Nationals Rumors & News

  • 5d
    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Nats RHP Taylor Jordan had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow in September. Should be ready by spring training.

  • After leaving Nationals, Bryan Minniti joins Diamondbacks as assistant general manager

    Hardball Talk "After stepping down as assistant general manager of the Nationals earlier this month, Bryan Minniti has accepted the same role with the Diamondbacks. Minniti is the latest addition to Arizona’s new-look regime. Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa hired Dave Stewart as general manager and De..." October 24

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Adam LaRoche wants to finish his career with the Nationals

    Hardball Talk "Free agent-to-be Adam LaRoche would like to finish his career with the Nationals, as Chase Hughes of Nats Insider details. It isn’t likely to happen, though, as the Nationals are likely to move Ryan Zimmerman to first base on a full-time basis while Anthony Rendon will be a permanent fixture at..." October 19

  • Span hoping Nationals pick up option "Nationals center fielder Denard Span is still waiting for the Nationals to pick up his option for 2015, worth $9 million. He said his agent informed him that the team could wait until after the World Series to pick up the option. "I still haven't heard anything yet. I don't know what's going..." October 19

  • Bryce Harper to marry Kayla Varner in January

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and Ohio State soccer player Kayla Varner are planning two weddings for Jan. 2-3 in southern California. They will be married in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ceremony on Jan. 2 and follow with a traditional wedding on Jan. 3. Harper,..." October 14

  • Nationals assistant GM announces he is leaving the organization

    Washington Post "Three days after the Nationals’ season ended, assistant general manager Bryan Minniti announced in an e-mail to counterparts and friends that he is leaving the organization after five years. The move is surprising, as the Nationals’ front office wasn’t expected to undergo any changes after an..." October 11

  • Hardy's extension helps Desmond's cause with Nats

    CSN Washington "One of the biggest storylines for the Nationals this winter will surely be the long-term futures of Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Ian Desmond. All three are under contract through 2015, but after that can hit free agency. Desmond, in particular, has had contract talks with the Nationals..." October 11

  • Adam LaRoche accepts that he must step aside to make room for Ryan Zimmerman

    Washington Post "For so many reasons, Adam LaRoche wants to stay. He adores his Washington Nationals teammates. He believes the team that was — in his words — “terrible” when he arrived will win into the foreseeable future. He sees people in Nationals caps around his home in McLean, and when he first came here he..." October 11

  • What these playoffs teach us about baseball’s best bankrolls

    New York Post "We begin with this disclaimer: Millions and millions of kids play baseball and just 750 evolve to be good enough at any one time to play in the majors. Of that 750, perhaps one-tenth, 75, are unique talents. This is why I am a players’ guy. Many try yet few succeed at reaching the highest..." October 09

  • Ryan Zimmerman was ‘hurt enough not to play’ in the NLDS

    Washington Post "In the end, Ryan Zimmerman’s right hamstring and the circumstances of the series never gave him a chance to make a major impact on the NLDS. Zimmerman worked for two months to return on the early side, so he could join the Nationals for the playoffs. His hamstring never reached a point where the..." October 09

  • Bryce Harper reminds baseball he's still fantastic

    SB Nation "Bryce Harper had a rough 2014 in a lot of ways. Before the season even began, he was labeled the most overrated player in the game by other baseball players. He missed some time with injuries and had to go on a rehab assignment in the minors, and had to listen to segments of the media swear on..." October 08

  • Giants finish off Nats, advance to NLCS

    CSN Bay Area "Sometimes you punch and fight your way through to the next round. Sometimes gravity just sucks you there. The Giants needed a clutch performance to keep this NL Division Series from going back to Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and an anything-goes game at Nationals Park. They got a..." October 08

  • Nats keep season alive with huge Game 3 win

    CSN Washington "Inning after inning, they tried in vain to plate a run. Just one lousy run. For 21 torturous innings that stretched from early eveningSaturday on South Capitol Street to late Monday afternoon alongside McCovey Cove, the Nationals simply could not do it. And then, with one ill-advised throw by..." October 06

  • Did Nationals manager Matt Williams ask to be ejected?

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals lost Game 2 of the NLDS in heartbreaking fashion at home Saturday, falling 2-1 in the longest game in MLB postseason history. Nationals manager Matt Williams wasn’t in the dugout to see the finish, though, after being ejected in the bottom of the 10th inning. Home plate..." October 06

  • 25d
    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Asdrubal Cabrera just got tossed by Vic Carapazza arguing a called third strike. Slammed his bat down.

