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Max Scherzer (thumb) did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.

That's after the 'pen session was pushed back a day from Saturday. Scherzer, who threw off flat ground Sunday instead, is in jeopardy of missing his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a sore right thumb, although the righty said the thumb is improving and he's not ruling himself out yet. "I can't say that," Scherzer said when asked if he'll start Tuesday. "Because I'm literally day-to-day." Tanner Roark would be the obvious candidate for a spot start in Scherzer's place.
Apr 26 - 11:20 AM

Stephen Strasburg surrendered four earned runs in six innings Saturday as the Nationals lost to the Marlins.

Strasburg looked to be hitting his stride last Sunday when he allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings to the Phillies, but his early-season struggles returned Saturday afternoon in Miami. The right-hander gave up eight hits, including back-to-back fourth-inning doubles to Martin Prado and Giancarlo Stanton. Strasburg will carry a 1-2 record, 4.88 ERA, and 1.63 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Mets. It could be a rematch with Matt Harvey.
Apr 25 - 6:50 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) had his scheduled bullpen session pushed back until Sunday.

He is still dealing with swelling in his thumb. If he is unable to throw Sunday, his scheduled start on Tuesday could be in question.
Apr 25 - 2:30 PM

Anthony Rendon (knee) said that he felt good after his first minor league rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg on Friday.

Rendon went 1-for-2 with a double and played five innings defensively at third base. He's scheduled to play seven innings on Saturday and then nine innings on Monday after an off-day Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he should rejoin the Nationals for their four-game series against the Mets in New York.
Apr 25 - 10:24 AM

Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals which caused him to leave after seven innings. While he's 1-2 on the season, the 30-year-old has posted a stellar 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nationals.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Apr 25 - 9:40 AM

Dan Uggla went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

As is his wont, Uggla also struck out twice in the contest. This brings his batting line to a cringe-inducing .118/.189/.176 over 34 at-bats. It's difficult to believe that the hitter we're seeing now had six seasons with 25 or more home runs. Those days are long, long gone. Once Anthony Rendon returns from a knee injury, Uggla's at-bats figure to drop off a cliff. That's assuming the Nationals keep him on the active roster, which at this point, is not a given.
Apr 24 - 10:28 PM

Bryce Harper supplied both of Washington's runs in a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday.

Harper hit a sacrifice fly off Mat Latos in the first inning and an RBI single off Latos in the sixth. He finished the game 2-for-2, plus a walk. Harper's hitting .286/.438/.518 to start the season. He's also smacked four home runs, driven in eight and scored 11. It's been a great open to the 2015 campaign for the 22-year-old and if he stays healthy, we could be seeing career-high numbers by the end of the year.
Apr 24 - 10:19 PM

Jordan Zimmerman held the Marlins to two runs over six innings in Friday's loss.

Zimmerman had allowed nine earned runs over his last 8 2/3 innings, but he settled things down against the Marlins. Over his six innings on Friday, he scattered six hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. The lone cloud on this outing came when he allowed RBI singles to Mat Latos and Dee Gordon in the fifth inning. Zimmerman would not factor into the decision in the 3-2 loss. He'll look to keep that 5.25 ERA moving downward when he takes to the road against the Braves in his next start.
Apr 24 - 9:59 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Assuming he recovers fine, he'll be cleared to throw a simulated game. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he's turned a corner with his shoulder ailment.
Apr 24 - 5:33 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there has been some contact" between the Mariners and Rafael Soriano's agent, Scott Boras.

Heyman also reiterates that the Tigers have expressed some interest and, in his opinion, "remain the most logical fit." He lists the Pirates, Indians and Dodgers as "three other logical suitors," but it's unclear if they've expressed interest to Boras. The agent told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on Thursday that calls on his client are "increasing." It's looking unlikely at the moment that Soriano will be able to land a closer job, but he could certainly help someone as a setup man.
Apr 24 - 12:05 PM

Max Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

The right-hander pitched two more innings after the incident and said the injury "shouldn’t be too serious." Scherzer is fully expected to take his next turn on Tuesday in Atlanta, but he probably won't officially be cleared until he gets through his between-starts bullpen session with no issues.
Apr 24 - 9:49 AM

Ryan Zimmerman admitted Thursday that he's been bothered by a plantar fascia issue.

It's the reason that he has been limping around early in the season, and could partially be to blame for his early-season struggles. While he's able to play through the injury, it does cause extreme discomfort, and manager Matt Williams indicated Thursday that he could rest the veteran slugger for day soon.
Apr 23 - 7:33 PM

Max Scherzer pitched well on Thursday, but wound up with the loss after allowing two runs to the Cardinals in seven innings.

Scherzer was narrowly outdueled by Michael Wacha. The Nats' right-hander hurt his own cause in the first inning when a wild pitch helped bring in the Cardinals' first run. The Cardinals grabbed their second run off of Scherzer in the sixth on a Matt Adams RBI single. Overall, Scherzer yielded six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Despite a 1-2 record, Scherzer has been fantastic in his first four starts, boasting a 1.26 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll toe the slab in Atlanta against the Braves next.
Apr 23 - 6:42 PM

Rafael Soriano's agent Scott Boras said Thursday that the calls on his client are "increasing."

It figures that teams would get more desperate for relief depth as the season rolls along. Soriano posted a decent 3.19 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings last summer for Washington while also earning 32 saves, but he is 35 years old and doesn't have the best clubhouse reputation.
Apr 23 - 12:42 PM

Jayson Werth is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday.

It's merely a day of maintenance for the 35-year-old Werth, who's coming off January shoulder surgery. Clint Robinson is starting in left field Thursday afternoon versus Cardinals righty Michael Wacha.
Apr 23 - 12:30 PM


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