NATIONALS WATCH

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

  • Today's lineups: Zimmerman, LaRoche return; Harper bats second

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 8, 2012 Comments

    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.

  • Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from 15-day DL, place Jayson Werth on it

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 8, 2012 Comments

    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.

  • A few thoughts on Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Mike Rizzo and Cole Hamels

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 8, 2012 Comments

    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.

  • Hamels suspended for hitting Harper; Wang to rehab with Triple-A

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 7, 2012 Comments

    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 holds his left wrist as he walks off the field with assistant athletic trainer Mike McGowan after a play on Philadelphia Phillies' Placido Polanco's fly ball in the sixth inning of their baseball game at Nationals Park, Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Washington. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 9-3. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

    Jayson Werth has surgery on left wrist (UPDATED)

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 7, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth, who suffered a clean break of his left wrist Sunday night, underwent surgery on Monday.

  • Reaction to Jayson Werth's broken wrist and how the Nationals will cope with his loss

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 7, 2012 Comments

    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."

  • The Nationals, the Phillies and a burgeoning rivalry

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 7, 2012 Comments

    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?

  • Nationals lose Jayson Werth to broken wrist, game to Phillies

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 7, 2012 Comments

    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.

  • Jayson Werth leaves game clutching left wrist

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 6, 2012 Comments

    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.

  • Nationals work out younger brother of Wilson Ramos

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 6, 2012 Comments

    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.

  • Adam LaRoche relieved by MRI that shows only bruise, no tear in oblique

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 6, 2012 Comments

    Adam LaRoche went for an MRI on his sore right oblique Sunday morning and was relieved when the results showed no tear. The Washington Nationals' first baseman said the MRI showed only a bruise in the area and accelerated his workouts Sunday as well.

  • Ryan Zimmerman expects to be activated Tuesday

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 6, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman took live batting practice in the Nationals' indoor cage Sunday afternoon and then took a full round of BP on the field with his teammates. Without any pain in his right AC joint, Zimmerman expects to hit again on the team's off day on Monday and be activated when the Nationals open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

  • LaRoche encouraged after workout Saturday, hoping to return Tuesday

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 5, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche did some range of motion work and resistance work on Saturday, testing his sore right oblique, and came away encouraged with his progress.

  • Injuries have taken their toll on the Washington Nationals, who have scored seven runs over their last five games, five losses. Ryan Zimmerman is on the disabled list and has missed nine straight games with a right shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Ryan Zimmerman swinging "pretty much 100 percent;" still likely to be ready Tuesday

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 5, 2012 Comments

    Washington Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit off a tee for the second straight day on Saturday and then hit about 30 balls flipped to him by a coach. He came out of the workout feeling extremely encouraged and without any pain in his previously inflamed right AC shoulder joint.

  • Timing Stephen Strasburg and a few other odds and ends from a crazy Nationals win

    By Amanda ComakPublished May 5, 2012 Comments

    One other interesting aspect of Strasburg's night was that it seemed the Phillies were timing his motion to the plate extremely well. So well that they stole two bases off him easily and something the Nationals coaches spoke with him about during the game.

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