Mike Rizzo on trade for Matt den Dekker and bullpen health issues

JUPITER, Fla. - Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had an active day as he sat a few rows from the field next to the third base dugout at Roger Dean Stadium. In the sixth inning, he watched closer Drew Storen prematurely leave the game with a blister on his right big toe after facing four batters. That was after Rizzo had already found out news ... read more

Williams on Storen's toe, Janssen's MRI and Rendon's second opinion

JUPITER, Fla. - The Nationals' injury issues continued in the sixth inning of today's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. Right-hander Drew Storen came on to pitch the sixth inning in what was just his third Grapefruit League appearance. After Storen faced only four batters, the Nats' trainer came to the mound to check on the pitcher. The Nats closer immediately left the field and headed ... read more

Nats acquire outfielder Matt den Dekker from Mets (Reed Johnson signs)

JUPITER, Fla. - With the Nationals' outfield situation so uncertain and opening day just a week away, the club made a move to strengthen that area this afternoon, acquiring Matt den Dekker from the Mets for left-hander Jerry Blevins. den Dekker, 27, played all 80 of his major league games over the last two seasons with the Mets. He's a career .238/.325/.310 hitter with 12 ... read more

Drew Storen leaves with trainer in the sixth (Nats lose 6-2)

NATIONALS QUICK WRAP Score: Cardinals 6, Nats 2 Recap: Nationals starter Taylor Jordan allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit with three walks in four innings today. Nats third baseman Ian Stewart doubled in the second inning and scored the game's first run shortly after on an errant throw. The Nats picked up their second run when second baseman Dan Uggla doubled in the ... read more

Ryan Zimmerman returns to the lineup, crunch time for Dan Uggla and others

JUPITER, Fla. - First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is back in the Nationals lineup after banging his left shoulder during a diving stop in the first inning of Friday's loss to the Cardinals. It's a good sign for the Nationals, who have suffered a rash of injuries this spring. With just five spring games left before opening day, today's lineup features a quartet of non-roster invitees ... read more

Sandy Leon dealt to Red Sox

VIERA, Fla. - The Nationals have traded catcher Sandy Leon to the Red Sox. What the Nationals may receive in exchange for the 26-year-old catcher is unknown, but Leon was out of options and wasn't going to crack the 25-man opening day roster. The Nats have Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton behind the plate and a host of young catching prospects in the pipeline. On ... read more

"Comfortable" Espinosa could be the Nats' opening day third baseman

VIERA, Fla. - With one week left before the start of the regular season, it's looking more and more like Danny Espinosa will be the Nationals' starting third baseman on opening day. Anthony Rendon, the team's everyday third baseman, hasn't played since March 9 due to a sprained left MCL. Williams hasn't officially ruled Rendon out for next Monday's opener, but I think it's a ... read more

Fister not sharp again, but Harper and company play longball

VIERA, Fla. - Nationals right-hander Doug Fister has struggled the past few times he's taken the hill. The Marlins tagged Fister for three home runs in the Nats' 11-7 win this afternoon. He's allowed 13 earned runs and given up six homers in just five starts this spring. "Basically command (was the issue), mostly on the sinker," said Fister. "Making sure that it's down and ... read more