Player News - Nationals

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Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning and picked up a victory after the Nationals had a walk-off win in the bottom of the frame.

Doolittle bounced back from a rare rough outing as he blew his first save of the season his last time out. He's been unscored upon in 17 of 20 appearances this season and now boasts a 33/3 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings.
May 22 - 10:39 PM

Juan Soto reached base four times on three walks and a single Tuesday versus the Padres.

Soto hit the first pitch he saw for a home run in his first start Monday. In his first two plate appearances in his second start he took eight straight balls. He then later added a single and scored the winning run after another walk in the ninth. The 19-year-old has now reached base in six of his first nine plate appearances.
May 22 - 10:36 PM

Bryce Harper launched his National League-leading 15th home run in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

Harper's blast to center field off of Eric Lauer in the fifth inning knotted things up at 1-1, which was the score until the Nationals walked things off with a Michael Taylor RBI double. Ozzie Albies briefly tied Harper for the NL lead in dingers with his 14th earlier in the night, but Harper has the solo lead again.
May 22 - 10:33 PM

Jeremy Hellickson left his start Tuesday night against the Padres due to a blister on his right hand.

It doesn't sound like a serious concern, though it's possible Hellickson's next turn will be pushed back a few days. The 31-year-old right-hander tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball before departing and he now boasts a 2.13 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 31/6 K/BB ratio in 38 total innings (seven starts) this season for the Nationals.
May 22 - 10:30 PM

Jeremy Hellickson exited his start Tuesday night against the Padres with an apparent hand injury.

It looked to be a blister. Hellickson had worked 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball versus the Padres, with five strikeouts and just one walk. The 31-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 2.13 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 31/6 K/BB ratio in 38 total innings (seven starts) this season for Washington.
May 22 - 8:57 PM

Erick Fedde will make a spot start for the Nationals on Wednesday against the Padres.

Fedde holds a somewhat underwhelming 4.35 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 42/13 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings (eight starts) this season at Triple-A, but the former top-100 prospect could have some fantasy streaming appeal against the lowly Friars. This will be his first appearance at the MLB level in 2018. He had a 9.39 ERA in 15 1/3 innings with Washington last year.
May 22 - 6:46 PM

Nationals signed OF Jaff Decker to a minor league contract.

Decker had posted good numbers this season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Braves, but the 28-year-old outfielder owns a brutal .174/.274/.236 career batting line over parts of five seasons at the MLB level. He'll report to the Nationals' Triple-A team in Syracuse.
May 22 - 6:36 PM

Matt Grace (groin) is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Friday.

If that goes well, he should be cleared to resume his minor league rehab assignment. Grace has been on the disabled list since April 21 because of a groin strain. He had to be pulled away from pitching in rehab games earlier this month after tweaking his groin at Triple-A Syracuse.
May 22 - 4:38 PM

Ryan Madson (pectoral) made 25 throws at 50 percent effort on Tuesday.

It's a good sign that Madson has already resumed throwing just two days after being placed on the disabled list with a pectoral strain. It's obviously not too severe of an injury. He should be ready to return to the Nationals' bullpen sometime in early June.
May 22 - 4:14 PM

Nationals OF Moises Sierra cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.

Sierra was removed from the 40-man roster to clear a space for Juan Soto. In 27 games for the Nationals, the 29-year-old outfielder hit .167/.217/.204 with no homers and four RBI. He'll likely serve as organizational depth for the remainder of the 2018 season.
May 22 - 2:19 PM

Mark Reynolds went 3-for-5 with two homers Monday as the Nationals crushed the Padres 10-2.

With half of the lineup on the DL, the Nationals' replacements sure are stepping up nicely. Reynolds has four homers in 18 at-bats since his callup. It doesn't figure to last, but he'll steal away Matt Adams' at-bats until he cools off.
May 21 - 10:28 PM

Gio Gonzalez held the Padres to two runs and two hits over seven innings in a win Monday.

Gonzalez has gone 10 straight starts without allowing more than three runs, so he's on the same kind of pace that he was early last year. Of some interest is that Nationals manager Dave Martinez is giving him a longer leash of late; he's throwing 110 pitches in four of his last five starts and never doing so in his first five; he didn't even top 100 in four of his first five starts. Last year, he threw 110 pitches seven times in 32 starts, with the first time coming on May 19.
May 21 - 10:26 PM

Bryce Harper collected his 14th homer and his fifth double Monday against the Padres.

Harper leads the NL with 14 homers and 43 walks. He also has 33 RBI, so he's on a good early pace to perhaps reach the century mark for the first time. It's something that would have happened last year had he remained healthy (87 RBI in 111 games).
May 21 - 10:20 PM

Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat and finished 2-for-4 in his first big-league start Monday against the Padres.

Soto didn't start against the lefty on Sunday, but he was in there against fellow southpaw Robbie Erlin tonight and he went deep in the second inning. The homer didn't come in his first major league at-bat, since he had one off the bench yesterday, but it was close enough. It seemed unlikely that he'd play much against lefties initially, but he helped his case here, even if Erlin has been worse against lefties than righties over the course of his career.
May 21 - 10:18 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday that Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) might be ready "fairly soon."

Zimmerman will need a short rehab assignment first, but it sounds like that might be imminent. The veteran first baseman has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a strained right oblique. Zimmerman's fill-in, Matt Adams, has really cooled off of late after a hot start.
May 21 - 4:48 PM


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