Category Archives: Nationals

Nationals Beast (and least) of the Week

This is tough. The Nationals have been playing some pretty bad abysmal baseball lately. But there must be one person who gets the Beast of the Week honor, and we give this week’s award to…

Elijah Dukes, OF. The man who has been so troubled off the field has found lots more trouble on the field this year, batting below the Mendoza line. But Dukes seems to be prospering in the two-hole (give credit to Manny Acta here). For the week, Elijah hit .286, .375, .571 with 5 RBI and a home run (a game-winner Thursday night against St. Louis). He certainly has a lot of upside, and any offensive production from the replacement right-fielder will be a huge boost to the team with the worst combined batting average in the majors (.231).

Runners-Up: Jesus Flores, Cristian Guzman, Saul Rivera

The Nationals least of the week is…

Jason Bergmann, RHP. We thought that Bergmann had turned the corner after a terrible start to the season, but he reverted to his old self Friday night against the Giants, giving up 5 earned runs on 10 hits in just 3 innings of work, walking 2 and striking out none. That’s a WHIP of 4.00 and an ERA of 15.00. On a team that’s not hitting, he has to be better than that.

Runners-down: Wily Mo Peña, Felipe Lopez, Luis Ayala


Odalis Perez sidelined

Nationals RHP Odalis Perez left the mound early Tuesday night with pain in his left shoulder. According to, he has been diagnosed with tendonitis, and will likely miss his next start. This comes as yet another blow to Washington, who already have Ryan Zimmerman, Ronnie Belliard, Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Paul Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Chad Cordero on the Disabled List.

Zimmerman to DL

Big blow for the Nationals as Ryan Zimmerman takes a trip to the 15-day DL. Kory Casto will be called up in his place. According to’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have requested opinions on Zimmerman’s shoulder from several doctors, including Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Alabama. Doesn’t sound all that good for the Nationals’ franchise player.

ESPN power rankings

Completely worthless to interpret anything from.  But the Phils are #2, behind the Cubs.  The Marlins are 7, the Braves 10, the Mets18 and the Nats 26.

-Greg Berlin

Paul Lo Duca’s new gig [Ex-Mets Watch]


That’s right, while Don Sutton sits out with laryngitis, the injured Paul Lo Duca takes his place in the broadcast booth. How did Paulie do? We’d say stick to your day job, Paul, but, well, that’s not going so well either now is it?

Zimmerman misses fourth game in row

Ryan Zimmerman is still day-to-day with a sore shoulder, and sat out his fourth-straight game today as the Nationals were defeated by the San Diego Padres by a score of 5-2. Aaron Boone has been an adequate replacement, but the Nationals are obviously missing one of their most dynamic players in the lineup.

Injury Roundup

Ryan Zimmerman was held out of the lineup tonight as the Nationals take on San Diego. Here’s what Zim said about his apparent shoulder injury, courtesy of Chico Harlan’s Nationals Journal:

“It’s just soreness. It’s been checked out, and they said there’s nothing structurally wrong with it. Basically just wait for [the soreness] to go away. I mean if I had to play today I probably could, but we’ve got the hottest guy playing. (A reference to Aaron Boone.) But no, it’s good. I think it just makes sense. There’s no reason to rush it. If it was August or September and we had made a move and were competing for something, there’s no doubt I would have played. But it’s kind of a risk-reward kind of thing. Do I really want to play now and risk hurting it more, or take two or three days and get it better and then have four months to play? So it just makes sense.”

Mark Kotsay missed a start tonight for the Braves with back pain and, according to, might be placed on the DL. Kotsay, of course, has suffered from back pain many times in the past.

The Mets placed RHP Matt Wise on the DL today with right rotator cuff tendonitis, according to Taking his roster spot will be Carlos Muniz, the young closer for Triple-A New Orleans.

And, as reported earlier on NL Beast, Pat Burrell missed tonight’s start with apparent neck stifness.