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The long Nationals nightmare has been put on hold as Dan Haren was placed on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder after his latest terrible start on Saturday afternoon. Haren didn't seem to indicate that it was a major issue, but he landed on the list, nonetheless. The Nationals now must find someone to replace his spot in the rotation tihs coming Friday against the Mets.
Sources tell Tom Schad of MLB.com that right-handed prospect Taylor Jordan very well may be the guy. Jordan was the Nats ninth-round draft pick in the 2009 amateur draft. He ended up having Tommy John surgery in September 2011 to replace a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, and in his first full season back from the surgery, he's absolutely dazzled.
Jordan made just six starts at Single-A Potomac to start this season before the Nats decided they wanted to see what he could do at Double-A Harrisburg, and he's been even better since his promotion. In eight games, seven of them starts, with Harrisburg, Jordan has posted a 0.73 ERA and a 0.755 WHIP. He hasn't given up a home run, and he walks only 1.5 batters per nine innings. He's posted a 2.28 FIP, showing that it isn't just luck that's helped him get great results.
So far at Double-A, Jordan's put up a 5.25 strikeout to walk ratio, which would be better than any current Nationals starter. Obviously, this is at least partially attributable to facing minor league talent, but combined with the low 1.5 BB/9 mentioned earlier, it shows that he's not afraid to attack the strike zone and opposing hitters.
In the interest of full disclosure, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports tweeted that he's hearing that Jordan is scheduled to make his start tonight in Harrisburg. However, earlier this season many reporters were told that Nate Karns was just skipping a day prior to being called up later that day.
Calling up Jordan would make sense for the Nationals in a few ways. Davey Johnson is happy with Ross Ohlendorf's performance out of the bullpen, and it allows him to have a true long reliever to accompany Craig Stammen. This way, Stammen could be used as his second long reliever or for middle relief in a tough spot. Nate Karns' performances at the MLB level didn't seem to indicate he was ready for another chance, and most other top prospects in the farm system are currently dealing with injuries.
If you've been frustrated for the tough start to this Nationals season, these kinds of debuts are the things that can help you get through the disappointment. I'm certainly hoping that Schad's source is correct and that we'll see Taylor Jordan make his debut on Friday in New York.
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So today was Bryce Harper Bobblehead day at Nationals Park, and Harper apparently put on a show during batting practice (photo of Harper taking his hacks by @ZacBoyer), his first since going down with his knee injury almost a month ago. Harper was impressed with the standing ovation and adoration he received from the early arriving crowd:
Well that felt unreal! #BP #Lovethefans...
The Washington Nationals are preparing to send struggling starter Dan Haren to the DL. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times tweeted that the news first came from Nats radio man Charlie Slowes, but it was subsequently confirmed by GM Mike Rizzo.
#Nats GM Mike Rizzo confirms that Dan Haren is going to the disabled list.
— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 23, 2013
There has been...
The sun rises, the sun sets, and Jayson Werth suffers another injury due to...dehydration? Up above, Jayson Werth giving the cut sign to the Nats dugout after his base hit in the fourth inning.
"I think it’s a situation where I’ve been kind of sick the last couple of days, haven’t really eaten a whole lot, probably pretty dehydrated." (Jayson Werth, via Washington...
And so, after Davey Johnson and Bryce Harper famously differed in opinon on the timetable for Harper's first rehab start over the weekend, it seems Harper's take-it-slow stance has changed. Maybe Harper was inspired by the Bobblehead Day crowd? Regardless, he'll start Tuesday night for the P-Nats.
Good for the P-Nats, who missed out on the Harper-Strasburg...
It's funny how things turn out.
The Nationals are expected to place Dan Haren on the disabled list Tuesday with right shoulder stiffness, three days after he gave up six earned runs in 3 13 innings in a loss to the Rockies that pushed his ERA to 6.15. Haren is not convinced his shoulder is an issue, telling the Washington Post, "I don't know. What'd they say?"...
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The Washington Nationals have placed pitcher Dan Haren on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Haren, 32, has made 15 starts for the Nationals. In Haren’s last start on Saturday he went 3 1/3 innings allowing seven hits and six runs. Haren has struggled this season since signing a one-year $13 million contract over the winter.
Overall Haren has a 4...
Good news for Washington Nationals fans everywhere, Bryce Harper is starting his comeback. Starting Tuesday, Harper will begin rehab at Class A Potomac. This is early even in Harper’s opinion. Before the Rockies game on Saturday Harper believed he wouldn’t be ready until at least Wednesday or Thursday.
After a positive practice Monday at Nationals Park, the Nats organization...
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth recently returned from a hamstring injury, and he's now hampered by a groin ailment. The slugger expects to rejoin the Nationals' lineup tomorrow, but Sports Chiropractor Dr. Ray Solano cautions that the injuries could linger and require another stint on the disabled list if not treated properly.
Jayson Werth is hoping to...
Entering the season, it would have seemed foolish to suggest the Washington Nationals would eventually be in the market for rotation assistance this summer. Impressive young arms Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler and Cy Young Award-candidate Gio Gonzalez were joined by former ace Dan Haren. However, following Haren's move to the disabled list, the Nationals...
Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Gio Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5 as the Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 7-5 Tuesday night.
Jayson Werth added a double, RBI-single and two walks for Washington, which led 6-0 after five innings and snapped a two-game skid.
Gonzalez (4-3) went 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one...
"No one wants to be booed. I’d probably boo myself, too." (Dan Haren, via Washington Post, 6/22/2013)
Rockies 7, Nationals 1: Death, taxes, and Dan Haren stinking out the joint.
Dear Andy Feffer: If Dan Haren makes his next home start, we propose a "Dan Haren Beachball Giveaway" night.
"I want my $13 Million back." (Ted Lerner, probably...
Though his win-loss record doesn't show it, Gio Gonzalez has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball for the past six weeks.
The Washington Nationals hope to provide enough run support for Gonzalez to earn his first victory in that span as they host the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34 ERA) has a 2.18 ERA over his last eight starts...
Dan Haren has shown no signs of turning around a season-long slump.
The right-hander allowed six runs over 3 1-3 innings with seven hits including his 19th home run surrendered and an RBI single to opposing starter Jhoulys Chacin, who pitched seven shutout innings as the Washington Nationals fell to the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Saturday afternoon.
''Same thing that's...
“Almost” has been the story of the Washington Nationals’ (37-37) flirtation with momentum for the past month. Every time they almost string enough wins together to start giving fans a little hope, another unfortunate loss happens and they find themselves sitting back at .500.
This time, the unfortunate loss came at the hands of the Colorado Rockies (38-38), who capitalized...
Welcome to this week’s Triple Play. This week, we look at a Red-hot outfielder, a National disaster of a starter, and more (including our weekly Wainwright Walk Watch). Off we go:
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
Sorry for the pun up above. But take a look at that the Reds’ right fielder has done over the past two weeks and you’ll understand: a .322/.349/.796 slash...