Player News - Nationals

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Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Zimmerman touched up Marlins starter Tom Koehler for a solo homer to left-center in the second inning. The oft-injured first baseman has been scalding the ball of late, with a double, three homers and 11 RBI in his last six games. For the season, he's hitting a slightly-less-stellar .225/.294/.215 with 12 homers and 59 RBI over 311 at-bats.
Aug 29 - 10:00 PM

Jordan Zimmermann turned in a nice start in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Marlins, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.

Zimmermann scattered seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Justin Bour managed a solo homer against Zimmy in the seventh, but it was otherwise a trouble-free outing for the 29-year-old right-hander. Turning the corner to September, he'll look to improve on a 3.45 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while taking on the Braves.
Aug 29 - 9:51 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

He banged his right knee against the outfield wall in Thursday's win against San Diego. Denard Span's season-ending hip injury has opened up playing time for Taylor in center field. Bryce Harper will get the start there on Saturday.
Aug 29 - 6:42 PM

Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

It's the second game in a row he's missed with a hand injury. Anthony Rendon is filling in at third base. Escobar has posted a surprising .308 average this year in 408 at-bats. That's well above his .279 career average. He's day-to-day.
Aug 29 - 6:38 PM

Denard Span will be out 4-to-6 months with a torn labrum.

Span's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. He should be fully healed by spring training. The 31-year-old remains a solid leadoff hitter when healthy and should be one of the more coveted outfielders in free agency this winter. Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor have filled in at center field during his absence.
Aug 29 - 5:21 PM

Jayson Werth went 1-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

The double was just Werth's ninth of the season. Injuries have limited him to 55 games and 204 at-bats to this point. When he's actually been able to play, it's been a colossal struggle for the veteran, who is slashing just .206/.285/.319 with four homers and 22 RBI.
Aug 28 - 10:34 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

Desmond went yard for a solo shot off Marlins starter Adam Conley in the second inning. He later added a single. While his .232/.280/.391 batting line isn't going to impress anybody, he's hit five homers and driven in 16 runs in the month of August.
Aug 28 - 10:22 PM

Max Scherzer was not quite on his game in Friday's loss to the Marlins, allowing four runs on six hits over seven innings.

Strasburg struck out eight without walking a batter, but the Marlins managed to impart enough damage to saddle him with the loss and even his record at 11-11. Martin Prado socked a two-run homer off the All-Star in the third and Marcell Ozuna launched a solo shot an inning later to account for three of the four runs scored on the ace's watch. He'll take a 2.88 ERA and 0.93 WHIP into a road tilt against the Cardinals next time out.
Aug 28 - 10:12 PM

Yunel Escobar (hand) is out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

Escobar had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but he remains sore. Anthony Rendon is handling third base, while Trea Turner is getting his first major league start at second.
Aug 28 - 4:36 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Friday that Denard Span will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip next Tuesday.

He also revealed that it will be to repair Span's labrum, which has been bothering the outfielder for a while. The Nats think the hip issue is connected to the core and back problems Span was plagued by this season. It's a really tough break for Span, as he's slated to hit free agency in a couple months. The timetable for his recovery should be known after Tuesday's procedure.
Aug 28 - 4:34 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few days.

The feeling is that Taylor didn't cause any major damage when he collided with the outfield wall Thursday, but he has a bad bruise on his right knee. He could wind up missing the entire weekend series against the Marlins. Matt den Dekker should handle center field for a few days.
Aug 28 - 2:32 PM

Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

He'll provide outfield depth with Denard Span (hip) out and Michael Taylor (knee) banged up. Den Dekker has hit just .184/.259/.347 over 26 games in the majors this season.
Aug 28 - 2:28 PM's William Ladson reports that Denard Span will have season-ending surgery on his left hip on Tuesday.

Span has just never been fully healthy all season. He had his first core muscle surgery last December, came back too soon and then required a second procedure in March. He then made a quick recovery from that to return in mid-April, but he then dealt with back and more recently hip issues for the bulk of the campaign. The type of operation he'll have Tuesday isn't known yet, but hopefully it will finally nip is health issues in the bud. Span's Nationals career could be over, as he's slated for free agency this winter. The Nats will go with Michael Taylor in center field for the rest of the season, assuming his knee injury is minor as expected.
Aug 28 - 1:52 PM

Nationals placed OF Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation.

The hip issue is related to the core and back issues that have sidelined Span already this season. At this point, there is fear in the Nationals organization that the oft-injured outfielder will not make it back at all this season. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in center field in his stead.
Aug 27 - 11:04 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a right knee contusion on Thursday.

Taylor was pulled from Thursday's game in the seventh inning after crashing into the outfield wall. Thankfully, he was able to avoid any significant injuries and should be cleared to return to the Nationals lineup at some point over the weekend.
Aug 27 - 10:31 PM

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