  • Belt’s blast in 18th puts Giants up in series over Nationals

    San Francisco Chronicle "He could not fathom what was happening when he dropped the bat and watched the ball fly into the second deck in right field. His trot around the bases was like an acid trip. Even an hour later, with his uniform on and the team bus for the airport beckoning, Brandon Belt had no real concept of..." October 05

  • 25d
    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Matt Williams says "there's a chance" Ian Desmond could miss a game this series or postseason to be with his pregnant wife, who is due soon.

  • Giants’ familiar formula carries them to Game 1 win over Nationals

    San Francisco Chronicle "The 2010 Giants were the misfits who got a kick out of torturing their fans. The 2012 team was all about comebacks and refusing to die. The 2014 Giants? Their trademark remains to be stamped. One thread weaves throughout the three playoff teams in the Bruce Bochy era, and that is great..." October 04

  • 27d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Rafael Soriano & Jerry Blevins made the NLDS roster. Ross Detwiler did not.

  • Hudson on Nats-Giants: ‘What do you have between your legs?’

    Washington Post "The building of narratives for the Nationals-Giants National League Division Series can officially begin, and the juxtaposition between the recent playoff success for each team is an easy place to start. The Giants have won two of the last four World Series, a grizzled bunch that has survived..." October 03

  • 27d
    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Nats will open Strasburg, Zimmermann, Fister, as expected.

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • How the 2014 Nationals differ from the 2012 Nationals

    CSN Washington "When the Nationals prepared to face the Cardinals in the 2012 NLDS, they tried to downplay the significance of their lack of October experience vs. their highly decorated counterparts from St. Louis. By the time that series ended in heartbreaking fashion, more than a few players acknowledged what..." October 01

  • Craigslister Offers a Pair of Nationals Club Playoff Tickets for a Threesome

    The Big Lead "In a Craigslist ad that’s removal is a matter of when and not if, a DC bro has offered his Diamond Club tickets for sexual favors. Or, in a much more likely scenario, a prankster put this ad up and bided his time before it made the blog rounds, and now his evil plot has come true and he can..." October 01

  • Righty Tanner Roark waiting to hear on role for NLDS "Nationals manager Matt Williams has not announced his rotation during the National League Division Series, which starts Friday at Nationals Park. It will be interesting to see what role Tanner Roark will play in the postseason. All indications have him coming out of the bullpen -- at least for the..." September 30

  • Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann no-hits Marlins "Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann pitched a no-hitter against the Marlins on Sunday (WAS 1, MIA 0). It was the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history and fifth in Nationals/Expos franchise history. Zimmermann's was also the fifth no-hitter of 2014. On the day, Zimmermann struck..." September 29

  • Nats 5, Marlins 1

    CSN Washington "The truck keeps rolling along, no matter what's at stake right now. The Nationals could've taken Saturday off but instead went out and put forth another impressive effort to beat the Marlins and improve to 32-13 down the stretch, with one game to go on the regular-season slate. It certainly..." September 28

  • Marlins ride late-arriving offense to doubleheader split over Nationals

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Marlins totaled more than two games worth of hits Friday. That wasn't altogether unexpected, considering they played the Nationals twice. The peculiar part was the distribution. After Doug Fister tossed a three-hit shutout in the matinee, the Marlins exploded for a season-high 22 under the..." September 27

  • Nats lock up home-field advantage through NLCS with win over Marlins

    CSN Washington "For the second time in three years, no team in the National League will finish with a better record than the Nationals. Thanks to Doug Fister’s 4-0 shutout victory over the Marlins in the first half of Friday’s day-night doubleheader, the Nationals locked up home-field advantage through the..." September 27

  • Mets have another losing season after splitting doubleheader against Nationals

    New York Daily News "On the televisions in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park Thursday afternoon, Washington manager Matt Williams was talking about lining his team’s rotation up for the playoffs while the Mets sat quietly eating between games of a doubleheader and talking about their own future: 2015. As the..." September 26

  • 35d
    106.7 The Fan @1067thefandc

    JUST IN: Tonight's #Nats - #Mets game will be made up tomrorow (Thursday) as part of a split doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. (via @Nationals)

  • Nationals defeat Mets in triumphant return home

    CSN Washington "The 2014 NL East champions finally returned home tonight, a full week removed from their division clincher in Atlanta, and were given a heroes' welcome from a crowd of 30,714 that looked for every possible opportunity to shower the home team with love. Tanner Roark got a standing ovation as he..." September 24

