Washington Nationals Wiretap

Nationals Hopeful Daniel Murphy Will Contribute In Postseason

Sep 29, 2016 3:53 PM

Daniel Murphy is unlikely to play again during the regular season, but the Washington Nationals are hopeful he'll contribute in the playoffs.

Murphy hasn't played in the field or run the bases since suffering a strained buttocks on Sept. 17.

Game 1 of the National League Division Series is Oct. 7.


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Wilson Ramos Done For Season With Torn ACL

Sep 27, 2016 4:15 PM

The Washington Nationals have announced that Wilson Ramos is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL on Monday night.

It is the same leg that Ramos injured in May 2012, when he tore his ACL and MCL.

Ramos, 29, will be a free agent this winter and was in the midst of the best season of his career.

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Wilson Ramos Hurts Knee; Nationals Aren't Optimistic

Sep 27, 2016 7:46 AM

Wilson Ramos hurt his right knee on Monday night and the Washington Nationals aren't optimistic about his availability over the short-term.

Ramos jumped to catch a relay throw on a play at the plate and when his right foot hit the dirt, he crumbled to the ground. Dusty Baker said Ramos would have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage.

"There's nothing you can do about it," Baker said. "You've got to play, and nobody feels sorry for you, so we're not going to feel sorry for ourselves."

It was the same knee Ramos injured badly during the 2012 season, when he tore his ACL and medial collateral ligament.


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Bryce Harper Leaves With Injury, Benches Clear Between Pirates-Nats

Sep 26, 2016 7:26 AM

Benches cleared between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon after Bryce Harper left the game with a sprained thumb.

Harper suffered the injury during a slide into third base. Jung Ho Kang tried to deke Harper, pretending he had the ball and leading to an awkward slide by Harper.

In the bottom of that inning, benches cleared when A.J. Cole threw a wild pitch behind the back of Kang.

Cole was immediately tossed by the home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Both benches and bullpens emptied, and players were involved in an ensuing scuffle near the mound.

Sean Rodriguez was also tossed after engaging in a shouting match across the diamond with Jayson Werth.

"You don't want that to happen," Harper said. "I understand the deke at second base, I understand the double play kind of thing, but that kind of thing is not part of the game."

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Nationals Have Initiated Extension Talks With Wilson Ramos

Sep 22, 2016 4:42 PM

The Washington Nationals have initiated talks with Wilson Ramos about a possible contract extension.

However, the talks hasn't advanced past the initial stage.

The Nationals have reportedly offered Ramos a deal of at least $30 million over three years, with Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reporting the offer was worth "a bit more" than those base figures.

Ramos is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.

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Nationals Meet With Bryce Harper To Discuss Reported Injury

Sep 22, 2016 4:31 PM

The Washington Nationals have reportedly met with Bryce Harper to determine whether he's dealing with an injury the club wasn't told about.

The sit-down meeting including Harper, Mike Rizzo, Dusty Baker and trainer Paul Lessard.

Harper has denied reports that he is dealing with a shoulder injury and Lessard said he had not treated Harper in the shoulder/neck area since he sat out a handful of games earlier this year.

The outfielder also told Rizzo and Baker that he hasn't told Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated anything differently.

Scott Boras has declined to comment on the situation.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

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Daniel Murphy Not Responding To Treament On Leg

Sep 22, 2016 8:00 AM

Daniel Murphy missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday as he isn't responding to treatment on his injured leg.

Murphy hurt his leg sliding into second base on Saturday.

"I'm sure the world would like to know [what's wrong with Murphy]," Dusty Baker said. "Our trainers are still working on him. They are trying to get to the bottom of it. When you are hurt this late in the season, you don't have a bunch of time to come back. We have some hands working on him."


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Nationals Deny Bryce Harper Is Playing Through Shoulder Injury

Sep 21, 2016 10:49 AM

For the second time this season, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Bryce Harper is playing through a right shoulder injury.

Dusty Baker and Mike Rizzo denied the report, while Harper refused to address it.

"That's totally inaccurate. I don't know where they got that from," Baker said. " ... Bryce said it didn't come from him. Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no. We treated that shoulder already in the past. If I did make a mistake it was because it's in his neck, which is connected to his shoulder."

