Strasburg to rest after neck strain confirmed

Fister has bullpen session, says it went well

Strasburg to rest after neck strain confirmed

WASHINGTON -- A doctor's appointment on Monday night revealed no surprises, as Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was diagnosed with a left trapezius strain.

Washington placed Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, a day after he left his start at Cincinnati in the second inning. The injury affects Strasburg's neck and upper back, according to manager Matt Williams, and he won't resume throwing until the tightness goes away.

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Rendon works out at Nationals Park

Third baseman set to continue rehab stint on Tuesday

Rendon works out at Nationals Park

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Matt Williams provided updates on numerous players battling injuries, including third baseman Anthony Rendon and center fielder Denard Span.

Rendon worked out at Nationals Park on Monday, as the Harrisburg Senators had the day off. Rehabbing from a left oblique strain, he will return to Double-A and continue playing in games on Tuesday.

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams, Nats moving past Votto's 3-pitch walk

Reds first baseman mistakenly awarded free pass in Sunday's game

Williams, Nats moving past Votto's 3-pitch walk

WASHINGTON -- When does three equal four? It sounds like the prompt of a corny joke, but the answer for Nationals fans is not funny.

In Washington's 8-2 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon, Reds first baseman Joey Votto walked on six pitches in his seventh-inning at-bat, with the only problem being that only three of the pitches were balls.

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Janssen reflects on end of Blue Jays tenure

Reliever spent eight seasons in Toronto before joining Nats this offseason

Janssen reflects on end of Blue Jays tenure

WASHINGTON -- Casey Janssen went into the offseason with an open mind about possibly returning to the Blue Jays, but in the end he knew the writing was on the wall.

Toronto was moving on from one of its most tenured pitchers and a guy who spent the last three years in the closer's role. It was never about Janssen wanting out, but in this case, there just wasn't enough interest from the other side.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats fortify 'pen by recalling lefty Rivero

No. 15 prospect adds fresh arm to taxed relief corps; Grace optioned

Nats fortify 'pen by recalling lefty Rivero

WASHINGTON -- Left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, the Nationals announced Monday. Matt Grace has been optioned to Syracuse in the corresponding move.

Rivero offers a fresh arm to the Nats' bullpen, which was used in excess this weekend in Cincinnati. He made his Major League debut on April 17, allowing one earned run and three hits in one inning.

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giolito dominates in 5 innings for Potomac

Nationals No. 1 prospect strikes out nine, allows two hits in his best start this year

Giolito dominates in 5 innings for Potomac

By his own standards, Lucas Giolito had been struggling through his first four starts of the season.

The Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) was 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA after surrendering three earned runs in two straight games. But those worried about his progress were able to exhale after Monday's outing. Giolito fanned nine Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach batters while giving up two hits in five shutout innings for Potomac. He lowered his ERA to 3.95.

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Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nationals' bullpen struggles vs. Reds

Relievers get roughed up with Strasburg out early in series, but Williams optimistic

Nationals' bullpen struggles vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Nationals' bullpen didn't have a good weekend against the Reds, allowing 14 runs in 11 2/3 innings.

It didn't help that the bullpen was pushed into service early in the series when Stephen Strasburg had to leave Friday's game after one inning because of neck muscle tightness.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Trout-Harper connection dates back to 2011

Before talented outfielders set baseball world on fire, they were AFL teammates

Trout-Harper connection dates back to 2011

ANAHEIM -- They are being linked again as the New Age version of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, exceptional talents with futures brighter than the sun over Southern California and South Florida.

The Angels' Mike Trout, at 23, already has reached dizzying heights as the 2014 American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, two-time MVP runner-up and three-time All-Star. The Nationals' Bryce Harper, 22, is doing everything in his considerable power to enter Trout's realm with a breakout 2015 season.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Taylor provides only offense as Nats fall

Taylor provides only offense as Nats fall

CINCINNATI -- For a second straight day, the Reds' bats came alive late to complete a three-game series sweep of the Nationals, 8-2, on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. It was only the second time this season the Reds swept an opponent and the first time since April 24-26 that the Nationals were swept.

