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Jason Michaels | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (42) / 5/4/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Miami (FL)

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Nationals re-signed OF Jason Michaels to a minor league contract.
Michaels will also serve as a hitting coach for the Nats' minor leaguers. He batted just .202/.265/.288 in 113 plate appearances last season at Triple-A Syracuse. Mon, Mar 4, 2013 12:57:00 PM

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Nationals signed OF Jason Michaels to a minor league contract.

Michaels will open the 2012 regular season with Triple-A Syracuse. He failed to win a spot on the Nationals' Opening Day roster this spring after going 9-for-41 (.220).
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 10:47:00 AM

According to's Bill Ladson, the Nationals are close to re-signing Jason Michaels.

Michaels was released on Tuesday after exercising the opt-out clause in his contract. He would likely start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 02:26:00 PM

The Nationals are hoping to re-sign Jason Michaels.

Michaels was released Thursday after exercising the opt-out clause in his contract, but evidently the Nats haven't shut the door on him returning under a new deal. The veteran batted just .220 (9-for-41) this spring.
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 03:55:00 PM

Nationals released OF Jason Michaels.

Michaels was reassigned to minor league camp earlier Thursday, then used the opt-out clause in his contract. The 35-year-old will try to latch on with another club.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 04:08:00 PM

Nationals reassigned OF Jason Michaels to minor league camp.

Michaels indicated as much to's Bill Ladson, but the move is now official. The 35-year-old outfielder has an opt-out clause in his minor league contract, but is willing to open the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 10:22:00 AM

Jason Michaels told Bill Ladson of that he won't make the Nationals' Opening Day roster.

Michaels, a non-roster invitee, is batting just .220 (9-for-41) with one home run and seven RBI this spring. The 35-year-old outfielder has expressed a willingness to open the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 09:58:00 AM

Nationals signed OF Jason Michaels to a minor league contract.

The deal presumably includes an invite to spring training. Michaels, 35, batted just .199/.256/.295 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 169 plate appearances with the Astros in 2011 and underwent season-ending surgery on his left hand in September. He'll try to win a spot as a reserve outfielder.
Fri, Dec 16, 2011 04:40:00 PM

Jason Michaels (hand) will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hand Wednesday.

Michaels broke his left hand while making a diving catch during Tuesday’s win over the Phillies. The impending free agent batted just .199/.256/.295 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 169 plate appearances this season.
Wed, Sep 14, 2011 10:46:00 AM

Jason Michaels is out for the season after suffering a fracture in a metacarpal bone in his left hand Tuesday.

He'll undergo surgery later this week. The owner of an ugly .199/.256/.295 batting line this season, the 35-year-old Michaels' contract runs out after the year, so his future is uncertain.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 10:22:00 PM

Jason Michaels was removed from Tuesday's game with an injured left ring finger.

Michaels looked like his hand bent awkwardly when he made a catch earlier in the game. He was replaced by J.B. Shuck in right field and has been taken for X-rays.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 08:48:00 PM

Jason Michaels singled in Humberto Quintero in the bottom of the 11th to give the Astros a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday.

It looked like Brad Mills decision not to pinch-run for Quintero might haunt the Astros after Quintero failed to score from second on a groundball single into center with one out in the 11th. The backup catcher was still on the bench, and anyone with close to average speed would have scored on the play. Michaels, though, came through with a game-winning single immediately afterwards. It gave the Astros back-to-back victories for the first time since June 17-18.
Wed, Jul 20, 2011 05:44:00 PM

Jason Michaels doubled in a run and plated two more with a home run in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

Michaels took advantage of a rare start by driving in three of the Astros' seven runs, giving him a total of eight on the year. The 35-year-old outfielder is batting .222 this season in his bench role with the 'Stros.
Thu, Jun 30, 2011 10:51:00 PM

Astros activated OF Jason Michaels (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list.

Michaels was just 2-for-18 before landing on the disabled list in late April. Now 35 years old, he's set to serve as little more than a reserve outfielder and pinch-hitter against lefties.
Fri, May 13, 2011 09:02:00 PM

The Astros will activate Jason Michaels (shoulder) from the disabled list before Friday's game.

Michaels hit .313 in four rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll give the Astros a pinch-hitter and option against left-handed pitching.
Thu, May 12, 2011 02:58:00 PM

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