Valdez, Voth, Perkins and Turner shine in Nats minors Thursday

Wilmer Difo and Phillips Valdez shined in Thursday’s Double-A Harrisburg 5-2 win over Portland. The shortstop Difo went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Valdez (1-1) earned his first Double-A victory, going five innings and allowing one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Georgia Tech right-hander Andew Robinson struck out three in three innings, allowing one run on one ... read more

Solis can close, start or specialize, plus minors notes (updated)

Left-hander Sammy Solis can be a viable option as interim closer for the Nationals. Left-hander Sammy Solis can be a spot starter. Both of these proclamations hold true. Solis has swing-and-miss stuff in the mid-90s that can be a weapon in the ninth inning. Solis also began his career as a starter. He logged 38 starts over 64 appearances while in the minor leagues. He ... read more

Harper and Zimmerman look to get going at the plate

Nobody ever really looks good against Clayton Kershaw. Both Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman struggled to get going against the three-time Cy Young Award winner in Monday’s series opener between the Nationals and the Dodgers. Harper went 1-for-4 but had three strikeouts against Kershaw. Mark Zuckerman got Harper’s impressions of facing the Dodgers ace here. Zimmerman went 0-for-4 with one strikeout in the 4-1 loss. ... read more

Quick rise continues for reliever Koda Glover, who jumps to Triple-A Syracuse

Right-hander Koda Glover made his second jump of the season today when the Nationals announced his promotion from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. How quickly has he moved up? Consider Glover was selected by the Nationals in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He was picked in the eighth round out of Oklahoma State. The Nationals signed Glover on June 15, 2015 and he was assigned ... read more

Lopez matches career-high 13 strikeouts as Harrisburg drops Reading

Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez splashed on the scene last season in the Nationals minor league system before a minor back injury slowed his final month. He made his last appearance August 18 before being shut down. This season, fully healthy, the Nationals’ No. 5 pitching prospect is on a roll. On Sunday, the Double-A Harrisburg starter struck out 13 batters for the second time in three ... read more

Does Joe Ross need to employ the changeup with more frequency?

Right-hander Joe Ross continued to pitch to his strengths as the Nationals dropped the Padres 7-5 Friday night at Petco Park. Ross completed six innings, and allowed three runs on six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. Between the end of the second and the beginning of the fourth inning, he set down eight straight batters. He finished with 95 pitches, 68 for strikes. ... read more

Kelley made it easy to close the committee at the closer spot

Manager Dusty Baker appears to be going with the closer-by-committee approach as the team waits for the return of closer Jonathan Papelbon. In last night’s late game against the Padres, Tanner Roark gave Baker six innings, allowing four runs. Blake Treinen arrived in the seventh and was able to get out of the frame. Treinen pitched around a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. ... read more

Notes on the bullpen, the bench, Baker and Werth

On Tuesday in a tie ball game, Nationals manager Dusty Baker went with left-hander Sammy Solis for the final two innings. Solis allowed an Albert Almora Jr., RBI double in the ninth to lead the Cubs past the Nationals 4-3. Then in the finale Wednesday, the Nats held a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth. Kris Bryant led off with a double ... read more