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Washington Nationals Put Stephen Strasburg on Disabled List

Stephen Strasburg the starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals was placed on the 15-day DL with soreness in his elbow. Through August 1, Strasburg had a record of 15-1 with an ERA of 2.63. Over his past three starts, the Nationals pitcher is 0-3 with an ERA of 14.66. His velocity has not diminished much, but he has been hit hard by opposing batters. It is true one of the starts was at Coors Field but in each of the three, he was hit hard. The question on the minds of some is whether the elbow was bothering him during those three starts. During... 
 

Washington’s Stephen Strasburg First Pitcher to Reach 15 Wins

The Washington Nationals are atop the National League East by 5 games over the second place Miami Marlins. A big part of the reason they are in first place is their pitching staff. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he has been pleased with being in first place at this point of the season even though his team in his opinion has yet to play its best baseball. The month of August started well for the Nationals as they routed the Arizona Diamondback 14-1 behind the superb pitching of the team’s ace Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander became the first... 
 

Lucas Giolito, MLB’s Top Prospect Has Debut Shortened by Rain

Lucas Giolito, the top prospect in Major League Baseball, had his pitching debut in the big leagues shortened by rain. The Washington Nationals right-hander was leading 1-0 during the fourth inning when rain delayed the game. He did not return to pitch when the game resumed and Washington went on to win 5-0 over the New York Mets. Giolito, during the rain delay before the game, visited Dusty Baker’s office on multiple occasions. The rookie asked his manager a number of times when the game would start so he could get on the mound. He finally took... 
 

Bryce Harper Inks 10 Year Extension With Under Armour

Bryce Harper will likely sign a new deal worth about $400 million one day. Until then, a new deal with Under Armour will make him plenty wealthy. Harper just signed an extension to his endoresement deal with the athletic apparel maker believed to be the biggest ever by a MLB player. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Harper,became the youngest player ever to unanimously win an MVP award, has endorsed Under Armour since 2011 and will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. By retaining Harper,... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg to the DL, Deadline Trade Not Likely

Thanks to enviable starting pitching depth, the Washington Nationals are not likely to pursue a trade in the wake of Stephen Strasburg‘s trip to the 15-day disabled list. Strasburg, who has logged a gaudy 5.16 ERA and a .289 batting average against in 13 starts this season, departed his Fourth of July outing against San Francisco after 56 pitches. He induced a ground out from Buster Posey and then grabbed at his left side. MRI results on Sunday revealed a right oblique strain, prompting his second stint on the DL this year. He was placed their... 
 

Bryce Harper, Two More Home Runs To Continue Hot Streak

With the amount of expectations built upon them, the month of April was exactly the kind of start to the season that the Washington Nationals wanted to avoid. Even with eight wins in their last ten contest, Washington still finds themselves with only an even 15-15 record. That’s the kind of hole that they have dug themselves into. Credit Bryce Harper for lending a helping hand in turning things around for the Nationals. The former first overall pick has been on an unreal tear the last two games, and his performance in the previous ten games has... 
 

Washington Nationals on the Rise, Detroit Tigers Window Closing?

The Washington Nationals have their man, Max Scherzer.  Scott Boras has done it again.  Just when you thought Scherzer was going to be cooling his heels while everyone else was reporting to spring training, he signed a contract with a deferd cash deal that makes everyone happy.  Scherzer got his cash he was looking for and the Nats become even better while not blowing up their bank accounts right now.  Vegas has spoken and moved the Nats to the odds on favorite to win the 2015 World Series. With the signing of Scherzer they have a horse they... 
 

Washington Nationals Sign Max Scherzer, Trades Coming?

The Washington Nationals have signed Max Scherzer to a seven year deal worth more than $180 million reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Scherzer lingered on the free agent market long after other top free agents had signed. However, waiting out the market paid off for the Scott Boras client. His deal topped those signed by C.C. Sabathia and the extensions for Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez. The 30 year-old Scherzer has been one of the top pitchers in baseball over the last three seasons. He took home the CY Young award in 2013 after winning... 
 

