Fedde optioned to Fresno, opening door for Voth to start again

It appears Austin Voth’s fill-in start Sunday opened enough eyes to warrant another look. The Nationals have optioned Erick Fedde to Triple-A Fresno, paving the way for Voth to remain as part of the big league rotation on the heels of his impressive outing Sunday afternoon against the Braves. Fedde had assumed the No. 5 starter’s job over the last month, and had pitched well ... read more

On Voth’s velocity, a bullpen opening and Zimmerman’s rehab

Some thoughts and observations to help get you through the Nationals’ first day off in nearly two weeks before they return to action Tuesday night in Miami ... * The most significant development of Sunday’s 10-inning loss to the Braves didn’t occur in the late innings. It might well have happened in the first six, when Austin Voth authored by far the best outing of ... read more

Nationals fall in 10 to close out big week on down note (updated)

The outcome today - a 4-3, 10-inning loss - may not have been what they wanted, certainly not on the heels of Saturday night’s bullpen meltdown. But in the larger picture, the Nationals can’t be too down about what just took place on South Capitol Street. In their most important week of the season, the Nats went 4-2 against the two teams they’re chasing in ... read more

Robles sits day after dehydration scare (game tied 2-2)

Though he said this morning he felt “great” after departing Saturday night’s game with dehydration, center field Victor Robles was held out of the Nationals lineup for their series finale against the Braves. “Not starting, but he’s available,” manager Davey Martinez said. “When you have a scary moment like that ... I told him be ready to come into the game. If it was a ... read more

Conceding $8 million mistake, Nationals release Rosenthal

For one fleeting moment Friday night, the Nationals thought Trevor Rosenthal had turned the corner and could finally become a trusted member of their bullpen. But then came yet another high-profile meltdown on the mound Saturday night, and so by Sunday morning, the team made the move that had loomed for months but was put off until now. The Nationals released Rosenthal today, finally conceding ... read more

Game 77 lineups: Nats vs. Braves (Rosenthal released)

This critical week had been going about as well as possible for the Nationals. They swept the Phillies. They won Friday night’s opener against the Braves in exciting fashion. And then ... well, Saturday night’s 13-9 loss - which saw the bullpen blow a pair of late leads - obviously put a big damper on the week and suddenly put more weight on today’s finale ... read more

Finally entrusted in big spot, Rosenthal comes through

As he handed Trevor Rosenthal the baseball with the game on the line Friday night - a scenario that had not been seen around these parts since the season’s very first week - Davey Martinez had a simple message for his beleaguered right-hander. “This is your moment,” manager said to pitcher. “Enjoy it.” Given what Rosenthal has been through in 2019, why not try to ... read more

Nationals come up big to beat Braves in series opener (updated)

It’s only June 21, so there’s still the promise of far more important baseball games yet to be played. But in order for those future games to carry real importance, the Nationals know they needed to treat this June 21 game as though it was taking place on Aug. 21. And so here was Davey Martinez pulling out all the stops in tonight’s series opener ... read more