NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Ken Griffey Jr. Made Big Impression on Bryce Harper

WASHINGTON — Even though he played his first game three years before Bryce Harper was born, and hung up his cleats for the last time two years before Harper made it to the big leagues, Ken Griffey Jr. had a profound impact on the Washington Nationals star. Through the first three-plus years of their respective careers, Harper and Griffey Jr. actually have pretty similar statistical...
Via CBS DC
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker suspects fatigue in Jonathan Papelbon's struggles vs. Padres

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said fatigue may have contributed to Jonathan Papelbon's poor ninth inning against the Padres.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos Hits Nats’ Longest Homerun of 2016

WASHINGTON — Playing on the same team as Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos has had a hard time getting proper attention during his own breakout season at the plate. But the man known as “The Buffalo” had himself an at-bat on Sunday, delivering a hit unlike any other by a Washington National this season. It came at a critical juncture of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres...
Via CBS DC
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals option RHP Lucas Giolito, OF Michael A. Taylor

According to a statement released by the club on Sunday, the Washington Nationals have optioned both starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and outfielder Michael A. Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse. While each player saw the field in the Nationals’ 10-6 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday, neither fared well enough to remain atop the big […] The post Nationals option RHP Lucas Giolito...
Via Today's Knuckleball
8 hours ago

Nats option Giolito, Taylor to make room for Zimmerman and Solis

The Nationals wasted no time in making two moves on Sunday to clear room on their roster for the return of Ryan Zimmerman and Sammy Solis.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon loses his mind following Stephen Drew’s walk-off triple

Stephen Drew cared out a curly W for the Nationals on Saturday evening with a pinch-hit walk-off triple that scored Anthony Rendon. As teammates ran out to celebrate with the ailing Drew, Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon just could not contain himself. Papelbon chasing Rendon like he was livestock pic.twitter.com/jhxHvtszsL — Danny (@recordsANDradio) July 24, 2016 First Papelbon...
Via KCM Sports
12 hours ago

Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett suffers right elbow fracture while rehabbing from Tommy John

Baseball exhibited its full capacity for cruelty this weekend when right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery in Florida, fractured his right elbow while pitching. Barrett underwent extensive surgery on that elbow last September, both to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and remove bone chips, and was enthusiastic in his commitment to […]
Via Nationals Journal
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman expects to return to Nats on Tuesday in Cleveland

Ryan Zimmerman expects to be active when the Nationals begin a two-game series in Cleveland Tuesday. He said so in the clubhouse at Nationals Park Sunday, a scheduled day off for him after he played three straight days with Class A Potomac. Zimmerman, who joked that he would be “wasting hits” on a lengthy rehab […]
Via Nationals Journal
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Drew's game-ending triple lifts Nationals over Padres 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Drew returned to the Washington Nationals after a multiday illness sapped strength and pounds, then found enough energy for a timely hit Saturday night. Drew hit a game-ending RBI triple in the ninth inning to give the Nationals a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres . Anthony Rendon opened the bottom off the ninth with a single off reliever Kevin Quackenbush...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer praises Drew, explains reasons for win vs. Padres

Max Scherzer went seven strong innings to help the Nationals to a win. He talked postgame about why his stuff was right Saturday night.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Stephen Drew hits walk-off triple to lift Nats past Padres

Getting his first action in a week due to illness, Stephen Drew had enough in the tank to deliver for his Nationals, leading them to victory with a pinch-hit, walk-off RBI-triple in the ninth. Saturday night fever. #walkoffhttps://t.co/CFfKC4M6Pd — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 24, 2016 With Anthony Rendon on first base following a leadoff single, Drew got a good clean...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago

Werth and Ramos lift Nats to quick start - Byron Kerr

The Padres scored first against Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark. Right fielder Matt Kemp blasted a 3-1 pitch over the left-center field wall to give San Diego a 1-0 lead. The Nationals quickly answered in the bottom on the first. With one out, Jayson Werth slammed a home run over the ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals ‘want in’ on Chapman sweepstakes

