Player News - Nationals

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Anthony Rendon went 2-for-2 with two singles in Wednesday's rain-shortened loss to the Diamondbacks.

The Nationals were unable to scratch out a run over five innings, at which point the heavens opened. The game would be called in the Diamondbacks' favor after a lengthy delay. For his part, Rendon is now hitting .272/.350/.450 with 19 homers and 84 RBI over the course of 556 at-bats. He has also stolen 12 bases.
Sep 28 - 10:57 PM

Gio Gonzalez proved ineffective in Wednesday's rain-shortened loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez was able to limit the scoring damage, but this was far from a smooth start. The veteran southpaw had already thrown 100 pitches (just 56 strikes) by the time he was relieved of duty with two outs in the fourth inning. The game would last all of 1 2/3 frames more before a lengthy weather delay eventually led the contest to be called for a 3-0 Diamondbacks win. This was Gonzalez's final start of the regular season. In 177 1/3 innings (32 starts) this year, he registered a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 179/59 K/BB ratio.
Sep 28 - 10:46 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup again on Wednesday.

Murphy hasn't started a game since September 17 due to a strained left glute and he might not see much action over the Nationals' final handful of regular-season tilts, though he should be ready to rock for the NLDS. Trea Turner is starting at second base and batting leadoff on Wednesday night against Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller.
Sep 28 - 3:07 PM

Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller.
Sep 28 - 3:03 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters and held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six frames to earn his 19th win of the season in a 4-2 victory.

Scherzer served up a home run to Jean Segura to lead off the game and then yielded an RBI double to Welington Castillo in the third. He settled in after that, though, and the Nationals' offense finally went to work in the sixth inning with four runs. Scherzer hasn't lost since August 9. The right-hander will have one final tune-up on Sunday before starting Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers on October 7.
Sep 27 - 10:10 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning to notch his 44th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Called upon to protect a two-run lead, Melancon had a stress-free ninth with a couple groundouts and a strikeout. The veteran closer has nailed down 44-of-48 save opportunities this season, including 14-of-15 since joining the Nationals.
Sep 27 - 10:01 PM

Anthony Rendon delivered a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning of Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The Nationals fell into an early hole with the D'Backs plating single runs in the first and third, but they were able to bunch together two hits, two walks and four runs in the sixth, punctuated by Rendon's bomb. The third baseman now has 19 dingers on the season and has five games left to get No. 20.
Sep 27 - 9:59 PM

A.J. Cole has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for throwing at Jung Ho Kang on Sunday.

Cole was retaliating for Kang's fake tag on Bryce Harper in the top of the third inning, which led to Harper dropping into an awkward slide and suffering a left thumb injury. Cole was also fined for the attempted beanball -- it actually sailed behind Kang. He is appealing the five-game suspension and will remain active until that appeal is heard. The suspension might have to be served in 2017.
Sep 27 - 5:49 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Tuesday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS.

Strasburg has resumed playing catch following an extended shutdown period, but the ace right-hander is simply running out of time as he attempts to rehab a flexor mass strain. If the Nationals advance to the NLCS, they can reevaluate his status. Strasburg would be a nice weapon in long relief if he's feeling up to it.
Sep 27 - 5:22 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) remains sidelined Tuesday.

Murphy has now missed nine straight starts with a strained left glute, but the Nationals are confident he'll be ready for the beginning of the NLDS. Stephen Drew is getting another start at second base on Tuesday.
Sep 27 - 3:32 PM

Bryce Harper (thumb) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Fortunately, X-rays came back negative on Harper's left thumb, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants to give him another day. There's a chance he could play on Wednesday. Brian Goodwin will make another start in right field on Tuesday.
Sep 27 - 3:28 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Wilson Ramos was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee.

He's obviously done for the year and will require surgery. Ramos previously tore the ACL and MCL in the very same knee back in 2012. It's absolutely brutal timing, not only with the playoffs days away, but also with him on the verge of hitting free agency. The 29-year-old was poised for a big payday after hitting .307/.354/.496 with 22 homers and 80 RBI over 131 games this season.
Sep 27 - 3:11 PM

Nationals recalled C Spencer Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg.

The move comes after Wilson Ramos was forced to exit Monday's game with a knee injury. The 25-year-old Kieboom batted .230/.324/.314 with five homers over 94 games this season in Double-A and will provide some extra depth behind the plate to finish the year.
Sep 27 - 1:48 PM

Tanner Roark wasn't sharp Monday, yielding five runs over four frames in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Things were moving along swimmingly initially, as Roark retired the first nine batters in order. He then fell apart in the fourth inning, serving up a couple home runs among four hits while also walking a batter in a five-run inning. Roark will have a final tune-up outing this weekend against the Marlins.
Sep 26 - 11:50 PM

Trea Turner went 3-for-5 with a two-run double in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

He had three of the Nationals' eight hits on the night, plating a pair with his two-bagger in the fourth inning. Turner now has a modest five-game hitting streak going, although this was his first multi-hit effort in over a week. We'll give him a pass given the run he had been on.
Sep 26 - 11:43 PM


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