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.
Reds first baseman mistakenly awarded free pass in Sunday's game
By Jacob Emert
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.
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.
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
By Alex M. Smith
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
By Mike Bertha |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.