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Lombardozzi thrilled to get AFL invite

Harrisburg Senators second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi has picked up where he left off with Potomac, hitting above .300 in 19 games so far at the Double-A level. This week, the talented young infielder got word he has been selected by the franchise to participate in the prestigious Arizona Fall League representing the Nationals. “I found out a couple of days ago. I was really pumped,”

Kennedy helps Desmond excel in #2 spot

Second baseman Adam Kennedy has played well in the last month in a variety of responsibilities. He has been a defensive stopper at second, a rally starter leading off the ballgame, the clutch hitter with a big run-scoring double and maybe, more importantly, a teacher and mentor to young shortstop Ian Desmond. Kennedy said he told Desmond he is in a good position with this

Riggleman: Morgan’s play at plate “totally inexcusable”

Manager Jim Riggleman took outfielder Nyjer Morgan out of Sunday’s lineup against the Cardinals for going after catcher Bryan Anderson at home plate during Saturday’s 14-5 romp over St. Louis. Riggleman said it was manager’s decision to keep Morgan out of the lineup today and felt that Morgan’s anger got the best of him last night. He said Morgan was upset all day Saturday because

Detwiler headed to Syracuse

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler is headed back to Syracuse for a rehab start. Detwiler had a solid outing yesterday in Frederick for the Potomac Nationals in their 6-4 victory, going three innings, allowing two hits, one run on the solo shot and four strikeouts. Detwiler likely will start on Thursday as the Chiefs host Rochester. He said his hip “feels good, a lot better than

Detwiler “looked very good” in second rehab start for Potomac

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler had a solid rehab start for Potomac Saturday, which came back to beat Frederick with three runs in the ninth inning, 6-4 at Harry Grove Stadium. Detwiler yielded two hits, one a solo shot by Ronnie Welty, but struck out four batters over the three frames. The P-Nats now have a game and half lead in the Northern Division with 10

Moore surpasses home run record

With his 29th blast this season, Potomac Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore broke the franchise record for homers in a season, set by Hensley Meulens and Nate Dishington, in an 11-4 rout at Frederick Friday from Harry Grove Stadium. With the victory, the P-Nats maintain a hold on first place in the Carolina League’s Northern division. Moore now has 104 RBI, which is nine shy

Desmond fighting to stay at top of lineup

Shortstop Ian Desmond hit second in the lineup again for the Nationals Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, a spot that he has relished since his first days in D.C. Desmond went 3-for-5 with a double, a bunt single and a run scored. He recorded all three outs on defense in the eighth and started a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Albert Pujols

Menhart talks to his experience with Tommy John Surgery

When he first found out he was in disbelief. He thought his career might be over. He broke down and cried. Just the unknown of it all. Tommy John surgery. This was December of 1993. He was back and ready to pitch in August of 1994, but the strike ended that opportunity. By April of 1995 he had made the Toronto Blue Jays out of

Callis says Strasburg could come back stronger

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery in the next week and a timetable will be set for his rehab and eventual return to the mound at Nats Park. Unfortunately, this injury is more common than not with major league baseball pitchers of today. Jim Callis, executive editor for Baseball America, says while it is a disappointment that Strasburg got hurt, he could

Bernadina ready for the call in the outfield

When Roger Bernadina first smacked the Ryan Franklin offering, it looked like a sure line drive double off the wall. But this shot was hit with such force it cleared the right field wall and saved the Nationals from defeat. Bernadina’s ninth career homer was a two-run gem that Nats fans will remember for a long time. The laser to right lifted the Nats out

For Bryce, father knows best

The Nationals No. 1 overall selection Bryce Harper was introduced for the first time at Nats Park to the media, 10 days after he agreed to a nearly 10 million dollar deal to sign with the Nats. Flanked by his family, Harper talked about his dreams of becoming a Major Leaguer. After hitting 12 homers during early batting practice, Harper was asked where he learned

