Nats will start Roark, Strasburg, Scherzer vs. Phillies

The significance of the series, given the Nationals’ current predicament in the standings, can be debated. But if nothing else, they can take some solace in knowing they’ll finally be able to send their three best starting pitchers to the mound this week against the Phillies. Davey Martinez confirmed as much this morning when he announced that Stephen Strasburg will return from the disabled list ... read more

Rodriguez making strides, making case for long-term

The Nationals made a late rotation change this weekend, electing not to start Tommy Milone as planned Saturday night against the Marlins and instead promote Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A. The rationale? Rodriguez had been on a roll - he had an 0.83 ERA over his last four starts, split between Syracuse and Washington - and Milone could prove more valuable as a much-needed long reliever ... read more

Nats lose another wild one, fall to Marlins in 10 (updated)

The Nationals know they can’t win every game the rest of the way, that there are going to be nights they simply don’t put themselves in position to win and have to shrug off a loss. But they also know there have been and will continue to be games that are right there for the taking, games they absolutely must win if they have any ... read more

Strasburg, Herrera both could return for Phillies series

The Nationals could have both Stephen Strasburg and Kelvin Herrera back on their active pitching staff for next week’s series against the Phillies, though a final determination on each injured right-hander won’t be made until Sunday at the earliest. Strasburg and Herrera each threw this afternoon at Nationals Park, and each appeared to emerge from the session in good shape. Strasburg threw more than 40 ... read more

Game 124 lineups: Nats vs. Marlins

The Nationals tonight are seeking their third straight win, and they’ll be doing so with a different pitcher on the mound then they originally planned. Tommy Milone no longer is starting this game; instead it’ll be Jefry Rodriguez getting the promotion from Triple-A Syracuse. We haven’t heard any official reasoning for this, but the hunch is simply that they liked the Rodriguez matchup against the ... read more

Still confident as ever, Glover displaying a different demeanor

Koda Glover has never lacked for confidence. Give him the ball - preferably in the ninth inning, with the game on the line - and the right-hander will call on his reserve of firepower to crank the radar gun toward triple digits. But the version of Glover that has assumed ninth-inning duties for the Nationals with three other closers - lefty Sean Doolittle (stress reaction ... read more

Scherzer does in Marlins on mound and on bases

Max Scherzer didn’t need to go nine innings to subdue the Marlins on Friday night. He didn’t need to strike out a dozen opposing batters. Thanks to the offense behind him, the Nationals ace had the latitude to pitch effectively and put zeros on the scoreboard. Never mind that the 96 pitches the right-hander threw on a hot, humid night with the heat index approaching ... read more

Martinez hopes Doolittle inching closer to return (Nats win 8-2)

Nationals skipper Davey Martinez said he’s awaiting results of the bullpen session injured closer Sean Doolittle was scheduled to throw this afternoon, and is hopeful that the right-hander will soon rejoin the bullpen after an extended stay on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his left foot. “We’ll talk to him after, but hopefully he’s getting close,” Martinez said. “He’s been frustrated with ... read more