Nationals Journal: Bullpen


Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 04/10/2014

The state of the Nationals’ bullpen

After a taxing night for his bullpen, Matt Williams made plans in case Stephen Strasburg falters.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:10 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Aaron Barrett makes Nationals after cuts; Nationals in contact with Kevin Frandsen

The Nationals cut Jamey Carroll and Chris Young and optioned Tyler Moore, Xavier Cedeno and Ryan Mattheus.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:16 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  aaron barrett, Bullpen, opening day roster

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Steve McCatty isn’t worried about Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen

Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano have produced poor numbers in the spring, but Steve McCatty says they’ll be fine once the year begins.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:12 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Drew Storen, rafael soriano, steve mccatty

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Manny Delcarmen is trying to make it back with the Nationals

After years of coming back from an odd injury, Manny Delcarmen has been sharp this spring and may eventually help the Nationals.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Manny Delcarmen, Relievers, Spring Training

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Ross Detwiler will open the season in the Nationals bullpen [updated]

Ross Detwiler will start the year in the bullpen, leaving Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan and perhaps Chris Young fighting for the final rotation spot.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:57 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Relievers, ross detwiler, Rotation, starting rotation

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Michael Gonzalez reports to camp: ‘It feels like I never left’

The veteran left-handed reliever said he chose the Nationals over four other teams because he felt comfortable with Washington.

By James Wagner  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, left-handed relievers, Michael Gonzalez, Relievers, Spring Training

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Former Nationals left-hander Michael Gonzalez agrees to a minor league deal to return

The left-hander was a key member of the Nationals bullpen late in 2012.

By James Wagner  |  09:09 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Michael Gonzalez

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Rafael Soriano throwing earlier than normal this spring

The closer says he feels a little worn out this early but adds that he’s not hurt.

By James Wagner  |  11:34 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, closer, rafael soriano, Relievers

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Nationals ink reliever Josh Roenicke, Ian Desmond’s brother-in-law, to minor league deal

The 31-year-old right-handed reliever is married to Desmond’s sister Nikki.

By James Wagner  |  01:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Minor leagues

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Nationals interested in reliever Ryan Madson

The Nationals attended the 33-year-old right-hander’s workout in Phoenix. Madson hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 because of Tommy John surgery.

By James Wagner  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Jeff Baker inks deal with Marlins, Nationals still interested in Oliver Perez

The Nationals missed out on the power-hitting right-handed versatile infielder but remain interested in the left-handed reliever.

By James Wagner  |  04:19 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bench, Bullpen

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo on roster moves, arbitration and extensions

“We like our bullpen. We like our core players. We certainly like the construction of this roster.“

By James Wagner  |  04:43 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, doug fister, mike rizzo, Tyler Clippard

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/23/2014

With Grant Balfour off the market, other potential Nationals bullpen options

The veteran right-handed closer who drew the Nationals’ interest is reportedly signing with Tampa Bay.

By James Wagner  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Mike Rizzo on Jerry Blevins trade

The Nationals talked to several free agent left-handed relievers, made an offer to one and explore as many as four trade options.

By James Wagner  |  08:05 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Jerry Blevins

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Matt Williams’s bullpen preference

The new manager is a proponent of two left-handers in the bullpen, a specialist and a long man.

By James Wagner  |  06:22 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Mike Rizzo: No trade offers for Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard

The Nationals general manager says the interest in both relievers has been informal.

By James Wagner  |  06:03 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, denard span, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/03/2013

The Nationals’ remaining needs: left-handed relievers and the bench

Mike Rizzo says the team’s goals now are to upgrade the bench and bullpen.

By James Wagner  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bench, Bullpen

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 09/15/2013

Ian Krol on the second-half struggles of his rookie season

The 22-year-old left-handed reliever has a 6.75 ERA since the all-star break.

By James Wagner  |  01:47 PM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Ian Krol

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 08/18/2013

Potential discipline for Stephen Strasburg, Davey Johnson; other notes from a wild night

Nats starter, manager could face discipline after Strasburg hit Justin Upton with a pitch in apparent retaliation for repeated plunkings of Bryce Harper.

By James Wagner  |  02:11 PM ET, 08/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, dan haren, davey johnson, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/10/2013

Fernando Abad adjusting back to lefties

The left-handed reliever has stumbled of late against left-handed batters.

By James Wagner  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Fernando Abad, Relievers

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 08/08/2013

The troubles of the Nationals bullpen, recent struggles of left-handed relievers

Manager Davey Johnson felt he the bullpen had finally been fixed, but the relievers have struggled recently.