Washington Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar from Oakland A’s

The Oakland Athletics busy offseason continues. Today they sent shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Washington Nationals. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the deal and speculates that relief pitcher Tyler Clippard will be going to the A’s. Escobar was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the A’s just this past weekend. The Nationals gain a lot of flexibility by acquiring Escobar. Most likely he will supplant Danny Espinosa at second base. Incumbent shortstop Ian Desmond will be a free agent after this season, and Escobar is controlled... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Reportedly Reach Agreement With Asdrubal Cabrera

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with free-agent middle infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal is contingent on Cabrera passing a physical. Cabrera, 29,  spent time in 2014 with the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals in 2014 hitting .241/.307/.387 with 14 home runs. He has a career .268/.330/.409/.740 slash line over eight MLB seasons. The deal is reportedly for one year at $8 million. Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist immediately become the subject of trade rumors as a result of the... 
 

Rays Deal Wil Myers in Blockbuster Trade with Padres, Nationals

The Tampa Bay Rays sent outfielder Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres as part of a three team trade that involved 11 players. Myers heads to San Diego as the centerpiece of the trade. San Diego also receives young minor league arms Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo along with big league catcher Ryan Hanigan as part of the deal. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay will get catcher Rene Rivera, right-hander Burch Smith and first base prospect Jake Bauers from the Padres. In addition, the Rays get outfielder Steven Souza and lefty pitcher Travis Ott from the Washington... 
 

Jordan Zimmermann Fires No-Hitter in Washington Nationals Season Finale

The Washington Nationals ended the regular season with a bang, as Jordan Zimmermann threw his first career no-hitter against the Miami Marlins. Zimmermann faced just one batter over the minimum, as he fanned 10 in a 1-0 victory. With the victory, the Nats close out the season with a 96-66 record, the best in the National League. It was the first no-hitter in the Nationals young history. Zimmermann, who was dealing with shoulder soreness, was given a couple extra days rest before making his final start of the regular season. He retired the first... 
 

Washington Nationals Lineup Makes Them Favorites in the NL

Despite some injury-fueled early season struggles, the Washington Nationals are sitting pretty. With a 91-64 record, they own the best record in the NL, and will rest their starters as they head into the postseason, where they will await the winner of the wild card game, which will likely feature the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nationals rotation has received a lot of attention, and it features four starters who are having strong seasons in Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Tanner Roark as well... 
 

Jordan Zimmermann Having Career Year in Loaded Nats Rotation

The Washington Nationals starting pitchers have had a remarkable year. Their 14.5 fWAR leads the National League. Stephen Strasburg is among the league leaders in strikeout rate, Tanner Roark has a sub 3.00 ERA, Doug Fister has accumulated 3.5 RA-9 WAR despite missing a large chunk of the season, and Gio Gonzalez has a strikeout rate just shy of 25 percent. However, the best performance has come from Jordan Zimmermann. The 28 year-old Zimmermann broke into the major leagues in 2009. But, he suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery,... 
 

Anthony Rendon Key to Washington Nationals Success

Thanks in large part to a catastrophic slide by the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals own a five game edge in the National League East. Their odds of winning the division sit at 94 percent, and they have the best World Series odds of any team in baseball. A big reason for their success has been the superb play of second-year infielder Anthony Rendon. Following a standout career at Rice University, the 24 year-old Rendon was the 6th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. Injuries limited Rendon to 43 games in his first professional season,... 
 

Nats Bryce Harper is Back From DL

The Washington Nationals Bryce Harper has been activated from the 15 day DL. Harper missed 59 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. Coincidentally, or not, tonight is Bryce Harper bobblehead night at Nationals Park.  Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. The 21-year-old Harper is batting .289/.352/.422 with one homer in 21 games. In a rehab appearance for the Triple-A Harrisburg Senators Harper’s bat launched three home runs in a 4-for-5/ 5 RBI night. “We’ll all seen the impact he can make,”... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg Racking up Strikeouts

The Washington Nationals rotation is piling up strikeouts at a historic rate, and Stephen Strasburg is leading the pack. Through his first seven starts the right-hander is fanning hitters at a 33.3 percent rate, which is the second highest mark in baseball behind Jose Fernandez. While his ERA of 3.60 is unspectacular, Strasburg has an xFIP of 2.24, which is the fourth best in the big leagues. Strasburg’s fastball velocity is averaging right around 94 miles per hour, which is a drop off of about one mile per hour from last year. Pitchers... 
 

