The cases for and against recalling Lucas Giolito to face Mets

MILWAUKEE - Dusty Baker said the Nationals will dip into their minor leagues to find a starting pitcher for Tuesday night’s home game against the Mets. Since news broke that the Nats would need a starter Tuesday night, social media has been buzzing about the possibility that the hometown fans would get to see right-hander Lucas Giolito, the team’s top pitching prospect, make his major ... read more

Jonathan Papelbon to begin rehab Monday at Potomac

Jonathan Papelbon’s return to the Nationals bullpen may only be a handful of days away. Papelbon will begin a rehab assignment with high Single-A Potomac on Monday night, the minor league affiliate announced, suggesting the injured closer is nearly ready to come back from a strained ribcage muscle. Out since June 13 with what officially is considered a strained right intercostal muscle, Papelbon traveled with ... read more

Strasburg on injury and treatment, Baker on pitching plans vs. Mets

MILWAUKEE - Stephen Strasburg has spent more time with the chiropractor over the past week than he has on the mound. The right-hander didn’t want to go on the disabled list after a recurring upper back strain twice forced him to be scratched from scheduled starts, but he understands why the DL move was necessary. “Goal No. 1 is to figure out what it is ... read more

Nats halt seven-game skid in finale, but it wasn’t easy

MILWAUKEE - Ending a seven-game losing streak proved just as daunting a task for the Nationals as the difficult path that saddled them with a season-worst skid in the first place. But a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Sunday assured the Nationals of going home for a key series against the Mets with some positive vibes on their side. But to get there, the ... read more

Losing streak ends with 3-2 Nats win

MILWAUKEE - Tanner Roark is through three scoreless innings against the Brewers. Now if only the offense could do something to help the right-hander. Roark has allowed one hit - Jonathan Lucroy’s leadoff single in the second - walked one and struck out three. Jonathan Villar drew a leadoff walk in the first, but was erased trying to steal on a strong throw from catcher ... read more

Who pitches against Mets? (Strasburg placed on DL)

MILWAUKEE - When the Nationals scratched right-hander Stephen Strasburg from today’s start with a recurrence of his upper back strain and decided to start righty Tanner Roark instead, it threw their rotation for this week’s key home series against the Mets into disarray. Instead of starting Roark, then right-handers Joe Ross and Max Scherzer against their division rivals, the Nats are now reassessing their options. ... read more

Game 76 lineups: Nats at Brewers

MILWAUKEE - The Nationals will turn to Tanner Roark to halt a season-high seven-game losing streak today, while awaiting further word on the upper back strain that caused scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg to be scratched from his second assignment in a week. The current skid is the Nats’ longest since 2009. A 2-7 road trip isn’t what they expected when this trek began 10 days ... read more

How Dusty Baker, Nats are dealing with disappointing skid

MILWAUKEE - A couple of hours before Saturday’s game - a loss that extended their losing streak to seven games, a season high - the Nationals were sitting at their lockers in the visiting clubhouse at Miller Park, several players nodding their heads and silently mouthing the words to the pulsating beat of a rap tune that was blaring from the speaker in the center ... read more