News: McLouth (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, CSN Washington reports.
Impact: It's a rough end to the season for McLouth, who has missed most of August with the shoulder injury. He had an MRI on Monday that revealed the tear and will face a lengthy recovery process after undergoing surgery. The Nationals signed Nate Schierholtz to a minor-league deal Monday to add insurance to the outfield. The 32-year-old McLouth concludes the season batting .173 with seven RBI and 35 strikeouts in 139 at-bats.
News: Ramos is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, MASN reports.
Impact: It's simply a scheduled day off for Ramos, who is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak. The catcher is hitting .333 in 48 August at-bats. Jose Lobaton will take his place Tuesday.
News: Desmond was locked in Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, a run and a stolen base in a win over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Interestingly enough, Desmond's four steaks came in relatively unspectacular fashion (a pair of two-run singles in the third and sixth innings), all while he faced a team-low eight pitches on the night. Nonetheless, the Nats' middle infielder is up to 77 RBI -- three shy of his career high from 2013 -- with 15 swipes and 52 runs to go with his 20 bombs on the year, making him a very valuable member of both the NL East-leading Nationals and fantasy rosters everywhere.
News: Strasburg got the job done in fine fashion Tuesday, tossing eight innings of three-hit, one-run ball in a win over the visiting Diamondbacks. He also walked one and fanned four.
Impact: Strasburg has gone on a nice little run lately, picking up wins in three of his last four starts while posting a studly 6:31 BB:K ratio. He's now an even 10-10 on the year accompanied by his usual elite, NL-leading punchout total (198 in 171.1 innings) and appears to be finding his groove at just the right time with the playoffs less than six weeks away. Strasburg will close out the series against the Giants at home in his next start Sunday.
News: McLouth (shoulder) is expected to be ready for spring training, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: McLouth is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Thursday, but manager Matt Williams expects him to be back at full health before position players report next spring. In the first year of a two-year pact with Washington, McLouth hit just .173/.280/.237 with one homer in 79 games. The team signed veteran Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal Monday, and Schierholtz may take McLouth's role as a lefty bench bat come September.
News: LaRoche went 1-for-5 Monday with a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning.
Impact: The home run was his 19th of the season, and third in his last five games. LaRoche has bounced right back after a rough July, and now sports a .306/.419/.677 line in 62 August at-bats.
News: Whether and when Schierholtz gets called up to the major league roster could depend on the health of Nate McLouth, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: McLouth is on the DL and getting his shoulder checked out, which leaves the Nationals' bench a little short on left-handed hitting options. Should the club determine that McLouth won't be able to help them down the stretch expect him to be shifted to the 60-day DL, which would open a spot on the 40-man roster for Schierholtz.
News: Werth (shoulder) is batting third and playing right field Monday.
Impact: He had missed five straight games prior to Sunday's pinch-hit appearance, where he went 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs in an 11-inning victory, but he is now healthy enough to start, and should once again be a staple in the middle of the order going forward.
News: Ramos went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Ramos is currently on a six-game hitting streak that has seen his batting average increase from .286 to .298. Although he missed a good chunk of time at the beginning of the season, he has still managed to hit six home runs and record 32 RBI overall.
Tyler Clippard - #36 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 200lbs
News: Clippard blew the save opportunity Monday against the Diamondbacks as he allowed one run and two hits in one inning.
Impact: The Nationals regular closer Rafael Soriano blew a save Sunday and even though manager Matt Williams said he has not lost his job, Clippard was given the opportunity Monday. Although it was likely just because of Soriano's recent workload, Clippard did not come through Monday when he had a chance to maybe work his way into the conversation. Unless Soriano continues to struggle, Clippard will likely remain in a setup role.
News: Zimmermann did not record a decision Monday against the Diamondbacks as he pitched seven innings and allowed three runs, four hits and three walks to go along with two strikeouts.
Impact: Zimmermann has a sparkling 2.97 ERA and 1.15 WHIP for the season, but lack of run support and bullpen meltdowns have resulted in him coming away with only eight wins. He should continue to be a solid starting option down the stretch, but wins may continue to be hard to come by.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league deal with Nate Schierholtz and assigned the veteran outfielder to Triple-A Syracuse.