"Things didn't go our way, but we have a chance to correct that tomorrow," Nationals manager Matt Williams said.

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Robert Bondy is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Span exits game in 8th due to sore right knee

Center fielder says he needs to keep close eye on injury

Span exits game in 8th due to sore right knee

CINCINNATI -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span left Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Reds after seven innings because of a sore right knee.

Span originally hurt the knee making a catch against the Cubs last week at Wrigley Field, but it grew worse Sunday after he caught a ball in the sixth inning off the bat of Zack Cozart.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No hard feelings between Riggleman, Nationals

Reds third-base coach congratulates Washington, which he formerly managed, on its success

No hard feelings between Riggleman, Nationals

CINCINNATI -- It was around 5:30 p.m. on Friday. There was Reds third-base coach Jim Riggleman embracing Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo near the batting cage. It showed that Riggleman doesn't have any hard feelings toward the Nationals, the team he managed from 2009 to 2011.

It was Riggleman and Rizzo's first meeting since Riggleman resigned as manager of the Nationals on June 23, 2011. Riggleman left the club because he was unhappy with his contract. He was hoping for an extension that would go past the 2011 season.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gio runs into trouble after HBP

Lefty allows two runs in sixth after being hit on pitching elbow

Gio runs into trouble after HBP

CINCINNATI -- Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez received a no-decision in an 8-5 loss to the Reds on Saturday.

In the first five innings, Gonzalez allowed two runs. But after he was hit by a pitch thrown by right-hander Raisel Iglesias in the top of the sixth inning, Gonzalez had problems getting outs in the bottom of the frame, allowing two runs before manager Matt Williams took him out of the game and replaced him with right-hander Blake Treinen with one out.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Taylor's monster homer not enough

Taylor's monster homer not enough

CINCINNATI -- The first-place Nationals had not lost back-to-back games in over a month and hadn't lost any game started this month by Gio Gonzalez. Using a four-run bottom of the eighth, the Reds bucked both trends on Saturday for an 8-5 come-from-behind victory over Washington.

Cincinnati was trailing, 5-4, in the eighth when Zack Cozart hit a two-out, two-run double to the wall in center field with the bases loaded off Casey Janssen. Billy Hamilton followed with a two-run single lined to right field that added some cushion during a rally that sent nine men to the plate.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strasburg placed on 15-day DL

Strasburg placed on 15-day DL

CINCINNATI -- A day after pitching one-plus innings against the Reds, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list because of what the team termed neck tightness. Nationals manager Matt Williams cited back issues.

In Friday's 5-2 loss to the Reds, Strasburg left because of neck muscle tightness. Strasburg is on his way to Washington and will see the team doctor Monday.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Without Strasburg, Nationals fall to Reds

Without Strasburg, Nationals fall to Reds

CINCINNATI -- Using a three-run bottom of the sixth and Todd Frazier's home run in the seventh, the Reds claimed a 5-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Washington, which lost starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg only 16 pitches into his night because of tightness in a neck muscle, took a one-run lead in the top of the sixth on Wilson Ramos' RBI single, which scored Ryan Zimmerman.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rendon goes 1-for-4 in rehab outing

Rendon goes 1-for-4 in rehab outing

CINCINNATI -- Infielder Anthony Rendon started his rehab assignment on Friday for Double-A Harrisburg at second base, which gives another indication that he will not play third base once he returns to the Nationals.

Rendon went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Harrisburg's 3-2 victory over Bowie. Nationals manager Matt Williams did not say when Rendon would be back in the big leagues.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Words traded after Cingrani plunks Harper

Words traded after Cingrani plunks Harper

CINCINNATI -- Bryce Harper is one of the game's best players right now, so one could understand his feelings after he was hit in the back by a pitch thrown by the Reds' Tony Cingrani during the Nationals' 5-2 loss on Friday.

