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Posted at 08:23 PM ET, 04/20/2014

Slider-free Stephen Strasburg strikes out nine

Working without his new pitch, Stephen Strasburg dominates the Cardinals for most of his six innings.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:23 PM ET, 04/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:21 PM ET, 04/06/2014

Tanner Roark was available in relief Sunday

Tanner Roark could have pitched Sunday, but Matt Williams was vague on why.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:21 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014

Nationals 2014: The best case and the worst case

On opening day, we present our annual best case and worst scenario for each Nationals player.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Brushback, Washington Nationals

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 03/26/2014

More Nationals news on the DC Sports Bog

The baseball season is fast approaching, which means the DC Sports Bog is all over the Nationals.

By Post Sports  |  04:47 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan, Chris Young take aim at fifth spot in Nationals rotation

It’s a big moment for the Nationals’ fifth start competition, with Taylor Jordan pitching a day after Tanner Roark’s impressive performance.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Brushback, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 03/09/2014

Stephen Strasburg’s solid second start -- and other notes

The right-hander allowed one run over three innings and induced two double plays.

By James Wagner  |  07:23 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drew Storen, matt williams, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Stephen Strasburg makes an impression, Ross Detwiler’s cutter cuts, Bryce Harper almost hits one over a pond

Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler worked on new pitches during the Nationals’ live batting practice.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, ross detwiler, Spring Training, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 02/17/2014

Sammy Solis arrives, Matt Purke impresses and Gio Gonzalez gets pranked

Sammy Solis can finally focus on pitching again, plus other notes from the Nationals’ workout.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:28 PM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sammy Solis, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 02/16/2014

Wrapping up today’s workout: Ryan Zimmerman arrives, Matt Williams gives signs, Felipe Rivero throws

Ryan Zimmerman had a first baseman’s mitt waiting for him in Viera, and other notes from Day 2.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:52 PM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pitchers and catchers, Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:33 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Nationals re-sign Will Rhymes to minor league deal

The Nats re-signed Will Rhymes and invited the versatile infielder to spring training.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:33 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Nationals, Will Rhymes

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Mike Rizzo on Nate McLouth and the Nationals’ bench

The Nationals could still tweak the bench, including adding a backup catcher, but appear happy with the roster improvements.

By James Wagner  |  07:10 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mike rizzo, Nate McLouth, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Nationals acquire Doug Fister for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol, Robbie Ray

The Nationals bolstered their rotation with a major trade to acquire tall right-hander Doug Fister.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:13 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Mathematically eliminated, the Nationals are still playing their regulars

Davey Johnson wants to make the Cardinals have to earn their NL Central title.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:04 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, denard span, playing out the string, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Steve Lombardozzi leads the majors in pinch hits

Steve Lombardozzi has been a strong spot on a weak bench, but will it lead to more playing time?

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:17 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, Steve Lombardozzi, Washington Nationals

Posted at 11:57 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Tanner Roark’s incredible start built on command, feel for pitching

Pitcher Tanner Roark has been a revelation since the Nationals promoted him in early August.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:57 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

Posted at 12:21 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Bryce Harper ready to return Wednesday

After a difficult season on the injury front, Bryce Harper is feeling healthy and ready to return for the Nationals’ final 18 games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:21 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 09/10/2013

The Nationals are selling playoff tickets to season-ticket holders

The Nationals may have long odds at October, but they’re selling tickets anyway.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:05 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  playoff tickets, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 09/02/2013

Roger Bernadina faces the Nationals for first time

The former longest-tenured player in the franchise faces his old teammates for the first time.

By James Wagner  |  06:36 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, roger bernadina, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 08/25/2013

Bryce Harper homers with a sore foot, and Denard Span takes his mom's advice

Bryce Harper stayed in after he fouled a ball off his foot, and Denard Span took advantage of a first pitch thanks to a text from his mom.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:32 PM ET, 08/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, denard span, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 08/17/2013

Taylor Jordan shut down for the season, Tyler Moore returns

The Nationals didn't want to risk any injury so they placed right-hander is placed on the DL with a back strain, ending his season.

By James Wagner  |  08:16 PM ET, 08/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Taylor Jordan, Tyler Moore, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 08/17/2013

Stephen Strasburg hits Justin Upton a day after Bryce Harper is hit, then gets ejected after wild pitches (updated)

The Nationals starter hits the Braves outfielder in apparent retaliation for the repeated plunkings of Harper.

