Nationals Journal: rafael soriano


Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Rafael Soriano, Drew Storen have bounced back big from last season

Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano have both been dominating this year coming off rough seasons.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 06:27 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Rafael Soriano prepares for four-out saves; Gio Gonzalez works on his changeup

Rafael Soriano never worked over multiple innings in 2013, but he did Sunday afternoon.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:27 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Ross Detwiler’s third start and Rafael Soriano’s improved outing

The Nationals closer had a strong inning without baserunners, an improvement from his previous spring outings.

By James Wagner  |  07:06 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam LaRoche, grapefruit league, rafael soriano, ross detwiler

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Rafael Soriano on his early spring results: ‘Don’t worry about me’

The Nationals closer insists that he feels fine during spring training and that he’s not worried about the seven runs he has allowed in two games.

By James Wagner  |  02:21 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Gio Gonzalez’s up and down outing, Rafael Soriano’s rough inning -- and other notes

The Nationals closer hasn’t looked sharp this spring but Manager Matt Williams insists that the right-hander feels good.

By James Wagner  |  10:50 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, grapefruit league, rafael soriano, Zach Walters

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Wilson Ramos’s monster home run, plus other notes

The catcher hit a wind-aided ball so far it flew over the beer deck in left field and the trees behind it.

By James Wagner  |  07:47 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rafael soriano, Tanner Roark, wilson ramos

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 07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Taylor Jordan to start Nationals’ Grapefruit League opener Friday

The right-hander competing for the fifth starter’s spot will start against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

By James Wagner  |  07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Gio Gonzalez, Injuries, Josh Johnson, rafael soriano, Rotation, Starting pitchers, Taylor Jordan

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013

A deeper look at Rafael Soriano’s first season as Nationals closer

Closer’s first season in Washington had mixed reviews. So how effective was he really — and why?

By James Wagner  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Rafael Soriano is in the Dominican Air Force

Soriano is a first lieutenant and a pitching coach for the Dominican Air Force baseball team.

By James Wagner  |  11:10 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 09/08/2013

Rafael Soriano is getting on a roll

After an extended struggle, Rafael Soriano has recorded seven straight saves to run his season total to 39.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:04 PM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Rafael Soriano and his missing slider

By James Wagner  |  07:16 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Brushback, rafael soriano

Posted at 01:49 AM ET, 08/24/2013

The Nationals' ninth-inning drama continues

Davey Johnson uses a short leash on Drew Storen, and Rafael Soriano nearly blows another save.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:49 AM ET, 08/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Rafael Soriano on his recent struggles in the ninth

The closer has a career-high six blown saves, including two last week. He’s also one four Nats closers with 30 saves.

By James Wagner  |  01:25 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 01:34 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Davey Johnson on the decision to hook Rafael Soriano

The Nationals manager deferred to Knorr and his decision-making.

By James Wagner  |  01:34 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rafael soriano, randy knorr

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Randy Knorr pulls Rafael Soriano

Randy Knorr doesn't let Rafael Soriano finish the ninth inning: "If you don't want to be in that mode to shut the game down, I'll bring somebody else in."

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:13 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rafael soriano, randy knorr

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Rafael Soriano on the Nationals' inconsistencies

The most veteran player of the team says teammates are playing too tense.

By James Wagner  |  11:32 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Rafael Soriano explains comments to Bryce Harper as hitting the wall lingers

Rafael Soriano pulled Bryce Harper aside to discuss his comments to USA Today as the issue of Harper playing balls close to the wall hovered.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:21 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, rafael soriano

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Rafael Soriano says he's not upset with Bryce Harper (updated)

The Nationals closer says he no issue with Harper on the play and felt he was quoted when talking off the record.

By James Wagner  |  01:33 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Rafael Soriano not pleased with Bryce Harper's position on game-tying run

Bryce Harper blamed himself for Tuesday's loss after letting a game-tying RBI triple sailed over his head.

By James Wagner  |  11:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, rafael soriano

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Rafael Soriano and his workload

The Nationals closer warmed up in the ninth inning Friday, his third time getting warm in three days.

By James Wagner  |  04:11 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 05/05/2013

Jayson Werth joins 'the untuck team'

Jayson Werth became the latest National to mimic red-hot closer Rafael Soriano's postgame celebration.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:06 PM ET, 05/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Rafael Soriano invites Nationals teammates to his Atlanta house for dinner

Soriano, 33, is known for his quiet demeanor but is opening up to his teammates.

