Nationals Rumors & News

  • Anthony Rendon gets 2nd opinion on injured knee

    Nats Insider "Anthony Rendon had his ailing left knee examined by orthopedist James Andrews on Monday, a potentially troubling development for the Nationals third baseman, who has not played in three weeks and hasn’t been cleared for any baseball activities since. The Nationals sent Rendon to Pensacola,..." March 30

  • Nationals' Drew Storen exits game Monday due to blister on foot

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Nationals closer Drew Storen left Monday's spring game against the Cardinals due to an apparent injury. It was announced after the game he exited early Monday due to a blister on his right foot. “You start sweating, you get hot, you start having friction down there, and he developed a blister..." March 30

  • 8h
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Jayson Werth hit in minor-league game today for first time. A key step in his return.

  • Reed Johnson signs with Nationals after being released by Marlins

    Hardball Talk "Hours after being released, Johnson has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals." March 30

  • 10h
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Anthony Rendon examined today by Dr. Andrews in Pensacola, seeking 2nd opinion on L MCL sprain. Nats waiting for diagnosis.

  • What the Nationals bullpen may look like on opening day

    Washington Post "The Nationals will have good news to discuss regarding their bullpen on Monday. The MRI exam on Casey Janssen’s sore right shoulder showed he is battling soreness – a rite of spring – and will need treatment and rest, said a person familiar with the situation. More to come on this later. But..." March 30

  • The Red Sox acquire catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals

    Hardball Talk "The Washington Nationals have traded catcher Sandy Leon to the Boston Red Sox in a deal first reported by . . . Sandy Leon: No word yet what the Nats are getting in return. Fact was, however, that Leon was out of options and he wasn’t going to make the Nats with Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobatan..." March 30

  • Mets add another lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from Nationals

    Hardball Talk "Apparently the Mets were in the market for more than one left-handed reliever, because a few hours after acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres they’ve picked up lefty Jerry Blevins from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker. Blevins spent one season in Washington after..." March 30

  • Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon From Nationals In Exchange For Cash

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox added some catching depth Monday morning. The Red Sox acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash. The club also placed catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, which ultimately is what precipitated the..." March 30

  • Denard Span on his progress from second core muscle surgery

    Washington Post "The past week has been much happier for Denard Span. Only three weeks ago, on March 9, he had his second core muscle surgery in three months. He was coming off one of his best seasons and entering his final year before free agency but now must rehab again. In recent days, Span has been able to run..." March 30

  • 1d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Casey Janssen is getting an MRI on his shoulder, per Matt. He reported soreness outside the ordinary & trouble getting loose last outing.

  • 1d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Jayson Werth had good first day of BP yesterday but isn't scheduled to hit in a minor lg game today. Opening day is "a stretch," per Matt.

  • 1d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Ryan Zimmerman will warm up and take BP today, per Matt. He's expected back in the lineup tomorrow.

  • Nationals have tough decision to make on Dan Uggla

    Nats Insider "Dan Uggla has been in a big-league clubhouse during the final week of spring training for a decade now, but he hasn’t found himself in this position — uncertain whether he’d be heading north with his club for Opening Day — since his very first camp as a Rule 5 draft pick with the Marlins in..." March 29

  • 2d
    William Ladson @washingnats

    Jayson Werth will play defense only in a Minor League game today. #Nats #Nationals #MLB

  • 2d
    William Ladson @washingnats

    Denard Span threw as far as 150 feet. #Nats #MLB #Nationals

  • 2d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Zim says he jammed back of L shoulder/upper back on diving play yesterday. Feels better today. No MRI needed. Expects to miss 2-3 days.

  • Top Cuban Alvarez drawing interest: Dodgers, Nats, Jays, Cards and more "Top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez is drawing interest from many major-league teams, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Twins and Giants. Alvarez, who consistently registers 94-97 mph and recently hit 99, has petitioned MLB to be made eligible to..." March 28

  • Zimmermann: “It’s not looking good” for deal before opener

    Nats Insider "When Jordan Zimmermann reported for spring training nearly six weeks ago and said he wouldn’t hold any contract negotiations during the regular season, the right-hander essentially created a deadline for any talks with the Nationals to take place. And as that deadline fast approaches, there..." March 28

  • 4d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Jayson Werth's shoulder sore hitting, per Matt. He's graduated to swinging with regular bat but not full BP yet. "You do run out of time."

  • Nationals interested in Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez

    Washington Post "The Nationals have serious interest in Cuban right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 18-year-old burst onto the international market over the past few months, emerging as a top pitching prospect. Alvarez, a shortstop converted to pitcher, is raw..." March 26

  • 5d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Rendon had another MRI yesterday. MCL still sprained but healing. Chances of being ready Opening Day at this point pretty slim.

  • Heath Bell To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-handed reliever Heath Bell, 37, has decided to retire, he tells’s Corey Brock. Bell had been in camp with the Nationals on a minor league deal until his release yesterday. Though Bell says he felt good this spring and believed he could still contribute at the big league..." March 24

  • Nationals release Heath Bell

    Hardball Talk "Washington released veteran reliever Heath Bell, who signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals in December. Bell showed up to camp in The Best Shape Of His Life and would have earned $1 million for cracking the Opening Day roster, but the 37-year-old former All-Star closer struggled in a..." March 23

  • Scherzer named Opening Day starter

    Nats Insider "Max Scherzer will start Opening Day for the Nationals, the club announced Monday, a not-surprising answer to a question that nonetheless had hovered over camp all spring. Scherzer, signed by the Nationals in January to the largest contract ever given a free-agent right-hander (7 years, $210..." March 23

  • 7d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Anthony Rendon's knee remains sore, esp. when hitting. Matt said plan is still rest. Rendon may run out of time to be ready for opening day.

