Player News - Nationals

Date: Team: Pos:

Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with two homers Monday as the Nationals crushed the Padres 10-2.

With half of the lineup on the DL, the Nationals' replacements sure are stepping up nicely. Reynolds has four homers in 18 at-bats since his callup. It doesn't figure to last, but he'll steal away Matt Adams' at-bats until he cools off.
May 21 - 10:28 PM

Gio Gonzalez held the Padres to two runs and two hits over seven innings in a win Monday.

Gonzalez has gone 10 straight starts without allowing more than three runs, so he's on the same kind of pace that he was early last year. Of some interest is that Nationals manager Dave Martinez is giving him a longer leash of late; he's throwing 110 pitches in four of his last five starts and never doing so in his first five; he didn't even top 100 in four of his first five starts. Last year, he threw 110 pitches seven times in 32 starts, with the first time coming on May 19.
May 21 - 10:26 PM

Bryce Harper collected his 14th homer and his fifth double Monday against the Padres.

Harper leads the NL with 14 homers and 43 walks. He also has 33 RBI, so he's on a good early pace to perhaps reach the century mark for the first time. It's something that would have happened last year had he remained healthy (87 RBI in 111 games).
May 21 - 10:20 PM

Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat and finished 2-for-4 in his first big-league start Monday against the Padres.

Soto didn't start against the lefty on Sunday, but he was in there against fellow southpaw Robbie Erlin tonight and he went deep in the second inning. The homer didn't come in his first major league at-bat, since he had one off the bench yesterday, but it was close enough. It seemed unlikely that he'd play much against lefties initially, but he helped his case here, even if Erlin has been worse against lefties than righties over the course of his career.
May 21 - 10:18 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday that Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) might be ready "fairly soon."

Zimmerman will need a short rehab assignment first, but it sounds like that might be imminent. The veteran first baseman has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a strained right oblique. Zimmerman's fill-in, Matt Adams, has really cooled off of late after a hot start.
May 21 - 4:48 PM

Daniel Murphy (knee) still hasn't played in any extended spring training games because of illness.

Murphy was supposed to be nearly a week into game action by now, so it must be a nasty bug that he's fighting. The setback would presumably delay his return to the Nationals a bit, although there hasn't been any set timetable at this point.
May 21 - 4:45 PM

Juan Soto will start in left field and bat sixth Monday against the Padres.

Soto struck out in his first major league at-bat Sunday, but this will his first MLB start. The Nationals are dealing with multiple injuries in their outfield, so they made the bold move of promoting the 19-year-old despite appearing in just eight games above High-A. They think he's equal to the task. It should be interesting, at the very least, but Soto is worth a pickup in most fantasy leagues on upside alone.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Soto was called up straight from Double A after hitting .323 in just 8 games with them.  Look to take advantage of the cheap price tag across all sites to stack Nationals in a favorable matchup with Erlin and potentially the Padres bullpen.  Fair warning, Soto will be a popular option tonight based off his price but finding unique ways to use him should allow paying up for other positions.
May 21 - 2:33 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of LHP Tim Collins from Triple-A Syracuse.

It's been a long time coming for Collins, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014. The 5-foot-7 lefty has had two Tommy John surgeries since. Collins had a 3.63 ERA and 20/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A this year. He'll pitch in middle relief in his return to the big leagues.
May 21 - 1:23 PM

Nationals transferred INF/OF Howie Kendrick from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for Tim Collins on the 40-man roster. Kendrick is set to undergoing surgery Monday for a ruptured right Achilles and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
May 21 - 1:20 PM

Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with a homer in a loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.

Turner's homer was the sixth of his campaign, and it was a two-run shot off of Alex Wood. It was also the only runs scored in the game, as the Washington lineup couldn't figure out Wood or the Dodger bullpen on Sunday. Turner still doesn't have the elite numbers many projected, but considering his slow start, you'll take his .267/.371/.426 line and 13 steals in 14 attempts over 46 games.
May 20 - 5:48 PM

Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings on Sunday against the Dodgers.

Strasburg struggled to find the zone too often for his liking against Los Angeles; walking four hitters. He was able to strike out seven in that time frame, however, and outside of two homers, the command issues didn’t really hurt Strasburg. That’s quite the caveat, however, and it’s fair to say that the 29-year-old was disappointing on Sunday. His ERA now sits at 3.36, and he’s struck out 75 over his 67 innings for the Nationals in 2018. He’s back on the mound on Sunday against the Marlins.
May 20 - 5:42 PM

Nationals placed RHP Ryan Madson on the 10-day DL with a pectoral strain.

Madson was unavailable on Sunday due to the issue and it appears he'll be sidelined a bit longer. No corresponding move has been announced yet.
May 20 - 5:09 PM

Adam Eaton (ankle) played catch in the outfield on Sunday.

Eaton is only a little over a week removed from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, so this would seem to be a good sign. The outfielder expects to miss about six weeks of action, putting him in line to return in late June if all goes well.
May 20 - 12:26 PM

Ryan Madson was unavailable Saturday and is unlikely to pitch Sunday because of a chest injury.

No other specifics are available, but it sounds like a day-to-day situation. Madson holds a 4.19 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings this season and has recorded three saves.
May 20 - 12:24 PM

Matt Wieters (hamstring) hopes to be activated from the disabled list in about six weeks.

Wieters' left hamstring surgery -- which was to remove a tendon -- wasn't as invasive as initially expected. Still, it could be a push for him to return before the All-Star break.
May 20 - 11:45 AM


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