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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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

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.

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

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."

Nationals lose Jayson Werth to broken wrist, game to Phillies

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

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

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.

Ryan Zimmerman expects to be activated Tuesday

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.