Player News - Nationals

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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

Edwin Jackson surrendered one run on eight hits over seven innings in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Jackson has been surprisingly reliable in six starts this season, having allowed two or fewer runs in five of them. In Thursday's contest, the well-traveled veteran kept the scoreboard clean outside of a third-inning RBI single by Jose Pirela. He struck out four and walked one over his seven innings of work. Jackson will bring a sharp 2.92 ERA and 1.11 WHIP as a National into a road outing against the Astros next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 18 - 1:18 AM

Koda Glover (back, shoulder) has been rehabbing at the Nationals' spring training facility in West Palm Beach.

Glover plans to ramp up his activity after getting good news from his doctor earlier this week. As of last week, he was throwing up to 100 feet on flat ground. A rotator cuff injury has sidelined Glover since June 11.
Source: MASN Sports
Aug 17 - 10:25 PM

Enny Romero (forearm) tossed a perfect inning Thursday in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Syracuse.

He retired the side in the sixth inning, recording one strikeout over 14 pitches. The 26-year-old looks ready to rejoin the Nats' bullpen after missing the past couple of weeks with a strained forearm. He holds a 3.99 ERA across 47 1/3 innings for Washington this season.
Source: MASN Sports
Aug 17 - 10:16 PM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to return Saturday against the Padres.

He'll return to the mound in his home city of San Diego after missing roughly three weeks with an elbow impingement. Strasburg looked sharp in his lone rehab start, fanning five over five innings of one-run ball Monday for High-A Potomac. The former first overall pick has been steady as ever this year, going 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA over 20 starts for the first-place Nats.
Aug 17 - 8:54 PM

Nationals placed RHP Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right finger.

Shawn Kelley was activated in the corresponding move. The move was made retroactive to Monday and the Nats are hoping to have Madson back when first-eligible next week. The right-hander sports a perfect 0.00 ERA over nine relief outings since coming over in a trade with the Athletics last month.
Aug 17 - 7:43 PM


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