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Nationals Watch Archive: March 2013


  • Nationals finalize Opening Day roster

    The Nationals won't have to formally submit their roster until just before Opening Day. But it's set. Here are the 25 men who'll make up their 2013 Opening Day roster. Published March 29 2013

  • Wilson Ramos will start on Opening Day

    Wilson Ramos was in the middle of his batting practice session on Friday morning when Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson called him over to him. "You will be behind the plate on Opening Day," Johnson told Ramos. Kurt Suzuki will catch Gio Gonzalez in the second game of the season. They will alternate from there. Published March 29 2013

  • Nationals - Yankees lineups: Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper in lineup

    Jayson Werth's left elbow is sore and stiff after he took a pitch off it in Wednesday's game, but he is in the Washington Nationals' lineup Friday afternoon as they take on the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Published March 29 2013

  • A guide to Friday's Washington Times baseball coverage

    As you head to the ballpark or tune in to the Nationals' game on radio and television today, make sure to check out the 2013 Nationals season preview section in today's Washington Times. Better yet, head out and pick up a copy. It'll give you enough Nationals content to read through the weekend and take you right to Opening Day on Monday. To make it even easier on you to check out all of the fantastic coverage in today's paper, here's a handy quick-link guide to all of the stories. Published March 28 2013

  • J.C. Romero will start season in Triple-A, barring injury

    Barring an injury that forces them to alter their plans, the Nationals will send left-hander J.C. Romero to Triple-A Syracuse after the team's exhibition game on Friday in D.C., manager Davey Johnson said Thursday. With Romero in Syracuse, the last spot in the Nationals bullpen would then go to Henry Rodriguez -- as has been the Nationals' plan from the start of the spring. Published March 28 2013

  • Nationals - Mets lineups: A Florida finale

    Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals' lineup for the finale of their Florida spring training slate after a day of rest for his swollen left thumb. Jayson Werth was absent from the lineup after taking a pitch off his left elbow on Wednesday, but manager Davey Johnson said Werth is fine. Published March 28 2013

  • Wilson Ramos hits first homer since knee surgery, then adds another as part of Nationals' six-homer day

    Wilson Ramos has spent most of his time in camp this spring working on preparing himself and his surgically-repaired knee for the rigors of a full season. But a few days ago, his mind finally clear of any worries about how his repaired ACL and meniscus would react when he returned to playing, Ramos turned his attention back to his offense. Published March 27 2013

  • Nationals - Braves lineups: Bryce Harper sits with hand inflammation, expects to play Friday

    Bryce Harper was not in the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday as he tried to kick some inflammation in his left hand. Harper, who has reached base in each of his last 10 plate appearances (and is 9-for-9 with a walk) may sit out of Thursday's game as well, but expected to play on Friday in D.C. against the Yankees. Published March 27 2013

  • Dan Haren turns his eyes toward the 2013 season

    Dan Haren pitched six innings on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins, and the right-hander won’t start another game until Friday, April 5 in Cincinnati. The fact that there will be nine days between his last spring start and his first of the season did not concern the right-hander, as long he’s done with his Grapefruit League stint. Published March 26 2013

  • Bryce Harper sill dealing with left thumb inflammation

    Bryce Harper reached base for the 10th consecutive plate appearance Tuesday afternoon, walking in his third at-bat after getting hits in his previous nine, to bring his spring training batting average to .476. The torrid spring offensively, the gaudy numbers, they belie the inflammation issue in Harper's left hand that manager Davey Johnson said worsened on Tuesday. Published March 26 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Dan Haren makes final start of spring

    The Washington Nationals loaded the buses up one more time Tuesday morning to take all of the position players to Jupiter to play the Marlins. The Nationals' major leaguers will play at home on Wednesday and Thursday in Viera, and then head north to D.C. to face the Yankees on Friday. Published March 26 2013

  • Nationals release Chris Young

    The Washington Nationals granted right-hander Chris Young his unconditional release Tuesday morning, thus ending his brief tenure with the team. Young, who filed paperwork Monday night to opt-out of his minor league deal in the hopes of finding a spot on a major league roster, is now a free agent. Published March 26 2013

  • Nationals notes: Henry Rodriguez, J.C. Romero and the Nationals' bullpen shuffle

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson did not rule out the possibility that Henry Rodriguez will open the season on the disabled list, dancing around the question, while new lefty J.C. Romero turned in a solid first outing. Published March 25 2013

  • Chris Young opts out of contract with Nationals

    Following his four-inning start against the Houston Astros Monday night, right-hander Chris Young filed the paper work to opt out of his minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals now have 24 hours to put Young on the active roster and, while that is highly unlikely, Young left the door open that he could work something out to remain with the team. There is interest in him from other clubs, though, and if there is a major league offer out there he will likely take it. Published March 25 2013

  • Nationals - Astros lineups: The whip cracking continues in what could be Chris Young's final start

    The Washington Nationals are getting on the buses for Kissimmee right now with every position player but catcher Kurt Suzuki (who caught Sunday) scheduled to make the 55-mile drive west to Kissimmee to play the Houston Astros. Published March 25 2013

  • Carlos Rivero clears waivers and is outrighted to Triple-A; Christian Garcia lands on DL

    The Washington Nationals made two transactions late on Sunday afternoon, placing Christian Garcia on the disabled list and outrighting Carlos Rivero to Triple-A Syracuse. The first move was mere formality, the latter was mildly surprising. Published March 24 2013

  • Nationals notes: Jordan Zimmermann's 27 outs, Danny Espinosa stays hot & more

    There was a point on Sunday afternoon at which Jordan Zimmermann had gotten 27 outs since he'd last given up a hit. Yes, it was spring training. Yes, it was over the course of two games -- one in which he gave up a single to open the game and then retired the next 18 batters he faced. Published March 24 2013

  • Rockies return Rule 5 pick Danny Rosenbaum to Nationals

    The Colorado Rockies returned Rule 5 pick Danny Rosenbaum to the Washington Nationals on Sunday, closing the book on the Rule 5 players taken from them this past December in the major league portion of the draft. Published March 24 2013

  • Henry Rodriguez dealing with sore right elbow

    Henry Rodriguez is dealing with a sore right elbow, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Sunday, which could be an indication of some inflammation, possibly from what has been a heavy workload lately. Published March 24 2013

  • Chris Young to pitch Monday before deciding on future with Nationals

    Chris Young walked into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Sunday morning, put on his uniform and made his intentions for the immediate future clear: he will pitch for the Nationals tomorrow night in Kissimmee against the Houston Astros. What he will do, and which organization he will do it with, after that, however, is still undecided. Published March 24 2013