What Does the Future Hold for Ryan Zimmerman?

Zimmerman Today marks a big day for the Washington Nationals as the future face of the franchise Bryce Harper is back in the lineup and will be playing left field however due to his placement in that position it displaces the current face of the franchise Ryan Zimmerman.

In tonight’s lineup things are going back to where everyone thought they be this season in that the core eight are back together in the same lineup for the first time since opening days. However with Harper being in left field in tonight’s game Ryan Zimmerman must move back to his old position of third base. Read more about What Does the Future Hold for Ryan Zimmerman?

Bryce Harper is Back and Ready to Take the League by Storm

harperbobble614c The Washington Nationals have activated Bryce Harper on the disabled list and expect him to start in tonight’s game, which coincidently is his bobblehead night. Harper has missed 57 games this season with a torn ligament in his left thumb that he got on a headfirst slide into third base on April 27th. This would reunite the Nationals core eight players in their lineup for the first time since opening day. Read more about Bryce Harper is Back and Ready to Take the League by Storm

Matt Williams Faith in Nate McLouth Appears to be Paying Off

Nate McLouth

The Nationals were not very active in this past offseason free agency market however one of their more subtle moves was the signing of former Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth to a three year contract to become the Nationals fourth outfielder. McLouth was just coming off a season where he posted a solid .258 average to go along with 12 homeruns and 30 stolen bases to be one of the more versatile players the Orioles had on their team.

The Nationals signed McLouth to be that fourth outfielder knowing in recent years both Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper have had injury problems. Well it seemed the singing paid off when Bryce Harper was placed on the disabled list not even a month into the seasons and was expected to miss a significant amount of time. Read more about Matt Williams Faith in Nate McLouth Appears to be Paying Off

How Good can a HEATHLY Nationals Lineup Be?

100px-Washington_Nationals_logo_svg The Washington Nationals began the 2014 season with high hopes and World Series aspirations however on May 27 the team is 51 games into the regular season and is sitting in third place in the NL East with a 25-26 record. The Nationals have really had a disappointing month of May so far as they are 9-14 and are hitting only .223, which is worst in all of baseball. At this moment the Nationals also have had to deal with injuries like no other team since the start of the season although it appears the Nationals have always had to deal with injuries and that is this team’s major setback. Read more about How Good can a HEATHLY Nationals Lineup Be?

Harper lands on DL, again

1024px-9TH_Bryce_HarperWell the worst has come true for Washington National faithful, Bryce Harper will for the first time this season be placed on the disable list due to his need of surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and he is expected to be out until at least early July, ESPN’s Keith Law reports.

Harper suffered the injury on a head first slide into third base after a base clearing triple on April 25 against the San Diego Padres, the Nationals would go on to win the game 11-1. At the time of the injury the severity of it was unknown with Harper showing little to no discomfort after the play. But after seeing multiple doctors he and the Nationals elected to have the surgery on Tuesday, April 29, to repair the thumb.

Harper will go the DL currently batting .289, highest of career, with one home run and nine runs batted in. This will be the second season in a row Harper will miss significant amount of time due to injuries, after missing 44 games last season to an array of injuries it was heavily discussed what a healthy Harper could do this year and how he could help many experts prediction of the Nationals winning the World Series come true. This injury will definitely set the Nationals back offensively and defensively, which is already  worst in the MLB.

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Nationals Avoid Sweep with 2-1 Win Over Braves

1024px-9TH_Bryce_HarperJust one week ago Matt Williams and the Nationals celebrated a memorable opening series sweep of the Mets at Citi Field. Yesterday they fought to avoid being swept by the Braves at Nationals Park, pulling out a nail-biting 2-1 win.

With Ryan Zimmerman out due to shoulder inflammation, Bryce Harper struggling at the plate and other setbacks, the first week of the season has been an unsteady one. However, the Nats’ pitching continues to be a notable positive.
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Nationals Opening Day 25-man Roster

File:9TH Bryce Harper.jpgThe Washington Nationals have released their 25-man opening day roster and there are not too many surprises. With Doug Fister being placed on the 15-day DL,Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan both made the roster. Roark and Jordan were battling this spring for the 5th spot in the rotation. Both will be in the rotation until Fister comes back. Unsurprisingly Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound Monday in New York for opening day, while Roark will start in the home opener.

In an anonymous poll of MLB players Bryce Harper was voted the most overrated player in baseball. It’s hard to believe that a rookie of the year could be considered overrated.  Harper needs to have a great season if he wants to shut up his haters. Harper had a sub par spring hitting .239 with 2 hrs in 46 abs.
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