Nationals Watch Archive: March 2012

  • Zimmermann's progress evident half-way through spring

    Jordan Zimmermann is on track to make about three more starts before the Nationals head north to start the season. After the performance he had on Saturday, that sounds just about right for the right-hander. Published March 17 2012

  • How John Lannan and Ross Detwiler figure into Nationals pitching questions

    Chien-Ming Wang walked through the Washington Nationals’ complex on Saturday morning without a significant limp and was in good spirits -- all positive signs that the left hamstring strain he suffered Thursday was feeling better. But with Opening Day now less than three weeks away, the Nationals’ pitching staff is going to have to take shape soon, with or without him. Published March 17 2012

  • Nationals not planning to juggle rotation around off day

    The Nationals are not planning to juggle their pitching staff around Monday's offday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Saturday. The Nationals will have their only off day of the spring on Monday, March 19 and the Nationals are using the day to simply give every starter an extra day of rest before their next start. Published March 17 2012

  • Injury updates: Morse, LaRoche, Ankiel, Wang, Ramos

    Michael Morse had an MRI on his strained right lat but the diagnosis did not change for the Washington Nationals' cleanup hitter. Morse has not played in a Nationals game since Tueday and has not yet played the field this spring. Updates on LaRoche, Ankiel, Wang and Ramos as well. Published March 17 2012

  • Bryce Harper on facing CC Sabathia: "Hopefully I can get him next time."

    In case you hadn't heard, Bryce Harper grew up a New York Yankees fan. In the second inning Friday Harper stepped into the box and stared out at CC Sabathia. That "frickin' train coming at you," as Harper called him Wednesday. Here's how he did. Published March 16 2012

  • Gio Gonzalez: "There's still more to work on."

    Gio Gonzalez looked so strong, so sharp, in his first two outings in a Washington Nationals uniform that it was easy for the mind to skip ahead. The Nationals acquired Gonzalez in December, they introduced him in January, they got their first look at him in a game in March. Wanting to finally get to the part where Gonzalez was falling in line with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Edwin Jackson in a fearsome starting rotation was understandable. And with the way the Nationals could possibly set up their rotation, the question came to Nationals manager Davey Johnson: Would Gonzalez be considered to be the team's Opening Day starter? But in an up-and-down outing Friday afternoon, Gonzalez reminded everyone that spring training is six weeks long for a reason. Pitchers need time before they're season-ready and Gonzalez is no exception. Published March 16 2012

  • Nationals extend contracts with four minor league affiliates, Hagerstown still unsettled

    The Washington Nationals announced Friday that they've extended their contracts with four of their minor league affiliates, agreeing to stay with Triple-A Syracuse, Double-A Harrisburg, Single-A Potomac and short-season A Auburn through the 2014 season. Published March 16 2012

  • Bryce Harper gets second start in CF

    The Nationals made one lineup tweak on their way to Tampa this morning, swapping the defensive positions of Bryce Harper and Brett Carroll in the outfield. Published March 16 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang to miss "probably a couple of weeks" with left hamstring strain

    Early Friday morning, Chien-Ming Wang stood in the training room at the Washington Nationals' complex with several sets of eyes examining the strained left hamstring that forced him from Thursday afternoon's game. Wang was sent for further testing Thursday evening but Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday morning the diagnosis had not changed. Wang is expected to miss "probably a couple of weeks, minimum." Published March 16 2012

  • What Chien-Ming Wang's injury could mean for the Nationals' pitching race

    The status of Chien-Ming Wang and his strained left hamstring won't be updated again until later this morning but if the initial reactions were any indication, the Washington Nationals' right-hander could be looking at at least missing a start or two as he works back to full health. It'd be a devastating blow for Wang, who worked tirelessly for two years to make it back to the major leagues after shoulder surgery, and the Nationals are hoping that it won't be anything serious that could push back the stellar progress they'd seen out of him this spring. But Wang's tumble over the first base bag on Thursday will have a significant impact on the Nationals one way or the other. Published March 16 2012

  • Ramos, Morse on travel roster and other notes after the Nationals' 8-5 loss to the Yankees

    Friday's lineup in Tampa plus notes on Wang, Ramos, Morse, Bernadina and Lombardozzi. Published March 15 2012

  • Lannan gathers mixed results in first career relief appearance

    John Lannan has thrown 751 innings in a Washington Nationals' uniform and not one of them has come as a reliever. Even in spring training, the left-hander couldn't remember ever having to make the walk to the mound from the bullpen with innings already posted on the board. Published March 15 2012

  • Nationals cut four more, trim roster to 41

    The Nationals made four more cuts to their spring roster on Thursday afternoon, optioning right-hander Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse and outfielder Eury Perez to Double-A Harrisburg. They also reassigned right-handed pitchers Jeff Fuchino and Waldis Joaquin to minor league camp. Published March 15 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang sent for further tests on strained left hamstring

    Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang was sent for more tests on his strained left hamstring Thursday afternoon while the rest of the Nationals were left to wait and hope for the best for their teammate. Published March 15 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang leaves game after taking nasty spill over first base (UPDATED)

    Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang has left the game in the middle of the second inning after taking a nasty fall trying to field a ground ball off the bat of New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin. Wang moved to his left to field a weak grounder by Martin and was running the ball to the first base bag when his right leg appeared to buckle and he stumbled over the base and landed on his right arm. Published March 15 2012

  • Injury updates: Morse, Ramos, Ankiel

    Michael Morse was scheduled to head over to the minor league side of camp on Wednesday and get six or eight at-bats but it turns out he did not end up making it over there. Morse will spend his second day, then, in mostly inactivity on Thursday as he sits out the Nationals - Yankees game and allows his right lat strain to continue to heal. Published March 15 2012

  • Eury Perez shows off his arm and other notes from the Nationals' 6-5 loss to the Braves

    Eury Perez threw out a runner at third base Wednesday night in impressive fasion, plus notes on Jesus Flores, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Mattheus and the Nationals' bench hopefuls. Published March 14 2012

  • Bryce Harper riffs on center field, his calf, the Yankees and still trying to make the Nationals

    Bryce Harper was tested minimally in center field Wednesday night, recording two putouts and testing the left calf that had kept him out of the previous six games with several dashes in the outfield, tagging up on the basepaths and some sprints on the warning track after he was pulled. Published March 14 2012

  • Revised lineup behind Stephen Strasburg vs. the Braves

    Stephen Strasburg will make his third start of the spring tonight against the Atlanta Braves. He'll be held to a 70-75 pitch limit and the game will be broadcast on MLB Network in the Baltimore-Washington area. Published March 14 2012

  • Why Bryce Harper's playing center field tonight and other pre-game notes

    Bryce Harper made his return to the Washington Nationals’ lineup Wednesday night but it was in a new place: center field. The outfielder, who missed the last six games with a tight left calf, played just 20 of his 109 minor league games in 2011 in center. Published March 14 2012

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