Riggleman says Dunn adamant, doesn’t need a day off

The Nationals have lost four straight and seven of their last nine games. During most of this streak, first baseman Adam Dunn has had a cold spell at the plate. Since hitting two homers against the Dodgers August 6, Dunn has gone 7-for-58 (.121), including 0-4 Wednesday with three strikeouts. His last at bat was the most promising, however, when he cranked a deep shot

Detwiler set for rehab start Saturday for Potomac

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler threw a bullpen session at Nats Park Wednesday to positive results as he recovers from a sore hip. The Potomac Nationals report Detwiler will have a rehab start Saturday at Frederick. He expects to pitch three innings. Detwiler threw 30 to 35 pitches and said, “the bullpen was good. I worked on a few mechanical things that we think led to

Marquis ready to repeat good start

Nationals right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis (0-6, 11.39) takes the hill tonight as the Nats look to salvage their final game of the season against the Chicago Cubs and right-hander Ryan Dempster (11-8, 3.56) at Nats Park. Marquis says his start against Philadelphia felt more like he wanted for the past month. “Day by day and game by game I am starting to feel a lot

Nats rally a hopeful signal that offense will ignite

The Cubs edged the Nationals 5-4 Tuesday at Nats Park, but not before some final inning dramatics got the home team back in the game and hopefully signaled a turn for the better for a struggling offense. Down 5-1 and with two outs, Adam Kennedy laced a three-run double off of closer Carlos Marmol and Ryan Zimmerman battled through a long at bat before flying

Detwiler back in D.C. to continue rehab on hip

Nationals left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler has arrived back in D.C. after spending five days in Viera, Florida, at the team’s training facility as he continues to rehab from his hip injury. Detwiler was on a throwing program every day while in Florida. He got into one game situation and threw against both left-handed and right-handed hitters when the team was on the road. He threw

Lannan: “Everything is falling into place”

The Nationals hand the ball to Opening Day starter John Lannan tonight against the Chicago Cubs. Lannan has battled back from a strained flexor tendon himself and is enjoying the best streak of his career, having won his last three starts without allowing more than two runs in each of those games. “I am just rolling with it right now,” Lannan said. “I am feeling

Nothing pretty in this loss

This was definitely a rough Monday for the Nats. Fresh off a 2-4 road trip against the best in the East, the Nats returned home to find out Stephen Strasburg will have to be placed on the disabled list again and then the Cubs crushed the Nats 9-1. Nats have scored two or less runs in eight of their last 13 games and have only

Zimmermann to start Thursday for Nats

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will be called up from Syracuse in time to start Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Zimmermann will take Stephen Strasburg’s place in rotation when Strasburg is placed on the disabled list. It will be Zimmermann’s first start for the Nats in over a year after recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Zimmermann made 16 starts last season

Lannan dealt with similar injury as Strasburg

Nationals left-handed pitcher John Lannan suffered a strained flexor tendon in his pitching arm earlier this year, which completely affected his pitching and played a major role in his demotion to Harrisburg. General manager Mike Rizzo announced Monday that Stephen Strasburg will go on the disabled list due to a strained flexor tendon in his right arm, an injury that is similar to what Lannan

Moore Player of the Week honors

You can hear the cow bells from here. The pride of the Bulldogs continues to crush the ball in Woodbridge. Potomac Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore is rewriting record books at Pfitzner and the league takes notice...again. For the fourth time this season, the Mississippi State product has won the Player of the Week Award in the Carolina League. That’s four times in the last

Hernandez looks to go above .500 vs. Cubs

Manager Lou Piniella decided to make Sunday’s game against the Braves his last in order to spend more time with his ailing mother in Tampa. It was a very emotional moment for the team and the city, especially after trading a team leader like Derrek Lee to Atlanta earlier in the week. The Cubs look vastly different from the last time these two teams tangled,

Lots of positives to take from Maya debut

Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya had an up and down start in his Potomac Nationals debut Sunday at Pfitzner stadium. Maya sailed through the first three innings but then got into some trouble in the fourth inning, when the first six batters reached base. Winston-Salem scored five in that frame and went on to win the game, 9-8. Maya threw a lot of off-speed pitches and

