Martinez out of hospital, not cleared to travel yet

ST. LOUIS - Davey Martinez has been released from the hospital and has returned to his home in Washington, but doctors have not yet cleared him to travel, so the Nationals manager will miss at least his team’s three-game series against the Cardinals. Martinez, who felt chest pain during the sixth inning of Sunday’s win over the Braves, was taken to a D.C. hospital, where ... read more

Game 150 lineups: Nats at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - There’s going to be a lot of scoreboard watching tonight - and pretty much every night over the next 12 days - as four teams (the Nationals, Cardinals, Cubs and Brewers) go down to the wire to secure the three remaining postseason berths available in the National League. There’s one thing the Nationals can do, however, to make life easier on everyone: ... read more

How the Nationals turned a comfortable lead into a tight race

ST. LOUIS - For more than two months now, the Nationals have not only been in wild card position but (aside from a couple of days) have been in the driver’s seat to host the Oct. 1 winner-take-all game. As recently as two weeks ago, they held a four-game lead over the Cubs for home field advantage and a seven-game lead for a spot in ... read more

Nats’ lead in wild card shrinks again after 4-2 loss (updated)

ST. LOUIS - Chip Hale insisted he would manage this game just like Davey Martinez, believing that he wanted to keep things as similar as possible tonight, even as the Nationals skipper watched from back home in Washington while recovering from a minor procedure after experiencing chest pain. Beyond that, Hale just believes he and Martinez are on the same wavelength when it comes to ... read more

Strasburg laboring against patient Cards lineup (game tied 2-2)

ST. LOUIS - On a muggy Monday night at Busch Stadium, the last thing the Nationals needed was a short outing from Stephen Strasburg. Alas, that’s exactly what they appear to be getting. Though he has allowed only two runs so far, Strasburg has thrown a whopping 76 pitches through three innings against a Cardinals lineup that is making the Nats right-hander work as hard ... read more

Martinez has procedure after chest pain, stays in D.C.

ST. LOUIS - Davey Martinez experienced chest pain during Sunday’s game and underwent a minor procedure this morning in Washington that will prevent him from managing tonight’s game and perhaps more until doctors clear him to return to work, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo revealed late this afternoon. Bench coach Chip Hale, who finished out Sunday’s 7-0 win over the Braves after Martinez fell ill ... read more

Game 149 lineups: Nats at Cardinals (Martinez stays in D.C.)

ST. LOUIS - The Nationals have just announced that Davey Martinez remains in Washington for precautionary medical testing. Bench coach Chip Hale revealed after Sunday’s game that the manager had gone to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling well, but that he was expected to be with the team in St. Louis for tonight’s series opener. Instead, Hale will manage the club in Martinez’s absence ... read more

Unable to play every day, Kendrick making most of chances

Howie Kendrick is the best hitter on the Nationals roster not named Anthony Rendon. And he’s not too far removed from the National League MVP candidate. After a three-hit, three-RBI performance during Sunday’s 7-0 win over the Braves, Kendrick owns a .336 batting average and .945 OPS. He has 15 homers and 60 RBIs. All this while receiving only 337 plate appearances, only slightly more ... read more