Baseball returned to D.C. in 2005 with the curiosity and hope that can only be attached to newness. Ten years later, the Nationals are the odds-on favorite to win the World Series, complete with the best rotation in baseball.
Frandsen’s versatility became less valuable as other versatile pieces emerged for the team, while Gwynn would have offered a skill set similar to that of Matt den Dekker, who was acquired in a trade Monday.
When you see your Washington Nationals take the field Monday afternoon for their opener at Nationals Park against the New York Mets, you will indeed need a scorecard.
Den Dekker and Johnson were acquired by the Nationals in different ways Monday afternoon, but they were brought in for the same primary reason: the Nationals needed reinforcements in the outfield.
The left fielder took three at-bats in a minor-league game Monday but still isn’t sure whether he’ll be back in Washington’s lineup next week.
Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and the orthopedic surgeon confirmed the team’s diagnosis of a sprained MCL in his knee. The third baseman will now see another doctor in Colorado.
The Nationals have become an organization lauded for pitching depth which, in turn, means every pitcher that comes through the organization has some facet of interaction with Williams.
Storen left Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Cardinals in the sixth inning after aggravating a blister on his right big toe. Manager Matt Williams said Storen has had the blister, and it did not bother him during his last appearance.
Rendon sprained the MCL in the knee while diving for a ground ball March 9. He has not been cleared for baseball activities and was experiencing lingering soreness in the knee over the past few days.
Den Dekker, an outfielder who spent parts of the last two seasons with the Mets, was traded to the Nationals on Tuesday in exchange for Blevins, a left-handed reliever.
Leon was at Space Coast Stadium when he received the news. While he was “kind of surprised,” he said he is also excited to receive an opportunity in Boston.
An MRI exam revealed tendinitis in Janssen’s right shoulder, and manager Matt Williams isn’t sure whether the right-hander will be available next week.