Gio Gonzalez, Nationals Rack up Strikeouts in Win over Mets

After their pitching staff tallied 18 strikeouts in an Opening Day win over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals managed 13 strikeouts in a 5-1 victory, shutting out the Mets over the last eight innings. Stephen Strasburg fanned ten Mets in six frames Monday, and the bullpen tallied eight more in an extra-inning win. Starter Gio Gonzalez was strong Wednesday, hurling six frames. He allowed just three hits and one run, striking out six and walking one. Gonzalez also helped his cause by smacking a solo shot off Bartolo Colon in the 5th,... 
 

Nationals Sign Luis Ayala to Minor League Deal

The Washington Nationals have signed veteran reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal, reports Andrew Rickli of SportsReelBoston. The 36 year old Ayala spent most of last season with the Atlanta Braves after being traded from the Baltimore Orioles in the first two weeks of the season. He pitched to a 3.27 ERA in 33 innings, with strikeout and walk rates of 15.4 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively. In addition, he had a strong groundball rate of 58.9 percent. Ayala did miss a good chunk of playing time, as he spent over two months on the... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Ross Detwiler Agrees With Nationals On a One-year Deal

In a rotation stocked with premiere arms like Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, 27-year-old Ross Detwiler seems anonymous. Yet he is just a season removed from posting 3.40 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP to accompany a 10-8 record in 27 starts for the Washington Nationals in 2012 when the club reached the playoffs for the first time. Detwiler avoided arbitration on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal that includes a $50,000 incentive if he logs at least 180 innings. Detwiler was plagued with back injuries for much of the... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Will Again Lead Loaded Nationals Rotation

The Washington Nationals had a disappointing 2013 season. After winning a major-league best 98 games in 2012, they missed out on the playoffs. Late season surge notwithstanding, they finished 86-76, ten games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, and four games back of the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card hunt. However, it would be hard to blame the Nationals starting pitching for the team’s struggles. Even with Dan Haren‘s longball troubles and the inability to establish a No. 5 starter, they finished 8th in... 
 

Carroll, Nix, Francoeur, Slowey, Minor Moves Roundup

Jamey Carroll, Jayson Nix, Jeff Francoeur and Kevin Slowey recently signed minor league deals. Slowey, a 29 year-old right-hander, signed with the Miami Marlins. He threw 92 innings for the Marlins in 2013, posting an ERA of 4.11 and an FIP of 3.81. For his career, he’s walked only 3.8 percent of hitters while striking out 17.7 percent. With a fastball that sits at 89-90, and one of the lowest groundball rates of any starter in the majors, Slowey has had troubles with the longball, as shown by a career 1.4 HR/9. He’ll face stiff... 
 

Washington Nationals Sign Nate McLouth to Two-year Deal

The Washington Nationals signed veteran outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal worth $10.8 million with a third-year option. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported the deal. McLouth revitalized his career with the Baltimore Orioles after struggling in 2010 and 2011 with the Atlanta Braves and then being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates after hitting .140 to start the 2012 season. The Orioles picked up the 32 year-old outfielder, and he produced a .268/.342/.435 line over the remainder of the 2012 season. In 2013, he .258/.329/.399... 
 

Washington Nationals Agree to One Year Deal With Ross Ohlendorf

The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with right-hander Ross Ohlendorf , thus avoiding salary arbitration. Ohlendorf will likely be the long man out of the bullpen for the Nats in 2014, but could compete in spring training for the fifth spot in the Nationals rotation with Ross Detwiler. Ohlendorf, 31, will also be eligible for arbitration again after this season. He served as a starter and a reliever after being called up in June in 2013. Ohlendorf had a 3.28 ERA in 60 1/3 innings, and the Nationals went 6-1 in... 
 