  • Nationals have a long injury list this spring "Another day, another pesky injury issue for the Washington Nationals. Stephen Strasburg was supposed to start against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, but he slightly sprained an ankle while working out and was scratched. So Strasburg joins left fielder Jayson Werth, center fielder Denard Span,..." March 22

  • 8d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Jayson Werth slated to play 5 innings of defense in a minor league game today. He could take at-bats, perhaps light swings, by Tues./Wed.

  • 8d
    William Ladson @washingnats

    Stephen Strasburg is expected to have a long toss session today. He said his ankle is getting better. #Nats #Nationals #MLB

  • 9d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Stephen Strasburg twisted left ankle in conditioning drills yesterday. Matt said "not serious" & a few days rest. AJ Cole to start tomorrow.

  • Players again vote Bryce Harper MLB’s most overrated player

    Washington Post "ESPN The Magazine’s baseball preview issue declares it’s the Nationals’ time — now and in the coming years. The magazine projects the Nationals to win a major league-best 91 games, which is 10 more than their projected closest competitor in the National League East, the Miami Marlins...." March 20

  • 15d
    Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes

    Nationals option RHP Taylor Hill to Syracuse, send RHP Eric Fornataro, Mitch Lively, and Scott McGregor to minor league camp.

  • Nationals' Williams: Anthony Rendon will 'be fine' after injury

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon will miss another day with an ACL sprain. He hasn't appeared since being scratched from the lineup on Tuesday with swelling and pain in his left knee. " March 14

  • Storen has surgery on non-throwing hand

    Hardball Talk "NatsLady hipped me to this: Nationals reliever Drew Storen had surgery on the hamate bone on (in? of?) his left (non-throwing) hand today. Which sounds serious, but since he doesn’t swing a bat and since it’s his non-throwing hand will not keep him out of action for long. Indeed, he could be..." March 14

  • Span likely out until May after surgery to repair ab muscle "A few days after having surgery to repair his rectus abdominis (abdominal) muscle, Nationals center fielder Denard Span has been cleared to perform walking drills and lower abdominal exercises. In a couple of days, the doctor would like him to play catch lightly to see how the muscle..." March 14

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • 17d
    Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes

    Drew Storen had surgery today to remove the hook of hamate bone in his left (non-throwing) hand. Williams says out threw days.

  • 17d
    Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes

    Rendon will be out a few days with a sprain of the MCL in his left knee. No procedure necessary. Just rest.

  • Max Scherzer offers impending free agent David Price advice entering contract year with Tigers

    Michigan Live "Former Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer just went through it. David Price could be next. One of the top starting pitchers in the American League, Price is set to become a free agent at the end of this season and has positioned himself to sign a deal that could exceed the dollar value of the..." March 12

  • 21d
    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    #Nats CF Denard Span underwent surgery this morning to repair a right core muscle injury.

  • Nats' Denard Span has surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    CSN Washington "Denard Span is likely to miss as much as the season’s first month after surgery Monday morning to repair a right core muscle injury, yet another blow to the Nationals’ thinning ranks of healthy outfielders. Span is expected to begin baseball activities in 4-to-6 weeks, Nationals manager Matt..." March 09

  • 23d
    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    #Nats Manager Matt Williams said Yunel Escobar has a Grade 1 L oblique strain. He'll be shut down 7-10 days. Expected ready for Opening Day.

  • 23d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Yunel Escobar says back feels better. Simply a muscle issue because of the extra reps & turning at second. Will rest for 3-4 more days.

  • Zimmermann has grasp on what's ahead this year "Even this early on in Spring Training, Jordan Zimmermann already has a grasp on how important this season will be for him personally. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the year, and the Nationals hope he can lead them to the World Series. "If it's going to be any year, it's..." March 07

  • 24d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Yunel Escobar is having his back examined by a doctor today. Matt Williams not terribly concerned. We'll see.

  • Nationals should take nothing for granted

    Washington Post "The biggest obstacle to enjoying the competitive tension of the Nationals’ regular season this year is the widespread belief that there’ll be no competition in the National League East, so there’ll be no tension. And, as a result, not much fun. The Nats won the NL East last season by 17 games,..." March 04

  • 28d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats have signed OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor-league deal with invitation to big-league camp.

  • Harper says he has to 'step up' for Nationals "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last year. He made it clear Sunday that he wants to stay injury-free and he would like to get better at the plate. Although he missed 62 games because of a thumb injury, Harper put up respectable numbers, hitting .273 with 13..." March 02

  • 30d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats have signed LHP Rich Hill to a minor league deal with invitation to big league camp.

  • Yunel meets Nats brass, sheds misgivings and approves of 2B move "New Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar met on reporting day Wednesday with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo, and Escobar, after initially having strong misgivings about his move from shortstop, now is all aboard with the plan to make him a second baseman, and even seems..." February 25