--RHP Stephen Strasburg threw off a mound on Monday for the first time since he had Tommy John surgery last Sept. 3, throwing a bullpen session as part of his rehab assignment at the Nationals' extended spring training in Viera, Fla. "That basically means he's on the slope instead of flat ground," manager Jim Riggleman said. "It's probably 50 percent effort-wise. It's the next step in the rehab -- to get him throwing downhill, instead of on flat ground."
--OF Rick Ankiel began a rehab assignment at Class AA Harrisburg (Penn.) on Monday night, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. But manager Jim Riggleman said Ankiel could return to the Nationals' lineup within a day or two, and it's possible the outfielder will be called up on Tuesday to replace Adam LaRoche on the roster.
--RHP Brian Broderick, the Nationals' second pick in last December's Rule 5 draft, was transferred back to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday after the Nationals had designated him for assignment on May 14. Broderick went 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 11 appearances for the Nationals.
--OF Michael Morse started at first base on Monday night in Adam LaRoche's absence, hitting his third homer of the season in the second inning. Morse could get an extended amount of playing time at first base with LaRoche on the disabled list. Manager Jim Riggleman said he might also use outfielder Rick Ankiel at first base.
--2B Danny Espinosa got hit with a pitch on the right knee in the ninth inning of the Nationals' 11-3 loss to the Brewers on Monday night and was lifted from the game for a pinch runner, but he said after the game he would be fine to play on Tuesday. It was the ninth time this season Espinosa had been hit with a pitch, which leads the National League.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Times this season the Nationals have allowed double-digit runs after giving up 11 to the Brewers on Monday night. They lost 11-3, allowing an opponent to reach double digits for the first time since April 3, when the Braves beat them 11-2.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"You don't let last night's game affect you. Go out and play. If you're going to carry that stuff around, we're not going to get anywhere. We're too good of a team. I don't think anybody comes in here thinking that, 'We've lost the last few games. We really need to do something extra special to get things turned around. You just go out there. You play the game. That's what we've been doing -- we've been playing hard. We've been pitching well. Things are going to turn our way." -- Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, on how the team needs to deal with losing for the fifth time in the last six games. The Nationals are five games under .500 and put first baseman Adam LaRoche on the disabled list Monday.
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