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Denard Span Returns To DL With Hip Inflammation

Aug 27, 2015 11:12 PM

Denard Span's return from back spasms, which sidelined him for 40 games, has come to an abrupt end.

Span was not in the lineup for the Nationals win over the Padres on Thursday, and after the game manager Matt Williams said that while the absence was not related to his back, Span would be returning to the DL with left hip inflammation.


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Nats Plan To Activate Denard Span From DL

Aug 25, 2015 1:15 AM

The Nationals plan to activate Denard Span from the disabled list Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

The center fielder and leadoff hitter has been out since July 7 because of back spasms that had plagued him the entire season.


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Trea Turner Promoted By Nationals

Aug 21, 2015 3:53 PM

The Washington Nationals have promoted top infield prospect Trea Turner.

The move is an interesting one with Washington hoping to remain in the playoff picture and having a possible hole at shortstop in 2016 with Ian Desmond set to become a free agent.

The Nationals acquired Turner in the three-team deal that sent Steven Sousa to the Tampa Bay Rays. Turner came over from the San Diego Padres.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Ripken Says He Had 'Serious Discussions' About Managing Nationals

Aug 21, 2015 6:35 AM

Cal Ripken, Jr. says he had "serious discussions" about becoming the next manager of the Washington Nationals when the position was open in 2013.

Ripken has been asked about his interest in managing several times since flirting with the Washington.

"We had some serious discussions about it and never really got down to the point of choice and those sorts of things," Ripken said. "I think the world of Mike Rizzo. I think he's done a fantastic job. I like how he thinks, I like how he talks. If you're looking at a potential position, who wouldn't want their first managing job with a team built the way it was built? It was interesting discussions. With many things in life, it's about timing, and so you have other considerations. I would say timing was an issue there, but it was fun talking about it."

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Matt Williams' Job Doesn't Appear To Be In Trouble

Aug 18, 2015 4:30 PM

The Washington Nationals have vastly disappointed after entering the season with lofty expectations, but Matt Williams isn't currently on the hot seat.

Williams guided the Nationals to 96 wins and won the Manager of the Year award in 2014 as a rookie skipper.

However, it should come as no surprise that Washington ownership is unhappy, according to sources. The Nationals had a franchise-record $162 million payroll on Opening Day.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Mariano Rivera III Benefiting From Move To Bullpen

Aug 17, 2015 3:19 PM

Mariano Rivera III has benefited from a full-time move to the bullpen in late July.

Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round this past June, Rivera has had mixed results in the short-season New York-Penn League, where he's pitched to a 6.26 ERA in 23 innings over 12 appearances for Auburn.

Rivera was mostly a starter during his college career, but has taken to late-inning work. The 21-year-old has three saves in as many opportunities while posting a 1.93 ERA with 12 strikeouts over 14 innings (nine appearances).

"Coming out of the bullpen has a totally different feel compared to starting, but I'm actually enjoying it more," said Rivera.

He added, "In college, I always knew when I was scheduled to throw. But as a reliever, you may feel great some days but it doesn't mean you're going to get in a game.

"I think I'll be polished to come out of the bullpen, whether it's as a long or late-innings guy. I'll do whatever they want me to do, but the bullpen is where I think I'll stay."

Mike Rosenbaum/MLB

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Nationals, Tony Campana Agree To Minor League Deal

Aug 11, 2015 2:32 PM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a Minor League contract with Tony Campana.

Campana signed a Minor League deal with the Chicago White Sox this past offseason but suffered a partially torn ACL in February.

The contract runs through the 2016 season, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Sending Doug Fister To Bullpen

Aug 7, 2015 7:10 AM

With Stephen Strasburg returning from the disabled list, the Washington Nationals will move Doug Fister to the bullpen.

Washington will use Fister as their long reliever, while keeping roster Joe Ross in the starting rotation.

Ross has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his each of his first seven starts.

