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Nationals Journal: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Adam Dunn goes to the videotape

Impressive what a pregame videotape session can do for a slumping slugger. That's all it took for Adam Dunn, who had gone 8 for 65 entering Saturday's game against St. Louis, to regain his powerful stroke. Dunn worked with hitting...

By Gene Wang  |  August 28, 2010; 10:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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Game 130 discussion thread: Cardinals at Nationals

The Nationals (54-75) will try for just their second win in seven games today against St. Louis, which is in the thick of the playoff race. The Cardinals (69-57)are four games behind Cincinnati for the NL Central lead and trail...

By Gene Wang  |  August 28, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Livan Hernandez  
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Jim Riggleman talks September call-ups

Starting on Wednesday, Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman will have many more players from whom to choose when Major League Baseball rosters expand. Don't assume, however, Riggleman is in any rush to evaluate some promising young minor leaguers in the Nationals'...

By Gene Wang  |  August 28, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Garrett Mock , Jim Riggleman  
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Today's lineup

Cardinals Schumaker, RF Lopez, 2B Pujols, 1B Holliday, LF Jay, CF Feliz, 3B Anderson, C Ryan, SS Lohse, P Nationals Kennedy, 2B Desmond, SS Bernadina, LF Zimmerman, 3B Dunn, 1B Morse, RF Rodriguez, C Morgan, CF Hernandez, P...

By Gene Wang  |  August 28, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Adam Dunn seems headed to free agency

First baseman Adam Dunn and the Nationals both publicly floated their desire to reach a deal on a contract extension all the way back in spring training. Some six months later, with few signs of progress made, it appears likely...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 28, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Ross Detwiler set for rehab start

Ross Detwiler will make a rehab start Saturday for Class A Potomac, his first appearance since he lasted four innings on Aug. 5 and a final chance to restart a season besieged by his right hip injury. Detwiler, the No....

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Game 129 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Cardinals

In case you forgot with the deluge of coverage about Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals are playing some ball at Nationals Park tonight. They're trying to build off their thrilling, 13-inning victory last night. The missile Albert Pujols hit -- which...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Nyjer Morgan's suspension hearing set

Nyjer Morgan's hearing to appeal the seven-game suspension handed down by MLB will take place Sept. 7. He is out of the lineup tonight only because Manager Jim Riggleman wanted Justin Maxwell to face Cardinals starter Jamie Garcia, a tough...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Without Stephen Strasburg next year, Mike Rizzo moves ahead

Every decision the Nationals made since last June came with the notion of Stephen Strasburg topping their rotation, uninterrupted, for years to come. Every decision the Nationals make starting today and through the offseason will be tinged with the knowledge...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stephen Strasburg addresses media on his Tommy John surgery

Stephen Strasburg addressed the media Friday afternoon, hours after it was revealed that he will require Tommy John surgery and will miss the next 12 to 18 months. Strasburg sat next to General Manager Mike Rizzo, clean-shaven wearing a...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Today's lineup

The Nationals will play tonight in the wake of the news about Stephen Strasburg's Tommy John surgery. Nyjer Morgan is out of the lineup, a sign he could begin serving his suspension tonight. 1. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B 2. Ian Desmond,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Stunned at first, Stephen Strasburg is taking positive outlook on Tommy John surgery

Stephen Strasburg was stunned late Thursday night when he learned, in a room inside Nationals Park with Nationals official and his agent Scott Boras, that he would require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. "It was...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Stephen Strasburg surgery: Here's the bright side

The saddest part about Stephen Strasburg's imminent Tommy John surgery is that Washington will have to wait at least another year, perhaps until April 2012, until it can pack Nationals Park and watch Strasburg chuck lightning bolts and hang Ks...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Stephen Strasburg 'probably' needs Tommy John surgery, will miss 12 to 18 months

Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg will "probably" miss at least one year and perhaps the entire 2011 baseball season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, General Manager Mike Rizzo said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (254)
 
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Announcement on Stephen Strasburg scheduled for 10:30

The Nationals will hold a conference call with reporters at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the injury Stephen Strasburg sustained Saturday night. Strasburg underwent an arthrogram -- an enhanced MRI exam in which dye is shot into the affected area --...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Ian Desmond is maturing at short

The list of things Ian Desmond did to stick out Thursday night is long. He beat out a routine ground ball to shortstop for a single. He drove in two runs with a single. He made a tremendous backhand...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Announcement coming on Stephen Strasburg

The Nationals are planning to hold a conference call Friday at some time between 9 a.m. and noon to announce the results from Stephen Strasburg's arthrogram, which was administered early Friday afternoon. We'll have it covered here. The arthorgram is...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 12:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Game 128 discussion thread: Cardinals at Nationals

With the introduction of top pick Bryce Harper at a pregame news conference and the wait for results of pitcher Stephen Strasburg's arthrogram, the Nationals still have a game to play tonight as pitcher Jordan Zimmermann makes his return to...

