Player News - Nationals

Date: Team: Pos:

Sean Doolittle (toe) threw a bullpen session Friday.

He also did some running and said his toe feels "significantly better" than it did last week. Doolittle isn't 100 percent yet, though, so he'll remain on the disabled list for now. Kelvin Herrera will continue to serve as the Nationals' closer.
Jul 20 - 5:21 PM

Victor Robles (elbow) will move his rehab assignment up to short-season Auburn.

Robles went 6-for-19 with four stolen bases over eight games for the Gulf Coast League Nationals as he works his way back from a hyperextended left elbow. He'll eventually return to Triple-A Syracuse and could make it back up to the big club at some point during the second half, but the Nats are loaded with outfield depth so they'll take it slowly with him.
Jul 20 - 5:11 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Wander Suero to Triple-A Syracuse.

Suero holds a 3.15 ERA over 16 relief appearances with the Nats this season. He'll be back at some point later this half.
Jul 20 - 3:16 PM

Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 10-day disabled list.

Zimmerman has been on the shelf since early May with an oblique strain but is finally ready to go after a 4-for-9 showing with a home run in three rehab games. He's surely going to require lots of days off, and the Nats have viable alternatives at first base in Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds. Zimmerman is not in the lineup Friday and he's more of a deeper league play at this point.
Jul 20 - 3:13 PM

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

Strasburg will rejoin the Nationals' rotation Friday versus the Braves after missing six weeks of action with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He threw 82 pitches in his last rehab outing, so Strasburg should be ready for a relatively normal workload Friday.
Jul 20 - 3:08 PM

Koda Glover (shoulder) allowed a run on three hits and a walk in a one-inning rehab appearance Wednesday at Triple-A Syracuse.

Glover also got knocked around in a rehab outing last Saturday at High-A Potomac. The 25-year-old right-hander has been on the shelf all season because of a right shoulder injury and he doesn't seem like a very good bet to make a positive impact with the Nationals in the second half.
Jul 18 - 2:09 PM

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) will return to the Nationals' rotation Friday against the Braves.

Strasburg allowed just one earned run over nine innings on his two-start minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac, tallying 12 strikeouts against one walk. And he made it up to 82 pitches in his last outing there Sunday, so there shouldn't be any limitations on the 29-year-old right-hander in his first start back Friday versus Atlanta. Strasburg has been sidelined since June 10 due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Jul 17 - 4:49 PM

Nationals C prospect Jakson Reetz went 3-for-5 with two homers on Monday for High-A Potomac.

The pair of homers give Reetz five on the season. A third-round pick in 2014, Reetz hasn't lived up to expectations offensively yet, but he's still just 22-years-old, and he has swung the bat well as of late. He's starting to tap into his power from the right side, and he's willing to work counts and draw walks. Reetz is also a very good defender behind the plate, which gives him a chance to be a starting backstop in the coming seasons.
Jul 17 - 1:40 PM

Bryce Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber in the finals to win the 2018 All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

You didn't think anyone else was going to win at Nationals Park, did you? Harper smacked 13 home runs in the first round to eliminate Freddie Freeman and another 13 in the second round to take down Max Muncy. Schwarber batted first in the finals and set the bar high with 18 bombs, and it looked like it might hold up after Harper started slowly. However, Harper tied Schwarber with a flurry of dingers in the final 90 seconds and took advantage of 30 seconds of bonus time by banging one out to dead center field to win it. He became the third player ever to win the Derby in his home park.
Jul 16 - 10:39 PM

Sean Doolittle (toe) threw on flat ground again Monday.

It's unclear when Doolittle might resume throwing off a mound, but he said Sunday that he expects his stay on the disabled list to be a short one. The closer is eligible for activation at the start of the second half and he would seem to have a shot to be ready at that time.
Jul 16 - 6:08 PM

Max Scherzer has been named as the National League starter for Tuesday night's All-Star Game in D.C.

Jacob deGrom and his MLB-leading 1.68 ERA would have been a fine choice as well, but Scherzer gets the nod with the game being played at Nationals Park, and deGrom will come on right after him. Scherzer, 33, registered a brilliant 2.41 ERA, 0.899 WHIP, and 182/34 K/BB ratio over 134 2/3 innings in the first half for Washington. He'll be opposed by Chris Sale to get things underway on Tuesday.
Jul 16 - 2:10 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals are expected to activate Stephen Strasburg on Friday, so this opens up a spot on the 25-man roster. Gott owns a 4.96 ERA over 18 relief appearances for the Nationals in 2018.
Jul 16 - 10:53 AM

Anthony Rendon scored two runs and went 1-for-3 in a win over the Mets on Sunday.

Rendon also walked to go along with his hit, and it puts his slash for the first half at .285/.352/525 with 15 homers and 45 RBI over 75 games. When healthy, the 28-year-old third baseman has shown that he has talent that competes with any player that plays the hot corner in baseball. Expect more of the same from Rendon over the second half.
Jul 15 - 5:19 PM

Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory over the Mets on Sunday.

Adams came around to score after Adam Eaton was plunked by a pitch in the seventh inning. It was a sensational first half for the veteran first baseman, posting a .927 OPS with 15 homers and 39 RBI in just 68 games for the 29-year-old. It will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets going forward, but when he's in the lineup, he's a strong streaming option against right-handed pitching.
Jul 15 - 5:13 PM

Jeremy Hellickson allowed one run over six innings with six strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over the Mets on Sunday.

Hellickson allowed just two hits, and he walked two. It makes back-to-back strong starts for the right-hander after his nine-run start against the Marlins on July 5. Signed to a minor league contract this spring, Hellickson has beaten expectations, posting a 3.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 13 starts and 63 innings. His next start will come after the All-Star break, but it has yet to be scheduled.
Jul 15 - 5:08 PM


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