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.
CBSSports.com "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
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
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."
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
Rendon had another MRI yesterday. MCL still sprained but healing. Chances of being ready Opening Day at this point pretty slim.
MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-handed reliever Heath Bell, 37, has decided to retire, he tells MLB.com’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
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
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
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.
ESPN.com "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
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.
Stephen Strasburg twisted left ankle in conditioning drills yesterday. Matt said "not serious" & a few days rest. AJ Cole to start tomorrow.
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
Nationals option RHP Taylor Hill to Syracuse, send RHP Eric Fornataro, Mitch Lively, and Scott McGregor to minor league camp.
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
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
MLB.com "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
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
Drew Storen had surgery today to remove the hook of hamate bone in his left (non-throwing) hand. Williams says out threw days.
Rendon will be out a few days with a sprain of the MCL in his left knee. No procedure necessary. Just rest.
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
#Nats CF Denard Span underwent surgery this morning to repair a right core muscle injury.
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
#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.
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.
MLB.com "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
Yunel Escobar is having his back examined by a doctor today. Matt Williams not terribly concerned. We'll see.
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
#Nats have signed OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor-league deal with invitation to big-league camp.
MLB.com "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
#Nats have signed LHP Rich Hill to a minor league deal with invitation to big league camp.
CBSSports.com "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
On need for Harper to carry more load, Williams: "It's safe to say he'll most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."
MLB.com "Nationals right-hander Erik Davis missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery. Like teammates Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, who had the same procedure, Davis worked hard to get back on the mound and it paid off Tuesday. Davis, 28, had a bullpen session and threw 25 pitches..." February 24
Nats Insider "Ryan Zimmerman’s body is healthy, that is, as healthy as 30-year-old with 1,198 big-league games of wear and tear can be. Just as significant, Zimmerman’s mind is at ease as he begins his 10th spring training with the Nationals, his first as anything other than a third baseman. “All good things..." February 24
Source: FA RHP Daniel Stange recently had labrum surgery and will resume throwing in four months if all goes to plan.
Washington Post "Bryce Harper made an appearance at Space Coast Stadium on Monday after a weekend of business and pleasure in Florida. On Saturday, Harper was at Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches, shooting a commercial for Gatorade’s “Sweat with the Best” contest. The under-the-cap promotion, which..." February 23
Washington Post "Denard Span reported to Nationals spring training on Sunday morning, the second of the team’s everyday position players to arrive. (Wilson Ramos reported on Thursday with pitchers and catchers.) Span drove across the state from his native Tampa, ready to begin his third season with the..." February 22
News to me: Nats outfield prospect Brian Goodwin had shoulder surgery on non-throwing shoulder this offseason. Will be monitored in camp.
If Roark ends up in bullpen, Williams says he doesn't have to be long man. Likes how his stuff "plays up" in short, late appearances.
Nats Insider "Though his surgically repaired shoulder isn’t quite 100 percent yet, Nate McLouth firmly believes it will get there in the next few weeks once he ramps up his daily baseball regimen at spring training. “The thing I still have to work up to is the endurance, the volume,” he said. “I’ve been..." February 21
Zimmermann says he's willing to listen if #Nats want to talk this spring but won't during season: "I think everything's on hold right now."
Washington Post "On the night of Jan. 30, two guards escorted Jayson Werth into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. He changed out of his black sweatshirt and dark sunglasses into an olive-green jumpsuit, more comfortable than he expected. Werth shuffled into a guard’s office, a guard who happened to be a..." February 20
Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report to spring training today. And for the first time in five years, right-hander Max Scherzer is not one of them. Scherzer instead will report with the Washington Nationals on the eastern side of Florida, after signing a seven-year, $210-million contract..." February 19