Ramos has surgery for torn ACL, Nats say rehab is 6-8 months

Wilson Ramos had surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee today, a procedure that may not allow the soon-to-be free agent catcher to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Ramos also had repairs done to the medial meniscus and lateral meniscus in his knee, the Nationals said. Rehab from the surgery, performed by orthopedist Robert Najarian, is expected to ... read more

Revisiting all the key decisions in the Nationals’ Game 5 loss

The sting hasn’t worn off yet, and it probably won’t for quite some time. The Nationals are dispersing around the country today, going home for the winter instead of going to Chicago for a shot at the pennant. Game 5 of the 2016 National League Division Series was an all-timer, one they’ll be talking about for years. Whether the Nationals themselves or their fans will ... read more

Nationals left to process another early October exit

Jayson Werth has been through this before, more times than he’d like to remember. No two postseason elimination games are quite the same, and every season-ending loss hurts in its own way. This one, though, this one was ... well, what exactly was it? The final score said the Nationals lost 4-3 to the Dodgers in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division ... read more

Nationals come up short again, lose 4-3 in epic Game 5

This one will require some time to fully process. The crowd of 43,936 that sat, stood, roared and groaned through every moment of Game 5 of the National League Division Series knows only that it just witnessed one of the wildest winner-take-all showdowns in baseball history. Someone will write a novel about this one, maybe on the 66-minute seventh inning alone, the critical frame of ... read more

Baker wants fans positive, says Strasburg won’t pitch in NLCS

Not that you’d expect anything less from him, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker is particularly relaxed and confident heading into Game 5 of the National League Division Series. And he’s been that way all day. “To tell you the truth, I got up, said my prayers like I always do,” Baker said when asked what his emotions were like today. “Got a cup of coffee. ... read more

NLDS Game 5 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers

And so it has come to this. Game 5. Winner-take-all. One team heads to Chicago this weekend for the National League Championship Series. One team heads home for the winter, wondering what might have been. We’ve experienced this once before during this era of D.C. baseball. The final outcome is one that continues to haunt everyone. Tonight’s result could go a long way toward pushing ... read more

Win or lose Game 5, Nationals have proven something this year

When they take the field shortly after 8 p.m. tonight, Max Scherzer leading the way, the Nationals will be facing far more than the Dodgers in a do-or-die baseball game. They’ll be facing their own demons, the demons of two previous postseason failures, the demons of two other regular season failures during this five-year run of excellence, the demons of Washington’s entire sports existence that ... read more

Scherzer looks forward to the “biggest start of my life”

LOS ANGELES - Max Scherzer didn’t even pause to think about it when asked Tuesday night about the significance of what takes place Thursday night in D.C. “Yep, this is probably the biggest start of my career,” he said. “Biggest start of my life. I’ve said that a handful of times throughout my career. How you handle that, going out there and using the emotion ... read more