Player News - Nationals

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Jayson Werth crushed a three-run homer in the first inning on Saturday, leading the Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Werth also singled and delivered a sacrifice fly in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI. Despite picking it up at the plate in recent days, Werth is still hitting just .211/.293/.437 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season.
Apr 30 - 5:27 PM

Joe Ross pitched well in Saturday's victory over the Cardinals, scattering six hits and two walks over six innings of one-run ball.

The right-hander punched out four on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter in the fifth inning. Ross has been simply outstanding in the early going, compiling a 3-0 record, 0.79 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 14/7 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings. He'll look to extend his dominance when he does battle against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday.
Apr 30 - 5:25 PM

Nationals signed RHP Greg Ross to a minor league contract.

Ross was released by the Orioles at the end of spring training. The 25-year-old hurler has reported to High-A Potomac where he'll serve as starting pitching depth for the Nationals.
Apr 30 - 10:45 AM

Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out nine in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

Strasburg gave up both runs in the first inning, but really settled down from there. He walked just one batter and notched seven strikeouts in the span of eight batters at one point. After finishing last season strong, the impending free agent is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio in 36 innings through his first five starts this season. He’ll attempt to keep it going next week against the Royals on the road.
Apr 30 - 12:16 AM

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals to convert his eighth save of the season.

Asked to hold a one-run lead, Papelbon issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, but he induced a double play from Brandon Moss before getting Matt Carpenter to ground out to end it. The veteran closer owns a 2.61 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings so far this season. He should find himself among the league leaders in saves on this club.
Apr 30 - 12:16 AM

Danny Espinosa went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

After Jayson Werth gave the Nationals the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, Espinosa followed by taking Mike Leake deep for his first home run of the season. It was nice to see, but he’ll need to do more to silence those clamoring for top prospect Trea Turner. Espinosa is batting just .194/.320/.258 through 22 games this season.
Apr 30 - 12:15 AM

Michael Taylor hit a leadoff homer off Mike Leake on Friday against the Cardinals.

It was his third home run of the season and his second leadoff shot. The blast ended a 22-inning scoreless streak for Washington. Taylor has struggled to take advantage of an opportunity in center field with Ben Revere sidelined, batting just .195/.232/.338 over 19 games. Revere just began a minor league rehab assignment and should be back with the Nationals in a few days.
Apr 30 - 12:14 AM

Tanner Roark didn’t factor into the decision, but fired seven scoreless frames against the Phillies on Thursday.

Roark held the Phillies to just two hits (both singles) and a pair of walks while striking out six. He now has 14 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt and owns a 2.03 ERA and 30/13 K/BB ratio in 31 innings over five starts. We wouldn’t count on more 15-strikeout games in his future, but he’s proving to be an asset in mixed leagues again in his return to the rotation.
Apr 28 - 9:25 PM

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s loss to the Phillies.

Espinosa is now batting .172/.310/.190 overall. Meanwhile, top prospect shortstop Trea Turner entered Thursday’s action with a .357/.430/.529 batting line over 18 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Just saying.
Apr 28 - 9:25 PM

Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

Matt den Dekker will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Phillies righty Aaron Nola. Taylor is slashing just .192/.231/.301 in 18 games this season and is in danger of losing significant playing time with Ben Revere (oblique) getting closer and closer to activation. Anthony Rendon is also sitting out Thursday, with Stephen Drew filling in at third base.
Apr 28 - 12:14 PM

Anthony Rendon is getting the day off Thursday.

Stephen Drew will start at third base and bat seventh versus Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. It's just a day of rest for Rendon, who's off to a sluggish start.
Apr 28 - 12:12 PM

Gio Gonzalez threw the ball well once again, allowing just two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss to the Phillies.

A couple of lead-off singles in the sixth and seventh innings came back to haunt Gonzalez, but he continued his rock-solid start to the campaign. He has a 1.42 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings. If it weren’t for some disappointing run support, resulting in just one win, it’s conceivable that the lefty could currently be a top-10 fantasy starter. He certainly has some regressing to do, but his .341 BABIP a year ago made us forget how dependable he’s been since the beginning of 2010.
Apr 27 - 10:33 PM

MLB.com's William Ladson reports that Ben Revere (oblique) will begin his rehab stint at Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday.

The speedy center fielder reported there on Wednesday and should play at least half a game in his rehab debut Thursday night. Revere has been sidelined since the Nationals' season-opening game because of a right oblique strain. With his rehab stint about to get underway, an early May return is looking more and more likely.
Apr 27 - 4:39 PM

Ben Revere (oblique) is beginning a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday night.

Revere made it through a full workout on Tuesday and got the go-ahead for minor league games a few days earlier than expected. He should rejoin the Nationals early next week. The speedy outfielder has been on the shelf since April 6 with a right oblique strain.
Apr 27 - 3:42 PM

Nationals 3B prospect Drew Ward launched two homers Tuesday in a win for High-A Potomac.

He tallied a career-high five RBI while raising his average from .309 to .333. Ward had been just two for his last 15 before Tuesday's outburst. He's tied for second in the Carolina League with five homers and also ranks fourth with 16 RBI. Ward abandoned the leg kick he used in high school during his first few minor league seasons but returned to it this year and it seems to be paying off.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 27 - 2:54 PM


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