Dec 3, 2015, 12:25 AM EST
The Nationals chose not to tender a 2016 contract to Craig Stammen before Wednesday night’s deadline, a move that makes the popular-but-rehabbing reliever a free agent but doesn’t necessarily preclude him from re-signing with the organization that drafted him a decade ago. Facing a midnight deadline on six remaining arbitration-eligible players, the Nationals made the…
Oct 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 25 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 2 year, 130 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $2.5 million Contract status: Possibly Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2020. 2015 stats: 80 G, 355 PA, 43 R, 82 H, 16 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 1 SB,…
Sep 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Bryce Harper had a phenomenal game Wednesday night at a time when his team needed it most. He homered. He doubled. He homered again, this time with the Nationals trailing the Mets late, their season on the brink of collapse. It was the kind of performance that should have carried the Nationals through a must-win…
Sep 9, 2015, 11:15 AM EST
After the Nationals’ bullpen collapsed in jawdropping fashion, after the Mets had not only tied the game after trailing by six, but then took the lead on a go-ahead homer, the Nats found themselves with a pretty decent chance for redemption. The top of their order was up in the ninth against New York closer…
Sep 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
You’re not going to win every game. Nobody does. But when you’ve got significant ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it, you can’t afford to give away games that were there for the taking. Which is exactly what the Nationals have done too many times over the last month,…
Aug 26, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 4-2 Team slash: .253/.367/.474 Team ERA: 3.23 Runs per game: 5.3 STOCK UP Anthony Rendon, 2B: .333 AVG/ 2 HR/ 5 RBI Ah, so this is the guy who finished fifth in NL…
Aug 23, 2015, 12:04 AM EST
Given his lack of production — shoot, given his lack of games on the active roster — this season, it’s been easy to forget about Anthony Rendon and how good he was for the Nationals last year and how good he still can be for them the rest of this year. The young man who…
Aug 21, 2015, 11:25 PM EST
[Updated: 11:25 p.m.] Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Friday night’s loss to the Brewers in the top of the first inning after the Nationals third baseman collided with both the railing and a fan seated down the left-field line trying to chase a foul popup. The injury was diagnosed as a hyper-extended neck, according to…
Aug 10, 2015, 8:27 AM EST
Life as a late-inning reliever is such that whenever a miscue occurs — however rare it might be — it’ll tend to be remembered far more often than a long stretch of dominance. That’s very much the case these days for Drew Storen, whose back-to-back tough outings against the Colorado Rockies has already begun to…
Aug 6, 2015, 10:59 PM EST
The Nationals’ offense has been a problem area in recent weeks, so one game will not solve all of their woes and reinstall them as one of the most potent lineups in the majors. But in Thursday night’s win, there were several indicators that suggest they are moving in the right direction as a team.…
Jul 25, 2015, 4:20 PM EST
For weeks, we’ve been talking about members of the Nationals lineup who are unavailable to play. Tonight, we’re finally able to talk about a couple who are available to play, and who will play. Yes, Anthony Rendon is off the DL, having missed the last month with a strained left quadriceps muscle; he’s batting second…
Jul 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EST
The Nationals got the first of their injured regulars back in time for Saturday’s game, activating infielder Anthony Rendon off the 15-day disabled list and inserting him right back in their starting lineup. Rendon, out since June 24 with a strained left quadriceps muscle, completed a 6-game rehab assignment with Class A Potomac and flew…
Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…
Jul 21, 2015, 5:31 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg threw off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time since landing on the disabled list at Nationals Park on Tuesday. The right-hander is rehabbing a strained left oblique and tossed 30 pitches. “[It was] light. Threw a couple of breaking balls. Fastballs and changeups, and had no issues. So, that’s a…
Jul 20, 2015, 6:59 PM EST
Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled. “Alright, let me step back,” he said as he motioned with his hands as if he had to count them all up. There wasn’t a ton of new information to share on…
Jul 19, 2015, 12:22 PM EST
Ryan Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators as he continues to work his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Zimmerman will appear with the Senators for the first time since he was a prospect in 2005. The Nationals first baseman has been on…
Jul 18, 2015, 11:49 AM EST
Anthony Rendon will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Saturday night, Matt Williams revealed before the team’s quasi-doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon will play third base as he recovers from a strained left quadriceps muscle. The P-Nats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:35 p.m. in Woodbridge,…
Jul 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EST
With four days off for the All-Star break and a large group of notable players on the disabled list, Friday afforded Nationals manager Matt Williams an opportunity to run down a long list of injury updates. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg remain sidelined as the team begins the second…
Jul 9, 2015, 11:38 AM EST
Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. And when they return to the field Friday night in Baltimore, the Nationals probably won’t have more than four regulars available: Harper and Desmond, plus…
Jun 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
Here are a few more clips from this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The first is about Anthony Rendon’s latest stint on the disabled list, as Mark puts it into the context of his long history of injuries. The second is about the Nationals’ bullpen, which looks a lot better now with David Carpenter in…
Jun 26, 2015, 3:54 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — So, let’s see … Anthony Rendon has been placed on the DL with a left quad strain. Bryce Harper is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a tweaked right hamstring. D.C. native Emmanuel Burriss has been called up from Class AAA Syracuse to play for his hometown team. Ryne…
Jun 26, 2015, 2:36 PM EST
Updated at 6:33 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Just when it looked like Anthony Rendon was finding his groove at the plate, the Nationals’ dynamic infielder finds himself back in an all-too-familiar place: the disabled list. Rendon was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained left quadriceps muscle, the latest physical ailment to derail his…
Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EST
The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…
Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…
Jun 24, 2015, 12:09 AM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the first time in 25 days, fresh off a DL stint that was as much about getting himself right mechanically as it was getting himself right physically, and quickly reminded everyone just how good he can be. Strasburg, after waiting out a 2-hour, 12-minute rain…
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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