Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 05 May 2015 20:24:35 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) has an issue underneath his shoulder, according to manager Matt Williams. Strasburg is dealing with an alignment issue and will be examined by a chiropractor Wednesday, May 6.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is that isn't believed that Strasburg has a structural issue, but it is more muscular. It's uncertain if he will be forced to miss any time.
Tue, 05 May 2015 18:30:29 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth was given the night off Tuesday, May 5, against the Miami Marlins. He has gotten off to a slow start, and after playing for 11 straight days manager Matt Williams gave him a rest.
Fantasy Tip: With Werth ($3,700; 7.4% of cap) getting a breather it was Michael Taylor ($2,700; 5.4% of cap) making a start. Werth has struggled and is not a great FantasyScore option right now. Give him a while to get untracked before plugging him back in.
Tue, 05 May 2015 17:58:42 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (undisclosed) left his start Tuesday, May 5, against the Miami Marlins due to an undisclosed injury. Strasburg was checked by a trainer in the first inning after wincing after a couple of pitches. He was slow to come off the mound in the second, and lifted for a pinch hitter in the third.
Fantasy Tip: The exact nature of Strasburg's injury is not clear, but he did not look healthy at any point during his start. We'll keep an eye on the details of his injury when they're available. FantasyScore players should avoid him at $7,700 (or 15.4% of cap) until he can officially return and prove his health.
Tue, 05 May 2015 12:52:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Werth ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) has been struggling at the plate, so this may be an opportunity to get the veteran a night off and clear his head. Taylor ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) is hitting .271 with a pair of homers and may be a decent lower-cost choice.
Tue, 05 May 2015 10:04:49 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Lucas Giolito was promoted to high-A Potomac this week, according to a high-ranking team source. Giolito ranks No. 7 on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list for 2015. He went 10-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 98 innings in 2014 with Single-A Hagerstown.
Fantasy Tip: Giolito already has Tommy John surgery out of the way and pitched his first full season in professional ball last year. He possesses three above-average offerings and has a fastball that sits in the upper-90s. He has ace potential and could rise quickly through the minor leagues. He must be on your radar in NL-only and keeper leagues.
Tue, 05 May 2015 09:02:12 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (oblique) will have his minor league rehab assignment shut down after being diagnosed with an oblique strain Monday, May 4. Manager Matt Williams said there is no timetable for Rendon's return, but said 2B Yunel Escobar sat out 10 days without baseball activity with the same injury in spring training.
Fantasy Tip: The waiting game continues for a player that was drafted at the end of the first round in many leagues this spring. Escobar ($2,100, 4.2% of cap) continues to benefit from a starting role at the hot corner in Rendon's absence, and Escobar is hitting .311 (28-for-90) with two home runs and seven RBI. Hitting near the top of the Nats' order has helped him, and he remains a fine FantasyScore option while he's hot. Escobar had five hits Monday night.
Mon, 04 May 2015 22:19:35 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Five hits is impressive, but they were all singles and not that great for FantasyScore players. Still, at just $2,100 (or 4.2% of cap) he easily exceeded salary expectations.
Mon, 04 May 2015 22:18:50 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon (oblique) was diagnosed with a strained oblique after meeting with team doctors Monday, April 4. He was able to play in three minor-league rehab games before leaving with the oblique.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon was rehabbing a sprained left knee and now he has a while left with this oblique. Don't expect to see him anytime soon.
Mon, 04 May 2015 13:34:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Continue to stash Rendon in all seasonal formats, and avoid him in FantasyScore contests until his injury situation is clearer. His season seems to be turning into an ongoing nightmare, especially for owners who took the plunge early in drafts. Continue to check back for updates and a more concrete timeline on his return and the severity of his oblique injury.
Mon, 04 May 2015 12:09:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rendon's ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) return is nearing, but it would be nice to see him shaking off some rust during his rehab instead of riding pine. Continue to monitor his progress in the short term, and be ready to active him upon his recall to the Nationals in seasonal leagues. FantasyScore players would be wise to allow Rendon a few games to readjust to major league pitching before utilizing him in contests.
Sun, 03 May 2015 08:38:43 -0700
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos is not in the starting lineup Sunday, May 3, against the New York Mets. Switch-hitting C Jose Lobaton will start and bat eighth against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.
Fantasy Tip: Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has a BABIP of .429 but a batting average of just .235 due to his absurd 45.0% strikeout rate. Lobaton has fared worse against righties for his career, and he should be avoided.
Sun, 03 May 2015 08:34:07 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Span ($3,100, 6.2% of cap) has at least one hit in seven of his ten games played this year. A career .290-hitter against righties, Span makes for a viable FantasyScore option against Gee.
Sat, 02 May 2015 21:18:43 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Desmond ($5,800, 11.6% of cap) is hitting just .222 on the year with one homer and five RBIs. He shouldn't be anywhere near your lineup at FantasyScore at his current price.
Sat, 02 May 2015 21:04:30 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allowed six hits and struck out nine in seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the New York Mets Saturday, May 2, and he improved to 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in nine starts at Citi Field.
Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez ($6,300, 12.6% of cap) has struggled in three of his five starts this year, and while he is a must-start at FantasyScore when he takes the mound in Citi Field, he hasn't been living up to his price tag on a routine basis this year.
Sat, 02 May 2015 16:47:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rendon ($6,000, 12% of cap) hoped to be back by the end of next week, but this looks like a dream at the moment. Monitor Rendon's progress before acting according to your league's rules.
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