Found August 18, 2012 on SportsBlooded:
We’re a month and a half away from the start of the 2012 MLB Postseason and one of the most intriguing teams of the 2012 season, the Washington Nationals, are currently contemplating sitting their star pitcher Stephen Strasburg before the playoffs even start. Why are they thinking about making such a mind boggling move? Because their scared. Scared that if Strasburg throws too many innings and too many pitches this year, they may kill his golden flame throwing arm. To the normal fan it makes sense to be so careful with Strasburg. After all, Strasburg has already gone under the knife once during his 2 1/2 year career for Tommy John surgery. But just because he’s gone under the knife once, doesn’t mean that it will happen again. There is no real definitive research out there that justifies the thought that pitchers who’ve had Tommy John surgery are more at risk of heading back to the disabled list than those who haven’t. The Nationals have decided to put Strasburg on an innings limit(...

Bryce Harper to kids: 'Be as sexy as you can'

On Thursday, Washington Nationals rookie slugger Bryce Harper held a free one-day camp for aspiring baseball players between the ages of 6 and 14. The Bryce Harper Baseball Pro was held at Fairfax (Va.) High School and from the looks of it, a grand time was had by one and all. On top of the thrill [...]

Bryce Harper gives unusual advice at youth baseball clinic (Video)

Washington Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper held a free youth baseball clinic in Fairfax, Virginia on Thursday where he had some interesting (and unusual) advice for some of the future prospects in attendance: "Be as sexy as you can". We don't know exactly what Harper meant by that (and we would love to hear him explain this one), but we're pretty...

Desmond will give Nationals the lineup they envisioned

With the expected return of shortstop Ian Desmond on Friday for the series opener against the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals will have their complete starting nine intact for one of the rare times this season. Desmond has been on the disabled list since July 22 with a left oblique strain but has taken part in early batting practice and full workouts this week in anticipation...

Nationals SS Desmond activated from DL

The Washington Nationals activated shortstop Ian Desmond from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Cesar Izturis for assignment, reported Friday. Desmond went on the DL July 22 because of a torn oblique. He took batting practice and infield drills at Nationals Park on Thursday. Desmond is batting .286 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 364 at-bats this season...

Nationals designate Cesar Izturis for assignment

Nationals 6, Mets 4

Michael Morse hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper also homered and the Washington Nationals became the latest team to tag a struggling Johan Santana in their 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. Ross Detwiler tossed six solid innings and the Nationals sent Santana to his fifth loss in the last five starts. Handed a 2-0 lead, the two-time Cy Young Award winner was perfect...

Nationals 5, Mets 2

WASHINGTON -- Danny Espinosa and Bryce Harper both homered, and starter Gio Gonzalez earned his 16th victory as the Washington Nationals scored a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon. Gonzalez improved to 16-6, although he struggled at times during his 5 2/3 innings. He never got the side out in order and gave up one run on seven hits while needing 110 pitches...

Mets overcome Jackson, top Nationals 2-0

WASHINGTON -- The New York Mets struck out 15 times and finished with just three hits Saturday night. But baseball is a funny game sometimes: The Mets still came away with a victory. Ike Davis hit a two-run homer and Jon Niese threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings to help the New York Mets to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. The Mets (57-63) couldn't...
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