Tthe Washington Nationals welcomed back Bryce Harper, but also lost reliever Ryan Mattheus after he broke his hand punching a locker and learned Jayson Werth’s ailing hamstring isn’t healing as hoped.
Although it’s not entirely clear why at the moment, an anti-wave/pro-wave skirmish seems to have broken out between Nationals players and is being waged on internet soil, for the entire world to watch in shock and awe.
Someone who’s accustomed to the pressure of trying to crack an everyday Major League roster, Ryan Mattheus is entering his second full season with the Nats, and his first as a proven commodity in their bullpen. He sat down with Holden and Danny to explain the ins and outs of Spring Training on Wednesday.
The Nationals escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth and Washington beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.
The Nationals fall 2-1 in a pitchers duel to the Reds.