By James Wagner  |  12:43 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 07/19/2013

How will Ryan Mattheus fit into the Nationals bullpen?

Ryan Mattheus should return to the Nationals' bullpen soon, but how he'll fit in remains to be seen.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:57 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Ryan Mattheus

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 07/13/2013

Ross Ohlendorf adjusting well to the bullpen

Since he joined the bullpen nearly three weeks ago, the right-hander has performed well.

By James Wagner  |  11:32 AM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Nationals relievers, Ross Ohlendorf

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Ryan Mattheus throwing in Viera, Christian Garcia suffers another setback

One right-handed reliever is nearing a return and the other suffered another hiccup in his rehab.

By James Wagner  |  07:45 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Tom Gorzelanny, Michael Gonzalez return to Washington

Both relievers discuss the desire to return to Washington in the winter but how neither could. The Nationals' desire to use one left-hander in the bullpen backfired.

By James Wagner  |  07:15 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 06/27/2013

How Ian Krol helped fix the Nationals' bullpen

Less than a year after becoming a reliever, Ian Krol has helped fix the Nationals bullpen.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:25 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Ian Krol

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Mike Rizzo on the new bullpen and changing roles

On opening the season with one left-handed reliever: "It certainly didn't turn out the way we'd hoped," the GM said.

By James Wagner  |  02:01 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Ross Ohlendorf to move to the overhauled bullpen as long reliever

The veteran right-hander will stay on as a long reliever -- and not just for this week.

By James Wagner  |  03:54 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Ross Ohlendorf

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Nationals ink reliever Mark Lowe to minor league deal (updated)

The Nationals add another relief arm to the upper rungs of the minor league system.

By James Wagner  |  05:02 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Nationals designate Henry Rodriguez, Zach Duke for assignment, alter the bullpen

With two relievers off the roster, the Nationals have tweaked their bullpen with Ian Krol, Erik Davis and Fernando Abad.

By James Wagner  |  07:32 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 05/26/2013

Davey Johnson still sorting through bullpen, and how Fernando Abad could help

The Nationals manager has struggled to find roles every reliever in the bullpen and he feels it may have affected performances.

By James Wagner  |  01:46 PM ET, 05/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Fernando Abad

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Updates on J.C. Romero, Bill Bray, as opt-out dates loom; Christian Garcia's progress

Romero and Bray both have been setback by shoulder issues this month.

By James Wagner  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Bray, Bullpen, J.C. Romero

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 05/23/2013

The struggles of the Nationals bullpen

The bullpen has logged relatively few innings but been underwhelming in those chances.

By James Wagner  |  02:18 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Bill Bray assigned to Harrisburg

The left-handed reliever will begin his minor league season after working on his mechanics.

By James Wagner  |  03:38 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2013

Davey Johnson still tweaking relief usage as the Nationals bullpen improves

The Nationals bullpen has improved after early struggles, but Davey Johnson is still getting it aligned how he wants.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Xavier Cedeno claimed off waivers; Nationals-Cardinals lineups

The Nationals claimed another left-handed reliever from the Astros to stash in the minors. Meanwhile, the lineups are as expected.

By James Wagner  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Lineup

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 04/13/2013

Henry Rodriguez, Zach Duke pitch scoreless innings after long rest

Davey Johnson calls on the two relievers he has used least so far this season, and they each respond with a scoreless inning vs. the Braves.

By James Wagner  |  06:47 PM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/13/2013

Assessing what ails the Nationals' bullpen

It may be too early for outright panic, but the Nationals can still evaluate why their vaunted bullpen has struggled so far.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/10/2013

How Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano struggled Tuesday

The Nationals revamped bullpen has been unspectacular so far this season. Here is how two of the relievers faltered against the White Sox.

By James Wagner  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, PITCHf/X, rafael soriano, Tyler Clippard

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Why Davey Johnson tapped Tyler Clippard for the eighth inning

Drew Storen is the presumptive setup man but Johnson chose the reliever with the better matchup numbers.

By James Wagner  |  07:18 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Nationals' remaining roster spot to be finalized after Friday's game

The Nationals will finalize choice between J.C. Romero and Henry Rodriguez after exhibition game.

By James Wagner  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Nationals preview 2013: The pitching staff

A look at the Nationals' pitchers in 2013.