By James Wagner  |  08:04 PM ET, 08/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Posted at 11:53 PM ET, 08/16/2013

Jayson Werth on Charlie Manuel, the manager who most formed his career

"I owe him a lot," Jayson Werth said about Charlie Manuel, who was let go on Friday as the Phillies' manager.

By James Wagner  |  11:53 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlie Manuel, Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 08/16/2013

Wilson Ramos back after hamstring scare

The catcher says he feels a lot better, returning after missing two games with a tweaked hamstring.

By James Wagner  |  07:08 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, Washington Nationals, wilson ramos

Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Wilson Ramos' hamstring injury appears minor, to miss a few days

The catcher says the discomfort was less and in a different spot than his two previous strains.

By James Wagner  |  07:16 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, Washington Nationals, wilson ramos

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Davey Johnson says Gio Gonzalez-Jayson Werth spat shows Nationals 'have a pulse'

Davey Johnson thought the confrontation between Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez showed the Nats still have life.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:54 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, Gio Gonzalez, Jayson Werth, Washingtoin Nationals, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Gio Gonzalez's back feeling better, other rotation health updates

Gio Gonzalez pitched through a stiff back last night, but he expects to make his next start with no issues.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:21 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, Ross Ohlendorf, Rotation, Washington Nationals

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Gio Gonzalez and Jayson Werth exchange words after first inning of Nationals-Giants game

The two players appear to be involved in an argument after the first inning, with Gonzalez held back by a coach.

By James Wagner  |  08:15 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Updates Ross Detwiler, Ross Ohlendorf and Taylor Jordan

Ohlendorf is expected to make another rehab start later this week, Detwiler is about a week away from baseball activities and Jordan is feeling the wear of this season's workload.

By James Wagner  |  07:29 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ross detwiler, Ross Ohlendorf, Taylor Jordan, Washington Nationals

Posted at 09:22 PM ET, 08/11/2013

Jayson Werth, Davey Johnson leave early, should be fine

Davey Johnson (back) and Jayson Werth (knee) both had to leave the Nationals' victory early, but they both should be fine after an off day.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:22 PM ET, 08/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals

Posted at 12:28 AM ET, 08/11/2013

Taylor Jordan will get another start, and more from the Nationals' win

The Nationals' 8-5 victory over the Phillies belonged to Jayson Werth, but the key moments and important contributors came bursting out of the box score.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:28 AM ET, 08/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Taylor Jordan, Washington Nationals

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Dan Haren becomes 13th pitcher in MLB history to defeat all 30 teams

The right-hander becomes the third active pitcher to accomplish the feat.

By James Wagner  |  11:45 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dan haren, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Ross Ohlendorf to begin rehab assignment Saturday; Ross Detwiler progressing

The right-handed reliever will start his rehab assignment on Saturday. The left-handed starter will still rest his back for a full month despite improvement.

By James Wagner  |  07:10 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ross detwiler, Ross Ohlendorf, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Scott Hairston could give the Nationals a right-handed option at first base

Scott Hairston may give Davey Johnson the right-handed first base option he has been lacking.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:36 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Scott Hairston, Washington Nationals

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 08/02/2013

NL East has been MLB's least in 2013

The NL East has been baseball's worst division this season by just about any measure.

By Barry Svrluga  |  03:40 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Atlanta Braves, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Miami Marlins, Nationals, NL East, Phillies, Sunday baseball insider, Washington Nationals

Posted at 11:56 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Tyler Clippard sounds off after Nationals demote Drew Storen

The Nationals exposed simmering resentment about their decision to acquire Rafael Soriano when they optioned Drew Storen to the minor leagues.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:56 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, Drew Storen, rafael soriano, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 07/04/2013

After strong stretch, Nationals reliever Drew Storen stumbles again

The right-handed reliever had allowed an earned run in 16 of 17 outings before Wednesday -- and then seven runs in two games after.

