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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
The Hagerstown Suns site made things official this evening on their site: Stephen Strasburg is on his way back.
With roughly 36 hours to go before the midnight August 15 signing deadline for 2011 draft picks, the Nationals have locked up 26 of their 50 picks from the June draft, including five of their top 10 -- but none of their top five.
There wasn't much that went right for John Lannan in an abbreviated outing Saturday night in Philadelphia, but he did earn himself top billing on ESPN's Baseball Tonight with the No. 1 Web Gem. Lannan's diving glove flip to catcher Wilson Ramos that sailed remarkably over the shoulder of Ryan Howard to get the Phillies' first baseman out at home plate was deemed the best of the night. Sunday morning, though, Lannan was still dealing with a repercussion of that play: his left knee was still feeling a little tight after the ball checked up on him as he was going to the ground for it
With torrential rain pounding much of the east coast Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies didn’t wait around to see if things would clear. Three hours before their scheduled 1:35 p.m. series finale, the game was postponed. It will be made up Sept. 20 at 1:05 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader. The second game will be at 7:05 p.m.
Tonight, John Lannan will make his 120th major league start. He'll do it on the same mound that he made his first -- the same mound that he was ejected off of after hitting Ryan Howard and Chase Utley -- and with the same umpire behind the plate as that fateful afternoon.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that in his eyes, his closer was "letter perfect," Friday night against the Phillies. Storen entered to pitch the ninth inning with a three-run lead and quickly found himself with the first two men on and a once-slumbering Philadelphia crowd raucously on their feet.
Bruised but relieved, Michael Morse was smiling inside the visitors clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon sporting a pretty swollen left elbow and showing off a new elbow guard to wear when he bats.
As soon as Ryan Dempster's fastball connected with Michael Morse's left elbow Thursday afternoon, there was little chance the Nationals cleanup hitter and first baseman would be in the lineup this afternoon in Philadelphia -- regardless of what the results of his X-rays were.
The Nationals wake up this morning in Philadelphia 2/3 of the way through their final three-city road trip of the season. Considering they're 24-38 on the road this year and 32-23 at home (where they play 26 of their remaining 45 games), that's the good news.
Michael Morse was hit on the left elbow with a pitch in the seventh inning of Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Cubs and doubled over in pain at first base. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays and was still there when the game ended and the clubhouse was opened to reporters.
Michael Morse was hit on the left elbow with a pitch in the seventh inning of the Nationals vs. Cubs game Thursday, and doubled over in pain at first base. As trainers came out to attend to the Nationals' best hitter, Morse took off his wrist guard and tried to outstretch a trembling hand to go through a few basic tests. He was then removed from the game.
Danny Espinosa has been struggling offensively since the All-Star break. It's a statement that's tough to come to grips with occasionally because even though he's hitting .172 with a .234 on-base percentage and just one homer since the break, it seems like every ball he hits is hard. Facts are facts, though, and Espinosa will be the first to say he hasn't been producing at the same torrid pace (at least on the power side) that he was in the first half.
Jordan Zimmermann makes a start today, just one more to inch him closer to that innings limit (plus lineups)
In about a half hour, Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for one of his final three or four starts of the 2011 season. With his impending 160-inning limit looming with every start he's made since the All-Star break, the Nationals are going to savor every time he takes the mound in these last few starts with the hope that, next year, he'll be pitching 200-plus innings without incident.
Jayson Werth was playing Alfonso Soriano to pull in the fourth inning Wednesday night when the former Nationals' outfielder dropped an RBI-double just inside the right field line. Werth had a long way to run and, before he got there, he pulled up and slid. The ball bounced past him a bit and before Werth could recover, Soriano was standing on second base and Geovany Soto had scored what would stand up as the game-winning RBI in a 4-2 Cubs victory.
Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez is still struggling to overcome a right oblique strain that has kept him on the disabled list for the last five weeks and there doesn't appear to be an immediate end in sight. Rodriguez, who prides himself on his workout routine and pushes himself often, can't seem to remain inactive long enough to make significant progress with the strain.
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