Player News - Nationals

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Facing his former team for the first time since the July's trade, Mark Melancon blew a save Friday against the Pirates.

It was his first blown save with the Nationals and of course it came against his former team. Melancon gave up the tying run on a double from Sean Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He bounced back with a scoreless 10th inning, but the Pirates eventually won the game in the 11th.
Sep 24 - 12:34 AM

Gio Gonzalez gave up three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

Gonzalez didn’t have a single clean inning, though he especially labored through the first three innings. The southpaw gave up five hits in all while walking three and striking out five. It has been an up-and-down year for Gonzalez, who owns a 4.51 ERA through 31 starts. He’ll finish the regular season with a start against the Diamondbacks next week.
Sep 24 - 12:31 AM

Wilson Ramos went 2-for-6 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

Ramos has had a quiet September, but he still has a quality .304/.351/.496 batting line to go along with 22 homers and 80 RBI. The 29-year-old has his eyes on the postseason for now, but he’s poised to cash in big on the free agent market this winter.
Sep 24 - 12:30 AM

Sammy Solis (shoulder) threw another bullpen session Friday.

He'll throw another one Sunday before being re-evaluated. Barring a setback, Solis should rejoin the Nationals' bullpen next week.
Sep 23 - 5:18 PM

Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a strained left glute following an MRI.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that the ailment doesn't affect Murphy when he hits, but it's an issue when he runs. The club says there's no timetable for his return, although they've ruled him out through at least the weekend. That means he'll miss, at minimum, seven straight starts.
Sep 23 - 5:09 PM

Daniel Murphy (leg) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

He's now missed five straight starts with a sore left leg. Stephen Drew is handling second base in Murphy's place.
Sep 23 - 3:12 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports Nationals GM Mike Rizzo held a closed-door meeting with Bryce Harper, trainer Paul Lessard, and manager Dusty Baker to discuss Harper's right shoulder.

This impromptu discussion came soon after the second report from SI.com's Tom Verducci, in which Verducci again stated that Harper is playing through serious neck and shoulder discomfort. That story featured many intimate details, including a quote from one source stating that Harper "could barely throw the ball 40 feet" at one point this summer. "Bryce said it didn’t come from him," Baker told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no." Whatever the case, the proof is in the pudding that Harper isn't anywhere close to 100 percent. The reigning National League MVP is batting just .172 in September and .223 since the beginning of July.
Sep 22 - 9:36 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals have initiated extension talks with Wilson Ramos.

Heyman says the Nationals' first offer to Ramos "was somewhere in the range of $30 million over three years," which isn't going to come close to getting it done for a 29-year-old impending free agent catcher who's batting .303/.352/.491 with 21 homers and 79 RBI in 128 games this season. It's a light open market this winter, so Ramos figures to cash in big either with Washington or another club. Heyman hears there is currently a "lull in discussions" between Ramos and the Nats following that initial low-ball proposal.
Sep 22 - 9:21 AM

Max Scherzer punched out eight batters over 6 2/3 innings while letting in three runs to earn an 8-3 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

He was spotless through six innings before giving up a pair of home runs in the seventh. He now has 267 strikeouts on the season and leads the majors in that category. His record improves to 18-7 with a magnificent 2.82 ERA. The Cy Young candidate will take the mound for what is likely his final start of the regular season on Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.
Sep 21 - 11:26 PM

Ryan Zimmerman crushed a key three-run homer against the Marlins on Wednesday.

His fourth inning blast off Tom Koehler was the major blow of the game. Zimmerman helping his team win is a rare event these days. He is having a brutal season at the dish as evidenced by his .216 batting average with 15 home runs and 45 RBI. His days as an early-round fantasy draft pick are long gone. After missing large chunks of time to injury the last few years he finally stayed on the field for the bulk of this season but simply wasn't able to produce good stats for his owners.
Sep 21 - 11:17 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Daniel Murphy (leg) is not responding to treatment.

Murphy is missing a fourth straight start Wednesday due to lingering soreness in his left leg, with Stephen Drew filling in at second. Baker is hopeful Murphy will be ready to go Friday after Thursday's scheduled team off day, but it's no sure thing. "He hasn’t been responding to treatment," Baker told reporters. "With a day off tomorrow, we’ll work on it. We’ll work on it and see."
Sep 21 - 7:34 PM

Sammy Solis (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch mound session on Wednesday.

Solis reported no discomfort after the bullpen workout. He is not yet ready to face live hitters, but the hope is that another similar mound test or two will have him up-to-speed for the next phase of his rehab. The lefty reliever has been sidelined by left shoulder inflammation since August 17.
Sep 21 - 6:20 PM

Daniel Murphy (leg) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

Murphy is missing a fourth straight game due to left leg soreness. He remains day-to-day. Stephen Drew will get another start at second base and bat sixth against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler.
Sep 21 - 3:40 PM

Tanner Roark was saddled with a tough-luck loss Tuesday after tossing seven frames of one-run ball against the Marlins.

Roark struck out five while allowing just three hits and three walks, but Giancarlo Stanton got to him with a solo homer and that's all it took with Jose Fernandez dealing for the Fish. Roark has given up only four total runs over his last five starts, lowering his season ERA to 2.70. He'll face the Diamondbacks next time out.
Sep 20 - 9:34 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he expects Daniel Murphy (leg) to return Wednesday.

Murphy is out a third straight game Tuesday night against the Marlins due to left leg soreness, with Stephen Drew filling in at second base, but this is not a serious injury. Washington holds an eight-game lead over the Mets in the National League East with 12 games to play.
Sep 20 - 7:36 PM


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