By James Wagner  |  05:28 PM ET, 07/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drew Storen, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 06/23/2013

Dan Haren to be placed on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness

Dan Haren wanted to keep pitching, but he accepted the Nationals' decision to put him on the DL.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:34 PM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dan haren, Nationals, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 06/02/2013

Nationals 'overly optimistic' about Stephen Strasburg lat strain, says one medical official

Stephen Strasburg may throw a bullpen session Wednesday, but one medical official believes the Nationals may need to be more careful.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:22 PM ET, 06/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Frank Robinson to throw out first pitch

Former Nationals manager Frank Robinson will throw out the first pitch at the first postseason baseball game in Washington since 1933 on Wednesday.

By Barry Svrluga  |  06:33 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  frank robinson, National League Division Series, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 09/28/2012

Mike Rizzo under contract for one more guaranteed year, two club options

According to people familiar with the details of Mike Rizzo’s contract, only the first three years are guaranteed and the final two years – 2014 and 2015 – are option years that can be exercised by the team

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:28 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mike rizzo, Washingtion Nationals, Washington Nationals

Posted at 10:02 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Nationals beat Dodgers, 4-1, to secure first Washington postseason berth since 1933

The Nationals defeated the Dodgers, 4-1, and have guaranteed a trip to the postseason.

By James Wagner  |  10:02 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ross detwiler, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Danny Espinosa key to the Nationals’ offensive outburst

Danny Espinosa has put his first half behind him and become one of the top two-way second basemen in the league.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Espinosa, danny espinosa; ian desmond; morning brushback; washington nationals; nationals beat cubs;, Morning Brushback

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Bryce Harper blasts two homers, ranks third all-time among teenagers

Bryce Harper's home runs gave him 17, which moved him to third-most all-time for a teenager in a single season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:15 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Posted at 10:36 PM ET, 09/02/2012

How Kurt Suzuki worked with Nationals coaches to shorten his swing, spark hitting surge

Working with Nationals Manager Davey Johnson and hitting coach Rick Eckstein, Kurt Suzuki shortened his swing and it sparked a recent hitting surge.

By James Wagner  |  10:36 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kurt Suzuki, washington nationals

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 09/02/2012

President Obama asked about Stephen Strasburg shutdown

The President's press secretary is asked about baseball fan Obama's thoughts on Stephen Strasburg's shutdown.

By James Wagner  |  09:40 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, washington nationals

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper give Nationals a dynamic 1-2 punch

Johnson did not envision Werth as a leadoff hitter this season, but he has been a perfect fit as the Nationals have played with a full complement for the first time all year.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bryce harper, jayson werth, leadoff hitter, Morning Brushback, washington nationals

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 07/30/2012

Nationals’ unheralded contributor: their defense

Not to be lost among the strong pitching performances and the offensive bursts is the effectiveness of the team’s defense.

By James Wagner  |  02:22 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Nationals’ home attendance is up

Five of the 10 most-attended games in Nationals Park history have occurred this season.

By James Wagner  |  08:31 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 06/17/2012

Brad Lidge designated for assignment; Ryan Mattheus reinstated from the disabled list

The 35-year old reliever and former closer was ineffective since returning from injury.

By James Wagner  |  12:55 PM ET, 06/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Nationals-Blue Jays lineup

Bryce Harper is back in the lineup.

By Washington Post sports editors  |  03:05 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 06/06/2012

The Nationals will probably use an eight-man bullpen

The Nationals will use an eight-man bullpen once Brad Lidge and Ryan Mattheus come off the disabled list, but they’ll still need to make a tough choice.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:48 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Ryan Zimmerman: ‘I just stink right now’

The third baseman kills a rally in the eighth inning and admits he “stinks” right now at the plate.

By James Wagner  |  08:04 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington nationals

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Davey Johnson wants Danny Espinosa to change his approach

Davey Johnson believes Danny Espinosa needs to alter his approach at the plate.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:30 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Stephen Strasburg still on track after bullpen session

Stephen Strasburg felt “great” throwing his bullpen session today, another sign he’ll make his next start with no issue.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:25 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Nationals

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Ian Desmond credits home run binge to ‘Daddy strength’

Ian Desmond has a funny explanation for his recent power surge at the plate.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Stephen Strasburg will make his next start on schedule after arm fatigue Sunday

The Nationals do not appear concerned about the arm fatigue that ended Stephen Strasburg’s start an inning early Sunday.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:53 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Bryce Harper on playing in Philly: ‘Hopefully I get a couple of boos ... and they don’t throw any batteries’

The Phillies are improved, the Nationals are dealing with injuries and Harper heads north for a trip.

