Player News - Nationals

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Nationals recalled INF Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg.

Stephen Drew is dealing with vertigo-like symptoms, so the Nats needed infield depth. Difo, 24, has batted just .255/.320/.343 in 96 games this season at Double-A.
Jul 27 - 10:35 AM

Nationals placed INF Stephen Drew on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 24, with vertigo-like symptoms.

Drew has been sick for over a week. It was initially diagnosed as a flu, but there is obviously something more going on. He'll try to get healthy and rejoin the Nationals when first eligible in early August.
Jul 27 - 10:33 AM

Trea Turner is making his second straight start in center field Wednesday versus the Indians.

He will also bat leadoff for the Nationals against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Turner made his first career start in center field on Tuesday night and had some issues, but it's the best spot for him at the moment under the Nats' current roster construction. He should be athletic enough to make it work.
Jul 27 - 9:27 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy.
Source: MASN
Jul 27 - 8:03 AM

Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Indians on Tuesday.

Rendon hit a two-run blast off Indians starter Danny Salazar in the fourth inning, also singling and scoring in the game. The multi-hit game was his fourth in his last seven starts, and he's got three homers in that time. Rendon is batting .257/.340/.421 with 12 homers, 38 RBI, 59 runs scored and 10 steals on the year.
Jul 26 - 11:21 PM

Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

Ramos hit the homer, a solo dong, in the sixth inning. It was his second in as many games and his 15th of the year. The 28-year-old backstop is finally having the breakout season many have been waiting years for, hitting a robust .339/.390/.546 with 54 RBI and 44 runs scored overall.
Jul 26 - 11:18 PM

Jonathan Papelbon melted down in grand fashion Tuesday, allowing three runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Indians.

Papelbon also took the loss in the disastrous outing, yielding two hits and two walks before being removed. The blown save was his fourth of the year, as was the loss. He's now allowed seven runs in his last two appearances, a fact that surely stings more considering the Nats were among the runners up for Aroldis Chapman when he was dealt to the Cubs. Perhaps they're not done looking for late-inning relief help.
Jul 26 - 11:13 PM

Gio Gonzalez limited the Indians to three runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings Tuesday.

Gio left in line for his seventh win, but the bullpen instead saddled him with a no-decision. The southpaw allowed five hits, walking two and striking out four in the start. Gonzalez owns a 4.44 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 20 starts overall, with 114 strikeouts in 115 2/3 innings. He'll try again for that seventh win Sunday against the Giants.
Jul 26 - 11:08 PM

Joe Ross (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday in Cleveland.

Ross joined up with the Nationals on Tuesday after going three scoreless innings in his rehab debut Sunday with Low-A Hagerstown. He only threw 43 pitches in that outing, so another rehab appearance is likely in the plans. The right-hander might even need two more minor league starts.
Jul 26 - 4:35 PM

Bryce Harper will bat second in Tuesday's game against the Indians.

This is the other big change in Washington's lineup on Tuesday. Harper has been the primary No. 3 hitter for most of the year, but he was moved to the cleanup spot earlier this month. Now he'll shift to second as the Nationals try to get him going. He's batting .200/.313/.371 in 83 plate appearances this month. Wilson Ramos will bat third while Jayson Werth will hit cleanup.
Jul 26 - 3:38 PM

Trea Turner will start in center field Tuesday against the Indians.

Turner saw some time in center field in the minors, but this will be his first start at the position in the majors. He should see more time there with Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) back from the disabled list. Turner is batting leadoff Tuesday while Ben Revere will play left and bat eighth. Jayson Werth is in the DH spot.
Jul 26 - 3:33 PM

Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman, out since early July with a left rib cage strain, went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer over three games during his brief minor league rehab assignment. He'll return to a disappointing .221/.284/.402 batting line across 74 games.
Jul 26 - 2:55 PM

Nationals activated LHP Sammy Solis from the 15-day disabled list.

Solis, out since July 7 with right knee inflammation, was cleared to return after making two appearances on a minor league rehab assignment. He returns to a 2.43 ERA and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings.
Jul 26 - 8:23 AM

Nationals optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse.

Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres. It was his third career start at the major league level. Joe Ross (shoulder) could be activated to fill the rotation vacancy later this week. Or maybe the Nats will try Reynaldo Lopez again.
Jul 24 - 6:41 PM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor has batted just .222/.274/.372 in 66 games this season at the major league level, including an 0-for-4 from Sunday. He should be back up in September, or maybe sooner if the Nationals get desperate. This move leaves them with only one true backup outfielder.
Jul 24 - 6:39 PM


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