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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
With Jerry Hairston Jr. expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a fractured right wrist, the Nationals outfield depth just got even thinner. Could they be interested in Mike Cameron?
Throwing motion coming along for Zimmerman as he notes that ultimately, "I think it can make me a better player."
Ryan Zimmerman committed his fourth error in 14 games since returning from the disabled list Wednesday evening and it was a costly one. In 1-0 loss to the Angels Zimmerman's throwing error, which came on a tough play where he tried to get the lead runner at second base but sent the throw left of second baseman Danny Espinosa's glove, allowed the winning run to get to third base.It also showcased Zimmerman's throwing motion. What it didn't do what deter Zimmerman from continuing to work on his new motion, one he has no plans to abandon.
Jerry Hairston Jr. walked through the visitors clubhouse at Angels Stadium Wednesday evening with his right wrist wrapped and a mediocre prognosis. The wrist suffered a small break when Hairston was hit with a 91 mph two-seam fastball from Dan Haren in the fifth inning.
The first few lineups Davey Johnson pens himself will come under a bit more scrutiny and garner a bit more interest than perhaps any of the other 80 he puts together for the rest of the season. There's a reason behind each move and it's always interesting to hear it.
When Davey Johnson was asked about his opinions on lineup construction Tuesday afternoon he mentioned that he has reasons for each lineup he puts out and said that while he had reasons for the first two, he may have different reasons for a new one Wednesday. It's definitely a different lineup than the Nationals have used both in Johnson's abbreviated tenure or at all this season with starters Jayson Werth, Laynce Nix, Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos all out of the starting lineup.
The Nationals have signed former Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero to a minor league deal and placed him on the roster at Triple-A Syracuse, as CSN's Mark Zuckerman first reported.
Laynce Nix was a triple shy of the cycle when he came to the plate in the seventh inning Tuesday night. A single to complete Nix's first 4-for-4 night, his first in six years, was the end of his workday. His sore right Achilles tightened up and Nix was pulled when he reached first base.
Updates on Bryce Harper's left thumb, Rick Ankiel's left intercostal and Chien-Ming Wang's next rehab start.
On his second day as the Nationals manager, Davey Johnson made a few things clear about the way he puts together the lineup. He prefers consistency, he's not a huge fan of platoons and he does not like the idea of hitting the pitcher eighth.
In his introductory press conference Monday, Davey Johnson said he prefers to use a set lineup. Consistency, he said, is liked among both players and managers. He proved that in a small way Tuesday afternoon, posting the exact same lineup as he did on Monday. He did leave himself a little leeway to change things, noting that the Nationals have a stable of young players who are still discovering what kind of hitters they're going to be -- and that could affect where they hit in the lineup.
Davey Johnson slipped on a uniform with No. 5 on the back Monday afternoon, taking the number once designated for manager Jim Riggleman and Giants manager Bruce Bochy has now also officially replaced Riggleman on the National League All-Star staff.
The Nationals were down to to their last out Monday night when Danny Espinosa turned on the first pitch he saw from closer Jordan Walden down the right field line and into the seats at Angels Stadium. Suddenly the Nationals found themselves in a tie game, even though they'd eventually lose in the 10th. It was the 15th home run of the season for the second baseman -- the most by a rookie second baseman before the All-Star break in baseball history -- and perhaps even more remarkably, it was his ninth of the season that has come when the Nationals are within a run. It was also his fourth of the season on the first pitch.
The Nationals entered Monday knowing they'd have a short bullpen with Drew Storen away from the team to attend his grandmother's funeral. It got even shorter when Tyler Clippard told pitching coach Steve McCatty before the game that his arm was feeling tired.
Monday night in Hagerstown, while Chien-Ming Wang was making his first minor league rehab start of the year, Bryce Harper was not playing. He was, however, coaching first base for the Suns.
There will be plenty up on the main sports page soon about new Nationals manager Davey Johnson -- and plenty more in the coming days -- but before the Nationals and Angels get set to open a three-game series, let's talk about Johnson's managerial style. Or rather, let's hear him talk about it.
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