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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
In his regularly scheduled interview with ESPN 980 this morning, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was asked quite bluntly about his plans for Bryce Harper and the question on everyone's minds: Will he be in the big leagues this year? In perhaps his most definitive statement on the topic, Rizzo shot down the idea. Asked if he'd ruled out Harper getting a promotion to the big leagues even after Sept. 1, he said "Yes, I have."
The Nationals and Mets were given a rare in-season opportunity to shuffle their pitching rotations when both teams were rained out on Tuesday. As the two teams battle to stay out of the Nationals League East basement -- and the Nationals once again inch ever closer to a .500 record -- they'll send a pair of left-handers to open a quick two game series at Citi Field tonight: Tom Gorzelanny and Jon Niese.
Like all of baseball, the Nationals mourn the passing of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 74 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Killebrew, who played for the Washington Senators at the start of his career, was a charter member of the Nationals Ring of Honor. Nationals principal owner Theodore N. Lerner released this statement today:
Today's Nationals-Pirates game has been cancelled because of rain.
The tarp is on the field at Nationals Park after a squall interrupted Washington's batting practice. Looks like the weather should clear up in the short term, but more rain is forecast for later tonight.
After a six-inning outburst in the first inning Sunday, the Nationals' offense has scored 32 times in the last six games. Can that continue?
Todd Coffey's outing Sunday seemed to last as long as his 13.3-second sprint from the bullpen.
There's a 70 percent chance of severe thunderstorms today, according to the forecast from Weather.gov. But the tarp is off the field at Nationals Park and blue sky is peeking between the clouds. We'll see if that holds on long enough to get a game in.
When the Florida Marlins gave Javier Vazquez a $7 million, one-year contract last December, they expected the right-hander to provide a veteran boost to the team's rotation. Turns out Vazquez has been the team's worst pitcher over his first seven starts.
The Brian Broderick experiment ended Saturday. After 11 ineffective outings, the Nationals designated the Rule 5 pick for assignment and summoned right-hander Cole Kimball from Triple-A Syracuse.
Greetings from Nationals Park, where there are plenty of clouds, but no rain so far.
There are a lot of amazing plays made in the major leagues on a nightly basis. Then there was what Roger Bernadina did in center field at Nationals Park Friday night. It stood in a class by itself.
The writing has been on the wall for Michael Morse for the past few days, as the starts in left field continued for Laynce Nix despite Morse's right knee no longer being a problem. And the longer it goes on, the more it looks like Nix may have fully supplanted Morse as the team's starting left fielder. The truth of the matter is that it's going to remain fluid. But as long as Nix stays hot, and one scout who's watched him doesn't expect that to be any time soon, he'll continue to get the playing time.
Ryan Zimmerman jogged for the first time since May 3 surgery on his abdomen, and he's been watching the Nationals.
At this point, it's safe to say Laynce Nix is either platooning in the left field spot or perhaps even has the position outright until he cools off. In retrospect, it's been a drastic fall for Michael Morse who was anointed the starting left fielder mid-way through spring training.
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