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Max Scherzer, ‘dealing with a little sprain’ in right thumb, ‘not ready to rule out’ Tuesday start

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — MIAMI — Max Scherzer played catch briefly Sunday morning, on flat ground with strong velocity. That is the extent of the between-start work he has done since jamming his right thumb on Thursday....
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Nationals vs. Marlins discussion thread: Game 19

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Nationals face former teammate Dan Haren Sunday, looking to bust out from a disappointing offensive stretch that culminated in a 8-0 shutout loss Saturday, Washington’s worst loss of the...
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Today’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Sunday, the Nationals will try to do what they have done in two of their last three series — salvage a game in an otherwise frustrating series. Miami native Gio Gonzalez will take the mound...
  • New: 3 hr 38 min ago

The Nationals on what is going wrong, what must change

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — MIAMI — Through the Nationals’ first 17 games, they’d been outscored by a total of four runs. On Saturday alone, they doubled that in an 8-0 loss to the Marlins. Obviously, given the shutout, it...
  • New: 4 hr 10 min ago

Tanner Roark adjusting to late-inning duties

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) —   MIAMI — When Tanner Roark morphed from starter to reliever this season, he did not change the music that greets him when he takes the Nationals Park mound. The driving opening...
  • 23 hr 1 min ago

Nationals vs. Marlins discussion thread: Game 18

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Here’s what you need to know ahead of this afternoon’s game with the Marlins: 1) Max Scherzer was supposed to throw a bullpen today, but could not. His thumb is still too swollen. He...
  • 23 hr 45 min ago

Max Scherzer, thumb still swollen, does not throw regularly scheduled bullpen Saturday

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — MIAMI — Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer normally throws a bullpen session two days after he starts. He pitched Thursday, so he was supposed throw Saturday. But he did not throw that...
  • 23 hr 56 min ago

Today’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The roof is closed at Marlins Park, where Stephen Strasburg will face right-hander Tom Koehler this afternoon. Strasburg pitched brilliantly in his last outing, “as good as I’ve seen...
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Bryce Harper continues to take smart at-bats

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — MIAMI — By now Bryce Harper’s improved plate discipline is old news. He walked again Friday night. He has done that 16 times now — most in the majors. The next step in the...
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Anthony Rendon after first rehab game at Harrisburg: ‘Everything is good’

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — HARRISBURG, Pa. — When he dove for a groundball on March 9 during a spring training game and landed on his left knee, Anthony Rendon didn’t expect this: two MRI exams on his sprained...
  • 1 day 16 hr ago

Max Scherzer’s thumb still swollen; Ryan Zimmerman’s foot still hurting; Casey Janssen’s shoulder still progressing

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — MIAMI — A day after getting jammed on a chilly afternoon at Nationals Park, Nationals starter Max Scherzer’s right thumb is still swollen, Manager Matt Williams said. Williams said the...
  • 1 day 20 hr ago

Nationals vs. Marlins discussion thread: Game 17

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The roof is closed on a humid night in Miami as the Nationals and Marlins open a three-game set at Marlins Park. The pitching matchup features two starters who have underachieved so far this...
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Denard Span still limited on the basepaths, working way back to full strength

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — MIAMI — Part of the deal the Nationals made in getting center fielder Denard Span back from surgery so fast was that situations may arise where he would have to take things slow. So far,...
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Tonight’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Jordan Zimmermann will lead the Nationals into Marlins Park tonight for the first game of a weekend series. Zimmermann is coming off a four-walk performance against the Phillies, one in which his...
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Harrisburg Senators: a breeding ground for major leaguers

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — With relievers Felipe Rivero and Matt Grace making their major league debuts within the past week, a small fraternity within baseball keeps growing. Thirty former Harrisburg Senators, the Class AA...
  • 2 days ago

Nats to get first true taste of the NL East with 10-game road trip

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — By 8 p.m. Thursday night, the Nationals were showered, packed and on a bus to the airport, headed for Miami and a 10-game, three-city road trip. Any such trip would be challenging, but this one...
  • 2 days ago

Ryan Zimmerman dealing with plantar fasciitis, while Max Scherzer jammed his thumb in loss

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — When Ryan Zimmerman hit a line drive down the right field line to lead off the fourth inning of Thursday’s loss to the Cardinals, he hardly took a turn. Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward...
  • 2 days ago

Jayson Werth gets a day off

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Jayson Werth didn’t have much of a chance to prepare for the season. He rehabbed his surgically-repaired shoulder in Viera while teammates played in games and built up their workloads before...
  • 2 days ago

Anthony Rendon in D.C., still scheduled to play in Harrisburg Friday

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Thursday, Anthony Rendon’s road back to Nationals Park stopped at … well, Nationals Park … as Rendon returned to D.C. before heading to Harrisburg tomorrow to begin a rehab...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals vs. Cardinals discussion thread: Game 16

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Missouri native Max Scherzer will face young Cardinals star Michael Wacha with a series win on the line this afternoon at Nationals Park. Jayson Werth is getting a day off, so Clint Robinon will...
  • 2 days ago