By James Wagner  |  07:23 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Rafael Soriano to return Tuesday, Drew Storen available to close Monday

The Nationals closer is expected to return from New York on Tuesday morning, leaving the former closer to face the Cardinals if needed.

By James Wagner  |  06:33 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Drew Storen could be the Nationals' closer as Rafael Soriano rests

Davey Johnson may give closer Rafael Soriano the game off because the Nationals' winning produced three consecutive save situations.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  closer, Drew Storen, rafael soriano

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2013

A look at the Nats' pitchers so far

It's early, but let's jump into our year-to-date PITCHf/x numbers.

By Harry Pavlidis  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Analytics, Craig Stammen, dan haren, Drew Storen, Gio Gonzalez, Henry Rodriguez, Jordan Zimmermann, PITCHf/X, Pitching, rafael soriano, ross detwiler, Ryan Mattheus, Stephen Strasburg, Tyler Clippard, Zach Duke

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Rafael Soriano on his recent shaky outings, how to improve

The Nationals new closer said he doesn't have a good feel for his slider right now and has noticed a flaw in his delivery.

By James Wagner  |  07:38 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 02:02 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Rafael Soriano's tooth, Mike Rizzo on Chris Young, other notes

Rafael Soriano's tooth, Mike Rizzo on Chris Young, other notes

By James Wagner  |  02:02 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Young, Cole Kimball, rafael soriano, roster

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Rafael Soriano had a root canal

Rafael Soriano underwent a root canal this afternoon, but Davey Johnson still plans for him to pitch Friday as scheduled.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:29 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Nats closer Rafael Soriano dealing with tooth infection, still ramping up

The Nationals may have to push back Rafael Soriano's next spring outing as he deals with an infected tooth.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:05 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Rafael Soriano roughed up for first time this spring

The Nationals right-handed closer had his first shaky outing of the spring but Davey Johnson believes he threw the ball well.

By James Wagner  |  06:26 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Rafael Soriano debuts, Ryan Zimmerman makes the long throw, Matt Purke optioned, etc.

Wrapping up the Nationals' day in spring training

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:34 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Rafael Soriano throws his first live batting practice

The Nationals' new closer threw his first live batting practice session on Wednesday and could appear in a game as soon as this week.

By James Wagner  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Rafael Soriano throws his first bullpen session

Rafael Soriano took it easy as he climbed a mound for the first time at Nationals' camp.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:34 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Rafael Soriano reports to Nationals spring training

After a delayed arrival because of a visa issue, the Nationals' new closer finally arrives in camp.

By James Wagner  |  10:08 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Rafael Soriano obtains visa, set to arrive at Nationals spring training Saturday

Closer Rafael Soriano will report to Nationals spring training tomorrow.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:12 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Rafael Soriano waiting on visa issue (updated)

Rafael Soriano hopes to arrive at Nationals camp by the end of the week.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:41 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Rafael Soriano not present on morning of Nationals first workout

Rafael Soriano has not been spotted at Nationals spring training, and team officials have stayed mum.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:39 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Mark Lerner on Gio Gonzalez, payroll, Mike Rizzo, MASN dispute

The Nationals principal owner talked about a range of issues concerning the team after an event in Washington this afternoon.

By James Wagner  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Lerner, rafael soriano, Spring Training

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Rafael Soriano on the Nationals, his role and jersey tradition

The Nationals' new closer was introduced on Thursday, but here's a little more about the 33-year-old reliever from the Dominican Republic.

By James Wagner  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Rafael Soriano introduced at Nationals Park

Mike Rizzo explains the signing of Rafael Soriano, who says the Nationals can win a World Series.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:39 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/16/2013

More ripple effects from the Nationals' Rafael Soriano signing

The Nationals' signing of Rafael Soriano is big and fascinating enough to keep rattling around your mind.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/15/2013

What Rafael Soriano agreeing to terms with the Nationals means

Agreeing to terms with free agent reliever Soriano means a lot of things for the Nationals. Here's an attempt to make sense of some of it.

By James Wagner  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Nationals agree to terms with Rafael Soriano [UPDATED]

The Nationals are "getting close" to reaching terms with closer Rafael Soriano, but the deal has not been finalized.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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