Washington Nationals Wiretap

Wilson Ramos Has Surgery On Right Knee

Oct 15, 2016 6:03 PM

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had surgery on his right knee and his rehabilitation is expected to take six to eight months.

Washington said Ramos had the operation on Friday, hours after the team's season ended with a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of their National League Division Series.


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Scott Boras: Bryce Harper Has Played With 'Limitations' This Season

Oct 13, 2016 5:55 AM

Bryce Harper has not spoken about his reported shoulder injury during the postseason, but Scott Boras hinted that there is something bothering the Washington Nationals outfielder.

"He's obviously played with limitations at times this year, no question," Boras said. "... It's a very different year when you lead the league in walks and intentional walks, making the adjustment about how to handle how the league's decided to take away what you normally have instead of challenging you."

Harper is 3-for-14 with four walks in four NLDS games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and has shown no limitations in the field or while running the bases.

"There's a lot of things that go on when you're a star player at a young age," Boras said. "It's kind of like high school. When you're a great player, your sophomore year is often your best year. Maybe your junior year. Not when you're a senior, because they stop throwing to you. You have to make that adjustment. The major leagues have made that adjustment, and he's evolving to it. There's a physical and a psychological component to that."

Chelsea James/Washington Post

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Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip

Oct 13, 2016 5:33 AM

After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Heading into play on Tuesday, 108 runs had been scored in the postseason and half of them were as a result of home runs, the highest percentage since the wild card was introduced.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Max Scherzer Embracing 'Biggest Start Of Career'

Oct 12, 2016 3:52 PM

Max Scherzer is preparing for what he believes will be the most important start of his Major League career on Thursday night.

Scherzer started Game 6 of the ALCS for the Detroit Tigers in 2013, but believes Game 5 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers is a bigger stage.

"This is probably the biggest start of my career, the biggest start of my life," the Washington Nationals right-hander said. "How you handle that, going out there and using the emotion of that scenario that everything's on the line -- look, I'm not going to shy away from it. This is the biggest start of my career."

The Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Tuesday night in Game 4 to push the series to a deciding game.

"If it's anything like Game 1, it's going to be such a thrill," Scherzer said. "Game 1 was unbelievable there in D.C. The fans were just going nuts from the first pitch. So the fact that it's going to be Game 5, I mean -- our fans really brought it in Game 1, so I can only imagine the atmosphere going into Game 5."

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Diamondbacks Expected To Seek Permission To Speak With Mike Rizzo

Oct 11, 2016 10:08 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks intend to ask the Washington Nationals for permission to speak with Mike Rizzo about their open front office position, according to a report.

The request would come after Washington is done playing in the postseason.

The Diamondbacks reportedly have Rizzo at the top of their list.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Strasburg Working Towards Return If Nationals Advance

Oct 11, 2016 9:39 AM

Stephen Strasburg threw his second bullpen session in four days on Monday before the Washington Nationals took a 2-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.

Strasburg threw 20 to 30 pitches. He was ruled out for the NLDS, but the Nationals hope he could return if the team advances.

The right-hander has been on the disabled list since Sept. 7 because of a strained flexor mass in his right arm.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury

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Lobaton, Murphy Lead Nats Past Dodgers To Tie Series

Oct 9, 2016 11:48 PM

Leave it to light-hitting Jose Lobaton to change the complexion of the Nationals' NL Division Series with one big swing.

Getting a rare chance to play because of starting catcher Wilson Ramos' late-September injury, backup Lobaton hit a three-run homer through a strong wind to erase an early deficit Sunday. Daniel Murphy provided more-expected production with two RBI, and Washington's bullpen threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, leading the Nationals past the Dodgers 5-2 in a rain-postponed Game 2 to even the series at 1-all.


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Rainout Complicates Dodgers' Plans For Kershaw

Oct 8, 2016 11:40 PM

Saturday's rainout of Game 2 of the National League Division Series complicates the Dodgers' plans of bringing back Clayton Kershaw to pitch on short rest in a potential Game 4 on Tuesday, which manager Dave Roberts confirmed had been "on the table."

The postponement means that Rich Hill, now scheduled to start Game 2 vs. the Nationals on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT on FS1, would be on short rest if the Dodgers wanted him to pitch Game 5, if necessary, on Thursday in Washington, which was the original plan. Because of Hill's history with finger blisters, Roberts said pitching Hill on short rest is illogical.


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Nationals To Go With Tanner Roark In Game 2

Oct 8, 2016 1:52 PM

Tanner Roark will start Game 2 for the Nationals in their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Saturday.

For the right-handed Roark (16-10, 2.83 ERA), the assignment announced Friday represents the latest sign of an impressive return to starting in 2016 after being relegated to the bullpen last season.


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Scherzer: 'I'm Accountable' For Game 1 Loss

Oct 8, 2016 2:13 AM

Max Scherzer believes the Nationals were one hanging curveball away from beating the Dodgers in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.

Scherzer hung a curveball to Justin Turner that became a two-run home run and gave up a home run to Corey Seager as the Nationals lost to the Dodgers 4-3 on Friday night.

Nationals hitters decried the missed opportunities of going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, but Washington's ace took the blame for "mistakes" that proved costly.


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Tanner Roark Will Start Game 2 For Nationals
Stephen Strasburg would have started the second game of the series, but he is out for the NLDS after hurting his pitching elbow late in the regular season.

Associated Press

Dodgers To Start Andrew Toles In Left Field For Game 1
The Dodgers will start rookie Andrew Toles in left field against the Nationals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday evening.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Nationals Rule Out Stephen Strasburg For NLDS
Nationals manager Dusty Baker says Stephen Strasburg may miss the team's entire postseason run.


Nationals Hopeful Daniel Murphy Will Contribute In Postseason
Daniel Murphy hasn't played in the field or run the bases since suffering a strained buttocks on Sept. 17.


Wilson Ramos Done For Season With Torn ACL
It is the same leg that Wilson Ramos injured in May 2012, when he tore his ACL and MCL.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Wilson Ramos Hurts Knee; Nationals Aren't Optimistic
Wilson Ramos hurt his right knee on Monday night and the Nationals aren't optimistic about his availability over the short-term.


Bryce Harper Leaves With Injury, Benches Clear Between Pirates-Nats
Jung Ho Kang tried to deke Bryce Harper, pretending he had the ball and leading to an awkward slide by Harper.

Associated Press

Nationals Have Initiated Extension Talks With Wilson Ramos
The Nationals have reportedly offered Wilson Ramos a deal of at least $30 million over three years.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Nationals Meet With Bryce Harper To Discuss Reported Injury
The Nationals have reportedly met with Bryce Harper to determine whether he's dealing with an injury the club wasn't told about.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Daniel Murphy Not Responding To Treament On Leg
Daniel Murphy missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday as he isn't responding to treatment on his injured leg.


Nationals Deny Bryce Harper Is Playing Through Shoulder Injury
For the second time this season, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Bryce Harper is playing through a right shoulder injury.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Nationals To Activate Joe Ross
Joe Ross has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation since July 2.


Stephen Strasburg Uncertain About Postseason Status
The 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.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

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