Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:12:51 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Max Scherzer (thumb) is doubtful to make his next scheduled start against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, April 28. He was unable to throw without discomfort in his right thumb, which he believes may be caused by a sprained ligament.
Fantasy Tip: Expect the Nats to err on the side of caution with Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4% of cap), who is in the first season of a seven-year deal worth $210 million. If the team decides to recall a starter from the minors to pitch Tuesday, SP A.J. Cole appears to be the most likely option. RP Tanner Roark, who served as a starter for much of last year, is unlikely to move back into the rotation.
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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:47:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4% of cap) has given up just four earned runs through his first four starts of the season and sports a 1.26 ERA. Scherzer has been lucky to not allow a home run yet this season, but owners will be continuing to throw him out there as often as possible, regardless of any regression. FantasyScore owners will want to own Scherzer as often as possible this year, so it's promising that he doesn't expect to miss any time.
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:48:05 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings in a loss to the Miami Marlins Saturday, April 25, and he now has a 5.65 ERA in eight career starts at Marlins Park.
Fantasy Tip: In addition to his struggles in Miami, Strasburg ($8,200, 16.4% of cap) has been struggling in general this year. He has a 4.88 ERA, and opponents are hitting .317 against him. Until he strings together a couple of strong starts, it is tough to justify paying for him at FantasyScore.
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:29:06 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Max Scherzer (thumb) had his scheduled bullpen session pushed back to Sunday, April 26, but he is still hoping to make his next start against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, April 28.
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4% of cap) has been stout in his first year in Washington, and the Nationals aren't likely to take any chances with their ace. If he takes the mound Tuesday, consider him safe to use at FantasyScore.
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:46:57 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) said he felt good after going 1-for-2 with a double in his first rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg Friday, April 24. He is expected to play seven innings Saturday, April 25, before receiving the day off Sunday, April 26. Rendon will play seven innings Monday, April 27, before playing a full game Tuesday, April 28. The Nationals want to make sure he is capable of playing in at least one full game before they decide to activate him from the disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: If all goes well, Rendon ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) could be activated in time for the beginning of a four-game series against the New York Mets Thursday, April 30. He should be added to fantasy lineups immediately upon his return. Yunel Escobar ($2,100, 4.2% of cap) and Danny Espinosa ($1,800, 3.6% of cap) - both of whom have seen playing time at the hot corner in Rendon's absence - could wind up platooning at second base once he returns.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:43:20 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper currently leads the majors in walks heading into the games Friday, April 24, with 15 of them. "I think it's more pitchers not giving me pitches to hit," Harper said. "I'm just trying to be as patient as I can and get my pitch to hit and not give in to what they're doing." Harper has been intentionally walked five times in 16 games. He has done a better job this year of laying off pitches off the plate, too. But he's also struck out 22 times, which is second in the National League.
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($5,000, 10.0% of cap) isn't off to the best start in 2015, but it's still early and he does have four home runs, despite hitting .259 (14-for-54). The improve plate patience will be good for Harper in the long run. He should be a daily consideration for a lineup spot at FantasyScore.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:29:02 -0700
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) is steal dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot despite starting Friday, April 24, and it's an ongoing problem for him. Zimmerman sleeps with a splint on his foot at night and keeps it in ice and has anti-inflammatory medication to keep the swelling down.
Fantasy Tip: If you own Zimmerman ($4,000, 8.0% of cap), make sure you have replacements handy in case the injury-prone veteran succumbs to yet another injury. Zimmerman is off to somewhat of a slow start, too, and his sore foot may be playing a part. Keep an eye on him.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:25:43 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Max Scherzer (thumb) has a swollen right thumb after injuring it hitting Thursday, April 23. He's scheduled to do his normal between-starts throwing session, but if he can't, they'll adjust the rotation.
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4% of cap) didn't believe his injury was all that serious, and he expects to make his next start. Keep an eye on his progress nonetheless. He's off to a great start with his new club, and he should be in consideration for a pitcher slot at FantasyScore each time he toes the rubber.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:20:09 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) remains in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Mat Latos Friday, April 24. Zimmerman is starting at first base and hitting fifth in the batting order.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) is dealing with a mild case of plantar fasciitis, which if not treated properly, can become debilitating, especially for an injury-prone player like Zimmerman. The Nats will likely look to rest him at some point this weekend, so keep an eye out. Zimmerman is only hitting .226 (14-for-62 with two home runs), and his foot injury may affect his results at the plate. At FantasyScore tonight against Latos, Zimm isn't a terrible option at first base, but you can likely find better candidates.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:08:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4% of your cap) has been brilliant, but he's just not getting the run support to grab wins. He's an option on FantasyScore every time he starts.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:50:50 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Max Scherzer (wrist) said he jammed his wrist while at the plate in the fifth inning in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 23, but added that he would make his next start. He allowed two earned runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out four.
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4) is now 1-2 on the year, but don't let his record fool you. He owns a sparkling 1.26 ERA and a .184 batting average against to go along with 29 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. Scherzer is worth the hefty price tag at FantasyScore.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:30 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) owners are probably saying, "here we go again." The oft-injured Zimmerman hasn't played in more than 61 games in the last two years due to various ailments, mainly shoulder problems. His owners may want to start making contingency plans in case his injury worsens or impacts his performance.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:18:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Clint Robinson ($1,600, 3.2% of your cap) had a three-hit game balloon his average to .292, but he hasn't done much else. He could be worth a flyer later in the season, but avoid him on FantasyScore against Michael Wacha.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:13:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Jose Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of your cap) has no FantasyScore value.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:16 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) played five innings in an extended spring game without issues Wednesday, April 22, and he'll start his minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg Friday, April 24.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) may need more than a handful of rehab games before making his season debut in 2015, so stay patient just a little while longer. Once he's back and ready, he should immediately be put into starting lineups and become a FantasyScore daily consideration.
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