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Nationals Watch Archive: May 2012


  • Today's lineups: Nady, Moore get time

    Facing left-hander Mike Minor, the Nationals are going with their right-handed-heavy outfield, allowing both Tyler Moore and Xavier Nady a chance at the corners. Published May 26 2012

  • That time the Braves pitched around Bryce Harper to face Ryan Zimmerman

    Tim Hudson has been tough on the Nationals in his career. He entered Friday night's contest having been the pitcher of record in 17 of his 23 starts against them -- and having won 14 of those. But of all the Nationals Hudson is tough on, Ryan Zimmerman might have been the worst. Published May 26 2012

  • Lombardozzi to see more time in left until Morse returns

    It wasn't until the last few weeks of spring training that the Nationals, convinced by then that they'd like to have Steve Lombardozzi on their major league team, decided they'd have him learn left field. It would provide another option, they felt, for manager Davey Johnson to get Lombardozzi's bat in the lineup. Published May 25 2012

  • Michael Morse homers in extended spring, will play in Potomac on Monday

    Morse homered as part of a 2-for-3 day as the designated hitter down in Florida and also did a good deal of throwing work, according to Nationals manager Davey Johnson. Morse is scheduled to play three more games in extended spring, keeping him in Viera, Fla., through Sunday, and the plan is for him to make his first minor league rehab appearance on Monday with Single-A Potomac. Published May 25 2012

  • Today's lineups: Lombardozzi returns to left

    Steve Lombardozzi will get his third start in the last four games in left field as the Nationals open a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves tonight at Turner Field against right-hander Tim Hudson. Published May 25 2012

  • The Nationals and Braves meet for first time since Nats played integral role in downfall of Braves' season

    The last time Ross Detwiler was on the mound to face the Atlanta Braves, he threw six shutout innings and allowed just four hits. It was a Sunday, the final Sunday of the season, and the Braves were clinging to their hold on the NL Wild Card. Published May 25 2012

  • Injury updates: Strasburg, Morse, Lidge, DeRosa (and Davey)

    It seems rare these days that an injury update post on the Nationals will include entirely good news, but that's what we've got today, so here goes... Published May 23 2012

  • Inside a long-awaited save for Tyler Clippard

    Hours before the game, Tyler Clippard spoke strongly and firmly about the newly re-opened closers' job in the Nationals' bullpen. He wanted it, had been fighting for it for three years and felt like he'd been passed over for it before. He then took that line of thinking to pitching coach Steve McCatty, pleading his case once more. Published May 23 2012

  • Tyler Clippard feels ready to close, plus Wang talks about move to bullpen

    The Nationals have no closer at the current moment, manager Davey Johnson moving Henry Rodriguez out of the role Tuesday afternoon after needing Sean Burnett to bail him out Monday night for the second time in three save opportunities. They'll go with match-ups and who is the freshest, Johnson said, but Tyler Clippard has made it clear that he wants the job. Published May 22 2012

  • Ryan Zimmerman scratched due to manager's decision (UPDATED)

    Ryan Zimmerman was a late scratch Tuesday night, due to what the Nationals' termed a "manager's decision." The third baseman appeared to be fine in the clubhouse pre-game but roughly 35 minutes before gametime, it was announced that the team had a lineup change. Chad Tracy will play third base and bat third in Zimmerman's place. Published May 22 2012

  • Today's lineups: Nationals face Halladay for first time in 2012

    The Washington Nationals have a chance to win their second straight series over the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, but they'll have to go through Roy Halladay to do it. Halladay, who'll be opposed by Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, will face the same lineup that Washington ran out vs. Kyle Kendrick in the series opener. Published May 22 2012

  • Nationals place Mattheus on DL, activate Wang

    The Washington Nationals were hoping to get good news when right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus visited with a foot specialist in Baltimore on Tuesday but they apparently did not. According to a club source, Mattheus is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear in the plantar fascia in his left foot before Tuesday night's game. The team is expected to activate right-hander Chien-Ming Wang to assume his spot on the roster. Published May 22 2012

  • Ian Desmond offers interesting take on Henry Rodriguez's wildness

    After Monday night's game, Ian Desmond offered an insightful theory and I wanted to share it in its entirety. Asked what it was like to be in the field when Rodriguez struggles the way he did Monday, Desmond drew an interesting comparison. Published May 22 2012

  • X-rays negative on Mattheus' foot, will see specialist Tuesday

    The X-rays taken on Ryan Mattheus left foot Monday afternoon in Philadelphia came back negative. The Washington Nationals' right-hander will go to Baltimore on Tuesday to be examined by a foot specialist to figure out the best course of action for the pain he felt Monday while doing some running at Citizens Bank Park. Published May 22 2012

  • In Nationals win over Philadelphia, questions arise at closer

    The Washington Nationals won Monday night. They beat their division rival Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on a misty, occasionally rainy, night at Citizens Bank Park. They got six nearly unhittable innings from left-hander Gio Gonzalez and all the runs they’d need off the bat of Ian Desmond. But sitting stonefaced in their dugout with one out in the ninth inning was Henry Rodriguez. He was no longer on the mound, that spot taken by Sean Burnett, the left-hander who’d been summoned to bail out the Nationals’ flamethrowing closer for the second time in his last four appearances. Published May 22 2012

  • Mattheus dealing with left foot injury, Lidge to throw bullpen & other injury updates

    Reliever Ryan Mattheus was running Monday in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park when he felt some soreness that had been bothering his left foot for a few weeks flare up. He came in and iced it but the Nationals' trainers were concerned enough with the aggravation that Mattheus received X-rays in Philadelphia and will see a specialist in Baltimore on Tuesday. Published May 21 2012

  • Nationals not expecting Stephen Strasburg to miss a start

    Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was out in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park Monday morning, taking part in the near-daily pitchers' ultimate frisbee game -- the latest indication that the tightness or fatigue that he was feeling Sunday was indeed normal. Nationals manager Davey Johnson reiterated Monday that the team does not expect Strasburg to miss a start. Published May 21 2012

  • Heading to Philly, praying for a battery drought

    The word first came out of another player's mouth, hours before Bryce Harper would say them to a group full of television cameras: batteries. Published May 21 2012

  • Bombs away: A few notes about the Nationals' offensive outburst

    The Nationals tagged the Baltimore Orioles for nine runs on Sunday, the most runs they've scored all season, and it was an output that featured eight of the Nationals' nine position players all reaching base at least once. Five turned in multi-hit games, five had extra-base hits and three hit home runs. Published May 20 2012

  • Stephen Strasburg's start abbreviated because of fatigue

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson spotted right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the tunnel leading to the dugout after the fifth inning trying to loosen up his right arm. Strasburg, who survived a rocky and laborious first two innings to retire 10 straight from the end of the second through the fifth, was feeling a little "tightness in his biceps" according to Johnson. Published May 20 2012