Washington Post "When he dove for a groundball on March 9 during a spring training game and landed on his left knee, Anthony Rendon didn’t expect this: two MRI exams on his sprained left medial collateral ligament, three doctors’ evaluations, six weeks of rehab, missing the first three weeks of the season and,..." April 25
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Marlins saw three fewer innings worth of Jordan Zimmermann on Friday. That was a good thing, considering he no-hit them last time he faced the Marlins when it counted. With Zimmermann already looking ahead to his next outing, the Marlins in the bottom of the eighth put enough together off..." April 25
Washington Post "When Ryan Zimmerman hit a line drive down the right field line to lead off the fourth inning of Thursday’s loss to the Cardinals, he hardly took a turn. Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward has an arm that merits caution, but Zimmerman is not one to defer completely. Nothing looked physically..." April 24
Zimmerman has mild case of plantar fasciitis. Has been dealing with it for few days. May need day off soon.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Washington Nationals threw their best at the Cardinals in an attempt to get back to .500 and slow the Cardinals uninterrupted run of series victories to start this young season. Michael Wacha was just better. For the third time in as many starts, the Cardinals young righthander allowed..." April 24
Fox Sports Midwest "Perhaps no player in the Cardinals' lineup holds more potential than Kolten Wong. The 24-year-old second baseman showed why that is when he contributed a little bit of everything to a 7-5 win at Washington on Wednesday night. Three big hits told only half the story for Wong, who kept the..." April 23
Agent Scott Boras said calls on free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano are increasing..
CSN Washington "Anthony Rendon is set to play Friday for Class AA Harrisburg, the first step in what could be a brief rehab assignment that positions the third baseman to make his big-league season debut late next week. Rendon, out since early March with a sprained MCL in his left knee, spent the last two days..." April 23
#Nats have placed Felipe Rivero on 15-day DL with gastrointestinal bleed and recalled LHP Matt Grace from Syracuse. More bullpen turnover.
Washington Post "Yunel Escobar is different from his Washington Nationals teammates. In his native Cuba, baseball is played with a lot of emotion and style. And even after eight years of playing baseball in the United States, Escobar has adapted some to the more sterile style of play here but not completely. So..." April 22
The Nats have traded LHP Xavier Cedeno to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. Cedeno had been DFA last week.
CBSSports.com "The Dodgers are said to have been the most aggressive team to date in trying to land top Cuban teenaged pitcher Yadier Alvarez, but they have considerable company in the pursuit, with the Blue Jays, Nationals, Rangers, Diamondbacks among teams involved with the right-hander. Alvarez, who just..." April 21
Craig Stammen had successful surgery Sun. to fix flexor tendon tears. No ligament damage. 10-mnth recovery. Expected back by spring training
Washington Post "When Denard Span took center field Sunday afternoon, flanked by Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, the Nationals’ projected starting outfield materialized for the first time this year. When Span led off the bottom of the first, the top of the Nationals’ order took a more familiar shape. The..." April 20
The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20
SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20
Yunel Escobar said MRI showed groin inflammation, no tear. He hopes to work out today and return Tuesday against the Cardinals.
CSN Philly "Ben Revere began the day scratching his head about not being in the starting lineup for the third day in a row. He ended it with a big smile on his face after coming off the bench and making four important offensive plays to help the Phillies rally for a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals on..." April 19
Yunel Escobar told #Nats he feels ok, but he'll have an MRI today that will reveal more. No DL for now.
