Nationals right-hander Joe Ross left Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Tigers in the second inning with a bruised right heel after getting drilled by a line drive off the bat of third baseman Nick Castellanos.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker made it clear Saturday that he is not a fan of position players striking out often. If a player is known to strike out often, Baker said, he better hit a lot of home runs. Baker would like to see hitters focus on putting the ball in play.
Nationals right-hander Bronson Arroyo plans to continue his baseball career after learning that he has partial tears in his rotator cuff tendons, which are inflamed, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.
Although he had made three other appearances this spring, Friday night was Lucas Giolito’s first Grapefruit League start. And the Nationals’ top prospect did his best to treat it like a regular-season start.
Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito threw two scoreless innings and his team pounded Mets starter Bartolo Colon in Friday night’s 12-7 win at Tradition Field.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker had some high praise for catcher Pedro Severino, who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.
Bronson Arroyo received good news Friday. After an MRI from this week was compared to one from 2014, Arroyo learned that he has an inflamed bursa sac in his right shoulder, according to a source. The Nationals have not confirmed the report.
It is only Spring Training, but the Nationals’ proclamation to be more aggressive on the basepaths is already shining through. Credit this newfound assertiveness to new first-base coach Davey Lopes.
MLB.com caught up with general manager Mike Rizzo on Thursday to talk about his time with the Nationals and his future with the team.
The Braves and Nationals combined for six homers — two by Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and four by Washington, including Chris Heisey’s walk-off three-run shot that gave the Nats a 9-7 win Thursday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium.
Before Thursday’s game against the Braves, Nationals manager Dusty Baker received a great thrill at Space Coast Stadium. Braves guest instructor Ralph Garr greeted Baker with a bear hug near home plate. It marked the first time Baker and Garr were on the same field since they were teammates with Atlanta in 1975.