Player News - Nationals

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Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with three homers and 10 RBI as the Nationals destroyed the Mets 23-5 on Sunday.

Rendon was quiet during the Nationals' outburst at Coors Field, but he made up for it today, raising his average from .221 to .278 and tripling his RBI total from five to 15. What was shaping up as an extremely disappointing month of April for him now looks more than respectable after just nine innings of play. Rendon's is the first 10-RBI game in the majors since the Angels' Garret Anderson had one Aug. 21, 2007 against the Yankees. He appears to be just the third player ever with six hits and 10 RBI in a game, joining Jim Bottomley (1924) and Walker Cooper (1949).
Apr 30 - 5:32 PM

Joe Ross yielded five runs in four innings Sunday against the Mets.

Ross's velocity, while still a little short of his norm, was better today than last time out, when it was way down against the Rockies. The results weren't there, though, and it's going to be necessary to keep watching his arm strength. He's not someone who should be unowned in any mixed leagues, though.
Apr 30 - 5:28 PM

Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a homer, two walks and four runs scored Sunday against the Mets.

The homer was off catcher Kevin Plawecki, but it counts in the starts. Harper has now scored 32 runs in 25 games. He led the NL with 118 in 153 games two years ago, and he's blowing away that pace right now.
Apr 30 - 5:22 PM

Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI against the Mets on Sunday.

Wieters seemed like a weak bet offensively for the start of the year after signing late and switching leagues, but he's batting .301 with four homers. Especially with as well as the Nationals are playing, Wieters seems like a decent starter in one-catcher mixed leagues right now.
Apr 30 - 5:20 PM

Jayson Werth is batting second for the Nationals on Sunday.

Michael Taylor was initially slated to hit in the No. 2 spot for the second straight day, but manager Dusty Baker made a wise switch and flip-flopped the two players, pushing Taylor down to the seven hole. Werth could stick in the spot for the long haul with Adam Eaton (knee) done for the season.
Apr 30 - 12:09 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that the typical timetable for someone with Adam Eaton's (knee) injuries is 6-9 months.

More will be known after Eaton has surgery, but 6-9 months is the rough expectation right now. Rizzo noted that Eaton had a full thickness tear of his left ACL as well as a meniscus tear and high ankle sprain. The Nationals haven't officially ruled him out for the rest of the season, but that undoubtedly will happen after Eaton goes under the knife. Rizzo added that the club is confident it can fill the center field void internally. It will start with Michael Taylor, but Rafael Bautista also looms as an option. It seems unlikely that top prospect Victor Robles would be pushed to the majors this season given that he's only in High-A and won't turn 20 until next month.
Apr 30 - 11:20 AM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that OF Adam Eaton has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

He was injured while beating out an infield single against the Mets on Friday night. He had to be helped off the field at the time but the severity of the injury was unknown until now. This is a major blow to the Nationals' chances of winning the National League East division. They acquired him from the White Sox over the winter by trading two elite pitching prospects, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Recovery from a torn ACL can take a year, meaning he could be questionable for the start of next season. Michael Taylor will likely replace Eaton in the starting lineup moving forward.
Apr 29 - 7:53 PM

Ryan Zimmerman crushed his 11th home run of the season as the Nationals fell to the Mets on Saturday afternoon.

The 32-year-old continues his improbable resurgence, crushing everything that he sees. He also had a pair of RBI singles in this game, finishing the day 3-for-4 while driving in all three of his team's runs. He's now hitting a blistering .410/.456/.892 with 11 homers and 27 RBI on the season.
Apr 29 - 4:29 PM

Stephen Strasburg was saddled with his first loss of the season on Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings against the Mets.

Strasburg only struck out two on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. He was victimized by the long ball in this one, with Michael Conforto's two-run blast in the fifth the big blow against him. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Phillies in Philadelphia on Friday.
Apr 29 - 4:29 PM

Michael Taylor is starting in center field and batting second for the Nationals on Saturday.

Adam Eaton hit the disabled list on Saturday with a knee strain and it'll be Taylor who gets the first chance to fill that void in the lineup. While he has never hit for a high average, he owns an interesting blend of power and speed and is worth a look in most deeper mixed leagues if he's going to see the bulk of the playing time.
Apr 29 - 10:41 AM

Nationals recalled OF Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse.

He replaces the injured Adam Eaton on the Nationals' roster. It's unclear if he'll be utilized as the regular center fielder in Eaton's absence, or if he'll function in a reserve role while Michael Taylor draws most of the starts. Stay tuned to Saturday's starting lineup to see which way manager Dusty Baker goes.
Apr 29 - 10:19 AM

Nationals placed OF Adam Eaton on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee strain.

The Nationals have yet to reveal the severity of the injury or the results of Saturday's MRI exam, but it looks like Eaton could be sidelined for awhile. Rafael Bautista has been summoned from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.
Apr 29 - 10:17 AM

Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports that the Nationals will recall outfield prospect Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.

He'll take the place of the injured Adam Eaton, who is presumably heading to the disabled list after leaving Friday's game with an ankle injury. Bautista, 24, is a speedster who's hitting .291/.325/.354 with no homers, two RBI and three stolen bases in 19 games at Triple-A Syracuse. He should see some starts while Eaton is sidelined, but most of the at-bats figure to go to Michael Taylor.
Source: MASN Sports
Apr 29 - 8:41 AM

Adam Eaton was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mets in the night inning due to an apparent leg injury.

Eaton hustled to beat out an infield single in the ninth inning but immediately collapsed after reaching the first base bag and had to be carried off of the field. He appeared to roll his left ankle on the base as he ran through. He'll undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury. Michael Taylor could see increased action in the outfield if Eaton is forced to miss any significant time with this injury. Look for an update on his status from the Nationals on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 11:24 PM

Max Scherzer took the loss Friday after yielding a season-high five runs in six innings against the Mets.

Travis d’Arnaud had his number in this one, slugging a two-run homer in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fourth. That was enough to put him on the losing side. Scherzer struck out seven and walked one and now sits at 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 40/9 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings across five starts. He’ll try to bounce back next week against the Diamondbacks in another home start.
Apr 28 - 10:52 PM


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