Report: Nationals and Phillies "making progress" towards Papelbon deal

The talks about the Nationals looking to improve their bullpen heated up this morning as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the team is "making progress" in their pursuit of Phillies' closer Jonathan Papelbon: Sources: #Nationals making progress on acquiring Papelbon from #Phillies. Papelbon has said he will only approve deal if he can close. -- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015 Papelbon has been ... read more

Strasburg to make rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Syracuse

The Nationals are slowly getting injured players back. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is closer to returning to the team as he recovers from a left oblique strain suffered July 4. In that start, he went 3 2/3 innings against the Giants, had allowed only one hit and no runs, before leaving the game. Strasburg will make a rehab start Wednesday night for Triple-A Syracuse against the ... read more

Rivero can fill multiple roles for Nationals out of 'pen

The Nationals have been included in trade rumors for fireballing closers like Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Papelbon and Craig Kimbrel. The team appears to be looking for the bridge to get them from the seventh inning to closer Drew Storen in order to finish off games. One in-house name that might be able to fit the bill is fastball-throwing left-hander Felipe Rivero. Rivero came up big ... read more

Gonzalez sick of watching the Nats lose to Pirates, notches win

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez turned in a gutsy performance Saturday night in the Nationals' 9-3 win over the Pirates. Despite feeling under the weather, Gonzalez finished five innings and allowed only one earned run to get the win (8-4). "I thought Gio pitched well and gave us what he could," said manager Matt Williams to reporters. "He wasn't feeling great today, either. He was a little ... read more

Top Nationals pitching prospect Giolito promoted to Double-A

The Nationals' top prospect, right-hander Lucas Giolito, has been promoted to Double-A Harrisburg according to a release from the high Single-A Potomac Nationals. The 21-year-old, a 2012 first-round selection, has gone 2-3 with a 2.06 ERA in his last 10 starts. On July 6 versus Wilmington, he went six innings, allowed three hits, no runs, one walk and struck out 10. In five of those ... read more

Sammy Solis breaks down his matchups in 7-5 loss to Pirates

Left-hander Sammy Solis entered Friday night's game versus the Pirates in a good situation. The Nationals had just tied the game at 5-5 on a dramatic home run by the hot-hitting Ian Desmond. After trailing 2-0 and 5-4, the Nationals had tied the game again. Max Scherzer was done, finishing five innings. Now it was time for the bullpen to take over and hold back ... read more

If Aroldis Chapman is acquired, who pitches eighth inning?

The Nationals bullpen has been knocked around a couple of times in the last week. Fortifying this concern is the ongoing issue of not having a fireballer eighth inning setup man following the departure of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics last season. Casey Janssen is a veteran reliever that certainly works fast, but is more of a finesse pitcher. He has done a good job ... read more

10 in 10: Scherzer signs on to Cards for a Cause fundraiser for youth academy

From the time they arrived from Montreal before the 2005 season, the Nationals have been a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., sports scene. But the Nats are also very active in the community, working diligently over the past decade to touch the lives of many in the region and proving that baseball has a further reach than wins and losses, balls and strikes, batters ... read more