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Nationals Watch Archive: July 2013

  • Nationals - Mets Game 1 lineups: After big game, Steve Lombardozzi returns at second

    Steve Lombardozzi was 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and a RBI, practically willing the Nationals' underachieving offense to join him for the ride as they scored nine runs on Thursday. With that performance in mind, manager Davey Johnson slotted Lombardozzi right back into his lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the New York Mets. Published July 26 2013

  • Ryan Mattheus rejoins the Nationals as Drew Storen gets hit with flu bug and roster move looms

    Ryan Mattheus was ecstatic to be back with the Washington Nationals on Friday morning as the team activated from a nearly 10-week stay on the disabled list with a broken right hand. Mattheus, who broke his hand punching a locker in San Diego in May, was added as the Nationals' extra player for Friday's scheduled double header against the Mets. Published July 26 2013

  • Ross Detwiler discusses the herniated disc in his back

    Ross Detwiler returned from his second cross-country flight in two days and ambled around the Washington Nationals' clubhouse on Thursday afternoon. The news on his back wasn't great -- a herniated disk is pinching a nerve and causing his spasms -- but it wasn't bad, either. Published July 25 2013

  • Bryce Harper's walk-off homer saves Nationals after Rafael Soriano's meltdown

    Nearly four hours after their finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates had begun, nearly two hours after manager Davey Johnson had been sent for an early shower with his first ejection of the season, and moments after their high-priced closer was pulled for his ineffectiveness, the Washington Nationals poured over the dugout railing and celebrated. The scoreboard hardly told the story, but there it was: Nationals 9, Pirates 7. Their streak, six games and 11 days since their last victory, was over, thanks to Harper’s first career walk-off home run. Published July 25 2013

  • Davey Johnson ejected from Nationals' game for first time this season

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was ejected from Thursday afternoon's game in the sixth inning after shortstop Ian Desmond was called out on strikes and vehemently disagreed with the call. Published July 25 2013

  • With Nationals' impending pitching decisions 'nothing is off the table'

    The Washington Nationals are going to have to make some decisions with regard to their pitching staff in the coming days. On Friday, Ryan Mattheus will rejoin the team as their extra man for a scheduled doubleheader against the New York Mets. His addition will set in motion a number of dominoes for the Nationals as they try to figure out how they will proceed, with Ross Detwiler out at least another month, Taylor Jordan on an innings limit and Drew Storen continuing to struggle. All of it plays together in how the Nationals decide to move forward, Published July 25 2013

  • Nationals - Pirates lineups: Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper return as Nationals look to stop streak

    Ian Desmond returned to the Nationals' lineup, playing shortstop and hitting sixth and Bryce Harper was back at leadoff and in left as the Nationals looked to break a six-game losing streak that has followed them since the All-Star break. Published July 25 2013

  • Ross Detwiler out at least a month with disc issue in back

    Ross Detwiler will miss at least a month with a disc issue in his back, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said after the team's loss Wednesday night. The belief is that the disc issue is pinching a nerve in the left-hander's back, which is causing it to go into spasm. Published July 25 2013

  • Nationals' losing skid hits six as comeback is thwarted

    Wilson Ramos threw up his hands in disbelief and shouted at second base umpire Laz Diaz. Davey Johnson sprinted as fast as his 70-year-old legs could carry him out of the dugout in search of an explanation. The Pittsburgh Pirates assembled on the infield to shake hands and celebrate another victory. Their 60th. Published July 25 2013

  • Taylor Jordan's innings limit is fast approaching

    Taylor Jordan is in his first full season after 2011 Tommy John surgery, and as is the Nationals' protocol for players returning from that procedure, he is on a workload limit this season. Published July 24 2013

  • Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond each get days off to rest ailments

    Ian Desmond is dealing with a blister on his left hand while Bryce Harper rests after getting treatment on his knee Tuesday night. Anthony Rendon is also getting his first start at shortstop in Desmond's place. Published July 24 2013

  • Nationals - Pirates lineups: Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond sit

    Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Ian Desmond were both out of the lineup on Wednesday afternoon as the Nationals look to break a five-game losing streak. Published July 24 2013

  • Nationals drop fifth straight with loss to Pirates

    Taylor Jordan's performance was reduced to a footnote in the Nationals’ 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night. His defense again betrayed him, his offense produced little to support him. Alone, he could not halt the losing streak that has now stretched to five games and includes 10 of the Nationals’ last 12. With assistance from the All-Star break, the Nationals have not won a game in nine days. Published July 23 2013

  • Ross Detwiler to visit with back specialist in Los Angeles

    The Washington Nationals sent left-hander Ross Detwiler to Los Angeles on Tuesday to visit with back surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins Sr., a renowned expert in orthopedic injuries to the back and neck, to get a second opinion on the back ailment that has kept him on the disabled list since July 4. Published July 23 2013

  • Nationals' new hitting coach Rick Schu wants to be aggressive, 'hunt heaters'

    Rick Schu was in the midst of a Gulf Coast League doubleheader Monday afternoon when he got a call from Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who wanted to promote him from the team's minor league hitting coordinator to the position of major league hitting coach. Published July 23 2013

  • Nationals - Pirates lineups: Nationals look to break streak vs. Gerrit Cole

    The Washington Nationals endured a difficult day on Monday, losing to the Pirates 6-5 to extend their losing streak to four games and firing their hitting coach, Rick Eckstein, as the first victim of their underperformance this season. Published July 23 2013

  • Difficult day for Nationals ends with rally falling short

    Davey Johnson’s eyes were red, his face long. The Washington Nationals’ season, a sparse collection of highlights interspersed with disappointing losses and too many evenings spent lamenting mistakes or opportunities missed, had reached a new low point. Published July 23 2013

  • Nationals - Pirates lineups: Bryce Harper returns to leadoff

    The Washington Nationals' first lineup without hitting coach Rick Eckstein, who was fired Monday morning, looks much like several the team ran out before he was relieved of his duties. Published July 22 2013

  • Nationals fire hitting coach Rick Eckstein

    Mired in a season-long slump, the Washington Nationals made a change on Monday by firing Rick Eckstein as hitting coach and promoting minor league hitting coordinator Rick Schu to that position. Published July 22 2013

  • Sunday Nats-Dodgers lineups and some thoughts from reliever Craig Stammen

    Through the first season and a half of his conversion from starter to relief pitcher, the Nationals Craig Stammen had it going on pretty well. Not lately, though. Published July 21 2013