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Report: Rendon promoted to Triple-A Syracuse (with Garcia update)

At Double-A Harrisburg, Anthony Rendon returned to the lineup after missing eight days while recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed. He went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts as the designated hitter. But the bigger news came after the game, where Geoff Morrow and Dave Sottile of PennLive.com wrote Rendon had been promoted to Triple-A Syracuse. Rendon was batting .319 in 33 games with

Werth plays seven innings in Potomac, goes 2-for-4

Right fielder Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and two runs scored in the high Single-A Potomac Nationals 10-1 thumping of the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday night. Werth played seven innings. It was the longest Werth had played in his third straight rehab assignment with the P-Nats as he tested his tender hamstring. Werth has gone 6-for-11 in four rehab games since

Werth plays into sixth with Single-A Potomac as rehab for sore hamstring continues

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth got a bigger test on his sore hamstring and appears to have passed. Playing for the high Single-A Potomac Nationals for the second straight night, Werth went 2-for-3 with two singles, one RBI and one run scored in a 7-3 win over the Salem Red Sox. Werth had to make a pair of catches on flyballs in right field and

Haren optimistic Nationals can still get going after hard-luck loss

BALTIMORE - Freddy Garcia outdueled Dan Haren on Thursday night, but not by much. Garcia used his split-finger fastball “60 percent of the time,” shortstop Ian Desmond estimated, and the pitcher was on target in beating the Nationals 2-0. But Haren (4-6) hung in there against one of the hottest-hitting offenses in the majors, allowing just two runs and taking the hard-luck loss. “(Baltimore has)

Johnson: “I feel like the offense is making strides”

It is a small sample size for the Nationals hitters, and some of the Orioles starters have been struggling a bit, but 15 runs, 21 hits and eight home runs in two games is impressive. The Nationals offense has been desperate to get going all season. With four homers in each of the last two games, including three in one game by Ryan Zimmerman, it

Zimmerman was just trying to “hit the ball hard” in three-homer game

BALTIMORE - On most nights, three homers in one game by a single player would be something to talk about, especially if you have never accomplished such a feat in your career. But Wednesday, the Orioles scored seven unanswered runs, capped off by a two-run homer from Chris Davis in a 9-6 comeback win over the Nationals. Earlier, it was Ryan Zimmerman who had staked

Johnson always has fond memories in his visits to Baltimore

BALTIMORE - With manager Davey Johnson making his final run through major league ballparks in his final season at the helm of the Nationals, Baltimore is certainly a place that holds a special place in his heart. Johnson broke into the majors with the Orioles and was also their manager, with a great deal of success at each stop. Johnson played for the Orioles from

Karns wouldn’t let rain delay deter his focus in debut

The best news of Nathan Karns’ young career got even better following his major league debut. After tossing 4 1/3 innings in which he scattered five hits and allowed the hot-hitting Orioles attack only three runs, Karns found out he will get another start for the Nationals on Sunday in Atlanta. “I got the first one out of the way,” Karns said. “I am just

Johnson on Karns: “He needs to go right after them”

Right-hander Nathan Karns will make his major league debut tonight with the Nationals, starting against the Baltimore Orioles. Karns has a 4-2 record in nine starts this season for Double-A Harrisburg, with an ERA of 4.60. Karns had a couple of games where he was hit pretty hard. His troubles stemmed from a mechanical issue that has since been worked out. My sources in Harrisburg

Good progress in second start for Solis

High Single-A Potomac Nationals left-hander Sammy Solis made a nice step forward in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Building off his start at Frederick, Solis went four innings Monday night against Salem, allowing no hits, no runs and three walks while striking out four. He struck out the side in the third. If his week goes well, including bullpen sessions, Solis

Zimmerman and Suzuki on arrival of Nathan Karns

The Nationals were desperate to get something out of the fifth starter slot this week following the news left-hander Ross Detwiler has been placed on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. The franchise has decided to reach into their system and select Baseball America’s No. 5 Nationals prospect to get a shot in the bigs. Manager Davey Johnson revealed after Monday’s game that

