Player News - Nationals

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Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Gio Gonzalez will remain in the starting rotation despite another poor outing Saturday against the Brewers.

The wheels have fallen off for Gonzalez over his last seven starts (0-6, 8.44 ERA) but Baker plans to let him pitch through the slump. "You worry about his confidence and he has to get that third out," said Baker. "We have to stop them from getting that two-out hit." Washington needs Gonzalez to rebound quickly. The Nats have lost seven straight and it looks like ace Stephen Strasburg (back) could be headed to the disabled list.
Jun 25 - 10:46 PM

Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Brewers.

Zimmerman had a sacrifice fly RBI in the seventh inning and scored following a single and a walk in two other innings. The 31-year-old has 33 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a disappointing .230/.288/.410 line through 64 games.
Jun 25 - 9:57 PM

Gio Gonzalez allowed six runs over three innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

Gio has now lost six straight decisions, and the Nats are 0-7 in his past seven outings. And Saturday was arguably his worst start of those seven, as he gave up six hits, including a home run, while walking one and striking out five. Something is clearly off about the 30-year-old, as he's now got a 4.73 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 15 starts overall. Gonzalez will try to stop the slide Thursday against the Reds.
Jun 25 - 9:24 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Brewers.

Strasburg was hoping to return Sunday after missing his last start Monday against the Dodgers but his back flared up again. After his latest setback, Strasburg is likely headed to the disabled list. Tanner Roark has been tabbed as Sunday's starter. He'll try to help the Nationals end their seven-game losing streak.
Jun 25 - 8:16 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and felt good.

The Nationals haven't made an official decision, but Papelbon could begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac as soon as Monday. He's on track to return sometime next week. Shawn Kelley will continue to fill in at closer for now.
Jun 25 - 1:26 PM

Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

Werth got the day off Friday, but he's back in left field on Saturday. He's batting second against right-hander Matt Garza. Ben Revere will start in center field while Michael Taylor will be on the bench.
Jun 25 - 12:57 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters Friday against the Brewers, but he took the loss after giving up five runs over six innings.

The Nationals grabbed the lead in the third inning, but Scherzer’s issue with the home run ball reared its ugly head yet again, as he gave up a solo homer to Keon Broxton to tie the game in the fifth inning before Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth. Scherzer has reached double-digits in strikeouts in four out of the last five games and ranks second in the majors with 138 strikeouts overall, but he also leads the majors with 20 homers allowed. He’ll bring a 3.52 ERA into a start against the second-place Mets next week.
Jun 24 - 11:46 PM

Anthony Rendon went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.

It looked like Rendon was finally getting on track earlier this month, but he’s hitting just .170 (9-for-53) with 20 strikeouts over his last 15 games. His batting line sits at a disappointing .248/.330/.393 for the year.
Jun 24 - 11:45 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) is on track to start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

Strasburg was scratched from his last outing with an upper back strain, but he had two ribs popped back into place and is now feeling much better. He threw a light bullpen session Friday and should officially be cleared to start Sunday as long as he shows up to the ballpark Saturday feeling alright.
Jun 24 - 5:17 PM

Jayson Werth is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

He's just receiving a day off. Ben Revere has moved over to left field and Michael Taylor will start in center.
Jun 24 - 4:37 PM

Nationals OF prospect Isaac Ballou plated a career-high seven runs Wednesday in a win for Double-A Harrisburg.

Ballou cranked a two-run double in the third and followed that up with a fourth-inning grand slam. He also contributed a sac fly in the eighth inning. The 26-year-old entered Wednesday's action homerless in 191 at-bats this season. Ballou's bat went dormant in May (.161 AVG in 56 at-bats) but he's bounced back by hitting a respectable .282 in June with nine runs and 16 RBI. He enjoyed a nine-game stint with Triple-A Syracuse earlier this season and should make it back there by the end of the year.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 23 - 1:20 PM

Shawn Kelley took his first blown save and loss after giving up two unearned runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Kelley got one out in the eighth and then struck out Joc Pederson to open the ninth before giving up back-to-back groundball singles. Unfortunately for him, that second single got by Michael Taylor and rolled all of the way to the wall, allowing Yasiel Puig to touch 'em all and score the winning run. Perhaps Kelley would have blown the save tonight anyway, but thanks to Taylor, he never had a chance to work his way out of a jam.
Jun 23 - 1:57 AM

Michael Taylor struck out five times and committed a game-ending error Wednesday against the Dodgers.

This was a bad game. Taylor entered the night hitting .378 with two homers and five doubles in 45 at-bats this month, so he was on a nice run. This, though.... well, it seems like there's a pretty good chance Ben Revere will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Jun 23 - 1:52 AM

Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch prior to Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

Manager Dusty Baker called Strasburg's progress "very encouraging." The team is hopeful that he will be able to make his next scheduled start, which would come against the Brewers on Sunday. Should he need another day or two, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross could be pushed up a day in the rotation, to allow Strasburg to make a Monday or Tuesday start against the Mets. The 27-year-old right-hander initially strained his upper back while lifting weights on Saturday.
Source: MASN Sports
Jun 22 - 9:33 PM

Nationals SS prospect Max Schrock plated both of his team's runs Tuesday as the North Division defeated the South in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

He drove in a run with a double in the first inning before adding an RBI single in the fifth. Schrock's clutch performance earned him MVP honors. The 21-year-old enjoyed a masterful first half, hitting .327 with 14 steals and 33 RBI in 63 games for Low-A Hagerstown. Schrock is second in the South Atlantic League in hits (84), sixth in doubles (18) and also sixth in runs scored (43).
Source: MILB.com
Jun 22 - 2:05 PM


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