The Washington Nationals are looking to make a big splash before the trade deadline. Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reported Friday that the Nationals “want in” on the Aroldis Chapman market. Best Nats trade info: They want in on Chapman. Others very interested. Won't give up Giolito, Turner, Robles, Lopez. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) July 22, 2016 Chapman...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Solis joins Zimmerman at Potomac, Ross rehab Sunday - Byron Kerr

Manager Dusty Baker announced that left-hander Sammy Solis will begin his rehab assignment and pitch tonight and tomorrow night for high Single-A Potomac as he recovers from right knee inflammation. He has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 8. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be the designated hitter ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 97 lineups: Padres at Nationals - Byron Kerr

The Nationals welcome in the Padres searching to get back on track, after losing three of their last four games. Washington split four games with San Diego, winning the first two from June 16-19 at Petco Park. Five Nationals players, including Stephen Strasburg and Daniel Murphy, were invited to last ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Manfred suggests limiting pitching changes

From the moment he took over as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred has spoken publicly about many possible changes Bud Selig never mentioned. They possible changes started with limiting or preventing defensive shifts and have now gravitated towards limiting pitching changes. That’s right, Manfred suggested today the league is looking into possibly limiting...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Joc Pederson suffers from serious case of bed head (pic)

With a getaway day game scheduled for Thursday against the host Washington Nationals at 12:05 local time, the Los Angeles Dodgers were forced into a quick turnaround after playing a night game Wednesday, with players having to show up at the ballpark pretty early. Perhaps too early for some of them. Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is a young pup at the spry age of 24. And...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman to begin rehab assignment with Class A Potomac

While the Nationals conclude their three-game set at home against the Dodgers with a Thursday matinee, starting first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be preparing for a game 30 miles south. On the disabled list since July 8 with a left rib cage strain, Zimmerman will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Wednesday night. […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper quotes Domingo Ayala to riff on mammoth homer (pic)

Even Bryce Harper was left utterly impressed with the vulgar display of power he demonstrated with a majestic mammoth home run that reached the third deck of Nationals Park during Wednesday’s 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. So much so, in fact, that he riffed on a quote from social media star, YouTube sensation and baseball quasi-folk hero Domingo Ayala to properly address...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Urías Takes the Mound Against Strasburg

It’s a very short Thursday slate, but fireworks await us with a fantastic duel right out of the chute. We also have an ace in isolation as well. Check ’em out! Julio Urías (LAD) versus Stephen Strasburg (WAS) 12:00 p.m. ET It’s a really lean day pitching-wise as there’s only nine games going and not a ton of intriguing options, but right out of the gate you get a couple...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper smashes video game homer to third deck

Bryce Harper continues to defy gravity, physics and baseball logic during the 2016 season and on Wednesday things were turned up a notch — or should I say three decks. That’s because Harper knocked his 20th home run of the season all the way up to the third deck of right field in Nationals Park. What you know about that third deck? .@Bharper3407 will tell you ALL about it...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner and the Recent History of Outfield Conversions

Nearly a month ago to the day, Dave Cameron wrote an article for this very site praising the Washington Nationals for their patience regarding Trea Turner‘s place as the club’s shortstop of the future, in deference to veteran Danny Espinosa. Espinosa had hit well up to that point, and has long graded as not only a plus defender at a premium position, but as a plus base-runner...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Nationals Right-Hander Reynaldo Lopez

Less than a month ago, the Washington Nationals called up top prospect Lucas Giolito, with the hopes that he’d fill a hole in their rotation. However, as often happens with promising young pitchers, Giolito looked a bit overmatched in his first taste of the big leagues. He recorded more walks than strikeouts in his two starts with Washington, and was subsequently sent back to the...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Call Up Reynaldo Lopez

The rise of Reynaldo Lopez continues, as the right-hander will be promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Those who have read the Federal Reserve over the last few years know that Lopez’s arrival on the prospect radar has been both swift and stirring. After being limited to two starts in 2013 because of an arm injury, the right-hander...
Via The Nats Blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Top 10 Prospects Midseason Update

Prior to this season, the Federal Reserve delivered a ranking of the top-10 prospects for the Washington Nationals. With the minor league campaign now past its halfway point, I’m revisiting the list to update the statuses of each player. The original top-10 was delivered in two parts; you can view prospects 10 through six here, and five through one here. For the purposes of readability...
Via The Nats Blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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