Nationals Watch Archive: September 2011


  • Nationals announce instructional league roster

    The Nationals' top five picks from this year's draft -- signed for a collective $16.5 million -- are among the 52 players on the Washington Nationals' instructional league roster released today. Published September 9 2011

  • Revised playoff schedule for Double-A Harrisburg

    As I wrote last night, the flooding and devastation on City Island has been absolutely breathtaking. Obviously it will be impossible for the Senators to play at that stadium for a very long time, as Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday night. As such, the Richmond Flying Squirrels have been gracious enough to allow the shifting of the entire series to Richmond, Va., due to the flooding. Published September 9 2011

  • Stephen Strasburg still scheduled to pitch Sunday; devastation in Harrisburg

    When the Nationals and Dodgers saw the second game of their doubleheader -- and final game of their series -- cancelled Thursday night, it shook up the Nationals pitching rotation a bit. Everything will remain as planned for the Nationals' weekend series against the Houston Astros, with left-hander Tom Milone pitching Friday night against Houston's right-hander Bud Norris, lefty John Lannan going Saturday against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, and right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitching Sunday afternoon against right-hander Henry Sosa. Published September 8 2011

  • Game 2 of Nationals - Dodgers rained out

    Try as they might, the Nationals and Dodgers couldn't navigate the weather well enough to get all four games of their series in. With heavy rains and flash flooding continuing to hit the Washington, D.C. area, the second game of their straight doubleheader Thursday was rained out. Unless it is absolutely necessary for the game to be made up, it will not be played. Published September 8 2011

  • Game 2 delayed, plus notes on Wang, Werth and Storen

    The second game of today's straight doubleheader is currently in a delay with an unknown start time. The tarp is on the field and there are no signs of the current rainstorm letting up. Published September 8 2011

  • Ryan Mattheus set to begin throwing program, could pitch before end of season, plus other pre-game notes

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that right-hander Ryan Mattheus is doing very well. He's been playing catch and will begin a bullpen throwing program on Sunday, Sept. 11. The plan is then for him to throw two more bullpens (on the 13th and the 15th) and then throw a simulated game to some of those 36 active players on the 17th. If all of that goes well, he could find himself back in a major league game before the season is over. Published September 8 2011

  • Bryce Harper out for Double-A playoffs

    Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper will not play for Double-A Harrisburg in the Eastern League playoffs, which begin Friday. His right hamstring strain will prevent him from being able to do so, but Harper is still expected to be healthy and ready to play in the Arizona Fall League for the second straight season. Published September 8 2011

  • Lombardozzi gets first major league start, Espinosa sits

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson made out his lineup a little differently this morning for Game 1 of the Nationals straight doubleheader this afternoon with the Los Angeles. Instead of slotting Danny Espinosa in at second base, where he's played all but four games this season, he wrote Steve Lombardozzi's name there. Published September 8 2011

  • Updates from Nationals Park on today's doubleheader

    Here is the good news: The Nationals and Dodgers are set to start a doubleheader in 2 1/2 hours and neither team has announced that the game or games have been postponed. The groundscrew has taken off the tarp and appears to be doing major surgery to the infield. Published September 8 2011

  • It's official: No game Wednesday; Nats-Dodgers rained out

    The Nationals game against the Los Angeles Dodgers scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed Wednesday afternoon due to torrential downpours that covered Washington, D.C. all day and were projected to last into the night. Several areas of D.C. were flooded and roads were being closed early Wednesday afternoon. Published September 7 2011

  • Nationals-Dodgers possibly postponed; doubleheader Thursday

    The Nationals-Dodgers game scheduled for Wednesday night has possibly been postponed. The teams may play a traditional doubleheader Thursday beginning at 1 p.m., with one ticket good for both games. Published September 7 2011

  • The view of Stephen Strasburg from the dugout

    This time, as pitching coach Steve McCatty walked in from the Nationals' bullpen minutes before he would take the field for a re-debut of sorts, the affable pitching coach didn't doff his cap to the adoring fans screaming out "Stephen!" as they passed. Stephen Strasburg wanted him to, but he didn't. And then, as the 23-year-old ace with the electric stuff and the pitching mind to match took the mound for his first major league post-Tommy John start, the pitching coach and Nationals manager Davey Johnson shared a light moment. Published September 7 2011

  • Quartet of Nationals debut on Strasburg's night

    Peacock, Severino, Lombardozzi and Brown enjoy varying levels of success. Published September 7 2011

  • Live blog of Stephen Strasburg's return

    Re-live the five innings here. Published September 6 2011

  • Nationals recall Peacock, Lombardozzi, Brown, Severino, Maya and Stammen; DFA Mock, Carr

    The Nationals completed their 2011 roster expansion this afternoon, adding right-hander Brad Peacock and infielder Steve Lombardozzi, along with right-handers Yunesky Maya, Craig Stammen, left-hander Atahualpa Severino and outfielder Corey Brown. In order to create space on the team's 40-man roster for Stephen Strasburg, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list, Peacock and Lombardozzi, they've moved Cole Kimball to the 60-day disabled list, released right-hander Adam Carr and designated right-hander Garrett Mock for assignment. Published September 6 2011

  • Weather playing havoc with Strasburg's return

    The weather -- wind-whipped rain with more on the way -- is not cooperating with Stephen Strasburg's return to Nationals Park. Published September 6 2011

  • The official Strasburg's return (if the rain holds off) lineup

    The lineups for the potential (rain allowing) return of Stephen Strasburg. Published September 6 2011

  • Labor day leftovers: Morse, Lannan, almost triple plays and a note on Werth's pop up slides

    Michael Morse did what he does best on Monday afternoon: he hit two home runs in the Nationals 7-2 blowout over the Dodgers. It's become commonplace, it seems, for Morse to finish a game with multi-hits and multi-homers. In a season that has been nothing less than one of the best in the National League, Morse is now hitting .315 with a .369 on-base percentage and .562 slugging percentage. He has 26 homers, 82 RBI and a .931 OPS. Published September 5 2011

  • Nationals expecting another wave of call-ups Tuesday

    With the Triple-A season concluding Monday, the Nationals are expecting their next wave of September call-ups to arrive before Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Including in the call-ups will be right-hander Brad Peacock and infielder Steve Lombardozzi. They'll have to be added to the Nationals' 40-man roster, so there will be some shuffling ahead. Published September 5 2011

  • A primer for Stephen Strasburg's second debut, including plans for the rain

    Stephen Strasburg will take the mound at Nationals Park Tuesday afternoon, one year and three days after the Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and almost exactly 15 months after his major league debut electrified the baseball world on June 8, 2010. There's only one problem: the forecast. Rain is predicted to fall for much of the day on Tuesday, including steadily through the evening. If Strasburg warms up at all, and the game is delayed, he will not pitch. Published September 5 2011

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