Bullpen implodes late in Nationals’ 10-6 loss to Padres

If the current back end of the Nationals bullpen wanted to convince general manager Mike Rizzo that he doesn’t need to make any major acquisitions before next week’s trade deadline, this wasn’t the way to do it. Shawn Kelley and Jonathan Papelbon combined to give up six runs in the eighth and ninth innings this afternoon, turning a two-run lead into a 10-6 loss to ... read more

Aaron Barrett fractures elbow during Tommy John surgery rehab

Aaron Barrett, who was hoping to be in the final stages of rehab from Tommy John surgery and perhaps rejoin the Nationals bullpen before season’s end, instead will be forced to undergo another major surgery Monday after fracturing his right elbow. Details of Barrett’s latest injury weren’t made public, but the Nationals said the 28-year-old reliever is scheduled to meet with orthopedist James Andrews on ... read more

Ryan Zimmerman ready to return from DL (Nats lose 10-6)

Ryan Zimmerman was back in the Nationals clubhouse this morning. And barring some surprise development, he’ll be back in the Nationals lineup Tuesday night in Cleveland. Zimmerman completed a three-day rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac on Saturday and emerged reporting no issues with the strained left ribcage muscle that landed him on the disabled list earlier this month. He’s scheduled to join his teammates on ... read more

Game 99 lineups: Nats vs. Padres

It’s another scorcher in the nation’s capital, and today the Nationals and Padres will be playing smack dab in the middle of the afternoon with the sun beating down on them. That’s going to be quite the test for Lucas Giolito, who makes his return to the big leagues after a very brief (two starts) demotion to the minors. The Nationals are hoping Giolito displays ... read more

On hot night, Scherzer stays cool for Nationals

Max Scherzer knew he needed to conserve as much energy as possible on a 94-degree night in which the heat index reached 103. But there’s only so much you can do to combat the kind of conditions the Nationals right-hander faced last night: Change sopping wet jerseys every few innings, stand in front of a giant industrial fan to cool down, pour water over your ... read more

“Pale white” after six days with flu, Drew returns in style

For the first time in six days, Stephen Drew found himself in an oddly familiar place: The Nationals dugout. The veteran infielder, mind you, has been on the club’s active roster all week, but not until the latter innings of tonight’s game against the Padres was he able to actually put on a full uniform and join his teammates on the bench. Beset with a ... read more

Drew comes off bench to deliver walk-off 3-2 win for Nats

Runs are not coming easily to the Nationals right now, which only compounds the pressure when they do actually give themselves an opportunity to push a run across the plate. That made tonight’s game against the Padres something of an exercise in frustration for the Nats, who just didn’t give themselves that many opportunities and didn’t take much advantage of them either. Until the bottom ... read more

Baker on Revere: “We need him badly” (Nats win 3-2)

We’re now nearly four months into the six-month baseball season, and Ben Revere’s batting average remains a paltry .214, his on-base percentage an equally paltry .258. It’s the time of year when struggling players often start worrying about job security, and Revere may well need to be thinking in those terms. Dusty Baker, though, did his part today to offer his struggling leadoff man some ... read more