Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:27:58 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (oblique) is expected to make one more rehab start next week after allowing three runs on four hits and striking out five in four innings with Class AAA Syracuse Wednesday, July 29. He's expected to pitch five innings next week before returning to the rotation, according to manager Matt Williams.
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) was pitching really well before going on the DL, and if he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, he could finish off the year in a nice fashion for his fantasy owners. Holding him out of daily lineups in his first turn back might be a good idea on FantasyScore, depending on who he matches up against.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:49:04 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (oblique) gave up three runs and four hits in his first rehab start for Class AAA Syracuse Wednesday, July 29. He struck out five and walked one while throwing 44 of his 64 pitches for strikes in the outing.
Fantasy Tip: Oblique strains are tricky, so Strasburg ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) will likely need at least one more rehab start before returning to the rotation. Strasburg allowed only three earned runs in his last 16 2/3 innings before going on the DL, so he can surely rebound to help his owners out for the rest of the season.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:41:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Robinson ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has a meager .277-1-5 line this year, but he's at a cheap price for a cleanup hitter on FantasyScore.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:45:11 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper hit two home runs into the upper deck in a win over the Miami Marlins Wednesday, July 29, and he went 3-for-4 in the game to raise his average to .335. Harper has 29 home runs and 68 RBI, which are both already career highs. It was his third multi-home run game of the year and first since May 8.
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($6,400, 12.8% of cap) is having a career year and should be a strong FantasyScore option every day, except for maybe when he's facing a tough left-handed pitcher.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:57:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Ramos ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) in all fantasy formats. He continues to struggle at the dish and is currently riding a 5-for-47 slump with just four RBI and a .293 OPS. Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is batting .200 this season, and he checks out as a low-priced flier for FantasyScore players Wednesday, albeit one with all kinds of risk.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:41:59 -0700
Washington Nationals new RP Jonathan Papelbon will serve as the team's new closer after Washington traded for him Tuesday, July 28. RP Drew Storen, the previous closer, will move into an eighth-inning setup role. Papelbon was Philadelphia's career saves leader with 123 and is 17-for-17 in save chances in 2015. Papelbon wouldn't accept a trade to the Nationals unless he would remain a closer. Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016 becomes a guaranteed $11 million salary as part of the trade, and $3 million will be deferred, according to a major league source. Washington will pay Papelbon the prorated minimum of $507,500 for the rest of the year. Papelbon is expected to join his new team Wednesday, July 29.
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon's fantasy value increases slightly now that he's expected to receive more save chances for a contending club. Storen's value obviously takes a huge hit without ninth-inning duties, although he could see the occasional save chance when Papelbon is rested. In shallow leagues, without the prospect for saves, Storen isn't worth a roster spot.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:13:47 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Taylor's ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) short-term boost in fantasy value is nearing an end with Denard Span working his way back. He's also likely to hit at the bottom of the order from now on with Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman back in the fray. Taylor is one to avoid against Marlins ace Fernandez on FantasyScore tonight.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:32:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon likely will become the Nationals' new closer if he agreed to the trade. Papelbon should receive more save opportunities with Washington, which will increase his value. Drew Storen will lose a lot of value since he will no longer be the closer but still has value in leagues that count holds as a category.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:25:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) has been out since early June and may take some time before returning to his usual form. Owners may want to see Zimmerman play in a few games before considering him as a starting option.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:16:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Werth ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) will be playing for the first time since May 15th, so it may take him some time to return to his pre-injury form. Owners may want to wait a few games before using him on FantasyScore.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:12:43 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rendon ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) will be playing in his third game since returning from injury. Owners could consider using Rendon as an option but may want to lower expectations since he has just returned.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:59:08 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon is close to being traded to the Washington Nationals Tuesday, July 28, in exchange for a minor league pitcher, according to sources. Papelbon is expected to become the Nationals' new closer, pushing current closer Drew Storen into a setup role. The teams are still working through a number of "hurdles" before the deal is complete. Papelbon can block a trade to Washington, so he wants his $13 million vesting option to be guaranteed in order to approve the deal.
Fantasy Tip: The deal is expected to completed shortly, so stay tuned. Papelbon's fantasy value will increase slightly now that he's expected to have more closing opportunities with a contending club. Storen's value takes the biggest hit with a move to a setup role, and he can be dropped in shallow leagues without any save chances. Ken Giles should be picked up if he's available, as he's expected to move into the closer role in Philly with Papelbon gone.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:57:56 -0700
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) and OF Jayson Werth (wrist) were activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 28. The team also optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Class AAA Syracuse and outrighted 2B Emmanuel Burriss to Class AAA Syracuse.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) and Werth ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) return from lengthy absences and could receive more days off initially since they are returning from injuries. Owners on FantasyScore may want to see them play in a game or two before using them in their lineup.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:31:45 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon is the subject of talks with the Washington Nationals that are progressing. Papelbon said he will only waive his no-trade clause if he goes to a team to serve as the closer.
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon has been brilliant despite playing on a poor team in a hitter's park. His value could increase with the move to the Nats in a situation that would likely yield more save chances.
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:17:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) should be given a game or two to kick the rust off before being used on FantasyScore.
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