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Nationals Watch Archive: April 2012


  • Michael Morse talks about his injury and the harrowing possibility of surgery that was avoided

    Lounging in a brown recliner inside the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse Monday afternoon, his workout for the day finished, all Michael Morse could do was watch his teammates prepare for their game against the Houston Astros. It was a feeling he’ll have to get used to. “I feel like I’ve been shut down since camp,” Morse said with a resigned shrug, one week into a six-week shutdown period to heal his now torn right lat muscle. It could have been worse. A potential surgery, which was ultimately ruled out, would have come with a 9-12 month recovery period -- a harrowing possibility. Published April 16 2012

  • Lineups for Reds-Nationals

    Good morning from Nationals Park, where the Nationals go for the four-game series sweep against the Reds on Jackie Robinson Day. Published April 15 2012

  • Rick Ankiel returns, starts in center field

    Rick Ankiel was back inside the Nationals' clubhouse Saturday morning, his left quad feeling 100 percent healed, and his excitement level perhaps a bit higher than that of the rest of his teammates. Published April 14 2012

  • Brett Carroll designated for assignment

    In order to clear space for outfielder Rick Ankiel, who will be activated from the disabled list Saturday afternoon, the Nationals' designated outfielder Brett Carroll for assignment. Published April 14 2012

  • On Adam LaRoche's hot start and his recovery from shoulder and foot injuries

    In the Nationals' first seven games, Adam LaRoche is 10-for-29 with three extra-base hits, including two home runs. Hitting predominantly out of the cleanup spot, LaRoche has already driven in eight runs and almost all of them have been in key situations. Published April 13 2012

  • Rick Ankiel set to be activated from the DL Saturday

    The Washington Nationals will welcome back center fielder Rick Ankiel on Saturday, ending his season-opening stay on the disabled list with a left quad issue and likely slotting himself back into the Nationals' lineup as their everyday center fielder. Published April 13 2012

  • Today's lineups: Home opener redux

    The Nationals and Reds will square off for just the Nationals' third night game of the season with lineups that look familiar from Thursday's home opener. Published April 13 2012

  • Thoughts, observations and leftovers from the Nationals wild home opener

    We had plenty of coverage for you from the Nationals home opener on Thursday, from the wild pitch walk-off that Ryan Zimmerman called one of his "worst games," to Ian Desmond starting the season on a ridiculous tear, the Nationals pitching giving them a chance to win every night, the $59, eight-pound Strasburger and Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner addressing the team's expected spring training move. But, as there almost always is, there were a few things we didn't get to. So without further ado, a few thoughts, observations and leftovers... Published April 13 2012

  • More on Anthony Rendon's ankle injury plus Wang update

    Further tests on the left ankle prospect Anthony Rendon's badly sprained last week revealed a partial fracture, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday. Published April 12 2012

  • Drew Storen in good spirits after surgery, looking at uncertain timetable

    Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen had never been on an operating table. "Didn't even break an arm as a kid," he said. So perhaps it was a good thing he didn't have much time to ponder the first surgical procedure he'd ever undergone. Published April 12 2012

  • Michael Morse shut down for six weeks

    The Washington Nationals put Michael Morse on "total shutdown mode" for the next six weeks after he aggravated his right lat strain this week, leaving them without their cleanup hitter until at least June. Published April 12 2012

  • Lineups for Reds-Nationals

    Good morning from Nationals Park where we're a bit over an hour from the Nationals' home opener against the Reds. Published April 12 2012

  • Drew Storen undergoes surgery to remove bone chip from elbow

    Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. The surgery, which was performed in Washington by Nationals’ team doctor Wiemi Douoguih, was considered minor and went well. Storen’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports, said Storen is expected to be back with enough time to “make a meaningful contribution this year.” Published April 11 2012

  • Today's lineup: Nationals load up the right-handers against Santana

    With the Nationals facing their first left-hander of the season, Adam LaRoche is the only left-hander in manager Davey Johnson's lineup today. Jayson Werth shifts to center field and is flanked by Mark DeRosa in left field and Xavier Nady in right. Published April 11 2012

  • Nationals send Morse's tests to Andrews, expect updates on he and Storen after game

    There isn't much to update in the way of injury status for either outfielder Michael Morse or closer Drew Storen but the Nationals are hoping to have more information on both players after Wednesday afternoon's 1:10 p.m. game against the New York Mets. Published April 11 2012

  • Jayson Werth breaks out of early-season slump with four-hit day

    Reclining in a chair inside the visitors clubhouse at Citi Field late Tuesday night, Jayson Werth was surrounded by a group of reporters. Hard not to want to talk to the guy who went out and got four hits, right? Informed that it was the first time since 2009 that Werth had collected four hits in a game -- a span of two years, eight months and 13 days -- Werth was nonchalant. "Cool," he said. Published April 11 2012

  • Espinosa undergoes concussion test, checks out OK

    Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa underwent a concussion test Monday night after taking Ruben Tejada's elbow to the right side of his head but he checked out OK and the Nationals held him out of Tuesday night's lineup solely as a precaution. Published April 10 2012

  • Michael Morse suffers setback, timetable for return now indefinite

    The Washington Nationals’ run of injuries to key players took another disheartening turn on Tuesday. Outfielder Michael Morse took himself out of Monday night’s game with Single-A Hagerstown after the seventh inning and was sent back to Washington to have his strained right lat muscle re-examined. An injury that began as minor and was expected to cost Morse no more than a few days during the spring now has an indefinite timetable for recovery. Published April 10 2012

  • Today's lineup: Espinosa sits, Lombardozzi gets first start

    Several Nationals are out for early batting practice at Citi Field this afternoon as they attempt to halt the two-game losing skid that's followed them from Chicago. If they're going to do it, it'll be without second baseman Danny Espinosa in the lineup. Published April 10 2012

  • Espinosa OK after elbow to head; prospect Goodwin suffers injury in Hagerstown

    Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa stood on the right field foul line, hands on his knees, looking visibly shaken. Espinosa had just made an impressive play to field an errant throw to first by pitcher Henry Rodriguez and fire a strike to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to hold Mike Baxter at third base and, for the time being, keep the game alive. He'd also taken Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's elbow to the right side of his head. Published April 10 2012