Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
Washington Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon badly sprained his left ankle Saturday night as he rounded third base in Single-A Potomac's game in Lynchburg.
Often times this spring, Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa would talk about his two-strike approach. Espinosa struck out 166 times in 2011 -- the third most in the National League -- and he knew hitting out of the No. 2 hole in the Nationals' lineup this season he'd have to cut that down. He worked on it with hitting coach Rick Eckstein, discussed it with manager Davey Johnson, and put it into practice Saturday afternoon in the eighth inning.
After Adam LaRoche left Wrigley Field Thursday night and met up with his family following an 0-for-3 performance with three strikeouts (and a pivotal walk), he had to face his toughest critic. His nine-year-old son Drake walked right up to him and said "Dad, what were you doing?"
When Chad Tracy was with the Arizona Diamondbacks and his role began to change -- to transition from that of an everyday player to that of a bench contributor -- he began to see the game differently. Sitting on the bench with veterans like Tony Clark for several innings each night, Tracy and Clark would hash out game situations and debate what they'd do if they were the manager. They'd try to predict, he said, where they might be used and help to prepare themselves for when their name was called. On the Nationals' bench on Saturday, Tracy was still doing that.
As Michael Morse travels to New York for treatment, the day in which he and Rick Ankiel are ready for active duty inches closer. The Nationals will have to decide who'll go when they're back.
Washington Nationals' left-hander Gio Gonzalez will make his first start of the season -- and National League debut -- this afternoon as the Nationals return to Wrigley Field for a noon (CT) game.
Morse was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run while Ankiel was 1-for-3 with a home run of his own in the Senators' 5-2 victory over the Bowie Baysox.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson spent much of his half-season in the Nationals' dugout lamenting the configuration of his bench. It didn't have enough pop, he felt. It didn't give him the late-game advantages against the other team's pitching staff that he so craved.
The Washington Nationals weren't expecting to have Adam LaRoche as their cleanup hitter. LaRoche was supposed to hit fifth behind the mashing potential of Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse with Jayson Werth hitting behind him in the No. 6 spot. But Morse is hurt, rehabbing a right lat strain with Double-A Harrisburg Thursday (he was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts), and LaRoche and Werth were bumped up in the lineup as a result. On Opening Day, it was hard not to see the void Morse's absence left.
Injury updates on Morse, Ankiel, Storen and Wang, as well as how Davey Johnson plans to handle the closing situation in Storen's absence.
John Lannan reported to Triple-A Syracuse Thursday morning, the first step for him as he adjusts to being a minor leaguer again after spending the majority of the past four seasons as a part of the Washington Nationals major league rotation. Lannan wants to be traded.
Well, we made it. It was just about seven weeks ago that the Nationals began pouring in to the team's complex in Viera, Fla., ready to get spring training underway. They came through it with a few bumps and bruises (bet they didn't expect to start the season without their closer AND their cleanup hitter) but on the whole, they survived.
The Washington Nationals informed John Lannan that they did not view him as a part of their Opening Day roster in the third inning of Tuesday's exhibition finale at Nationals Park. As such, Lannan, who was told the team was planning to option him to Triple-A Syracuse after several years in their rotation, was unavailable for comment by the time the game ended. In an e-mail Wednesday evening, Lannan expressed his disappointment with the Nationals decision and informed media that he has asked Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo for a trade. Lannan said he has met with Rizzo twice to "tell him exactly how I feel," and his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, has also spoken with Rizzo about the situation.
The Washington Nationals will workout at Nationals Park Wednesday morning and then board a plane bound for Chicago, Opening Day 2012 and the most anticipated season in their brief history. And for the first time since Opening Day 2007, they'll do so without John Lannan as a part of their 25-man roster. In a flurry of moves on the final day of spring training, the Nationals made the stunning decision to option Lannan and his $5 million salary to Triple-A and move left-hander Ross Detwiler into the rotation in his place.
in a stunning development on the final day of the spring, the Washington Nationals optioned 27-year-old left-hander John Lannan and his $5 million salary to Triple-A Syracuse.
By John McAfee