Player News - Nationals

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Gio Gonzalez took a tough-luck loss Monday after allowing just one run and two hits in six innings versus the Cubs.

Gio's peripherals still aren't very impressive at all, but he's going to get some All-Star consideration with his 7-2 record and 2.87 ERA in 16 starts. Of course, it would have helped his case if the Nationals could have gotten him off the hook for the loss tonight.
Jun 26 - 11:44 PM

Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts Monday in the loss to the Cubs.

Zimmerman is finally slowing down some, and Dusty Baker seems to have noticed; he was rested Wednesday and Sunday. The first baseman is 9-for-43 with two doubles and no homers in his last 10 starts, though he has still driven in seven runs during that span.
Jun 26 - 11:33 PM

Chris Heisey (biceps) took batting practice Monday.

Heisey had to be pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month after having a setback, but he's obviously made some progress recently. The veteran outfielder is attempting to play through a ruptured biceps tendon.
Jun 26 - 5:24 PM

Nationals signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported the Nats' pursuit of K-Rod earlier Monday and now says that the deal has been finalized. The former closer will go to the minors for now but it won't be long until he's added to the big league bullpen. Rodriguez was released by the Tigers last week after posting an ugly 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances, but Washington is willing to give him a shot given their bullpen issues.
Jun 26 - 4:33 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Jayson Werth (foot) took a few swings Sunday.

Werth was unable to put all of his weight on his injured left foot just a couple of days ago, but he's slowly making progress. The veteran outfielder could soon travel to West Palm Beach to ramp up baseball activities. Baker is hopeful that Werth will be back after the All-Star break.
Jun 26 - 4:07 PM

Nationals prospect Victor Robles went 2-for-5 with a triple on Sunday for High-A Potomac.

The triple is the sixth of the season for Robles. With his ability to put the ball into the gaps and his plus-plus speed, it's no surprise that Robles ranks among the league leaders in the category. There's more power coming, but even if Robles ends up being only a 12 to 15 homer player, he's going to have a high slugging percentage because of that speed. Robles continues to look like the real deal.
Jun 26 - 2:42 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals are pursuing free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez and he's likely to sign with them.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that it's expected to be a minor league deal. Rodriguez was released by the Tigers last week after posting an unsightly 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances this season. It's no secret that the Nationals need bullpen help, so they are hoping to catch some lightning in a bottle here. We're not optimistic.
Jun 26 - 12:38 PM

Tanner Roark took a beating in Sunday’s loss to the Reds, allowing nine hits and six runs over six mediocre innings.

He struck out seven while handing out two free passes. Roark got off to a dreadful start, yielding five runs in the first and one more in the second. In the first inning, he allowed Cincinnati’s first four hitters to reach before finally getting his first out on a fielder’s choice by Scott Schebler. Roark eventually settled down, allowing just one hit over his last four innings to preserve the bullpen. The right-hander has regressed badly this year, producing an ugly 5.15 ERA over 16 starts. He’ll hope for a better outing Friday against St. Louis.
Jun 25 - 7:23 PM

Michael Taylor launched his 11th homer Sunday in the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Reds.

His two-run shot off Scott Feldman accounted for Washington's only runs on Sunday. Taylor has been on a tear, providing five homers and 10 RBI over his last nine games. He should easily eclipse his career-high of 14 round-trippers, which he set back in 2015.
Jun 25 - 7:23 PM

Bryce Harper notched three hits Sunday in the Nationals’ loss to Cincinnati.

He reached base in all four trips to the plate with a double, two singles and a walk. Harper has followed up last year’s disappointment with an MVP-caliber season, hitting .315 with 18 round-trippers and 56 RBI. Unfortunately he’s only logged two steals, which is way down from last year when he set a career-high with 21 thefts.
Jun 25 - 7:20 PM

Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Adam Lind will cover first base.
Jun 25 - 10:30 AM

Daniel Murphy drove in four runs and went 1-for-4 in a win over the Reds on Saturday.

Batting with the bases loaded in the second inning he doubled off of Homer Bailey to drive in three runs. He drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth frame. He is having another unbelievable season, slashing .343/.395/.580 with 13 home runs, 49 runs and 54 RBI.
Jun 24 - 8:31 PM

Trea Turner went 5-for-5 with two runs batted in and four runs scored as the Nationals thrashed the Reds on Saturday.

All five hits were singles and he also walked in the ballgame. His team amassed 19 hits and seven walks as they circled the bases all afternoon. The big day boosts Turner's slash line to .275/.312/.424 in 292 plate appearances. He has hit seven home runs, scored 49 times, driven in 32 runs and swiped 28 bags on the season.
Jun 24 - 8:26 PM

Michael Taylor went 4-for-5, belted two home runs, drove in three runs and scored four times as his team routed the Reds 18-3 on Saturday.

He delivered a week's worth of production in one day in this good, old-fashioned barn-burner of a ballgame. He singled and scored in the second inning, bashed a two-run dinger in the fourth inning, ripped a solo shot in the sixth, then doubled and scored in the eighth. He is batting .273/.306/.507 with 10 longballs, 32 runs and 28 RBI. He has stolen seven bases in nine tries.
Jun 24 - 8:20 PM

Joe Ross hurled seven innings of one-run baseball as his team won a laugher against the Reds on Saturday.

He gave up six hits and one walk, with the only damage coming on a solo homer by Patrick Kivlehan in the sixth inning. Ross struck out five batters and improved his record to 4-3 with a 5.40 ERA. He has a solid 52/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 56 2/3 innings spread over 10 starts.
Jun 24 - 8:11 PM


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