Nationals Watch Archive: September 2012


  • Gio Gonzalez, Kurt Suzuki shaken by ex-teammate's head injury

    The line drive that hit Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy in the head Wednesday continues to reverberate through the Washington Nationals clubhouse. Gio Gonzalez and, more recently, Kurt Suzuki teamed with McCarthy in Oakland. Both remain shaken by what occurred. Published September 7 2012

  • Nationals-Marlins: Chien-Ming Wang impresses plus lineups

    Little has gone right for Chien-Ming Wang this season. But when the veteran right-hander threw a bullpen session Friday afternoon at Nationals Park, manager Davey Johnson believed he witnessed a few minutes of hope in the sticky air. Published September 7 2012

  • Quotes from the clubhouse after the Nationals and Cubs clear benches twice

    In the aftermath of the Nationals' 9-2 victory over the Cubs, there was a lot said about the two bench-clearing incidents. There was so much that plenty of it didn't make it into the game story that tried to make sense of all of the hostilities. So without further ado, here are almost all of the quotes from the Nationals' clubhouse on a wild night at Nationals Park. Published September 7 2012

  • Nationals hope to have Sean Burnett back by Monday, could use John Lannan out of 'pen before start

    Sean Burnett will play catch on Saturday, the first chance he'll get to see if a new anti-inflammatory medicine has helped the soreness in his left elbow. And if all goes well, the Nationals are hoping he'll be ready to return to action by Monday in New York. Published September 6 2012

  • Nationals-Cubs lineups: Regulars return in finale with Cubs

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson rested at least one of his regulars the past two nights. Tuesday it was Bryce Harper, replaced by Tyler Moore -- who homered. Wednesday it was Jayson Werth, replaced by Roger Bernadina -- who homered. Published September 6 2012

  • Gio Gonzalez dazzles yet again and picks up 18th win of season

    The Washington Nationals' offensive firepower was such Wednesday night that it was a fairly safe bet it was going to steal whatever headlines Gio Gonzalez thought about penning with his performance. And then Gonzalez took the mound and opened with five no-hit innings against a Cubs lineup that easily could've had him, and everyone else in his dugout, thinking of the possibilities. Published September 6 2012

  • Sean Burnett won't test elbow off mound until weekend and how Chien-Ming Wang could be used

    Nationals reliever Sean Burnett will not test his sore left elbow with throwing off a mound until at least this weekend as he hopes a new anti-inflammatory medication will do the trick. Published September 5 2012

  • Nationals-Cubs lineups: Jayson Werth gets planned day off

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was late for his post-game press conference Tuesday night. He was having a meeting with outfielder Jayson Werth, who was doing his best to dissuade Johnson from giving him a planned day off on Wednesday. Published September 5 2012

  • Christian Garcia makes long-awaited major league debut

    Christian Garcia stood on the mound at Nationals Park and took in the scene. A scene he'd waited his entire life for. A scene there were times he never seemed farther from finding himself in. Published September 5 2012

  • Nationals put on record-setting home run show vs. Cubs

    Six in one game ties mark for most since team moved to Washington in 2005. Published September 5 2012

  • Sean Burnett on anti-inflammatory medicine for sore elbow

    The Nationals do not have a firm timetable for when left-hander Sean Burnett will be thrown back into active duty. Published September 4 2012

  • Nationals activate Chien-Ming Wang from disabled list

    Righty, whose career has been derailed by injuries since 2008, has made more minor league rehab starts (21) than ones in the majors (15) in the past two seasons with the Nats. Re-signed to a one-year deal worth $4 million plus incentives, Wang has been bothered by a right hip strain. He's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 15 minor league starts in 2012. Published September 4 2012

  • Corey Brown back with Nationals, but role should be small

    The 27-year-old outfielder is back with the Washington Nationals as a September call-up, as he was a year ago. But it doesn't feel the same. 'It definitely is different with a team that is doing so well, that has a chance to possibly win it all,' he said. 'It’s a great feeling to be able to be called up.' But in going from Triple-A Syracuse where he hit .285 with 25 homers playing every day to the majors, Brown's at-bats will certainly take a nose dive. Published September 4 2012

  • When will John Lannan return to Nationals rotation?

    When the Washington Nationals move on past the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg, Lannan figured to be the guy to fill in the necessary starts for the rest of the regular season. The lefty will join the rotation, but he won't necessarily be just stepping into Strasburg's turn. Published September 4 2012

  • Nationals-Cubs lineups: Bryce Harper out

    Tyler Moore gets first start since Aug. 26. Published September 4 2012

  • Tyler Clippard earns save No. 30, becomes third National to reach that mark

    On Monday afternoon, Tyler Clippard added ball No. 30 to his collection. Save No. 30. In essentially three months, Clippard reached a round number that only two previous relievers in Nationals history had crossed. Clippard joined teammate Drew Storen and former Nationals closer Chad Cordero with the fourth 30-save season in team history. Published September 4 2012

  • Michael Morse leaves game with sore thumb (UPDATED)

    Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse left Monday's game after just 3 1/2 innings with what the Nationals are terming a sore right thumb. Published September 3 2012

  • Zach Duke, Christian Garcia join Nationals in latest round of call-ups

    The Washington Nationals bolstered their relief corps Monday morning, adding left-handed veteran Zach Duke and right-hander Christian Garcia as their latest September call-ups. Published September 3 2012

  • Sean Burnett dealing with elbow irritation, will be down a few days

    Sean Burnett received treatment on his left elbow Sunday afternoon, the first key for manager Davey Johnson that things were indeed not right for his reliever Published September 3 2012

  • Nationals brass meets with Stephen Strasburg to discuss shutdown

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson sat down with Stephen Strasburg Monday morning, along with pitching coach Steve McCatty and general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss with him, for the first time, the organization's plans to shut him down before the end of the season. Published September 3 2012

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