P-Nats’ Moore keeping it simple, posting career year

Potomac Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore continues to have a career year with 28 homers and 102 RBI, guiding the P-Nats to challenge for the Northern Division title in the second half of the season. The franchise record for RBI is 113 by Troy Farnsworth in 2000. Moore has 16 games remaining to break that record. It is hard to believe this is the same

Strasburg makes a statement

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has made a statement with his pitching. He also made a statement about Bryce Harper before the signing deadline last week that really defines where this team is at right now, how they feel about themselves, and what they expect people outside the organization to think about the Nats: “If he wants to play here, then he is going to play

Lombardozzi off to outstanding start at Double-A

Harrisburg Senators second baseman Steve Lombardozzi is off to an outstanding start following his promotion to Double-A last week. Lombardozzi is hitting .346 with two doubles in his first seven games for Harrisburg, after hitting .293 with 71 runs and 38 RBI for Potomac. His manager at Potomac, Gary Cathcart, says Lombardozzi is pretty special. “He is probably as focused a minor league player that

Mock battles in first start for Harrisburg

Nationals right-hander Garrett Mock battled Erie through five innings, scattering six hits, allowing four runs, two walks and no strikeouts in his first rehab start at Double-A since neck surgery in late April. Mock took the loss as Erie won the game 5-3. Mock had done very well at Single-A with Potomac and Hagerstown, compiling an 0-1 record with a 3.27 ERA, 12 strikeouts and

Milone and Marrero shine in Harrisburg rout

Senators left-hander Tom Milone struck out 13 batters and first baseman Chris Marrero contributed 4 RBI as Harrisburg crushed Erie 10-1 Wednesday night. Milone went 6 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits, allowing one run and no walks to go with the season-high 13 strikeouts. Milone has struck 32 batters in his last 3 games (20 innings). He has not issued a free pass in four

Chico returns to form with six shutout innings for Syracuse

Nationals left-hander Matt Chico had one of his best outings for Syracuse Wednesday, hurling six shutout innings. The Chiefs were unable to finish off Louisville and lost 5-3, but Chico was very pleased with how he pitched. Chico scattered six hits, allowed no runs, no walks and struck out five after allowing at least three runs in four of his last five starts. Chico said

Moore hits 25th homer of the season for Potomac

Potomac first baseman Tyler Moore hit his 25th home run of the season, a grand slam, Wednesday in the Nationals 9-1 win at Kinston. Moore now has 94 RBI on the season. The Brandon, Mississippi native finished 2-for-3 with 1 HR, 5 RBI and a run scored. He has hit 18 home runs since early July. Coming into this season, Moore had hit 15 homers

Detwiler update

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler continues to make steady progress as he recovers from a hip strain that placed him on the disabled list. Detwiler has been working with a physical therapist and will fly to Florida tomorrow to spend a week in Viera and pitch simulated games. He says the hip feels “pretty good” and says it is getting a little better everyday. Detwiler’s last

Burgess has big debut in H’Burg

A spectacular debut for outfielder Michael Burgess with Double-A Harrisburg Tuesday night. Burgess smacked a pair of solo homers in his first game for the Senators. Erie came back and won the game 4-3 in 10. Burgess connected in the fifth and seventh innings against Erie right-handed starter Anthony Shawler, who has allowed five home runs in his last three appearances. Burgess ended up going

Callis on when Harper will play at Nats Park

It’s already been debated as to whether a 17-year old baseball player is worth $10 million dollars. The Nationals, with the signing of Bryce Harper last night, certainly think so. Jim Callis, the executive editor of Baseball America, said he knew the Nats would be able to get the job done. “I never doubted the Nationals would sign Harper. I figured he would break Mark

Chambers: Harper is good enough to be in majors in 24 months

With the Nationals signing their No. 1 overall selection Bryce Harper, his college coach, Tim Chambers, said the Nats are getting the “greatest amateur baseball player of all time”. Jim Callis of Baseball America called him the best hitting prospect he had ever seen at the amateur level. A source with knowledge of the situation says Harper is expected to first play in the instructional

