If Aroldis Chapman is acquired, who pitches eighth inning?

The Nationals bullpen has been knocked around a couple of times in the last week. Fortifying this concern is the ongoing issue of not having a fireballer eighth inning setup man following the departure of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics last season. Casey Janssen is a veteran reliever that certainly works fast, but is more of a finesse pitcher. He has done a good job ... read more

10 in 10: Scherzer signs on to Cards for a Cause fundraiser for youth academy

From the time they arrived from Montreal before the 2005 season, the Nationals have been a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., sports scene. But the Nats are also very active in the community, working diligently over the past decade to touch the lives of many in the region and proving that baseball has a further reach than wins and losses, balls and strikes, batters ... read more

Yunel Escobar's X-rays on left hand/wrist negative, but he'll need more tests

Following the Nationals' 4-3 win over the Mets, manager Matt Williams confirmed that third baseman Yunel Escobar has an injured left hand and wrist. He has been dealing with an injury to that area from earlier in the season. Escobar went down to the ground after taking a healthy swing in his first at-bat in the second inning on a pitch from Mets' right-hander Noah ... read more

Williams: Ross "pitched well" in tough loss to Mets

Right-hander Joe Ross did his best to keep the Nationals in the game Tuesday. And for six-plus innings he did just that. But the seventh inning did not turn out the way the Nationals and Ross would have hoped. The Mets scored two runs in the seventh on a pinch-hit two-run single from Eric Campbell off Aaron Barrett. A single and a costly error by ... read more

Joe Ross is back, and Williams says he will stay until Strasburg is healthy

There is something to be said for a rookie pitcher who is called up and told to jump right on the mound for a crucial start for the big club. Right-hander Joe Ross certainly looked the part in his initial start with the Nationals on June 6 against the Cubs. In that game, he went five innings, allowed six hits and only three runs with ... read more

Gio Gonzalez credits defense after 7-2 win over Mets

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez was once again solid and consistent in pitching the Nationals to a 7-2 victory over the Mets. Gonzalez went six innings, scattering six hits and allowing two runs for his seventh win. He has recorded only two losses since April 27. Gonzalez struck out four and walked three. But Gonzalez found himself in danger in the fifth. Leading 5-2, the Mets got ... read more

Williams on De Los Santos, who replaced Treinen in 'pen: "Everybody loves his stuff"

The Nationals called up right-hander Abel De Los Santos on Monday and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse. The 22-year-old de Los Santos was 4-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 26 appearances for Double-A Harrisburg. He has not surrendered a run since June 8, a span of 15 innings over nine outings. De Los Santos was acquired from the Texas Rangers, with second baseman ... read more

Blake Treinen struggles in ninth as Dodgers win 5-0; will Rizzo seek bullpen help?

Nationals reliever Blake Treinen came on in the ninth inning with the Dodgers clinging to a 1-0 lead. When he left, the Dodgers led 5-0. Andre Ethier had the key base hit on a 0-2 fastball that he lined up the middle to make it 2-0 Dodgers. A.J. Ellis followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. Yasiel Puig's base hit past a diving ... read more