Nationals Watch Archive: May 2012


  • Today's lineups: Danny Espinosa returns to lineup, hits leadoff

    So here the Nationals are. They woke up Sunday morning losers of seven of their last 12 games (and the last three straight). They need to beat the Orioles in order to avoid being swept in the first edition of the Battle of the Beltways and they're heading into a strong headwind in the form of their schedule in the next six weeks. Published May 20 2012

  • Today's lineups: Desmond bats fifth, Lombardozzi at second

    Ian Desmond has been Davey Johnson's go-to leadoff man. But after having a potentially game-changing chat with his shortstop a few days ago, Johnson decided to switch things up a bit. Published May 19 2012

  • That time Davey Johnson saved Frank Robinson from drowning...

    Davey Johnson, who played for the Orioles through 1965-1972, winning two World Series titles, and managed them in 1996 and 1997, was asked Friday what his favorite memory was from his Baltimore days. It's a question he's asked often, but Friday he came up with a story he hadn't yet told (at least not as the manager of the Nationals). It was the one where Johnson and former Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren pulled former Nationals manager Frank Robinson out of a swimming pool. Published May 18 2012

  • Michael Morse will head to Viera, Fla. on Monday to continue rehab

    Michael Morse hit off a tee on Friday, the first time he's been allowed to hit anything since he was shut down from all activity on April 11. And in even more positive news for Morse, who is recovering from a torn right lat muscle, he will head to Viera, Fla. on Monday to begin getting live at-bats. Published May 18 2012

  • Today's lineups: Let the Battle of the Beltways begin

    Anyone tired of the "Battle of the Beltways" slogan yet? No? Ok, great. Published May 18 2012

  • After Battle of the Beltways, Nationals schedule set to deliver tough blow

    From May 21 to July 1, the Nationals will play 18 games against their divisional opponents and 13 games against the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays. They'll play the Orioles again in that stretch, too and the only "breather" (so to speak anyway) in there is four games in Colorado where the Nationals are 9-16 since 2005. Published May 18 2012

  • Ryan Zimmerman's "A Night at the Park" scheduled for June 14

    Set aside June 14 and at least $60, Nationals fans. That's the night third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's "A Night at the Park" fundraiser for his ziMS foundation will be held this year at Nationals Park. Published May 17 2012

  • Mark DeRosa progresses in his return from left oblique strain

    Today, as he described it, was a big day for Mark DeRosa. The Nationals veteran utility man who has been dealing with a left oblique strain since April 29, ran, threw and took some dry swings, testing his injury with the most activity he's done since before he went on the disabled list. Published May 17 2012

  • Michael Morse could return sooner than June 8

    The fan called to Michael Morse Thursday afternoon from behind the dugout. His question was the same one everyone has been asking Morse for what seems like the better part of 2012. “How are you feeling?” the fan asked Morse, pointing to his own back to make sure Morse knew he was asking about his torn right lat muscle. Morse, whose restless energy has been reaching its boiling point lately, smiled and gave the fan a thumbs up. Given what Morse told Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson earlier in the day, that was a subtle way to give news that seemed befitting of a more exuberant display. Published May 17 2012

  • Today's lineups: Harper back to fifth

    The Nationals will wrap up their second quick two-game series of the week tonight at Nationals Park, looking for a two-game sweep of the Pirates -- perhaps a little revenge for the Pirates taking two of three last week -- with Jordan Zimmermann on the hill. Published May 17 2012

  • Morse plays catch, Leon gets a timetable

    Michael Morse made 60 throws from 30-40 feet on Wednesday, another step for the Nationals’ left fielder in his recovery from a torn right lat muscle that has cost him the first 36 games of the season and will keep him out until June. Published May 16 2012

  • Drew Storen makes 100 throws on second day of throwing since surgery

    Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen passed the one-month mark from surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow earlier this week. And he celebrated by playing catch for the first time his before his operation. Published May 16 2012

  • Wilson Ramos talks about his injury, surgery and being done for the 2012 season

    Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos wore a backward hat, shorts and t-shirt as he slowly made his way into the Nationals’ clubhouse on Wednesday. His bag was carefully slung across his body, resting on his back so as to be out of the way of his crutches. Published May 16 2012

  • Strasburg's day done after four tough innings

    Surely this isn't how Stephen Strasburg envisioned his first start against his hometown team. The Nationals' ace departed after only four innings Tuesday afternoon against the Padres, handing reliever Tom Gorzelanny a 4-0 deficit to manage. Published May 15 2012

  • Catching depth tested as Maldonado arrives

    Asked Tuesday morning about his plans for Carlos Maldonado, the Nationals' third different backup catcher in the last four days, manager Davey Johnson was succinct. "Keep him healthy," Johnson said Published May 15 2012

  • Nationals react: Quotes from the Nationals' rollercoaster night

    There was a lot that happened Monday night. From Bryce Harper's first major league home run, to Sandy Leon's ugly collision at home plate with Chase Headley that landed the rookie on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain, to Craig Stammen turning in another superb outing, to the Nationals and reaffirmed closer Henry Rodriguez nearly blowing a three-run lead in the ninth before Sean Burnett came to the rescue. Here is some reaction from the clubhouse after a wild, to say the least, night at the park: Published May 15 2012

  • Harper hits first MLB homer in Nationals victory tainted by injury to Leon

    In the span of an inning, the Nationals went from celebrating a much-anticipated milestone, the first home run from 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, to playing in a state of shock at the loss of rookie catcher Sandy Leon. From building a three-run lead to giving it all back -- and then building it again. Published May 15 2012

  • Nationals catcher Sandy Leon suffers high ankle sprain in collision, Maldonado expected to be recalled

    The Washington Nationals unbelievable run of injuries appears to have taken yet another unfortunate turn. Not even 48 hours after catcher Wilson Ramos tore his right anterior cruciate ligament fielding a passed ball, his replacement on the Nationals' roster, Sandy Leon, had to be helped off the field. UPDATED Published May 14 2012

  • Bryce Harper hits first major league homer, gets curtain call

    The wait is over. Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit his first major league home run Monday night, connecting with a 2-1 pitch from San Diego's Tim Stauffer and sending it to the grass batter's eye at Nationals Park. Published May 14 2012

  • Michael Morse targets June 8, Lidge & Storen begin throwing, Wang rehabs and other injury updates

    There was some good news coming out of the back corner of the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Monday afternoon. Left fielder Michael Morse, shut down from all baseball activities since April 11 with a torn right lat muscle, made some light tosses from 50-60 feet on Monday, manager Davey Johnson said. On Tuesday, Morse will be cleared to take some dry swings. Plus updates on Brad Lidge, Drew Storen, Chien-Ming Wang, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos. Published May 14 2012

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