Player News - Nationals

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Moises Sierra went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Both hits were singles. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Reid Brignac in the fifth inning. The 29-year-old Sierra is fresh off a very strong campaign in the Dominican Winter League. He spent last season with the Marlins' Triple-A team, sporting a .294 batting average with 11 homers, 68 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 123 games. He last played in the major leagues in 2014.
Feb 24 - 4:02 PM

Tanner Roark allowed one hit and notched three strikeouts while throwing two scoreless innings against the Marlins on Saturday.

He starts the spring in fine fashion, breezing through two innings on 13 pitches. The only minor blemish was a harmless single by J.T. Realmuto. He turned in a weak 4.67 ERA in 30 starts and two relief appearances last year but had a strong second half. He has a rotation spot locked down unless the Nationals add Jake Arrieta or another free agent starter in the coming weeks.
Feb 24 - 3:51 PM

Ryan Raburn (side) was held out of action on Saturday as well due to left side tightness.

The veteran outfielder indicated that he sustained the injury during a swing in batting practice a couple of days ago. Raburn isn't concerned that he'll be on the shelf for long though, calling the injury minor. Look for him to return to action next week.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 24 - 12:18 PM

Tommy Milone pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three Friday in his start against the Astros.

A.J. Cole is the favorite to serve as the Nationals' fifth starter and we still wouldn't be surprised to see the team add a veteran for that gig, but if Cole falters and no one else is acquired, Milone would be a threat to win the job. Unfortunately, his recent history leaves much to be desired; he had a 7.63 ERA in eight starts and nine relief appearances for the Brewers and Mets last year.
Feb 23 - 3:45 PM

Victor Robles doubled and walked in his two plate appearances off the bench Friday against the Astros.

Robles ceased being an early season sleeper when the Nationals acquired Howie Kendrick as a fourth outfielder -- he's no longer one injury away from regular playing time -- but he still might be too talented to hold down all year.
Feb 23 - 3:43 PM

Ryan Raburn was scratched from the Nationals' Grapefruit League lineup Friday due to left side tightness.

The Nationals are calling the move precautionary, but you never want to mess around with a potential oblique injury this early in spring training. Raburn is in camp as a non-roster invitee.
Feb 23 - 11:56 AM

Nationals placed RHP Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Ross underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July and will miss the majority of the 2018 season. This move cleared out a 40-man roster spot for veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit, who was officially signed to a one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday morning.
Feb 21 - 10:42 AM

Nationals signed RHP Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Benoit posted an underwhelming 4.65 ERA and 46/22 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings last season between the Phillies and Pirates, but he was still able to land a guaranteed major league contract at age 40. The veteran right-hander figures to work in middle relief this year with Washington.
Feb 21 - 10:40 AM

Bryce Harper said in his first media session of the spring Monday that he doesn't want to discuss anything beyond the 2018 season.

"Just want to let you guys know I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019, at all," said Harper. "I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard, like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call Scott and he can answer you guys." Barring something unexpected, Harper is likely looking at record-breaking contract in free agency, so it's going to be a challenge to avoid the topic altogether. But he's going to do his best. Harper missed time down the stretch last season with a knee injury, but he said Monday that he reported to camp at 100 percent.
Feb 19 - 3:45 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Nationals have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that it's a one-year guaranteed major league deal worth $1 million. Benoit, now 40 years old, posted a shaky 4.65 ERA in 52 appearances last year between the Pirates and Phillies. He figures to operate in middle relief.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Koda Glover (shoulder) has yet to do anything throwing in Nationals camp.

Glover deal with shoulder (and back) issues last season and had a recent MRI that showed he still has some inflammation. "We’re going to give him some time," manager Dave Martinez said. Glover has the potential to be a shutdown reliever, but the injury issues are worrisome.
Feb 18 - 12:53 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that Daniel Murphy (knee) is "right on target" with his rehab.

The hope is that Murphy is ready to go on Opening Day following a debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee last October, and so far he's on track. Of course, things could change as Murphy goes through drills and spring training games, so keep a close eye on how he looks in Grapefruit League action.
Feb 16 - 1:12 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that Adam Eaton (knee) is "right on target" for Opening Day.

Eaton had surgery to repair a torn left ACL and meniscus last May, but his rehab has come along without any hiccups. He's slated to open the 2018 campaign as the Nationals' left fielder and leadoff hitter.
Feb 16 - 1:09 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that A.J. Cole has "got the upper hand" for the fifth spot in the rotation if he performs as he's capable.

His main competition figures to come from Erick Fedde and non-roster invitee Edwin Jackson, although it's possible the Nationals will wind up signing a starter. Cole posted a 3.81 ERA over 11 appearances -- eight starts -- for the Nats last season, which included a 2.70 ERA across his final 30 innings.
Feb 16 - 1:01 PM

Nationals acquired INF/OF Matt Reynolds from the Mets for cash considerations.

Reynolds had been designated for assignment, but he quickly landed back on his feet and will remain in the National League East. The 27-year-old utility player has hit well in the minors but sports just a .228/.300/.351 across 226 plate appearances so far at the big league level. He'll compete for a bench job with the Nats.
Feb 12 - 9:14 PM


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