January 25, 2022

Washington Nationals officially activate from DL, then demote Danny Espinosa

The Washington Nationals Wednesday officially activated 2B Danny Espinosa from the disabled list, then optioned him to AAA-Syracuse. Espinosa was in Syracuse already on a rehab assignment after he was placed on the Major League disabled list with a fracture in his right wrist. In 20 at bats so far for Syracuse, Espinosa is 2-for-20 with 13 strikeouts.

Espinosa injured his shoulder late in 2012, which he revealed in spring training this season to be a partially torn rotator cuff. In April, he was hit by a Paul Maholm fastball in the right wrist, and initially took a couple days off to allow the swelling to go down. Initial X-rays did not show a break, but after two months of utter futility at the plate (.158/.193/.272 in 167 plate appearances) the team re-examined his right and found a fracture and bone chips.

Espinosa took a week off, then began a rehab assignment in Syracuse, but thus far hasn’t been any better there than he was for the Nats this season.

Washington Nationals injury updates: Harper to see Dr. Andrews; Strasburg to D.L.

Before Thursday’s game against the New York Mets, manager Davey Johnson gave a few updates on the Washington Nationals walking wounded.

– Bryce Harper experienced swelling in his knee after running in a pool earlier in the day and is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews to get a further opinion on Monday.

– Danny Espinosa received a cortisone shot in his broken right wrist and is expected to start baseball activities in five days or so.

– Ross Detwiler will pitch in a rehab game at Potomac on June 8. He’ll throw about 50 pitches and is on target to return on June 13.

– Stephen Strasburg was officially placed on the 15-day D.L. and LHP Xavier Cedeno was recalled from AAA-Syracuse. It’s expected that RHP Ross Ohlendorf will be called up to start in Strasburg’s place Saturday.

Washington Nationals make roster changes before series with Mets

Sitting with a record below .500 after Memorial Day is no way for a World Series hopeful to conduct business.

Tuesday, before their game against the New York Mets, The Washington Nationals placed second baseman Danny Espinosa on the 15-day D.L. with a broken right wrist, recalled infielder Anthony Rendon, and designated Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke for assignment. In addition, the team called up LHP Ian Krol, who was acquired in the off-season trade of Michael Morse.

Saying Espinosa has struggled this season is a gross understatement. The 26-year-old was hitting .158/.193/.272 at the time of his disabling with just three homers and 12 RBIs this season. He had struck out 47 times and walked just four times. He injured his left shoulder last August and later was diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff. In April of this year, he was hit with a Paul Maholm fastball and was later diagnoses with a fracture and bone chips in his right wrist.

According to reports in the clubhouse, Espinosa cleared his locker out. It’s not usual protocol for a player on the 15-day D.L. to clear out his locker.

Rendon starts his second stint with the team. He was recently promoted to AAA and got three games in for Syracuse before being recalled. He played all three games at second base. Rendon hit .307/.452/.575 between Harrisburg and Syracuse this season.

Rodriguez, the 100-MPH fireballing reliever, owned a 4.00 ERA and 1.667 WHIP at the time of his release. Always one to have trouble with his control, he was walking a whopping 8.0 per nine innings while his usually stellar K/9 was down to 5.5.

Duke was 1-1 with a 8.71 ERA and 1.887 WHIP in 12 games, including one start.

Krol. a 22-year-old left-handed reliever, had a 0.69 ERA, 0.8080 WHIP and 10.0 K/p in AA-Harrisburg and has never pitched above Double-A.


Washington Nationals put Ryan Zimmerman on D.L., recall top prospect Anthony Rendon

After the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 7-6 earlier Saturday, the team placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day D.L. with a left hamstring strain and will call up top prospect Anthony Rendon from AA Harrisburg.

Nats manager Davey Johnson announced the move in his postgame press conference from Citifield.

Zimmerman’s leg has been bothering him for several days, and is affecting his swing more than his defensive play, as he’s experiencing discomfort rotating on his front leg as he follows through with his swing.

