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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2012

  • Kurt Suzuki's education of the Nationals' staff is ongoing

    Kurt Suzuki has been the Nationals' primary catcher for three days. Until Monday night, when the Nationals used six relievers to beat the Astros, he hadn't caught their entire bullpen. He's only caught two of their five starters. As seamless of a transition as everyone would like to make it, there are certain realities about the adjustment period Suzuki's going to have behind the plate with the Nationals' staff. Published August 7 2012

  • Ian Desmond threw and took grounders for first time since going on DL

    The Nationals nabbed Cesar Izturis off the waiver wire Monday morning as insurance in the middle infield but perhaps the best news they got about that area on their roster came Monday afternoon when shortstop Ian Desmond was on the field at Minute Maid Park taking ground balls and getting in a throwing workout for the first time since going on the disabled list July 22. Published August 6 2012

  • Today's lineups: Nationals open four against woebegone Astros

    If the Nationals were unsure at this point what a golden opportunity looked like, all they have to do to find one is step inside Minute Maid Park this week. The Nationals can't control when the Atlanta Braves lose or who is on the rest of their schedule. What they can control is winning their own games. Published August 6 2012

  • Nationals agree to terms with four international free agents

    The Nationals announced the signings of four international free agents on Monday afternoon, bringing right-handed pitcher Ramses Rosario and outfielders Aldrem Corredor, Darryl Florentino and Luis Guizman into the organization. Published August 6 2012

  • Nationals acquire Cesar Izturis from the Brewers, place Mark DeRosa on disabled list (UPDATED)

    The Nationals shored up their middle-infield depth on Monday morning, acquiring Cesar Izturis on a waiver claim from the Milwaukee Brewers, according to a source. Published August 6 2012

  • Today's lineups: Flores returns as catcher

    Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores returns to the lineup after sitting out Saturday's game for new acquisition Kurt Suzuki. Published August 5 2012

  • Hearing from Kurt Suzuki

    The Nationals wasted no time in integrating Kurt Suzuki into their team and introducing him to the loose nature of their pre-game clubhouse. While Suzuki met with reporters, his new teammates did their best to distract him. Give the catcher credit. Outside of a few breaks for laughter and one moment where he admitted he lost his train of thought, Suzuki did well to maintain his composure. Here's some of what Suzuki had to say: Published August 4 2012

  • Today's lineups: Suzuki makes first start with Nationals

    The Nationals' newest member, Kurt Suzuki, spent the afternoon meeting his new teammates and getting himself acclimated inside his new home clubhouse. Then he got to work. Suzuki will have plenty of homework the next few days and weeks as he learns a new pitching staff and a new league full of opposing hitters and pitchers. Published August 4 2012

  • Jesus Flores & others react to Kurt Suzuki acquisition

    There was a somewhat unfortunate scene in the Nationals' clubhouse after Friday night's doubleheader when reporters approached Jesus Flores to get his reaction on the Nationals' latest acquisition, catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is expected to become the team's primary receiver. Flores, who has assumed the starting catcher's role since Wilson Ramos tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee in May, said he was unaware that the team had made the trade. Published August 4 2012

  • Game 1 reaction: Davey Johnson & John Lannan

    Not much of a post-game after Game One of Friday night's doubleheader, but we did chat briefly with Davey Johnson and John Lannan. Here's what they had to say about the Nationals' 7-4 victory over the Marlins: Published August 3 2012

  • Kurt Suzuki issues statement of thanks to Oakland before heading to D.C.

    Kurt Suzuki, the newest National, issued a statement of thanks to his old team on Friday -- only reinforcing a reputation that has preceded his arrival in D.C. as a class player and person. Published August 3 2012

  • Nationals acquire catcher Kurt Suzuki from Oakland A's

    The Washington Nationals bolstered their inexperienced catching corps Friday afternoon, trading for Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki in exchange for Single-A catcher David Freitas. Suzuki is expected to become the team's everyday catcher. Published August 3 2012

  • Explaining the August waiver trade rules

    During August, almost every player on every team's roster is put on waivers. Players who clear give their team flexibility to be traded. Players who are claimed can easily be pulled back if the team doesn't intend or want to trade them to whichever team that claimed them. Published August 3 2012

  • Nationals activate Jayson Werth, place Henry Rodriguez on the DL

    It was after midnight on Thursday morning when Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo’s phone rang. On the other end of the line was Jayson Werth, and he could hardly contain his excitement. Published August 2 2012

  • Jordan Zimmermann named NL Pitcher of the Month for July

    Nationals right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been named National League Pitcher of the Month for July, his first monthly award. Published August 2 2012

  • Ian Desmond worked out for first time since going on DL

    Davey Johnson, asked about Ian Desmond on Wednesday, said the Nationals' training staff has given the shortstop and his strained left oblique a roughly five-week timetable. Desmond, who went on the disabled list on July 22 and is about 10 days into that time period, worked out for the first time on Wednesday. Published August 1 2012

  • Nationals push Jordan Zimmermann back a day for more rest

    The Nationals are pushing right-hander Jordan Zimmermann's next start back a day and swapping him with left-hander Gio Gonzalez in the rotation order, manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday. Published August 1 2012

  • Today's lineups: Ryan Zimmerman sits for second straight day

    Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day on Wednesday with a sore back but Zimmerman did not expect his absence to last much longer. Published August 1 2012

  • Bryce Harper "all over the place right now" at the plate

    Bryce Harper survived a nasty collision with the right field fence Tuesday night, reaching -- and missing -- a fly ball off the bat of Jimmy Rollins, slamming into the fence separating the field from the bullpen and falling over on his neck. But perhaps more concerning for the Nationals and Harper is the slump he's been in at the plate since the second half began. Since the All-Star break, Harper is hitting .171 with just three extra-base hits. He was 0-for-4 against Cliff Lee on Tuesday. Published August 1 2012