5:03 PM EDT, Tue April 24, 2018
3 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ roster moves? Rafael Bautista & Adrian Sanchez up, Shawn Kelley to DL; Matt Reynolds to Triple-A according to reports...

Washington Nationals’ roster moves? Rafael Bautista & Adrian Sanchez up, Shawn Kelley to DL; Matt Reynolds to Triple-A according to reports...

With the Nationals struggling on their West Coast road trip, the team announced a series of moves this afternoon. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported this afternoon on the Washington Nationals’ plan to call up both outfielder Rafael Bautista and infielder Adrian Sanchez, though he didn’t have any information on the corresponding moves that would be necessary initially. One, fairly obviously, which Rosenthal confirmed with a source, was to place Shawn Kelley on the Disabled List after the 33-year-old left last night’s game with what Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters...
4 hours ago
Davey Martinez on Adam Eaton; waiting for Eaton’s return from ankle injury...

Davey Martinez on Adam Eaton; waiting for Eaton’s return from ankle injury...

The waiting is the hardest part. Adam Eaton has been eligible to come off the DL since last Wednesday, but the 29-year-old left fielder is still working his way back... Washington Nationals’ bench coach Chip Hale, who was hired as a member of Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez’s staff at least in part because he has big league experience as a manager, told MLB Network Radio hosts C.J. Nitkowski and Ryan Spilborghs this winter that one thing he didn’t necessarily deal with too well when he was on the bench in Arizona in 2015-16 was the media. “You meet with them twice a day, and you...
5 hours ago
Nationals and Gio Gonzalez frustrated after 4-2 loss to Giants in AT&T Park...

Nationals and Gio Gonzalez frustrated after 4-2 loss to Giants in AT&T Park...

Gio Gonzalez lost for the second time in his last three starts and the Nationals dropped their third straight overall in the series opener in AT&T Park. Washington Nationals’ lefty Gio Gonzalez went 5 1⁄3 innings last time out on the mound before Monday night, giving up eight hits, two walks, and two earned runs in a 97-pitch outing in New York. Gonzalez finished that start (11-1) overall in his career Citi Field with a 1.78 ERA and a stingy .179/.256/.268 line against in 16 starts and 101 IP in the New York Mets’ home. Good as he is in Flushing, Queens, Nationals’ skipper Davey...
9 hours ago
Wire Taps: The Nats can’t be this bad; Eaton timing murky; Cole traded

Wire Taps: The Nats can’t be this bad; Eaton timing murky; Cole traded

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of two with the Giants in AT&T Park. Well, last night was bad, but the good news is that things don’t get much worse than the way they’ve been going the last three days or so. Yay! Here’s the beat from the Bay Area: The Nationals, Yankees, Dodgers And Cubs Can’t Possibly Be This Mediocre … Right?The Nationals' pen has been letting them down, as has their starting pitching, but FiveThirtyEight thinks that they'll figure it out once they get healthy. As for the Cubs' rotation, well... Boswell: Don’t get...
14 hours ago
Shawn Kelley dealing with irritated ulnar nerve in right elbow...

Shawn Kelley dealing with irritated ulnar nerve in right elbow...

Shawn Kelley is likely headed to the Disabled List after the 33-year-old reliever left Monday night’s game mid-at-bat following a four-pitch appearance in AT&T Park. Davey Martinez knew something was wrong from the first pitch Shawn Kelley threw on Monday night in AT&T Park. It wasn’t just the fact that Mac Williamson hit it out to deep center field, for a two-run home run that put the San Francisco Giants up, 4-1, Martinez explained after what ended up a 4-2 loss. “He went in and the first pitch was 86,” Martinez said, “and I thought, we couldn’t figure out what it was. Did he...
16 hours ago
Washington Nationals drop third straight, 4-2 to San Francisco Giants in opener in AT&T...

Washington Nationals drop third straight, 4-2 to San Francisco Giants in opener in AT&T...

After dropping two of three in Los Angeles, the Washington Nationals lost their third straight in the opener with the San Francisco Giants in AT&T Park... San Francisco’s starter Chris Stratton held the Washington Nationals to two runs on four hits in 6 2⁄3 innings on the mound in AT&T Park, and the Giants took the series opener by a score of 4-2, putting three runs up on lefty Gio Gonzalez, two while he was still on the mound, and one earned run after he left the game, when Shawn Kelley gave up a two-run home run on the first pitch he threw to Mac Williamson after taking over in the...
17 hours ago
Nationals trade A.J. Cole to Yankees in exchange for cash considerations...

Nationals trade A.J. Cole to Yankees in exchange for cash considerations...

