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Nationals Watch Archive: June 2012

  • Edwin Jackson dazzles as Nationals top Blue Jays

    A game that started “slow as molasses drying,” as manager Davey Johnson put it, and almost ended with their second complete game performance of the season as Edwin Jackson was super for eight innings. Published June 12 2012

  • Roger Bernadina leaves game with right hamstring strain

    Roger Bernadina slid into third base Monday night, taking two free bases on a wild pitch, and grimaced as soon as his body stopped moving. He walked gingerly into foul territory and leaned over in pain. The pain, coming from a strained right hamstring, was so great Bernadina felt he couldn't even bend his knee as the Nationals' trainers attempted to help him off the field. But manager Davey Johnson said the strain is not believed to be a "severe pull." The Nationals will wait and see how the outfielder is doing on Tuesday before deciding on any sort of roster move. Published June 12 2012

  • Drew Storen progressing, throws off a mound for second time since surgery

    When closer Drew Storen underwent surgery to remove a bone chip in his right elbow on April 11, he knew it would be a long, tedious road back to standing on the mound in the ninth inning for the Nationals. Two months to the day since his surgery, though, Storen's progress is getting more impactful and his return is getting closer. Storen threw off a mound for the second time on Monday, the first session coming Friday, and he remains on track to returning to the major leagues around the All-Star break, if not before. Published June 11 2012

  • Today's lineups: Harper returns to starting lineup

    After a one day absence, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to the starting lineup Monday afternoon in Toronto. Harper, who pinch hit, walked and scored from first on a double to bring home the winning run in the Nationals' 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, has been nursing a sore back. Published June 11 2012

  • A few thoughts, observations and leftovers on Tyler Clippard, Jesus Flores and more

    The Nationals won't have much time to savor their three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox, already turning their attention to the Toronto Blue Jays before night had set on Sunday. But before we turn the page entirely there were a few things I didn't want to go unnoticed from their weekend on Boston. Published June 11 2012

  • Back still tender, Harper reluctantly out of Nationals lineup

    It was clear from his answers, his body language and his general demeanor that Bryce Harper was not thrilled to be missing from the Washington Nationals' starting lineup Sunday afternoon. Published June 10 2012

  • Today's lineups: Bryce Harper gets first MLB day off

    In the 37 games since Bryce Harper has been called up to the major leagues, he has played all but a half-inning. But Sunday afternoon, as the Nationals look for a series sweep against the Red Sox and lefty Jon Lester, he will not start. Published June 10 2012

  • How Rick Ankiel helped Stephen Strasburg break through with his curveball

    There was a time when Rick Ankiel was Stephen Strasburg. Sure, he's left-handed and he didn't come with nearly the hype that Strasburg did, given the advancements in media from 1999, when Ankiel made his major league debut, and 2009, when Strasburg was drafted by the Nationals. But in a lot of ways, he was. "Feels like another life," Ankiel said Saturday afternoon in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park. Published June 9 2012

  • On Danny Espinosa, switch hitting and the confounding nature of having two different swings

    Danny Espinosa has been laughing off the question for years. Whenever his stats begin to skew the suggestion arises: If you're so much better from one side of the plate than the other, why not hit from that side exclusively? The only difference now is that the question used to be if he would consider abandoning hitting right-handed. Even his father, Danny, used to be asked if his son would ever consider giving up hitting from the right side. He had more power from the right side, they'd say, but he was a better hitter left-handed. Published June 9 2012

  • Today's lineups: Lombardozzi, Ankiel return to lineup

    After sitting out the first game of the Nationals' series opener with the Red Sox, both Steve Lombardozzi and Rick Ankiel return to the starting lineup on Saturday for this late afternoon matinee. Published June 9 2012

  • Fenway impressions, Clippard gets closer title and other pre-game notes

    The Nationals rotate in and out of the National League ballparks so frequently, it's not all that often that just arriving in the park itself becomes something of an event. But there was a little bit of that going around today as the Nationals explored Fenway Park. While rain ruined much of their pregame and stole batting practice, there were plenty of players popping out to the dugout just to check it out. Published June 8 2012

  • Today's lineup: Nats lineup shake ups vs. lefty and with a DH

    Facing a left-hander in Felix Doubront and with the luxury of the designated hitter, the Nationals lineup looks a little different tonight for their series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Published June 8 2012

  • Hello from Boston

    Hello from sunny Boston where the Nationals will play for just the second time in their brief history. Interleague play begins in earnest tonight as the Nationals visit Fenway Park at the start of a 15-game American League East swing that will take them through Boston, Toronto and Baltimore, and bring Tampa Bay and New York to Nationals Park. Published June 8 2012

  • Davey Johnson brings to light Bryce Harper's back soreness, Harper says it's non-issue

    Bryce Harper has played in all 35 games since he was called up to the major leagues on April 28 but after his spill Thursday manager Davey Johnson revealed Harper has been dealing with a sore back. And for the first time since he became a major leaguer, Harper might sit when the Nationals arrive in Boston on Friday. Not necessary, Harper said. Published June 7 2012

  • Nationals agree with second-rounder Tony Renda, others as draft wraps up

    The Nationals have already agreed to terms with second-round pick Tony Renda, a second baseman out of the Cal-Berkley, as well as fourth-round pick Brandon Miller, an outfielder from Samford University, according to scouting director Kris Kline. Renda will go to Single-A short season Auburn to begin his professional career. Third round pick and Scott Boras advisee, Brett Mooneyham, a left-hander from Stanford, is also expected to sign "relatively quickly," Kline said. Published June 7 2012

  • Injury updates: DeRosa, Mattheus

    Updates on Mark DeRosa and Ryan Mattheus. Published June 7 2012

  • Nats activate Brad Lidge, place Henry Rodriguez on the disabled list

    The Nationals made a late roster move Thursday afternoon, deeming right-handed reliever Brad Lidge ready to return to duty and activating him from the disabled list. In order to do so, they placed right-hander Henry Rodriguez on the DL with a strained right index finger. Published June 7 2012

  • Today's lineup: Nats look for second sweep as NL East stretch comes to close

    When Thursday is over, the Nationals will be finished with a 14-game barrage of National League East teams, coming out with no worse than an 8-6 record and could be three games clear of the second place team in the division. Published June 7 2012

  • Tyler Moore recalled as Nationals plan to place Carlos Maldonado on the DL

    Outfielder Tyler Moore got just two at-bats in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon with Triple-A Syracuse before he was summoned to the major leagues for the second time this season. Published June 6 2012

  • Michael Morse returning to form, will likely DH in AL parks

    The ball clanked off the out of town scoreboard in right field Tuesday night and as Michael Morse motored into second base with his second double of the season (and the game) he felt things, ever so slightly, click a bit more back into place. Published June 6 2012