By James Wagner  |  08:23 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington nationals

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Timetable for Michael Morse’s return could accelerate

Injured outfielder Michael Morse is feeling good and could return to the Nationals’ lineup well before the stated target date of June 8.

By Dave Sheinin  |  05:39 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Drew Storen tosses, still aiming for return around the all-star break

Drew Storen has begun a long, tedious throwing program as Davey Johnson sticks by Henry Rodriguez.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:50 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Chase Headley, Sandy Leon meet the day after their collision

Chase Headley apologized to Sandy Leon, who says he could return in four weeks.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:59 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sandy Leon, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Stephen Strasburg had issue with Hot Stuff ointment in rocky outing, Davey Johnson says

Davey Johnson said Stephen Strasburg had Hot Stuff in the wrong place Tuesday afternoon.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:24 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Chien-Ming Wang will make another rehab start as Nationals buy time on rotation decision

The Nationals will give Chien-Ming Wang another rehab start, which allows them to buy time in making a tricky decision with their rotation.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:41 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 05/12/2012

Bryce Harper fine, and fortunate, the day after he became Bam Bam

Last night Bryce Harper texted Davey Johnson that he wanted to play today. Johnson says the injury could have been far worse.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:39 PM ET, 05/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 05/12/2012

Roger Bernadina making the most of his latest chance

The Nationals are giving Roger Bernadina another opportunity to assert himself, and he responded with home runs in consecutive games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:05 PM ET, 05/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Bryce Harper loves getting booed

As the 19-year-old rookie prepares to play in his third road city, he says being booed is a sign of respect.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:50 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Chien-Ming Wang to make rehab start at Syracuse tonight, return not imminent

Chien-Ming Wang will pitch in Syracuse tonight, but he’ll make at least one more rehab appearance before he returns to the majors.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:45 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Davey Johnson sticks with Danny Espinosa as sophomore slump continues

Davey Johnson says Danny Espinosa will be back in the lineup tonight even as his vicious sophomore slump continues.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:10 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Nationals sign reliever Mike Gonzalez to help bullpen depth

The Nationals agree to a deal with veteran reliever Mike Gonzalez to bolster their bullpen depth.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:20 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Mike Rizzo fined by MLB for comments about Cole Hamels

The league fined Mike Rizzo an undiscloed amount for his comments on Cole Hamels.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:14 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Davey Johnson on Natitude: ‘What’s going to sell tickets is if we win ballgames’

Manager Davey Johnson says the Nationals will take back Nationals Park by winning, not marketing.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:53 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Mark DeRosa out at least 2-3 weeks with oblique strain, Tyler Moore will come off bench

Even with Mark DeRosa on the disabled list for at least two or three weeks, Tyler Moore will remain in a bench role.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:17 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Bryce Harper has a plan in the batter’s box

At the plate, Bryce Harper displays nuance beyond his 19 years.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:01 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/28/2012

Don’t be surprised if Bryce Harper bunts in his major league debut

In several debut-type games, Bryce Harper has tried to lay one down and leg it out.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:51 PM ET, 04/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Nationals minor leagues: How Hagerstown scored 24 runs and the rise of Danny Rosenbaum

Hagerstown scored 24 runs, Syracuse hit two grand slams and Danny Rosenbaum continued his rise.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:28 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 04/26/2012

The Nationals’ starting rotation by the numbers

The Nationals’ rotation has become difficult to place into perspective, producing layer upon layer of absurdity.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:43 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Reliever Lidge dealing with vertigo

Disorder has bothered pitcher for four days, according to Manager Davey Johnson.

By Gene Wang  |  06:24 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Drew Storen relieved, in good spirits after surgery

A day after undergoing surgery, Drew Storen feels relieved and confident in a full return.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:07 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Michael Morse shut down for six weeks after re-aggravating lat strain

Michael Morse will miss an extended period of games after re-injuring his strained right lat.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:51 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Nationals sending Michael Morse’s tests results to Dr. James Andrews

The Nationals are sending Michael Morse’s test results to Dr. James Andrews, while still awaiting word on Drew Storen.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Stephen Strasburg, Johan Santana set for marquee matchup

Stephen Strasburg has not opposed many aces in his brief career, but he will today.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:36 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Michael Morse likely to return for the Nationals home opener

