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Notes: Strasburg looks 'real good'

February 19, 2021

A familiar sight was back for the first time in seven months. Stephen Strasburg threw off a bullpen mound on Friday, the second day of pitchers and catchers workouts, at Spring Training. He last pitched for the Nationals on Aug. 14 before he was shut down to undergo carpal tunnel

Scherzer (ankle) 'keeping his strength up'

February 19, 2021

There usually isn’t an “easing into” Spring Training period for Max Scherzer. When it’s up to him, he’s ready to jump into a new season of competition at full speed. This year, though, Scherzer has to dial back that pace after spraining his left ankle while running and doing intervals

Robles sprains ankle in Dominican winter ball

November 28, 2020

Nationals center fielder Victor Robles sustained a sprained right ankle while playing for Águilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican Republic. He has not played in the last three games and is listed as day to day, the team announced on Saturday.

Nats taking cautious approach with 'pen

September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are proceeding with caution as the end of the regular season nears, especially when it comes to their heavily taxed bullpen. The team entered Monday with a 20-32 record and six games back of the final National League Wild Card spot with only eight games to

Latest on Elías, Freeman, other IL Nats

September 19, 2020

The Nationals have been hampered by injuries in 2020, headlined by the season-ending surgery of Stephen Strasburg. With just over a week left in the regular season, manager Dave Martinez provided updates on the players whose year was cut short, as well as those still eyeing a comeback this month

Injured Eaton: 'I still have a lot of fire in me'

September 18, 2020

Adam Eaton knew immediately he was hurt. He had broken fingers in the past, and he had a strong feeling what the X-rays would reveal. He tried to play through it, anyways. “I’ve been playing pretty [ticked] off lately,” Eaton said on Friday. “I think that had a lot to

Facing season's close, FA, Doolittle hits IL

Martinez on playing after 9/11: 'Never forget a moment like that'
September 11, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Just when Sean Doolittle’s season was turning around, he suffered another setback. The Nationals placed the veteran reliever on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain on Friday, a day after exiting a ninth-inning appearance in a loss to the Braves after three pitches. Washington recalled

MRI on Soto's left elbow comes back clean

September 5, 2020

The Nationals were without left fielder Juan Soto for their doubleheader against the Braves at Truist Park on Friday because of left elbow soreness. Soto was scratched from the lineup in Game 1, a 7-1 loss, and he also didn't play in Game 2, a 10-9 victory. “He got an

Romero (right hand) to IL; Braymer recalled

Left-hander sustained injury in Saturday fall
August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals’ pitching staff has sustained another injury, this time to one of its top prospects. Left-hander Seth Romero, the club’s No. 11 prospect per MLB Pipeline, broke his right hand on Saturday evening. He was placed on the 10-day IL on Monday. Washington recalled southpaw Ben Braymer,

Nats anticipate 'full recovery' for Stras by '21

August 23, 2020

Reigning World Series Most Valuable Player Award winner Stephen Strasburg will undergo surgery on Wednesday in Baltimore to alleviate carpal tunnel neuritis in his right hand, ending his 2020 season. The Nationals transferred him to the 60-day injured list a day after he met with a nerve specialist. “Hopefully the

Notes: Options for Stras; injury updates

August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are considering treatment options, including surgery, after Stephen Strasburg met with a nerve specialist on Thursday and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis in his right hand. Strasburg was placed on the 10-day IL with the injury on Sunday. “Now we’re going to sit back and

Castro eyes playoff return; Doolittle throws

August 18, 2020

Starlin Castro is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his broken right wrist on Friday, and he’s already eyeing his return. Washington's Opening Day second baseman will have a pin placed in his wrist, which he injured attempting to make a diving play last Friday against the Orioles. Nationals manager

Nats taking caution with Strasburg on IL

World Series MVP to get nerve testing on Monday; Fedde takes over spot in the rotation
August 15, 2020

