Author Archives: Adam Kilgore

Ryan Zimmerman will be activated tomorrow and return to the Nationals

The Nationals, as planned, will activate Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list tomorrow, ending his 58-game stay on the disabled list following surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Zimmerman had spent the last week playing in minor leagu… Continue reading

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Nationals have improved their defense, just like they planned

This offseason, Mike Rizzo came up short in some aims while seemingly disregarding other needs. The Nationals, after a few near-misses, could not land the frontline starter they hoped for (and that, it turns out, has not prevented the staff from putti… Continue reading

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After a tough season, Matt Stairs delivers

In the ninth inning today, the Nationals needed a pinch-hitter against Heath Bell, one of the nastiest closers in baseball. There was one out. The bases were empty. The Nationals had thrown away scoring chances all game. They needed to some kind of sp… Continue reading

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Game 66 discussion thread: Nationals at Padres

The Nationals’ defense on the West Coast has bordered on remarkable. They have not made an error the entire trip and have 95 2/3 consecutive errorless innings, per Nationals p.r. maven, and Pride of Bowling Green, Bill Gluvna. That’s already a Nat… Continue reading

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Ryan Zimmerman’s expected return, and updates on Ian Desmond, Roger Bernadina, Cole Kimball

Ryan Zimmerman is currently making what should be his final minor league rehab appearance, having gone for 0 for 2 with Class AAA Syracuse. If all goes well today, Zimmerman will return to the Nationals on Tuesday and play his first game since April 9… Continue reading

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Today’s Nationals lineup

The Nationals are sticking with the creative format they used in yesterday’s lineup, but some of the particulars have changed. Jayson Werth is still batting leadoff, but with Ian Desmond, who has been dealing with a thigh injury, out of the lineup, … Continue reading

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Ryan Zimmerman is close to returning to the Nationals, giving them ‘a shot in the arm’

Ryan Zimmerman continued his rehab from abdominal surgery tonight with Class AAA Syracuse, going 2 for 4 with a double. Zimmerman played in all nine innings and showed again that his swing takes little time to return after a long layoff. Zimmerman has… Continue reading

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Game 65 discussion thread: Nationals at Padres

The Nationals have made a late lineup change. Roger Bernadina was scratched with left hamstring tightness, and Brian Bixler will take his place in left field and batting ninth.
Aside from hitting eighth for the first time in his career, John Lannan w… Continue reading

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Jason Marquis drops appeal, will serve five-game suspension

Jason Marquis dropped his appeal to the five-game suspension the league gave him for hitting Justin Upton with a pitch, timing that will allow him, thanks to the Nationals’ day off Monday, to serve the suspension without skipping a start.
Marquis r… Continue reading

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Jayson Werth not surprised to leadoff, and Jim Riggleman explains the Nationals lineup

The state of the Nationals offense necessitated some kind of change. Their leadoff batters to this point in the season have a collective .267 on-base percentage, worst in the majors by 12 points. In their past nine games, they have scored three or few… Continue reading

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