Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu has a phrase he uses when right fielder Bryce Harper tries to do too much at the plate. Schu calls it “raging out at the ball,” and it often includes lots of motion from the lower half of Harper’s body that prevents his head from staying still. Solid contact rarely follows. Read..
Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar had to leave Friday night’s game after appearing to injure himself running down the first-base line in the fourth inning. Escobar was trying to leg out a grounder to the hole at short, but was thrown out at first and then came up limping a bit as he walked back…..
Craig Stammen has needed surgery on his throwing arm only once before — Sept. 2009, to have bone chips removed — and he’s never spent a day on the disabled list in his career, so the veteran reliever could be excused if he was down in the dumps upon learning Thursday he’s likely to miss…..
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