Nationals Chatter: Injury plague strikes, Williams on replay, more on Harper and Robinson

Much of the past week was dominated by the Nationals' injury woes. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and center fielder Denard Span are the latest Nats to hit the disabled list. Zimmerman is expected to be out four to six weeks after fracturing his right thumb on Saturday, while Span was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after a collision with the Braves' Dan Uggla ... read more

Rachel Levitin: A few thoughts about expectations

After being swept by their most formidable division rival in Atlanta over the weekend and an 11-2 loss to Miami, the Nationals are struggling to establish a steady, winning momentum. It's only April, so the standings aren't an accurate representation of where all teams will end up at the end of the season. But that doesn't mean this isn't the perfect time for a little ... read more

Stuart Wallace: Decrease in Jordan's velocity is troublesome development

It has been a rough start to the season for sinkerballer Taylor Jordan. An ERA a little under 5.00, a FIP a little under 4.00 and a hike in walks/nine innings (3.18 compared to 1.92 in 2013) all point to the 11-plus innings pitched so far not being kind to the young righty after an encouraging spring training that solidified his standing as the Nationals' ... read more

Washington Socialites: Gio's new toy, Harper's prank and more

The second week of the season is behind us, which brings us to the second edition of Washington Socialites. Here's what went on in the Nationals' Twitterverse. Adam LaRoche dedicated one of his first tweets to MLB umpire John Hirschbeck: Our thoughts and prayers go out to mlb umpire John Hirschbeck and family after the loss of their son Michael -- Adam LaRoche (@e3laroche) April ... read more

Marty Niland: Flashing back to happier times after a lost weekend

The Academy Award-winning film "The Lost Weekend" details an alcoholic's troubles in giving up his bad habits during an especially rough weekend. Sound familiar, Nationals fans? There will be plenty of time to reflect on the Nats' lost weekend in Atlanta. The injuries, the errors, the baserunning mistakes and all their other failures in their sweep at the hands of the Braves will no doubt ... read more

Opposite dugout: Marlins hope to stop spiral sparked in D.C.

Manager: Mike Redmond, second year Record: 5-8 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: RF Giancarlo Stanton (.291/.339/.564, 4 HR, 16 RBIs); 3B Casey McGehee (.298/.382/.447, 6 XBH, 11 RBIs); RHP Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78 ERA, 23 K); RHP Tom Koehler (1-1, 3.00 ERA) Season series vs. Nats: 0-3, 8 runs scored, 22 runs allowed Pitching probables April 14: Brad Hand vs. Jordan Zimmermann, 7 ... read more

Zimmerman avoids bat attack to make great play

The Nationals may have lost to the Braves last night, but that didn't stop Ryan Zimmerman from having himself a night at the plate and in the field. With the Nats trailing 4-1 in the fifth, Zimmerman tied the game with a three-run shot to left. The blast tied the game and seemingly gave the Nats new life, but Zimmerman had more fun to come. ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Looking at Aaron Barrett's road to the big leagues

Matt Williams and Aaron Barrett first crossed paths in the Arizona Fall League in 2012. Williams, in his first managing gig at any level of the game, and Barrett, then 24 and coming off a strong campaign split between low and high Single-A in the Nationals' system, were both members of a Salt River Rafters roster that made it to the AFL Championship game that ... read more