Nats can’t beat reeling Mets, lose another opener (updated)

NEW YORK - They’d never admit it publicly, but the Nationals had to arrive at Citi Field this afternoon, see the utter chaos taking place across the way in the Mets clubhouse, and think to themselves this was shaping up to be a good opener to a four-game series that could help jumpstart their own ragged season. And then they dug themselves into an early ... read more

Guerra could join bullpen Tuesday (Nats trail 4-2)

NEW YORK - Javy Guerra won’t join the Nationals bullpen until Tuesday at the earliest. But once he does, the club hopes the versatile veteran will help stabilize the majors’ worst relief corps. Guerra, claimed off outright waivers from the Blue Jays earlier today, wasn’t able to make it to New York in time for the Nationals’ series opener against the Mets. Manager Davey Martinez, ... read more

Zimmerman, Adams both progressing toward return

NEW YORK - After spending all but the first couple days of the season without their complete lineup, the Nationals are inching closer to the day when they get the two remaining regulars on their injured list back on the active roster. Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Adams each have taken significant steps in recent days in their rehab from injuries, and both first basemen could ... read more

Game 47 lineups: Nats at Mets

NEW YORK - The Nationals are by no means in great shape right now, but at least they’re not the Mets. New York is a mess at the moment, having lost five straight, with rumors swirling about manager Mickey Callaway’s job security. They couldn’t even figure out who was going to start tonight. After announcing earlier this afternoon it would be right-hander Drew Gagnon, they ... read more

Sipp activated, Jennings designated, Guerra acquired

NEW YORK - As they prepare to open a four-game series against a reeling Mets club, the Nationals are remaking their bullpen on the fly again. The Nats have activated left-hander Tony Sipp off the injured list while also claiming veteran right-hander Javy Guerra off outright waivers from the Blue Jays. Dan Jennings, an in-season acquisition who never found his footing, was designated for assignment ... read more

What yesterday’s events mean for tonight’s game

A lot happened Thursday before, during and after the Nationals’ 7-6 victory over the Mets. And a lot of it matters heading into this weekend’s series against the Cubs, then into next week’s road trip to New York. So let’s run through several key developments and what it means tonight and beyond ... * Trea Turner is probably coming back tonight. Though Davey Martinez was ... read more

Nats overcome early injury to win first series in a month (updated)

The double blow of Aníbal Sánchez walking off the field with a hamstring injury in the top of the second and Erick Fedde then giving up four runs in the span of two pitches in the top of the third this afternoon had to send shivers up and down South Capitol Street. Just when you thought the Nationals might be on their way to their ... read more

Sánchez departs with hamstring injury (Nats lead 7-4)

Just when his teammates finally put him in prime position to earn his first win of the season, Aníbal Sánchez suffered an injury and was forced to depart this afternoon’s game at Nationals Park with only one out in the top of the second. Sánchez had pitched effectively, retiring the first four Mets batters he faced before allowing a one-out single to J.D. Davis in ... read more