Found September 19, 2012 on
MLB Injury News:
Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa received good
news yesterday regarding his injured shoulder.
Rather than the labrum or rotator cuff tear Espinosa feared, an MRI
revealed that the second baseman is dealing with a bone bruise, meaning he
could return to the Nationals’ lineup as soon as today, reports Mark Zuckerman
"This is the best news
that we could have gotten," he [Espinosa] said. "If this was a
rotator cuff tear or a labrum tear, it would have lingered the rest of the
season. I would have had to have surgery in the offseason. This is the best. I
didn't think there was going to be a bruise in there, but this was definitely
the best news we could have gotten."
Espinosa had been playing through shoulder pain for sometime. While he was initially able to
stand the discomfort, the 23-year-old had to remove himself from Sunday’s
This is not only good news for Espinosa but for the
Nationals in general as they prepare for the playoffs. On the season, Espinosa has hit
.250/.315/.407 with 34 doubles and 16 home runs.
BEST OF MAXIM
Well, despite the rainout tonight and the spectre of a doubleheader against the Dodgers on Wednesday, two pieces of good news for the Nationals on Tuesday. Danny Espinosa has a bone bruise - not a tear - in his shoulder ("This is the best news we could have gotten"); and Michael Morse is apparently ready to return (IN the Nats lineup Tuesday night after missing four games...
Nationals 4, Dodgers 1: Oh, that's weird. There's Ryan Zimmerman in a "Playoffs 2012" cap, and a postseason Natitude t-shirt. First postseason berth by a Washington baseball team since 1933? Weird.
OK, go get the NL East pennant next. Now that'll really be weird.
Uncharted waters...time to put the Natinals to rest.
(Screencap of Zim via MASN/TV...
There's Stan Kasten, above, in a classic AP Photo from 2008 in a nearly finished Nationals Park.
"We'll get the attendance we deserve. ... If we give the fans a reason to support us, they will be here in droves." (Stan Kasten, via Nationals.com, 4/13/2009)
MLB.com's Bill Ladson caught up with the former President of the Nationals who was...
Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa underwent an
MRI this afternoon to determine the extent of his shoulder injury. While he will be out for at least the club’s
next three games, the Nationals could be without Espinosa for the remainder of
the year, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
The Nationals are reviewing the results from an MRI of...
The Washington Nationals are putting tickets for potential wild card and National League division series games on sale Friday.
The team with the best record in the major leagues also announced Tuesday it would sell some standing-room only tickets the day of each postseason game.
The Nationals have not made the playoffs since they began play in Washington in 2005, after moving from...
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman planned to get a cortisone shot for his right shoulder before Washington's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Manager Davey Johnson said offseason surgery to clean out Zimmerman's shoulder ''will definitely be seriously considered.'' General manager Mike Rizzo said that if Zimmerman does have...
A bit over half way through the season, I was covering a game at Nationals Park. Between innings, when the team does their Down on the Farm Report, they teased Christian Garcia’s minor league numbers. I knew of Garcia but didn’t really know his story or his stuff terribly well, so I did some reading and looked at some stats. The numbers almost looked like typos. They were that...
Here at LBS, we tend to be curious by nature. When it came to our attention that Angela Rypien had been bragging about attending two Nationals games, we had to find out if it was a coincidence that Gio Gonzalez happened to be the starting pitcher in both of those games. The Baltimore Charm quarterback and daughter of former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien was open on Twitter about...
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The Nationals are fighting to maintain the lead in the NL East and top spot in the NL for the playoffs, so they can hardly afford mistakes by their players, much less ones by the umpires. But that’s what they dealt with on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers were up 5-0 in the bottom of the 4th and had runners on second and third with two outs...
Nearing their first playoff berth since arriving in Washington, the Nationals scratched out a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday, supporting Jordan Zimmermann's six innings of one-run pitching with two RBI groundouts and a sac fly.
The win was the Nationals' 90th, the most for a Major League Baseball club in the nation...
The scheduled game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals on Tuesday night was postponed because of rain.
The NL clubs will make up the game on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. EDT.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson expects to use Tuesday's scheduled starter, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, and left-hander John Lannan as his pitchers Wednesday...
There’s no way around it, yesterday’s game was a mess, but besides somehow managing to win, the best highlight was probably Ryan Zimmerman tagging/punching Adrian Gonzalez in the balls/taint.
Not only did it provide amusement, but it inexplicably led to the Dodgers getting the extra run needed to win the game without going to extras.
See? Even Ryan Zimmermann regrets violating...
September call-up Christian Garcia may be for the Nats what K-Rod was for the Angels years ago. [Fangraphs]
Photo: Bryce Harper with Wale at Ben’s. [Nats Enquirer]
O’s pound M’s 10-4, are three games up in the Wild Card. [Camden Chat]
The unhittable Pedro Strop is suddenly very hittable. [Dempsey's Army]
DeAngelo Hall offers cash to bring the refs back. [USA TODAY Sports...
Interestingly (or not, if you don't give two bleeps about the Strasburg Shutdown debate) MASN's Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer went out of their way to trash the Nationals decision to shut down Strasburg during the sixth inning of last night's Orioles/Mariners game. Given the game situation (2 on, 2 out, 1-1 game), it was an odd tangent.
If you're in the "MASN...