While Michael Morse is eligible to return tomorrow, the Nationals plan on holding him out until Thursday.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:02 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Bryce Harper will play center field and right field at Class AAA Syracuse

The Nationals sent Bryce Harper to Class AAA Syracuse to learn center field, but he won’t stop playing right field, either.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Brad Lidge and Henry Rodriguez will alternate as the Nationals’ closer

Brad Lidge is up first in Davey Johnson’s plan to split the closing duties between him and Henry Rodriguez.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:57 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2012

The Nationals’ schedule will not make a possible playoff run easy

The Nationals’ biggest impediment to the postseason likely has nothing to do with their roster. It’s their schedule.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Bud Selig: Nationals-Orioles negotiations over MASN ‘under very serious discussion’

The negotiations between the Nationals and Orioles owner Peter Angelos over the Nationals’ share of the revenue produced by MASN remain ongoing.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012

The Nationals set their opening day roster, are ready to face expectations

With opening day almost here, the Nationals are ready to take on new expectations.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Mike Rizzo: Nationals not looking to add roster pieces

Mike Rizzo says the Nationals will not look to add any last-minute pieces to their roster.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:38 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Edwin Jackson’s strong start, Brett Carroll’s Little League grand slam, Sean Burnett’s return

Wrapping up the Nationals’ 6-3 win over Atlanta.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:41 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Edwin Jackson, Washington Nationals

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Adam LaRoche makes a promising return

Adam LaRoche went 1 for 2 with a walk in his first game in two weeks.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:58 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Nationals cut Jason Michaels, Andres Blanco, move closer to final roster

The Nationals moved closer to their opening day roster by reassigning Jason Michaels and Andres Blanco.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Jordan Zimmermann throws six scoreless innings in Nationals’ best start this spring

Jordan Zimmermann produced the best start of the Nationals’ spring today, six scoreless innings against the Mets.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:24 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Michael Morse cleared to ‘accelerate’ baseball activity, still unlikely for opening day

Michael Morse will be cleared to “accelerate” baseball activities after a sonogram revealed the slight tear in Morse’s right lat muscle has “flattened out and healed,” Manager Davey Johnson said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:33 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Gio Gonzalez rebounds with an assist from Mark DeRosa

Gio Gonzalez started slow, but he made an adjustment suggested by an unlikely source.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:49 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Rick Ankiel leaves game as a precaution

The Nationals pulled Rick Ankiel today after he felt discomfort in his quadriceps, but only as a precaution.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Roger Bernadina catches fire, but can he make it last?

Roger Bernadina has had a great past two days — but we’ve seen that before.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:03 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Gio Gonzalez still smiling after rough start

Gio Gonzalez put up a horrid line score today, but he was still all smiles afterward.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:59 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Michael Morse’s status for Nationals opening day is unclear [updated]

Cleanup hitter Michael Morse undergoes a second treatment for his strained right lat, and Drew Storen is getting tests on his right arm.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Steve Lombardozzi plays the outfield, Chad Durbin can opt out, Ryan Perry takes his hacks

Steve Lombardozzi makes his first appearance in the outfield, Chad Durbin may be pitching himself onto a different team, Ryan Perry has to hit.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:19 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Drew Storen feeling better, confident he’ll be ready for opening day

Drew Storen returned to the Nationals’ clubhouse and played catch this morning, a day after the Nationals sent him home with strep throat.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Mike Rizzo explains Bryce Harper moving to center, playing at Class AAA

Mike Rizzo sent Bryce Harper to the minors not to change, but to gain experience and seasoning while refining his play in center field.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:34 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Notes on Drew Storen, Michael Morse, Chien-Ming Wang

Some injury/illness updates on Nationals pitchers Drew Storen and Chien-Ming Wang, and outfielder Michael Morse.

By Dave Sheinin  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Gio Gonzalez annoyed at his command issues

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez turned in a solid performance on paper against the New York Yankees, but afterward he said he has a long way left to go.

By Dave Sheinin  |  06:01 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Lombardozzi states his case for making team

Infielder Steve Lombardozzi has a memorable afternoon against the New York Yankees and shows why the Nationals are considering him for a bench job this season.

