Posted September 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
Left fielder Michael Morse is out of the starting lineup for the Washington Nationals' game against the New York Mets after he was diagnosed with a torn cuff and a bone bruise in his left wrist. Morse injured his right thumb Aug. 13 during an at-bat in San Francisco. Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Morse may have overcompensated with his left hand after that injury. Johnson said Wednesday that Morse has been trying to play through it and he wishes the slugger would have said something. Morse is hitting .239 (21 for 88) since then, dropping his season average to .285. He is to see a specialist in the Baltimore area.

Nats need Zimmermann to stay cool

The Washington Nationals earned win No. 88 on the season Tuesday night against the New York Mets and moved yet another game closer to clinching the National League East with the come-from-behind 5-3 victory. But if there was anything at all to be gleaned from starter Jordan Zimmermann's 29th outing, it's that Washington's seemingly inevitable first division title may...

The Gio Gonzalez Trade Set The Winning Tone For This Season

  There are obviously many factors that led to the Nationals having the best record in baseball thus far in 2012. There’s the legendary manager coming back to a remarkably young and talented team for one last stop on a stellar train ride of a career. There’s the phenom draftees that were the result of many years of suffering in Nats town, and there is the other home grown...

The Stephen Strasburg debate

News came out today that Stephen Strasburg's doctors said that there was no definitive evidence that shutting him down would actually help him. Why do I have the feeling this story is just going to get weird for the sake of being weird?In an article from the LA Times, Strasburg's surgeon, Dr. Lewis Yocum, said he was not consulted about Strasburg's innings pitch limit...

Lannan fills in for Strasburg to help Nationals shut out Mets

NEW YORK -- The Washington Nationals didn't need Stephen Strasburg to subdue the stumbling New York Mets. John Lannan filled in for what was initially scheduled to be Strasburg's final start with 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday night, and four relievers finished off a 2-0 win for Washington. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals, who swept the three...

Nationals 2, Mets 0

John Lannan pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings in his first start since replacing Stephen Strasburg in Washington's starting rotation, and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six with a 2-0 win over the punchless New York Mets on Wednesday night. Ryan Zimmerman homered in the fourth off rookie Matt Harvey (3-5) and Ian Desmond connected off Jon...

Nationals Report Card: September 7-12

  It’s been a while since I’ve posted this feature, so I apologize to those of you who have asked for it in the past. The last week has been filled with ups and downs for the Washington Nationals. Stephen Strasburg had his season end a start early as he had a terrible game on Friday against the Marlins, where he only lasted three innings and gave up five runs. ...

Stephen Strasburg May Be Used as a Pinch-Hitter Down The Stretch


National League East Injury Notes: Nationals, Braves,

The race in the National League East is not quite a race, but both the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves are both in play-off contention.  The Nationals have had a stranglehold on the division while the Braves have had an equally tight grasp on the top Wild Card spot in the NL.  Both have injury concerns, but even the non-contenders are battling key injuries.  Here...

Nationals-Braves Preview

Just in the last few days, the Washington Nationals have turned an NL East title from a likelihood to a near certainty. The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, may want to start considering Kris Medlen for a potential one-game wild-card playoff. Medlen will look to shut down the Nationals again Friday night as these teams open a three-game set in Atlanta, with the Braves likely needing...
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