Washington Nationals Swindle Detroit Tigers, Grab Doug Fister

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, lefty reliever Ian Krol, and pitching prospect Robbie Ray. The deal was originally reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. This looks like a great deal for the Nationals. The 29 year-old Fister has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last three years. Additionally, he’s set to make just under $7 million in arbitration this year, and doesn’t hit free agency until 2016. Since... 
 

Washington Nationals: Tanner Roark Analysis and Projection

Washington Nationals rookie righthander Tanner Roark has flourished after an August 6 callup. After putting up a 1.19 ERA over 9 games and 22.2 innings in the bullpen, Roark earned his first major league start September 7th. He won that game and his next two starts. All told, the soon-to-be 27 year-old hurler has managed a sparkling 7-0 record and a 1.08 ERA in 41.2 innings, holding opponents to a .181 batting average. Given his impressive debut, albeit in a limited sample, Nationals fans have to wonder where Roark fits in the team’s plans... 
 

Bryce Harper Homers in Return from DL in Nationals Win

After missing over one month with a knee injury, which originated on a collision with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13, Bryce Harper returned to action on Monday evening and picked up right where he left off. On the second pitch he saw from Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo, Harper jumped on a 1-0 fastball and crushed it into the visitor’s bullpen for a solo shot, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead and their fans an all too familiar curtain call. “I felt like I was back on opening day,” said Harper. “I... 
 

Gio Gonzalez, Home Runs Lead Nationals to 13-2 Win over Mets

The Washington Nationals exploded for 13 runs on Sunday, eight of which came in the final two innings of the game, in a 13-2 rout of the New York Mets at Citi Field. Washington jumped out to an early lead, plating four runs in the second, highlighted by Adam LaRoche‘s solo homer and a pair of RBI doubles by Ian Desmond and Denard Span. Jayson Werth would add a solo shot of his own in the third to give the Nationals a 5-0 lead. All the while, Washington starter Gio Gonzalez was dominant, working seven scoreless innings and surrendering just... 
 

Bryce Harper Bobblehead: Yeah, Good Luck With That

If you missed out on getting a Bryce Harper bobble head on Sunday at Bryce Harper Bobblehead Day you are not alone. According to Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post crowds began gathering several hours before the game yesterday all vying to procure a Harper bobblehead. Apparently the instantly collectible dolls all 15,000 of them ,were gone more than an hour before the game’s first pitch. We did  A search on eBay,  where by the way your chances of getting one of these dolls is better than standing in sweltering heat among thousands of... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Gets Win Over Rockies, Strikes Out Nine

Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg  pitched seven strong innings and struck out nine and won for the first time in the month of June as the Nats beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1. Strasburg (4-6) allowed one run on five hits for his first victory since May 31. Reliever Drew Storen worked the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 19th save as the Nationals moved one game above .500 at 37-36. Ian Desmond homered in the seventh for Washington. DJ LeMahieu  at the lone RBI for the Rockies in the third inning.  The Rockies have... 
 

Nats Stephen Strasburg Returns in Nationals 2-0 Loss

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg returned from the 15-day DL on Sunday to face the Cleveland Indians in his first start since injuring his oblique in a May 31 start against the Atlanta Braves. Strasburg worked five innings, surrendering just one run and one hit, along with four strikeouts and four walks. Strasburg was held to just 82 pitches and was pulled after the fifth inning as precaution in avoiding a potential re-injury of his oblique or other complications. Strasburg, although allowing just one hit, did not have good... 
 

A.J. Cole, Nationals Top Pitching Prospect Flashing Dominance

A.J. Cole has been quite the interesting prospect for the Washington Nationals since being drafted in the fourth-round (116th overall) of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. Coming out of Oviedo High School (Florida), Cole was heralded as a first round prospect, but a strong commitment to the University of Miami caused many teams to shy away from taking him with their first picks. Washington took a chance in the fourth round and signed Cole for an unprecedented $2 million, the highest signing bonus ever given to a fourth round draft pick. The fact... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Appears Set for Return to Rotation

After throwing a bullpen session with no apparent issues or setbacks on Thursday afternoon, the Washington Nationals are confident (barring any discomfort over the weekend) that Stephen Strasburg will be able to return to the starting rotation on Sunday for a start against the Cleveland Indians. Strasburg threw 56 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday, from which he disclosed that he felt no tightness in his oblique and was comfortable throughout the entire session. Following his May 31 start against the Atlanta Braves, in which he lasted only... 
 

