(10/16/2008) The Nationals sent OF Ryan Langerhans and right-hander Levale Speigner outright to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday after they cleared waivers.
Nationals call up five as expected
(9/1/2008) The Nationals recalled outfielder Roger Bernadina and first baseman/outfielder Kory Casto and purchased the contracts of three others from Triple-A Columbus on Monday: left-handed pitcher Mike Hinckley and right-handed pitchers Shairon Martis and Levale Speigner.
Nationals plan out Monday recalls
(8/31/2008) The Nationals will recall OF Roger Bernadina and 1B/OF Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus on Monday when rosters expand. Washington also will activate SS Alberto Gonzalez left hamstring strain) from the 15-day disabled list and select the contracts of LHP Mike Hinckley and RHPs Shairon Martis and Levale Speigner from Columbus.
Nats re-acquire Speigner
(6/24/2007) The Washington Nationals acquired Rule 5 draft pick Levale Speigner from Minnesota on Sunday in a trade that returns the right-hander to his former team. Washington sent minor league outfielder Darnell McDonald to the Twins.
Nats designate RHP Speigner
(6/20/2007) The Nationals made a slew of moves Wednesday. They activated Luis Ayala (elbow) from the 60-day DL, called up RP Chris Schroder and OF Brandon Watson from the minors and designated Winston Abreu and Levale Speigner for assignment. They have 10 days to trade, release or outright them to the minor leagues.
Speigner to stay in long relief
(6/20/2007) Nationals GM Jim Bowden said he expects the team to get injured pitchers Luis Ayala and Jason Bergmann back within the week. Bergmann will come off the 15-day DL to start June 26 at Atlanta. No. 5 starter fill-in Levale Speigner will remain in the bullpen now.
Speigner available on Wednesday
(6/19/2007) Manager Manny Acta said RHP Levale Speigner, whose Thursday turn in the rotation is being skipped because of an off day, would be available to pitch in long relief beginning Wednesday against the Tigers.
Levale Speigner to be skipped
(6/17/2007) The Nationals have an off-day Thursday and will skip RHP Levale Speigner (2-3, 8.76). Manager Manny Acta said Speigner, who started Saturday against Toronto, will be available to pitch in relief starting Tuesday.
Speigner roughed up in Toronto
(6/16/2007) Making his sixth start, Washington right-hander Levale Speigner (2-3) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings in a losing effort at Toronto. He walked two and struck out one. Speigner's ERA rose to 8.76. "He made way too many mistakes over the plate, but he's a double-A kid that we've got up here as a Rule 5 so we're going to have to take his lumps," manager Manny Acta said afterward.
Nationals realign starting rotation
(6/12/2007) According to The Sports Xchange: Monday's off-day allowed the Nationals to reconfigure their starting rotation, breaking up the three left-handers -- Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie and Matt Chico -- who had been lined up in a row. Bowie and Chico will start this week against the Orioles, with RHP Jason Simontacchi pitching the final game of the series. Bacsik will then jump ahead of RHP Levale Speigner, who is being given an extra day of rest, and start Friday at Toronto, with Speigner to follow.
Speigner fixes flaws
(6/11/2007)The Sports Xchange is reporting RHP Levale Speigner, who tossed six innings of two-hit ball Saturday night to outduel Twins ace LHP Johan Santana, attributed his stunning turnaround to some mechanical flaws he fixed with the help of pitching coach Randy St. Claire.
Speigner pays back old team
(6/9/2007) Levale Speigner surprised his old organization by cruising through six innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Saturday. Speigner, a former Twins farmhand who brought a 14.44 ERA over four previous starts into this one, gave up only two hits and had Minnesota's batters off balance all night. Only Justin Morneau, who hit his 17th homer in the second inning, solved him. Speigner, subbing in the rotation with four starters hurt, walked one and struck out three.
Speigner pushed back a day
(6/6/2007) Levale Speigner will have to wait an extra day before his next start. Manager Manny Acta said Jason Simontacchi will start Friday when Washington opens an interleague series with Minnesota, with Speigner moving back to Game 2 on Saturday. Speigner has struggled as a starter, but he settled down to throw three scoreless innings after a defense-marred six-run first-inning in his last outing. "He threw the ball well," Acta said. "It wasn't his fault."
Speigner's job in danger
(6/4/2007) RHP Levale Speigner is in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation again. The rookie Rule 5 pick from the Minnesota Twins was nearly replaced before getting the nod Saturday, but he gave up six runs in four innings in a loss to the San Diego Padres.
Mental mistakes cost Speigner
(6/2/2007) The Padres battered Nationals SP Levale Speigner for six hits -- two of them coming on mental mistakes on catchable fly balls -- during the first inning during Saturday's game en route to a quick 6-0 lead. San Diego sent 11 men to the plate before Speigner drew derisive cheers for cleanly fielding a Terrmel Sledge grounder for the third out. Speigner, who was 0-0 with a 14.81 ERA in three previous starts, lasted four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Speigner struggles in starts
(6/1/2007) RHP Levale Speigner will make another start Saturday against the Padres. The rookie is 0-1 with a 14.80 ERA in three starts, and the Nationals considered moving him back to the bullpen. However, the team's best option, Triple-A RHP Joel Hanrahan, isn't ready to be called up to the big leagues after returning from a hamstring injury Monday. "You never want to leave anything on a bad note," Speigner said. "I'm still fighting to get things fixed when it comes to that kind of stuff. It's awesome to try to get to do that."
Speigner pegged to start Sat.
(5/31/2007) Nationals SP Levale Speigner will start Saturday against San Diego despite having surrendered 17 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings over his last three starts.
Speigner moved back, now out?
