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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon rocked in ninth

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:36:14 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon was hit for four runs in the ninth inning and was tagged for the loss Sunday, July 24, in a 10-6 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon dropped to 2-3 overall. Is the speculation about Aroldis Chapman getting to Papelbon? The Nationals may be the front-runners for Chapman, after all. Or is this just an off day for Papelbon? Either way, you may want to monitor the situation.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon earns save

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:45:47 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, July 6, to pick up his 17th save of the season. He struck out all three batters he faced.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon has been terrific since coming off the disabled list and has struck out five of the six batters he has faced. He should be an attractive fantasy option as long as he is the closer for Washington.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon activated

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:33:10 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 4. OF Michael Taylor was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse.

Fantasy Tip: Paps should be good to insert back into your lineups and resume closing games.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon close to return

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:44:32 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) said he felt great during a simulated game Wednesday, June 29. He's close to a return, but he wants to pitch in rehab outings in back-to-back games first. He'll head to Class AA Harrisburg next.

Fantasy Tip: The veteran closer has been shaky this year with a 3.28 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and only 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings, but he's likely to receive at least a share of the closing duties upon his return given his experience in the ninth-inning role. Shawn Kelley has locked down three of his four save chances and should be held onto for now.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon works in rehab

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:09:08 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) worked a perfect inning in a minor-league rehab appearance with Class A Potomac Monday, June 27.

Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain when Papelbon will be able to return to the big club. Avoid him until he can officially return and prove his health in an appearance or two without any setbacks.

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Nationals | Control off for Jonathan Papelbon

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:26:28 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon's (intercostal) control was off during his 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday, June 25, but he was "full of life," according to manager Dusty Baker.

Fantasy Tip: His return date has yet to be determined, but Papelbon should remain stashed in all formats.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon throws Saturday

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:02:17 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw a successful 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday, June 25. If he gets the green light from general manager Mike Rizzo, Papelbon could begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Monday, June 27.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon was 1-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 16 saves through 25 appearances this season, with eight walks and 19 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old right-hander should remain stashed in all fantasy formats. RP Shawn Kelley will continue to serve as the Nats' closer until he is healthy enough to return.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon put on DL

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:55:05 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain Tuesday, June 14. RP Matt Belisle (calf) was activated from the DL in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip: Despite saving 16 of his 18 chances this year, Paps was very shaky with a 3.28 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 2.9 walks per nine. Because there's still a decent chance he'll be in the mix for saves when he's back, you'll probably want to stash him at least in deeper formats. Intercostal injuries are tricky, so don't be surprised if Papelbon is out beyond 15 days. Shawn Kelley needs to be owned everywhere now. He pitched 1 2/3 innings for his first save Monday night and has been a much better reliever than Papelbon this season. Kelley could continue seeing saves opportunities even after Papelbon returns to full health.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon unavailable

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:57:52 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (undisclosed) was unavailable Monday, June 13, against the Chicago Cubs due to some soreness, manager Dusty Baker said. The soreness is not in his arm. Papelbon will be re-evaluated Tuesday, June 14. RP Shawn Kelley earned the five-out save in Papelbon's stead.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon has struggled recently, but apparently his absence Monday was not performance-related and due to this injury. He remains a shaky second or third fantasy closer option in most formats. If you depend on Papelbon, it's a good idea to grab Kelley just in case of a long-term injury to Papelbon or a continued rough stretch which eventually costs him his job.

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Nationals | Jonathan Papelbon's job safe

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:20:39 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon's job as the ninth-inning closer is safe for now, according to manager Dusty Baker. Papelbon is 16-for-18 in saves but has a 3.28 ERA. He has a 6.35 ERA and is 2-for-3 in save chances in six games against the Philadelphia Phillies this year. "A lot of guys, they can be in the setup role, but they aren't very good in that closer role. And the thing of a closer is, it's like a cornerback. He can have a great whole game, and then he gets burned in the fourth quarter, and that's all they talk about. You don't talk about his saves. You talk about his blown saves. I guess that comes with the territory. I'm not defending, but the guy has 300-something (saves)," Baker said.

Fantasy Tip: Papelbon's skills in the closing role have been eroding over the last couple years, as his velocity and strikeouts per nine innings (6.9) have been under 7.0 the last two seasons. He's also walking 2.9 hitters per nine, which often leaves him walking a tight rope in the ninth. Papelbon is a shaky second or third fantasy closer that is a bad pitch or two away from a rough stretch. Keep Shawn Kelley close if you own Paps or are in desperate need of saves.

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