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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth To Have MRI On Hamstring; Dealing With Stomach Virus; Dehydration

The Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers last night on the strength of another strong start by Jordan Zimmermann and what Nats' skipper Davey Johnson called some timely hitting. Before and after the game, the Nationals' manager updated everyone on Jayson Werth's condition as well...


Though the Washington Nationals were being cautious, they still didn't think Jayson Werth's bothersome hamstring was bad enough to warrant a DL stint when Davey Johnson spoke to reporters before last night's game:

Werth was spotted doing sprints on the warning track before the first game with the Detroit Tigers, but with the hamstring still bothering him, the Nats' skipper wasn't going to put him back in the lineup after another rainy day in the nation's capital. After the game, and after the Nationals' 33-year-old outfielder had some issues with the hamstring again after running, Johnson announced that there might be another problem causing the problems with Werth's leg.

"I got a little report on Jayson Werth," Johnson said, "He -- I'm not really sure, but tomorrow he's going to have an MRI on his hamstring. But I actually think, from talking to him, that he's got some stomach virus that's causing him to get dehydrated. When he gets dehydrated, he starts, the muscles start, spasming. I'm kind of hearing him talk about it because he ran pretty good today. When he finished running, he started getting some spasms, muscle spasms. So he was obviously getting dehydrated. So tomorrow he's going to see, I guess, an internist and also have his hamstring MRI'd. But I have a good feeling if they can get rid of the bug, he'll be alright."

More news on Werth when it's available. Until then, links and lots of them, starting... RIGHT NOW!!:


• "'My numbers will be where they usually are' at the end of the season, Haren vowed this week." - "Washington Nationals’ Dan Haren hopes a return to basics will bring return to form" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post


• "Dan Haren came to Washington to take Edwin Jackson’s spot in the rotation. A quality back-end arm who may be somewhat unpredictable." - "Haren in the middle" - Harry Pavlidis, Washington Post

• "The signs that Jordan Zimmermann has emerged as the Washington Nationals’ ace are often smaller pieces that make up the larger picture." - "Jordan Zimmermann continues evolution into Nationals ace with victory over Tigers" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Over his last three starts, against the Reds, Braves and Tigers - all potent lineups - [Jordan] Zimmermann has allowed just one run on 10 hits, with 19 strikeouts in 24 innings of work." - "Nationals Pastime: The stellar starts keep coming from Jordan Zimmermann (Nats win 3-1)" - Dan Kolko,

• via Twitter:

• "Add the Tigers to [Jordan] Zimmermann's growing list of victims. He shut out the Reds on one hit. He didn't allow a run to the Braves over eight innings..." - "Zimmermann tames Tigers' tough lineup" - Mark Zuckerman, Comcast SportsNet Washington

• Davey Johnson on Zimmermann's Start:

• "Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed a run. Still, the result was the same in the end." - "Zimmermann quiets Detroit bats, Nationals win 3-1" - Harvey Valentine, AP/

• "[Jordan] Zimmermann acknowledged that he wasn't at his best, because he had extra rest due to the rainout on Tuesday in addition to the 57-minute rain delay..." - "Detroit Tigers at Washington Nationals - May 8, 2013" - Bill Ladson, WSH Recap

• "The last three times out, [Jordan[ Zimmermann has pitched gems against three incredibly dangerous offensive teams, teams that all rank in the top 12 in the league in runs scored." - "Nationals Pastime: As consistent as they come" - Dan Kolko,

• "VIDEO: Zimmermann gets NL-best 6th win" - Mark Zuckerman,

• via Twitter:

• "[Jayson] Werth has been battling a stomach bug for about a week, Johnson said, and fluid loss could be cause for the cramping." - "Jayson Werth to receive MRI on hamstring Thursday" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "[Jayson] Werth hurt the hamstring and his left ankle on April 29 against the Braves. He played last Thursday in Atlanta, but was taken out after the fourth inning." - "Werth remains out of lineup due to hamstring" - Bill Ladson, News

• "[Jayson] Werth was cleared to return by his own personal doctor and he’s been testing his hamstring over the past few days without much issue..." - "Jayson Werth will go for MRI on right hamstring on Thursday" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Both pitchers -- the Tigers' Doug Fister and Nationals' Dan Haren -- will be working on extra rest, thanks to the rainout." - "Detroit Tigers at Washington Nationals - May 9, 2013" - Andrew Simon, Preview

• "Another fantastic pitching performance from Jordan Zimmermann, another homer from Bryce Harper and another save notched by Rafael Soriano." - "Nationals Pastime: Johnson discusses Nats' 3-1 win (Werth to get MRI)" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Stephen Strasburg] did not know the difference – and it is significant – between his results when Wilson Ramos or Kurt Suzuki crouches behind the plate for him." - "Should Stephen Strasburg have a personal catcher?" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "With Jayson Werth dealing with right hamstring tightness for the past week, [Bryce] Harper has shifted to right field twice, and was in the lineup there Wednesday night, though the game was delayed by rain." - "Bryce Harper getting comfortable at every outfield position" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Davey] Johnson said the Nationals are being extra cautious with [Christian] Garcia, and he is 'basically going through regular spring training all over again.'" - "Johnson: Garcia closer to pitching in games" - Byron Kerr,