A.J. Cole has been traded again. Will the Washington Nationals, who dealt their 2010 4th Round pick in 2011 and re-acquired him in 2013, eventually bring him back to D.C. again? A.J. Cole made the Washington Nationals’ rotation out of Spring Training in part because the 26-year-old, 2010 4th Round pick was out of options this season. When he struggled against the Atlanta Braves in his 2018 debut, however, giving up 10 hits total, three walks, and ten earned runs in 3 2⁄3 innings pitched, and was moved to the bullpen one start later and didn’t really fare well there either, he was...
21 hours ago
Nationals vs. Giants Series Preview: Nats wrap up West Coast trip in San Francisco

Nationals vs. Giants Series Preview: Nats wrap up West Coast trip in San Francisco

The Washington Nationals couldn’t get a series win in Los Angeles but will hope for better luck in the Bay Area. Nationals (10-12) vs. Giants (9-12) series info: Game 1: Monday, April 23 at 10:15 p.m. EST (MASN2/106.7 The Fan) Game 2: Tuesday, April 24 at 10:15 p.m. EST (MASN2/106.7) Game 3: Wednesday, April 25 at 3:45 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7) Pitching matchups: Monday: Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.49 ERA) vs. Chris Stratton (1-1, 2.22) Tuesday: Tanner Roark (1-1, 3.24) vs. Ty Blach (1-3, 4.10) Wednesday: Max Scherzer (4-1, 1.36) vs. Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00) What to watch for: Respect the...
22 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with San Francisco Giants in AT&T Park...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with San Francisco Giants in AT&T Park...

Washington and San Francisco start a three-game set in AT&T Park with Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals against Giants’ starter Chris Stratton. “It was big,” Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts told reporters after winning two of three from the Washington Nationals at home in Chavez Ravine. “That’s a good ballclub over there and we saw some good pitching in three games, and for us to win a series was big for us.” “I do believe that we battled,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. “We competed. You’re looking...
Apr 23, 2018
Washington Nationals’ Michael A. Taylor heating up? Nats could use 2017 MAT...

Washington Nationals’ Michael A. Taylor heating up? Nats could use 2017 MAT...

A return to his 2017 form for Michael A. Taylor would help the Nationals’ struggling offense. Michael A. Taylor started the night on Sunday 5 for 11 (.455/.455/.545) against Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood in their respective careers, and he was 3 for 3 with a single, HR, and double after he lined an 0-2 curve to left field for a one-out, two-base hit in the sixth inning of the series finale. Taylor took third on errant pick attempt at second in the at bat after his double in the sixth, and scored on a sac fly to center by Moises Sierra to put the Washington Nationals up 3-0 after 5 1⁄2 in...
Apr 23, 2018
Jeremy Hellickson and his soft attack worked on the Dodgers until it didn’t; Nationals lose, 4-3 in LA...

Jeremy Hellickson and his soft attack worked on the Dodgers until it didn’t; Nationals lose, 4-3 in LA...

Jeremy Hellickson impressed his own and the Dodgers’ manager in the Nationals’ 4-3 loss in the series finale in Los Angeles... In his 2018 debut for the Washington Nationals, Jeremy Hellickson held the New York Mets to seven runs on two hits in 4 2⁄3 innings, walking one and striking out three in what ended up an 8-6 win last Monday in Citi Field. “He can elevate his fastball, he throws cutters, he keeps hitters off-balance throughout the game. He’s really good at that...” - Davey Martinez on Jeremy Hellickson Asked what he expected from his starter before the outing, Davey...
Apr 23, 2018
Washington Nationals’ slow start; injury issues; makeshift lineups + more from the first 22 games...

Washington Nationals’ slow start; injury issues; makeshift lineups + more from the first 22 games...

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sport Junkies that he liked what he’s seen from manager Davey Martinez and the Nats early this season. A 10-11 record going into Sunday’s series finale in Los Angeles was clearly not how the 2016-17 NL East champion Washington Nationals envisioned their season starting, but as GM Mike Rizzo explained last Wednesday, when he spoke to 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies, it’s not too surprising considering the changes they made this winter and all of the injury issues they’ve dealt with over the first...
Apr 23, 2018
Wire Taps: Will Turner continue struggles?; Rendon to DL

Wire Taps: Will Turner continue struggles?; Rendon to DL

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news as the Nats head to San Francisco to take on the Giants... So, that wasn’t ideal. Good teams can have bad Aprils, especially when they’re hurt. Now, the key is taking care of business against the teams that the Nats really should be taking care of business against — looking at you, San Francisco. Here’s the scoop from the Bay. Are Trea Turner’s Struggles the New Normal?Trea Turner is hitting just .236 and is getting on base almost entirely due to walks. But he's too smart of a hitter not to adapt to what pitchers have decided to...
Apr 22, 2018
Bullpen can’t clean up mess: Nationals fall 4-3 to Dodgers in finale

Bullpen can’t clean up mess: Nationals fall 4-3 to Dodgers in finale

Jeremy Hellickson ran into trouble late and the Nats’ relief corps couldn’t bail him out. Michael Taylor had an impressive day at the plate and Jeremy Hellickson finished two outs shy of a quality start, but the Washington Nationals were unable to shake their bullpen woes as they fell 4-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night. Taylor finished a triple shy of the cycle, swiping two bases and hitting a solo shot in the fourth. The rest of the offense, however, managed just four hits and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. On the mound, Hellickson was nearly unhittable...
Apr 22, 2018
Nationals place Anthony Rendon on 10-Day DL, recall RHP Austin L. Adams from Triple-A...

Nationals place Anthony Rendon on 10-Day DL, recall RHP Austin L. Adams from Triple-A...

They tried to avoid having to do it, but with Anthony Rendon still unavailable a week-plus after he fouled a pitch off the big toe on his left foot, he was placed on the 10-Day DL this afternoon. Washington Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon, who fouled a pitch off his foot back on April 13th, still had pain in the left big toe after he worked out prior to Saturday’s game in LA, so Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters after what ended up a 4-0 loss that they would have to reevaluate the situation and make a decision on how to handle things going forward. “We’ll have...