Per a number of reports and one conspicuous red banner, the Washington Nationals will announce Monday that they have been chosen as the hosts of the 2018 All-Star game. The team has been known to be pursuing the Midsummer Classic for some time now, but the movement seemed to have hit a speed bump when the 2016 and 2017 games were awarded to Miami and San Diego respectively.
On Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals announced the 25-man roster as it will stand on Opening Day. The Nationals will begin the season with six players on the 15-day disabled list. These notable absences include:
LF Jayson Werth (right AC joint surgery)
CF Denard Span (core muscle surgery)
3B Anthony Rendon (left knee sprain)
OF Nate McLouth (right shoulder surgery)
RHP Casey Janssen (right shoulder inflammation)
RHP Erik Davis (right elbow surgery)
Opening Day 25-Man Roster
|1B Ryan Zimmerman||RF Bryce Harper||RHP Max Scherzer||C Wilson Ramos|
|2B Dan Uggla||CF Michael Taylor||RHP Stephen Strasburg||C Jose Lobaton|
|SS Ian Desmond||OF Matt den Dekker||RHP Jordan Zimmermann|
|INF Yunel Escobar||OF Reed Johnson||LHP Gio Gonzalez|
|INF Danny Espinosa||OF/INF Tyler Moore||RHP Doug Fister|
|INF/OF Clint Robinson||RHP Aaron Barrett|
|RHP Tanner Roark|
|RHP Craig Stammen|
|RHP Drew Storen|
|RHP Blake Treinen|
|LHP Xavier Cedeno|
|LHP Matt Thornton|
The Washington Nationals fell to the New York Yankees in their final exhibition tuneup Saturday, but the biggest news came after the game. Reporters were told that Rich Hill was assigned to Syracuse, Mike Carp was sent to minor league camp, and Clint Robinson was told he made the roster.
The Washington Nationals ended the Florida portion of their spring training slate today with an 8-2 victory over the New York Yankees. With two big innings on offense and a solid effort from the pitching staff, this win came fairly easy for the Nationals.
With the minor league season opening in one week, several Washington Nationals prospects look primed for a breakout seasons. To forecast those players the Federal Reserve lists five breakout candidates to watch. The list includes two catchers that could take big steps forward, a pair of hurlers with interesting potential, and a centerfielder who should refine his all-around game.
1) Pedro Severino, catcher
DOB: 7/20/1993 B/T: R/R Projected 2015 team: Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Already an excellent defensive catcher, Severino rallied offensively at High-A Potomac last year by batting .308/.379/.477 after the All-Star Break. During his career, he has not been a patient hitter, which he should improve upon this year. Continue reading…
If there were ever a game to be overshadowed by off-the-field events, the Washington Nationals’ (10-13) loss to the St. Louis Cardinals (12-10) was it. The 6-2 contest saw the Cardinals take a 4-2 lead in the fifth, which they never relinquished. The bad news is that it was a Nationals’ loss. The good news is that it leaves us with more time to analyze a pair of trades that took place today. Continue reading…
The offseason is almost over, and the Nats decided to make some final, unexpected moves. We talk about the bevy of injuries, the latest roster moves, and make lineup predictions while we start the final countdown toward Opening Day.
Before being reassigned to minor league camp on Monday, infielder Matt Skole looked impressive in spring training with the Washington Nationals. Over the span of 18 games, he went 9-for-22 (.409) at the plate while belting two homers and drawing three walks. Continue reading…
Thursday afternoon in Viera, the Washington Nationals (9-11) turned in their second straight uninspiring effort, falling 8-3 to the New York Mets (14-10) after the Nats shut New York out for the first five innings and allowed them to score in each of the remaining four. This unfortunate outcome dropped my career spring training record to 0-2. Fortunately, like most spring numbers, I don’t expect this one to translate to the regular season.
Wednesday’s game was my first spring training game since 2005, when Brian Schneider’s wife sold me a Nationals hat. It was as hot and humid as I remembered. I don’t remember who won that game when I was 10, but it was the St. Louis Cardinals (10-7) who emerged triumphant today, scoring in the bottom of the eighth to claim a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals (9-10).