Source: Bryce Harper deal for $10 million

Bryce Harper is the newest member of the Nationals’ organization. A source with knowledge of the situation told MASNSports.com that the deal between the No. 1 overall draft pick and the Nationals was for $10 million dollars. The Nationals confirmed the signing early Tuesday morning. Harper signed a major-league deal. Harper did not attend the College of Southern Nevada’s first baseball practice of the summer

Zimmermann: “everything is good” for Syracuse again

Nationals right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann had another successful outing for Syracuse at Indianapolis as he prepares to return to the big club, which could be as early as August 25. Zimmermann threw 73 pitches (43 strikes) over five innings, scattering six hits, allowing one run, one walk and striking out three. He is 0-0 with a 0.75 ERA in three starts for Syracuse, a span

Burgess promoted to Harrisburg; eligible for AFL roster

The Washington Nationals have promoted outfielder Michael Burgess from Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. The Tampa, FL native hit .262 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI in 101 games this year for Potomac. Burgess crushed 37 homers and drove in 160 in parts of three seasons for the P-Nats. He was the 49th overall selection in the 2007 draft and was voted “Best Outfield Arm”

Morgan DH’s for Potomac, continues rehab

Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan went 0-for-3 in a rehab assignment as the designated hitter today for Potomac. Morgan will go seven innings for Hagerstown tomorrow, then nine innings for Harrisburg Tuesday before flying to Atlanta to rejoin the team Wednesday. Morgan has been recovering from a hip injury and is eligible to come off the disabled list August 19, which would be the last game

Morgan rehab today in Potomac; Roark wins

Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan will play for the Potomac Nationals today in a rehab start. Morgan is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right hip. In 103 games with the Nationals in 2010, Morgan has hit .261 with 20 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Will Flemming with the P-Nats reports Morgan is expected to play five innings in center field. Harrisburg Senators starter

Strasburg ready for the Snakes

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg prepares for his 11th big league start today at Nats Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks after a rough outing on Tuesday that saw the right-hander allow a career-high six runs in a career-low 4 1/3 innings versus the Marlins. Pitching coach Steve McCatty says Strasburg (5-3, 3.07) has made some adjustments this week as he gets ready to tangle with the

Mock with 7 K in rehab start for Potomac

Nationals right-handed pitcher Garrett Mock was solid in a rehab start Saturday night in Potomac against Myrtle Beach, going four innings, scattering four hits, allowing one run with no walks and season-high seven strikeouts. Mock was throwing every pitch for strikes and even tried his sinker for the first time this season. Mock says he got “very good late movement on it. I was encouraged.”

Detwiler will return to Florida next week

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler will go back to Florida on Wednesday or Thursday to continue to rehab his sore right hip. Detwiler says the hip “feels pretty good, a little better every day.” He will continue to work with the physical therapist next week in D.C. before heading back to Florida. Detwiler says he will throw simulated games at the Viera facility for about one

Stammen adjusting to new role

It is what relievers are supposed to do. But Craig Stammen has only been a reliever for one week. The Nationals right-hander arrived in the fifth inning Saturday night after Jason Marquis struggled in getting guys out. The bases were loaded and there were no outs. The Diamondbacks third hitter, Justin Upton, was at the plate and the Snakes led 4-2. Stammen managed to induce

Maya did “wonderful” in pro debut

Nationals pitcher Yuneski Maya threw three innings and 30 pitches in a game Friday and did “wonderful considering he hasn’t pitched competitively in quite some time,” according to Williams. Maya allowed no hits, no runs, no walks and struck out one. “He commanded the ball well and his breaking stuff was good. Maya has good mound presence and the pitches he threw went where he

Desmond loves being #2

A few weeks ago in Cincinnati I asked Ian Desmond if he preferred hitting in the 2 slot and he said he absolutely loved it. He always felt like he was more a part of the action in the 2 hole, and saw better pitches. At that time, he had had only 34 at bats in the 2 slot, but the numbers were much better

