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Nationals Journal: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

J.D. Martin to have surgery

J.D. Martin, whom the Nationals placed on the 60-day disabled list this week, will have season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair the herniated discs in his back that have been nagging him all season. Martin will need to rehab for about...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 7, 2010; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Game 111 discussion thread: Nationals at Dodgers

With Livan Hernandez on the mound, the Nationals can reach an even .500 in games since the all-star break and, remarkably, clinch their first series win on the road since May 12. The Nats have played 13 series on the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 7, 2010; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Stephen Strasburg still on track

Stephen Strasburg threw a routine bullpen session this afternoon and threw "really good," Manager Jim Riggleman said. Strasburg threw a typical allottment of pitches, back on his normal routine in preparation for Tuesday night, his first start since he went...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 7, 2010; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today's lineups

Facing Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, the Nationals will return to their regular lineup without Nyjer Morgan. It seems like Jim Riggleman is alternating Ian Desmond and Adam Kennedy between the second and eighth spots in the order, and today Desmond...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 7, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Without Matt Capps, Sean Burnett steps up

The attention fell on Drew Storen last night as he earned his first career save. Manager Jim Riggleman jotted a congratulatory note on the lineup card, which would join the game ball in Storen's locker. "He's going to be great,"...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 7, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Drew Storen , Sean Burnett , bullpen  
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Will teams keep pitching to Adam Dunn?

Adam Dunn continued his home run rampage in the Nationals' win over the Dodgers on Friday night, launching two more to give him 30 for the season and 13 in the past 26 games. Dunn circling the bases has become...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 7, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Adam Dunn , Josh Willingham  
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Game 110 discussion thread: Nationals at Dodgers

The Nationals enter tonight 11-17 against left-hander starters, and they'll face one of the better ones in the game in Clayton Kershaw, who, by the way, is only a couple months older than Stephen Strasburg. The Nationas will have Kevin...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 6, 2010; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Scott Olsen starts Wednesday

Scott Olsen, bumped his start Sunday by the return of Jason Marquis, will re-enter the Nationals' rotation Wednesday, a day after Stephen Strasburg makes his return. The re-scheduled start will give Olsen seven days of rest between starts. The Nationals'...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 6, 2010; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Nyjer Morgan speaks up, sits and stews

This week, his hip right hurting, Nyjer Morgan did the smart thing, what the Nationals implore their players to do. He told the trainer the lingering pain would not leave. The trainers ordered the tests. The tests suggested Morgan shouldn't...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 6, 2010; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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A (non) update on Bryce Harper

While in L.A., home of Bryce Harper's agent, Scott Boras, the Nationals had to consider wif they'll be able to sign the No. 1 pick of the draft.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 6, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Today's lineup

First, some roster news: Kevin Mench, as expected, will become the last man off the Nationals bench. He played in Japan last season and hasn't played a game in the majors since 2008, when he was with the Toronto Blue...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 6, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Nationals promote Danny Espinosa to Syracuse

The Nationals promoted infielder Danny Espinosa from Class AA Harrisburg to Class AAA Syracuse, sending one of their most promising prospects one level from the majors and, perhaps, setting him up for a September call-up. "He's earned the opportunity," Nationals...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 6, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  middle infield , minors & farm system  | Tags: Danny Espinoza  
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Nyjer Morgan's trip to the disabled list

The Nationals placed outfielder Nyjer Morgan on the disabled list late Thursday night at his clear objection. The Nationals say Morgan has inflammation in his right hip. Morgan says he feels fine and "it sucks" to have to miss...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 6, 2010; 2:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Nyjer Morgan to be placed on disabled list

The Nationals will place centerfielder and leadoff hitter Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right hip flexor, according to a report by MASN's Debbi Taylor during Thursday night's game broadcast. The injury had been nagging...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nyjer Morgan  | Tags: Nyjer Morgan  
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Game 109 discussion thread: Nationals at Diamondbacks

So the Nationals are still in last place exactly two-thirds through the season, but they've still managed massive improvement over their record last at this point in the year. Through 108 games last year, the Nationals were a gruesome 36-72....

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Nationals waiting on Nyjer Morgan's MRI results

Nyjer Morgan remains out of the Nationals lineup with lingering soreness in his right hip flexor, and the Nationals are still waiting results frm the MRI exam he underwent Wednesday afternoon. The Nationals' team doctor, Manager Jim Riggleman said, has...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 8:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Jordan Zimmermann dominates with Syracuse

Jordan Zimmermann began the final phase of the final phase of his recovery from Tommy John surgery this afternoon, making his first start with Class AAA Syracuse. His rehab has been nearly spotless, and Zimmermann continued that trend in Rochester,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Stephen Strasburg throws simulated game [UPDATED]

After Stephen Strasburg finished his anticipated simulated game at Chase Field with no apparent issues, he said he "absolutely" remains on track to return from the disabled list Tuesday at Nationals Park against the Marlins. Strasburg threw roughly 40 pitches...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Jason Marquis will start Sunday

Jason Marquis, the Nationals' No. 2 starter at the outset of the season and premiere free agent acquisition, joined the team in Arizona today and will start Sunday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Marquis, finished recovering from surgery he...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Today's lineup

Nyjer Morgan remains out of the Nationals lineup, still feeling a sore right hip flexor. We'll find out soon the results from the MRI he underwent yesterday. Wil Nieves is behind the plate, and Roger Bernadina will take Morgan's spot...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Report: Nationals could leave spring training in Viera

The Nationals appear to be planning a potential move away from their spring training facilities at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., according to a report by Mark DeCotis of Florida Today. The Nationals have shown interest in moving to...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Stephen Strasburg to throw simulated game Thursday

Walking out of the Nationals clubhouse lat Wednesday night, Willie Harris swatted away the question without equivocation. Hell, no, he didn't want to stand in the batter's box against Stephen Strasburg. "I ain't coming here for that," Harris said....

