The injury bug bites again

DENVER - There were plenty of positives last night for the Nationals. The 7-4 win over the Rockies, of course. Adam LaRoche snapping a fairly lengthy slump with a massive three-run homer. The bullpen putting up four scoreless innings, giving them 7 1/3 scoreless frames at the hitter-friendly Coors Field this series. Bryce Harper continuing to come around. Jordan Zimmermann making it out of his ... read more

Zimmerman dealing with right hamstring strain (plus more after Nats' 7-4 win)

DENVER - The Nationals don't know how severe Ryan Zimmerman's right hamstring injury is just yet. But the early information isn't too encouraging. Zimmerman had to leave tonight's 7-4 Nationals win over the Rockies in the sixth inning after coming up lame just before first base on an RBI groundout. Zimmerman made it through the bag, but crumpled to the ground behind the base, and ... read more

Williams offers optimistic updates on Zimmermann, Frandsen and Fister

Jordan Zimmermann is set to make his first start since suffering a right biceps strain on July 11. On paper, he couldn't pick a better opponent to face for his return. In seven career starts against the Rockies, he's 5-0 with a minuscule 1.64 ERA. However, he will be throwing in tough conditions, which will make skipper Matt Williams keep a close eye on his ... read more

Zimmermann set to face Rockies in first start since July 11 (with lineups)

DENVER - Seeking a series win, the Nationals will turn to right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who is making his first start since having to leave the game early on July 11 with a right biceps strain. He managed to go just 3 1/3 innings in that start in Philadelphia before having to exit with the injury, which also caused him to miss the 2014 All-Star Game. ... read more

Barrett comes through with big strikeout in a big spot

DENVER - The Rockies had just scored two runs to cut the Nationals' lead in half. A 4-0 ballgame had quickly become 4-2 in the sixth, and after Doug Fister walked DJ LeMahieu, the seventh batter of the frame, the bases were loaded and the tying run was standing on second base. Manager Matt Williams came to the mound to make a pitching change. He ... read more

Williams on Desmond's big night, Barrett's big strikeout and more after 7-2 win

DENVER - In a park where the ball absolutely flies, the Nationals held a beat-up Rockies squad to just two runs while the Washington offense just kept on clicking. The Nats pounded out 13 hits, four of the extra-base variety, and Doug Fister picked up his ninth victory in 13 starts this season as the Nationals took the opener of this three-game set 7-2. Ian ... read more

Williams explains lineup logic, says Fister's stuff will play at Coors (updated)

In his last six games, Bryce Harper has raised his average from .246 to .263 and hit a pair of home runs. Ever since taking a more upright approach at the plate, he's been raking. So why is Harper on the bench tonight as the Nationals open a three-game series at Coors Field against the Rockies? Manager Matt Williams told reporters in Denver that the ... read more

Harper out of Nats lineup; Rockies without Tulowitzki, Morneau

DENVER - Just as Bryce Harper is starting to heat up, he'll take a seat in the opener of the Nationals' three-game set at Coors Field. Matt Williams has opted to sit Harper against Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales. Ryan Zimmerman will play left field tonight, his first start in left since Harper returned from the disabled list. Danny Espinosa will play second, with Anthony Rendon ... read more