In the seventh inning, with Denard Span on second, Cingrani replaced right-hander Jumbo Diaz to face Harper. On the first pitch, Cingrani hit Harper, who was clearly upset. Harper threw his bat near the Nationals' dugout and slowly walked to first, where he exchanged words with first baseman Joey Votto.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Reds beat reporter Mark Sheldon contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Werth out, Nats to rotate left fielders

With Werth out, Nats to rotate left fielders

CINCINNATI -- With Jayson Werth expected to be out for at least two months because of two small fractures in his left wrist, manager Matt Williams plans to use a rotation in left field that includes Michael Taylor, Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson.

Williams did not rule out sticking with a player who is hot at the plate, although as of now those three have been inconsistent.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

Injured by May 15 HBP, Nationals outfielder unlikely to return before August

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

NEW YORK -- A CT scan of Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday revealed two small fractures, according to a baseball source. The Nats have not confirmed the news.

Dr. Richard Berger, who operated on Werth's wrist in 2012, is convinced that the veteran outfielder will return to full strength. If Werth's rehabilitation goes according to plan, he could return as early as August.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Nats equipped to handle loss of Werth

Nats equipped to handle loss of Werth

The Washington Nationals just caught another lousy break with the news that Jayson Werth will be sidelined until around August with a broken left wrist. That's not their first piece of bad news this season. Probably won't be their last.

Sometimes, teams get tested in ways they never imagined. One player goes down, and then another and then another. After a while, players look around and see a lineup card dotted with names they never imagined they'd be seeing on a regular basis. These kinds of things can sometimes bring a team closer, ramp up its competitive fire, etc.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A timeline of the Wale-Bryce Harper bromance

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A timeline of the Wale-Bryce Harper bromance

The year was 2011. "Moneyball" was still in theaters, Herman Cain was a presidential candidate and Bryce Harper had just turned 19 after humoring old fashioned baseball scouts by paying his dues in the Minors. Wale had just released his second studio album "Ambition," his first as a memeber of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group.

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Super Scherzer fans 13 in win over Cubs

Super Scherzer fans 13 in win over Cubs

CHICAGO -- Bryce Harper belted his National League-leading 18th home run and Max Scherzer outdueled Jon Lester on Wednesday night to lead the Nationals to a 3-0 victory over the Cubs and a series win.

Scherzer struck out 13, two shy of his career best, and scattered five hits over seven innings for the win, while Lester fanned 10 over seven innings and took his first loss in six May starts. This was the fourth meeting between the two pitchers; Scherzer now leads, 3-1.

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John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bryce joins Cruz atop homer leaderboard

Bryce joins Cruz atop homer leaderboard

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Max Scherzer had a pretty good performance on Wednesday night, with seven shutout innings and 13 strikeouts, but he was most enthusiastic during his postgame news conference about teammate Bryce Harper.

The 22-year-old Harper hit his 18th home run in the Nationals' 3-0 victory over the Cubs -- a solo shot to left field off left-hander Jon Lester -- and now is tied with the Mariners' Nelson Cruz for the Major League lead.

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Scherzer gives new meaning to 'command'

Scherzer gives new meaning to 'command'

CHICAGO -- Manager Matt Williams was a bench coach with the D-backs a few years ago and got to watch a young Max Scherzer work on a regular basis.

The way Williams sees it, Scherzer had the same stuff then but wasn't close to being the pitcher who dominated the Cubs in a 3-0 win on Wednesday.

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John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper leads NL All-Star Game vote-getters

Harper leads NL All-Star Game vote-getters

Already a two-time All-Star, outfielder Bryce Harper leads all vote-getters in the first National League 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results, announced on Wednesday.

Harper, 22, is the only Nationals player to appear in the voting results (top 15 for outfielders, top five for other positions).

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

In duel of winter prizes, no topping Scherzer

Lester on his game, but Nats' ace fans 13 Cubs in finale of hard-fought set

In duel of winter prizes, no topping Scherzer

CHICAGO -- You've got to beat the best to be the best. Joe Maddon says it all the time, and the chance was right there for the manager and his Cubs during Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Nationals. But let it be known that the belt, as it were, stays with Max Scherzer and the Nats.

On an idyllic night in one of baseball's great old shrines, Scherzer showed the Cubs that he's not just the guy who was the best pitcher in the American League in 2013. He's mounting a challenge at Clayton Kershaw to become the best arm in the game. Period.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.