NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

9.29.16 Nationals salvage split in rainy finale

The Nats salvaged a split of their 4-game series with Arizona on a rainy Thursday afternoon
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
7 hours ago

Chase Hughes gives an update on the Nationals

Chase Hughes joins Sports Talk Live to talk about Wilson Ramos, Gio Gonzalez and more
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
7 hours ago

Washington Nationals: Ramifications from the Wilson Ramos injury

Hasn’t Wilson Ramos been through enough? After such a promising rookie year in 2011, Ramos has suffered through so much over the last five seasons: injuries, kidnappings, underperformance, an impatient fan base. But then he exploded in 2016. His offseason training and eye surgery sparked an improved walk rate. He bopped 22 homers and posted an .850 OPS en route to his first All...
Via isportsweb.com
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos knows his future might not be with the Nationals — or in the National League

Wilson Ramos is cognizant of the unsettling reality his future was thrust into the moment he landed on his right leg and felt the anterior cruciate ligament tear in his knee on Monday night. He was already a 29-year-old catcher with a long history of injuries, one that included ACL and MCL tears in that knee. […]
Via Nationals Journal
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baker: Harper, Murphy and Strasburg updates all positive - Byron Kerr

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said second baseman Daniel Murphy (strained left buttocks) is make very good progress in his hopes to get back to close to 100 percent for the postseason. Baker said Murphy could even pinch-hit in one of the few regular season games remaining prior to the Dodgers ... Read More
Via MASN
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reliever Matt Belisle sounds like safe bet for Nationals playoff roster

After Gio Gonzalez labored through 3 2/3 innings on an inefficient 100 pitches in the Nats' loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, it must have
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
17 hours ago

Trea Turner on Hitting

Trea Turner is squaring up a lot of baseballs. He’s also flying around the bases. The 23-year-old Washington Nationals rookie has a dozen home runs, seven triples, and 29 stolen bases in just 68 games. His slash line is a sexy .340/.362/.560. In a nutshell, he’s been very, very good. He’s also thoughtful when the subject turns to hitting. The North Carolina State product likes...
Via Fangraphs
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

D-backs, Nationals hope to outlast rain in series finale

WASHINGTON -- Rain is in the forecast on Thursday afternoon as the Washington Nationals are slated to host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of the four-game series. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports GO, starting at 9:30 a.m. If the game is not played there is always a chance Arizona would have to return to Washington and play Monday if the game has a...
Via FOX Sports
20 hours ago

Rookies Turner, Lopez could be key parts of Nationals’ postseason

The news has been nothing but bad for the Washington Nationals since they clinched the National League East title last Saturday. Catcher Wilson Ramos tore a ligament in his right knee Monday and needs season-ending surgery. On Tuesday, general manager Mike Rizzo declared right-hander Stephen Strasburg out for the Nationals’ matchup with the Los Angeles […] The post Rookies Turner...
Via Today's Knuckleball
20 hours ago

How could rain affect the final days of the Nationals season?

Before Wednesday night’s game, which seemed certain to be interrupted by rain, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said he hoped the Nationals would play rather than consider what would happen if they didn’t. “I’m serious, because we don’t even know if it’s going to rain. How many times the weatherman said it’s going to rain and then it […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A Dose of Optimism

This week the Nationals lost an All-Star to a season ending injury. It feels like fall in DC. Injuries have loomed large in the past for the Nationals and never more so than this season. The loss of Wilson Ramos is only the latest in a litany of players hitting the injury report. The list is not only long, but also littered with all-star caliber players; Stephen Strasburg, Daniel...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Harper's thumb keeps him out of lineup for 3rd straight game

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper is out of the Washington Nationals' starting lineup for the third straight game because of an injured left thumb. With rain forecast, Nationals manager Dusty Baker did not want to risk the NL MVP in a wet outfield during Wednesday night's game against Arizona. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos tore his right anterior cruciate ligament Monday after a...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Argument For Gio Gonzalez Starting NLDS Game 1

The Nationals, one would presume, would start Max Scherzer in Game 1 of next week’s NLDS against the Dodgers. In Game 2, one might surmise Tanner Roark would take the mound to start the game. General Manager Mike Rizzo was asked Wednesday who might start Game 3. “I’m not sure,” Rizzo told The Sports Junkies. “That’s something we’re going to discuss Friday. Gio [Gonzalez...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Following loss of Ramos, Lobaton and Severino spark Nats comeback - Byron Kerr

The Nationals began the day with the news that starting catcher Wilson Ramos is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Manager Dusty Baker talked during pregame about the club's catching depth, and how important Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino would be on the run ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals GM: Strasburg ‘unlikely to pitch in NLDS’

The Washington Nationals are headed to the playoffs, but it’s likely that they’ll be without Stephen Strasburg. General manager Mike Rizzo announced on Tuesday that Strasburg will likely be inactive for the NLDS. GM Mike Rizzo said Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in NLDS. — Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) September 27, 2016 This is hardly surprising. Strasburg hasn’t pitched...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos done for year with torn ACL

The Washington Nationals just clinched their third NL East division crown in the last five seasons, but the postseason crusade will have to march forward without the help of their All-Star catcher. According to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday, Wilson Ramos is out for the year after suffering a torn ACL. Horrible blow to #Nats: All Star catcher Wilson...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals catcher Ramos out for playoffs with torn ACL

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos is out for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Manager Dusty Baker says Ramos will have surgery to repair the ligament, which he tore during an awkward landing while catching a relay throw Monday night. The NL East champions will go with a combination of Pedro...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos Tears ACL, Nationals Suffer Big Loss

The Nationals have had an excellent bounce back season after last year’s struggles, and have already locked up the NL East with a 91-65 record. But all is not well in Washington. The team was already dealing with the potential absence of Stephen Strasburg, who had to leave his first start back from the disabled list with lingering soreness. Daniel Murphy, probably the team’s...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals C Wilson Ramos leaves game with right leg injury

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has left Washington's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an apparent right leg injury, a potentially damaging blow to the NL East champions. Ramos was injured on a play at the plate in the sixth inning Monday night when he jumped for a throw and landed awkwardly on his leg. Arizona's Brandon Drury scored but didn't make contact...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Goodwin's bat stakes Nats to quick advantage (D'backs lead 5-1) - Byron Kerr

One of the many bright spots among the Nationals' September callups has been the play of right fielder Brian Goodwin. Coming into this week, Goodwin is batting .313 with three RBIs. Manager Dusty Baker said early last week how impressed he has been with Goodwin, and the former North Carolina ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats, Pirates get into it after fake tag leads to Harper injury

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves at odds on Sunday after a fake tag potentially led to a hand injury for Bryce Harper. It started when Harper tripled down the right field line and hurt his left wrist on the slide. The slide wasn’t necessary as the throw badly missed the cutoff men and the baseball wasn’t anywhere near third, but Pirates third...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper wears Katie Ledecky swim cap during Nats’ celebration

Bryce Harper gave Katie Ledecky the ultimate nod on Saturday when celebrating the Nationals’ division title. Washington beat Pittsburgh 6-1 while the Mets lost to the Phillies, giving the Nats the NL East. The team celebrated by spraying some bubbly and beer around the clubhouse, and nobody had on a better outfit than Harper. The reigning NL MVP was seen wearing a Katie Ledecky...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How much has Trea Turner impacted the Nationals?

When Trea Turner was called up for good on July 10th, the Nationals already had a 97% chance of winning their division. With players like Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, and a resurgent Anthony Rendon leading the offense, it was not like the team struggled for offensive firepower. However, there were of course weak spots. Turner had started at SS for all but two of his minor league...
Via The Sports Quotient
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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