Lombardozzi and Moore heating up

Bench depth was critical to the Nationals’ success last season. This season, the bench got off to a slow start, in part because reserves were not getting enough starts, instead having to settle of occasional pinch-hit appearances or Sunday substitutes. But with injuries to Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa and Bryce Harper, the bench spotlight is turned back on. Manager Davey Johnson said the bench will

Purke to make season debut Wednesday for Hagerstown

Left-hander Matt Purke will make his season debut for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns at Asheville on Wednesday night, according to Nationals director of player development Doug Harris. This is good news for the former Texas Christian star, who has not pitched in a professional game since early 2012. Purke, ranked by Baseball America as the Nationals’ No. 9 prospect, has been recovering from offseason

Potomac’s Michael Taylor making strides with focused approach at plate

Outfielder Michael Taylor crushed a batting practice home run in Frederick that hit high off of the left field video scoreboard. That was the start of something for Taylor. In that game, Taylor went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. He has had four straight games of at least two hits. When I spoke to high Single-A Potomac Nationals hitting coach

Haren strike outs out 10, but two homers are what he remembers against Phillies

As a starting pitcher, when you have a season-high strikeout total and allow just four hits, you have a good chance of winning a game. Unfortunately for the Nationals, Saturday night was not one of those games. Nationals starter Dan Haren struck out 10 batters, but two of the four hits he allowed were back-to-back-homers in the second inning that set the tone for the

Purke and Giolito updates from Florida

With the return of Sammy Solis last Tuesday, focus continues on another pair of talented prospects rehabbing in Florida: left-hander Matt Purke and right-hander Lucas Giolito. Purke, a third round selection in 2011, is closer to returning from left shoulder surgery. Doug Harris, the Nationals’ director of player development, watched Purke throw last week in Florida at the extended spring training facility. “(Purke) is a

Kobernus excited to use his speed and bat to impact Nats

With an injury to Danny Espinosa and the bench depleted, the Nationals selected the contract of second baseman Jeff Kobernus from Triple-A Syracuse Saturday, and he arrived in D.C. to see his locker adorned with home white jersey No. 26. It had been a pretty exciting 24 hours already for Kobernus, especially the moment where he got to share the news with his parents, Jeff

Zimmermann stuck his neck out for another Nats win

Jordan Zimmermann wanted to keep it quiet. On the day he was supposed to pitch, the right-hander woke up in some pain. His neck wasn’t feeling so good, but he didn’t want to make a big deal about it with a big game against the Phillies just hours away. Manager Davey Johnson knew something was up when he saw Zimmermann in the clubhouse. “Zimm woke

Harrisburg notes: Rendon out with dental procedure; Souza returns from DL

Right fielder Steven Souza Jr., returned to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators lineup Friday. It will be his first game since April 13. He has been recovering from a shoulder injury. Souza was batting an impressive .370 in his first nine games, with two doubles, two homers and four RBIs. He has a 1.194 OPS and a .528 on-base percentage. Third baseman Anthony Rendon was out

Updates on Detwiler, Werth, Ramos and Mattheus

Manager Davey Johnson said he will make a decision on the status of left-hander Ross Detwiler for Tuesday’s start depending on how his bullpen session goes on Saturday. Johnson said Detwiler, who missed his last start with a slight oblique strain, was a little tight but was all right following his most recent throwing session. “I think the big time is how he does in

Selik, Fischer make season debuts for Potomac

It wasn’t only Sammy Solis who was making his season debut Tuesday for high Single-A Potomac. Right-handers Cameron Selik and David Fischer also pitched for the P-Nats for the first time in 2013. Selik had a good amount of experience with the P-Nats and has been out since a lat injury slowed his play. Selik had 40 games of experience with the P-Nats over the

Harrisburg places Bill Bray on disabled list with “shoulder issues”