There are two words that prompt a universally adverse reaction across baseball: injured list. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg tried to rehab and throw his way through a nerve issue in his pitching hand this season to avoid hearing them. But in a move to prevent further injury, the Nationals placed

Nats face more questions with Stras' hand

World Series MVP leaves start vs. Orioles after two-thirds of an inning
August 15, 2020

Stephen Strasburg missed his first two starts this season with a nerve issue in his right hand, but the three-time All-Star felt confident heading into Friday night’s outing against the Orioles. Sixteen pitches later, his night was over. Even worse, Strasburg’s immediate future is now murky as the Nationals try

Castro (broken wrist) on IL; Nats add García

August 15, 2020

The Nationals lost more than a game on Friday afternoon, as Starlin Castro suffered a broken right wrist while trying to make a diving play in the sixth inning. Castro was sent for X-rays as the Nationals and Orioles concluded their suspended game from last Sunday, a 6-2 Washington loss.

Nationals place Doolittle on IL; Harris returns

August 13, 2020

In a series of pitching-related roster moves on Thursday, the Nationals placed left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with a fatigued right knee. The transaction is retroactive to Tuesday. “His right knee has some inflammation in it,” manager Dave Martinez said. “It’s a testament, I think, that

Notes: Harris close; prospects on taxi squad

August 10, 2020

Will Harris has dealt with groin injuries over his career, but none had been as bad as the discomfort that sent him to the 10-day injured list last month. “That one was by far the worst one,” Harris said on Monday. Harris first felt the right groin strain during an

Max (hamstring) expects to make next start

August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Nationals ace Max Scherzer does not expect to miss any time after exiting his start against the Mets on Wednesday after one inning with a tweaked right hamstring. “It’s not a major injury, or really a minor injury,” Scherzer said following Washington’s 3-1 loss at Nationals Park. “At

Strasburg scratched with right hand issue

Reigning World Series MVP doesn't believe it's long-term injury
July 25, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals’ starpower took another hit when right-hander Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his first start of the 2020 season because of a nerve issue in his right hand on Saturday, just two days after Juan Soto was placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Manager Dave Martinez stressed

Scherzer plays catch, availability uncertain

October 29, 2019

HOUSTON -- Max Scherzer's status to pitch again in the World Series was still uncertain as of Tuesday, but he was playing catch in the outfield at Minute Maid Park.

Nats optimistic as Suzuki stays on WS roster

Catcher exited Saturday night's Game 3 with strained right hip flexor
October 26, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals felt confident enough in the results of an MRI on Kurt Suzuki’s right hip flexor that he will remain on the World Series roster. The club did not release the results of Suzuki’s MRI, but before Saturday’s Game 4, manager Dave Martinez said they would need

Kurt Suzuki to remain on roster despite injury

Catcher exited Game 3 in sixth with right hip flexor ailment
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October 26, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was a surprise star from Game 2 of this World Series on Wednesday night, hitting the go-ahead home run to go along with an array of spectacular blocks over the first two-plus games against the Astros. Despite sustaining an injury during Game 3, he

Suzuki exits after HBP but joins celebration

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October 11, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- A scary scene unfolded at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night after Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was hit by a 94 mph fastball from Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler that deflected off his left wrist and struck his face, forcing him to depart Game 5 of the National League

Taylor starts in CF for Robles (hamstring)

Injury considered 'very, very mild'; rookie could be available to pinch-hit, run
October 6, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Victor Robles was out of the starting lineup for Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Sunday night at Nationals Park, after an MRI revealed a mild strain in his right hamstring. Manager Dave Martinez described the injury as “very,

Nationals' injury updates: Suzuki, Elias

C day to day, but lefty has hamstring strain; Scherzer to start Friday
September 10, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ahead of a rare three-game series in Minnesota, the Nationals were hopeful that catcher Kurt Suzuki won’t miss much time with inflammation in his right elbow, but left-handed reliever Roenis Elias didn't join the team on the trip as he deals with a Grade 1 strain of his