Player News - Nationals

Date: Team: Pos:

Trea Turner (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

It's unclear how many rehab games Turner will need, but he's missed nearly two months of action so he'll need to knock some rust off. Still, a return before the end of the month, or perhaps even before the end of the week, would seem to be doable. Turner still ranks as the No. 4 shortstop in fantasy this season even after all the missed time.
Aug 20 - 2:55 PM

Jayson Werth (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

Werth has been on the disabled list since early June with a bad bone bruise in his left foot, but he appears to have finally turned a corner with his recovery and is ready for game action. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll require given that he's been out so long, but a return before the end of August is possible. The Nationals could use him given how banged up their outfield is.
Aug 20 - 9:03 AM

Adrian Sanchez went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

Sanchez provided the Nationals their only run of the game with his RBI double off Travis Wood in the fifth inning. The 27-year-old infielder is hitting .279/.295/.372 with four doubles through his first 43 major league at-bats.
Aug 20 - 12:16 AM

Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

Zimmerman was far from alone in his offensive utility, as the Nationals finished with just three hits. Slight stumble aside, the veteran slugger has ripped off a gorgeous campaign to date. He owns a .310/.360/.590 triple-slash with 29 homers and 86 RBI across 111 games played.
Aug 20 - 12:02 AM

Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs on four hits over six innings in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

Strasburg had missed about three weeks of action due to an elbow impingement before being activated from the disabled list for Saturday's outing. He punched out eight and walked one on the evening. Yangervis Solarte smacked a two-run home run off him in the first inning, but he settled in for five more scoreless frames after the early hiccup. In 21 starts this season, Strasburg owns a 3.24 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He will do battle with the Mets in a home outing next time out as he looks to work back into the groove of the campaign.
Aug 19 - 11:51 PM

Ryan Madson tried to play catch on Saturday but still felt pain in his sprained index finger.

He was hoping to return when first eligible next week but that seems unlikely now. With Madson on the shelf, Brandon Kintzler will handle setup work ahead of closer Sean Doolittle.
Aug 19 - 6:29 PM

Matt Wieters is not in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

It's just a maintenance day for Wieters, who is in the midst of a 1-for-20 dry spell. Jose Lobaton will start behind the plate and bat eighth Saturday against Padres left-hander Travis Wood.
Aug 19 - 6:27 PM

Daniel Murphy was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

Though he hasn't been diagnosed with any specific injury, manager Dusty Baker noticed that Murphy hasn't been moving well over the past few games. He'll get the night off to recharge his batteries before returning for Sunday's series finale. Howie Kendrick, who had been slated to start in left field, will shift to second base with Alejandro De Aza in left.
Aug 19 - 6:26 PM

Nationals activated RHP Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list.

Strasburg will get the nod Saturday against his hometown Padres. He's taking the place of Max Scherzer, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with neck inflammation. Strasburg has pitched well when healthy, delivering a 3.25 ERA over 20 starts this season.
Aug 19 - 5:38 PM

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and a stolen base as the Nationals beat the Padres 7-1 on Friday.

Because it's not enough that Kendrick is hitting .345 with a .921 OPS, he's doing more running than ever before, going 10-for-14 stealing bases in just 56 games while healthy. His career high for steals is 14, which he's done four times (in seasons of 158, 140, 147 and 157 games).
Aug 19 - 1:18 AM

Making his first career start in the majors in Max Scherzer's place, Matt Grace shut out the Padres for 4 1/3 innings on Friday.

Grace was last a starting pitcher in high-A ball in 2012, when he went 9-12 with a 4.84 ERA for Potomac. He left with a 2-0 lead tonight and should have gotten the win for his effort, but MLB's obsolete rule says no (a starter must throw five innings to get a win). Instead, the victory went to Joe Blanton, who got three outs with his club already on top. The Nationals will probably return Grace to the pen rather than have him make another start in pace of Scherzer, but that's not the lock it would have been had Grace given up three or four runs tonight.
Aug 19 - 1:15 AM

Nationals placed RHP Max Scherzer on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 15, with left neck inflammation.

The Nationals are hopeful that he's only going to miss just one additional start, but will obviously play things very cautiously with their star right-hander. Matt Grace is starting in his place against the Padres on Friday.
Aug 18 - 9:19 PM

Max Scherzer was scratched from Friday's start against the Padres due to neck soreness.

Nationals' manager Dusty Baker said it's the opposite side of the neck that is bothering Scherzer, not the same side that gave him trouble earlier this season. Matt Grace will start in his place in what looks to be a bullpen day for the Nationals.
Aug 18 - 8:09 PM

Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of Thursday's win over the Padres.

The two clubs were tied at 1-1 with two outs in the eighth when Zimmerman stepped to the plate and unloaded for a no-doubt solo blast off Kirby Yates to give the Nats the late lead. For the season as a whole, the veteran first baseman is hitting a gaudy .310/.360/.593 with 29 homers and 86 RBI in 109 games played. He has homered in back-to-back contests and has launched three long balls in his last four games.
Aug 18 - 1:32 AM

Sean Doolittle registered his 10th save with the Nationals courtesy of a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Doolittle came in to start the ninth with the Nationals up just 2-1. He proceeded to strike out two, wrapping up the save needing 13 pitches (eight strikes). The southpaw reliever is now 10-for-10 in save opportunities since coming over to the Nationals from the A's in July.
Aug 18 - 1:30 AM


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