NATIONALS WATCH

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

  • Nationals call-up Bryce Harper, place Ryan Zimmerman on 15-day disabled list

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 27, 2012 Comments

    The Washington Nationals have announced that Bryce Harper, baseball's most highly-touted prospect, will join the major league team and make his major league debut on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 21, to clear room for Harper on the roster.

  • Drew Storen could begin throwing next week

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 27, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen is still in the preliminary stages of his recovery from April 11 surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow but Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that the closer could begin soft tossing by the end of the month of April.

  • Thoughts, observations and leftovers as the NL's best prepare to meet

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 27, 2012 Comments

    The Nationals boarded a few buses late Thursday night to make the two-hour drive north to Los Angeles. There, the team with the second-best record in the National League was waiting -- a thought that, coming off a loss, in past years might have been incredibly daunting. But the team with the best record in the NL was the one traversing Southern Californian highways around midnight, so even after a tough 2-1 loss, as Edwin Jackson put it there was "nothing to hold our heads down about." The series with the Dodgers this weekend should be an interesting one. First things first, the Nationals need to figure out what they're going to do with Ryan Zimmerman (DL or no DL) and they should have more clarity on that later this afternoon. First, a few thoughts, observations and leftovers after the Nationals' sixth series win in six tries…

  • With pain still present when he hits, Zimmerman will see doctor in L.A. on Friday

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 26, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman tested his sore right shoulder with light hitting on Thursday but found little improvement in the soreness in his inflamed AC joint. Zimmerman will visit with Dr. Neil ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Friday and likely receive a medicinal shot. After his consult and once ElAttrache discusses things with Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih, the team will decide whether or not a disabled list stint will be necessary.

  • Adam LaRoche bucks own trend, starts hot to boost Nationals

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 26, 2012 Comments

    Adam LaRoche is not a man who bogs himself down in statistics and numbers. He's about as laid back a guy as you'll find. And even he knows his own early-season history isn't very good.

  • Ryan Zimmerman missed the Washington Nationals' game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday with shoulder inflammation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    DL stint still possible but Ryan Zimmerman relieved with MRI results

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 25, 2012 Comments

    The Washington Nationals got what third baseman Ryan Zimmerman called “the best possible news,” on Wednesday morning when an MRI done on his right shoulder didn’t reveal any significant damage.

  • Today's lineups: Tracy at third in Zimmerman's place

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 25, 2012 Comments

    Ryan Zimmerman is not in today's lineup for the middle game of the Nationals' three-game set with the San Diego Padres, but that was to be expected after the third baseman was sent for an MRI on his right shoulder Tuesday night.

  • Opposing batters are making Tyler Clippard work this year

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 25, 2012 Comments

    Tyler Clippard made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Petco Park Tuesday night, his right shoulder still red from the bag of ice that he'd just removed. Less than an hour earlier, Clippard had gotten the Nationals out of their biggest jam of the evening, using 26 pitches on four batters -- including 12 (nine fouled off) to Mark Kotsay alone -- to sneak out of the seventh inning.

  • MRI on Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder "not real favorable"

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 25, 2012 Comments

    After the Washington Nationals' 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres, there was no firm news on Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the MRI done on his right shoulder Tuesday afternoon. The Nationals were having the results sent to their team doctors in Washington and expected to have more information Wednesday morning. Nationals manager Davey Johnson did allow this much: it doesn't sound good.

  • Chien-Ming Wang to rehab with Single-A Potomac on Saturday

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 24, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals' right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will begin his rehab assignment on Saturday when he starts for Single-A Potomac.

  • Injuries have taken their toll on the Washington Nationals, who have scored seven runs over their last five games, five losses. Ryan Zimmerman is on the disabled list and has missed nine straight games with a right shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Zimmerman sent for MRI on right shoulder

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 24, 2012 Comments

    The Washington Nationals sent third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for an MRI on his right shoulder Tuesday afternoon in San Diego, wanting to get to the bottom of the soreness that is still plaguing him even after three days off.

  • Ryan Zimmerman missed the Washington Nationals' game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday with shoulder inflammation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Today's lineups: Ryan Zimmerman sits again, Lombardozzi at third

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 24, 2012 Comments

    The Washington Nationals will open their six-game west coast trip tonight in San Diego but they'll do it without third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup. Zimmerman was a late scratch from Saturday's game with right shoulder inflammation and was not scheduled to play in Sunday's rained-out game.

  • Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (left) grew up idolizing Ivan Rodriguez. Ramos, who was acquired from Minnesota in July 2010, quickly took to learning from the 14-time All-Star. Rodriguez announced his retirement Monday, ending his 21-year career. (Associated Press)

    Mike Rizzo pens letter of gratitude to Ivan Rodriguez

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 24, 2012 Comments

    A letter from Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to recently retired catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

  • Chien-Ming Wang apologizes for extra-marital affair

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 24, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang pitched in an extended spring training game on Monday afternoon. Shortly following it, the Taiwanese native held a press conference with Taiwanese reporters to disclose an extra-marital affair he had two years ago.

  • Brett Carroll clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 24, 2012 Comments

    Brett Carroll was designated for assignment on April 14 but the outfielder has been in limbo ever since. The Nationals made a few calls to see what interest there was in him but Carroll cleared waivers Tuesday morning and accepted outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse.

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