Nationals Jordan Zimmermann Dazzles in 7-0 Victory over Twins

Jordan Zimmermann turned in a dominant performance for the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon, leading the way in a 7-0 shutout victory over the Minnesota Twins. Zimmermann went seven scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out eight batters while walking two. The Washington starter garnered his ninth victory of the season, improving to a 9-3 record and 2.00 ERA, along with a strong 61/13 strikeout to walk ratio in 94.2 innings of work. Zimmermann has blossomed into one of the best starting pitchers in the National League... 
 

Nats Stephen Strasburg Joins Bryce Harper on The DL

Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list due to the lat strain that forced him to end his last outing early after just two innings. It was earlier reported that Strasburg was on track to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could start Saturday. Unable to complete his bullpen session Washington made the move. “There’s still some tenderness and discomfort there,” manager Davey Johnson said. “So we’re going to keep him off the mound for a few more days.” Strasburg joins Bryce Harper... 
 

Nats Bryce Harper Finally Sent to DL, Eligible to Return June 11th

After running into the wall three weeks ago in Los Angeles, slumping thereafter and sitting out the past few games, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was finally sent to the disabled list on Saturday. The 20-year-old outfielder had been trying to battle through an injured left knee but the decision to sideline him was finally made when the swelling in his knee would not subside. For the Nationals, it’s an injury which may have had an earlier return date had Harper been placed on the DL earlier, but now they will be without their... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg Avoids DL, Hopes to Make Next Start

The Washington Nationals will hold off on placing their prized ace, Stephen Strasburg, on the DL for now. Strasburg, who was removed from his last start with a strained lat, could return by next Saturday, the most recent time the team will need all five of its starters. While possible Washington could forego a DL stint for Strasburg, it’s a longshot he will recover from a lat strain in just two weeks, particularly since the Nationals have historically aired on the side of caution with him up until this point. The Nats have made questionable... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Leaves Game Early with Injury

The unthinkable occurred for the Washington Nationals in the second inning of Saturday night’s game between the Nationals and Atlanta Braves. After throwing a changeup to Brian McCann with one out in the second, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg grimaced in pain as McCann grounded out to second. Strasburg would finish out the inning by striking out Dan Uggla. That would be the end of the night for Strasburg, who would be pulled from the game with what the Nationals are calling a right oblique strain. Strasburg admitted to having felt the... 
 

Adam LaRoche Homers Twice, Kevin Gausman Struggles in Nats Win

In his second career start on Tuesday, Baltimore Orioles rookie Kevin Gausman was met with an offensive barrage by the Washington Nationals, led by Adam LaRoche. Gausman would surrender a total of three home runs in his outing, accounting for each of the seven runs that he allowed. T he first was a three-run home run to Adam LaRoche in the first inning, followed by a pair in the fourth inning, a two-run blast by Tyler Moore and a solo shot by Roger Bernadina. In all, Gausman worked four innings, surrendering seven runs on eight hits, while walking... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Dominant As Nationals Beat Phillies

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg struck out nine, allowed five hits, one run and walked none in eight innings of work to best The Philadelphia Phillies 6-1.  Strasburg out-pitched Phillies starter Cole Hamels who fell to 1-8 on the season. Hamels surrendered five runs, three earned over 6 1/3 innings and struck out six. “It’s all about getting a rhythm, getting comfortable,” Strasburg said. “When I get comfortable out there and I’m feeling my mechanics pretty well, I just let it eat. . . . Just commanding my pitches.... 
 

Jordan Zimmermann First to 8 Wins in NL

Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs and six hits with no walks over seven innings to become the first eight-game winner in the National League with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.  Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 14th save of the season. Zimmermann  got help from a struggling Washington offense in the fifth inning that started with a base hit from Bryce Harper. Adam LaRoche then followed with a triple. Kurt Suzuki singled home LaRoche. And after an infield single by Tyler Moore and put a second runner on base with two outs, Steve... 
 