  • Jordan Zimmermann suffers bruised shoulder, survives scare

    Washington Post "Jordan Zimmermann suffered a bruised pitching shoulder Saturday night when he narrowly avoided being struck in the face by a line drive in the Nationals’ 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Leading off the sixth inning, Casey McGehee smashed a line drive back through the middle, headed straight at..." September 21

  • Nationals set to activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL soon "The Nationals appear ready to activate Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list very soon, possibly even Saturday, per multiple reports. Manager Matt Williams said that the veteran has "answered every question" regarding his health (Adam Kilgore), so it's only a matter of time. Zimmerman, 29, has..." September 20

  • Fister, Nats do enough right to get by Marlins

    CSN Washington "With Adam LaRoche back in the lineup and Ryan Zimmerman back in the dugout, the Nationals looked complete as a ballclub for this game. And though they didn't necessarily play their best game of the last week, they still managed to do enough right to improve to 7-2 on this final road trip of the..." September 20

  • 40d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Sounds like Ryan Zimmerman is on his way to Miami after playing 7 innings in Viera today. Likely to be activated for tomorrow's game.

  • Nationals claim Twins’ Opening Day shortstop off waivers

    Hardball Talk "It’s not often you see a team’s Opening Day shortstop get claimed off regular, non-revocable waivers in mid-September, but the Twins just lost Pedro Florimon to the Nationals on the waiver wire. Of course, Florimon lost Minnesota’s shortstop job in April and has spent most of the season at..." September 19

  • Bethancourt comes through, Braves beat Nats to snap 5-game skid

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt displayed his quick feet and rifle arm in the top of the sixth inning when he threw out Michael Taylor trying to steal third base for the second out, with two on and Washington ahead 1-0. But what the defensively gifted catcher did with his bat in the bottom..." September 18

  • 42d
    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    The Nats' lineup includes seven 2014 Syracuse Chiefs and Kevin Frandsen batting third for third time in his career.

  • Nationals clinch NL East with victory in Atlanta

    CSN Washington "It wasn’t supposed to be this easy. Sure, the Nationals entered 2014 as consensus favorites to win the NL East on the heels of a disappointing, 86-win season. But most teams don’t just run away with a division title, certainly not when they’re deadlocked with their chief rivals as late as July..." September 17

  • Harper latest to come down with illness

    Nats Insider "The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded and..." September 16

  • Nationals lower magic number to four, top Mets

    CSN Washington "The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season's final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves' surprising struggles in Texas, has now put them in..." September 15

  • Rafael Soriano making strides, but won’t reclaim closer’s role yet

    Washington Post "For the second time since he returned to pitching in games, Rafael Soriano took the mound in a low-pressure situation. On Saturday, he strolled to the mound in the seventh inning with the Nationals holding a four-run lead over the Mets. Soriano fired a scoreless inning, allowing no base runners..." September 15

  • Harper, Desmond star in Nats 10-3 win over Mets

    CSN Washington "Bryce Harper homered, Ian Desmond drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals moved a step closer to their second NL East title in three years with a 10-3 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night. Anthony Rendon added to his huge series with four hits as Washington reduced its..." September 14

  • Jayson Werth gets a day off

    Washington Post "Jayson Werth is out of Friday night’s lineup because he said he is feeling sick, likely catching the same bug that has gone around the Nationals clubhouse in recent days. Werth also felt “a little bit of dead legs” during Thursday’s game, according to Manager Matt Williams. Werth was due for a day..." September 13

  • No, really: Mets actually beat Nationals at Citi

    New York Post "The Mets have retaken Citi Field — for one night, at least. Ending an embarrassing franchise-worst home losing streak, the Mets wrestled back the keys to Citi Field with a 4-3 win over the Nationals on Friday night, giving them their first home win over Washington in 13 games. The victory..." September 13

  • Playoff hopes shrink as Mets lose to division-leading Nationals, 6-2

    New York Daily News "There is not much of a battle between the Mets and Nationals these days. Washington has dominated the Mets all season long, and has beaten them 12 straight times at Citi Field dating back to 2013. Now after Thursday night, there will be bruises, too. The Nationals battered Bartolo Colon and..." September 12

  • Braves avoid sweep with 6-2 win against Nats and Strasburg

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "While Atlanta’s pleasantly surprising journeyman Aaron Harang got back to pitching as he had for most of the season, the Braves did what they’ve done to Stephen Strasburg since the Washington ace’s ballyhooed arrival in the majors. They beat him. The Braves scored first on a home run from..." September 11

  • 49d
    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Desmond and Rendon are out today. Infield of Frandsen, Espinosa, Cabrera, LaRoche behind Strasburg.

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