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Nationals Watch Archive: July 2012

  • Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche expected to play Wednesday

    The Nationals were without two of their biggest bats on Tuesday night with Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche both dealing with back ailments. Manager Davey Johnson said both are expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday, though. Published July 31 2012

  • Nationals hoping Jayson Werth will return by end of homestand

    The Nationals can't say exactly which day it'll happen, but sometime this homestand manager Davey Johnson is hoping to write Jayson Werth's name back on his lineup card for the first time since May 6. Published July 31 2012

  • Chad Tracy back in the swing for Nationals

    The lone roster move by the Washington Nationals as baseball's non-waiver trade deadline passed Tuesday had nothing to do with a trade. Utilityman Chad Tracy, sidelined since May 27 with a torn right adductor muscle, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Published July 31 2012

  • Nationals notes: no trades, reshuffled lineup and more

    Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline passed quietly for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. At 4:29 p.m., 29 minutes after the cutoff, Davey Johnson walked into the interview room at Nationals Park and quipped: "I'm still here." Published July 31 2012

  • Chad Tracy activated from disabled list, Corey Brown optioned

    The Washington Nationals made the first of two anticipated deadline-time moves on Tuesday afternoon when they activated utility man Chad Tracy from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Corey Brown back to Triple-A Syracuse. Published July 31 2012

  • Running Nationals' trade deadline blog

    As today's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline approaches, follow along for the latest trade tidbits, rumors and news involving the Nationals and the National League East. Published July 31 2012

  • With less than 24 hours to go, Nationals remain pragmatic about trade deadline

    There are less than 24 hours to go until baseball's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. By 4 p.m. tomorrow, the dust will have begun to settle and teams will have a better idea of what their personnel will look like for the season's final two months. Published July 30 2012

  • Jayson Werth goes 2-for-2 and Chad Tracy homers in rehab game

    While the Nationals were busy playing a 4:24, 11-inning game in Milwaukee on Sunday, Jayson Werth and Chad Tracy were continuing their respective rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse. Published July 29 2012

  • Adam LaRoche leaves Sunday's game with back spasms

    Adam LaRoche was pulled after 3 1/2 innings on Sunday, succumbing to back spasms. Published July 29 2012

  • Nationals farm system taking center stage this season

    On a quiet Sunday morning, Nationals director of player development Doug Harris, who doesn't usually travel with the team but is on this trip because of its proximity to the July 31 trade deadline, looked around and marveled at a clubhouse filled almost exclusively with players who'd been brought through the Nationals' minor league system. Published July 29 2012

  • Today's lineups: Harper returns after bout with virus

    The Washington Nationals will wrap up their four-game trip to Milwaukee this afternoon when Gio Gonzalez heads to the mound to make his first career start at Miller Park. Bryce Harper returned to the starting lineup after missing his first full game since his April 28 call-up with a stomach virus. Published July 29 2012

  • Corey Brown notches first hit in style with home run

    When the Washington Nationals summoned Corey Brown back to the big leagues for the third time in his young career on Monday, he joked that maybe in this stint he'd finally get that elusive first major league hit. Published July 29 2012

  • Chad Tracy close to return, Werth progressing

    Chad Tracy is getting close to a return to the Nationals' active roster, and manager Davey Johnson said Saturday he could have his primary bench bat back as soon as the start of the Nationals' next homestand on Tuesday. Jayson Werth (left wrist) and Tracy (right adductor) are in the lineup Saturday night for Triple-A Syracuse with Tracy playing first base and hitting third, Werth playing center field and hitting second. Johnson had said previously that he wouldn't be surprised to see Werth waiting for the Nationals when they returned home, but now it appears that Tracy is more likely to be ready first. Published July 28 2012

  • Bryce Harper scratched with stomach virus (UPDATED)

    Bryce Harper was scratched from Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with what the Nationals are calling a "stomach virus." Published July 28 2012

  • Today's lineups: Zimmermann makes first start in home state

    After their first loss in a week, the Nationals look to get back on track tonight against veteran left-hander Randy Wolf. Wolf, who has a 5.60 ERA this season, will face Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Published July 28 2012

  • Drew Storen inching closer to return to form

    For just the second time since he's come off the disabled list, Drew Storen was allowed to throw an entire inning Friday night. He was summoned in a six-run game to pitch the bottom of the seventh against the top of the Brewers' order. And in getting through the Brewers' top four hitters in a scoreless frame, Storen was perhaps more like his old self than he has been at any point this season. Published July 28 2012

  • Jesus Flores is getting a mental break

    Nationals catcher Jesus Flores spent most of his pre-game clubhouse time Friday relaxing in a chair by his locker using his iPad. He was not in the starting lineup. Published July 27 2012

  • Today's lineups: Leon spells Flores

    The Washington Nationals look to win their seventh straight game tonight at Miller Park, sending left-hander Ross Detwiler to the mound against the Brewers and right-hander Mike Fiers. Published July 27 2012

  • Anthony Rendon's heating up, a reminder of tough decisions at the trade deadline

    Anthony Rendon has played six organized games this month, his first action since suffering an ankle fracture on April 7 in the second game of his professional career. While he's technically still on a rehab assignment in the Nationals' lower levels, Rendon has moved from the GCL Nats to the New York Penn league. Published July 27 2012

  • Today's lineups: Nationals open four-game set with Brewers

    The Nationals have a chance to do something tonight in Milwaukee that no Nationals team has ever been able to accomplish: reach 20 games over .500. Published July 26 2012