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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
It started out as a simple whitehead, a pimple, basically, on the right knee of Nationals outfielder Corey Brown. He'd had one before, earlier this season, and didn't think much of popping it. After he did, though, the trainers at Triple-A Syracuse cautioned him against that in the future, infection, they said, could develop if he did.
The plans for Stephen Strasburg tonight and an amateur attempt at the forecast (UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. start time)
A note about the forecast and how it will or will not affect Stephen Strasburg tonight. UPDATE: Game expected to start at 7:15 p.m.
One of the hottest teams in baseball will welcome a divisional rival to their home stadium tonight for a three game serious with significant playoff implications. Sounds exciting, right?
On Wednesday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said if he had his way, Stephen Strasburg would start Friday and then again on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the season finale. Sounds like that's become more of a sure thing as Johnson said he also ran the decision by general manager Mike Rizzo and he raised no protest.
Even when the Nationals were at their lowest points this season, you'd have been hard-pressed to find a player in that clubhouse that didn't feel they were making progress. Even if it was sometimes difficult to see through extended losing skids and frustrating losses that seemed to pile up.
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was not in the starting lineup on Wednesday and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he doesn't expect Werth to play Thursday, either, in the Nationals' season finale with the Philadelphia Phillies.
While taking in Tuesday night's Nationals - Phillies game, plenty of fans may have noticed that the jackpots for the Pennsylvania Powerball and Mega Millions were well, extremely large. Our friends over at Nats Enquirer noticed and grabbed a screen shot of the new payouts.
Jayson Werth suffered a contusion on his right elbow Tuesday night, iced it and said while it was certainly a painful issue at the time he didn't think it'd be anything all too serious. He did admit that he might need some time. Looks like he's going to get it as he is absent from the Nationals' lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Vance Worley.
It happened quickly, so there wasn't much time to admire his work but when Danny Espinosa connected with Cliff Lee's 1-0 offering in the second inning Tuesday night, it disappeared over the right center field fence at Citizens Bank Park and brought with it a milestone stat for the Nationals' second baseman. It was a milestone for Lee, too. He's given up 17 home runs this season, but never more than one to any player -- except Espinosa. To him, he's allowed three.
Drew Storen needed 24 pitches to save the Nationals' 4-3 victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. He needed more pitches than he has in all but seven other games this season to wriggle out of a leadoff double and an intentional walk to earn his 39th save of the season. Then he needed to figure out how he could bounce back and do it again about five hours later.
Jayson Werth was standing on third base Tuesday night when Carlos Ruiz sent a snap throw down his way. The throw was not only errant enough to allow Werth to sneak home and score, but also to knick the outfielder in the right elbow. As soon as Werth returned to the dugout he was escorted swiftly into the clubhouse by Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz. The official diagnosis was a right elbow contusion and he's listed as day-to-day.
Things are about to get underway here at Citizens Bank Park for Game 2 of this day-night doubleheader. It's Cliff Lee vs. Ross Detwiler in the nightcap.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson made out his lineup card for the first game of a split doubleheader today in Philadelphia knowing who was pitching for the other team in the nightcap.
Chien-Ming Wang has made 10 starts for the Nationals this season. He's 3-3 but you'd have to be watching blindfolded not to see the progress that he's made. It's a small sample size, and it came after more than two full years of rehab for a usually-devastating shoulder injury, but there's no question Wang still has the ability to win at this level. With each start, he's found that ability on a more consistent basis.
Before the Nationals and Marlins get underway in the series finale this afternoon, just one quick note on the Nationals' upcoming starting rotation.
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