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Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Wednesday due to left quad tightness.

The Nationals say he's been dealing with tightness in the quad since Friday. It was bad enough that he was removed from Monday's game, so it's not an situation that should be taken too lightly. At this point he seems to be day-to-day, but the team may give him more rest over the next few days to get his legs right.
Apr 16 - 6:24 PM

Bryce Harper (quad) was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Harper was originally in the lineup batting third, but he was removed from the lineup about an hour before first pitch. There's no indication what the reason is but he left Monday's game with quad tightness, so its likely connected to that. He was replaced in left field by Tyler Moore.
Apr 16 - 6:12 PM

Denard Span (concussion) could return from the concussion disabled list on Saturday.

Span first has to make it through rehab games on Thursday and Friday. He was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list April 12 after a collision with Braves infielder Dan Uggla. All reports so far have been good.
Apr 16 - 5:21 PM

Doug Fister (lat) headed to extended spring training in Viera, Florida on Wednesday.

Fister will begin working on a five-day throwing schedule, beginning with two simulated innings on Thursday. He'll then throw three simulated innings five days after, and a rehab assignment could follow that workout. Fister should join the Nationals around early May and will be a front-line fantasy starter once he is activated.
Apr 16 - 5:18 PM

Stephen Strasburg struggled and took the loss in Tuesday's start against the Marlins, allowing six runs over four innings.

It was an off-night for the talented right-hander. The big blow came on Giancarlo Stanton's 457-foot three-run home run in the first inning, but the Marlins were relentless all night. Overall, Strasburg allowed eight hits, walked three, and struck out five. Strasburg has been a touch inconsistent with his control, as he is now up to nine walks in 21 innings.
Apr 15 - 10:17 PM

Craig Stammen was hit hard in relief of Stephen Strasburg during Tuesday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs in an inning of work.

Stammen allowed six hits and a walk while recording only one strikeout. The right-hander had been solid for the Nationals in his first four appearances, but the Marlins weren't fooled by anything he threw. Stammen's ERA ballooned from 1.23 to 6.48 with the outing.
Apr 15 - 10:14 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that Denard Span (concussion) could play in a couple rehab games by the end of the week.

Span took batting practice for the second straight day Tuesday and is progressively feeling better. He took the ImPACT concussion test Tuesday and scored higher than when he took the test back in 2008. He could return to Washington on Wednesday to be examined by team doctors, at which point he could be cleared for rehab games. It's sounding like Span could be activated on Saturday when first eligible.
Apr 15 - 8:10 PM

Wilson Ramos had the stitches removed from his surgically-repaired left hand on Tuesday.

Ramos, who underwent hamate bone surgery on April 2, can now begin doing basic rehab exercises. The hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Nationals' active roster around mid-May, though hamate bone injuries are notorious for sapping power in the short term and Ramos no longer carries nearly as much attraction as a fantasy option in standard redraft leagues.
Apr 15 - 5:23 PM

Ryan Zimmerman does not need surgery on his thumb.

Zimmerman fractured his right thumb on April 12 when he jammed his right hand against the second base bag while attempting to avoid a successful pickoff attempt by Braves starter Alex Wood. Zimmerman met with a specialist Monday who set the bone back in place. He has been fitted with a cast and will be out 4-6 weeks.
Apr 15 - 5:15 PM

Nate McLouth (knee) will start in center field and bat seventh Tuesday against the Marlins.

McLouth has missed the last two games with left knee soreness, but he's feeling a lot better. He should see significant playing time until Denard Span (concussion) is ready to return.
Apr 15 - 3:41 PM

Bryce Harper (quad) is in the Nationals' starting lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.

Harper left Monday's game with quad tightness, but the Nationals had a big lead at the time and were just being cautious. He's hitting second Tuesday vs. Miami.
Apr 15 - 3:39 PM

Jordan Zimmermann held the Marlins to two runs in seven innings and struck out seven to pick up his first win on Monday.

Coming off one of the worst starts of his career, Zimmermann showed no ill effects while facing the same team tonight. He was only really in trouble in the second inning tonight and a line-drive double play got him out of the frame with just one run scoring.
Apr 14 - 11:17 PM

Tyler Moore went 3-for-5 and hit his first homer Monday against the Marlins.

Moore was getting a start at first base in place of Adam LaRoche tonight. That won't happen very frequently, but maybe the Nationals will give him a couple of starts in left while the outfield is banged up. That would give him a little short-term value in NL-only leagues, but probably only a little.
Apr 14 - 11:08 PM

Danny Espinosa tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice against the Marlins on Monday.

Espinosa should be a decent mixed-league middle infield option while Ryan Zimmerman is out for the next 4-6 weeks. He's hitting .346 in 36 at-bats so far, and while that won't last, some more power should be on the way.
Apr 14 - 11:06 PM

Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Marlins with quad tightness.

It's not viewed as a serious ailment, as the Nationals were likely just playing it safe since they had a big lead. Manager Matt Williams said that Harper could be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Apr 14 - 10:25 PM


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