By Harry Pavlidis  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 preview, Analytics, Bullpen, Nationals' pitchers, pitching staff, starting rotation

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Nationals sign J.C. Romero to bolster bullpen depth

The Nationals remain content with only one lefty, but they added J.C. Romero as depth.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Do the Nationals need a lefty reliever?

If the Nationals' roster has any holes on paper, it would be the lack of a second left-hander in the bullpen to pair with long reliever Zach Duke.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Clippard

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Cuts looming, Davey Johnson to align the bullpen soon

Cuts looming, Davey Johnson to align the bullpen soon

By James Wagner  |  01:57 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Christian Garcia, Henry Rodriguez, Nate Karns

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 03/03/2013

Nationals send Bill Bray, Will Ohman, two others to minor league camp

Nationals send Bill Bray, Will Ohman, two others to minor league camp

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:09 PM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Bray, Bullpen

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Drew Storen says he's moved on from Game 5

Drew Storen arrives at spring training at peace with the fateful, final innings of 2012.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:41 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Drew Storen

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Cole Kimball says he is 100 percent: 'It's like I never had surgery'

The Nationals reliever had a faced a long path to recovery since his 2011 rotator cuff surgery and insists he is healthy again.

By James Wagner  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Cole Kimball, Pitchers

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Henry Rodriguez, fighting for a spot in the bullpen, says his elbow feels fine

The Nationals flame-throwing right-handed reliever says his elbow feels fine after his surgery and rehab this winter.

By James Wagner  |  12:12 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Henry Rodriguez

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Nationals sign Will Ohman to minor league deal

The Nationals signed yet another left-handed reliever to serve as depth behind Zach Duke and others.

By James Wagner  |  01:46 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Will Ohman

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/20/2013

Davey Johnson on Rafael Soriano: 'As it stacks right now, he's the No. 1 guy'

The Nationals manager was out of the country on vacation when Rafael Soriano signed. He returned to a surplus of late-inning relievers.

By James Wagner  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, davey johnson

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Steve McCatty: Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard took Rafael Soriano signing like 'professionals'

After he talked to Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty came away convinced they would handle closer Rafael Soriano taking the job they coveted.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:16 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Mike Rizzo: Second lefty reliever 'not a necessity' for Nationals

The Nationals general manager said he is open to adding another left-hander to the bullpen but, again, states his confidence in the right-handed relievers' ability to get lefties out.

By James Wagner  |  06:43 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 01/06/2013

What about Rafael Soriano?

If the Nationals want to upgrade their bullpen they might as well go after the best reliever available.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:49 PM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 01/04/2013

J.P. Howell, left-handed reliever targeted by Nationals, heads to the Dodgers

For the fourth time this offesaseon, the Nationals have lost out on a left-handed reliever they were interested in.

By James Wagner  |  10:08 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Davey Johnson wants a second left-handed reliever

The Nationals manager wants another left-hander in the bullpen, and thinks Sean Burnett is likely going to sign with another team. Tom Gorzelanny and Michael Gonzalez are still options.

By James Wagner  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Nationals sign Zack Duke, Bill Bray to bolster left-handed relief

The Nationals added two left-handed relievers Monday afternoon to a bullpen that previously contained none, re-signing Zach Duke to be their long reliever and acquiring Bill Bray on a minor league deal.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:54 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, winter meetings

Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 11/08/2012

The state of the Nationals bullpen entering the offseason

Mike Rizzo hopes to bring back Sean Burnett and Michael Gonzalez, and Ryan Madson looms as a possibility.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:55 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/13/2012

Sean Burnett will undergo surgery, could become a free agent

Sean Burnett will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Sean Burnett

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Craig Stammen, the Nationals’ sixth-inning muscle

Craig Stammen cleaned house last night in the sixth inning, the frame that is about to grow in importance.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:26 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 09/30/2012

Tyler Clippard offers more proof he’s back

Sandwiched between the Nationals’ lead vanishing last night in the late innings, Tyler Clippard provided another performance that boded well for the Nationals’ postseason chances.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:34 PM ET, 09/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Nationals bullpen stumbled in past week, but performing well overall

It may be easy to pinpoint the bullpen as the culprit in recent weeks, but even though they stumbled three times in a week, they're among baseball's best in past month.

By James Wagner  |  01:52 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/04/2012

As Sean Burnett rests with nerve irritation in elbow, Christian Garcia could play a role

With Sean Burnett resting his elbow and Ryan Mattheus having pitched twice in a row, the Nationals got Christian Garcia loose in a 1-0 game yesterday

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:25 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Christian Garcia, Sean Burnett