Nationals place reliever Aaron Barrett on waivers

The Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett on outright waivers, according to a person familiar with the situation — an unsurprising, if somewhat uncomfortable, move after Barrett had two major elbow surgeries in 12 months. Barrett’s struggles in the 2014 National League Division Series earned him an unpleasant place in Nationals history. His wipeout […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brad Davis announces retirement at the end of the MLS season

The US international's 15-year-career will come to an end.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
13 hours ago

Report: Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg will not need surgery

The Washington Nationals may have been eliminated from the playoffs earlier than they wanted, but at least they have some good news this offseason. According to The Washington Post, neither Bryce Harper nor Stephen Strasburg will need surgery this offseason. Though Harper never officially was diagnosed with an injury — or at least that the public knows about — there was a report...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg not expected to need surgery this offseason

The Nationals do not expect Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper to require any kind of offseason surgery, according to people familiar with the situation. News of surprise surgeries often emerges in the first weeks after the regular season, particularly for players who endured uncharacteristic struggles, or dealt with a nagging problem that was never quite […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boras On Health Of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper

Righty Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper — arguably the Nationals’ two most important players — are both on track to participate in a full and normal Spring Training in 2017, agent Scott Boras tells Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter links). That appears to be positive news for the Nats, who went without the former for the postseason and endured persistent whispers...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Report: Stephen Strasburg expected to be ready for spring training

The Washington Nationals missed Stephen Strasburg at the end of the 2016 regular season and through the playoffs. But the star pitcher will be back in 2017. Stephen Strasburg expected to have a normal throwing schedule this offseason and be ready for spring training, Scott Boras said. @MLB — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 20, 2016 This is certainly good news for the Nationals...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals bring back all 7 members of coaching staff for '17

WASHINGTON (AP) All seven members of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker's major league coaching staff will return to the team for the 2017 season. The team made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday. Among the coaches sticking around for next season: pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Rick Schu, bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and third base...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lucas Giolito disappointed with his performance in the majors this season

It wasn’t Strasmas, but Lucas Giolito’s major-league debut at Nationals Park on June 29 generated more electricity than most June contests. He was, after all, widely regarded as the top pitching prospect in baseball and, by all accounts, the future of the Nationals’ starting rotation. The outing was hyped and he looked the part that night, tossing four […]
Via Nationals Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals ace Max Scherzer had a pretty great sports weekend

One of the best things about being a sports fan in a city with teams across multiple sports — even D.C., which hasn’t experienced much postseason success over the past 25 years — is that when one team’s season ends, there’s another team to distract from the disappointment and occasionally even provide some joy while waiting ’til next year. […]
Via DC Sports Blog
6 days ago

For 3rd time in 5 years, Nats must move on from NLDS exit

WASHINGTON (AP) Jayson Werth knew this season's NL Division Series defeat following a division title felt different from the same scenarios that played out for the Washington Nationals a couple of other times recently. How so? ''I don't know,'' the team's left fielder said, then repeated that phrase in a silent, somber clubhouse in the early hours of Friday after a 4-3 loss to...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker throws shade at Dodgers after Game 5 loss

Dusty Baker was on the losing side of one of the most exciting postseason games in recent memory, and the man wasn't exactly magnanimous after the defeat. Following his Washington Nationals' 4-3 Game 5 loss to the Dodgers, Baker didn't strictly applaud his opponents and the gutsy maneuvering of opposing manager Dave Roberts. Instead, he pointed out the downside to Roberts' moves...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Roberts: Clayton Kershaw asked for the ball in 9th

Clayton Kershaw undid the narrative about him supposedly not being a good playoff pitcher by coming up clutch in the NLDS and closing out the Washington Nationals on short rest in Game 5. And according to Dave Roberts, pitching two days after making a start on short rest was all Kershaw’s idea. “Come the eighth inning, Clayton came to me and said he feels great. If Kenley...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Longest-tenured National Zimmerman on what Game 5 means to D.C. - Byron Kerr

First baseman Ryan Zimmerman has seen the Nationals grow up. Zimmerman, then 20, played 20 games with the Nats during their first season in Washington, D.C., when they went 81-81 in 2005.. But the seasons were mostly lean in those early days for Zimmerman, when he was earning the moniker ... Read More
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats' Baker says Strasburg wouldn't be available for NLCS

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals manager Dusty Baker says injured right-hander Stephen Strasburg would not be available for the NL Championship Series if Washington were to advance. Baker says ''it would be a miracle'' if Strasburg progressed enough to be able to pitch in the NLCS. Baker spoke Thursday before Washington hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in a win-or-go-home Game 5 of their...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Zimmerman on his offensive resurgence: "It's no fun not helping" - Byron Kerr

LOS ANGELES - Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman had another stellar performance in the National League Division Series Monday as his club dropped the Dodgers 8-3 in Game 3. Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. He is hitting 5-for-11 (.455) in the series after ... Read More
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa Got Hit By a Strike

Coming into the NLDS, Dusty Baker took a good number of questions about the shortstop position. Danny Espinosa finished the year in a hell of a slump, but as Baker said to the media, he didn’t really have any other options. Espinosa was and is the best shortstop on the roster, and you have to give him one thing: for all of his flaws, there might be no one better at getting hit...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Marty Niland: Lobaton's homer was no October surprise to Baker - Nationals Buzz

The National League Division Series between the Nationals and Dodgers may be knotted at one game apiece, bit when it comes to drama and momentum, the Nats are clearly ahead after Sunday's 5-2 victory And while fans are rightly cheering backup catcher Jose Lobaton as the unlikely hero the team ... Read More
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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