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Anthony Rendon, the Nationals’ brilliant third-base prospect, started at second base for Double A Harrisburg on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Steve Lombardozzi replaced the slumping Danny Espinosa at second for the Nats in their 8-0 loss to the Giants in San Francisco.
The obvious conclusion, now that Ryan Zimmerman is back playing third, is that the Nationals might be grooming Rendon to take over for Espinosa at second. But manager Davey Johnson said that the team is not yet considering such a plan.
“We like him – we like him a lot,” Johnson said of Rendon. “But putting him at second at the major-league level, he’s not there yet. He’s not (playing second) specifically. He’s just occasionally going over there.”
Rendon indeed has played only four games at second at Double A, along with one at shortstop and 23 at third. Johnson said that both Lombardozzi and Triple A infielder Zach Walters rank ahead of him as candidates to replace Espinosa, if the Nats were to make such a move.
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Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano questioned Bryce Harper's defensive positioning on a game-tying triple that tied the game in the ninth inning that ultimately led to a loss.
Washington Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus reportedly broke his pitching hand while punching a locker after a rough outing on Sunday afternoon.
So what happened on that deep fly ball by Gregor Blanco that went over Bryce Harper's head in the 9th inning that turned into a game-tying triple? Harper appeared to flinch as he approached the wall and misplayed the ball (see video here).
Turns out Harper was thinking about running into another wall:
"I don’t want to hit the frickin’ wall full-on. Of course...
Several Washington Nationals players wore a T-shirt around the clubhouse on Tuesday with a photo of pitching coach Steve McCatty from a Playgirl photo shoot he did in the early 1980s. Right-hander Dan Haren had the shirts made, which said
Brad Lidge, the closer of the 2008 World Series champion Phillies team, will officially retire as a Phillie.
Brad Lidge will retire as a Phillie on Aug. 1. He will throw out the first pitch. Will he go to his knees?
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) May 22, 2013
Though he spent most of his career outside of Philadelphia, the crowning achievement, and perhaps his best...
The Washington Nationals are struggling with depth right now as a result of several injuries. There is little that can be done to prevent players from suffering injuries in practice or during a game. However, self-inflicted injuries like the one Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus suffered on Sunday can easily be avoided.
According to the Washington Post, the Nats’ setup man broke...
The Washington Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right hand. There is no time-table set for Mattheus’ return, but expect it to be longer and possibly much longer than the mandatory 15 days.
In other moves, the Nationals also recalled right-handed reliever Yunesky Maya and left-handed reliever Fernando Abad from...
One of three things happens when a good team starts to lose. 1. The team rallies behind a leader who portrays a greater poise. 2. The manager makes minor adjustments in the lineup to make sure the team is running on all cylinders. 3. Frustration sets in and fingers start to be pointed, in either the direction of another player or at the player himself. The latter took place after...
Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was in a 1984 issue of Playgirl. Naturally once word of that got around the clubhouse, Dan Haren had t-shirts with the photo made for his teammates to wear. In an interview Wednesday, pitcher Gio Gonzalez wore the t-shirt, giving the photo more publicity than McCatty probably wanted and creating a hilarious photo.
Just Stephen Strasburg brushing back Buster Posey in the sixth inning. You could watch it all day. Strasburg pitched like an Ace tonight, pulled after 7 innings...
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The day after most likely future Wall of Famer Brad Lidge officially retires as a Phillie, the Wall will get the plaque of one of the great all time Phillies pitchers, Curt Schilling. Schilling would later become best known for his postseason success with Arizona and Boston, winning three rings...