NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Nats' rising star Bryce Harper.
First, there was his embarrassing face-plant into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium. Harper tried to track down a drive off the bat of A.J. Ellis but failed to remember the important part of the term "warning track."
Take a look for yourself.
OK, so maybe it's wise for him not to do...
We'd be remiss if we didn't post something about the t-shirt Dan Haren made for Nats pitchers featuring the pic of Steve McCatty in that 1984 issue of Playgirl, which officially blew up and became a "thing" on Tuesday:
Haren got T-shirts of McCatty's Playgirl shot made today. "UNTUCK" on back. "Utter joy," Clippard said. "This is...
Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was in a 1984 issue of Playgirl. Naturally once word of that got around the clubhouse, Dan Haren had t-shirts with the photo made for his teammates to wear. In an interview Wednesday, pitcher Gio Gonzalez wore the t-shirt, giving the photo more publicity than McCatty probably wanted and creating a hilarious photo.
Brad Lidge, the closer of the 2008 World Series champion Phillies team, will officially retire as a Phillie.
Brad Lidge will retire as a Phillie on Aug. 1. He will throw out the first pitch. Will he go to his knees?
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) May 22, 2013
Though he spent most of his career outside of Philadelphia, the crowning achievement, and perhaps his best...
Since May 10, the Washington Nationals have been miserable/depressing/dreary/dull/lackluster… pick your own negative adjective as you please. They lost a series (1-2) to the Chicago Cubs at home, lost another (1-2) to the Dodgers on the road, split a series (2-2) with the Padres in San Diego, and are looking to avoid a three-game sweep today to the Giants as they have lost the...
So Rafael Soriano took the opportunity to rip Bryce Harper last night for his miscue in the 9th inning on Gregor Blanco's game-tying triple. Via USA Today Sports:
"With two outs and the tying run at first, you have to play the
outfield so the ball doesn't go over your head,'' Soriano said in
"It may not have been a catch-able ball...
Several Washington Nationals players wore a T-shirt around the clubhouse on Tuesday with a photo of pitching coach Steve McCatty from a Playgirl photo shoot he did in the early 1980s. Right-hander Dan Haren had the shirts made, which said
Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano questioned Bryce Harper's defensive positioning on a game-tying triple that tied the game in the ninth inning that ultimately led to a loss.
So what happened on that deep fly ball by Gregor Blanco that went over Bryce Harper's head in the 9th inning that turned into a game-tying triple? Harper appeared to flinch as he approached the wall and misplayed the ball (see video here).
Turns out Harper was thinking about running into another wall:
"I don’t want to hit the frickin’ wall full-on. Of course...
SAN FRANCISCO — On a night the Washington Nationals welcomed back slugger Bryce Harper, the team learned it will be without reliever Ryan Mattheus after he broke his hand punching a locker.
On top of that, manager Davey Johnson said that right fielder Jayson Werth is still a couple of weeks from coming off the disabled list after another MRI on his strained right hamstring showed...
The Washington Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right hand. There is no time-table set for Mattheus’ return, but expect it to be longer and possibly much longer than the mandatory 15 days.
In other moves, the Nationals also recalled right-handed reliever Yunesky Maya and left-handed reliever Fernando Abad from...
The Washington Nationals are struggling with depth right now as a result of several injuries. There is little that can be done to prevent players from suffering injuries in practice or during a game. However, self-inflicted injuries like the one Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus suffered on Sunday can easily be avoided.
According to the Washington Post, the Nats’ setup man broke...
Anthony Rendon, the Nationals’ brilliant third-base prospect, started at second base for Double A Harrisburg on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Steve Lombardozzi replaced the slumping Danny Espinosa at second for the Nats in their 8-0 loss to the Giants in San Francisco.
The obvious conclusion, now that Ryan Zimmerman is back playing third, is that the Nationals might be grooming Rendon...
The Washington Nationals have been playing mediocre baseball lately. With last night's loss, they dropped to 23-22 on the season. And now it looks like they will have to try to right the ship without Jayson Werth for longer than previously anticipated.
Just yesterday news came out that Werth was progressing nicely and expected to join the Nationals on Friday. Now, as...
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Washington Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus reportedly broke his pitching hand while punching a locker after a rough outing on Sunday afternoon.