Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday he did not expect any lingering issues stemming from a dugout spat between Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez that was captured by television cameras on Tuesday night.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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A day later, Wilson Ramos was all smiles, relieved and excited that his left hamstring felt much improved from Tuesday night and feeling confident that he would avoid going on the disabled list for the third time this season with the same issue.
One day after sitting out of the starting lineup after a bout with flu-like symptoms, Bryce Harper returned to the Washington Nationals' lineup on Wednesday, batting third and playing left field.
Wilson Ramos re-injured his left hamstring for the third time this season on Tuesday night, according to manager Davey Johnson, who said the catcher is day-to-day.
There are moments in the long baseball season, as Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez had during a dugout confrontation in the first inning of the Washington Nationals’ 4-2 rain-delayed victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, where tempers flare. But the cure-all, the never-fail path to unity and peace -- at least on the surface -- never changes. Win, and it all goes away.
Some type of flu-like symptoms continue to make their way through the Washington Nationals clubhouse, and the latest victim claimed was Bryce Harper. Harper was out of the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday after he spent most of the team's off day on Monday feeling under the weather.
By the time the eighth inning rolled around Sunday evening, as Stephen Strasburg was putting the final touches on his masterpiece, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson and his star right fielder, Jayson Werth, were sharing space in the training room.
Early Sunday afternoon, as many of his teammates were still filing into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse for their evening series finale with the Philadelphia Phillies, Kurt Suzuki stood on the right field line and went through a workout. It was the seventh consecutive day Suzuki was not in the Nationals' lineup. It was the 11th time in the Nationals' last 13 games that they had Wilson Ramos behind the plate. You won't get an argument out of the 26-year-old catcher, who celebrated a birthday on Saturday.
The Washington Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound Sunday evening in hopes of securing their first series sweep since July 5-7 against the San Diego Padres.
Taylor Jordan allowed four runs in the second inning of the Washington Nationals' 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night, but what he did after that inning was over spoke volumes for the rookie right-hander. He didn't give up any more.
As Jayson Werth jumped to the top step of the Washington Nationals’ dugout and quickly thrust his right arm into the air, tens of thousands of fans who’d made their way to the ballpark on a warm August Saturday night showered him with their love. The curtain call, his to bask in after a game-breaking two-run homer gave the Nationals a lead in the seventh inning of an 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, was the cap on quite a moment.
Anthony Rendon is a gifted athlete. For most of his life in competitive baseball, once he hit his growth spurt and had scouts flocking to his games in high school and college, he's been one of -- if not the -- most talented players on the field. In order to be successful, Rendon has often had to do little other than be himself and express that talent. So when major league pitchers began to adjust to him, and the torrid pace he was setting in his second major league call-up, it was a process for him to learn how to adjust back.
After watching nine runs come home against a left-hander Friday night, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is sticking with what worked and keeping the same lineup intact as the Nationals take on the Phillies and lefty Cliff Lee.
Luckily for the Nationals, as they tried to rebound from a dreadful three-game sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves that made the division race all but an afterthought, they welcomed the Phillies to Nationals Park Friday. And the had their best pitcher since the break on the mound to oppose them.
The last few weeks -- or months, really -- have not gone the way the Nationals or manager Davey Johnson had hoped. A three-game sweep by the Atlanta Braves that further dented their standing in the division and made their climb for the Wild Card that much more uphill was just the most recent example of how poorly this season has gone. So as the Nationals, a season-high six games below .500, prepared to open a three-game set with the equally woebegone Phillies Friday night, Johnson appeared to have a bit of a renewed energy about him.