 22 2011

  • Werth expected to miss at least two days and the Nationals rotation plans going forward

    Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was not in the starting lineup on Wednesday and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he doesn't expect Werth to play Thursday, either, in the Nationals' season finale with the Philadelphia Phillies. Published September 21 2011

  • Despite Nationals relievers best efforts, no spike in Philly lotto

    While taking in Tuesday night's Nationals - Phillies game, plenty of fans may have noticed that the jackpots for the Pennsylvania Powerball and Mega Millions were well, extremely large. Our friends over at Nats Enquirer noticed and grabbed a screen shot of the new payouts. Published September 21 2011

  • Werth absent from Nationals lineup: today's lineups

    Jayson Werth suffered a contusion on his right elbow Tuesday night, iced it and said while it was certainly a painful issue at the time he didn't think it'd be anything all too serious. He did admit that he might need some time. Looks like he's going to get it as he is absent from the Nationals' lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Vance Worley. Published September 21 2011

  • Danny Espinosa, Cliff Lee and the value of 20 home runs

    It happened quickly, so there wasn't much time to admire his work but when Danny Espinosa connected with Cliff Lee's 1-0 offering in the second inning Tuesday night, it disappeared over the right center field fence at Citizens Bank Park and brought with it a milestone stat for the Nationals' second baseman. It was a milestone for Lee, too. He's given up 17 home runs this season, but never more than one to any player -- except Espinosa. To him, he's allowed three. Published September 21 2011

  • Drew Storen double dips, saves his 40th of the season

    Drew Storen needed 24 pitches to save the Nationals' 4-3 victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. He needed more pitches than he has in all but seven other games this season to wriggle out of a leadoff double and an intentional walk to earn his 39th save of the season. Then he needed to figure out how he could bounce back and do it again about five hours later. Published September 21 2011

  • Jayson Werth day-to-day with elbow contusion

    Jayson Werth was standing on third base Tuesday night when Carlos Ruiz sent a snap throw down his way. The throw was not only errant enough to allow Werth to sneak home and score, but also to knick the outfielder in the right elbow. As soon as Werth returned to the dugout he was escorted swiftly into the clubhouse by Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz. The official diagnosis was a right elbow contusion and he's listed as day-to-day. Published September 20 2011

  • Nationals - Phillies Game 2 lineups

    Things are about to get underway here at Citizens Bank Park for Game 2 of this day-night doubleheader. It's Cliff Lee vs. Ross Detwiler in the nightcap. Published September 20 2011

  • Notes on the Nationals' Game 1 lineup, Mattheus and the starting rotation

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson made out his lineup card for the first game of a split doubleheader today in Philadelphia knowing who was pitching for the other team in the nightcap. Published September 20 2011

  • Chien-Ming Wang and his future with the Nationals

    Chien-Ming Wang has made 10 starts for the Nationals this season. He's 3-3 but you'd have to be watching blindfolded not to see the progress that he's made. It's a small sample size, and it came after more than two full years of rehab for a usually-devastating shoulder injury, but there's no question Wang still has the ability to win at this level. With each start, he's found that ability on a more consistent basis. Published September 18 2011

  • A rotation note and Marlins - Nationals finale lineups

    Before the Nationals and Marlins get underway in the series finale this afternoon, just one quick note on the Nationals' upcoming starting rotation. Published September 18 2011

  • Saturday night leftovers - 13 notes for 13 innings

    Thirteen post-game notes for 13 innings of Nationals - Marlins baseball on a chilly September night in Washington... Published September 18 2011

  • Strasburg turns in six strong

    Each step along the way in the past year-plus for Stephen Strasburg has helped him reach one milestone or another in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He can cross another one off the rehab checklist after going six strong innings against the Florida Marlins Saturday night. Published September 17 2011

  • Mattheus simulated game a success, set to be activated next week

    Ryan Mattheus stood on the mound at Nationals Park Saturday afternoon and threw to a batter for the first time since Aug. 25. With Steve Lombardozzi standing in, and under the watchful eye of pitching coach Steve McCatty, trainer Lee Kuntz, manager Davey Johnson and hitting coach Rick Eckstein, Mattheus threw without pain but also without throwing very many strikes. Published September 17 2011

  • Morse, Werth return for Strasburg's third start: today's lineups (UPDATED)

    Stephen Strasburg will take the mound on a chilly night in Washington for his third major league start of the season and the hope is this one will be the perfect blend of his first start (which was impeccable) and his second (which featured a few struggles). Nationals manager Davey Johnson said earlier this week that Strasburg would not be on a pitch count for tonight, but he said that last time as well and admitted later the limit was around 70. He threw 57 pitches in three somewhat laborious innings. Published September 17 2011

  • Nix: "I'm just glad I was able to play most of that game."

    A groin injury was just the latest to hamper Laynce Nix this season but In playing seven innings and getting a key hit in what would end up being the Nationals' best opportunity to rally against Javier Vazquez in a 3-0 loss Friday night, Nix finally was able to feel like a bonafide contributor again -- something he was on a daily basis in a first half where he hit .274 with 12 home runs and a .502 slugging percentage. Published September 17 2011

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