Reports of a shoulder injury first surfaced in mid-August, when Harper sat out five games with what he and the Washington Nationals described as a "stiff neck."

"The report is wrong, the information is wrong," Rizzo said. "I just talked to the player again because of the new stuff that came out, and he says it's the 4-5 days he had with the neck. That's it."

Chelsea James/Washington Post

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Nationals To Activate Joe Ross

Sep 17, 2016 4:02 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker expects Joe Ross to return from the 60-day disabled list Sunday and make his first start since July 2.

Baker will keep Ross on a pitch count, probably no more than three innings, when Washington closes a three-game series against the Braves.

Ross has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation. He went 7-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts before getting hurt.


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Stephen Strasburg Uncertain About Postseason Status

Sep 12, 2016 3:45 PM

The Washington Nationals have a significant lead in the National League East with three weeks to go in the regular season, but time is still not on Stephen Strasburg's side.

Strasburg, who left his last start with a strained flexor mass in his first start back from the disabled list, received a PRP shot on Friday and was set to have another MRI.

"I can't make that claim," Strasburg said when asked about pitching in the postseason. "There is still a month into the season."

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No Ligament Damage For Stephen Strasburg; Return Date Uncertain
Stephen Strasburg is dealing with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow but his UCL is intact, the Nationals have announced.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Stephen Strasburg Returns, Exits In Third With Injury
Stephen Strasburg felt a pinch in the back of his elbow in his first start since coming off the disabled list on Wednesday night.


Stephen Strasburg Lands On DL With Elbow Soreness
Stephen Strasburg, who is 15-3 with a 3.59 ERA, is expected to spend the minimum amount of time on the DL.


Nationals Acquire Sean Burnett From Twins
Sean Burnett had been pitching for Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

MLB Clears Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman In PED Probe
Major League Baseball has cleared Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman of any wrongdoing in its investigation of an Al-Jazeera report on performance-enhancing drugs, saying that neither player violated the


Nationals Plan To Call Up Koda Glover
The Nationals have had to call on their bullpen to pitch 10 innings over the last two games, which has led them to call up Koda Glover, according to sources.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Jon Lester Endorses Cubs Potential Acquisition Of Jonathan Papelbon
If the Cubs sign Jonathan Papelbon, former teammate Jon Lester is on board.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Nationals Grant Papelbon's Release
Reliever Jonathan Papelbon has requested and received his release from the Washington Nationals.


Source: Jonathan Papelbon Seeking Release From Nats
The Nationals could release reliever Jonathan Papelbon as early as Saturday, according a source.


Bryce Harper Misses Fourth Straight Game
Bryce Harper's neck injury has improved, but not to a point where he is ready to play.


Bryce Harper To Miss Third Straight Game With Stiff Neck
Bryce Harper wasn't in the starting lineup for the Nationals for Wednesday's game against the Indians, the third-straight game he's missed with a stiff neck.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Bryce Harper Not In Lineup Due To Neck Stiffness
Bryce Harper has been bothered by a stiff neck for a few days.


Nats Place Ryan Zimmerman On DL; Recall Brian Goodwin
The Nationals have placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with a bruised left wrist.


No Extension Talks Between Nationals, Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos is likely to hit free agency without agreeing to an extension.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Nats Acquire Closer Mark Melancon From Pirates
The Nationals sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates.


Nationals Willing To Deal Lucas Giolito For Andrew Miller
The Nationals are looking to fortify their bullpen ahead of Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Nationals Have Inquired About Mark Melancon
The Nationals and a number of other clubs have inquired with the Pirates about Mark Melancon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Nationals Have Asked Blue Jays About Jose Bautista
The Nationals have called the Blue Jays to ask about the availability of Jose Bautista, reports Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

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Nationals Were In Mix To Acquire Aroldis Chapman
The Nationals were in the mix to acquire Aroldis Chapman right up until the Yankees completed a deal with the Cubs.

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Reports: Yankees Appear Close To Trading Aroldis Chapman
According to reports, the Nationals, Cubs, Giants, and Indians are among the teams most interested in trading for the services of Aroldis Chapman.