District Daily: Nationals Looking Good with Multiple Closers, No Baseball Activities Yet for Zimmerman


Sep 8, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher

Drew Storen

(22) high fives catcher

Jose Lobaton

(59) after defeating the Atlanta Braves 2-1 at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Nationals looking good with multiple closers

(Paul Hagen, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The first-place Nationals are, until further notice, going with the bullpen-by-committee approach. Which dredges up the old baseball saying that a team with two closers really doesn’t have any.

Of course, old baseball sayings aren’t always true. And there are at least a few reasons to suspect this could actually turn into a positive development for the Curly Ws. Read full article here.

Zimmerman hasn’t yet resumed baseball activities

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — There are three weeks left in the 2014 regular season, and there is still no timetable as to when Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman can start playing in Major League games. The team hopes he can get back before the regular season comes to an end.

As of now, Zimmerman is able to jog, but he has not participated in baseball activities like swinging a bat or running the bases. Zimmerman reiterated that he is not going to rush to get back on the field. Read full article here.

Nats’ Soriano has productive bullpen session

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — As expected, Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano had a bullpen session Monday at Nationals Park, and the right-hander improved his mechanics, according to pitching coach Steve McCatty.

Soriano’s fastball and slider were down in the strike zone. It helped that his shoulder was not flying open during the session. Read full article here.