Nov 6, 2015, 11:14 AM EDT
Having hired their manager and filled a couple of positions on their coaching staff, the Nationals can begin shifting attention to the biggest task of the offseason: Adjusting their roster. That process, in many ways, begins later today when one of baseball’s first key offseason deadlines arrives. By 5 p.m. EST, all clubs must decide…
Nov 2, 2015, 4:09 PM EDT
The Nationals declined to pick up contract options for reliever Casey Janssen and outfielder Nate McLouth on Monday, making both veterans free agents along with six others who officially hit the market on the day after the World Series ended. Janssen and McLouth join right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister, shortstop Ian Desmond, center fielder…
Sep 14, 2015, 7:38 AM EDT
Amazing how much can change in just one week. Only seven days ago, the Nationals were riding some positive momentum, heading into their critical series against the Mets a manageable 4 games back, with a chance to thrust themselves right back into the NL East race. That, of course, didn’t happen. After a disastrous sweep…
Sep 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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 1, 2015, 11:53 AM EDT
The Nationals are coming off a bad loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one that puts them in jeopardy of losing the momentum they had built over the previous 12 games. But although they were winning before they traveled to St. Louis, it was a tough week in regards to their overall health. Denard Span went down…
Aug 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT
Just 72 hours before he was set to undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip, Denard Span stood at his locker in the Nationals clubhouse to address the media, all but resigned to the fact his career in Washington is almost certain to be over. Just four days earlier he spoke to reporters in the…
Aug 28, 2015, 5:59 PM EDT
Denard Span’s injury plagued season will come to an abrupt conclusion Tuesday when the Nationals leadoff man has surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip, but the club was able to breathe a bit easier Friday when it learned Michael Taylor (Span’s backup in center field) was not seriously injured during a scary-looking…
Aug 28, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT
Desperate for healthy outfielders after both Denard Span and Michael Taylor were injured Thursday night, the Nationals recalled Matt den Dekker from Class AAA Syracuse before Friday’s series opener against the Marlins. Den Dekker officially takes the roster spot that opened up when Span was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Friday, this time…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:49 PM EDT
Denard Span’s return from the disabled list earlier this week was as big an emotional boost as the Nationals had experienced in quite some time. Which only made the center fielder’s return to the DL late Thursday night an even tougher punch to the gut. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his…
Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EDT
Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…
Aug 25, 2015, 10:14 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It took 124 games, but Matt Williams finally had the opportunity to fill out his original, projected lineup, thanks to Denard Span’s return from a two-month stay on the DL with a lower back injury. And wouldn’t you know that long-awaited, complete lineup put together one of the Nationals’ best all-around…
Aug 25, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
[Updated 5:35 p.m.] With just 39 games remaining on their schedule and a 5 1/2-game deficit to make up in the NL East, the Nationals got a big boost to their chances on Tuesday with the activation of Denard Span from the disabled list. Span returns after over six weeks on the DL while he…
Aug 25, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
After a day off following a series win over the Brewers, the Nationals are back at it tonight, now opening a 3-game series with the Padres, still with very little margin for error in the big picture. The Nats, however, will have their expected Opening Day lineup on the field for the first time this…
Aug 25, 2015, 12:10 PM EDT
On this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ much of the focus was on the productive last few days for the Nats and whether they can continue moving in the right direction. Mark discussed several topics with Joe Orsulak and host Sebastian Salazar including Anthony Rendon’s recent surge, Jayson Werth’s success in the leadoff spot…
Aug 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams will get a chance to do something tonight he hasn’t been able to do since July 6: Fill out a lineup card that includes Denard Span’s name. And he very well may get a chance to do something he hasn’t been able to do at all in 2015: Fill out a lineup card…
Aug 24, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT
The Nationals are planning to activate Denard Span off the disabled list in time for Tuesday’s series opener against the Padres, a move that could give the club a full, healthy starting lineup for the first time this season. The decision to bring Span off the DL isn’t official yet because team officials are still…
Aug 24, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT
Top storylines: Span looks very close – Denard Span completed his sixth minor league rehab assignment game on Sunday and went 1-for-3 with Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats center fielder is now 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer, three walks, an RBI, six runs and one steal in 20 total plate appearances since he began playing again. Those are…
Aug 22, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT
Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Saturday night, still feeling the effects of Friday night’s collision down the third-base line with the wall and a fan seated in the front row. Escobar said he was “feeling a little better” the day after suffering the injury, via a club spokesperson, but offered no timetable…
Aug 19, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT
Nationals reliever David Carpenter has been assigned to Single-A Potomac to begin his minor league rehab assignment, the team announced on Wednesday. Carpenter is coming back from right shoulder inflammation and has been on the disabled list since July 12. He joins outfielder Reed Johnson, who is also rehabbing with the P-Nats. Denard Span played…
Aug 17, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT
Top storylines: Span is on his way back – It was a rough week for the Nationals, who went 1-6 to begin their West Coast road trip. But they did get some very encouraging news on Sunday with the announcement that Denard Span was beginning his minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac. Span has been…
Aug 16, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT
In the middle of a month filled with negative developments, something positive actually is happening for the Nationals on Sunday: Denard Span is beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac. The injured center fielder and leadoff man, on the disabled list since July 10 with lower back pain, is expected to be in the…
Aug 8, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
The Nationals’ season-long hopes of fielding a completely healthy lineup took another blow when Denard Span suffered a setback this weekend in his attempt to return from a lingering back injury, one that leaves his status for the rest of the year in question. Span, on the disabled list since mid-July, tried to ramp up…
Aug 3, 2015, 5:03 PM EDT
[Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Nationals had a few pieces of good news to share on the injury front before Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as their overall health as a team continues to improve. David Carpenter has been cleared to resume his throwing program after seeing a second opinion on his right shoulder. Carpenter…
Jul 31, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo provided a pair of injury updates for the Nationals on Friday before the team’s game against the New York Mets, as though they have seen a good group of guys return over the last week, there remain several big names on the disabled list. Reliever David Carpenter,…
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
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