NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals place Ryan Madson on disabled list, recall Shawn Kelley

SAN DIEGO — Shawn Kelley walked into the visitors’ clubhouse at Petco Park at around 4:15 p.m. local time. His entrance, two days removed from his latest rehab assignment outing, was positive news for a veteran right-hander who began the season as the Nationals’ primary setup man. But it also meant he was replacing someone […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Read the letter from Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner to The Post regarding his bout with cancer

Below is the text of the letter Nationals vice chairman Mark Lerner sent to Washington Post columnist Barry Svrluga on Thursday evening: Dear Barry: Thanks very much for your concern and good wishes.  I know you recognize that only something really challenging would have kept me from my favorite seat at the ballpark these past months.  […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Activate Shawn Kelley, Place Ryan Madson On 10-Day DL

The Nationals have swapped out right-handed relievers, per a club announcement. Shawn Kelley has returned from his long DL stint, replacing Ryan Madson. Kelley has been out since the middle of June with a trap strain. Before that, though, it was already clear something wasn’t right. Through his first 18 innings on the year, Kelley posted a 7.00 ERA with 10.0 K/9 and an uncharacteristic...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 hours ago

Washington Nationals place Ryan Madson on 10-Day DL; Nats reinstate Shawn Kelley...

Ryan Madson has been lights out since the Nationals acquired the right-hander last month, but hes been placed on the DL with a sprain of a finger on his right hand. Shawn Kelley is back off the DL though...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

Tanner Roark ditched his sinker and the results are turning his season around

After a tough first half that saw Tanner Roark struggle to a 5.27 ERA, the right-hander is slowly rounding into form for the Washington Nationals. The career of Tanner Roark has been something out of a movie. He initially struggled as a minor leaguer in the Texas Rangers organization, was a bit of an afterthought in an uninspiring trade deadline move, and didnt break into the major...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
5 hours ago

Adam Eaton Injury Update

 Fourteen weeks into Adam Eaton’s recovery from ACL surgery, the Nationals center fielder isn’t ruling out a return in 2017. “I’m going to give myself the best chance whatever I can as humanly possibly for my knee,” Eaton said this week, per Jamal Collier. “I have to listen to my knee at the end of the day, my knee is going to tell me where it’s going to be a go or...
Via CBS DC
7 hours ago

Take That Haters: Wilmer Difo Riding 11-game Hit streak

 Wilmer Difo, the Nationals’ primary No. 2 hitter in the absence of Adam Eaton, is riding an 11-game hitting streak. Yes, that’s the same Wilmer Difo 106.7 The Fan hosts Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier have repeatedly bemoaned batting second this season. Difo hit second in six of those 11 games, eighth in three of them, and spent one game apiece in the sixth and seventh spots...
Via CBS DC
9 hours ago

Washington Nationals injury updates: Who’s close to returning? When will Dusty Baker’s cavalry arrive...

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo ran through the list of injured Nats on the Sports Junkies this week, providing updates on a number of players working their way back... Dusty Baker talked after Michael A. Taylor returned from the Disabled List this past weekend about getting some of his injured players back in time for the stretch run. Hes taking some really good batting practice...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
11 hours ago

Nationals owner Mark Lerner had cancer, leg amputated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said Thursday night in a letter to a Washington Post columnist that he had cancer and had his left leg amputated. In the letter to columnist Barry Svrluga, the 63-year-old Lerner wrote: “Thanks very much for your concern and good wishes. I know you recognize that only something really challenging would have kept me from...
Via MyNorthwest.com
13 hours ago

‘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 […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days 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...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days 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
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Sportsnaut
4 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
Via MASN
4 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
4 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...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The backups have shown up for the Washington Nationals

It seems to be the story of every Washington Nationals baseball season: injuries. Whether it’s Stephen Strasburg needing Tommy John surgery, getting shut down on innings, or a nerve problem, or it’s Wilson Ramos tearing an ACL right before the playoffs start, the Nationals always seem to hobble through the season and be at half strength for the important games. Fans have seen...
Via isportsweb.com
8 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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