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Fortunately for the Washington Nationals, the forearm tightness that caused Strasburg to miss his last scheduled start is not serious. He hurt himself while experimenting with pitches in a bullpen session. The Nats' ace, though, has not felt any additional discomfort and expects to return soon. If all goes well, he could be back by Thursday of this week.
Stephen Strasburg threw from 120 feet today. Plan is to throw bullpen tomorrow, then start Thursday vs. #Marlins. #NationalsTalk
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) September 15, 2013
The Nationals have managed to hang around just enough to give the team and the fans hope at the end of the season. They trail in the National League Wild Card by 4.5 games, and all they can control is how they play. The Nats do not face the Reds, the team ahead of them in the Wild Card, at all the rest of the season.
However, the Nationals do play the Cardinals soon. While the Cardinals may be tied with the Pirate for first place in the National League Central, they could easily fall into a Wild Card spot, and right now, the Nationals are 7.5 games behind the Cardinals overall. That is obviously more of a long shot than catching the Reds, but it gives the team options. And that's why they'll need Strasburg healthy.
Strasburg has been incredible this season, but his success has largely gone unnoticed because of the poor season Washington is having. Strasburg is 7-9 (forget the record) with a 2.96 ERA in 28 starts. He has already surpassed the innings he pitched last season during the "limit year." Strasburg has given up less hits this season while maintaining a similar HR ration and walk ratio. Don't be fooled by the record. Strasburg has been phenomenal.
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The Nationals wore Navy caps before the start of the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Braves to honor the victims of Monday's horrific Navy Yard shooting. More here via DC Sports Bog.
Be sure to wear your blue and gold to the game today! #NAVY pic.twitter.com/0Kf5VculJo
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) September 17, 2013
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The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff greeted players in the Washington Nationals clubhouse before the game, handing out blue and gold Navy caps. Manager Davey Johnson and his players held those caps from Adm. James Winnefeld over their hearts during a pregame moment of silence, disturbed only by the sound of a helicopter hovering nearby.
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The Washington Nationals watched their winning streak end in deflating fashion Saturday night.
Now the question is whether or not they can recover and stay in the wild-card race.
The Nationals rallied from a 5-1 deficit and had the tying run on base in each of the final three innings, but lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.
Washington fell 5 1/2 games behind the Reds (winners...
After their 149th game last season the Washington Nationals gave this city its first playoff team in 79 years. At the same juncture of this season the Nationals have provided no such joy only glimpses of what could have made up a playoff team. And one such piece is their power-hitting catcher who missed most of last season’s run with a knee injury and two months this season with...
Most exciting play in baseball? Gotta be the walk of E-6. Up above, video of Denard Span's walk off E-6 to beat the Braves in Game 1 of today's doubleheader. Still 4.5 games (and 4 in the loss column) behind the Reds with 12 to play.
(Screencap via MLB.com video)
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It was widely believed that Ross Detwiler's season was over when he was placed on the 60-day disabled list. However, the Washington Nationals pitcher could come off the DL before the end of the year. It just might be in a different role. Detwiler could find himself pitching out of the bullpen.
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The Washington Nationals game against the Atlanta Braves was canceled yesterday due to the senseless shooting at the Navy Yard that took the lives of 12 innocent people. The Nationals play only a few blocks from the Navy Yard and decided to show support by wearing Navy caps during warm-ups in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. It’s such a minor thing to do, but it really...
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The Nats Blog's thoughts are with the victims of this...
Tanner Roark threw seven shutout innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 to sweep a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, ensuring the Braves leave Washington without the NL East title.
Roark (7-0) allowed just two hits, struck out six and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run, Ian Desmond hit an RBI double and Adam LaRoche hit...
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals have been told to stay away from Nationals Park in the wake of a shooting Monday morning at the U.S. Navy Yard in downtown D.C.
Thus far the game for 7;05 pm ET has not been canceled but there remains a good chance it will be.
An armed gunman opened fire Monday inside the Navy Yard – killing at least four people and wounding six more...
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