"He understands if he makes pitches, he has a chance to get them out," Matt Williams said about Ross. "We've seen so far that he doesn't walk a whole lot of guys and makes you put the ball in play and that's important. His ball has good late movement ... and a good slider to go along with it for strikes when he needs it and out of the zone to get a swing and miss, too."

Fister is 4-7 with 4.60 ERA in 15 starts this season.

Bill Ladson/MLB

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Drew Storen Seemingly Unhappy With Papelbon Trade

Jul 29, 2015 6:52 AM

The Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday, something that didn't seem to sit well with incumbent closer Drew Storen.

"All I'm going to say is, I'm aware of the move and I've talked to Mike about it. I've talked to my agent about it," Storen said. "We've had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I'm just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I'll keep you guys posted."

This will mark the third time that Storen has lost his job as closer since 2011.

Storen has a 1.73 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36.1 innings (29 saves) this season.

Bill Ladson/MLB

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Nationals Acquire Papelbon From Phillies

Jul 28, 2015 5:57 PM

The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a trade that will send Jonathan Papelbon to the nation's capital.

Under the terms of the agreement, Papelbon will close for the Nationals and be signed through 2016, according to a source.

It is also being reported that Papelbon will take less money to leave the Phillies and that Washington will send a Double-A pitcher to Philadelphia as part of the deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Sources: Nationals Making Progress On Deal For Papelbon
Jonathan Papelbon, who has been vocal about wanting a trade from the Phillies, has said that he will only approve a trade if he can close for his new team.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Craig Kimbrel Linked To Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals, Yankees
The Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals and Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in trading for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals Have Interest In Kimbrel
The Astros, however, are concerned with the money Craig Kimbrel is owed going forward.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

A's Expected To Trade Tyler Clippard Soon
The deal could take place soon, perhaps as early as Monday.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Gerrit Cole Becomes Majors' First 14-Game Winner
Gerrit Cole and the Pirates defeated the Nationals by the score of 3-1 on Sunday.


Nationals Release Jose Valverde
Jose Valverde had an opt-out clause in his deal.

Mark Zuckerman/CSN Washington

Ian Desmond Gets Pep Talk From Cal Ripken Jr.
Ian Desmond is hoping to get a boost from a chance meeting with Cal Ripken Jr. amid a disappointing season.


Bryce Harper Says Umpire Favored Zack Greinke
After the Dodgers topped the Nationals 5-0 on Sunday, Bryce Harper asserted "when you're getting 6 inches off the plate, it's tough to face him."


Greinke Extends Scoreless Streak To 43 2/3 Innings
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke leads the major leagues with a 1.30 ERA.


Lighting Failure Causes Nats-Dodgers Game Suspension
The Nationals were leading the Dodgers by the score of 3-2 when the game was suspended Friday night.


Bryce Harper Won't Participate In Home Run Derby Until 2018
Bryce Harper expects to skip the Home Run Derby the next two years.


Max Scherzer Won't Pitch In All-Star Game
Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals on Sunday against the Orioles.


Bryce Harper Passes On Home Run Derby Invite
Bryce Harper won't participate in the Home Run Derby this month despite being invited to the event for a second time.


All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Nats Place Stephen Strasburg On DL With Oblique Strain
Stephen Strasburg is headed to the DL for the second time this season.


Strasburg Exits Game Early With Tightness In Side
Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday against the Giants.


Nationals Starters Set Club Record For Scoreless Innings
Washington's rotation has thrown a franchise-record 41⅓ consecutive scoreless innings over its past six games.

Associated Press

Nationals Interested In Arizona's Middle Infielders
The Nationals have expressed interest in acquiring a middle infielder from the Diamondbacks, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Yunel Escobar Hitting Like He Did As A Rookie
After several seasons with a sub-.260 batting average, Yunel Escobar has looked like a different hitter. Hes hitting .331 with a .381 on-base percentage in 2015.

Mark Simon/ESPN

Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter Against Pirates
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer lost his chance at a perfect game by hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch with two outs in the ninth inning on Saturday.


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