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Nationals Watch Archive: October 2012


  • Yankees return Rule 5 pick RHP Brad Meyers to the Nationals

    The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that they've returned right-handed pitcher Brad Meyers, selected by the Yankees in the 2011 Rule 5 draft, to the Washington Nationals. Published October 31 2012

  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche wins first Gold Glove award

    After a career-best offensive season for the Washington Nationals in 2012, first baseman Adam LaRoche was awarded the first Rawlings Gold Glove of his career Tuesday night, recognizing his superb defense for the National League East champions. Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was a finalist for the honor as well, but Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins was awarded his fourth Gold Glove at the position. Published October 30 2012

  • Nationals' Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond are finalists for Gold Glove awards

    Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and shortstop Ian Desmond are finalists for a 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award. The winners will be announced Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Published October 29 2012

  • A few thoughts now that the baseball season is over and the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions

    As the rains from Hurricane Sandy began in the DMV area late Sunday night, the San Francisco Giants were ending the baseball season under a different kind of shower in Detroit. The Giants became the World Series Champions with a dominant four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers and the 2012 season came to a close. Published October 28 2012

  • Nationals veteran Chad Tracy undergoes surgery on left knee

    The Washington Nationals announced that pinch hitter and veteran bench player Chad Tracy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday. Tracy, who missed 55 games this season after his right adductor muscle tore off the bone in late May, had the surgery done by Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center. He is expected to be fully recovered well before spring training. Published October 25 2012

  • Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman has arthroscopic shoulder surgery

    Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to clean out an arthritic section of bone in the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder, general manager Mike Rizzo said. Published October 25 2012

  • Nationals prospect Matt Purke recovering from shoulder surgery

    After a season plagued by pain and far less pitching than he'd expected, Washington Nationals prospect Matt Purke is recovering from surgery on his left shoulder to relieve bursitis and clean out scar tissue. Purke, whose labrum and rotator cuff are in "excellent" condition, is expected to be ready for spring training. Published October 24 2012

  • Davey Johnson named Sporting News' NL Manager of the Year

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was named the Sporting News' National League Manager of the Year on Wednesday morning, the first award of what could be a season flush with them for the National League East champions. Published October 24 2012

  • Drew Storen will be arbitration eligible this winter, joining nine other Nationals

    The Washington Nationals will add closer Drew Storen to a list of nine other arbitration-eligible players this winter with the 24-year-old right-hander qualifying for Super 2 status under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Published October 23 2012

  • Sean Burnett may need surgery to remove bone spurs

    As the Washington Nationals transition from digesting their loss in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to figuring out their offseason, one thing they'll have to do is decide which of their injured players will be able to heal with rest and which will require offseason surgery. First up will be Sean Burnett, who'll likely be getting bone spurs removed from his aching left elbow. Published October 14 2012

  • Edwin Jackson is interested in returning to the Nationals

    The number of roster decisions the Washington Nationals will have to make this offseason will be relatively few. They have a small number of impending free agents and a small number of holes to fill as they prepare their 2013 roster. But one of the questions they will have to answer is whether or not right-hander Edwin Jackson is someone they'd like to have as a part of their future. Published October 13 2012

  • Mark DeRosa facing uncertain future as Nationals' season ends

    The end of the Nationals' season brought with it so many unknowns. The abrupt nature of it leads the mind to wander. Players wonder when they'll get another chance. If they will. The reflection on eight-plus months of work and 167 games of baseball makes the end seem much more harsh when it arrives unceremoniously. And for some, the end might be just that. Sitting at his locker in the back corner of the Nationals' clubhouse Friday night, Mark DeRosa, 37, pondered the future. His future. "I really don't know," he said. "I refuse to give in and say 'I'm done.' I'll let the powers that be make those decisions. I still think I can be valuable. I'm also honest with myself and realize the last three years since I got hurt pales in comparison to what I'm capable of doing. If the phone rings I'll listen, if it doesn't, I'll move on." Published October 13 2012

  • Nationals, Adam LaRoche hoping to work out a new contract

    There hasn't been much time for the Washington Nationals to shift gears from the drive for a World Series championship to planning for 2013, but as the Nationals begin that process one of their top priorities will be first baseman Adam LaRoche. The Nationals and LaRoche have a mutual option on his contract for the 2013 season but the sides have begun discussing an multi-year extension and they're hopeful they can get something accomplished. Published October 13 2012

  • Mike Rizzo, Nationals stand behind decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg

    Amidst the stunned silence in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Friday night, the question hung in the air. They knew it would come if this day ever did. That the minute the Nationals' season ended in anything other than a World Series victory their loss would be pointed back to one, singular fact. Fair or not. The Nationals' decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg, a precaution they believed to be the best medical course in his continued rehab from Tommy John surgery and his progression as a young pitcher, left them with only the unknown. Would things have been different if Strasburg had been the man pitching Games 1 & 5 of their National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals? Would their postseason dreams have lived on? The Nationals chose not to ponder the question, only to look forward. Published October 13 2012

  • Bryce Harper finally comes through for Nationals early in Game 5

    Sitting at 1-for-18 with six strikeouts in the NLDS through four games, Bryce Harper offered up an honest assessment of his plight Thursday night, saying he felt he was just missing at the plate. Everything has come together for the 19-year-old in an explosive Game 5. Published October 12 2012

  • NLDS Game 5: Edwin Jackson in bullpen; Jordan Zimmermann would lead off NLCS

    After Jordan Zimmermann's star turn out of the Nationals' bullpen Thursday night, rotation mate Edwin Jackson will have a chance to contribute in Game 5. And Zimmermann would start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants if the Nationals advance. Published October 12 2012

  • Cardinals turn to Adam Wainwright with NLDS on the line

    With their season on the line and ace lefty Gio Gonzalez on the bump for the Nationals, St. Louis will hand the ball to closer-turned-starter Adam Wainwright. He's 6-3 since August 1 and looked good in Game 1, but still never picked up a postseason win. Published October 12 2012

  • Potential Giants-Nationals NLCS game times announced

    If the Nationals advance to the National League Championship Series against the Giants, they already know when they'll play after Major League Baseball announced the game times earlier today. Published October 12 2012

  • NLDS Game 5: Cardinals-Nationals lineups

    Good evening from Nationals Park where we're a few hours from the 8:37 p.m. first pitch of the deciding Game 5 of the division series between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals. Published October 12 2012

  • A guide to Friday's Washington Times baseball coverage

    For the first time since Major League Baseball went to the Division Series format, all four series will go to a decisive, winner-take-all fifth game. For the Nationals and the Cardinals, it'll be at 8:37 p.m. Friday night at Nationals Park. Gio Gonzalez will pitch for the Nationals, Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals. And how they got there? Well that'll take you some time to get through. From their best pitching of the series to an anemic offense that was saved when Jayson Werth led off the ninth inning with a six-minute, 13-pitch at-bat, ending with what he felt was the best postseason home run of his career. There's enough baseball coverage in Friday's Washington Times to tide you over until the festivities renew down on South Capitol Street Friday night, so without further ado, here's a quick-link guide to all of it: Published October 12 2012