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Nationals Watch Archive: July 2012


  • Davey Johnson was critical of Stephen Strasburg after Friday's start

    It was fairly evident early on Friday night that Stephen Strasburg was not himself. He was throwing an awful lot of balls, he was darting in and out of trouble, his pitch count was unsustainably high. Strasburg worked five scoreless innings before the Atlanta Braves got to him for four runs in the sixth. The Nationals' nine-run lead continued to evaporate as they suffered arguably their most crushing loss of the season. After the game, Nationals manager spent the majority of his post-game press conference lamenting his mistakes. He called it "arguably the worst game I've ever managed," and was obviously distressed about the outcome and his role in it. But he reserved some of his comments for Strasburg and they were perhaps more critical of the ace than they have ever been. Published July 21 2012

  • Chad Cordero talks comeback, Nationals memories, being a fan of the current team & more

    Former Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero made his return to Nationals Park on Friday night, the first time he'd been here since the 2008 season. Cordero, or the Chief, as fans remember him, was in town to conduct a baseball camp and was invited by the Nationals to throw out the first pitch. Published July 20 2012

  • Jayson Werth will start rehab Saturday; Nady, Tracy to play in Potomac on Friday

    Jayson Werth was wandering around the Nationals' clubhouse Friday afternoon after 4 p.m. -- the first indication that the right fielder likely wouldn't be making his planned trip to Single-A Potomac to begin a rehab assignment. Published July 20 2012

  • Davey Johnson doesn't think making a big deal at the trade deadline would be "wise"

    If there's one thing Nationals manager Davey Johnson knows, it's pennant races. Johnson's teams are rarely not in them. So with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline now just 11 days away, you'd think Johnson's wish list for what his current team might need would be one to heed. It's not long. Johnson said Friday he doesn't think the Nationals should mortgage the farm in order to acquire a player for a short-term rental. Especially on a team that he views as having "no glaring weakness." Published July 20 2012

  • Today's lineups: Desmond returns at start of pivotal four-game series vs. Braves

    They're removing the tarp here at Nationals Park and the word around the ballpark is that they think they'll be able to get tonight's game against the Atlanta Braves in. Published July 20 2012

  • Drew Storen revels in "emotional" return

    The familiar strands of Bad Company came pulsing through the speakers at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon, just as the top of the ninth inning was set to begin. It had been 296 days since Drew Storen last stood there, last run in to an ovation like the one he got from what was left of the 36,389 in attendance on Thursday. Published July 19 2012

  • Anthony Rendon plays in first regulation game since ankle fracture

    Anthony Rendon's professional career was a total of two games and four at-bats old before the Nationals' No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft collapsed in a heap around third base and fractured his left ankle. Published July 19 2012

  • Ian Desmond out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game

    While the Nationals look for the sweep over the Mets this afternoon at Nationals Park, Ian Desmond is not in the starting lineup for the fifth straight game. The Nationals' shortstop said Thursday he feels good and could play if necessary but the team is still trying to get the left oblique strain that is hampering him behind him a bit more. Published July 19 2012

  • Nationals designate Rick Ankiel for assignment, activate Drew Storen

    The Nationals designated outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment on Thursday, activating right-hander Drew Storen from the disabled list. They also placed catcher Jhonatan Solano on the DL with an oblique strain and recalled catcher Sandy Leon. Published July 19 2012

  • Jayson Werth talks about the Nationals' season, his rehab and the exciting time that could be ahead for the Nationals

    Jayson Werth spoke at length on Wednesday about his rehab, his wrist and what the last 10 weeks have been like for him. A lot of what Werth said about his rehab (he's expected to start a rehab assignment on Friday with Single-A Potomac) is in the story on the main sports page. But a lot of what Werth said didn't make it into the story, either, and I wanted to share some of his thoughts on the Nationals' season and what it's been like for him to watch it evolve the way it has. Published July 19 2012

  • Ankiel designated for assignment, Storen activated

    The Nationals made a few roster moves Thursday, as outfielder Rick Ankiel was designated for assignment to clear space for activated reliever Drew Storen. Published July 19 2012

  • Drew Storen could be activated as early as Thursday

    After a dominant outing for Single-A Potomac on Tuesday night, Drew Storen is finally nearing a return to the Washington Nationals' active roster. How soon? Could be as early as tomorrow, said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. Published July 18 2012

  • On Solano's injury, Leon's possible recall, Flores' slump and Ramos' surgery

    The Washington Nationals' catching corp appears ready to take another injury hit. Jhonatan Solano is expected to be placed on the disabled list as soon as Thursday and the team is likely to recall Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. Published July 18 2012

  • Wilson Ramos set to undergo second surgery on right knee

    Wilson Ramos will undergo surgery today in Colorado to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Published July 18 2012

  • Drew Storen throws dominant rehab outing

    The Nationals want to see more consistency out of closer Drew Storen. They want to see better command and more pitching instead of throwing. Published July 18 2012

  • Jayson Werth nearing clearance for full activities, plus updates on Tracy & Wang

    On Monday, Jayson Werth passed the 10-week mark in his recovery from surgery to repair a broken left wrist. On Wednesday, according to manager Davey Johnson, he could be cleared to resume all baseball activities and make his timetable for a return more clear. Published July 17 2012

  • Today's lineups: Ian Desmond out for third straight day

    Ian Desmond was not in the lineup on Tuesday -- the third straight game the Washington Nationals' shortstop has missed with a left oblique strain. The Nationals still have no intention of putting Desmond, their most consistent offensive player and a huge defensive presence, on the disabled list. Published July 17 2012

  • Ozzie Guillen, Davey Johnson stick with pine tar spat

    The Great Pine Tar Controversy of 2012 stuck around Marlins Park on Monday, with plenty more profanity, an awkward phone call and Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, voice raised, uttering "holy moly." Published July 16 2012

  • One more rehab game for Drew Storen

    After Drew Storen was touched for three hits and four runs in 2/3 of an inning in Sunday's rehab appearance with Double-A Harrisburg, he'll make at least one more minor league appearance. Published July 16 2012

  • Ian Desmond could return Tuesday

    Inside the Washington Nationals' frigid clubhouse, Ian Desmond wore a T-shirt with the sleeves cut off and "Better every day" emblazoned on the front Monday afternoon. The T-shirt's message could describe the troublesome left oblique that forced the All-Star shortstop from the Nationals' lineup for two straight games. Published July 16 2012