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Chien-Ming Wang will pitch for Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday night. He's expected to go about six innings in his first rehab appearance above Single-A and test his strained left hamstring with the heaviest workload he's had since getting injured March 15.
With the Nationals facing left-hander Erik Bedard and his primary right-handed outfielder, Jayson Werth, out for a few months, manager Davey Johnson took the opportunity Wednesday to shake up his outfield a bit.
The Washington Nationals entered the ninth inning Tuesday night down a run with the heart of their order coming up. That term "heart of their order" has taken on so many different incarnations for the Nationals this season as they've coped with the loss of cleanup hitter Michael Morse, then Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche and now Jayson Werth. But Tuesday night, the "heart" was at least partly what the Nationals had planned. Zimmerman in the No. 3 hole, LaRoche behind him. And as if neither had missed a beat, Zimmerman singled and LaRoche cranked the 1,000th home run in Nationals history into the right center field seats at PNC Park.
The Washington Nationals signed left-handed reliever Michael Gonzalez to a minor league deal on Tuesday. Gonzalez will report to Viera, Fla., where he'll be evaluated by Nationals' pitching coordinator Spin Williams before a decision on where he'll report will be made.
According to a source, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his comments about Cole Hamels, following Hamels' intentionally throwing at Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Sunday night.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson wrote out his first lineup since April that included Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche this afternoon, but it was also his first of many that will certainly not include Jayson Werth.
The Washington Nationals made official their anticipated roster moves Tuesday afternoon, activating third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list and placing right fielder Jayson Werth on it.
Monday was a busy day for the Nationals with Jayson Werth undergoing surgery to stabilize his broken left wrist, general manager Mike Rizzo vociferously condemning Cole Hamels' actions in intentionally throwing at Bryce Harper and Hamels getting suspended while Jordan Zimmerman escaped unscathed.
Major League Baseball suspended Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Cole Hamels five games on Monday for intentionally throwing at Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper Sunday night. Hamels, who hit Harper with a 93-mph fastball on his first pitch to the 19-year-old, is not expected to appeal his suspension and could be available to make his next start on Sunday, according to reports out of Philadelphia.
Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth, who suffered a clean break of his left wrist Sunday night, underwent surgery on Monday.
Jayson Werth walked off the field at Nationals Park, for the last time in what will surely be weeks if not months, in the sixth inning Sunday night, clutching his left wrist and clearly in significant pain. When manager Davey Johnson sat down at his postgame press conference, there was no way to sugar coat the news he had to deliver. "He has a broken wrist," Johnson said. "He's going to be down for a while."
On Saturday, after the Nationals had clinched their eighth of nine series, the question was posed throughout the Nationals' clubhouse: is this a rivalry now?
When it was over, when the Philadelphia Phillies had announced that they weren’t ready to just hand the Washington Nationals the division in May by avoiding a series sweep, the Nationals had much bigger things to worry about. The lasting image from a 9-3 loss, a game that featured a purpose pitch from Cole Hamels to Bryce Harper in the first inning, a subsequent steal of home by Harper and a fastball from Jordan Zimmermann into Hamels’ knee, was unrelated. It was the image of Jayson Werth, head down and clutching his left arm, being escorted off the field by trainers. Werth broke his left wrist sliding for a ball hit by Placido Polanco in the sixth inning and will be out a number of weeks, if not months. The break was a clean one, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said, but it was the same wrist that injured ligaments in nearly ended Werth’s career.
Outfielder Jayson Werth dove for a fly ball off the bat of Placido Polanco in the sixth inning Sunday night and landed on his left wrist. Werth immediately crouched on the ground, appearing to be in significant pain. He was swiftly removed from the game, clutching his left wrist.
Early Sunday afternoon, there was a man in the Nationals' bullpen wearing a plain red shirt and baseball pants throwing what looked to be a bullpen session. After a few throws, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, general manager Mike Rizzo and the unidentified pitcher came walking out, followed by pitching coach Steve McCatty.
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