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Nationals Watch Archive: April 2012

  • Brad Lidge to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair hernia

    The Washington Nationals' extended injury list got longer Monday night. Right-handed reliever Brad Lidge will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a hernia. Published April 30 2012

  • Nationals promote Tyler Moore for big league debut

    The Washington Nationals promoted slugging prospect Tyler Moore to the major leagues Sunday morning, preparing to place veteran Mark DeRosa on the disabled list to clear room for Moore. Published April 29 2012

  • Brad Lidge heads to DL with abdominal wall strain, Ryan Perry recalled

    Right-hander Brad Lidge is headed to the disabled list with an abdominal wall strain. Reliever Ryan Perry has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Lidge's spot in the Nationals' bullpen. Published April 27 2012

  • Nationals call-up Bryce Harper, place Ryan Zimmerman on 15-day disabled list

    The Washington Nationals have announced that Bryce Harper, baseball's most highly-touted prospect, will join the major league team and make his major league debut on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 21, to clear room for Harper on the roster. Published April 27 2012

  • Drew Storen could begin throwing next week

    Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen is still in the preliminary stages of his recovery from April 11 surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow but Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that the closer could begin soft tossing by the end of the month of April. Published April 27 2012

  • Thoughts, observations and leftovers as the NL's best prepare to meet

    The Nationals boarded a few buses late Thursday night to make the two-hour drive north to Los Angeles. There, the team with the second-best record in the National League was waiting -- a thought that, coming off a loss, in past years might have been incredibly daunting. But the team with the best record in the NL was the one traversing Southern Californian highways around midnight, so even after a tough 2-1 loss, as Edwin Jackson put it there was "nothing to hold our heads down about." The series with the Dodgers this weekend should be an interesting one. First things first, the Nationals need to figure out what they're going to do with Ryan Zimmerman (DL or no DL) and they should have more clarity on that later this afternoon. First, a few thoughts, observations and leftovers after the Nationals' sixth series win in six tries… Published April 27 2012

  • With pain still present when he hits, Zimmerman will see doctor in L.A. on Friday

    Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman tested his sore right shoulder with light hitting on Thursday but found little improvement in the soreness in his inflamed AC joint. Zimmerman will visit with Dr. Neil ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Friday and likely receive a medicinal shot. After his consult and once ElAttrache discusses things with Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih, the team will decide whether or not a disabled list stint will be necessary. Published April 26 2012

  • Adam LaRoche bucks own trend, starts hot to boost Nationals

    Adam LaRoche is not a man who bogs himself down in statistics and numbers. He's about as laid back a guy as you'll find. And even he knows his own early-season history isn't very good. Published April 26 2012

  • DL stint still possible but Ryan Zimmerman relieved with MRI results

    The Washington Nationals got what third baseman Ryan Zimmerman called “the best possible news,” on Wednesday morning when an MRI done on his right shoulder didn’t reveal any significant damage. Published April 25 2012

  • Today's lineups: Tracy at third in Zimmerman's place

    Ryan Zimmerman is not in today's lineup for the middle game of the Nationals' three-game set with the San Diego Padres, but that was to be expected after the third baseman was sent for an MRI on his right shoulder Tuesday night. Published April 25 2012

  • Opposing batters are making Tyler Clippard work this year

    Tyler Clippard made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Petco Park Tuesday night, his right shoulder still red from the bag of ice that he'd just removed. Less than an hour earlier, Clippard had gotten the Nationals out of their biggest jam of the evening, using 26 pitches on four batters -- including 12 (nine fouled off) to Mark Kotsay alone -- to sneak out of the seventh inning. Published April 25 2012

  • MRI on Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder "not real favorable"

    After the Washington Nationals' 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres, there was no firm news on Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the MRI done on his right shoulder Tuesday afternoon. The Nationals were having the results sent to their team doctors in Washington and expected to have more information Wednesday morning. Nationals manager Davey Johnson did allow this much: it doesn't sound good. Published April 25 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang to rehab with Single-A Potomac on Saturday

    Washington Nationals' right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will begin his rehab assignment on Saturday when he starts for Single-A Potomac. Published April 24 2012

  • Zimmerman sent for MRI on right shoulder

    The Washington Nationals sent third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for an MRI on his right shoulder Tuesday afternoon in San Diego, wanting to get to the bottom of the soreness that is still plaguing him even after three days off. Published April 24 2012

  • Today's lineups: Ryan Zimmerman sits again, Lombardozzi at third

    The Washington Nationals will open their six-game west coast trip tonight in San Diego but they'll do it without third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup. Zimmerman was a late scratch from Saturday's game with right shoulder inflammation and was not scheduled to play in Sunday's rained-out game. Published April 24 2012

  • Mike Rizzo pens letter of gratitude to Ivan Rodriguez

    A letter from Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to recently retired catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Published April 24 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang apologizes for extra-marital affair

    Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang pitched in an extended spring training game on Monday afternoon. Shortly following it, the Taiwanese native held a press conference with Taiwanese reporters to disclose an extra-marital affair he had two years ago. Published April 24 2012

  • Brett Carroll clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

    Brett Carroll was designated for assignment on April 14 but the outfielder has been in limbo ever since. The Nationals made a few calls to see what interest there was in him but Carroll cleared waivers Tuesday morning and accepted outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse. Published April 24 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang pitches in extended spring, Rosenbaum named EL Pitcher of the Week

    Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw three innings in an extended spring training game Monday, seemingly coming through it without issue. Wang faced the Detroit Tigers' extended spring squad and needed 51 pitches (37 strikes) to get through the outing. Published April 23 2012

  • A few thoughts, observations and leftovers as the Nationals head out west

    The Washington Nationals wake up this morning in San Diego as the team with the second-best record in baseball. It's no coincidence they'll also be the team with the best staff ERA in baseball and the one who's held opposing hitters to the lowest average (.202), on-base percentage (.269) and slugging percentage (.293) in the major leagues. Published April 23 2012