• "On Thursday, Garcia will start throwing curveballs. After he does that, Garcia will start throwing to hitters in batting practice and then pitch in a Minor League game, most likely with Triple-A Syracuse." - "Garcia progresses, begins throwing from mound" - Bill Ladson, News

• "The Washington Nationals have been getting nothing but good reports on hard-throwing right-hander Christian Garcia..." - "Christian Garcia throwing off a mound, progressing toward work as multi-inning pitcher" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Bryce] Harper had been in a bit of a slump over his last eight games (3-for-26) and some of that may have been attributable to his bruised left ribcage." - "Instant analysis: Nats 3, Tigers 1" - Mark Zuckerman,

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama):


• "The people have spoken and the Washington Nationals have listened to their dissatisfied cries regarding the team's new rainout ticket policy." - "Nationals overturn new rainout ticket policy following public backlash" - Mark Townsend, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

• "Nationals star Bryce Harper managed to do something nobody else had against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez this season." - "Washington 3, Detroit 1: Tigers tip their caps to Bryce Harper, Jordan Zimmermann" - George Sipple, Detroit Free Press

• "Davey Johnson doesn’t believe in team meetings. The 70-year-old Nationals manager is old school in that regard, preferring to informally chat with the players on his team when he needs to communicate a message." - "On the Beat: No-Hitting Nationals" - John Perrotto, Baseball Prospectus


Class-A Potomac: "Potomac LHP Robbie Ray (3-1), the winning pitcher, got his third win of the season overcoming a rocky 5th inning to prevail..." - "Nationals Edge Blue Rocks 3-2 in Rain Shortened Game Two" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Anthony Rendon hit a game-tying two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, but the Senators fell 7-6 to the Altoona Curve in 10 in the rubber game of the three-game series." - "Rendon's Big Homer Not Enough as Sens Fall 7-6 in 10" - Marshall Kelner, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Center fielder Brian Goodwin has quickly become one of the brightest lights in the Washington Nationals farm system." - "Brian Goodwin: Five Tool Center Fielder" - Al Skorupa, FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, won their third straight game with a 5-3 victory over the Durham Bulls on Wednesday afternoon." - "Costanzo, Rosenbaum lead Chiefs past Bulls" - Syracuse Chiefs News

Triple-A Syracuse: "After a rough outing in his last one Danny Rosenbaum got back to winning ballgames for the Syracuse Chiefs." - "Rosenbaum wins again as Costanzo, Perez homer" - Ben Meyers, The Auburn Citizen

• "Thursday’s News & Notes" - Luke Erickson,


• "Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond’s home run celebration" - Dan Steinberg, D.C. Sports Bog

• "While they do deserve applause for making the right call, the fact that anyone in the organization thought going away from the policy was a good idea does remain a little disturbing." - "Nationals recover from self-inflicted mistake with ticket policy reversal" - Mike Harris, Washington Times

• "The Washington Nationals are reversing the team's rain delay policy after fans roared in objection to having to use their tickets for Tuesday's rained-out game on the rescheduled day." - "Nationals reverse rainout ticket policy" -

• "Due to increased attendance at Nationals Park, 'rain check' ticketholders are encouraged to contact the Nationals' ticket office online or by phone to better ensure seating for those games." - "Nats announce ticket policy for Tuesday's rainout" - Bill Ladson, News

• "A friend of mine recently pinged me for advice about where to sit in the ballpark and that got me thinking about, if given the choice, where I would pick to sit in Nats Park and why?" - "Nationals Buzz: Scouting the perfect seating locations at Nationals Park" - Rachel Levitin,

• "Denard Span, Adam LaRoche, and the batboy also untucked their shirts" - Nats Enquirer

• "There are anti-wave T-shirts declaring, 'Kill the wave.' Several Nationals fans websites are recruiting others to join the anti-wave movement." - "Choppy waves divide Nationals fans in crowd battle" - Thom Loverro,

• "Nats Game Logs on this Date" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History

• "Video: Racing presidents recall 'The Hangover,' George Washington assaults Taft with a cinnamon shaker" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "The Washington Nationals have one of the most dominant starting pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. He just isn’t necessarily the first… or second guy most people would think of." - "Washington Nationals Game 33 Review: Zimmermann leads Nats over Tigers, 3-1" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "A Look At Tyler Clippard's Pitch Locations" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "Jordan Zimmermann went out last night and pitched another masterpiece." - "Get excited about ZNN, just not too excited, but still pretty excited" - Harper, Nationals Baseball


Marlins: "If there is a silver lining for the Marlins to take away from Wednesday afternoon’s 1-0 series-sweeping loss to the Padres, it’s this: at least nobody else was injured." - "Ricky Nolasco’s solid outing wasted as ailing Miami Marlins swept by Padres" - Manny Navarro,

Mets: "Tuesday night, it took a near-perfect effort for the Mets to pull out a win. Wednesday night, just ordinary was not nearly good enough." - "Jeremy Hefner, Mets offense ineffective in 6-3 loss to Chicago White Sox" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News

Phillies: "The first positive sign came on Tuesday night, when Roy Halladay checked back into the clubhouse at AT&T Park and was wearing his regular Phillies workout gear following the team's win over the Giants." - "Halladay upbeat surgery will have him back this season" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News

Braves: "Evan Gattis - On the throw home: 'I don’t think I’ve ever had the opportunity before today to throw somebody out at home, so it was sweet.'" - "Braves quotes after 7-2 win over Reds Wednesday" - Carroll Rogers,