Denard Span looked close to returning after seven innings for Harrisburg

Nationals center fielder Denard Span, who is on the disabled list recovering from right core muscle surgery, went 1-for-4 and played seven innings in a rehab assignment for Double-A Harrisburg. The Senators went on to win 8-4 over Bowie at Metro Bank Park. Span was the leadoff hitter and played center field. He cranked a single in his fourth at-bat. Span also apparently did well ... read more

At Triple-A, Cutter Dykstra finishes comeback with ninth-inning hit

At Triple-A, Jason Martinson and Cutter Dykstra provided dramatic ninth-inning hits as Syracuse came back to stun Lehigh Valley 5-4 on Monday. Martinson doubled to begin the scoring in the ninth, bringing home Josh Johnson to tie the game at 4-4. Martinson got to third on a fielding error. Dykstra punched a ball through the shortstop hole for the game-winning single. Syracuse starter Bruce Billings ... read more

Minor league notes: Severino has not allowed a stolen base to begin season

Double-A Harrisburg catcher Pedro Severino has started the season on a stunning streak. Seven base runners have attempted to steal second base on him and seven have failed. His range factor, which is putouts plus assists divided by games played, is also double digits (11.0). That is also a career high. The 21-year-old is in his first season with the Senators. His teammate, right-hander Austin ... read more

Werth said Boston series "a possibility" for return from shoulder surgery

Left fielder Jayson Werth went 1-for-4 with a home run, two walks and one strikeout over the course of a doubleheader for the high Single-A Potomac Nationals as he continues his rehab from right AC joint surgery in his shoulder. The strikeout was on a change up and the home run came on a hanging curveball off of Lynchburg. After the nightcap, Werth spoke with ... read more

Werth makes adjustment with hands as he attempts to get his timing back

Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth said Thursday he is trying to get his timing back at the plate, which is normal for hitters in spring training and more so for those coming off of surgery. He swung his bat above his head during on-deck warmups and said his shoulder felt good after the game, but mornings are where soreness comes in and he will have ... read more

Jayson Werth gets through first rehab game, says shoulder feels "good"

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth went 0-for-2 with a walk, a called third strike and a line out to center field on a cold and misty night in his first rehab assignment with high Single-A Potomac. But he said his shoulder felt "good" after playing seven full innings. Werth is looking to return from right AC joint surgery performed in January and ... read more

Williams on Desmond's slow start, plus updates on injured starters

Shortstop Ian Desmond has had a rough start on offense, going 0-for-7 with two strikeouts and no walks in the first two games. On Thursday morning, Nationals manager Matt Williams said he believes he knows why Desmond has had a slow start and what he'll need to do to change things at the plate. "I think the first two games anyway, his timing is a ... read more

Williams' formula for 'pen late in game adds up to Nats' first win of season

Wednesday's second game against the Mets was another tight affair, but this time the Nationals were able to hold onto a one-run lead and win their first game of the season 2-1. Manager Matt Williams decided to finish the game with three right-handers - Craig Stammen in the seventh, Blake Treinen in the eighth and Drew Storen in the ninth. The Mets managed just one ... read more