Trea Turner Takes Batting Practice For 1st Time

Former NC State Shortstop Trea Turner took batting practice for the 1st time yesterday since suffering a broken wrist at the end of June. This was great to see, because up until this point he had been limited to rotational exercises and fielding exercises. While there is no timetable set for his return, there is a chance that he could be back on the field with the Nats by the end...
Via Pack Insider
1 hour ago

Gio Gonzalez flirts with no-hitter vs Angels; settles for six scoreless in Nationals’ 3-1 win

You could see him get a little bit deflated when they got that infield hit, Dusty Baker said after Gio Gonzalez took a no-hit bid into the sixth in the Nationals 3-1 win over the Angels. For the second time in three starts, Gio Gonzalez flirted with a no-hitter on Tuesday night. Gonzalez lost a no-hit bid against the Miami Marlins in the ninth back on July 31st.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
7 hours ago

Trader Rizzo Does It Again

Another trade deadline has come and gone, and Mike Rizzo did what he does best: bolster the Nationals roster without selling the farm. While teams like the Cubs, Dodgers, and Yankees made major moves, the Nationals made less heralded moves that fix the major issues with this team: bullpen and bench outfielders. The Nationals have a deep, well-constructed team. Bryce Harper, Brian...
Via The Nats Blog
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‘A very talented man’: Nationals’ Howie Kendrick records his 100th career homer

Standing in front of his locker Tuesday night, left fielder Howie Kendrick once again had a huge grin splashed across his face after yet another standout performance at Nationals Park. Kendrick had a pair of solo home runs in the Washington’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, an encore outing after his […]
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Howie Kendrick hits two homeruns for Nationals against former team

WASHINGTON -- Gio Gonzalez allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, Howie Kendrick hit two solo home runs and the Washington Nationals snapped the Los
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10 hours ago

Stephen Strasburg likely to return in San Diego; A.J. Cole optioned to Syracuse

A cellphone began playing music, seemingly of its own accord, while Dusty Baker discussed the next step for Stephen Strasburg, who threw five strong innings in a rehab start Monday night. It was fitting, if unintentional, that his answer would be obscured in some way or another. The Nationals have developed a reputation for obscurity […]
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Strasburg Strong in Rehab Start, Nears Return

 Injuries are still the prevailing theme of the 2017 Washington Nationals season, but one of their key pieces could be nearing a return to the disabled list. Stephen Strasburg, placed on the 10-day disabled list for elbow nerve impingement on July 27, made his first rehab start last night for single-A Potomac. He allowed just one run over 66 pitches in a highly efficient five innings...
14 hours ago

Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with the LA Angels in D.C. + Dusty Baker on the Angels...

Washington and the LA Angels split their two games in Anaheim last month, and now they play two in D.C. with Gio Gonzalez on the mound against Tyler Skaggs tonight. Washington split two games with the LA Angels in Anaheim last month, taking the first before dropping the second, with the loss ending a six-game winning streak.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
15 hours ago

Twins GM jokingly compares trading process to Tinder

The Minnesota Twins mostly kept a low profile at this year’s trade deadline, and GM Thad Levine has an interesting parallel for what the process is like.In a recent interview with Baseball Prospectus’ Aaron Gleeman, a joking Levine compared the trade procedure to the popular online dating app Tinder.“Most of it’s done through Tinder,” he said. “You don’t get off the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals injury report: All-Star edition

It’s unusual to have two All-Stars on the disabled list at the same time. It’s also unusual to have a 14-game lead in your division and be a confident lock for the postseason. This is the interesting situation the Washington Nationals have found themselves in as Stephen Strasburg, and now Bryce Harper, have found their way to the disabled list. With the postseason knocking at...
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 8/15: Stanton's power surge has no end in sight

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while waiting for Stanton to hit a couple dozen more dingers this season. Happy birthday today to Oliver Perez, Gary Kubiak and Martin Biron. On this day in 2014 Mo'ne Davis became the first female player to throw a complete...
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Strasburg solid in rehab start for high Single-A Potomac - Byron Kerr

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was solid and on target in his rehab start Monday night for high Single-A Potomac, paving his way to return to the Nationals. He has been on the disabled list with a right elbow nerve impingement since July 24. His last start was July ... Read More
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Showalter predicted danger with bases before Harper injury

At least one person associated with Major League Baseball saw the risks of injury thanks to bases long before Bryce Harper hurt his knee running through one.Several months ago, Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke to multiple people about what they would change about the game, and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter voiced concern over the safety of bases.“The bases that...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Nationals Howie Kendrick Hammers Walk-Off Grand Slam

VIDEO: Watch Howie Kendrick Blast Walk-off Grand Slam The post Nationals Howie Kendrick Hammers Walk-Off Grand Slam appeared first on KCM Sports.
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1 day ago

Scott Boras calls for base safety following Bryce Harper's injury

Scott Boras has never been bashful about advocating for his clients. Following Bryce Harper’s injury during Saturday night’s game, he did just that.The Washington Nationals star was injured at first base in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants when he slipped off of the base. Fortunately, the injury didn’t end up being as bad as it initially looked. But that didn’t...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer off to hot start (game tied 1-1) - Byron Kerr

Right-hander Max Scherzer is rolling against the Giants in the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader. Scherzer dispatched nine straight hitters to get through three innings. He has struck out four, two of them looking. The Giants have managed only one ground ball out: Denard Span's grounder to second base that ... Read More
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals pitcher speaks out against Charlottesville rally

Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle has kept things fairly quiet since being acquired by his new team, but he decided to speak up on Saturday in response to what’s happened in Charlottesville.Doolittle, a southpaw pitcher, is from South Dakota but attended the University of Virginia, which is where Friday’s white supremacist rally took place in response to a Robert E...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats say Bryce Harper avoided serious knee injury

The Washington Nationals’ organization went to bed Saturday night fearing some bad news. Early in the team’s game against the San Francisco Giants that evening, All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper suffered what appeared to be a serious injury.The ugly-looking scene itself unfolded when Harper attempted to leg out a ground ball in the first inning. The MVP candidate toppled to the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Max Scherzer assure pitching coach he’s ‘going to get this mother f—er’

Max Scherzer made it very clear that he wanted to stay in the game during the seventh inning of Monday’s game against the Marlins, in an attempt to retire the side. After issuing a two-out walk to Ichiro Suzuki, pitching coach Mike Maddux went out to the mound to talk to Scherzer, whose pitch count had just cleared the 110-mark. Scherzer, however, made it very clear to his coach...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Wives of Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant inspire more Harper-to-Cubs buzz

The wives of Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant are now playing a role in fueling speculation that the Washington Nationals superstar slugger could join fellow Las Vegas native and friend by signing with the Chicago Cubs.Kayla Harper and Jess Bryant sat together and enjoyed the finale of the Nationals-Cubs three-game set at Wrigley Field. Both of them took to social media to add fuel to...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals starting pitching outlook post trade deadline

The Washington Nationals addressed their most pressing need at the trade deadline by acquiring three quality relievers in Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle, and Brandon Kintzler. However, due to injuries to Joe Ross, Stephan Strasburg, and Max Scherzer, the starting rotation is now something of a question mark going forward. First and foremost, if the Nationals top pitchers are out for...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer must stay healthy for the Washington Nationals

With the 2017 MLB season coming down to the final stretch, now is a crucial time for contending ball clubs to gear up for a postseason race that is sure to be unpredictable. Speaking of unpredictability, injuries and DL stints are part of the game, but could also change the outcome of a team’s season. For the Washington Nationals, it is simply crucial that ace RHP Max Scherzer...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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