Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
There wasn't all that much for the Nationals to feel good about when they packed up and left Turner Field on Sunday, but the major league debut of right-handed reliever Erik Davis was certainly one of them.
As the Washington Nationals packed up and prepared to go home after a 1-4 road trip through Baltimore and Atlanta, there was one piece of news to uplift them: Jayson Werth is getting close.
It has been 20 days since Harper hit the wall in Los Angeles. A violent collision that sent him to the hospital for X-rays, an MRI, concussion tests and 11 stitches in his chin. But it's been 33 days since Harper slammed the left side of his body into the right field wall here, at Turner Field, in an attempt to rob pitcher Tim Hudson of a home run. In retrospect, Harper said, it might've been best if he'd gone on the disabled list then and allowed his body to recover.
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves will battle it out today, weather permitting, with a series victory on the line.
There was a time that Erik Davis wondered if this type of phone call would ever come. Then he got it twice in a two-week span.
The Washington Nationals' inconsistent first two months of the season seemed to fade away when they put the first two batters on in the ninth inning against Craig Kimbrel. As they watched the Braves walk-off in the 10th inning with a 2-1 win, all of those same issues returned.
It was almost three weeks ago that Bryce Harper went crashing into the right field wall at Dodger Stadium. Since then, the Nationals' outfielder has been in and out of the lineup as he's dealt with various injuries from that collision.
An MRI done on Stephen Strasburg on Saturday revealed a slight strain of a muscle in the right side of the pitcher's back. The hope, though, is that Strasburg may not have to miss a start with the issue.
After sitting out five straight games with bursitis in his left knee, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is likely headed to the disabled list on Saturday, a source with knowledge of the decision told The Washington Times.
According to the reporters who cover Double-A Harrisburg for the Patriot-News, Rendon received the news of his promotion after Friday night's game. And now comes the interesting part.
Stephen Strasburg was pulled after two innings with a right oblique strain, but Craig Stammen tossed four perfect innings in relief to lead the Washington Nationals to a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves
Washington Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg was pulled from Friday night's 3-2 win over the the Atlanta Braves after two innings with what manager Davey Johnson termed a strained right oblique muscle. The Nationals are expected to call-up Erik Davis for Saturday's game.
There's been a lot of talk about the Nationals and what "changes" they could make to an offense that is among the worst in the major leagues by the numbers. Johnson has danced around the question on a handful of occasions, but on Friday, he expanded on the way he views the team right now -- and why it doesn't seem like anything drastic is coming down the pipe. Here is what he said:
The moment Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson watched Bryce Harper limp off the team's plane and onto the waiting bus late Thursday night, he knew the outfielder would not be in his lineup on Friday evening.
Despite the relative optimism of manager Davey Johnson on Thursday, Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals' starting lineup for the fifth straight game as they opened a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves on Friday evening.