Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:59:20 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) took some light swings off a tee Wednesday, March 4, and said the session went well. Werth has not been cleared to throw yet and said he will not push things in order to be ready for the opening day.
Fantasy Tip: Werth's status for the start of the regular season is unknown at this point, so owners should monitor the situation over the next few weeks. Werth could be an option in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts if he does not have any setbacks.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:58:25 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman continues to work at first base in spring training, and the team has been impressed with his athleticism in learning the new position. "His athleticism is key for us," manager Matt Williams said. "He catches everything. He doesn't miss a ball."
Fantasy Tip: The most intriguing thing about Zimmerman entering the 2015 season is that he'll add first base to his eligibility collection, which makes him a bit more valuable to fantasy baseball owners. In addition to first, he'll also be eligible at third and in the outfield. However, there's plenty of injury risk that comes along with him, which is why he's ranked 13th in our third base rankings once the bigger names come off the board.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:25:07 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) took part in outfield drills Thursday, Feb. 26, but he's not at 100% yet following offseason shoulder surgery. General manager Mike Rizzo is optimistic that Werth will be ready for opening day, and Werth sounded cautiously optimistic. "We've really got to get to that eight week point before you can really ramp up anything, and then again, it's eight to 12 weeks before you can really get back to normal activity," Werth said. Manager Matt Williams thinks Werth will likely start hitting before throwing, although there's no timetable. OF Nate McLouth (shoulder), who would be Werth's replacement if he's not ready, is also working back from shoulder surgery.
Fantasy Tip: Werth's injury and recovery will be a big reason why he falls several rounds in drafts this year. Continue to monitor him this spring, and don't be surprised if he comes out of the gates slow in 2015. However, if he remains healthy, he could return some nice value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:05:33 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper came into camp with a slimmed-down physique this year. "I was able to do the things I wanted to do when I was in high school and college," Harper said of his offseason fitness regimen. "Switching things up a little bit, more fast-paced workouts. I'm doing 1,000 reps workout in 45 minutes. Just trying to roll through it as quick as I can, doing the things I need to do to get a little leaner and do things like that, but my strength is still there, my power is still there, so I feel very good."
Fantasy Tip: Harper comes with some injury risk, but once some of the big names come off the board in the first several rounds, he'll look attractive. If he can remain healthy for the majority of the season, Harper could finally have that breakout season everyone was hoping for in 2014.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:41:02 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Werth will typically fall in your drafts, and his injury will compound that effect. Keep tabs on his progress this spring. If he doesn't have any setbacks, he'll make for a fine value in the middle rounds as a candidate to return to the 20-home run mark and steal something close to double-digit bases.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:31:28 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Span had an excellent season in 2014, hitting .304 with a career-high 184 hits and 31 stolen bases. He's looking to carry that momentum into 2015, and his hernia shouldn't stand in the way. Expect to see some regression, but he remains a solid target in drafts for his stolen bases and runs on one of the best teams in the National League.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:03:11 -0800
Fantasy Tip: K-Rod's role, should he land in D.C., is unclear. He would obviously have plenty of fantasy appeal if he were to close, so a return to Milwaukee might be his best bet.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:33:55 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman's injury concerns are the biggest reason why he's fallen so far in the third base rankings heading into 2015. Power may be a concern now, too, if his shoulder is no longer as strong as it once was. Both third and first base eligibility will be nice, but he may not see enough time to qualify as an outfielder.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:35:56 -0800
Washington Nationals INF Emmanuel Burriss, who hasn't played in the majors since 2012, is hoping to make the 25-man roster as a utility infielder. He has played second base and shortstop at the major league level.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:53:43 -0800
Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark will continue working out as a starter during spring training, although he is likely to be the odd man out when the regular season begins. "If we have to make an adjustment, he's aware of that and he'll make that adjustment," manager Matt Williams said. "Right now, he's going to be one of our six or seven starters and just go from there."
Fantasy Tip: Roark possibly beginning the year in the bullpen is a testament to how strong Washington's starting rotation is. Despite having success as a long reliever in the past, Williams said Roark could be used as a one-inning reliever in late-game situations, which could give him some value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:02:19 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Werth's fantasy value could take a hit early on as he recovers from the surgery and offseason legal issues. He was a .292-16-82 hitter a year ago, but he had his fewest homers in a full season since 2011. His power may be slipping.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 04:58:35 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Desmond is a solid fantasy option at shortstop, with a .255 average and 24 home runs hit during the 2014 season. He could command a massive deal next offseason, so it bears watching where Desmond will go if the team decides to trade him.
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:27:04 -0800
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:10:49 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Zimmermann posted solid numbers last season and will be part of one of the better starting rotations in the league. Zimmermann likely will be selected in one of the earlier rounds of drafts this season.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:29:16 -0800
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos, who missed plenty of time in 2014 with a broken hamate bone and hamstring ailments, said he spent time in the offseason working on his legs, and he wants to catch at least 120 games this season. "I feel 100 percent ready for this year," Ramos said. "The past two years, I had problems with my legs. This offseason I worked a lot on my legs. I was running a lot, working on my agility. … This year, I ran 100% in my country. It feels great. I'm happy for that."
Fantasy Tip: Ramos isn't a bad fantasy target at all as a midrange starting backstop. A full season of health would go a long way in helping him return significant value for your squad. It doesn't hurt that he's playing for one of the better all-around teams in the majors, either.
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