Player News - Nationals

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Reynaldo Lopez had a rough go of it Saturday against the Giants, allowing four hits, three runs and five walks in a no-decision.

He also notched four strikeouts while throwing 51 of his 92 pitches for strikes. It could have been a lot worse against a stacked Giants lineup but the walks are obviously a concern. Lopez has logged an unimpressive 9.35 ERA in two starts for the Nats this year. He'll probably head back to Triple-A after Saturday's dud.
Jul 30 - 8:25 PM

Trea Turner collected two hits Saturday in a losing effort against the Giants.

Turner drew the start at second base with Daniel Murphy (hamstring) getting the afternoon off. The 23-year-old is quickly turning into a major asset for the Nationals with a .333 average and seven steals in only 15 appearances. He's made starts at both center field and second base and also has some experience playing shortstop.
Jul 30 - 8:20 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Mark Melancon from the Pirates for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn.

Though the Nationals missed out in their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman, they managed to land the lockdown closer that they so desperately were seeking on the trade market. Melancon, who is set to hit free agency after this season, owns a minuscule 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have agreed to acquire Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

It's a huge get for the Nationals and a major upgrade to their bullpen. Felipe Rivero is one of the players heading to the Pirates in the deal and they are getting an additional prospect as well. With Jonathan Papelbon struggling, Melancon will step right in and provide elite stability in the ninth inning.
Jul 30 - 3:02 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are focused on acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

There are multiple teams chasing after the Pirates stopper, and he would be an instant upgrade to the struggling Jonathan Papelbon in the Nationals bullpen. Melancon owns a stellar 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings while converting 30 saves.
Jul 30 - 1:56 PM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

In what would have been a juicy matchup against Giants right-hander Jake Peavy, Murphy will get an extra day to rest his hamstring that tightened up on Friday. Trea Turner will start at second base and bat leadoff for the Nationals on Saturday.
Jul 30 - 1:53 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse.

Lopez flashed his potential during his first start by registering nine strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings of work, but he was also torched for six runs on 10 hits in a losing effort. He could be worth the gamble as a tournament flier in daily leagues due to his high-strikeout upside.
Jul 30 - 1:33 PM

Daniel Murphy was pulled from Friday's game against the Giants when his leg tightened up on him in the sixth inning.

It sounds like it's a minor issue and the club called his early exit precautionary. It wouldn't be terribly surprising to see him get an extra day of rest on Saturday however.
Jul 30 - 8:32 AM

Max Scherzer held the Giants to one run in seven innings as the Nationals won 4-1 on Friday.

He fanned six while walking two and giving up five base hits. He jumped over Jose Fernandez to retake the major league lead with 187 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings. Scherzer is now 11-6 with a 2.85 ERA. Next on the docket is a Tuesday start in Arizona.
Jul 30 - 2:06 AM

Shawn Kelly chalked up his sixth save by retiring one batter in the ninth inning on Friday.

He was brought in with two outs and a runner on first base in the ninth inning. He gave up a single before striking out Eduardo Nunez to end the game. Kelley is now the favorite for saves in Washington, apparently taking over the closer's role from Jonathan Papelbon. Kelly deserves it. He has a fantastic 60/7 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this year.
Jul 30 - 2:02 AM

Jayson Werth went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored on Friday night.

He also drew a walk. His single in the fourth inning drove in Wilson Ramos for the Nationals' first run of the game. Werth doubled and rode home on an Anthony Rendon single in the sixth inning. The 37-year-old veteran is batting .249/.342/.421 with 12 home runs, 52 runs and 45 RBI.
Jul 30 - 1:53 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed Friday that Reynaldo Lopez will start on Saturday against the Giants.

Lucas Giolito was also considered for the start, but they'll go with the other rookie right-hander instead. He flashed his potential with nine strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut, though he did allow six runs on 10 hits in that contest. He makes for a risky streaming option.
Jul 29 - 8:05 PM

Trea Turner is not in the Nationals starting lineup against the Giants on Friday.

The young speedster has brought a spark to the Nationals lineup with his speed, but he'll sit this one out in favor of Wilmer Difo who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the week. Expect to see Turner back in there on Saturday.
Jul 29 - 6:35 PM

Nationals recalled C Pedro Severino from Triple-A Syracuse.

He'll back up Wilson Ramos while Jose Lobaton (elbow) is out. Severino doesn't figure to play much.
Jul 29 - 4:11 PM

Nationals placed C Jose Lobaton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with left elbow tendinitis.

It's his non-throwing elbow but evidently was giving him enough issue that he needs at least a couple weeks off. Pedro Severino is replacing Lobaton on the roster.
Jul 29 - 4:10 PM


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