Impact: The 30-year-old Schierholtz is a .254 career hitter with 51 home runs and 224 RBIs in 776 games. Last season with the Cubs, he hit .251 and established career highs in home runs (21), RBIs (68) and runs scored (56). Schierholtz batted .192 with six homers in 99 games with Chicago this season before he was designated for assignment Aug. 6.
News: There is no timetable for Zimmerman (hamstring) to begin baseball activities, MLB.com's Bill Ladson and Daniel Popper report.
Impact: He's been out almost a month with the Grade 3 hamstring strain, and the only thing he has done in terms or recovery is to work on an underwater treadmill. He can walk normally, but he still can't do much else, and at this point, owners should probably look elsewhere for production at third base in single-season leagues. Anthony Rendon will continue to man the hot corner with Asdrubal Cabrera and Danny Espinosa taking turns at second base.
News: McLouth (shoulder) has been slow to recover from treatment and underwent an enhanced MRI on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports.
Impact: The Nationals hope Monday's examination will reveal a clearer timetable for McLouth's recovery, but expectations of a forthcoming return should probably be tempered at this point. The Nationals signed Nate Schierholtz to a minor league contract earlier in the day Monday, making him something of an insurance option for McLouth, given his standing as a left-handed hitting reserve outfielder.
News: Schierholtz agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Nationals on Monday.
Impact: Schierholtz was was released by the Cubs last Wednesday, but will provide the Nationals with depth in the outfield. He hit just .192/.240/.300 over 99 games with the Cubs this season, but the veteran has a good enough track record to be given a chance by the Nationals, albeit at the minor league level with Triple-A Syracuse.
News: Werth (shoulder) made his return to the lineup a dramatic one on Sunday, drawing a walk as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and scoring the tying run, then doubling in his second plate appearance and coming around to score the winning run in an 11-inning victory.
Impact: It was his first action in a week. The fact that Werth stayed in the game in right field, and then was able to rip a line drive double into left field, bodes well for his ability to get back into the starting lineup in the very near future, possibly even Monday against the Diamondbacks.
News: Soriano blew his fifth save of the season Sunday in the Nationals' extra-inning victory over the Pirates. He has struggled of late, but manager Matt Williams stated after the game that Soriano remains the Nationals' closer. "He's been our closer all year and I don't see that changing right now," Williams said.
Impact: Questions about Soriano's job have been raised with him giving up nine earned runs in his last nine games, but Williams is sticking with Soriano as his closer for now. Soriano's job will be safe if he can get back on track over his next couple outings, but if his struggles continue, that could open the door for Tyler Clippard and/or Drew Storen to see save opportunities.
News: Span went 2-for-6 with a run scored in Sunday's extra-inning win over the Pirates.
Impact: With nine multi-hit efforts in his last 15 games, Span is having an outstanding month at the plate. To this point in August, the speedy center fielder is batting a cool .382 with seven runs scored and five stolen bases.
News: Fister tossed seven strong innings versus the Pirates on Sunday, allowing two unearned runs on five hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts.
Impact: Fister continues his outstanding 2014 campaign in the nation's capital, as he now sports a 2.20 ERA across 18 starts during his first trip through the Senior Circuit. The 30-year-old righty has been especially strong during his last five outings, surrendering just two earned runs over 35.1 innings while posting a 0.88 WHIP and 25:4 K:BB ratio. Fister will look to maintain his superb rhythm on the mound Friday versus the Giants.
News: Werth (shoulder) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Werth was originally scheduled for a Sunday return, but after he experienced mild tenderness during Saturday's batting practice, his team decided to play it conservatively by sitting him out an extra day. Sunday will mark Werth's sixth straight game out of the lineup, so the team will likely be forced to consider a DL stint if he's not able to return soon. Michael Taylor will take over in right field for the afternoon tilt, with Bryce Harper moving back over to left.
Kevin Frandsen - #19 - Left Field - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Frandsen got a start in left field Saturday and went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Impact: He's getting about one start a week for the Nationals as a utility player, so it's nice to see him take advantage of an opportunity when he gets one. Don't look for his playing time to increase, however.
