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Nationals Watch Archive: May 2012

  • A few thoughts, observations and leftovers as the Nationals head home

    A few thoughts, observations and leftovers on Espinosa, Morse, Solano and Ramos... Published May 31 2012

  • Henry Rodriguez slams finger in door

    The Washington Nationals' 2012 injury saga took another somewhat unbelievable turn Wednesday when right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez slammed the base of his right index finger in the bathroom door. Published May 31 2012

  • Michael Morse could return to Nationals' active roster Friday

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson sat at his desk Wednesday afternoon with a smile as wide as the Gulf of Mexico. For the first time in a long time, it seemed, Johnson had good news to pass on about something that involved the disabled list. Published May 30 2012

  • On Jhonatan Solano's first hit and the first squeeze bunt Corey Brown has ever been asked to execute

    The Nationals lost Tuesday night, falling 3-1 to the Miami Marlins, so their missed opportunities wound up more glaring than the ones they did come through in. But that doesn't mean they should go overlooked entirely. For Jhonatan Solano and Corey Brown they certainly wont. Published May 30 2012

  • Michael Morse inches closer to return with strikeout, walk in first minor league rehab game

    Michael Morse, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a torn right lat muscle, ended the night with just two at-bats in Potomac's rain-shortened game against Myrtle Beach — one walk, one strikeout. With a bat in his hand, Morse said he almost feels completely normal. His ability to produce at the plate, though, doesn't seem to be the thing that is keeping him from getting back to the big leagues. The injured National has been completing daily throwing programs in order to strengthen his injured arm. He didn't play in the field Tuesday, but the ever-improving Morse can't wait to get in the outfield. Published May 30 2012

  • Chad Tracy to have surgery for torn adductor, out 6-8 weeks

    The Washington Nationals have watched their starting left fielder, right fielder, catcher, closer, third baseman, two right-handed relievers, back-up catcher, veteran utility man, and center fielder all hit the disabled list at some point this season. Now they can add their top bat off the bench. Chad Tracy will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn right adductor muscle and will miss at least 6-8 weeks. Tracy, who underwent double sports hernia surgery this past offseason, traveled to Philadelphia Tuesday to see Dr. Bill Meyers, who found the muscle torn off the bone, manager Davey Johnson said. Published May 29 2012

  • About the grass at Marlins Park (plus lineups)

    Early Monday morning, Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter took a fungo bat out to left field at Marlins Park and was hitting balls to no one in particular. It looked like he was testing the speed and consistency of the outfield grass, which, in all honesty does not look very good. Published May 29 2012

  • The Nationals' hitting pitchers

    When Gio Gonzalez got his first major league hit back in April, it was treated like a novelty. Smiled at, chuckled at (and considering Gonzalez's own reaction when he gets on base that's easy to understand). That's usually the response when a pitcher gets an out. That's just the way a National League lineup usually works. Eight hitters, one out. The Nationals are changing that. Published May 29 2012

  • Nationals option Tyler Moore to Triple-A, expected to recall catcher Jhonatan Solano

    With catcher Jesus Flores nursing a sore right hamstring and the team having no clear emergency backup outside of Carlos Maldonado, the Washington Nationals decided Monday to option infielder Tyler Moore back to Triple-A Syracuse and will recall catcher Jhonatan Solano before Tuesday's game. Published May 28 2012

  • Today's lineups: Sunday night redux for tired Nationals

    Most in the Nationals' clubhouse Monday morning were a little bleary-eyed but no worse for the wear after playing an 8 p.m. game in Atlanta Sunday night, traveling to Miami and reporting for Monday's game before 10 a.m. Published May 28 2012

  • Michael Morse to play in Potomac on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus updates on Flores, DeRosa

    Left fielder Michael Morse will take the next step in his return from a torn right lat muscle on Tuesday when he leaves Florida and extended spring training and heads north to Single-A Potomac to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Published May 28 2012

  • Nationals call-up outfielder Corey Brown, place Chad Tracy on DL

    Corey Brown's first major league call-up, last September, was derailed by a staph infection in his right knee. So when the Washington Nationals pulled him from Triple-A Syracuse's lineup Saturday afternoon, shortly after Chad Tracy came up lame rounding first base, he thought his second chance might have come. Brown didn't sleep a whole lot the past two days, but neither did the rest of his Nationals teammates. But he flew in to Miami around 5 p.m. Sunday evening and waited for the call that he would actually be used. The Nationals placed Chad Tracy on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right adductor strain and moved Jayson Werth (broken wrist) to the 60-day disabled list to accommodate Brown on the team's 40-man roster. Published May 28 2012

  • Gio Gonzalez dazzles as Nationals complete dominant sweep of Braves

    It was billed as the best statistical pitching matchup since Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden battled at Chavez Ravine in 1985. Gio Gonzalez vs. Brandon Beachy, both taking their sub-2.00 ERAs to the mound, both hoping to notch an important victory for their team. But when it was over, when the Washington Nationals had soundly defeated the Atlanta Braves, 7-2, in front of a national audience on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, there was only one pitcher whose name was being uttered in the same sentence as Cy Young. Published May 28 2012

  • Nationals catcher Jesus Flores leaves game with mild hamstring strain

    The last thing the Washington Nationals wanted to see occurred in the seventh inning Sunday night: Jesus Flores walking off the field with a trainer. Published May 27 2012

  • A first-hand account of the last time two pitchers with numbers like Gonzalez and Beachy faced off (plus lineups)

    The Elias Sports Bureau came out with an interesting stat Sunday afternoon (via ESPN's Buster Olney). The last time two pitchers with numbers as good as Gio Gonzalez and Brandon Beachy after 50 innings pitched in a season ever faced one another was June 4, 1985. That game, between the L.A. Dodgers and the New York Mets, was started by Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden. Managing the Mets? Davey Johnson, of course. Published May 27 2012

  • Detwiler talks about losing his spot in the Nationals' starting rotation

    A day after getting bumped from the starting rotation, Ross Detwiler talks about the move. Published May 27 2012

  • Chad Tracy will have MRI Tuesday as Nats weigh putting him on DL

    Chad Tracy's groin wasn't feeling all that much better on Sunday and the Nationals' bench player will head to Philadelphia on Tuesday to visit with Dr. Bill Meyers and get an MRI taken. Published May 27 2012

  • Chad Tracy leaves game with groin injury, will be re-evaluated Sunday

    The Nationals are in wait-and-see mode with bench player Chad Tracy, who pulled up with a groin issue on a pinch-hit, RBI-double in the sixth inning Saturday. Published May 26 2012

  • Nationals move Wang into rotation, Detwiler to bullpen

    The Washington Nationals used Chien-Ming Wang in relief for the first time Friday, summoning him with one out in the fifth when manager Davey Johnson felt it was time to pull the plug on Ross Detwiler's night. One day later, the Nationals did the same to Detwiler's spot in the rotation. Wang will start Wednesday, taking over the role of the No. 5 starter for the team with the best starting rotation in the major leagues. Detwiler, in turn, will move to the bullpen and assume the responsibilities of a long reliever. Published May 26 2012

  • Johnson on Nationals' fifth starter: "I'm still thinking about it."

    The Washington Nationals have a decision to make. The No. 5 spot in their rotation, a topic for the majority of the spring and the focus of a seasons-eve bombshell has again come into question. Ross Detwiler, the left-hander the Nationals felt would be unjustly buried in the bullpen, has struggled his previous three starts. Chien-Ming Wang, whose spring injury helped facilitate Detwiler's spot in the rotation, isn't entirely suited for relief work. Published May 26 2012