District Daily: Patience Paying Off With Bryce Harper, Souza Shows Flashes in Brief Action for Nats


Aug 7, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) rounds first after hitting the game-winning home run to beat the Mets 5-3 in the 13th inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

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Harper’s heroics shows patience pays off

(Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com)

All right, that ought to settle any debate about whether Bryce Harper should go to the Minors.

With one swing of the bat Thursday afternoon, Harper changed the tone and the tenor of the conversation that had bubbled over in D.C. this week. That’s the beauty of a walk-off wallop such as the one that came from Harper’s bat in the bottom of the 13th inning against the Mets.

That one swing doesn’t solve all his struggles, but it does shift the subject. Changes in latitude, changes in Nattitude. Or something like that. Read full article here.

Souza shows flashes in brief action for Nats

(Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals outfielder Steven Souza, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday to replace the injured Nate McLouth(right shoulder inflammation), saw his first action in the field Wednesday night when he entered for right fielderJayson Werth in the seventh inning. Werth has been dealing with shoulder and neck tightness for the past week, and manager Matt Williams said he made the move to avoid any risk of further injury.

Souza got one at-bat in the seventh inning, the second plate appearance of his most recent stint in the Majors. He flied out to center, but he nearly hit his first big league home run earlier in the at-bat when he turned on a 1-1 fastball from Mets reliever Buddy Carlyle. The long drive sailed just foul and landed about 15 rows into the blue seats in left field. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals release Syracuse Chiefs reliever Warner Madrigal

(Lindsay Kramer, Syracuse.com)

Syracuse, N.Y. — The return of pitcher Blake Treinen from the Washington Nationals has pushed reliever Warner Madrigal out of his roster spot on the Syracuse Chiefs.

Treinen returned from Washington on Wednesday, and Thursday the Nationals made room for him by releasing Madrigal. Read full article here.