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
Nats' opening day lineup: Taylor CF, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Ramos C, Desmond SS, Uggla 2B, Moore LF, Scherzer P
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
Washington Times "When new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred visited the Washington Nationals’ Youth Baseball Academy in February, he smiled and mostly deferred when asked about an All-Star Game coming to D.C. Monday, he was direct. Manfred announced the 2018 All-Star Game would be played at..." April 06
Washington Post "Nationals manager Matt Williams took the podium Saturday in the news conference room at Nationals Park, a more formal set-up than the dingy Space Coast Stadium office in which he had been holding his daily meetings with the media. Those meetings seemed to almost always include news of injuries and..." April 05
Washington Post "An announcement is expected before Monday’s season opener to name Nationals Park the host of the 2018 All-Star Game, a person familiar with the situation said. The Nationals host the New York Mets on Monday, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will be on hand to throw out the..." April 05
Span playing 3 inn in CF and getting ABs today in Viera. That's well ahead of schedule, but #Nats impressed with his progress.
It's possible Jayson Werth (shoulder) could be back with the Nats within the first week of the regular season, barring any setbacks, per MW
Jayson Werth had 5 at-bats yesterday in a minor league game. Plans to play today, tomorrow and Sunday, and fly to DC after, per Williams.
Washington Post "Through the first weeks of camp, Nate McLouth was happy with the progress of his surgically repaired shoulder. He was hitting and throwing, his fixed right labrum responding well. He hoped to be ready near the start of spring training games. But as he ramped up his throwing, his shoulder didn’t..." April 03
3rd opinion on Rendon same as first 2: Sprained MCL. Has to wait til it feels good enough to ramp up. Williams does admit he'll be on DL.
CBSSports.com "Star Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon has been told he needs only rest and rehab for his sprained left knee, and not surgery, and could be back in about three weeks, according to people familiar with the situation. Nats GM Mike Rizzo didn't confirm the new time estimate, saying he..." April 01
Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01
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 31
The Score "Though few doctors wield more esteem in the professional sports community than Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedist's opinion was insufficient for Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon. Hampered by discomfort in his knee since March 9, Rendon sought a second opinion from Andrews after..." March 31
Andrews gave same diagnosis on Rendon: Sprained MCL. He's now getting 3rd opinion from knee specialist in Colorado.
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
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