The Nationals have been looking to fortify their left-handed depth in the bullpen, and the hope in spring training was that veteran Bill Bray would fill that role. Bray did not make the 25-man roster out of spring training, as he was left behind at extended spring training to work on a mechanical issue. In early May, Bray was called up to Double-A Harrisburg. He

Potomac’s Solis “excited to be back out there” in first game since Tommy John (updated)

FREDERICK, Md. - Left-hander Sammy Solis got his work in and did well. It had to feel pretty good after almost two seasons of waiting. It was his first game since 2011, having recovered from March 2012 Tommy John surgery, and Solis pitched into the third inning of high Single-A Potomac’s game at Frederick. He finished with two innings, three hits, two runs, one earned,

Sammy Solis to start Tuesday night for Potomac at Frederick

For the first time since 2011, left-hander Sammy Solis, rated as the No. 8 prospect in the Nationals system by Baseball America, will start for high Single-A Potomac on Tuesday night, according to Nationals director of player development Doug Harris. Solis, who has recovered from Tommy John surgery, has been throwing in games in extended spring training at the Nationals’ training facility in Florida. The

Martinson working to stay consistent at the plate for Potomac

High Single-A Potomac Nationals shortstop Jason Martinson got off to a hot start in Woodbridge, earning a pair of Carolina League Player of the Week honors in April. “I felt a lot more confident having been in this league already,” he said. “Still a lot of work to get done but I’m doing everything I can to make that next jump. Martinson has already hit

Zimmermann’s in-game adjustments big reason for fast start

Saturday’s loss at San Diego was tough all around for the Nationals. Any time a team falls 2-1, there are several moments in the game they would love to rewind and try again. But baseball can be a cruel game, and just like any sport, the opportunity was there. Starter Jordan Zimmermann was blaming himself afterward. One for a home run ball early and the

Friday’s thrilling win in San Diego cannot be understated as Nats look to roll

It is just one game in 162. That is what all the players say, right? Especially when things are not going well. But that game Friday in San Diego was one to remember and one for the record books. The Nationals beat the Padres 6-5 in 10 innings. It was the 10th inning that had a ton of twists and turns that Dan Brown would

LaRoche’s big bat making indelible mark on Nats’ latest run

Ever since Adam LaRoche swung the bat in two former familiar homes, he has been locked in. And more recently to start the Nationals’ 10-game road trip, he has hit four homers in his past three games, including in back-to-back at-bats in Friday’s 6-5, 10-inning thriller at San Diego. The former Brave and Pirate got his groove back May 2 at Turner Field, continued it

LaRoche’s two homers, Tracy’s pinch-hit homer highlight 6-5 extra-inning win at San Diego

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez got behind hitters early, and San Diego was able to get two runs in the first inning. Gonzalez allowed two walks in the first and both came around and scored on a Kyle Blanks single and a two-base throwing error by right fielder Bryce Harper. San Diego led 2-0 after one inning. San Diego fireballer Burch Smith was elusive early with

Werth has setback, Detwiler to have second MRI

Outfielder Jayson Werth was expected to play in his second rehab game Thursday night in Potomac. Instead, the veteran right fielder has had a setback to his sore left hamstring. Werth will not be activated off of the 15-day disabled list Saturday, as was previously anticipated. On Wednesday night, Werth went 1-for-2, ran the bases and made a few defensive plays, showing no ill effects

Middle lineup offense will always be key to Nats’ resurgence

The Nationals’ offense came alive in the first game of their series in San Diego. Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper crushed home runs, while Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Zimmerman offered clutch hits in a 6-2 victory over the Padres. It was just the third time in the past seven games that the Nationals had scored at least six runs, all wins. LaRoche now has a

Strasburg comfortable and cool in hometown win over Padres

Returning to his comfort zone, right-hander Stephen Strasburg was consistent in his first start in his hometown of San Diego. He notched the win with another first - the first time he finished eight innings in a major league start - as the Nationals snapped a modest two-game skid with a 6-2 win over the Padres. Strasburg (2-5) allowed just two runs over those eight