Getting to 50 at a quicker pace

The Nationals needed this one. After five difficult losses, John Lannan and Sean Burnett rode some early offense to a 4-2 victory over Arizona. With the Braves and Phillies waiting on the road, this was exactly what the Nats needed to separate themselves from years past. Friday’s win was the 50th of the season for the Nats and now the team is just nine wins

Harris battling “mental grind” as Nats’ skid continues

The Marlins completed the three game sweep with a 5-0 win on Thursday, outscoring the Nats 22-7. The outfielders did their best to get on base against a very difficult Ricky Nolasco (13-8). Roger Bernadina led off the game with a double. Left fielder Willie Harris earned a walk against Nolasco and got a base hit in the seventh off of Jose Veras. Michael Morse

Lannan looking to continue recent good feeling

Nationals left-hander John Lannan will make his 17th start Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has a 2-1 record with an 0.47 ERA in three career games versus the Snakes. He is also coming off a quality start at Los Angeles, where he went six innings, allowing only two earned runs on five hits, two walks, two strikeouts and a homer. It was his

Harper is “begging to play”

With less than a week remaining until the August 16 deadline, Tim Chambers, Bryce Harper’s college coach, remains confident that Harper will sign with the Washington Nationals before midnight Monday and said it would be “silly” if both sides don’t figure it out in time. “In my opinion, Bryce is the greatest amateur player ever to play baseball, and I am talking Mickey Mantle and

Sanchez continues hot hitting in Hagerstown

Another future star in the Nationals organization is tearing it up in his first week at Hagerstown. It is shortstop Adrian Sanchez. The Maracaibo, Venezuela product turns 20 years old on Monday, and is hitting a ridiculous .448 with 13 hits in seven games for the Suns, with one homer and 7 RBI. He has had multi-hit outings in six of the last seven games

Olsen done with Arizona, ready for Fish

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen does not want to talk about the loss to Arizona last week in which he allowed a three-run homer to Mark Reynolds. Olsen says that is in the past and it is time to focus on Florida. After he called the outing “terrible (and) awful”, you can understand why he wants to just move on. He has had seven days to

Uggla and Ramirez find way to solve Strasburg

Okay, so he is human. The Marlins scored six runs on Stephen Strasburg in Tuesday’s 8-2 win at Nats Park, doubling the most earned runs Strasburg had allowed in nine previous major league starts. Second baseman Dan Uggla got on Strasburg early with a two-run blast in the first inning and then a two-run double in the third. Uggla said Strasburg wasn’t in the same

Maya to pitch Friday in GCL game

Nats pitcher Yunesky Maya is scheduled to pitch two to three innings Friday for the GCL Nationals, according to pitching coordinator Spin Williams. Maya, who pitched for Cuba in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics, threw 30 pitches in two innings earlier and Williams says Maya “has done everything pretty good. His velocity is 88 to 90 MPH and he has two breaking balls

Wang will pitch sideline session Friday

Nationals pitcher Chien Ming-Wang is making slow progress in his rehabilitation from major shoulder surgery, but there are encouraging signs. Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams told me Wang will throw a sideline session in Viera, FL on Friday. “It was major shoulder surgery, similar to the Drew Brees injury, and we are still a long way away. But I am encouraged with the progression I

Mock remains optimistic despite loss in second rehab start

Nationals pitcher Garrett Mock had a rough second rehab start Monday night in Woodbridge, taking the loss in Game Two of the doubleheader with Lynchburg, 5-2. Mock allowed three runs on eight hits in four innings, hit two batters, did not issue a walk and struck out two. He threw 52 pitches, 37 for strikes. “It went okay,” Mock said. “I was up in the

Strasburg back for big series against the Fish

It’s a big game tonight for the Nationals and their young star Stephen Strasburg as he is scheduled to make his first start since July 27 when he was scratched prior to a game against the Atlanta Braves. If he is able to return from the shoulder inflammation, it will be Strasburg’s first game since July 21 at Cincinnati. Strasburg has a 5-2 record with