Rendon will make his Major League debut Sunday. The 22-year old third baseman was a late scratch from the Senators’ game against Altoona Saturday and will instead travel to New York to join his Nats teammates. In 14 games, Rendon is hitting .292/.462/.500 in 65 plate appearances with four doubles, two homers and seven RBIs. He’s walked 14 times opposed to nine strikeouts.

NATS: Happy Birthday, Jhonatan Solano


Washington Nationals Catcher Jhonatan Solano was born on 08/15/1985 in Barranquilla, Columbia

Jhonatan Solano is currently on the 15-Day DL. Hope Solano is healing quickly and will be back soon.

Make sure to wish #23 a happy birthday.

Jhonatan Solano during Photo Day – Colorado Rockies v. Washington Nationals, 7/07/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS: Happy Birthday, Wilson Ramos


Washington Nationals Catcher Wilson Ramos was born on 08/10/1987 in Valencia, Venezuela.

Wilson Ramos is currently on the 60-Day DL.  Ramos had ACL surgery on his knee July 18 and it has been reported that he is doing well. Wilson appreciates the support. Hope Ramos is healing and will be back ready to go for 2013.

Follow Wilson Ramos on Twitter (@WRamosC3) and make sure to wish #3 a happy birthday.

It was nice to see Washington Nationals Catcher Wilson Ramos (DL) in the dugout smiling at Orioles v. Nats game on May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Wilson Ramos “zooms” to first base on his walk-off single win over Phillies, May 4 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Wilson Ramos signing autographs for fans before a spring training game (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


NATS: Happy Birthday, Cole Kimball


Washington Nationals RHP Cole Kimball was born on 08/01/1985 in Brooklyn, New York.

Cole Kimball is currently on the 60-Day DL. The last time Kimball pitched at Nationals Park was on May 31, 2011. Hope Kimball is healing and will be back soon. Happy Birthday #65!

Washington Nationals RHP Cole Kimball pitching the last time at Nationals Park on May 31, 2011 against Phillies before going on the DL. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals RHP Cole Kimball and Ivan Pudge Rodriguez after the win over Philadelphia Phillies on May 31, 2011. Last home game for Kimball before going on the DL. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


Washington Nationals activate Chad Tracy from D.L.

The Washington Nationals activated pinch-hitter/first baseman Chad Tracy from the disabled list in advance of their game Tuesday evening against the Philadelphia Phillies. The team optioned outfielder Corey Brown to Triple-A Syracuse in the corresponding move.

Tracy was manager Davey Johnson’s most impressive left-handed bat off the bench early in the season, but has only 55 plate appearances due to sports hernia surgery. Tracy was hitting .265/.327/.510 with three homers and 121 RBIs when he went down.

Brown hit his first Major League home run Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s hit .188 in 17 plate appearances this season for the Nats. For Syracuse, Brown has hit .300/.384/.559 with 21 home runs and 58 RBIs in 95 games.

Chad Tracy has been excellent off of the bench for the Nats this season (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals send Ian Desmond to D.L., recall OF Corey Brown

Ian Desmond will miss up to a month with strained oblique. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Washington Nationals placed All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day D.L. with a tear in his left oblique and recalled Corey Brown from Triple-A Syracuse. Desmond, 26, is enjoying his career year with the Nats, but could miss up to a month recovering and rehabbing the strained muscle in his side. He’s been playing with the injury for several months, but after playing both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, the injury was just too much to overcome and the team will shut him down. [Read more…]

NATS: Happy Birthday, Jayson Werth

HAPPY 33rd BIRTHDAY JAYSON WERTH! Nats win on Werth’s Birthday!

Washington Nationals Outfielder was born on 05/20/1979 in Springfield, Illinois.

Jayson Werth got a win on his birthday! Werth in dugout congratulating Jesus Flores on his solo home run, May 20. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth broke his wrist on May 6, 2012 and had surgery the next day. We wish Werth a speedy recovery.

Jayson Werth broke his wrist on this play during Philles v. Nats, May 6 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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