Strasburg steady early against the Padres (Nats win 6-2)

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg got behind a couple of hitters early on, but looks to be focused and is gradually locating his fastball very well in the series opener against the Padres. Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez walked three of the first five batters he faced, but the Nationals could not score in first three innings. The Nationals’ best chance early was in the second inning

Men’s Journal hands out kudos to Ben’s Chili Bowl at Nats Park

In the Men’s Journal’s latest weekly online newsletter, the magazine listed major league baseball’s best stadium food. Nationals Park’s Ben’s Chili Bowl stands were cited as not to be missed while at a game in D.C. The quick capsule on Ben’s chili mentions the eight-pound Strasburger, but prefers the gut-bombing chili dog as the specialty to grab. Make sure to bring along some antacid to

Wilson Ramos lands on DL again, Solano returns

Catcher Wilson Ramos has a left hamstring strain, so he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season, according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo in a team press release today. Ramos had just returned from the disabled list April 29 after missing most of April with the same hamstring injury. Jhonatan Solano has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

Harper back in Nats lineup versus Padres

The Nationals begin a four-game set in San Diego against the Padres tonight with Stephen Strasburg (1-5, 3.10 ERA) making his hometown debut. The Padres counter with right-hander Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.15). Bryce Harper returns to Nationals lineup for first time since Monday. Carlos Quentin is not in the Padres lineup. The Nationals are 1-2 on their 10-game West Coast road trip and have lost

Strasburg’s high school coach: “He just wants to win”

Back in his home town of San Diego, seeking his first win since April 1, right-hander Stephen Strasburg should shine like no other time this season. Strasburg will be surrounded by family and friends, including his high school baseball coach, Scott Hopgood, who will be in attendance for the first time at one of the right-hander’s major league starts. What a better place than Petco

Werth on hamstring after rehab game: “Step in the right direction”

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Right fielder Jayson Werth completed the first game of his rehab from an injured hamstring Wednesday for the high Single-A Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium. Werth made the most of the four innings he played, going 1-for-2, getting in a rundown on the base paths that enabled a run to score and throwing a runner out at home plate from right field.

Taylor Jordan off to good start following promotion to Double-A

Right-hander Taylor Jordan was promoted last week from the high Single-A Potomac Nationals to the Double-A Harrisburg and did well in his first game with the Senators. The 24-year-old Jordan made his Harrisburg debut Sunday with four innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. In seven minor league starts this season, Jordan has gone 2-1 with a 1.12

Can something be done to improve safety of outfield walls?

It was difficult to watch the replays of Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper crashing into the outfield wall and fence at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, and then to see him go down to the ground. The jammed shoulder and 11 stitches under his chin are an example of how hard he went into the wall, and what the phenom will do to try to record

Report: Proposal for minor league stadium in Fredericksburg

The low Single-A Hagerstown Suns, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Nationals, have worked for years to try to get a new facility built in their city to replace the aging Municipal Stadium. But site after site has run into issues with financing or voter disinterest, and other sites in Warrenton, Va., and Fredericksburg, Va., have been rumored as possible replacements. Yesterday’s Free-Lance Star

Demny and Rendon sweep Eastern League player of week honors

One player has been on fire since his return from the Washington Nationals. The other threw eight of the nine innings of a no-hitter. This week the Eastern League took notice. The Double-A Eastern League announced that right-hander Paul Demny has been named Pitcher of the Week and third baseman Anthony Rendon is the Player of the Week for May 6 -12. Rendon used his

Suzuki on rough ninth-inning throwing error and subsequent ejection

The last inning was not exactly how catcher Kurt Suzuki wanted it to go. A double steal attempt by the Cubs was set up Alfonso Soriano racing to third base in the top of the ninth of a 1-1 game. Suzuki’s throw to third base hit Welington Castillo’s bat. The ball rolled into foul territory, which allowed Soriano to score the go-ahead run. Later, a