By Gene Wang  |  August 26, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Bryce Harper , Stephen Strasburg  
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Bryce Harper introduced at pregame news conference

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. UPDATED The Washington Nationals introduced No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper at a news conference a few moments ago and several hours after he took batting practice at Nationals Park in front of, among...

By Gene Wang  |  August 26, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Nationals trying to spark offense with changes

Manager Jim Riggleman shook up the lineup today in an effort to spark the Nationals' slumbering offense, which has scored in three of their past 36 innings and a total of five runs in four games. "We haven't been really...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 26, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Stephen Strasburg underwent test today

Stephen Strasburg underwent his arthrogram early this afternoon, and so now the Nationals will wait nervously for the results that will determine his immediate future. "I'm very anxious about that," Manager Jim Riggelman said. The Nationals could learn a range...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 26, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Phillies fan defends Nyjer Morgan

A Phillies fan sitting in the center field stands Saturday night at Citizens Bank Ballpark defended Nyjer Morgan's actions and said the throw that struck a fan did not appear to be deliberate. On Wednesday, MLB suspended Morgan seven games...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 26, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Bryce Harper goes long at batting practice

Washington Nationals top pick Bryce Harper took batting practice today at Nationals Park before his introductory news conference, and in front of team executives, agent Scott Boras, players from both teams and a throng of media he promptly deposited a...

By Gene Wang  |  August 26, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Bryce Harper  
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Today's lineup

The Nationals will face Chris Carpenter tonight as Jordan Zimmermann returns. There's a twist at the top, with Adam Kennedy getting the nod at leadoff over Nyjer Morgan, who is in the lineup batting second as he continues to appeal...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 26, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Stephen Strasburg receives second MRI today

The Nationals will receive their clearest indication yet about the status of Stephen Strasburg's treasured right arm today after the 22-year-old rookie undergoes an arthrogram exam. The Nationals will not receive the results until Friday, results the team says will...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 26, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Jordan Zimmermann comes back tonight

The trouble with Jordan Zimmermann's arm started unbeknownst to the Nationals. On June 25 last year, Zimmermann allowed the Boston Red Sox one run on five hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking one. He became the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Jordan Zimmermann  
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Game 127 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Cubs

The one thing the Nationals have done pretty well this year is play at home. The Nationals are 31-29 at Nationals Park, but of course their solid play at home hasn't meant much these past two games. The Nationals will...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 25, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Nyjer Morgan suspended seven games by MLB [UPDATED]

Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions Saturday night. In the middle of the ninth inning, Morgan threw a ball into the stands at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia and struck...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 25, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Josh Willingham's surgery is a success

Josh Willingham underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today at Washington Hospital Center to clean up damage in his left meniscus. Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih performed the surgery, which shaved down and smoothed ragged edges of cartilage inside Willingham's knee. Willingham,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 25, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The latest on Stephen Strasburg

The Nationals have scheduled Stephen Strasburg's all-important arthrogram for Thursday. It will take the Nationals roughly 24 hours to review and digest the results, so there will be more information regarding his condition Friday. The procedure is an MRI exam...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 25, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Stan Kasten on Rob Dibble's two-game absence

In the wake of controversial comments he made regarding Stephen Strasburg on his Sirius XM radio show, MASN analyst Rob Dibble will not work tonight's game or tomorrow's game. Several MASN employees were not certain why Dibble will not work...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 25, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Today's lineups

Cubs 1. Fukudome - RF 2. Castro - SS 3. Byrd - CF 4. Ramirez - 3B 5. Hoffpauir - 1B 6. Soriano - LF 7. DeWitt - 2B 8. Soto - C 9. Dempster - P Nationals 1. Morgan...

By Alexa Steele  |  August 25, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The Nationals' bullpen holds steady

The great shame of this Nationals' season, now stuck 20 games below .500, is the wasted excellence from their bullpen. Their bullpen threw another four innings last night, bringing them to 414 1/3 innings for the season, less than...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  bullpen  
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Game 126 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Cubs

The Nationals will try to recover from their dog of game Monday night, and they started the process this afternoon. Manager Jim Riggleman and his coaching staff ran the Nationals through fielding practice, and afterward the team gathered around Riggleman...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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No updates on Stephen Strasburg

The Nationals have not received any further clarification on Stephen Strasburg's injury to his right elbow/forearm area. They have yet to definitively schedule his arthrogram -- the MRI exam that includes shooting dye into the specified area -- but are...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Surgery scheduled tomorrow for Josh Willingham

Left fielder Josh Willingham will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery Wednesday at Washington Hospital Center to repair the damaged meniscus in his left knee. Willingham will begin rehab immediately and will likely be finished in six weeks. While his 2010 season...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ian Desmond out with sore thumb, will return tomorrow

Shortstop Ian Desmond is sitting for the second consecutive game tonight with a sore right thumb, a minor ailment that has nagged him for much of the season. Desmond will return tomorrow, Manager Jim Riggleman said, and the back-to-back days...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Collin Balester recalled

