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  1. Nats announce overhaul of medical, training staffs

    Nov 17, 2015, 3:46 PM EDT

    After a season beset by injuries both major and minor to a host of key players, the Nationals on Tuesday announced an overhaul of their medical and training staffs, one that includes not only personnel changes but philosophical changes to the manner in which they treat and attempt to prevent ailments. The organization’s medical operation…

  2. Difo fractures hand during first career start

    Oct 4, 2015, 9:54 AM EDT

    NEW YORK — Wilmer Difo fractured a bone in his hand diving into first base Saturday night, an unfortunate and abrupt end to the rookie’s first career start for the Nationals. Difo suffered a fracture of the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand, the club announced following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Mets. Recovery…

  3. Harper out of lineup after getting hit in shin in opener

    Oct 3, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — Bryce Harper will not be in the Nationals’ lineup for the second half of their day-night doubleheader after taking a 97-mph fastball to his left shin in the opener against the Mets. Harper was struck in his back leg by Noah Syndergaard’s sixth-inning pitch, falling to the ground in pain. He managed…

  4. Espinosa won’t have time to return this season

    Sep 24, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

    Danny Espinosa won’t have enough time to return from a slight right hamstring tear to play before the end of the Nationals’ season, leaving the versatile infielder the latest member of the roster to finish the year injured. Out since Sept. 17, Espinosa had an MRI on the hamstring earlier this week which revealed a…

  5. Zimmerman takes swings, oblique still not healed

    Sep 23, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman’s attempt to return before season’s end continues, but the Nationals first baseman continues to feel a pull in his strained left oblique muscle when he tries to swing, reducing his chances of making that return. Zimmerman, out since September 8 with this injury, has begun taking light swings in the batting tunnel at…

  6. Ramos proud to establish new mark for games played

    Sep 15, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos didn’t realize it until informed Tuesday afternoon. But upon learning he had played in his 114th game of the season the previous night, establishing a new career high, the Nationals catcher couldn’t hold back a wide smile. “You tell me that right now, and it makes me feel excited,” he said.…

  7. Harper cleared to play, Zim still not cleared to swing

    Sep 14, 2015, 6:01 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals lineup Monday, having passed multiple concussion tests administered to him over the previous 24 hours following his collision with Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich. “He’s fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “No issues from yesterday. And he didn’t have any issues last night. He’s good to go.…

  8. Dizziness, but no concussion for Harper after 1st-inning collision

    Sep 13, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    Updated at 4:36 p.m. An already disastrous week for the Nationals was dealt yet one more blow Sunday afternoon when Bryce Harper was forced out of the club’s series finale in Miami following a first-inning collision with second baseman Derek Dietrich, though the initial prognosis for the 22-year-old slugger was encouraging. Harper was suffering from…

  9. Storen breaks thumb slamming locker shut

    Sep 12, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT

    Drew Storen’s late-season meltdown hit a new low Saturday when the Nationals revealed their struggling reliever broke his right thumb slamming shut a door in his locker after giving up the decisive home run in Wednesday’s loss to the Mets. Storen will likely miss the final three weeks of the season, manager Matt Williams told…

  10. Barrett has Tommy John surgery, will miss most of 2016

    Sep 4, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT

    Aaron Barrett had Tommy John surgery on Thursday, an expected procedure that will sideline the Nationals reliever through most — if not all — of the 2016 season. Barrett had been on the disabled list since August 5, when he gave up three runs in one-third of an inning against the Diamondbacks and informed club…

  11. Harper leaves game with left glute tightness

    Sep 2, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper departed Wednesday night’s game in St. Louis in the fourth inning with “left glute tightness,” according to the Nationals. Harper popped out to lead off the fourth, reaching for the pitch from Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons and jogging only a few steps out of the batter’s box before turning around and walking back…

  12. Nats recall den Dekker as Span goes back on DL

    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…

  13. Span likely done for season after setback

    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…

  14. Nats planning to activate Span off DL on Tuesday

    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…

  15. Escobar still feeling effects of collision

    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…

  16. Updated: Escobar injures neck in loss

    Aug 21, 2015, 11:25 PM EDT

    [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…

  17. Span begins rehab assignment with Potomac

    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…

  18. Reed Johnson begins rehab assignment with Potomac

    Aug 13, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT

    Reed Johnson, out since late April with a torn tendon in his left foot, will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Thursday night, putting the veteran outfielder on track potentially to join the Nationals’ roster for the season’s final month. Johnson hasn’t played since April 28, when he felt something pop in…

  19. Setback keeps Span on the outside looking in

    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…

  20. Werth, Zimmerman activated; den Dekker, Burriss dropped

    Jul 28, 2015, 4:51 PM EDT

    The Nationals will have two of their key injured veterans back in the lineup Tuesday night in Miami, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled list in time for the club’s series opener with the Marlins. To clear roster space for the returning regulars, the Nationals optioned…

  21. Werth ready to come off DL, rejoin Nats in Miami

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth is ready to return from a 2 1/2-month stint on the disabled list and is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday for their series opener in Miami. Werth, out since May 15 with two small fractures in his left wrist, wrapped up his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday and…

  22. Rendon activated off DL, in Nats’ lineup tonight at Pirates

    Jul 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

    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…

  23. Espinosa departs with pair of cramped calves

    Jul 18, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

    Danny Espinosa limped off the field in ninth inning of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, causing momentary panic throughout Nationals Park that subsided once it was revealed the second baseman was suffering only from a pair of cramped calves that should not be a concern moving forward. “I think he’ll be fine,” manager Matt…

  24. UPDATED: Carpenter to DL, Solis recalled

    Jul 17, 2015, 4:58 PM EDT

    [Updated 4:58 p.m.] The Nationals’ ever-changing bullpen will open the second half of the season with another alteration after the club placed right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation (retroactive to July 12) and recalled lefty Sammy Solis from Class AA Harrisburg to take his roster spot. Carpenter had been a…

  25. Werth to begin rehab assignment at Potomac tonight

    Jul 16, 2015, 11:42 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac tonight, the Nationals’ minor-league affiliate announced, possibly positioning the veteran outfielder to return from a fractured left wrist before the end of the month. Werth, out since getting hit by a pitch May 15 in San Diego, had been targeting an August 1 return…

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