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Date: Team: Pos:

David Carpenter (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

He was cleared after a second opinion showed sufficient healing with his pitching shoulder. There's no timetable for Carpenter's return at the moment, but he should be ready to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen sometime this month.
Aug 3 - 4:40 PM

Denard Span (back) will resume light workouts on Monday.

Span has been shut down for the last two weeks since receiving a cortisone injection in his ailing back. He'll be slowly ramped back up and will need a rehab assignment before returning, so it will be a little while. Still, Monday was obviously a nice step for the outfielder.
Aug 3 - 4:38 PM

Nationals SS prospect Wilmer Difo contributed a career-high five hits in Sunday's win for Double-A Harrisburg.

He also stole a career-high four bases. Difo entered Sunday's game just two for his last 16. Few could have predicted Difo's meteoric rise through the Washington farm system. He began the year at High-A Potomac and has already seen time with the Nationals this season. The 23-year-old has hit .283 with a .332 on base percentage in 300 minor league at-bats this year.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 3 - 2:05 PM

Anthony Rendon clubbed his first home run of the season as the Nationals fell to the Mets on Sunday night in New York.

Rendon got the Nationals on the board with a solo homer in the first inning off Noah Syndergaard. He also added a pair of singles in the contest, finishing the night 3-for-4 to raise his season slash to .286/.363/.388.
Aug 2 - 10:54 PM

Jordan Zimmerman struggled in a losing effort against the Mets on Sunday, allowing five runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

The right-hander issued a pair of walks while punching out seven on the evening. All of the damage against him came in a span of four batters in the third inning where Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda all launched towering home runs. Even with this rough outing, Zimmermann will bring a 3.57 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Rockies.
Aug 2 - 10:53 PM

Nationals SS prospect Trea Turner racked up four hits in Saturday's win for Triple-A Syracuse.

He's plated five runs over his last three games. Turner has hit .322 across two minor league levels this season including .311 in his first 33 games for Syracuse. He began the year with the Padres but was sent to Washington in June as part of the Will Myers trade. The 22-year-old is 23-for-28 on stolen base attempts this year.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 2 - 5:45 PM

Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Mets.

It doesn't appear to be anything more than a regular day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Jose Lobaton will start in his place behind the dish and bat seventh against Noah Syndergaard.
Aug 2 - 4:22 PM

Nationals SS prospect Osvaldo Abreu collected four hits in Saturday's game for Low-A Hagerstown.

Saturday was his second four-hit game of the year. Abreu leads the South Atlantic League in doubles (30) and is fifth in runs scored (60). The 21-year-old has 24 steals on 34 attempts this season and is hitting .346 with a .500 slugging percentage since the All-Star break.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 2 - 3:24 PM

Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

Harper's had a somewhat sketchy series against his divisional rivals this weekend. On Friday, he went 0-for-5 with a strikeout before being ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the 11th inning. The Nationals lost that game. They lost on Saturday, too, though Harper at least managed to stay on the field for the duration of this one. Occasional shenanigans aside, the 22-year-old outfielder is an NL MVP front-runner and is currently hitting .332/.458/.677 with 29 home runs, 68 RBI and four steals.
Aug 1 - 10:20 PM

Joe Ross pitched a nice game against the Mets on Saturday, yielding two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Ross struck out six and walked one, with both runs scoring on solo home runs by Lucas Duda in the fourth and seventh innings. He's now allowed three or fewer runs in each of his first six starts to open his career in the bigs. Not too shabby. Ross'll take a 3.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 40/4 K/BB ratio (over 39 innings) into his next start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
Aug 1 - 10:12 PM

Gio Gonzalez gave up one run in just 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Mets.

Things could have been much worse, as Gonzalez allowed four hits and four walks while throwing just 59 out of 105 pitches for strikes. However, the Mets weren't able to cash in on their opportunities. Gonzalez struck out six in the no-decision and now owns a 3.75 ERA over 19 starts this season. He'll square off against the Diamondbacks at home next time out.
Aug 1 - 12:04 AM

Bryce Harper was ejected from Friday's game against the Mets in the 11th inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Jerry Meals' strike zone was questionable, but Harper pushed things too far and got himself kicked out of the game. It forced the Nationals to use Dan Uggla at first base and Ryan Zimmerman in the outfield. Harper went 0-for-5 with a strikeout before exiting.
Aug 1 - 12:03 AM

Yunel Escobar drove in the Nationals' only run of the night Friday against the Mets.

His eighth-inning single off Matt Harvey tied the game, but the Mets eventually won in extras. Escobar went 1-for-5 on the night and has a .312/.360/.410 batting line on the year.
Aug 1 - 12:02 AM

Denard Span (back) is expected to resume doing baseball activities soon.

The outfielder has thus far been working on strengthening his core, but will soon progress to swinging and fielding drills. He will need a minor league rehab assignment to get his timing back, but could be able to return to the Nationals lineup in early August if he avoids any further setbacks.
Jul 31 - 7:59 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will make another rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

Strasburg allowed three runs on four hits over four innings in his first rehab outing Wednesday. As long as he doesn't have a physical setback on Monday, he'll rejoin the Nationals' rotation late next week.
Jul 31 - 6:16 PM


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