The Nationals officially placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list and replaced him with hard-throwing reliever Collin Balester. Balester's main claim to fame this season, his first pitching out of the bullpen, is nearly decapitating Rickie Weeks and Mark...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Today's lineup

Ian Desmond gets a day off for the second day in a row and Michael Morse gets the nod in right field behind John Lannan. In his 80 plate appearances in August, Desmond is hitting .375 with a .423 on-base...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The rise of Daniel Rosenbaum

Six-hundred and fifty-one picks after they chose Stephen Strasburg last year, the Nationals drafted a left-hander from Xavier named Daniel Rosenbaum. He was short; he had a 5.28 ERA his final college season; and his fastball topped out at 92....

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Video: Will injuries continue to dog Stephen Strasburg?

The Post's John Feinstein, on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live," talks about the latest injury to Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and whether this will be a trend throughout his career. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Washington Post Sports  |  August 24, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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What will the Nationals play for the rest of the way?

The Nationals have 37 games remaining, and one of their tasks will be making sure a night like last night doesn't happen again. If not, one player said, "It'll be a long six weeks." What do the Nationals -...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 24, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Game 125 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Cubs

The Nationals will soldier on with Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list and face the Cubs, who at 51-74 are one of three National League teams with a worse record than the Nationals. Ian Desmond is out of the line,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 23, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Stephen Strasburg headed to 15-day disabled list

The Nationals will place Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list tonight with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm after reviewing results from an MRI exam, but they are still waiting on results from a second, more advanced...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 23, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Drew Storen voted Nationals player representative

The Nationals voted closer Drew Storen, only 23 and a rookie with roughly half of a season in the majors, as their representative to the Major League Baseball Players Association. Storen was surprised and honored last week in Atlanta when...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 23, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Tyler Moore's unreal streak

In the middle of July, Potomac hitting coach Matt Nokes sat down with Tyler Moore and told him not to worry about his batting average, which at the time sat south of .200. All the coaching staff and the organization...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 23, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Nationals renew Harrisburg affiliation

The Nationals signed a two-year contract to continue their affiliation with the Class AA Harrisburg Senators, the team announced today. The Nationals renewed their commitment with Harrisburg a day after they announced a new two-year deal with Class AAA Syracuse....

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 23, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Today's lineups

The Nationals will be facing a Cubs team in disarray. They're one of the few National League clubs with a worse record than the Nats, and they're playing their first game with interim manager Mike Quade at the helm following...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 23, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Waiting on Stephen Strasburg

It was fitting the Washington Nationals' only victory during this past weekend's series came in the second game in Stephen Strasburg's third start since coming off the disabled list. At least the Nationals were able to take away some...

By Gene Wang  |  August 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Yunesky Maya's day in Potomac

Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya made his most advanced step toward the major leagues this afternoon with varying success, allowing six earned runs over four-plus innings in a start for Class A Potomac at Pfitzner Stadium. With a nasty blister covering...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 22, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Yunesky Maya , minors & farm system  | Tags: Yunesky Maya  
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Game 124 discussion thread: Nationals at Phillies

The Nationals try to win their second in a row against Philadelphia today as they wait to find out the extent of the injury to rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg's flexor tendon in his right forearm. Scott Olsen (3-5, 5.14 ERA)...

By Gene Wang  |  August 22, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Scott Olsen , Stephen Strasburg  
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Nationals extend relationship with Class AAA Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today announced the signing of a two-year Player Development Contract with the Syracuse Chiefs of Class AAA International League. "The decision to extend our Syracuse affiliation was easy for us," Nationals team president Stan Kasten said in...

By Gene Wang  |  August 22, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Bryce Harper to be introduced on Thursday

Bryce Harper, the Nationals No. 1 draft pick this season who signed just before Monday's midnight deadline, will be introduced on Thursday at Nationals Park before the club plays the first of four games against St. Louis, according to Washington...

By Gene Wang  |  August 22, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bryce Harper , Stephen Strasburg  
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Strasburg appears fine, but likely to miss next start

Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg went through his normal day-after-a-start workout routine this morning, including some light throwing, and reported no discomfort in his right forearm, alleviating any immediate fears that the 22-year-old phenom suffered a season-ending injury Saturday night....

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 22, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Today's lineups

Nationals Morgan, CF Desmond, SS Dunn, 1B Zimmerman, 3B Bernadina, LF Morse, RF Kennedy, 2B Nieves, C Olsen, P Phillies Rollins, SS Ibanez, LF Polanco, 3B Howard, 1B Werth, 9 Victorino, CF Ruiz, C Valdez, 2B Oswalt, P...

By Gene Wang  |  August 22, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Phillies react to Stephen Strasburg's injury

According to Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino, home plate umpire Brian O'Nora told him he heard a pop on the pitch that forced Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the game with one out in the fifth inning of the...

By Gene Wang  |  August 22, 2010; 12:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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