By Dave Sheinin  |  05:52 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Updates: Nationals at Yankees

The Nationals and Yankees get underway at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

By Dave Sheinin  |  01:27 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Jason Michaels moves on from dropped fly ball

Jason Michaels deals with dropping a fly ball.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Michael Morse will take at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday, and more from tonight

Rather than travel to Orlando with the Nationals, Michael Morse will take at-bats in an intrasquad minor league game

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:45 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:09 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Edwin Jackson allows four runs, two earned, against Tigers

Despite an unsighly line, Edwin Jackson says he felt his best against the Tigers.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:09 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Nationals’ bench competition will go down to the wire

Davey Johnson is making the last spot on the Nationals a priority.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:51 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Bryce Harper set to play after workout, updates on Michael Morse, Rick Ankiel

Bryce Harper looks good to go after working out, plus updates on Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:42 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Ryan Zimmerman would rather see curveballs than hit home runs in spring training

Ryan Zimmerman has been crushing the ball in spring training, but he’s just as happy to see some curveballs.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:10 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Gio Gonzalez continues stellar spring with family on hand

In his second start this spring, Gio Gonzalez threw four more scoreless innings.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:06 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Nationals pleased with Chien-Ming Wang after start

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Bryce Harper scratched from Nationals lineup with left calf tightness

Bryce Harper did not play today after feeling tightness in his calf before the game, but the injury is “nothing serious.”

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:42 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/07/2012

The meaning of Mark DeRosa’s home run

By blasting a pitch over thefence, Mark DeRosa showed himself he can still hit for power.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Davey Johnson may wait to put Adam LaRoche in the lineup after all

While Adam LaRoche said this morning he planned to be in tomorrow’s lineup, Davey Johnson may wait another day.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Nationals hand out contracts to 17 zero-to-three players; Drew Storen, Roger Bernadina renewed

The Nationals officially hand out contracts to their zero-to-three players.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Ryan Mattheus shows off his improved arm strength

With an improved slider, Ryan Mattheus impresses his teammates during live batting practice.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Sean Burnett’s new approach at Nationals spring training

Sean Burnett was probably the Nationals’ best pitcher last spring. So why did he think he struggled?

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:28 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Nationals prospect Sammy Solis to undergo Tommy John surgery

Nationals prospect Sammy Solis, a 2010 second-round pick, will undergo ligament-replacement surgery next Tuesday in Los Angeles.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Danny Espinosa will play some shortstop this spring, but don’t jump to any conclusions

Danny Espinosa will play shortstop a few games this spring, but only in case Ian Desmond gets hurt.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:59 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Adam LaRoche feeling good, but doesn’t expect to be at full strength by opening day

Adam LaRoche is making steady progress with his surgically repaired shoulder, but he doesn’t expect to be at full strength by opening day.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:46 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Edwin Jackson will try to stop tipping his pitches

In Edwin Jackson’s first bullpen session of the spring, the Nationals studied how he can stop tipping pitches.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Henry Rodriguez expected at Nationals spring training later today

Henry Rodriguez, who missed the first days of camp with an excused absence, is expected to arrive later today.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Stephen Strasburg kicks off his spring, Gio Gonzalez fits in and Drew Storen keeps tinkering

Stephen Strasburg gets to be one the boys, Gio Gonzalez tries to fit, Drew Storen keeps tinkering and Chien-Ming Wang looks healthy.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:20 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Davey Johnson addresses Nationals pitchers, catchers

Davey Johnson stresses two points to pitchers and catchers: the importance of communication and the primacy of staying healthy.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:16 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 02/21/2012

At Nationals spring training, Chris Marrero rehabbing torn hamstring

Rather than trying to make the Nationals, Chris Marrero is running stairs, playing catch and hitting off a tee.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:39 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/20/2012

Nationals will replace Mike Cameron from within

After Mike Cameron’s retirement, the Nationals aren’t worried about filling his role.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper: ‘There’s an ego bone’

Columnist Jason Reid talks to the Nationals’ general manager about the 19-year-old’s maturity.

By Washington Post Sports  |  02:18 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Nationals, John Lannan have arbitration hearing, will learn his 2012 salary on Thursday

The team and pitcher go to an arbitration hearing and will learn his salary for next season on Thursday.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:38 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  john lannan, washington nationals

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Brad Lidge, Nationals agree to terms

Washington beefs up an already excellent bullpen by adding former Phillies closer on a one-year deal.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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