Schedule set for 2010

2010 Schedule Released

The 2010 schedule is out. The Nationals kick off the season on Monday April 5, 2010 vs. NL East-rival Philadelphia for the second consecutive season. It will be Washington’s 77th home opener since 1901.


041309-255 opening day c.JPGHighlights include:


  • To get the action started NatsTown battles Red Sox Nation in an exhibition game on Saturday, April 3. Earlier this season, the Red Sox-Nationals series resulted in three sellouts, as over 125,000 fans witnessed Boston’s initial pilgrimage to Nationals Park.


  • The Nats are hosting a Fourth of July game for the fifth time since moving to the District in 2005–the most logical place for an Independence Day game. The New York Mets come to town for a four-game set over the Fourth of July weekend (July 1-4). They will be back for Labor Day weekend too.


  • Other clubs of note making weekend plans in DC next season that aren’t in the NL East are the Milwaukee Brewers (April 16-18), Los Angeles Dodgers (April 23-25), San Francisco Giants (July 9-11) and the St. Louis Cardinals (August 27-29).


  • The Cubs come to Washington for a three-game series, August 23-25.


  • The 14th season of interleague play starts with the annual home-and-home series with their friendly neighborhood rival, the Orioles. The 2010 version of the “Battle of the Beltways” series begins at Nationals Park the weekend of May 21-23 and concludes at Oriole Park, June 25-27.


  • The NL East plays the AL Central for Interleague play. The Nats make interleague treks to Cleveland (June 11-13) and Detroit (June 15-17). They host a three-game visit from the Chicago White Sox, June 18- 20, which headlines the interleague slate at Nationals Park. The Kansas City Royals will also visit the Nation’s Capital for the first time, June 21-23. The interleague tilts against the White Sox and Royals allow the Nationals to officially complete the Major League Baseball circuit of having played each of the other 29 clubs at least once. They don’t play the Twins in 2010.


  • Washington fans will enjoy 12 homestands in all, three of which last a season-long 10 games. The Nationals and their fans will notice a concentration of home dates both early and late in the season. Washington opens the 2010 campaign with 13 of its first 18 games played at home. Then, starting with an August 23 contest against the Cubs at Nationals Park, 23 of Washington’s next 38 contests will be played in the District.


  • The NL will aim to end a winless streak dating back to 1996 as the Angels host the 81st All-Star Game on July 13.
  • There are a few interleague matchups that are World Series rematches:  the Mets at Baltimore (1969 World Series), Atlanta at Minnesota (1991 World Series), the Yankees at Arizona (2001 World Series), Cincinnati at Oakland (1972 and 1990 World Series, Boston at Colorado (2007 World Series) and Philadelphia at Toronto (1993 World Series).The Yankees travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers from June 25-27. They met in 10 World Series.

You can see the complete 2010 Nationals schedule here.  

Instructional League Lineup Announced

The Nationals announced their 50 man roster for the Florida Instructional League which includes both first round draft picks, Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen. The players selected will report to the Nationals Florida complex in Viera on Friday and begin practice on Saturday. They will play 15 games against other Florida area clubs including Detroit, Atlanta and Houston. Players are sent down to the Instructional League each year at the end of the Minor League season to get further development and refinement in preparation for the following season.


Here is the complete Instructional League roster.strasburg 5 c.JPG

C Dan Killian
C Sany Leon
C Ricardo Martinez
C Adrian Nieto
C Bill Pena

INF Justin Bloxom
2B Jeff Kobernus
2B Stephen Lombardozzi
1B Tyler Moore
1B Brett Newsome
SS Roberto Perez
3B Adrian Sanchez
3B Steven Souza
INF Michael Taylor
INF Jean Valdez

OF Michael Burgess
OF J.R. Higley
OF Destin Hood
OF Jesus Morales
OF Eury Perez
OF Derrick Phillips
OF J.P. Ramirez
OF Wander Ramos
OF Aridio Rodriguez
OF Brandon Whiting

LHP Gregori Baez
RHP Cleto Brazoban
RHP Dustin Crane
RHP Paul Demny
RHP Pedro Encarnacion
RHP Robinson Fabian
RHP Marcos Frias
RHP Luis Garcia
RHP Danubio Gonzalez
LHP Bobby Hansen
LHP Graham Hicks
RHP Juan Jamie
LHP Chad Jenkins
RHP Taylor Jordan
RHP Nathan Karns
RHP Brandon King
LHP Pat McCoy
RHP A.J. Morris
LHP Dan Rosenbaum
LHP Josh Smoker
RHP Drew Storen
RHP Stephen Strasburg
RHP Matt Swynenberg
RHP Wanel Vasquez
RHP Dean Weaver


Catcher Flores to Undergo Surgery for Torn Labrum

042009-240 jesus flores.JPGAfter missing most of the season with a nagging injury, catcher Jesus Flores was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder which will require surgery. Flores was originally injured after being struck by a foul ball on May 9th. However Flores was never able to fully recover and his injury worsened from a contusion to a stress fracture to tendonitis to the final diagnosis of a torn labrum. The procedure will be performed today by Dr. James Andrews who expects a 3-6 month recovery period for Flores. However, the Nationals aren’t worried about his availability for next season.


“He should be ready for the middle of Spring Training, worst-case scenario,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said.


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