NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals’ Trea Turner sets franchise rookie record for runs in a month

Washington Nationals’ utility man Trea Turner set the franchise rookie record for most runs scored in a single month on Sunday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies. By scoring in the first inning of the Nationals’ afternoon matchup against the Rockies, Turner recorded his 27th run of the month of August, breaking a record that had […] The post Nationals’ Trea Turner sets...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 hour ago

Lucas Giolito recalled to start Sunday, Wilmer Difo optioned to Class AA Harrisburg

As expected, and as required by major league rules given that he was scheduled to start a few hours later, the Nationals recalled Lucas Giolito from Class AAA Syracuse Sunday morning. To make room, they optioned infielder Wilmer Difo to Class AA Harrisburg, a somewhat unorthodox pitcher-for-position player switch made necessary by injuries and major […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Look at this majestic photo of Bryce Harper erupting on an umpire

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper struck out looking in the 10th inning of a tied ballgame against the Rockies Saturday, and he was furious with home plate umpire Mike Winters' strike call. The pitch from Jake McGee appeared to be a touch outside, and Harper ripped off his helmet, spiked it into the ground and proceeded to berate Winters as his hair went wild.Harper didn't back...
Via FOX Sports
3 hours ago

Nationals surrender a run on a botched intentional walk

With two outs and runners on second and third in the fourth inning of Saturday's Colorado-Washington game, the Nationals decided to intentionally walk Daniel Descalso - but pitcher A.J. Cole wasn't exactly on the same page as his catcher. Cole fired a low pitch not far outside the plate that dipped out of the reach of Wilson Ramos and reached the backstop, allowing Nolan Arenado...
Via FOX Sports
5 hours ago

8.27.16: Bryce Harper ejected in Nationals' loss to Rockies

Bryce Harper was ejected in Washington's extra-innings loss to Colorado on Saturday. Lou Holder recaps here.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals to recall top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito

Lucas Giolito, the Washington Nationals’ top pitching prospect and widely regarded as the best in all of baseball, will be recalled by the big league club and start on Sunday versus the Colorado Rockies, according to MLB.com’s William Ladson. Giolito’s first cup of coffee in the big leagues didn’t last long, as the 22-year-old made two starts in […] The post Nationals...
Via Today's Knuckleball
19 hours ago

Game 130 lineups: Rockies at Nats - Byron Kerr

With Trea Turner doing Trea Turner things, hitters 2-3-4 in the Nationals lineup are settling in for good at-bats. The opposing pitcher is preoccupied with the speed and havoc Turner provides on the basepaths. That allows Jayson Werth, Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper to be themselves. The trio delivered six ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals GM Talks September Call-Ups

WASHINGTON — In a little under a week on Sept. 1, Major League rosters expand to 40 players, meaning the Nationals can add some reserves from the minors for depth as they make their stretch run to the postseason. There are several prime candidates to be called up. Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Brian Goodwin all recently made their Major League debuts. Perhaps Matt den...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer annoyed by loud Orioles fans at Nationals Park

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer takes his home-field advantage very seriously. Speaking with reporters after blanking Baltimore 4-0 on Thursday night, Scherzer said that he was irritated by loud Oriole fan infiltrators making noise in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. “I just had emptied the tanks in the eighth, and gave everything I got there in the eighth...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals no longer making fans wait for stoppages to come and go to seats

In the past, ushers at Nationals Park would hold up small stop signs that told fans entering their section to wait until a stoppage to head to their seats. Now, those ushers might as well wave their arm like a third base coach and encourage them to come and go as they please. The Washington Nationals confirmed to the Washington Post on Wednesday that their ushers no longer will...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker has funny comments about Trea Turner

The Washington Nationals appear to have a star in the making with infielder Trea Turner, and manager Dusty Baker says the 23-year-old should get even better when he beefs up a bit. Turner, who is generously listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, is hitting .340 since he was called up from Double-A in June. He has 11 multi-hit games in the month of August and 10 hits over his last three...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg resumes throwing after going on the disabled list

Stephen Strasburg played catch for the first time Wednesday since being shut down over the weekend and going on the disabled list Monday. Afterwards, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker told Strasburg that he saw on television that the spin rate on his pitches dropped significantly — a bad sign — during his recent three-start nightmare. Baker said Strasburg laughed. Strasburg and the […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days 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 days 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg's Absence Won't Sink Washington

There aren't too many things worse than learning that your staff ace, who has previously had Tommy John surgery, is going on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Unfortunately for the Washington Nationals, that's precisely the scenario in which they found themselves on Monday when Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day DL. It's not a wholly unexpected move. Although Strasburg...
Via The Sports Quotient
4 days 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
6 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
8 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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