Player News - Nationals

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays remain interested in free agent Derek Norris but are likely "on the outside looking in."

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported last week that as many as six teams were in on Norris with Tampa Bay being one of them. The Cardinals and Rockies are also known to have interest. The Rays will be without Wilson Ramos for at least the first month and a half, which gives them some incentive to add a catcher. Norris matched a career-high with 14 homers last year but did it while hitting just .186 with 139 strikeouts in 415 at-bats.
Mar 23 - 8:42 PM

Blake Treinen struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to record a save in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Ty Kelly reached on a one-out single, but Treinen got Michael Conforto to ground out and Juan Lagares to go down swinging to close things out. That Treinen pitched the ninth is notable, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker is the rare skipper who likes to pitch his closers in the final inning during spring training. Still, Treinen might be third in the pecking order behind Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover for saves even though he's struck out six over three scoreless frames this spring.
Mar 23 - 5:55 PM

Nationals pitching prospect Erick Fedde spun five shutout innings versus the Mets on Thursday.

And it came against the Mets' Opening Day lineup, minus Travis d'Arnaud. Fedde was superb between High- and Double-A last season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery and has pitched well this spring with a 3.29 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over 13 2/3 innings. He's ranked by MLB.com as the Nationals' No. 2 prospect and could push to debut in 2017.
Mar 23 - 5:51 PM

Michael Taylor is back in Nationals camp Thursday.

Taylor was excused from the club for a week following the death of his father. The funeral is actually on Monday, but Taylor is fighting for a spot on the Nationals' bench and wanted to get back and play.
Mar 23 - 10:34 AM

Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start on Opening Day for the Nationals.

The nod would have gone to reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, but he was slowed this spring by a stress fracture in his right ring finger and currently projects to start Washington's third regular-season game. Gio Gonzalez is in line for the second game of the season, and Tanner Roark likely will start the fourth. Granted, none of this is official yet.
Mar 23 - 8:30 AM

Max Scherzer pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Scherzer is back using his normal fastball grip without having any issues with the finger in which he suffered a stress fracture. All signs point to him starting the third game of the season for the Nationals.
Mar 22 - 4:05 PM

Michael Taylor remains away from the Nationals due to a family matter.

Taylor originally left the team over the weekend. Nationals manager Dusty Baker described the matter as "very serious" and said that he told the young outfielder to take all the time he needs.
Mar 22 - 11:06 AM

Tanner Roark tossed four shutout innings and the bullpen held Japan to one run over the next five frames in the United States' 2-1 World Baseball Classic semifinal win Tuesday.

Roark struck out just one batter, but he also yielded only two singles and one walk. Nate Jones served up a solo home run to Ryosuke Kikuchi in the sixth which knotted things up, but the bullpen held serve the rest of the way. The United States notched just six hits and two runs but took advantage of a couple defensive miscues by the Japanese. The U.S. has advanced to the WBC final for the first time, as they'll meet Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
Mar 22 - 12:26 AM

Gio Gonzalez surrendered one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Nationals' 3-1 defeat of the Braves.

Gonzalez surrendered his second run of the spring, but he's still sitting pretty with a 1.10 ERA. We're not very high on his chances of providing mixed-league value this year.
Mar 21 - 4:18 PM

Shawn Kelley pitched a hitless inning Tuesday against the Braves, striking out two.

It'd be odd to see the Nationals bypass Kelley for the closer's role, given that he was the clear favorite going in and he's had a solid March, with a 1.59 ERA and a 6/2 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings. It also makes a lot of financial sense to close with the veteran, rather than someone who is eventually going to have his salaries decided by save-happy arbitrators. Still, there are definite hints that the team is considering going with Koda Glover in the ninth. Of course, we still wouldn't go dropping Kelley just yet.
Mar 21 - 4:16 PM

Jayson Werth went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is just 3-for-29 this spring.

It's looked like Nationals manager Dusty Baker was leaning toward batting Werth second, but we'll have to see if that holds up with Werth struggling this spring. It's not anything new for Werth to have a tough March. In fact, he last posted an .800 OPS in a Grapefruit League campaign in 2009.
Mar 21 - 4:11 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday morning that A.J. Cole is dealing with "tenderness somewhere."

That's deep. Baker wasn't sure about the exact nature of the issue, but he noted that this is why the Nationals skipped his most recent turn. There should be more clarity on his status soon.
Mar 21 - 11:11 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that he's trying to see if Koda Glover is ready for the closer role.

The writing has been on the wall in recent days, as Glover has worked the ninth inning in each of his last five Grapefruit League appearances. Baker has been praising Glover's stuff dating back to last season, and the opportunity is apparently now there for the taking. No final decision has been made on his role, but Glover figures to gain momentum in fantasy drafts in the coming days.
Mar 21 - 10:38 AM

Koda Glover worked a scoreless ninth inning Monday in the Nationals' loss to the Yankees.

If anyone besides Dusty Baker were managing the Nationals, we wouldn't read anything into the fact that Glover keeps working the ninth in spring games. However, Baker, unlike every other manager, likes using his closer in the ninth in the spring -- he did it with Jonathan Papelbon last spring -- even though it leads to matchups with nothing but scrubs and low-level prospects. In this case, we would take it as a hint that Baker is seriously considering Glover for the ninth. It's time to move him up draft boards.
Mar 20 - 5:19 PM

Nationals reassigned INF/OF Grant Green, 1B Neftali Soto, LHP Braulio Lara, and C Spencer Kieboom to minor league camp.

No real surprises among this round of cuts. Green, 29, owns a weak .251/.286/.339 batting line in 350 career plate appearances at the major league level. He appeared in 18 games last season with the Giants.
Mar 20 - 10:03 AM


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