Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
Catcher Wilson Ramos, who is rehabbing from a pulled left hamstring, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Friday when they visit the Orioles’ affiliate in Bowie, Md.
With the Washington Nationals looking to break a four-game losing streak and facing another tough National League contender, manager Davey Johnson inserted Steve Lombardozzi at third base and in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and moved Jayson Werth to cleanup in the hopes of sparking his offense.
The Washington Nationals lost again on Wednesday. It was their fourth straight loss, and their ninth in their previous 12 games. A dreadful stretch, without a doubt, in which they have rarely -- if ever -- played the way they're capable or expected to.
Late Tuesday night, with his baseball team the owner of a .500 record for the first time since April 9, 2012, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson sat in his office and pondered his frustration. His team was better than it'd shown in its first 20 games, and certainly better than it'd shown in its previous 11 -- a stretch in which they'd won just three games.
One of the televisions in the Nationals' clubhouse was tuned into the Braves-Rockies game in Denver, the first of two those teams were scheduled to play Tuesday. Temperature at the start? Twenty-two degrees. The upper 50-degree temperatures and the Nats and Cards were expecting didn't seem so bad.
The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno off waivers from the Houston Astros on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.
Closer Rafael Soriano stayed behind in New York and welcomed a baby boy to his family Monday. His paternity leave is only expected to last one day and he'll be available Tuesday.
At the heart of the Washington Nationals' 2-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday was one at-bat that left Jayson Werth sitting in front of his locker staring into the abyss. Here is how the play was viewed by those on the field and in the dugouts, starting with Werth himself.
Anthony Rendon arrived in the major leagues on Sunday, joining the Nationals for their final game in New York. One day after he was preparing for a doubleheader in Double-A Harrisburg, Rendon took a cab from Manhattan to Citi Field with veteran Chad Tracy. He was batting sixth and playing third base in the big leagues.
In the Nationals' 7-6 victory over the New York Mets on a crisp spring Saturday in New York, Bryce Harper's home run, his second of the game and seventh of the season, won the game -- moments after the Mets tied it.
The Washington Nationals placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain Saturday evening and used the opportunity to temporarily replace their franchise cornerstone with 22-year-old top prospect Anthony Rendon -- the man who may one day replace him at third base.
An issue that began as seemingly minor may have turned into something more significant for the Washington Nationals as third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was sent for an MRI on his left hamstring Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Zimmerman was not in the lineup for the second straight day on Saturday as the Nationals and the Mets get set to play a mid-afternoon matinee. Zimmerman, who has been dealing with a cramp in his left hamstring for the last several days, was sent for an MRI on the area to determine the severity of the issue. Danny Espinosa did return to the lineup.
In his brief career that's been filled with moments of brilliance, Stephen Strasburg has been hyped, praised and often showered with cheers. Friday night, under a misty sky at Citi Field and in the midst of the Nationals' 7-1 loss to the New York Mets and their ace, Matt Harvey, he was taunted. "Harvey's better!" Mets fans shouted at him. "Harvey's better!"
Danny Espinosa, who took grounders during batting practice on Wednesday and took full batting practice on Friday, has not played since getting hit as he's worked with the training staff to reduce the swelling and pain in the wrist area. He and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is dealing with left hamstring cramping, were both out of the Nationals' lineup against the Mets on Friday night.
By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years