Potomac’s Cole using nice mix of pitches to get results

Right-hander A.J. Cole has now allowed just one earned run in his last two starts following a no-decision Saturday with the high Single-A Potomac Nationals. Last week, Cole was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for his six innings of shutout baseball versus Myrtle Beach. Then on Saturday, Cole spun five innings, surrendering just one run on five hits with three walks, one hit

Another throwing error has Zimmerman facing questions about shoulder again

The Nationals’ 8-2 loss to the Cubs Saturday was difficult to take on a couple of levels. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg unraveled following a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the fifth. It was Zimmerman’s sixth error of the season. In the seventh, Zimmerman allowed a hard-hit grounder by Alfonso Soriano to get past him at third base into left field. That was

Johnson: Bullpen gaining momentum with roles more defined

Manager Davey Johnson believes the Nationals bullpen is starting to feel more comfortable with its roles and that has contributed to its success the past few weeks. The bullpen has been pretty consistent since April 15, going 2-1 with seven saves and a 1.93 ERA in 23 games, allowing just 12 earned runs in that span. Johnson said rearranging the responsibilities took some time to

Kobernus did not get shot this time, but his versatility is making statement

Triple-A Syracuse second baseman Jeff Kobernus has had an outstanding start to his 2013 campaign, getting in the conversation about a possible callup to the Nationals. In the end, at least this time, the Nationals decided to go with Eury Perez while Jayson Werth is on the disabled list with an injured hamstring. But that does not take away from what the hot-hitting Kobernus has

Detwiler survives early extra base hits to post win over Cubs

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler allowed six doubles Friday night. The Cubs scored two runs early in the game. But Detwiler also tossed 6 2/3 innings, did not allow a walk, struck out two and surrendered just those two runs. Detwiler got early run support and ended up with the victory in a 7-3 decision. “It was terrible on my part for those two runs,” Detwiler

Eury Perez not in lineup tonight for Syracuse, could replace Werth

Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced before Friday’s game against the Cubs that outfielder Jayson Werth had a setback in his recovery from a sore hamstring and if placed on the disabled list, it is likely that either infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus or outfielder Eury Perez will get the call up. Both have been scorching the baseball. Perez has an eight-game hitting streak and Kobernus has just

Nationals not making statement by beating Tigers, just playing good baseball

MLB Network ran a story before the Tigers-Nationals series began on the matchup as a possible World Series preview. On paper, both teams have very strong starting pitching and power bats in their lineup. The Nationals were able to win both games of the short two-game series, taking the finale Thursday, 5-4. The Tigers’ Victor Martinez was only able to pinch-hit in each game because

With another win, Nationals feel like they’re closer to turning the corner

During some rough patches in April, Nationals players and coaches kept saying it was early in the season and things would turn around. The mild frustration started to become a little more palpable as the team lost games and the offense had trouble with its consistency. But all that time, the Nationals stayed close to the .500 mark. And in the last week, that patience

Johnson: Garcia closer to pitching in games

Right-hander Christian Garcia has continued to make progress at extended spring training in his recovery from a partially torn tendon in his right forearm. According to manager Davey Johnson, Garcia could be less than two weeks from a rehab assignment. “He has been throwing off the mound quite a bit,” said Johnson. “Mostly the reports I have been getting is (he is throwing) fastball, changeup,

Johnson can see LaRoche and Zimmerman starting to get on roll again

Manager Davey Johnson likes to walk lightly around Adam LaRoche when he is struggling. He knows the veteran can work out his issues at the plate on his own, with a tweak here or there. Johnson, being a former major league hitter himself, has tremendous respect for LaRoche and his ability to be able to self-correct at the plate. But Johnson recently decided to have

