The Nationals lost yesterday, and yet, Aaron Barrett earned a win

In no way was it planned. The two men barely knew each other, having only had a brief conversation in the weight room after Monday night's game. Aaron Barrett had struck out Brandon Barnes that night, leaving the bases loaded with Rockies. And yesterday afternoon, those two squared off again, before the series finale between the Nationals and Rockies had even started. The contest: an ... read more

Strasburg, Desmond and Williams on Nats' loss to Rockies

The Nationals were unable to finish off a season sweep of the Rockies on Wednesday, seeing a ninth-inning rally fall short in a 6-4 loss. Instead, Washington had to settle for finishing 5-1 against Colorado as the club heads to Cincinnati for the second leg of a three-city road trip. "Just we gave ourselves a chance again. That's the nature of this ballpark, but then ... read more

Zimmerman: "To be able to deal with things like this is one of our strong suits"

After today's loss to the Rockies, Nationals manager Matt Williams was able to shed some light on Ryan Zimmerman's MRI results. Not much is known regarding a timetable for the third baseman's recovery, but Williams indicated that Zimmerman's hamstring strain isn't a minor one. "It's a pretty substantial strain of the hamstring," Williams said. "So he's going to fly with us to Cincinnati and he'll ... read more

Williams on ramifications of placing Zimmerman on DL

With the Nationals placing Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list for the second time this season, the team is all of a sudden no longer at full strength. The Nats lose one of their hottest bats with the third baseman being shelved for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury. Infielder Zach Walters was brought up from Triple-A Syracuse to take the open spot ... read more

Nats place Zimmerman on DL, call up Walters (plus lineups)

Ryan Zimmerman appears to be headed back to the disabled list, as he isn't listed on the lineup card today while minor league infielder Zach Walters is among the reserves. Zimmerman suffered a hamstring injury last night when running out an infield grounder in the sixth inning. So it looks like the 44 games he already missed this year because of a fractured thumb won't ... read more

The injury bug bites again

DENVER - There were plenty of positives last night for the Nationals. The 7-4 win over the Rockies, of course. Adam LaRoche snapping a fairly lengthy slump with a massive three-run homer. The bullpen putting up four scoreless innings, giving them 7 1/3 scoreless frames at the hitter-friendly Coors Field this series. Bryce Harper continuing to come around. Jordan Zimmermann making it out of his ... read more

Zimmerman dealing with right hamstring strain (plus more after Nats' 7-4 win)

DENVER - The Nationals don't know how severe Ryan Zimmerman's right hamstring injury is just yet. But the early information isn't too encouraging. Zimmerman had to leave tonight's 7-4 Nationals win over the Rockies in the sixth inning after coming up lame just before first base on an RBI groundout. Zimmerman made it through the bag, but crumpled to the ground behind the base, and ... read more

Williams offers optimistic updates on Zimmermann, Frandsen and Fister

Jordan Zimmermann is set to make his first start since suffering a right biceps strain on July 11. On paper, he couldn't pick a better opponent to face for his return. In seven career starts against the Rockies, he's 5-0 with a minuscule 1.64 ERA. However, he will be throwing in tough conditions, which will make skipper Matt Williams keep a close eye on his ... read more