May 7, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) hits a two-RBI single in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
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LaRoche pleasantly surprised by quad progress
WASHINGTON — Adam LaRoche still needs to test his strained right quad when it comes to running. But in terms of stretching, the Nationals first baseman told reporters on Saturday he was surprised by how good he felt.
Placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10, LaRoche is eligible to return on May 25.
“He’s got to pass some tests still. He hasn’t been full speed yet … but it seems to be OK,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “[The injury] has diminished somewhat and is down to one little spot kind of in the hip flexor/quad area. He was in the pool yesterday. He’ll continue to do all that stuff … so, yeah, looks good.” Read full article here.
After slow start, Clippard riding scoreless streak
WASHINGTON — Tyler Clippard took the modest route when asked about his recent run of pitching prowess before Saturday’s game against the Mets. Smart, let the numbers speak for themselves.
The Nationals right-handed reliever hasn’t allowed an earned run since before Tax Day. After surrendering a run on April 11 at Atlanta, he’s gone 14 straight appearances — 11 2/3 innings — without allowing an earned run. In that span, Clippard has struck out 13 and given up just eight hits. Read full article here.
Cole pitches first complete-game shutout in Double-A
The Nationals have acquired A.J. Cole twice in his young career, first selecting him in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft, then trading for him in March 2013.
After a start like Saturday’s, it’s easy to see what Washington likes about the 22-year-old right-hander.
Cole, the Nats’ No. 2 prospect, pitched a gem for Double-A Harrisburg, firing a seven-inning four-hitter, while striking out eight batters and walking none in the Senators’ 5-0 win over the New Britain Rock Cats. Read full article here.