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 2:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Game 108 discussion thread: Nationals at Diamondbacks

Alberto Gonzalez will make his second straight start tonight, just his 18th of the season. "It's a change in the lineup," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "But for me it seems pretty routine." Riggleman's point: For a seldom-used player, Gonzalez creates...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 4, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Tough decisions coming for Nationals rotation

With Stephen Strasburg scheduled to return from the disabled list Tuesday and at least three others starters set to join the rotation later, the Nationals face difficult decisions with their crowded starting rotation in the coming days and weeks. "That'll...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 4, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Nyjer Morgan scratched, undergoes MRI on hip

Nyjer Morgan underwent an MRI exam this afternoon on his ailing right hip flexor, a nagging injury he has played through for two weeks that forced him from tonight's lineup. Morgan may only miss one game, Manager Jim Riggleman said,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 4, 2010; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Today's lineups

The Nationals will use their typical lineup today aside from Alberto Gonzalez getting his second straight start. Tonight, he'll replace Ian Desmond at shortstop for a game. For the Diamondbacks, Mark Reynolds is back in the lineup a day after...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 4, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Collin Balester's repeat 'shaking' performance

For the second time in nine days, Collin Balester hit a batter in the head with a pitch.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Game 107 discussion thread: Nationals at Diamondbacks

Through the trade deadline and Stephen Strasburg's trip to the disabled list, the Nationals have played some of their best baseball this season. With a victory tonight, the Nationals will have won six out of eight games. They've done that...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 3, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Stephen Strasburg scheduled for Tuesday return at Nationals Park

After throwing 25 pitches in a bullpen session this afternoon, Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his return from right shoulder inflammation and the 15-day disabled list next Tuesday at Nationals Park. Strasburg will rest tomorrow aside from playing catch...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 3, 2010; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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About Adam Dunn and waivers

If you're worried about the Adam Dunn-placed-on-waivers thing, don't be. Really, the chances range between slim and none it changes anything about the relationship between Dunn and the Nationals. The Nationals did not release Dunn. They placed him on revocable...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 3, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Today's lineup

Ian Desmond gets out of the eighth spot in the order and Michael Morse and Alberto Gonzalez get chances against Diamondbacks lefty Joe Saunders. 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Ian Desmond, SS 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Adam Dunn, 1B...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 3, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Updates: Yunesky Maya, Jordan Zimmermann, Jason Marquis

The quick and dirty: Yunesky Maya should make his major league debut before August ends, Jordan Zimmermann will take it slow and make at least four more starts before returning to the Nationals and Jason Marquis could make his next...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 3, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Jason Marquis , Jordan Zimmermann , Yunesky Maya  | Tags: Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann, Yunesky Maya  
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Ivan Rodriguez makes history

For one night, here's what really didn't matter: Ivan Rodriguez was hitting .264 at the start of last night, with a .291 on-base percentage, a .636 OPS and a 71 OPS+. He had grounded into 19 double plays. He...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Game 106 discussion thread: Nationals at Diamondbacks

For a pair of last-place teams a combined 40 games under .500, this four-game series between the Nationals and Diamondbacks makes for a compelling match-up based on the styles of Arizona's offense and Washington's pitching staff. The Diamondbacks have struck...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 2, 2010; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Stephen Strasburg plays more catch

Stephen Strasburg stays on track for an on-time return to the Nationals' rotation.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 2, 2010; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg , trade deadline  | Tags: Stephen Strasburg  
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Jordan Zimmermann likely to return in late August

The Nationals will exercise extra caution on the way to having Jordan Zimmermann return to the majors sometime in August.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 2, 2010; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today's lineups

Adam Kennedy keeps a firm grip on second base and the second spot in the lineup. The Nationals will go with their standard lineup with Livan Hernandez against Rodrigo Lopez, a pitching matchup straight out of 2002. Nationals 1. Nyjer...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 2, 2010; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Josh Willingham's career year, interrupted

Following the best half-season of his career, Josh Willingham is officially slumping to start the second half of this season. Since the all-star break, Willingham is 9 for 50. He has five walks and 14 strikeouts, including six in his...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 2, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Washington Nationals hit the road in pursuit of momentum

Before the all-star break, Ryan Zimmerman summarized the Nationals' mission for the second half by saying, in part: "It's important for us as far as building some momentum, some confidence that we can play with anyone. It could be...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 2, 2010; 2:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Justin Maxwell back with Nationals, Atahualpa Severino to Syracuse

The Nationals recalled outfielder Justin Maxwell for the fourth time this season, giving them a full bench, and optioned Atahualpa Severino, who spent three days with the Nationals and did not appear in any games, back to Class AAA Syracuse....

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 1, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Game 105 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Phillies

Some time this past week, Manager Jim Riggleman spoke with Class AA Harrisburg Manager Randy Knorr about John Lannan. "He looks the same as last year," Knorr told him -- the sink had returned to his fastball. Knorr felt Lannan's...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 1, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Sorting out the Nationals 40-man roster

In the past few days, the Nationals' 40-man roster has undergone a bit of a facelift. Gone are Matt Capps and Cristian Guzman. In the fold are Yunesky Maya and Wilson Ramos. Also, Tyler Walker decided on season-ending rotator cuff...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 1, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Stephen Strasburg takes first step

Stephen Strasburg will travel to with the Nationals on their road trip but probably won't pitch until they get home.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 1, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Today's lineup

The Nationals will try to complete their first sweep of the Phillies since baseball returned to Washington. If the Nationals are to turn around their season and leave 2010 feeling like thye're pointed in the right direction, these past six...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 1, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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