Martinez hopes Doolittle inching closer to return (Nats win 8-2)

Nationals skipper Davey Martinez said he’s awaiting results of the bullpen session injured closer Sean Doolittle was scheduled to throw this afternoon, and is hopeful that the right-hander will soon rejoin the bullpen after an extended stay on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his left foot. “We’ll talk to him after, but hopefully he’s getting close,” Martinez said. “He’s been frustrated with ... read more

Sprained right wrist will send Hellickson to DL

Jeremy Hellickson is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist, and the Nationals hope the right-hander will miss only one start. “He has a bad sprain,” manager Davey Martinez said Friday afternoon, before the Nats opened a three-game home series against the Marlins. “He’s going to miss a start, so we’re going to put him on the DL. We haven’t made ... read more

Game 123 lineups: Marlins at Nats

If the Nationals are serious about getting back in the National League East race, and building some momentum from last night’s victory in St. Louis, they need to start beating beatable teams, beginning with the three-game series against the Marlins that begins tonight on South Capitol Street. Miami has dropped five straight and eight of nine games overall, and is 3-8 against the Nats this ... read more

Nationals set to unveil bullpen cart tonight

ST. LOUIS - OK, so it’s not quite the addition to the Nationals bullpen everyone is looking for at this perilous moment in a season on the brink. But if the club’s new bullpen cart can bring some smiles to people’s faces and maybe even help relievers save some energy before they enter to pitch, this could prove to be an important late-summer acquisition after ... read more

Miller, Glover close out 5-4 win to end road trip (updated)

ST. LOUIS - It wasn’t all that long ago that Davey Martinez had no shortage of established late-inning relievers at his disposal when he needed to try to close out a game. There was Sean Doolittle. There was Kelvin Herrera. There was Ryan Madson. There was Brandon Kintzler. When Martinez looked down to that bullpen this evening at Busch Stadium, though, none of those established ... read more

After rehab start, Ross on track for September return (Nats up 5-4)

ST. LOUIS - It may come too late to have much impact on their fortunes this season, but Joe Ross is on track to return from Tommy John surgery and pitch for the Nationals in September. Ross, who had elbow ligament replacement surgery on July 19, 2017, made a rehab start for Single-A Potomac this afternoon, throwing 63 pitches of scoreless ball over 3 2/3 ... read more

Hellickson getting MRI, Strasburg still on target for Tuesday

ST. LOUIS - Jeremy Hellickson may not be able to make his next scheduled start for the Nationals, but Stephen Strasburg appears on track to return himself and perhaps mitigate the loss of Hellickson to a wrist injury suffered during Wednesday’s loss. Hellickson, who hurt himself bracing for impact after he jumped over the Cardinals’ Harrison Bader sliding across the plate on a wild pitch, ... read more

Game 122 lineups: Nats at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - There may be no bigger house of horrors for the Nationals than Busch Stadium. Either version of the ballpark. Did you know that in the 14 seasons since this franchise arrived in D.C., it owns an 11-31 record on the road against the Cardinals? That’s 11 wins in 14 seasons. That’s really not good. And three of those wins came during a ... read more