Washington Post "These days, despite the brace on his swollen left wrist, Jayson Werth hustles out to the outfield during batting practice and pursues fly balls, hat in hand. For now, the wrist is still too swollen to use a glove — or do much of anything, really. Though it is not broken or damaged structurally, it..." May 24
CSN Philly "When it was 30 degrees outside and meaningful baseball was weeks or months away, the common refrain heard in Philly was that the 2015 season would not be about results for the Phillies. Rather, it was about development of young players and trades of established veterans to further stockpile the..." May 24
MLB.com "They played against each other and were teammates, starting when the pair were about 8 years old growing up in Las Vegas. On Monday, the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Nationals' Bryce Harper will compete against each other at Wrigley Field in the first game of a three-game series. "The thing that..." May 24
Washington Post "The Washington Nationals signed Max Scherzer this offseason for his right arm. Nine starts into the season, it has been utterly impressive: a 1.67 ERA, 72 strikeouts and at least seven innings in eight of those starts, including eight spectacular frames in Friday’s 2-1 win against the Philadelphia..." May 23
Hardball Talk "Casey Janssen was signed for $5 million this offseason to replace Tyler Clippard as the Nationals’ primary setup man, but instead he spent the first six weeks of the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Janssen has been rehabbing in the minors and the Nationals are convinced he’s..." May 22
CSN Washington "The Nationals don't seem to know how to play a boring ballgame right now, and Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Yankees was only the latest example of that, with the third-inning ejections of Bryce Harper and Matt Williams stealing the spotlight from what already was going to be a compelling..." May 21
CSN Washington "Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night's win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were..." May 21
CSN Washington "An enticing matchup between the red-hot Nationals (featuring the red-hot Bryce Harper) and the first-place Yankees produced some extra buzz at the ballpark Tuesday night. That the opener of this 2-game interleague showdown lived up to the hype only added to the intrigue. The Nationals burst out..." May 20
Andrews gave same diagnosis on Rendon: Sprained MCL. He's now getting 3rd opinion from knee specialist in Colorado.
New York Daily News "It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be Bryce Harper. Sports Illustrated cover boy at 16, No. 1 overall pick at 17, Rookie of the Year at 19. Whirlwind probably doesn’t begin to describe what Harper has experienced during the past five or six years. Alex Rodriguez understands. The..." May 19
Sources: #Nationals expected to promote IF Wilmer Difo. Werth a candidate for DL.
Felipe Rivero is with Class AAA Syracuse and will begin his rehab assignment there today.
Washington Post "Days like Sunday are what make the Washington Nationals such a captivating team, when the talented roster many believed would contend for a title in 2015 is on full display. In a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres, Bryce Harper’s torrid hitting showed no sign of ending. And Stephen..." May 18
Washington Post "Jayson Werth is expected to miss the rest of the weekend series against the Padres, resting his left wrist, which is swollen after getting hit by a 92-mph fastball on Friday night. X-rays on the wrist after Friday’s game were negative but the swelling needs to subside before undergoing an MRI..." May 17
Washington Post "This winter, the Washington Nationals invested $210 million in Max Scherzer because of his past performance as one of baseball’s elite starters. From 2012 to 2014, he was among the elite starting pitchers in baseball, including winning the 2013 American League Cy Young Award. But through eight..." May 17
Jayson Werth (wrist) out: Span CF, Desmond SS, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Ramos C, Espinosa 2B, Taylor LF, Scherzer P.
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth underwent X-rays on his left wrist, which came back negative, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per the Washington Post. Werth exited Friday's game against San Diego in the second inning after getting plunked on the left wrist with a 92 mph fastball from..." May 16
Washington Post "X-rays results on Jayson Werth’s left wrist were negative, according to Manager Matt Williams. Werth will be evaluated again Saturday. Werth had his left wrist wrapped up and wasn’t available after the game, but Williams said the wrist guard he wears on his left wrist during games helped..." May 16
Doug Fister is on his way back to DC to get examined by Nats team doctor. Nats don't have a feeling yet for severity of forearm tightness
After the half-inning, Werth practiced flexing his glove. Chatted with MW. Then decided to come out. Left wrist an issue. Moore comes in.
