Don’t Expect Gio Gonzalez To Face MLB Disciplinary Action

Gonzalez, above, is expected to be exonerated. (Photo: Wikimedia)

As I’m sure many baseball fans have heard, the MLB will be looking to suspend a number of major league players in connection with the Biogenesis lab in Florida ran by Tony Bosch. A number of MLB players including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez were on a list of notable players that could be facing suspensions. Unfortunately, Washington Nationals ace Gio Gonzalez was also placed on a list of players that received substances from that lab.  Continue reading

Stephen Strasburg will avoid DL stint, at least for now

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Stephen Strasburg left last night’s start after only two innings with a strained lower back, but the Nationals are going to play the waiting game before putting him on the 15-day disabled list, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. The Nats could skip and further delay his next scheduled start, using Craig Stammen — who tossed four shut-out innings in relief of Strasburg last night — in the interim.

Strasburg joins a lengthy list of injured Nationals, including star outfielder Bryce Harper who was put on the DL today, retroactive to May 27. The Nationals have been hovering around .500 for the better part of the last two weeks, tenuously holding onto a spot in second place in the NL East, currently 4.5 games behind the first place Braves and two games ahead of the third-place Phillies.

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Nats Injury Update (UPDATED)

English: Stephen Strasburg

English: Stephen Strasburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UPDATE @ 10:03 AM, 6/2/2013

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with a grade 1 lat strain following his MRI yesterday. Here’s an expert from Kilgores article. “Kuntz” referes to Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz. Continue reading

Nats (Finally) Find Some Offense

Adam LaRoche, left, and Tyler Moore, right, celebrate following Moore’s fourth inning homer. (Photo: CSN Washington)

Last night at Nats Park fans got to see two things that they haven’t seen all year, starting pitcher Nathan Karns and the Washington Nationals offense.

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There’s a Difference Between Being Injured and Hurt

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There’s a different between being injured and being hurt. For Dany Espinosa, not finding that fine line has likely cost the Nationals a number ball games this year.

Reports have surfaced this afternoon that Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa has been playing with a bone chip in his wrist and an injured rotator cuff…since April. Espinosa is just now receiving time off to recover from the injuries after trying to play through the pain. Continue reading

It’s a Fundamental Thing

Ryan ZimmermanThe beginning of this years Washington Nationals season hasn’t quite met expectations. While the team is still 2 games above .500 and just 2.5 games behind the Braves for the NL East lead, the Nationals certainly have the talent to be in first and many more games in the green.

Like the old saying goes: “Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.” When it comes to the Nationals, it doesn’t look like they’ll be selling tickets anytime soon and they definitely won’t be winning championships at the rate their going defensively. Continue reading

Nats Minor Leaguer Wins Pitcher of the Week

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals announced via Twitter that right handed pitcher A.J. Cole of the Potomac Nationals has been named the Pitcher of the Week. The Potomac Nationals are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the MLB club.

Cole struck out nine and gave up just four hits in six shutout innings against Myrtle Beach (TEX). It was his first win of the season. Cole was selected by the Nationals in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. According to MLB.com, he was ranked the 91st best minor leaguer entering 2013.

In other Nationals minor league news, pitcher Bill Bray has been assigned to Double-A Harrisburg. Bray had been in extended spring training. Since Harrisburg took on Bray, reliever Trevor Holder was been released.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise to some as Holder was a solid minor league relief pitcher.   In seven appearances (18 innings total), Holder held a 2.89 ERA and was 1-1 on saves. He had given up just nine runs, six earned, and struck out 13 while only walking four.