Nationals Watch Archive: May 2013


  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Jeff Kobernus joins Nationals, Ross Detwiler OK to start Tuesday

    Jeff Kobernus joined the Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, in a much-anticipated move to add infield depth and a right-handed bat while Danny Espinosa recovers from the chipped bone in his right wrist. Published May 25 2013

  • Nationals have happy homecoming with win over Phillies

    In a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies the Nationals broke out with a four-run fifth. It was the first time since April 25 the Nationals have scored as many as four runs in an inning. With Jordan Zimmermann strong despite a stiff neck, it was plenty. Published May 24 2013

  • Nationals DFA Yunesky Maya, call up Jeff Kobernus

    The Washington Nationals will effectively end a largely unsuccessful partnership with Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya on Saturday when the team designates him for assignment and clears room on the 40-man roster for infielder Jeff Kobernus. Kobernus will be promoted to the major leagues for the first time to serve as infield depth for the Nationals. Published May 24 2013

  • Danny Espinosa has broken wrist, hopes to avoid disabled list

    With the discomfort in his right wrist persisting, Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa went for additional testing on Thursday and Friday. The tests revealed a broken bone in the wrist and fragments that had been chipped off that bone that Espinosa had been trying to play with since April. Published May 24 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Jordan Zimmermann looks to continue impressive start to season

    Jordan Zimmermann carries a 7-2 record with a 1.62 ERA into his start against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, and the Nationals, looking to get on a winning streak, are hoping for more of the same from their tough right-hander. Published May 24 2013

  • A few thoughts, observations and leftovers as the Nationals leave the west coast in their rearview and turn toward the Phillies

    The Washington Nationals' 10-game tour of California is over. It wasn't the best of trips, at 4-6. It almost certainly could've been worse. But now they're back home to open a five-game homestand against the Phillies and the Orioles. But before they do so, here are a few thoughts, observations and leftovers on Danny Espinosa, Ryan Mattheus and the bullpen, Ross Detwiler, Jayson Werth, and the Phillies. Published May 24 2013

  • Ryan Zimmerman's "A Night at the Park" raises over $300,000 for ziMS Foundation

    The Washington Nationals did not play on Thursday night, their offday giving them time to recuperate from a 10-day west coast trip, but their home, Nationals Park, was alive and thriving for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's annual charity event to benefit the ziMS foundation. Published May 23 2013

  • Teammates laud Bryce Harper after he makes seamless catch near right field wall

    In the eighth inning on Wednesday, Bryce Harper took a good route, didn't appear nervous as he neared the wall, and made an important catch. From the reaction of some of his teammates, Denard Span and Ian Desmond in particular, perhaps it was a breakthrough. Published May 22 2013

  • Bryce Harper, Rafael Soriano discuss closer's comments: 'It's all good'

    Before either of them had changed out of their street clothes Wednesday morning, Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano tapped outfielder Bryce Harper on the shoulder and asked him if they could talk. The two disappeared into a players-only area for several minutes and, when they emerged, both wanted to move past any controversy stirred by Soriano's comments late on Tuesday night. Published May 22 2013

  • Rafael Soriano reportedly upset with Bryce Harper's positioning in Nationals loss

    After the Nationals' loss Tuesday, Bryce Harper took the blame. The thought of hitting the wall, eight days after his gruesome collision with one at Dodger Stadium, entered his mind. He felt he could've caught the ball, but he didn't. He admitted it was an issue he'll have to overcome. A few locker stalls down, though, apparently Rafael Soriano, who threw the slider that Blanco hit, was not pleased. Published May 22 2013

  • Nationals fall to .500 record after Giants walk-off in the 10th

    The moment the Washington Nationals 23rd loss of the season went from a tight, pulse-pounding victory to a gut-wrenching 4-2 loss came quickly. Pablo Sandoval's monstrous 10th-inning home run off Yunesky Maya brought with it the pain of an infuriatingly inconsistent season and a surprising .500 record after 46 games for the pre-season World Series favorites. Published May 22 2013

  • Davey Johnson accepts invitation to be on All-Star staff and Steve McCatty stars on a t-shirt

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson accepted an invitation from San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to be a coach on his staff at the 2013 All-Star Game. Published May 21 2013

  • Fernando Abad and Yunesky Maya arrive, Ryan Mattheus heads back to D.C. & Ross Detwiler continues improving

    Fernando Abad was eating in a restaurant in Toledo, Ohio on Monday night when he got a call from Triple-A manager Tony Beasley. The first thing Beasley wanted to know was if Abad was with Maya. The left-hander told him he was not, so Beasley passed along a message. Published May 21 2013

  • Nationals - Giants lineups: Bryce Harper moves to the No. 2 spot, Danny Espinosa returns

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was out on the field at AT&T Park early on Tuesday afternoon, watching several of his hitters take early batting practice and as left-hander Ross Detwiler did his first throwing since straining his right oblique. Published May 21 2013

  • Nationals shut out for the sixth time this season in loss to Giants

    As the Washington Nationals tried to reset, refocus and finish their 10-game west coast trip strong, their position players gathered Monday afternoon for their usual pre-series hitters' meeting. Shortstop Ian Desmond and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman reminded teammates to remember their own unique strengths. Perhaps the effect will be felt in the days and weeks to come. But Monday the Nationals were shut out for the sixth time this season as they fell 8-0 to the San Francisco Giants. Published May 21 2013

  • In wake of Ryan Mattheus' broken hand, Nationals make roster moves

    Right-hander Ryan Mattheus broke a bone near the fourth knuckle in his pitching hand on Sunday afternoon when he returned to the clubhouse following a five-run inning and slammed his hand, holding his glove, into his locker. The Nationals called up left-hander Fernando Abad and right-hander Yunesky Maya as reinforcements and optioned Eury Perez to Triple-A Syracuse. Published May 21 2013

  • Bryce Harper returns to lineup; has personal connection to Oklahoma tornado victims

    Bryce Harper returned to the Washington Nationals' lineup on Monday night after missing the previous two games with bruising and swelling in his left knee. Published May 20 2013

  • Ross Detwiler encouraged by progress, hoping he can make next start

    Ross Detwiler stood by the railing of the Nationals' dugout at AT&T Park on Monday and smiled as he chatted with coaches and teammates. Normally, it would've been his day to pitch, but a slight right oblique strain forced him to miss this start. The good news, though, was that the left-hander had perhaps his most encouraging day since he was pulled from Wednesday's game after three innings. Published May 20 2013

  • After 'alarming' report, Jayson Werth's return will be delayed further

    After getting what Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson called "kind of an alarming report" on Jayson Werth following another MRI on his strained right hamstring, it appears the right fielder's return will be delayed even further than the start of the team's upcoming homestand. Published May 20 2013

  • Nationals - Giants lineups: Bryce Harper returns while Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki sit

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was back in the lineup on Monday after missing the weekend with pain and swelling in his left knee. Published May 20 2013

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