(5/30/2007) RHP Matt Chico's next start has been moved up to Friday. Chico, whose four-inning outing Sunday against the Cardinals was truncated thanks to a rain delay, will take RHP Levale Speigner's spot in the rotation, but the team is still deciding who will pitch Saturday. Speigner and Triple-A RHP Joel Hanrahan are among the team's options.
Speigner on very shaky ground
(5/29/2007) Manager Manny Acta has not decided if he'll remove RHP Levale Speigner, whose next scheduled start is Friday against the Padres, from the rotation. Speigner is 0-1 with a 14.80 ERA in three starts.
Speigner rocked for eight runs
(5/27/2007) Nationals SP Levale Speigner, a 2006 Rule 5 pickup in the rotation due to a rash of injuries that has sidelined four-fifths of the Washington rotation, allowed eight runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings during Saturday's loss to the Cardinals. In three starts covering only 10 1/3 innings he has allowed 17 runs, and he has an 8.39 ERA overall in 15 appearances.
Speigner bounced around by Reds
(5/21/2007) Rookie Levale Speigner gave up five runs in three innings on Monday at Cincinnati, including Scott Hatteberg's two-run homer and Ken Griffey Jr.'s solo shot in the third. Speigner opened the season in long relief, and is trying to help the Nationals' injury-depleted rotation.
Speigner works four innings
(5/16/2007) Nationals SP Levale Speigner, making his first start of the season, allowed eight hits and four earned runs in four innings during a no-decision Wednesday against the Braves. He also had four strikeouts.
Speigner to throw 70-75 pitches
(5/16/2007) Nationals SP Levale Speigner will be limited to 70-75 pitches when he makes his first start of the season Wednesday. Manager Manny Acta said he'll give Speigner at least a couple of starts before deciding whether to return him to the bullpen. Speigner is getting the start because Shawn Hill is on the DL.
(5/14/2007) Levale Speigner will make his first start of the season Wednesday in place of Shawn Hill, who was to have an MRI exam Monday on his sore right elbow. "We'll give him a couple of turns and see how he goes," manager Manny Acta said.
Speigner to stay in the bullpen
(4/27/2007) Nationals RHP Levale Speigner has been successful out of the bullpen this year, and that's where he'll stay. Manager Manny Acta said Thursday that the Nationals won't consider their Rule 5 selection for the starting rotation. "We just don't see him as a starter in the future anyways," Acta said. Speigner is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in eight games.
Nationals' bullpen comes through
(4/4/2007) The Nationals bullpen post five shutout innings after starter Matt Chico got slapped around Wednesday. Levale Speigner, Micah Bowie, Jesus Colome, Ryan Wagner (2 innings), Ray King and winner Jon Rauch (1-0) combined to lead toward the ninth-inning, game-winning rally.
Speigner appears in opener
(4/2/2007) RHP Levale Speigner made his major league debut, allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings out of the Nationals' bullpen. Speigner's analysis? "Not good, but not bad. It was interesting," said Speigner, a Rule 5 draft pick from the Minnesota Twins.
Nationals set their rotation
(3/27/2007) MLB.com reports that the Nationals have firmed up their rotation as follows: John Patterson is first, followed by Matt Chico, Shawn Hill, Jerome Williams and Jason Bergmann going fifth. Levale Speigner will likely work long relief and spot start. Tim Redding and Joel Hanrahan did not earn places in the rotation while Jason Simontacchi (groin) has to wait for his turn while he's hurt. "It's seems that the group of guys that have been put on the staff seem to be very competitive. That's really good," Patterson, the ace of the staff, said. "They aren't scared to go out there and compete every day."
Speigner closes in on roster spot
(3/24/2007) RHP Levale Speigner, a Rule 5 selection over the winter, is poised to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster after an impressive spring. Speigner, who was plucked out of the Twins organization, likely will start the season pitching as a long reliever. He could become a spot starter, though, and eventually crack the rotation if events warrant.
Speigner close to landing job
(3/23/2007) The Washington Times reports that Nationals pitcher Levale Speigner is close to landing a job as a long reliever and spot starter in Washington's bullpen. On Thursday, he threw three scoreless innings and hasn't allowed a run in 11 2/3 innings. "He deserves to be on this baseball team the way he's pitched this spring," general manager Jim Bowden said before the game. "He's earned it. He's beaten almost all of the relievers out. There's no reason to believe he can't go out there this year and do what he's done this spring."
Nats working on filling out rotation
(3/17/2007) The Nationals' starting rotation competition, a muddled mess when spring training opened, is beginning to clear up a bit. What began as a 12-man battle royale for four open spots behind ace John Patterson has essentially dwindled down to a five-man competition for two more spots. Manager Manny Acta said right-hander Shawn Hill has locked up the No. 2 starter's job, and veteran Jason Simontacchi is close to guaranteeing himself a spot as well. That leaves rookie left-hander Matt Chico to fight it out with veterans Tim Redding and Jerome Williams, plus young right-handers Jason Bergmann and Levale Speigner for the last two spots. "There's a lot of baseball to play, and there's a lot of competition left," general manager Jim Bowden said. "You really can't make any kind of conclusion. I think we have a lot of pitchers that are very similar in ability, and besides John Patterson and Shawn Hill, I think the rest are still up in the air."
Nats give Speigner one-year tender
(1/16/2007) The Nationals agreed to one-years contracts with 12 other players on their 40-man roster: outfielders Tony Blanco and Frank Diaz; infielders Larry Broadway and Bernie Castro; catcher Jesus Flores; right-handers Brett Campbell, Shawn Hill, Beltran Perez, Levale Speigner and Jermaine Van Buren; and left-handers Matt Chico and Mike O'Connor.
Nats get Speigner via Rule 5
(12/16/2006) The Nationals selected RHP Levale Speigner from the Twins in Round 2 of the Rule 5 draft.