Washington Nationals Wiretap

Stephen Strasburg Lands On DL With Elbow Soreness

Aug 23, 2016 6:14 AM

The Washington Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list with right elbow soreness.

Strasburg was willing to pitch through the pain, but the Nationals decided to be cautious.

"I told him we hadn't won anything yet and that we had to look at the big picture," Dusty Baker said. "Hopefully he'll be good in September and hopefully in October."

Strasburg, who is 15-3 with a 3.59 ERA, is expected to spend the minimum amount of time on the DL.

"A hundred percent I think I was good enough to go, but the recovery in between was becoming more of a challenge," he said.

"I felt like I was losing range of motion and wasn't able to get that back in between starts, so I'm trying to make it better than it ever was, I guess. Hopefully that'll translate to some good performance down the road."


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Nationals Acquire Sean Burnett From Twins

Aug 19, 2016 4:28 PM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to acquire Sean Burnett from the Minnesota Twins.

Burnett had been pitching for Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate.

Washington is sending cash considerations to the Twins.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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MLB Clears Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman In PED Probe

Aug 19, 2016 4:25 PM

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 sport's drug program.

It was announced Friday that MLB had completed its investigation, which "did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman."

Al-Jazeera reported in a December documentary that Howard and Zimmerman, along with several other professional athletes, allegedly received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

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Nationals Plan To Call Up Koda Glover

Aug 17, 2016 7:47 AM

The Washington 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.

Glover has been with Triple-A Syracuse since he pitched two scoreless innings during a brief Major League stint in July.

He was drafted in the eighth round of the 2015 draft and because he is not on the 25-man roster, the Nationals must make a corresponding move to make room for him.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

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Jon Lester Endorses Cubs Potential Acquisition Of Jonathan Papelbon

Aug 15, 2016 11:52 AM

If the Chicago Cubs sign Jonathan Papelbon, former teammate Jon Lester is on board.

“He is crazy," Lester said of Papelbon, who was his teammate for several seasons with the Boston Red Sox. "But he's no crazier than the rest of us. He just gets a bad rap for what happened in the dugout. Knowing Papelbon, I've always had good things to say about him as a teammate, how he respects the game and how he goes about his business."

The Cubs may have interest in Papelbon after he was released by the Washington Nationals.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor

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Nationals Grant Papelbon's Release

Aug 13, 2016 4:15 PM

Struggling reliever Jonathan Papelbon has requested for and received his release from the Washington Nationals, general manager Mike Rizzo announced Saturday.

The Nationals made a corresponding roster move by recalling Reynaldo Lopez, who is scheduled to start Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.


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Source: Jonathan Papelbon Seeking Release From Nats

Aug 13, 2016 2:13 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has requested his release from the Nationals, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Saturday.

The Nationals are now having internal discussions about the best way to grant Papelbon's wish, the source said.

Washington could release Papelbon as early as Saturday because the team will need to make a corresponding roster move when it recalls Reynaldo Lopez, who is scheduled to start Saturday night's game against the Braves.


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Bryce Harper Misses Fourth Straight Game

Aug 13, 2016 1:45 AM

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper sat out Friday night's 8-5 loss to the Braves with a neck injury, his fourth straight missed appearance.

Manager Dusty Baker said Harper was slated to see a chiropractor Friday, noting that the All-Star's condition has improved but not to a point where he was ready to play.



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Bryce Harper To Miss Third Straight Game With Stiff Neck

Aug 10, 2016 2:57 PM

Bryce Harper wasn't in the starting lineup for the Washington Nationals for Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians, the third-straight game he's missed with a stiff neck.

"It's a spasm, and they've tried to alleviate it and it hasn't worked yet," Dusty Baker said. "So we just do what we have to do. Don't assume that it's worse than what I've told you, because it's not."

Harper left Saturday's game in the sixth inning.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

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Bryce Harper Not In Lineup Due To Neck Stiffness

Aug 7, 2016 2:02 PM

Outfielder Bryce Harper was not in the Nationals starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants.

Harper was removed from Saturday's loss to the Giants with neck stiffness.

After the game Harper said that he has been bothered by a stiff neck for a few days but wasn't sure what caused it.


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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.

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

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.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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.


Six Teams Showing Interest In Trading For Jay Bruce
The Indians, Rangers, Nationals, Orioles, Giants and Dodgers have all shown interest in trading for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Dodgers Hand Stephen Strasburg First Loss Of Season
The Dodgers defeated the Nationals 6-3 on Thursday, handing Stephen Strasburg his first loss of the season.

Associated Press

Nationals Promote Reynaldo Lopez To Face Dodgers
Reynaldo Lopez, 22, is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Nationals organization

Associated Press

Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore
Matt Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

Stephen Strasburg Improves To 13-0 With Win Over Pirates
Nats star Stephen Strasburg improved to 13-0 for the season, and now has won 16 consecutive decisions dating back to last September.


Mike Rizzo Doesn't Believe Nationals Have 'Any Immediate Needs'
Mike Rizzo doesn't believe the Nationals have any serious needs as the trade deadline approaches.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

A's Ryan Madson Drawing Trade Interest
A number of teams, including the Blue Jays, Nationals, and Cubs, are looking for bullpen help.

San Francisco Chronicle

GM Mike Rizzo Calls Umpire Confrontation ' Unfortuate'
Nats GM Mike Rizzo was frustrated with the inconsistency and ambiguity of the rules.


Stephen Strasburg Improves To 12-0 With Win Over Mets
Stephen Strasburg threw seven innings of two-hit ball to help the Nationals beat the Mets 3-1 on Friday night.


Mets Lose Cespedes, Syndergaard To Injuries
Yoenis Cespedes has an stained right quadriceps and Noah Syndergaard is suffering from arm fatigue.


Nationals GM Rizzo, Umpire Joyce Have Postgame Exchange
Nats GM Mike Rizzo and umpire Jim Joyce got into a heated shouting match in the hallway after Thursday night's game.


Nationals Activate Jonathan Papelbon
The Nationals have sent outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.