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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...
Further tests on the left ankle prospect Anthony Rendon's badly sprained last week revealed a partial fracture, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday.
Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen had never been on an operating table. "Didn't even break an arm as a kid," he said. So perhaps it was a good thing he didn't have much time to ponder the first surgical procedure he'd ever undergone.
The Washington Nationals put Michael Morse on "total shutdown mode" for the next six weeks after he aggravated his right lat strain this week, leaving them without their cleanup hitter until at least June.
Good morning from Nationals Park where we're a bit over an hour from the Nationals' home opener against the Reds.
Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. The surgery, which was performed in Washington by Nationals’ team doctor Wiemi Douoguih, was considered minor and went well. Storen’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports, said Storen is expected to be back with enough time to “make a meaningful contribution this year.”
With the Nationals facing their first left-hander of the season, Adam LaRoche is the only left-hander in manager Davey Johnson's lineup today. Jayson Werth shifts to center field and is flanked by Mark DeRosa in left field and Xavier Nady in right.
There isn't much to update in the way of injury status for either outfielder Michael Morse or closer Drew Storen but the Nationals are hoping to have more information on both players after Wednesday afternoon's 1:10 p.m. game against the New York Mets.
Reclining in a chair inside the visitors clubhouse at Citi Field late Tuesday night, Jayson Werth was surrounded by a group of reporters. Hard not to want to talk to the guy who went out and got four hits, right? Informed that it was the first time since 2009 that Werth had collected four hits in a game -- a span of two years, eight months and 13 days -- Werth was nonchalant. "Cool," he said.
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa underwent a concussion test Monday night after taking Ruben Tejada's elbow to the right side of his head but he checked out OK and the Nationals held him out of Tuesday night's lineup solely as a precaution.
The Washington Nationals’ run of injuries to key players took another disheartening turn on Tuesday. Outfielder Michael Morse took himself out of Monday night’s game with Single-A Hagerstown after the seventh inning and was sent back to Washington to have his strained right lat muscle re-examined. An injury that began as minor and was expected to cost Morse no more than a few days during the spring now has an indefinite timetable for recovery.
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