Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:36:26 -0700
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, July 26. He went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in his final rehab game for Class A Potomac Saturday, July 23.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman was not having a great season prior to landing on the disabled list, batting .221 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI through 74 games. He should only be stashed in NL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues if you can afford the roster space. His return means Clint Robinson and Trea Turner should see reduced playing time going forward.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:44:40 -0700
The Washington Nationals are one of several clubs that have expressed interest in Kansas City Royals RP Wade Davis. However, the club's asking price is reportedly greater than the New York Yankees are seeking in exchange for RP Aroldis Chapman.
Fantasy Tip: The Royals have not decided if they will be sellers at the trade deadline and pursuing Chapman is reportedly the Nats' top priority, so a deal between Washington and Kansas City appears unlikely. The 30-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with 21 saves and a 1.14 ERA through 33 appearances in 2016, with 12 walks and 30 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:09:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Despite struggling in his first two big-league starts, it's a tasty matchup to use a low-end flyer on him in DFS.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:11:19 -0700
Washington Nationals 1B Clint Robinson will start at first base and bat sixth against San Diego Padres SP Edwin Jackson Saturday, July 23. 2B Trea Turner returns to the bench after starting Friday, July 22, against the Padres.
Fantasy Tip: Robinson has only had one at-bat against Jackson in his career, but he made it count with a two-RBI single. Jackson has struggled this year, too, even in a limited amount of innings pitched. Robinson should be a cheaper starting first basemen for today's daily slate.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:42:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman is eligible to return from the disabled list next week but he is going through a terrible season, hitting just .221 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI through 74 games, so he isn't worth stashing in shallow mixed leagues. Clint Robinson will continue to see most of the action at first base until he returns.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:32:06 -0700
New York Yankees RP Aroldis Chapman is believed to be the Washington Nationals' primary target prior to the non-waiver trade deadline Aug. 1. However, the club does not appear willing to part with INF Trea Turner or SPs Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez in a potential deal, according to a baseball source. The Yankees are reportedly looking for players that can contribute immediately at the MLB level, although they have had scouts attending games for affiliates ranging from Class A Hagerstown to Class AAA Syracuse. OF Michael Taylor is believed to be available, according to the source, but the Yankees' level of interest in him is unknown.
Fantasy Tip: The 28-year-old Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and 19 saves in 29 appearances this season, with eight walks and 40 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings and should be viewed as a high-end reliever regardless of the team he is playing for. However, his fantasy value should receive a slight boost if he is moved to a contender.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:31:02 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark has lasted at least seven innings in five straight starts and is coming off his best outing in which he threw eight scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hosts the San Diego Padres Friday, July 22.
Fantasy Tip: Roark sits with a sparking 2.82 ERA and 1.17 WHIP while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. There might not be a safer value play in daily formats than Roark against the Padres without Wil Myers on Friday night. He's a great play.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:52:55 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross (shoulder) will make a minor league rehab start Sunday, July 24. That means SP Lucas Giolito could return and start against the San Diego Padres Sunday. He's coming off 6 2/3 shutout innings for Class AAA Syracuse July 19.
Fantasy Tip: Ross has held his own in a rotation spot this year with a 3.49 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.5 K/9, so he should be stashed in all formats. There's a good chance he returns after just one or two rehab starts. Giolito has much more upside, though, as a frontline starting pitcher and is certainly attractive in all leagues if he faces the Padres Sunday.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:53:58 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ross is going to throw a rehab outing before returning to the Washington rotation, and it appears he's close to being ready to take the mound. He owns a 3.49 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 for the season and should be owned in all leagues now that he's closing in on returning. Expect him back in approximately two weeks, barring any setbacks.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:45:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Turner has a window to prove he should stick with the Nationals for the remainder of the season, and fantasy owners should take advantage of his fleeting opportunity in deep mixed and NL-only settings. He has a .291/.313/.452 slash line and three stolen bases thus far.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:39:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It was just the fourth time in 18 starts that Strasburg allowed more than three runs this season, and in 12 outings, he's limited opponents to two runs or fewer. And, the 10 punchouts mitigated some of the damage of the rough showing. Strasburg remains a high-end fantasy arm, and view this start as a blip on the radar.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:12:19 -0700
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) is expected to begin his rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Thursday, July 21, and manager Dusty Baker wants to see Zimmerman play in three games before returning to the lineup Tuesday, July 26, against the Cleveland Indians. Zimmerman said he "feels pretty good."
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman is on the cusp of a return to the Nats' lineup, but those in mixed leagues probably aren't all that interested. The veteran first baseman does provide some pop in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues (12 homers), but he's hitting a paltry .221 on the year and remains an injury risk.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:31:05 -0700
Washington Nationals OFs Ben Revere and Jayson Werth are out of the lineup Thursday, July 21, with SS Trea Turner leading off and OF Chris Heisey hitting seventh. Also, OF Michael Taylor draws in at center field and is batting second.
Fantasy Tip: There was a tweet this morning that Turner has two of the highest three top speeds in running out a triple this season. Those wheels are an underrated part of his game as he stole 25 bags in the minors and has two in the majors. He has upside against left-hander Julio Urias today. Heisey has made a living off of left-handed pitching, and he's a sneaky basement option in DFS. Taylor has an intriguing power-speed comination and is also a decent value pick Thursday.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:40:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Turner has been pretty solid when he gets chances at bat, with a .308 average and .500 slugging percentage. His regular playing time is largely blocked by players like Daniel Murphy and Danny Espinosa, but consider Turner in DFS when he starts.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:25:30 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allowed one run on three hits and struck out six in six innings of work Wednesday, July 20, in an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gonzalez improved to 6-8 overall.
Fantasy Tip: Manager Dusty Baker said Gonzalez was wild, but the run support saved him. Gonzalez has had a disappointing year, but he appears to be rounding into form. Still, analyze the matchups before starting Gonzalez in daily leagues because he's still not quite to form yet.
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