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

Rizzo content with current infield, met with Zimmerman this week

Though he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of acquiring a big-name player like Josh Donaldson, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo insisted today he’s more than comfortable with his team’s current options at third base. “We don’t see it as a hole. We see it as a strength,” Rizzo said during a 17-minute session with reporters at Winterfest. “We’ve got versatility. Of course, you’re not going ... read more

Doolittle impressed with additions to Nats bullpen

Like most of the Nationals, there was far more rest than post-postseason shenanigans for reliever Sean Doolittle. And considering how much Doolittle pitched down the stretch and how much the Nationals relied on him in the postseason, the left-handed definitely needed the mental floss in the formative weeks of the offseason. But as the calendar turned to December and the bulk of baseball’s roster machinations, ... read more

It’s Winterfest weekend at Nationals Park

Who’s up for some baseball on a mid-January weekend? Yes, it’s time for Nationals Winterfest, the annual offseason gathering of players, coaches, team executives and fans to whet everybody’s appetite for the upcoming season. Not that this upcoming season is going to be difficult to get excited about. The date of this year’s event was pushed back (it was Dec. 1-2 last year), but the ... read more

Turner, Elías, Ross sign deals to avoid arbitration (updated)

The Nationals worked out 2020 contracts with Trea Turner, Roenis Elías and Joe Ross before today’s deadline, avoiding arbitration with all of their eligible players. Those three were the Nats’ only remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players entering today, the deadline for all such players across the sport to either agree to contract terms or submit competing offers for arbitration. Turner earned by far the biggest raise ... read more