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Nationals Watch Archive: June 2013

  • Nationals - Rockies lineups: Jayson Werth scratched (UPDATED)

    Jayson Werth was scratched from the Nationals' lineup on Saturday morning, and the team did not give an immediate reason for his absence. Published June 22 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond lead Nationals to third straight win

    Stephen Strasburg tossed seven innings and allowed just one run against the Colorado Rockies Friday night while Ian Desmond's 12th home run of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh and the Nationals' bullpen sealed their first three-game winning streak since May. Published June 21 2013

  • Bryce Harper scheduled to go on rehab assignment on Tuesday

    The Washington Nationals have laid out a schedule for outfielder Bryce Harper's potential return to the active roster. If all goes well, Harper will work out with the Nationals through Monday and head to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac on Tuesday. Published June 21 2013

  • Nationals - Rockies lineups: Looking for a winning streak

    The Washington Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound Friday night looking for what would be their third consecutive victory. Sounds simple, but it'd be the Nationals' first three-game winning streak since May. Published June 21 2013

  • Nationals agree to terms with 13 of top 14 draft picks

    The Washington Nationals announced the signings of three more of their draft picks on Friday, and the team has now signed 13 of their first 14 selections. Published June 21 2013

  • Jordan Zimmermann dominates again as Nationals top Rockies, return to .500

    Jordan Zimmermann dominated the Colorado Rockies for eight innings in the Washington Nationals' 5-1 win. In winning his 10th game, dropping his ERA to 2.26 on the season and redeeming himself for a sub-par previous outing, Zimmermann's All-Star candidacy continued to grow. Published June 20 2013

  • Injury updates: Wilson Ramos, Roger Bernadina, Chad Tracy and Ryan Mattheus

    Wilson Ramos is hitting, catching bullpens and doing baserunning drills in Viera, Fla., Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday, and the catcher should head out on a rehab assignment within the next 10 days. Published June 20 2013

  • Bryce Harper nearing a minor league rehab assignment

    The Washington Nationals got encouraging news on outfielder Bryce Harper upon their arrival at home to begin a week-long homestand. Harper ran in the outfield at Nationals Park on Thursday, hit in the batting cage and manager Davey Johnson feels a rehab assignment may be near Published June 20 2013

  • Prospect watch: Taylor Jordan opening eyes with splendid Double-A season

    The result of the Washington Nationals' recent draft history being as high-profile as it has is that many of their top prospects are names most people have heard of. Sammy Solis, Matt Purke, Anthony Rendon, Lucas Giolito. The list could go on. But one name that will likely be on a few more radar screens in the coming weeks is that of right-hander Taylor Jordan, who is tearing up the Eastern League for Double-A Harrisburg. Published June 20 2013

  • Chad Tracy dealing with back issue; Roger Bernadina out with eye irritation

    As the Washington Nationals took the Philadelphia Phillies to the 11th inning before a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night, they did so with two men down on their bench. Chad Tracy's back seized up on him during long toss before batting practice, and Roger Bernadina was a late scratch with what could be an infection in his left eye. Published June 20 2013

  • Ian Desmond's grand slam in 11th leads Nationals over Phillies

    Jayson Werth slapped an RBI-single to left field against Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to tie things up and Ian Desmond crushed his first career grand slam to left in the 11th to win it for the Nationals. Published June 20 2013

  • Bryce Harper set to begin baseball activities in a few days

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is getting close to resuming baseball activities, general manager Mike Rizzo said wednesday. Published June 19 2013

  • More on the Nationals' decision to option Danny Espinosa to Triple-A

    The Nationals announced on Wednesday that they had done what most largely expected when second baseman Danny Espinosa was ready to come off the disabled list: they optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals manager Davey Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo expanded Wednesday on what they'd like to see from Espinosa while he's in the minor leagues: Published June 19 2013

  • Davey Johnson, Mike Rizzo defend hitting coach Rick Eckstein despite Nationals' offensive woes

    With the Washington Nationals' offense largely underperforming across the board, manager Davey Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo have fielded questions about the job security of hitting coach Rick Eckstein. Again. Published June 19 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Nationals look to avoid a sweep

    The Washington Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the mound tonight looking to break a somewhat unbelievable streak for the left-hander. While Gonzalez has a 2.12 ERA over his last eight starts, he has not won a single one of them -- and the Nationals have not won any of his last four. Published June 19 2013

  • Nationals activate Danny Espinosa from the DL, option him to Triple-A Syracuse

    Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on his weekly radio show on the team's flagship station Wednesday that the team had activated Danny Espinosa from the disabled list and officially optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Published June 19 2013

  • Nationals' search for identity drags on after latest loss to Phillies

    Early Tuesday afternoon, as rain pounded on the field at Citizens Bank Park and the Washington Nationals waited out an hour-long delay keeping them from their latest loss, a few players chatted about the issues looming over their team. They were hours from a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, their fourth in the last five games and one that dropped them two games below the .500 mark they’ve hovered around so often this season. Published June 19 2013

  • Davey Johnson wants the Nationals to play looser

    The Nationals have spent a lot of time listening to their 2013 team be compared to last year's version. With much of the talent the same, people wonder, why is their record so different. Why is their play so much more inconsistent? One reason may be that they're not playing as relaxed as they were in 2012. Published June 18 2013

  • On Drew Storen's evolving relief role

    Two years ago, Drew Storen was the Washington Nationals' closer. He saved 43 games. He pitched full innings, most often the ninth, and he faced left-handed and right-handed batters. He was among the best in the game at what he did. When the Nationals signed Rafael Soriano to a two-year contract this offseason, a move they insisted was independent of their feelings about Storen's abilities to close games, they changed the right-hander's role. He would instead become an elite set-up man, they hoped, joining Tyler Clippard as one of three closers in the bullpen. In the last week that usage has changed again. Published June 18 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Denard Span returns as they dodge raindrops

    The tarp is on the field here at Citizens Bank Park and it's all but certain the start to Tuesday night's game against the Phillies will be delayed. Published June 18 2013