NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Dusty Baker on Trea Turner's increasing confidence

Trea Turner stays at it and his confidence only continues to grow. Dusty Baker has a funny story about it, too.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer digs down deep to help Nats, shut up Orioles fans

Despite his team holding a comfortable division lead in the final week of August, there was plenty on the line to motivate Max Scherzer on
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Harper hitting his stride at plate crucial for Nats to get rolling again - Byron Kerr

The Nationals downed the Orioles 4-0 to end their four-game losing streak behind eight shutout innings from Max Scherzer. Right fielder Bryce Harper perfectly placed a two-run double down the left field line to highlight a three-run eighth inning, adding crucial insurance to a 1-0 lead. After watching the Orioles ... Read More
Via MASN
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals option Reynaldo Lopez to make room for Marc Rzepczynski

The Nationals acquired Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics Thursday afternoon to add left-handed depth to their bullpen. There was a vacancy on the 40-man roster, but not on the 25-man active roster so the Nationals would need to make room for him eventually. The timing hinged on whether Rzcepczynski would get to Nationals Park Thursday […]
Via Nationals Journal
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baker says Strasburg's elbow soreness in different location from Tommy John surgery - Byron Kerr

Nationals manager Dusty Baker went out to watch Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation, July 3) and Reynaldo Lopez through their bullpen sessions. While out there, he got to see right-hander Stephen Strasburg (right elbow soreness, August 21) throw the baseball, too. "It was coming out pretty easy," Baker noted. "I ... Read More
Via MASN
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley on the Nats-O’s rivalry and the fans who root for both teams

Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley grew up in Louisville, making him well qualified to discuss the animosity between fans of the University of Louisville and fans of the University of Kentucky. During his in-studio appearance with 106.7 The Fan on Wednedsay, Kelley was asked about the less-storied and less-vitriolic rivalry between the Nationals and the Orioles and […]
Via DC Sports Blog
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Play Scrabble, Probably Lose

One of the recurring themes over the last year has been the high price the market is putting on relief pitchers. Ken Giles and Craig Kimbrel brought back monster returns in trades last winter, while even decent middle relievers were getting two or three year deals as free agents. At last month’s trade deadline, Aroldis Chapman got the Yankees a terrific haul. It’s clearly a good...
Via Fangraphs
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Drew’s frustrating bout with dizziness continues

Stephen Drew has not said much about the inner ear issue that’s kept him on the disabled list since that walk-off double he hit while seeing double in late July. When he works out, the dizziness returns. When he doesn’t work out, the frustration takes over. “That dizziness, if it weren’t here, you wouldn’t see […]
Via Nationals Journal
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper holds Ledecky's medals during first pitch

As a Washington D.C.-area native, it only seemed natural for the Washington Nationals to honor U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky following her stellar performance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. So, on Wednesday, Ledecky was back in D.C. to throw out the first pitch prior to the Nationals’ game against the Baltimore Orioles. The U.S. swimmer said she practiced, and it showed. She delivered...
Via The Comeback
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals rookie Trea Turner goes 8 for 8 to tie franchise record for consecutive hits

After he struck out in the bottom of the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Trea Turner went to look at the video of his at-bat. When he did, he saw the subtitle of the television broadcast under his picture and learned that he would have broken a franchise record for most […]
Via Nationals Journal
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals OF Harper designs cap to raise money for charity

BALTIMORE (AP) Bryce Harper's many talents now include hat designer. The Washington Nationals outfielder has created a limited edition baseball cap that will go on sale Wednesday. Proceeds will go to Harper's Heroes - a charity for children battling cancer - as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. ''I'm really hoping these hats sell and shed some light on a good cause...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals. Ugh. Just the mention of this uninspiring “patriotic” team name drums up feelings of mediocrity, hopelessness and despair; a certain level of inferiority; a knowledge that the team being spoken about is not quite good enough — kind of like an 1100 on an SAT test or a seven on the Wonderlic. Harsh? Hardly. For a team that has consistently tried to...
Via Yardbarker
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Mears: Nats have struggled with situational hitting - Nationals Buzz

Last night, situational hitting once again was a focus by the discerning eye as to why the Nationals offense sputtered. The lack of execution in productive outs, and hitting with runners in scoring position was beyond poor. In fact the RISP hitting finished at 1-for-9 and there were no productive ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg headed to DL with sore elbow

The Washington Nationals are running away with the NL East, holding an 8.5-game lead over the second place Miami Marlins with just 39 games left to play. But the Nationals rotation took a hit on Monday when the team placed Stephen Strasburg on the DL with a sore right elbow. Major news: Strasburg placed on DL with sore elbow. AJ Cole recalled and will start tonight. — Mark...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Werth’s Streak in Review

Jayson Werth’s record-setting on-base streak came to an end over the weekend. He set the Nationals’ team record, surpassing Ryan Zimmerman, and tied the franchise record of 46 games, set by Expo Rusty Staub. After Werth’s slow start to the year, the streak served as a reminder of the impact Werth can still have on this team. Over the course of the streak, Werth hit .264/...
Via The Nats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats bring Zimmerman, Lobaton off DL; option Cole, Severino

ATLANTA (AP) The Washington Nationals have reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Jose Lobaton from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman is starting in Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Braves. Right-hander A.J. Cole and catcher Pedro Severino were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. Zimmerman has been out since Aug. 1 with a bruised left wrist. Lobaton has been...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB clears Zimmerman, Howard in PED investigation

Major League Baseball completed its investigation into the allegations made against Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard by an Al-Jazeera documentary, and has found neither player guilty of any wrongdoing. The league said in a statement released Friday that both players fully cooperated with the investigation, and the league found no evidence that they...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals who’ve played in at least 2 All Star Games

Since their inception in 1969, the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise has featured a number of great players. 20 of them have appeared in multiple All Star Games, 15 in an Expos uniform. How many of these 20 All Stars can you name? Clue: Number of All-Star Games/Position/Years with team in which feat was accomplished
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Nationals Trust Gio?

As every Nationals fan knows, some days the team gets Good Gio and some days it’s Bad Gio on the mound. In Gonzalez’s 23 starts coming into Tuesday’s game, he’s actually allowed three or fewer runs 15 times. That’s not to say he hasn’t had a couple of clunkers, though, as he’s had three starts of allowing over five runs. Those big blow ups have resulted in a disappointing...
Via The Nats Blog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says Cubs haven’t discussed Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon is expected to choose his new team among a reported several interested parties as soon as Wednesday. According to Joe Maddon, the Chicago Cubs won’t be among the potential suitors. The Cubs experienced some bullpen breakdowns over the weekend, but Maddon says he hasn’t been contacted about bringing in Papelbon, who was recently released by the Washington...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox have discussed bringing back Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon is expected to make a decision by Wednesday on where he wants to play next, and there have been some rumblings that he could return to the Boston Red Sox. John Farrell isn’t exactly denying those reports. In an appearance on MLB Network Radio, the Red Sox skipper admitted the team has had discussions about bringing Papelbon back. Farrell on Jonathan Papelbon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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