Nats’ primary goal needs to be a return to top of NL East

The Nationals’ primary goal for the better part of a decade now has been simple: Win the division. They’ve done that four times in the last eight years, though of course they immediately were eliminated in the National League Division Series each time. And of course the one time they reached the postseason via the wild card, they went on to win the World Series. ... read more

After day on ice, time for Zimmerman to get back in Nats uniform

Ryan Zimmerman worked out Wednesday with a professional sports team. He put on a uniform, emerged from a locker room and went through drills with fellow elite athletes, then answered questions from reporters after he was done. All of this took place, of course, at a hockey rink. Zimmerman, making good on a long-ago promise to Nicklas Backstrom, laced up his skates and donned a ... read more

Nats don’t get Donaldson, but neither do Braves

As soon as Anthony Rendon signed with the Angels, the Nationals immediately shifted their attention to the only other free agent third baseman on the market who could come anywhere close to matching Rendon’s production: Josh Donaldson. The Nats then spent the next month waiting for Donaldson to make up his mind, which he finally did Tuesday night. And where did the slugger choose to ... read more

Astros scandal is more reason to be grateful Nats won title

What if Howie Kendrick’s hit landed just foul? What if the Nationals still trailed in the eighth and ninth innings of Game 7 of the World Series and sat and watched the Astros mob each other in the center of the diamond as the sellout crowd in Houston roared? How would everyone around here have felt about Monday’s announcement by Commissioner Rob Manfred that general ... read more

Pitching prospect Fausto Segura dies in motorcycle accident

Nationals minor league reliever Fausto Segura died Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, the club announced today. Segura, 23, was riding a motorcycle near Maria Montez International Airport in his hometown of Barahona when he was hit by a van, ESPN Deportes reported. “He was beloved by his teammates, coaches, coordinators and everyone he came in contact with throughout our organization,” the Nationals said ... read more

After shaky debut in 2019, Kieboom ready for another shot

The promotion lasted all of 11 days, during which time Carter Kieboom experienced the full gamut of emotions. He homered in his major league debut April 26 to earn a curtain call but struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth later that night. He homered again two days later, then got just two hits in his next ... read more

Scherzer confident he’s fully healthy after back and neck issues

Max Scherzer understands why everyone was concerned, from club officials to doctors to media members to Nationals fans who watched the staff ace deal with strange and seemingly significant back and neck injuries last season, right up into the World Series. Yes, he got through it all and even pitched well in Game 7 to help put the Nats in position to win their first ... read more

Turner’s finger back to normal after November surgery

He did his best not to make a big deal about it during the season, but Trea Turner wasn’t ever 100 percent healthy after breaking his right index finger in early April. Yes, he returned to the Nationals lineup in late May and played nearly every day the rest of the way. And he still batted .298 with 61 extra-base hits and an .850 OPS ... read more