Mock starts tonight in Woodbridge as P-Nats come home in 1st place

Right-hander Garrett Mock makes his second rehab start tonight for the Potomac Nationals in their regularly scheduled 7:03 p.m. game at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge. This will be his second start since neck surgery in late April. Mock says he expects to go four innings tonight with a maximum of 65 pitches. Last week, Garret was solid in three innings for Hagerstown against Lexington, allowing

Career type year out of Hernandez a boon to Nats

The best free agent pitching addition for 2010 occurred late in 2009. Pitcher Livan Hernandez was signed to a minor league contract on August 26, 2009 after the New York Mets gave up on him. Hernandez went 2-4 last year in eight starts with the Nats. In the offseason, the Nats resigned him February 24. Since Opening Day - and apologies to a certain phenom

What its like to get the call to Triple-A

Shortstop Danny Espinosa was told Thursday he would have the day off after smacking a career-high three homers for Harrisburg, his manager Randy Knorr told him alongside hitting coach Troy Gingrich. As he was leaving the office, Gingrich also told Espinosa in ‘“oh, by the way”-fashion, that he had been promoted to Triple-A Syracuse. “I was very excited. It was definitely one of my goals

Milone strikes out career-high 12 batters

Harrisburg Senators left-hander Tom Milone enjoyed a career night this week with 12 strikeouts in a victory at Binghamton. Milone went 6 and a 1/3rd innings, scattering seven hits, with no walks and the 12 whiffs. He allowed a single run on a solo homer. Milone has put together a solid season for the Sens, going 8-5 this season with a 2.97 ERA. The Southern

Espinosa reflects on 3 HR night

Harrisburg Senators’ shortstop Danny Espinosa, a rising star in the Nats organization, enjoyed a career night Wednesday with three home runs in the Sens 5-3 win at Binghamton, continuing a resurgence that began in June. Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a career high 3 homers, 3 runs and 4 RBI. He is hitting .286 with 4 HR and 13 RBI the last 10 games, raising his

Mock pleased with first outing in Hagerstown

Nationals pitcher Garrett Mock had a solid return to hill Wednesday in Hagerstown, his first game since neck surgery in April. Mock tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and three strikeouts on 34 pitches. Mock then finished the evening with 15 pitches in the bullpen. The Suns shut out the Lexington Legends 2-0 at Municipal Stadium. “It went well. I kept the

Mock ready to get back in the game

Nationals pitcher Garrett Mock makes his first rehab start tonight for the Hagerstown Suns in his first game back since neck surgery in late April. Mock was feeling numbness in his pitching hand in early April and had trouble gripping the ball in his only start at a cold and windy Citi Field against the NY Mets. He lasted only 3 1/3 innings, allowing 2

Lombardozzi making push for Double-A

Potomac Nationals infielder Stephen Lombardozzi continues to be one of the top hitters in the Carolina League, and that is gaining attention around the organization. Lighting it up at the plate, Lombardozzi is batting .299 in 103 games this season with 66 runs, 28 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 38 RBI. He has hit .341 in his last 10 games. At a recent game in

Zimmermann ready for next challenge with Syracuse

Right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has made his way back to the Syracuse Chiefs as he gets ever closer to returning to the Nationals following Tommy John surgery last August. Zimmermann expects to start Thursday or Friday for the Chiefs and work the standard five innings or 80 pitch limit he has been on for the last three starts. “I am pretty excited to be back

Norris ready for another shot at AFL

Potomac Nationals catcher Derek Norris joined us on the set of MASN’s Nats Xtra to talk baseball Sunday and said he welcomes the challenge of recent acquisition Wilson Ramos. “You are going to face competition somewhere along the line at every level,” the 21-year-old said. But he’s not down about the trade as it pertains to his future with the Nats. The Wichita, KS product

Nats gaining ground on once untouchable Phillies

The Nationals stunned the Phillies Saturday night in the bottom of the ninth courtesy a dramatic 3-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman, 7-5. The Nats are now 4-4 against the Phillies this season with 10 games left in the series, after going a miserable 3-15 in 2009. Washington has now won six of their last nine games against teams with above .500 records. The Nats have

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