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Yunel Escobar had to exit Monday's game versus the Reds with left hamstring tightness.

Escobar didn't seem to injure the hamstring on one particular play, but he was spotted stretching multiple times as the ailment appeared to creep up on him. It's unclear at this point how much time he might miss.
Jul 6 - 10:33 PM

Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds with back spasms.

Span is probably looking forward to the All-Star break in order to have some rest, as he's dealt with the back issue off and on for a month now. Consider him day-to-day.
Jul 6 - 10:30 PM

Doug Fister limited the Reds to two runs (one earned) over six innings, but took a no-decision as the Nationals ended up losing on Monday.

Fister allowed his first run on an RBI double to the opposing pitcher. It may as well have been an earned run as it was set up by Fister's throwing error. His second run scored on a Eugenio Suarez RBI single in the sixth inning. Overall, Fister gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out two. He'll bring a 4.08 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 31/14 K/BB ratio over 64 innings into a start in Baltimore against the Orioles.
Jul 6 - 10:29 PM

Danny Espinosa homered in a 2-for-4 effort Monday as the Nationals lost to the Reds.

Espinosa knotted the game up at two apiece with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth inning against Anthony DeSclafani. The homer marks Espinosa's first extra-base hit of July. He's hitting .262/.343/.443 with nine home runs and 25 RBI on the year.
Jul 6 - 10:26 PM

Yunel Escobar exited Monday's game versus the Reds with an undisclosed injury.

Escobar was seen stretching his legs a few times, so it appears to be something related to his lower half. The Nationals should provide an update on him later Monday.
Jul 6 - 9:07 PM

Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds with an undisclosed injury.

Span has dealt with back issues recently and it's possible they cropped up again. It could also be the Nationals being proactive with the wet conditions in D.C. The Nats should have an update on Span shortly.
Jul 6 - 8:11 PM

Max Scherzer was among the pitchers named to next week's National League All-Star Game.

Scherzer will be a candidate to start if the Nationals decide to not start him on Sunday. The starters joining Scherzer on the NL squad will be Madison Bumgarner, A.J. Burnett, Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha. The NL relievers are Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal. Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Martinez and Troy Tulowitzki are the Final Vote candidates.
Jul 6 - 7:33 PM

Nationals placed RHP David Carpenter on the paternity leave list.

Sammy Solis will take Carpenter's place on the active roster for the time being. In 24 2/3 innings between the Yankees and Nationals this season, Carpenter is the owner of a 4.01 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He'll return as soon as he's done celebrating the birth of his son.
Jul 6 - 3:02 PM

Nationals recalled LHP Sammy Solis from Double-A Harrisburg.

This should just be a temporary stay for Solis. He's filling the vacated roster spot of David Carpenter, who was placed on the paternity leave list on Monday.
Jul 6 - 2:57 PM

Nationals RHP prospect Nick Pivetta took a perfect game into the seventh inning Sunday in a win for High-A Potomac.

Pivetta set down the first 19 Wilmington hitters he faced before allowing an infield single to Jack Lopez. He finished with a season-high nine strikeouts. The right-hander has pitched at least six innings in each of his last four outings. Opponents have hit .211 against him since June 1.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 6 - 2:37 PM

Wilson Ramos clobbered a solo home run in the sixth inning on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Giants.

His blast off George Kontos broke a 1-1 and gave the Nationals a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The hard-hitting backstop even provided a valuable insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk and scored a pair of runs. He's now hitting .266/.294/.411 with eight homers and 38 RBI on the season.
Jul 5 - 11:18 PM

Drew Storen secured his league-leading 25th save on Sunday, retiring the heart of the Giants lineup to preserve a two-run advantage.

Storen dispatched of Brandon Belt on a swinging third strike to start the inning, but walked Buster Posey to bring the tying run to the plate. He battled back nicely though, getting Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco to end the proceedings. Storen owns a terrific 1.97 ERA and 37/7 K/BB ratio over 32 innings.
Jul 5 - 11:18 PM

Jordan Zimmermann pitched brilliantly in Sunday's victory over the Giants, allowing just one run on three hits over seven strong innings.

The right-hander racked up eight strikeouts on the evening while issuing just one walk. The only blemish on his night came on a solo home run by Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old is enjoying another terrific season, compiling a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 77/20 K/BB ratio over 106 2/3 innings. He'll look to wrap up the first half on a high note when he squares off against the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday.
Jul 5 - 11:17 PM

Bryce Harper was the leading vote getter in the entire National League for the All-Star game, garnering 13,864,950 ballots.

It will be the third time in his first four years in the big leagues that he has made the National League squad. He'll be joined by Paul Goldschmidt, Dee Gordon, Todd Frazier, Jhonny Peralta, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Holliday in the starting lineup for the senior circuit. Stanton is on the disabled list and will not be able to appear in the game, and Holliday's status is up in the air.
Jul 5 - 8:20 PM

Jayson Werth (wrist) was able to take swings with a fungo bat for the first time on Saturday.

Nationals manager Matt Williams called it "significant progress" for the injured outfielder who is recovering from a fractured wrist. He isn't expected to be ready to rejoin the Nationals lineup until early August, but is at least making strides in the right direction.
Jul 5 - 5:39 PM


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