Player News - Nationals

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Nationals C prospect Jakson Reetz went 3-for-5 with two homers on Monday for High-A Potomac.

The pair of homers give Reetz five on the season. A third-round pick in 2014, Reetz hasn't lived up to expectations offensively yet, but he's still just 22-years-old, and he has swung the bat well as of late. He's starting to tap into his power from the right side, and he's willing to work counts and draw walks. Reetz is also a very good defender behind the plate, which gives him a chance to be a starting backstop in the coming seasons.
Jul 17 - 1:40 PM

Bryce Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber in the finals to win the 2018 All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

You didn't think anyone else was going to win at Nationals Park, did you? Harper smacked 13 home runs in the first round to eliminate Freddie Freeman and another 13 in the second round to take down Max Muncy. Schwarber batted first in the finals and set the bar high with 18 bombs, and it looked like it might hold up after Harper started slowly. However, Harper tied Schwarber with a flurry of dingers in the final 90 seconds and took advantage of 30 seconds of bonus time by banging one out to dead center field to win it. He became the third player ever to win the Derby in his home park.
Jul 16 - 10:39 PM

Sean Doolittle (toe) threw on flat ground again Monday.

It's unclear when Doolittle might resume throwing off a mound, but he said Sunday that he expects his stay on the disabled list to be a short one. The closer is eligible for activation at the start of the second half and he would seem to have a shot to be ready at that time.
Jul 16 - 6:08 PM

Max Scherzer has been named as the National League starter for Tuesday night's All-Star Game in D.C.

Jacob deGrom and his MLB-leading 1.68 ERA would have been a fine choice as well, but Scherzer gets the nod with the game being played at Nationals Park, and deGrom will come on right after him. Scherzer, 33, registered a brilliant 2.41 ERA, 0.899 WHIP, and 182/34 K/BB ratio over 134 2/3 innings in the first half for Washington. He'll be opposed by Chris Sale to get things underway on Tuesday.
Jul 16 - 2:10 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals are expected to activate Stephen Strasburg on Friday, so this opens up a spot on the 25-man roster. Gott owns a 4.96 ERA over 18 relief appearances for the Nationals in 2018.
Jul 16 - 10:53 AM

Anthony Rendon scored two runs and went 1-for-3 in a win over the Mets on Sunday.

Rendon also walked to go along with his hit, and it puts his slash for the first half at .285/.352/525 with 15 homers and 45 RBI over 75 games. When healthy, the 28-year-old third baseman has shown that he has talent that competes with any player that plays the hot corner in baseball. Expect more of the same from Rendon over the second half.
Jul 15 - 5:19 PM

Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory over the Mets on Sunday.

Adams came around to score after Adam Eaton was plunked by a pitch in the seventh inning. It was a sensational first half for the veteran first baseman, posting a .927 OPS with 15 homers and 39 RBI in just 68 games for the 29-year-old. It will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets going forward, but when he's in the lineup, he's a strong streaming option against right-handed pitching.
Jul 15 - 5:13 PM

Jeremy Hellickson allowed one run over six innings with six strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over the Mets on Sunday.

Hellickson allowed just two hits, and he walked two. It makes back-to-back strong starts for the right-hander after his nine-run start against the Marlins on July 5. Signed to a minor league contract this spring, Hellickson has beaten expectations, posting a 3.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 13 starts and 63 innings. His next start will come after the All-Star break, but it has yet to be scheduled.
Jul 15 - 5:08 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse.

Gott holds a 4.96 ERA over 18 relief appearances in the majors this season. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Jul 15 - 11:23 AM

Nationals optioned RHP Austin Voth to Triple-A Syracuse.

Voth was rocked for seven runs over 4 1/3 innings by the Mets on Saturday in his major league debut. Trevor Gott has replaced him on the roster.
Jul 15 - 11:22 AM

Bryce Harper is absent from the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the slugger. Daniel Murphy is also sitting out, as the Nats have Michael Taylor in center field and Wilmer Difo at second base.
Jul 15 - 11:12 AM

Matt Adams went 1-for-4 and clubbed a two-run homer during Saturday's loss to the Mets.

He took Zack Wheeler deep with a runner aboard in the eighth frame as the Nationals attempted to rally from a big deficit. Adams has been tattooing baseballs this year in a part-time role, slashing .283/.359/.567 with 15 home runs and 39 RBI in 187 at-bats.
Jul 14 - 9:49 PM

Austin Voth got taken out behind the woodshed and pounded for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Mets on Saturday.

He kept the bases full in this one, allowing nine hits and three walks in his short time on the mound. Michael Conforto took the opportunity to blast a three-run bomb in the fifth frame. Voth was making his major league debut and he may have nightmares for a while. The 26-year-old was pitching well at Triple-A Syracuse prior to his promotion, notching a 3.55 ERA in 15 starts.
Jul 14 - 9:41 PM

Tanner Roark yielded four runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

That gives him 12 losses, the most in the majors. Roark put himself in an early hole by giving up three runs in the first inning before Noah Syndergaard singled home a run in the second. He settled down from there, but the damage was done. Roark fanned five and walked a pair in the loss. He’ll go into the All-Star break with a 4.87 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, which places him firmly off the radar in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 13 - 10:32 PM

Matt Adams slugged a long solo homer and drew two walks Friday against the Mets.

Adams has swung the bat well since returning from a fractured left index finger on July 5, but this was his first home run since June 5. The 29-year-old has proven to be a great addition, with a .284/.361/.557 batting line to go along with 14 homers and 37 RBI through 66 games. Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday, but the Nationals haven’t missed him much with Adams and Mark Reynolds around. Unfortunately, the situation could be a bit of a mess for fantasy owners once Zimmerman returns to begin the second half.
Jul 13 - 10:30 PM


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