Maya twirls gem for Syracuse; Cole earns honor in Potomac

Potomac Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole has been named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 29-May 5, 2013. Cole notched his first win of the season this week, going six innings with a season-high nine strikeouts. He allowed only four singles, no earned runs and walked none. The 21-year old returned to the Nationals from the Oakland A’s in the tree-way

Nationals assign veteran Bill Bray to Harrisburg, release reliever Trevor Holder

A somewhat surprising move today for the Nationals, as Double-A Harrisburg announced right-hander Trevor Holder has been released. The team has assigned veteran left-hander Bill Bray from extended spring training to Harrisburg. Holder was off to a good start again with the Senators. In seven games, Holder was 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA, allowing just six earned runs, with 13 strikeouts and four walks. On

Getting Nationals starters to go distance becoming Johnson’s strategy

The Nationals’ offense is certainly not where it wants to be. But it is making progress. One way to achieve the consistency it needs for the team to be a contender is for every player in the lineup to be healthy at the same time. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman returned Friday but now right fielder Jayson Werth is suffering from hamstring tightness. Werth hopes to

A.J. Cole’s gem a good sign of things to come

The high Single-A Potomac Nationals have shown early that their starting pitching is going to keep them in games. Left-hander Robbie Ray has been consistent from the beginning sporting a 1.85 ERA, and leads the team with 41 strikeouts. Taylor Jordan has pitched the most innings so far at 36 1/3, going 2-1 with a 1.24 ERA. Taylor Hill is 3-1 in five starts, with

Now completely healthy, Marrero shows off bat again

The torn hamstring stunted first baseman Chris Marrero’s season before it really ever got started in 2012. His shoulder and hamstring slowed him down for much of the time and he never was able to feel 100 percent healthy for long periods of time last season. Following 127 games for Triple-A Syracuse in 2011, he had to fight back from injury in 2012. Marrero ended

Nationals’ first selection in June draft not until No. 68

Major League Baseball released the draft order for the 2013 First-Year Player Draft set for Thursday, June 6. The Houston Astros will have the No. 1 overall selection. The Nationals do not have a selection in the first round this season. The Nationals forfeited that late round selection because they signed pitcher Rafael Soriano. The Yankees picked up a compensatory pick for the loss of

Nationals Ryan Zimmerman confident rehab game has him ready to return

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was able to pass a big test in his return from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday on a cool night at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Zimmerman played third base for the Potomac Nationals in his lone rehab start to test the recovery of a sore hamstring, and despite an 0-for-3 performance, he felt his swing and timing are back.

Robbie Ray continues to pitch well early for Single-A Potomac

Left-hander Robbie Ray received a no-decision Wednesday that might have been a bit overshadowed in the high Single-A Potomac Nationals’ 3-2 loss to Carolina at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Ray did walk four batters, but did a very nice job of getting out of potential jams with seven strikeouts over five innings. He scattered four hits and allowed two runs. His pitches were so

Zimmerman on rehab game: “Hammy felt great”

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman looked back to 100 percent health on the field, his hamstring returning to full strength, during his rehab assignment with the high Single-A Potomac Nationals on Wednesday night. “Everything went great,” Zimmerman said. “It was good to get back out there. Everything felt fine so I will work out tomorrow at the stadium and fly to Pittsburgh

Hagerstown catcher Severino surging to prospect status with Nationals

19-year old Dominican catcher Pedro Severino has made a nice step up to Low Single-A Hagerstown Suns, and is off to a good start in his first profesional season. In 70 games for Gulf Coast Nationals from 2011 and 2012, Severino hit .201 with 11 extra base hits and 17 RBIs. Focusing on last season, he hit .220 in 38 games, dwindling his strikeout total

Solis and Purke return timeline updated to late May

Left-hander Sammy Solis (Tommy John) and left-hander Matt Purke (shoulder) continue their mound progressions in Florida as they work their way back from surgeries. Solis threw a few innings in extended spring training last week and looked good, according to club source. Updating his return, another source reports Solis is still “several weeks” from returning to games, and it appears that will take place in

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