Player News - Nationals

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Yunel Escobar (hand) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

He's missed three straight starts with a sore right hand. The good news is that Escobar played catch Sunday, so he could be back in there shortly. Anthony Rendon is handling third base and Danny Espinosa is at second Sunday.
Aug 30 - 12:13 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Taylor didn't start the last couple games due to a bruised right knee. He was able to pinch-hit Saturday, though, and is back in the lineup Sunday.
Aug 30 - 10:54 AM

Michael Taylor (knee) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Taylor hasn't started the last two games due to a bruised right knee, but that he was able to pinch-hit is a good sign that he's close. He could be back in the lineup Sunday.
Aug 30 - 8:24 AM

Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Zimmerman touched up Marlins starter Tom Koehler for a solo homer to left-center in the second inning. The oft-injured first baseman has been scalding the ball of late, with a double, three homers and 11 RBI in his last six games. For the season, he's hitting a slightly-less-stellar .225/.294/.215 with 12 homers and 59 RBI over 311 at-bats.
Aug 29 - 10:00 PM

Jordan Zimmermann turned in a nice start in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Marlins, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.

Zimmermann scattered seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Justin Bour managed a solo homer against Zimmy in the seventh, but it was otherwise a trouble-free outing for the 29-year-old right-hander. Turning the corner to September, he'll look to improve on a 3.45 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while taking on the Braves.
Aug 29 - 9:51 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

He banged his right knee against the outfield wall in Thursday's win against San Diego. Denard Span's season-ending hip injury has opened up playing time for Taylor in center field. Bryce Harper will get the start there on Saturday.
Aug 29 - 6:42 PM

Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

It's the second game in a row he's missed with a hand injury. Anthony Rendon is filling in at third base. Escobar has posted a surprising .308 average this year in 408 at-bats. That's well above his .279 career average. He's day-to-day.
Aug 29 - 6:38 PM

Denard Span will be out 4-to-6 months with a torn labrum.

Span's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. He should be fully healed by spring training. The 31-year-old remains a solid leadoff hitter when healthy and should be one of the more coveted outfielders in free agency this winter. Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor have filled in at center field during his absence.
Aug 29 - 5:21 PM

Jayson Werth went 1-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

The double was just Werth's ninth of the season. Injuries have limited him to 55 games and 204 at-bats to this point. When he's actually been able to play, it's been a colossal struggle for the veteran, who is slashing just .206/.285/.319 with four homers and 22 RBI.
Aug 28 - 10:34 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

Desmond went yard for a solo shot off Marlins starter Adam Conley in the second inning. He later added a single. While his .232/.280/.391 batting line isn't going to impress anybody, he's hit five homers and driven in 16 runs in the month of August.
Aug 28 - 10:22 PM

Max Scherzer was not quite on his game in Friday's loss to the Marlins, allowing four runs on six hits over seven innings.

Strasburg struck out eight without walking a batter, but the Marlins managed to impart enough damage to saddle him with the loss and even his record at 11-11. Martin Prado socked a two-run homer off the All-Star in the third and Marcell Ozuna launched a solo shot an inning later to account for three of the four runs scored on the ace's watch. He'll take a 2.88 ERA and 0.93 WHIP into a road tilt against the Cardinals next time out.
Aug 28 - 10:12 PM

Yunel Escobar (hand) is out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

Escobar had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but he remains sore. Anthony Rendon is handling third base, while Trea Turner is getting his first major league start at second.
Aug 28 - 4:36 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Friday that Denard Span will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip next Tuesday.

He also revealed that it will be to repair Span's labrum, which has been bothering the outfielder for a while. The Nats think the hip issue is connected to the core and back problems Span was plagued by this season. It's a really tough break for Span, as he's slated to hit free agency in a couple months. The timetable for his recovery should be known after Tuesday's procedure.
Aug 28 - 4:34 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few days.

The feeling is that Taylor didn't cause any major damage when he collided with the outfield wall Thursday, but he has a bad bruise on his right knee. He could wind up missing the entire weekend series against the Marlins. Matt den Dekker should handle center field for a few days.
Aug 28 - 2:32 PM

Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

He'll provide outfield depth with Denard Span (hip) out and Michael Taylor (knee) banged up. Den Dekker has hit just .184/.259/.347 over 26 games in the majors this season.
Aug 28 - 2:28 PM

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