Washington Post "Only three weeks ago, the Washington Nationals’ offense ranked in the bottom third in the majors in runs. Denard Span and Jayson Werth were back from preseason surgeries, but their bats had yet to click. Since, the hits and runs have come in bursts — the latest evidence Friday’s 10-0 mashing of..." May 16
MLB.com "The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and placed right-handed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day Disabled List with right forearm tightness on Friday. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Cole,..." May 16
Bleacher Report "Smoke still pouring into the desert sky from the Diamondbacks’ scorching of Stephen Strasburg the other day, the Nationals nevertheless remain white-hot. But (whisper voice here) might they be, you know, finally ready to give up on Strasburg given his current 6.06 ERA and 1.71 WHIP while coming..." May 16
San Diego Union-Tribune "At least this time when they pulled out the tarp, a family of skunks didn’t greet the grounds crew. Wet weather necessitated tarping the Petco Park infield before Thursday night’s Nationals-Padres game — and again two minutes into the game. But a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay didn’t bother..." May 15
Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15
Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15
Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15
CSN Washington "When Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were ejected in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, you couldn't help but sense that controversy would end up affecting the outcome of this game, good or bad. Turns out it did have a dramatic effect on the outcome, in a surprisingly positive..." May 14
Arizona Republic "A night after more or less losing the game after three innings, the Diamondbacks rebounded to do the same to the Washington Nationals, beating Washington and RHP Stephen Strasburg 14-6 in front of 19,053 at Chase Field on Tuesday. The win evened the three-game series at 1-1. The Diamondbacks..." May 13
Hardball Talk "Yesterday several reports had the Marlins expressing interest in unsigned veteran closer Rafael Soriano, with the caveat that Soriano and agent Scott Boras were still holding out for a lot more money than Miami wanted to spend. Apparently whatever interest was there is gone, because Clark..." May 13
Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg’s career-worst start, and rough appearances by Sammy Solis and Matt Grace paved the way for this on Tuesday night: Clint Robinson, a first baseman-outfielder on the mound in the eighth inning, firing 81-mph fastballs. It was quite the sight to see. Sure, the Nationals trailed..." May 13
Washington Post "This is what a streaking team looks like: a four-run lead five batters into the game, the opponent’s starting pitcher knocked out after four outs, a 10-run lead after two innings and the opposing team’s best hitter removed in the fourth as a white flag. The Washington Nationals looked every bit..." May 12
Fish Stripes "Steve Cishek blew his third save in six opportunities on Sunday afternoon but the Marlins may not be prepared to explore other options. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe notes the price on Rafael Soriano has steadily decreased, and as a result, the Marlins might be interested. Scott Boras, who..." May 12
Yunel Escobar (stomach bug last game) in lineup: Span 8, Escobar 5, Werth 7, Harper 9, Zim 3, Ramos 2, Desmond 6, Espinosa 4, Scherzer 1.
Washington Post "The Nationals announced their rotation for this week’s series in Arizona. Stephen Strasburg, now healthy and realigned after leaving his last start in the third inning with back tightness, will pitch Tuesday, a day later than his regular turn. Max Scherzer will move up one slot to pitch Monday...." May 11
Washington Post "When Wilson Ramos plays, he hits. That the Washington Nationals’ 27-year-old catcher had the ability to produce consistently at the plate was never a doubt. Whether he could play enough games to do so, troubled by injuries of all shapes and equally frustrating sizes, was the question. So far..." May 11
Strasburg will pitch Tuesday, one day later than scheduled. Scherzer Monday on normal rest.
Yunel Escobar has left the game. Espinosa moves to third and Dan Uggla enters the game at second. No word on Escobar's condition. #Nats
Span gets a day off. Escobar 5, Desmond 6, Werth 7, Harper 9, Zim 3, Ramos 2, Espinosa 4, Taylor 8, Zimmermann 1
Washington Post "Bryce Harper knew as soon as he hit it, giving him plenty of time to stand and watch as his walk-off home run soared into the right-center field stands. Yunel Escobar knew a split second later, watching about halfway between first and second, in plenty of time to throw his right fist in the air as..." May 10
Washington Post "Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg played catch on the field Friday under the supervision of trainer Lee Kuntz. According to Nationals Manager Matt Williams, his status for his next start — scheduled for Monday — is uncertain, and depends on whether he is able to throw his regular bullpen session..." May 10
Washington Post "The routine goes something like this: Bryce Harper swings and follows through, then stands tall, with both hands still gripping the bat. He takes a few steps toward first, bat in hand, then tosses it away before he jogs the rest of the 360 feet most of his hits have required lately. He can afford..." May 09
Washington Post "Bryce Harper has been more patient at the plate, tiring out pitchers and getting on base. He leads the league in walks and has been more selective and less inclined to swing recklessly to show off his power than he was as a big league teenager. But to maximize the potential of a hitter as..." May 07
Sporting News "In his first year as commissioner, Rob Manfred already has overseen an improvement in pace of play on the field. Might he be up for shortening the length of the season, too? Manfred certainly appears open to the possibility. At a news conference Wednesday night in Houston, Manfred indicated..." May 07
CSN Philly "The Phillies have traded minor-league outfielder Darin Mastroianni to the Nationals for cash considerations, the club announced on Tuesday. An eight-year pro, Mastroianni was batting .293 with four extra-base hits in 16 games for Triple A Lehigh Valley. Last season, Mastroianni appeared in 21..." May 06