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Nationals Watch Archive: March 2012


  • Drew Storen goes for further testing, plus other injury updates

    Injury updates on Drew Storen, Sean Burnett and Adam LaRoche. Published March 22 2012

  • Michael Morse gets PRP injection, could miss Opening Day

    Michael Morse's path back to active duty appears longer than the Washington Nationals originally estimated as the outfielder was given a platelet-rich plasma injection recently and Nationals manager Davey Johnson admitted on Thursday that he's "probably" a candidate not to open the season on the Nationals' 25-man roster. Published March 22 2012

  • Nationals will face decisions with players on minor league contracts with opt-outs

    Rick Ankiel, Chad Durbin, Andres Blanco and Jason Michaels have opt-outs on their minor league deals while Brett Carroll and Chad Tracy do not. Published March 21 2012

  • Notes from the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves

    Notes on Ryan Perry, Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Sean Burnett. Published March 21 2012

  • Davey Johnson doubtful Chien-Ming Wang will be back within two weeks

    Tomorrow will mark one-week since Chien-Ming Wang took a nasty fall over the first base bag and severely strained his left hamstring. It's also the day Wang said he plans to play some light catch for the first time since the injury occurred. But Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that he was doubtful Wang would return to the mound within three weeks to a month, doubling the two-week estimate that the trainers gave initially. Johnson saw Wang in the training room on Wednesday and said there was a lot of bleeding in the injured area, a deep bruise that had spread in each direction on Wang's leg. Published March 21 2012

  • Morse, LaRoche could begin activity March 25, Storen feeling better

    Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche not scheduled to begin activity until March 25. Published March 21 2012

  • Stephen Strasburg named Nationals Opening Day starter

    For the past five weeks, when it comes to choosing an Opening Day starter from his full cupboard of pitchers, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has played coy. Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson are his former All-Stars. Jordan Zimmermann was his best pitcher in 2011. But there was only one choice, really, for Johnson and that was to hand the ball to the man who has been destined for this assignment since the day the Nationals selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft. Nineteen months after Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg will be the Nationals' Opening Day starter and the unquestioned No. 1 of their 2012 starting rotation. Published March 21 2012

  • How Henry Rodriguez has harnessed his stuff and other notes from the Nationals 2-0 loss to the Mets

    A year ago at this time, Henry Rodriguez and the strike zone were not well-acquainted. The right-hander who came over as part of the trade for Josh Willingham, arrived to camp late with a visa issue and tried to impress from the moment he stepped foot into Space Coast Stadium Published March 21 2012

  • Stephen Strasburg hits the fairway instead of the rough in sharp fourth start

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Stephen Strasburg didn't throw a pitch that was clocked on the stadium gun at Digital Domain Park Tuesday night over 97 miles an hour. He didn't throw one above 95 mph until the second inning. His pitches spent much more time in the mid-to-low 90s than they did approaching 100. Published March 20 2012

  • Nats GM Mike Rizzo discusses Bryce Harper: his development, the choice to put him in CF and why they sent him to Triple-A

    Tuesday night was the first opportunity for Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to discuss Bryce Harper: what he saw from him, what he expects of him and why the Nationals felt the time was right to try him in center field predominantly. Published March 20 2012

  • Talking about Steve Lombardozzi at leadoff and in the field

    When Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson wrote Steve Lombardozzi's name atop the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets, he had to be expecting a few questions. After all, Johnson has maintained throughout the spring that shortstop Ian Desmond is his leadoff hitter and second baseman Danny Espinosa is his No. 2 hitter. Published March 20 2012

  • Lee County requests permission to enter into negotiations with Nationals about new spring home

    The Washington Nationals' plans to move their spring training home out of Viera, Fla. could take a big step forward soon. The Lee County Board of County Commissioners is set to meet Tuesday and part of their agenda focuses on approval to enter into negotiations with the Nationals to take over City of Palms Park in Fort Myers -- the Red Sox previous home -- starting in 2014. Published March 20 2012

  • Injury updates: Morse, Storen, Wang

    It was a pretty quiet clubhouse this morning with an away night game coming after the spring's only off day but there are a few incremental injury updates: Published March 20 2012

  • Lombardozzi to hit leadoff and the rest of the Nationals lineup tonight

    Strasburg will hit for himself, Lombardozzi to bat leadoff and Ankiel returns to the lineup. Published March 20 2012

  • A few thoughts on Bryce Harper playing center field and what it means for the Nationals

    There were a few important pieces of news to come out of the announcement that Bryce Harper was optioned to Triple-A Sunday afternoon, outside of the obvious in that he would not be on the Nationals opening day roster. Published March 19 2012

  • Bryce Harper talks about getting sent to the minor leagues

    Since early December, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson urged everyone to keep an open mind about Bryce Harper. Keep an open mind, he said, about the 19-year-old phenom making the Nationals' 25-man roster out of spring training. Keep an open mind about him helping the Nationals from April through October and for plenty of years after that. But the reality was that the Nationals -- as well as Harper -- had far too much to gain by sending him to the minor leagues to start this season. Here's what Harper had to say after he was informed of the Nationals' decision: Published March 18 2012

  • Nationals option Bryce Harper to Triple-A

    As the Washington Nationals' walked off the field late Sunday afternoon, Bryce Harper went into manager Davey Johnson's office and was given the only news he'd hoped he could stave off this spring: he was being sent to the minor leagues. Harper, 19, was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse thereby bringing to a close one of the Nationals' biggest storylines this spring. Published March 18 2012

  • Injury updates: Morse, LaRoche, Ankiel

    Updates on Rick Ankiel, Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche. Published March 18 2012

  • Nationals sign Xavier Nady to minor league deal

    The Washington Nationals signed versatile infielder/outfielder Xavier Nady to a minor league deal with no opt out on Friday. Nady, who arrived in Viera late Saturday evening, will not be in major league camp. He will begin to work himself back into playing shape in minor league camp and is expected to start the season at Triple-A Syracuse. Published March 18 2012

  • A baserunning blunder plus other notes from the Nationals' 1-1 tie with the Marlins

    The Washington Nationals entered Saturday already having two ties on their spring training record. Nationals manager Davey Johnson, then, wasn't too pleased to add a third on Saturday when his team played to a 1-1 tie with the Miami Marlins. "I don't like ties," he said. "I want to see the outcome." Published March 17 2012