Nationals Watch Archive: June 2013


  • Late-game heroics not enough as Phillies top Nationals in ninth

    Eighteen minutes after the Washington Nationals had pounded on the dugout railing, raised their fists in the air and practically danced Chad Tracy into the dugout in celebration, they walked off the same field with their heads bowed. Published June 18 2013

  • Denard Span rests sore foot and tries to get to root of foul-ball issues

    In six years in the major leagues, Denard Span cannot remember ever fouling a ball square off the top of his foot. He'd venture to say in 25 years of playing baseball at all, he's never really done it flush on the top of it. He has done it on his right foot three times now this season, the latest on Sunday in Cleveland keeping him out of the Nationals' lineup on Monday against the Phillies. Published June 17 2013

  • Bryce Harper cleared to resume walking and jogging as swelling in knee lessens

    One week after receiving a cortisone shot and a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee, the swelling in his bursa sac had gone down and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was cleared to begin walking, jogging and other weight-bearing activities. Published June 17 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Nationals face old friend John Lannan

    For years, this place was not one that John Lannan really looked forward to pitching in. It was, for the large part of his career in a Nationals uniform, his own personal house of horrors -- starting with his major league debut, from which he was ejected. Published June 17 2013

  • Nationals begin to build momentum with series-clinching win in Colorado

    It may be too early to be scoreboard-watching with much scrutiny, but the Nationals weren't oblivious to the fact that the Braves have lost five of their last seven and were dormant on Thursday. Suddenly Atlanta's lead was down to 5 ½ games. Published June 13 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg cleared to start Sunday

    Stephen Strasburg had a bullpen session at Coors Field on Thursday morning and the Washington Nationals' right-hander, who has been out since May 31 with a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle, was cleared to start Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. Published June 13 2013

  • Nationals option Erik Davis, keep Ross Ohlendorf and settle their bullpen a bit

    The Washington Nationals needed a spot on their active roster for Ross Detwiler on Thursday afternoon as the left-hander returns from a month-long stay on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, and they decided to clear it by optioning right-handed reliever Erik Davis back to Triple-A. And in doing so, the Nationals brought a bit more stability to a bullpen that has undergone a major makeover in the last two weeks. Published June 13 2013

  • Ross Ohlendorf dazzles in spot start as Nationals top Rockies

    Bringing his old-school windup and the drive to prove that he still belonged at this level, Ross Ohlendorf dazzled in the Nationals’ 5-1 victory. In six innings, he did what many have been unable to: held down the Colorado Rockies offense. Published June 13 2013

  • Danny Espinosa expected to begin playing in rehab games on Thursday

    Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa will play in a rehab game on Thursday, manager Davey Johnson said, about a week after receiving a cortisone shot in his fractured right wrist. Published June 12 2013

  • Wilson Ramos suffers another setback in hamstring rehab

    Wilson Ramos suffered another setback in his rehab from a strained left hamstring, manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday, and it's now unlikely that the Washington Nationals' catcher is able to return to the active roster before the All-Star break. Published June 12 2013

  • Ross Detwiler looking forward to rejoining Nationals' rotation

    The days since Ross Detwiler last pitched in a major league game have not gone by quickly for the Washington Nationals left-hander. Out with a right oblique injury since May 15, Detwiler has been relegated to mostly idle spectator for the past month. Published June 12 2013

  • Miami coach linked to Gio Gonzalez sues Biogenesis

    Jimmy Goins, the University of Miami strength and conditioning coach linked to Gio Gonzalez and the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal, has sued the now-shuttered anti-aging clinic, according to court records reviewed by The Washington Times. Published June 12 2013

  • Nate Karns optioned to Double-A to clear room on Nationals' roster for Ross Ohlendorf

    Needing space on their 25-man roster to add Wednesday's starting pitcher, Ross Ohlendorf, the Washington Nationals optioned right-hander Nate Karns back to Double-A Harrisburg after Tuesday's loss to the Colorado Rockies. Published June 12 2013

  • Nationals trade Henry Rodriguez to Cubs for Ian Dickson

    The Washington Nationals swapped flamethrowing but erratic right-hander Henry Rodriguez for Ian Dickson, a 22-year-old Single-A pitcher from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, thus ending Rodriguez's two-plus-year tenure with the team. Published June 12 2013

  • Dan Haren unravels in fifth as Nationals fall to Rockies

    In the Nationals’ 8-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night, it was 11 pitches that haunted Dan Haren. Just like that the dam was open. He could no longer stop the Rockies’ offense from rushing through it. And the toughest challenge he’s faced in his 11-year-career -- the struggle to find consistent success -- dragged on. Published June 12 2013

  • Nationals - Rockies lineups: Jayson Werth hits cleanup again

    Last year, the Washington Nationals' scuffling offense found its groove during four days in the thin Colorado air. With their offense undergoing something of a repeat performance this season, the Nationals hope the Rockies and Coors Field can once again serve as the scene for their awakening. Published June 11 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg on track to return to Nationals' rotation on June 16

    Stephen Strasburg was out on the mound at Coors Field early on Tuesday afternoon, throwing the equivalent of 3-4 innings in a simulated game. Coming through it with no pain or discomfort in the area of the Grade 1 strain in his right lat, Strasburg is on track to come off the disabled list and return to the Nationals' rotation on June 16. Published June 11 2013

  • Bryce Harper to rest for one week after PRP, cortisone injections in left knee

    Bryce Harper's visit with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday confirmed what the Washington Nationals had initially diagnosed in the outfielder's left knee: patella bursitis. Harper was given two injections, one of platelet-rich plasma and another of cortisone in order to help combat the swelling and inflammation that has plagued him for two weeks. His knee was placed in an immobilizing brace and the 20-year-old will be reevaluated by the Nationals' doctors in one week. Published June 11 2013

  • Dan Haren looking to get back on track vs. Rockies

    Six days ago, the most veteran pitcher in the Washington Nationals' rotation stood in front of his locker after helping his team lose by nine runs and chastised himself for his performance. He was not combative or defiant, he was contrite and obviously disappointed. He was honest. Published June 11 2013

  • Nationals embracing their position in the standings

    After a long day at the ballpark produced two badly-needed wins for the Nationals, they left the clubhouse late Sunday night feeling pretty good about themselves. As they've experienced before, each win this season gives them hope that it'll be the win to key the prolonged winning streak that's largely eluded them. Published June 10 2013

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