NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Scherzer, Rendon Help Depleted Nats Top D-Backs

When Anthony Rendon hit a three-run home run to put the Nationals ahead, Dusty Baker couldn’t contain his excitement. The veteran manager was so excited about Max Scherzer being in line for his 19th win that he celebrated in the dugout with the Cy Young Award candidate. Thanks to Rendon and his own in-game adjustments, Scherzer got that 19th win as the Nationals beat the Arizona...
Via CBS DC
24 minutes ago

Brian Goodwin making a name for himself with Nats - Byron Kerr

Right fielder Brian Goodwin played in his 19th game with the Nationals this season Tuesday and has demonstrated a solid approach at the plate and exceptional defense in the outfield. The 25-year-old lefty, Goodwin is hitting .324 having playing all three outfield spots after being called up in early September. ... Read More
Via MASN
34 minutes ago  |  Discuss

You tell us: Was Nationals’ fourth starting pitcher strongest in 2012, 2014 or 2016?

Late Saturday night, when the Philadelphia Phillies finished off a victory over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East championship in the last five years. Each title represented something slightly different: the 2012 champs cemented baseball’s return to the District after a 33-year absence, putting behind a pair of […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

No one will feel sorry for the Nationals come playoff time

The Nationals are dealing with a rash of major injuries, but come October, their opponents aren't going to care.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 hours ago

How the Nationals will replace injured Wilson Ramos in the lineup

Before many games this season, Jose Lobaton could be seen wearing a shirt that read “Nobody Trains to be Backup.” He wore it facetiously, of course, because the Nationals hierarchy has been clear for a few seasons now: Wilson Ramos is the starter, and Lobaton backs him up — no controversy, no confusion. But after […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lobaton, others step up in Nats' 1st game without Wilson Ramos

If guys like Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon play to their capabilities, the Nationals could make do without Wilson Ramos this
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
9 hours 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
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats pitcher A.J. Cole suspended by MLB, is appealing

Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been suspended five games and issued an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for his role in the benches-clearing altercation
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 hours ago

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
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s left thumb is structurally sound, but Nationals are playing it safe

Bryce Harper wanted to play Tuesday. The left thumb he injured sliding awkwardly into third base head-first Sunday, tests concluded, was structurally sound. No ligament tears. No broken bones. The right fielder was ready. It was some rare good injury news for the Nationals on a day when they found out Wilson Ramos has a […]
Via Nationals Journal
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Loss of Wilson Ramos is a devastating blow for Nationals

Embed from Getty Images   From the moment he crumbled to the ground near home plate, the Nationals feared the dramatic with catcher Wilson Ramos. Manager Dusty Baker announced on Tuesday what many fear has come to fruition, as Ramos will miss the remainder of the season, including the postseason with a torn ACL in his right knee. Ramos suffered the injury after he jumped...
Via KCM Sports
14 hours ago

Stephen Strasburg unlikely to pitch in NLDS

The Washington Nationals have secured three NLDS matchups in their franchise history, all in the past five seasons. It’s looking like a second such series will not involve Stephen Strasburg. It appears the flexor mass strain Strasburg sustained earlier this month will keep him from playing in the Nats’ first playoff series, general manager Mike Rizzo […] The post Stephen Strasburg...
Via Today's Knuckleball
14 hours ago

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
16 hours 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
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

I was going to lose on ‘Jeopardy!,’ so I name-checked the Nationals

I was hoping for a baseball category. All throughout my preparation for my appearance on Season 33 of “Jeopardy!,” I knew I wanted a baseball category. My undying love of the Washington Nationals was one of the “fun facts” I submitted for possible interview topics — that’s the brief “Alex-gets-acquainted-with-the-contestants” time after the first commercial […]
Via DC Sports Blog
17 hours ago

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
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals call up catcher Spencer Kieboom

Daniel Shiferaw of CSN Mid-Atlantic tweeted Tuesday that the Washington Nationals have purchased the contract of catcher Spencer Kieboom. Kieboom will serve as the Nationals’ third catcher as they await news on the status of the team’s everyday backstop, Wilson Ramos. Ramos injured his right knee during Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after jumping […] The...
Via Today's Knuckleball
17 hours ago

Ramos injured in Nationals' 14-4 loss to Diamondbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos left the Washington Nationals' 14-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night with an apparent right knee injury that could be a major blow to the NL East champions. Ramos landed awkwardly on his right leg after jumping to catch a relay throw in the sixth inning. He immediately called for medical attention and clutched at the...
Via Associated Press
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 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
3 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Roark Has Been Washington’s Kyle Hendricks

Stephen Strasburg‘s been in the news lately for playing catch. It’s still unclear whether he’ll pitch again this season. Given that the Nationals are just a few weeks away from postseason baseball, and given that Joe Ross just returned from having missed 10 weeks with a shoulder injury and is currently working on a limited pitch count, it’s not an ideal situation for Washington’s...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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