Bryce Harper Homers to Lead Nationals to Victory

Coming off of an extra-innings loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was determined to redeem himself following a ninth-inning outfield miscue that would ultimately cost Washington the game. Following five scoreless innings between both teams on Wednesday, Harper approached the plate in the top of the sixth-inning and slugged a solo home run to left field off of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, opening up the game and giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. An RBI single by Giants catcher Buster... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Earns First Win Since Opening Day

Stephen Strasburg can breathe a little easier now. With a 6-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, Strasburg garnered his second victory of the season, his first since opening day on April 1. The Washington starter worked eight innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out four. This was the first time in Strasburg’s major league career that he pitched in the eighth inning, doing so on 117 pitches, two shy of his career high of 119 that was set on June 8, 2012 in a 7-4 victory over Boston. Strasburg’s... 
 

Adam LaRoche Slump May Be Coming to an End

Adam LaRoche  could be on the verge of  ending  a season-opening slump. Over the last 20  plate appearances LaRoche is reach base 14 times.  Those are nearly Hall of Fame numbers coming from where he has been. Even with the recent uptick in offensive production LaRoche is  still hitting just .196/ .291/ .314  with a grand total of three home runs and 10 RBI. La Roche suffered through an 0 for 26 slump  with a double and a walk in the final game of the Atlanta series. After striking out 30 times over 25 games, he has  only struck out three... 
 

Dan Haren and Nationals Get Past Braves

Dan Haren gave the Washington Nationals  the kind of performance they were expecting when they signed the veteran right-hander to a free-agent deal this off-season. Haren  tossed eight solid innings and Denard Span  had a two run double to lead the Nats  over the Atlanta Braves 3-1. Haren allowed four hits and one run to go along with four strikeouts and one walk. “He’s a consummate pitcher,” Washington manager Davey Johnson said. “He doesn’t give in to a hitter. He’s got all kinds of movement on the ball,... 
 

Washington’s Handling of Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth is Hypocritical

Bryce Harper won’t turn 21 years-old until his season is coming to an end. He has the upside of being the next Ken Griffey Jr. and is already a middle of the lineup bat and a five tool player. In other words, he is the offensive version of fellow teammate, Stephen Strasburg. Both will be perennial all-stars if they play healthy and both may be the best at what they do for the next decade. Last season, the Nationals shook the baseball world by “babying” Strasburg. The phenom was on a strict innings limit and was promptly shut down... 
 

Nats Ryan Zimmerman Sent Out On Rehab Assignment

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will play two rehab games at class a Potomac on Tuesday and Wednesday and barring any  unforeseen setbacks will rejoin the team on Friday. “Unless happens between now and Thursday,” Zimmerman said, he will be playing again Friday. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since last  weekend with a hamstring strain.  The plan calls for Zimmerman to take two at-bats on Tuesday and three on Wednesday while also playing third base. The Nationals have gone 4-5 since Zimmerman went on the DL.... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg Has Some Forearm Tightness

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson didn’t think that ace Stephen Strasburg looked quite right in his start against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Strasburg gave up two runs and six hits, while walking four and striking out eight. “His command was way off, so I knew something was off,” Johnson said. After an examination by doctors  as it turns out Johnson was correct. “I think he’s got a little tightness in his forearm,” Johnson said. “So they’re going to put him on some medication.” Strasburg... 
 

Nats Jordan Zimmermann One-Hits Reds Again

Washington Nationals  right-hander Jordan Zimmermann struck out four, walked one, completed his first career shutout and limited the Reds to just one hit for the second straight game to beat  Cincinnati 1-0. Washington won Thursday night when Gio Gonzalez pitched eight  strong innings in an 8-1 victory. After watching Gonzalez the night before Zimmermann had a game plan for the Reds. They were swinging early just like tonight,” Zimmermann said. “I just saw that, and I figured if I did the same, I’d get the same results.” Reds... 
 
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