Yunel Escobar seemed to come up lame after running out that grounder to end the 4th. He's out of the game. #Nats
Washington Post "Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu has a phrase he uses when right fielder Bryce Harper tries to do too much at the plate. Schu calls it “raging out at the ball,” and it often includes lots of motion from the lower half of Harper’s body that prevents his head from staying still. Solid..." April 18
Washington Post "After scoring two runs in four of the season’s first five games, the Washington Nationals managed two runs in a matter of moments Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. And they came in almost comedic fashion in the sixth inning. With Jayson Werth on second and Bryce Harper..." April 17
CSN Washington "For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep. And for the second time, they came through, pounding the Red Sox with their best offensive barrage of the young season to head home feeling much better about..." April 16
MW says Craig Stammen Torn flexor will require surgery Possible to miss rest of the season
Boston Herald "The Red Sox were taking batting practice off Stephen Strasburg last night and were on their way to crushing the second ace the Washington Nationals threw at them in as many days when target practice became the name of the game. The occasionally wild Justin Masterson, baseball’s hit-by-pitch..." April 15
The Score "Less than two weeks into the season and Ian Desmond's already a quarter of the way through matching his shortstop-leading 24 errors from a year ago. Making matters worse, five of his six errors have led to 10 unearned runs against his 2-6 last-place Washington Nationals. No one mistake,..." April 15
ESPN.com "Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who has made six errors in eight games, is at a complete loss for his struggles in the field. His latest gaffe led to three unearned runs in the seventh inning of an 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. After misplaying a ground ball by..." April 15
MLB.com "The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday and placed right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm stiffness. Jordan, 26, joins the Nationals for the first time this season. The right-hander made..." April 15
Hardball Talk "Nationals manager Matt Williams thought highly enough of reliever Xavier Cedeno to use him in five of the team’s first seven games, but the left-hander struggled and now he’s been designated for assignment. Cedeno hasn’t logged more than a dozen big-league innings in a season since 2012, but..." April 14
#Nats vs RHP Masterson: Escobar 3B, Werth LF, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Robinson DH, Ramos C, Desmond SS, Espinosa 2B, Taylor CF. Strasburg P
Boston Globe "Even on the occasions when there is no new banner to be revealed, no defending champion to be revered, the Red Sox annually get the mood and the moment right on Opening Day. There is room for pomp no matter the previous season’s circumstances. The first ballgame at Fenway is cause enough for..." April 14
Boston Herald "There was some thought during the offseason that Jordan Zimmermann would end up pitching for the Red Sox, not against them when the Washington Nationals arrived at Fenway Park this week. The 28-year-old right-hander is one of just five pitchers to throw at least 700 innings with an ERA of 3.00..." April 14
Class AA Harrisburg announces Denard Span is beginning a rehab assignment tonight.
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
Washington Post "The first week of the Washington Nationals’ season has been an adventure. But the concerns about the inconsistent bullpen and the meager lineup were covered up, at least momentarily, when novice first baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a diving play to his right with two Phillies on base and the..." April 13
.@Nationals reinstate OF Jayson Werth from 15-day DL; option OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.
Anthony Rendon started hitting in Viera. Light swings, per Matt. Jayson Werth is in Nats clubhouse in Philly & heading to Boston with team.
Washington Post "Danny Espinosa received the start on Saturday behind groundball machine Doug Fister because of his strong defense and his success hitting right-handed against left-handed pitchers. He faced Phillies starter Cole Hamels hitting from the right side of the plate, but once Hamels left the game and was..." April 12
Hardball Talk "The Nationals’ lineup hasn’t looked nearly as intimidating as usual during the season’s first week, but an important piece is close to returning. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, outfielder Jayson Werth played in a doubleheader with Class A Potomac today as part of his minor..." April 12
Courier-Post "Odubel Herrera had to wipe shaving cream from his dreadlocks, a small price to pay after lining a walk-off double for his first major league hit. Herrera drove in the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 comeback victory over the Washington Nationals on..." April 12
CSN Philly "Crooked numbers will be hard to come by for the 2015 Phillies, but through four games they’ve used two big innings to pull off a pair of wins over two teams many have picked to play meaningful baseball in October. The Phils on Friday night began a grueling 10-game stretch against dominant..." April 11
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
New York Post "Plenty of green space is still available across from the White House if the people want to erect a monument for Matt Harvey. In case there was any wonderment if Harvey’s spring training dominance was a mirage, the Mets ace marked his return to real baseball following Tommy John surgery with a..." April 10
Hardball Talk "J.J. Cooper of Baseball America put together a list of the youngest player at each minor-league level, which is always useful when evaluating the performance of a prospect relative to his competition. He also included the youngest players in the majors and what stood out to me is this: Bryce..." April 10
Washington Post "With two diving plays from Ryan Zimmerman and one powerful swing of his bat, these Washington Nationals showed how different they already are from last year’s version. Those Nationals led the National League in wins and claimed a division title despite Zimmerman missing more than 100 games to..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
Jayson Werth will begin a rehab assignment at high-A Potomac tomorrow. Will play 7 innings. Eligible to come off DL Sat, but that's unlikely
New York Post "You know how these things happen, right? An umpire can’t pull the trigger on strike three. A second baseman can’t finish the relay to first to finish off the inning-ending double play. Two infielders stare helplessly at a baseball tumbling out of a high, late-afternoon sky, and instead of..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07