Zimmermann felt better than Boston game, but this time struggled with control in loss

Nationals manager Matt Williams said after starter Jordan Zimmermann's outing in Boston on April 13 that the gametime conditions were dry at Fenway Park and that's why his starter couldn't get a good grip on the baseball. In that loss, Zimmermann surrendered seven earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings. Boston won 9-4. Saturday was a better day for humidity in D.C. The stickiness was ... read more

Williams on young outfielders Taylor and Harper, and day off for Werth

Center fielder Denard Span has now played through two rehab games and is closer to returning from right core muscle surgery. Span went through a full workout at Nats Park on Saturday morning. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Span is closer to being activated. One big question the Nationals must answer when Span returns is what to do with the current starting center fielder, Michael ... read more

Williams on Escobar's strained groin, plus Span update

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar strained his groin running out a ground ball in the fourth inning, according to manager Matt Williams. The Nats pulled Escobar from the Friday's game and moved Danny Espinosa to third base and Dan Uggla to second. Williams explained the move and how the team will evaluate Escobar before Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game against the Phillies. "He strained his groin ... read more

Williams updates injury rehabs, including Span and Rendon

Nationals manager Matt Williams had updates on all the injured players looking to come back off the disabled list during his pregame briefing with the media this afternoon. On right-hander Casey Janssen, who is out with right shoulder inflammation: "Good. He's on his throwing program. It's a build-up of course. Being shut down and taking care of it for a while. We have to build ... read more

Solis moves to Harrisburg, Giolito and Lopez each go three innings in Florida

Left-hander Sammy Solis is reporting to Double-A Harrisburg, according to Nationals assistant general manager and vice president of player development and pro scouting Doug Harris. Solis will begin the season in the bullpen. He appeared in only five games, all starts, in 2014. He has made 37 starts since 2010 for the Nationals, and has battled through Tommy John surgery, shoulder fatigue, back problems and ... read more

Bullpen finishes win over Phillies, looks back at importance of Stammen

The Nationals took down the Phillies 5-2 in their return to D.C. with the help of 2 1/3 scoreless innings from the bullpen. Matt Thornton, Aaron Barrett and Drew Storen came in to hold the Phillies without a run on just one hit for the final seven outs. In the seventh, with the bases loaded and the Nationals ahead 5-2, Thornton was able to force ... read more

Rivero brings starter mentality to relieving role with Nationals

Venezuelan left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero was activated Thursday by the Nationals, occupying an important role. He joins Matt Thornton as the only two southpaws in the Nationals bullpen. Rivero got the news from Triple-A Syracuse. Manager Billy Gardner told him after the road trip yesterday. Rivero arrived in a four-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays prior to spring training in 2014. He made 14 ... read more

On the Phillies, the weekend series, Span and Martin

The Phillies have gone into a tailspin since their last meeting with the Nationals. The three-game set last weekend in Philly was their last and only win streak, when they won two of three versus the Nats. A team meeting called by closer Jonathan Papelbon did not help them snap a three-game skid yesterday, when they lost to the Mets 6-1. Both teams begin play ... read more