Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw 35 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday, the first time since March 15 that the sinkerballer has faced live hitters -- and a big step in his recovery from a strained left hamstring.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Jayson Werth and Brad Lidge spent three years on the same roster in Philadelphia and whether from the outfield or the dugout, Werth watched Lidge lock down 112 saves for the Phillies. They weren't all pretty. So when Lidge entered the Nationals' 1-0 victory over the Astros in the ninth inning Tuesday night, looking for his second save of the season and trying for the second time to lock down a superb Gio Gonzalez start, Werth knew what to expect. And when Lidge gave up a leadoff double and then walked the next batter?
Edwin Jackson was walking around the Nationals' clubhouse Tuesday afternoon showing off his latest piece of jewelry -- and this was one that everyone wanted to see. Jackson was called into manager Davey Johnson's office early Tuesday for a "surprise." Waiting for him was his 2011 World Series ring, won as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Monday night, Stephen Strasburg took the mound and pitched for six innings. Nationals owner Ted Lerner was in attendance, as were 16,245 fans. It was the smallest Nationals Park crowd the 23-year-old phenom has ever pitched in front of.
Stephen Strasburg found himself in something of a jam Monday night. No outs, the bases loaded and the most accomplished hitter in the Houston Astros lineup, Carlos Lee, at the plate. Lee connected with a 1-0 fastball from Strasburg and skied it into center field. On third, Astros speedy leadoff man Jordan Schafer prepared to tag up. Then Washington Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel fielded the ball and unleashed his left arm (link to video). The ball rocketed in to catcher Wilson Ramos on a straight line. Ramos, positioned in front of the plate, didn't move an inch. The ball hit his glove chest-high. Schafer didn't even bother trying. Plus notes on Ramos and Stephen Strasburg.
Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was out of the starting lineup on Monday, a mental break as Nationals manager Davey Johnson put it. The day off came as a surprise to the second baseman, who has maintained an extremely positive outlook and is happy with his approach at the plate despite the hits not falling for him just yet. Plus lineups.
Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will throw a simulated game on Wednesday, the first time he'll face live hitters since straining his left hamstring on March 15.
Lounging in a brown recliner inside the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse Monday afternoon, his workout for the day finished, all Michael Morse could do was watch his teammates prepare for their game against the Houston Astros. It was a feeling he’ll have to get used to. “I feel like I’ve been shut down since camp,” Morse said with a resigned shrug, one week into a six-week shutdown period to heal his now torn right lat muscle. It could have been worse. A potential surgery, which was ultimately ruled out, would have come with a 9-12 month recovery period -- a harrowing possibility.
Good morning from Nationals Park, where the Nationals go for the four-game series sweep against the Reds on Jackie Robinson Day.
Rick Ankiel was back inside the Nationals' clubhouse Saturday morning, his left quad feeling 100 percent healed, and his excitement level perhaps a bit higher than that of the rest of his teammates.
In order to clear space for outfielder Rick Ankiel, who will be activated from the disabled list Saturday afternoon, the Nationals' designated outfielder Brett Carroll for assignment.
In the Nationals' first seven games, Adam LaRoche is 10-for-29 with three extra-base hits, including two home runs. Hitting predominantly out of the cleanup spot, LaRoche has already driven in eight runs and almost all of them have been in key situations.
The Washington Nationals will welcome back center fielder Rick Ankiel on Saturday, ending his season-opening stay on the disabled list with a left quad issue and likely slotting himself back into the Nationals' lineup as their everyday center fielder.
The Nationals and Reds will square off for just the Nationals' third night game of the season with lineups that look familiar from Thursday's home opener.
We had plenty of coverage for you from the Nationals home opener on Thursday, from the wild pitch walk-off that Ryan Zimmerman called one of his "worst games," to Ian Desmond starting the season on a ridiculous tear, the Nationals pitching giving them a chance to win every night, the $59, eight-pound Strasburger and Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner addressing the team's expected spring training move. But, as there almost always is, there were a few things we didn't get to. So without further ado, a few thoughts, observations and leftovers...