News: Werth (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Manager Matt Williams had previously suggested a Saturday return was possible for Werth, who was treated with a cortisone shot Wednesday, but the team will go ahead and hold him out once again. Although the 35-year-old Werth just resumed swinging off a tee Friday, the goal seems to be to have him back for Sunday's finale.
News: Cabrera is out of the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Danny Espinosa will take over at the keystone Saturday with lefty Jeff Locke on the hill for Pittsburgh. Cabrera has hit safely in nine of 12 games since joining Washington but his opportunities against lefties may remain limited.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Span went 3 for 4 with a double in Friday's 5-4 win over visiting Pittsburgh.
Impact: Span should be in your lineup since he's hit .412 with 10 stolen bases in his last 28 games.
News: LaRoche went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Nats' win over the Pirates on Saturday night.
Impact: The blast was LaRoche's 18th of the season and part of a three-run eighth inning that tied the game. Finger and elbow injuries slowed him down last season, but he's rebounded to a .276/.377/.470 line over the first four-plus months this year.
News: Gonzalez gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings in a no decision against the Pirates on Saturday night.
Impact: Pirates starter Jeff Locke pitched well, preventing Gonzalez from exiting with an opportunity to pick up his seventh win of the season Saturday. With a home start against an Arizona lineup sans Paul Goldschmidt (hand) next time out, the inconsistent left-hander should have a prime opportunity to rack up strikeouts Thursday.
News: Werth (shoulder) was tender after taking a full batting practice session Saturday. His return to the lineup for Sunday's game is now in question, James Wagner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Ultimately, Werth is day-to-day, but the Nats will likely give him an extra day if he's feeling any additional soreness Sunday as a result of his increased activity Saturday night.
News: Soriano's availability for Saturday is uncertain after he pitched each of the previous three days.
Impact: Soriano hasn't pitched on four consecutive days at any point this season, so manager Matt Williams figures to turn elsewhere should a save opportunity present itself Saturday. With Tyler Clippard also having pitched three straight days, Drew Storen seems the top candidate to fill in during the ninth inning.
News: Harper went 2-for-4 Friday with two RBI.
Impact: He's now hitting .313 (10-for-32) over his last eight games, with three home runs and nine RBI. Harper owners who have suffered through a tough season so far may be rewarded for their patience over the next six weeks.
News: Span snapped out of an 0-for-11 mini-slump by going 3-for-4 on Friday with a double and two stolen bases.
Impact: He's now popped his batting average back over .300 (.303, to be precise) and the steals give him 25 on the season. Span remains one of the most effective leadoff hitters in baseball.
News: Soriano made things interesting on Friday, giving up three hits and a run before nailing down his 29th save of the season.
Impact: Despite his occasional ninth inning adventures Soriano's still got a 1.90 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, and has been one of the most statistically impressive closers in baseball this season.
News: Roark labored on Friday, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings while striking out four, but still managed to come away with his 12th win of the season.
Impact: It's just the second time in his last eight starts that Roark has lasted less than seven innings. He's still got a strong 2.93 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the season, and should be a solid play in his next start at home against a Diamondbacks squad hitting just .243/.296/.367 on the road.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Strasburg picked up his ninth win in Thursday's 4-1 final against the New York Mets.
Impact: It was one of his stronger outings of the season, surrendering an unearned run and three hits while striking out eight in seven innings. He needed it after getting roughed up for seven earned runs in his previous start.
News: McLouth will receive a second opinion on his ailing shoulder, Mark Zuckerman of CSNwashington.com reports.
Impact: McLouth's shoulder is simply not responding to treatment as expected, so the Nats will send him for another opinion. He still has not resumed baseball activities and an estimated return timetable likely won't be established until he's cleared to do so.
News: Werth (shoulder) will hit off a tee Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Just two days removed from receiving a cortisone shot, Werth is ready to resume swinging a bat and will go through a full workout Saturday morning to test his ailing shoulder. Manager Matt Williams has left the door open for Werth to slot back into the lineup Saturday, though Wagner suggests a return for Sunday's finale against Pittsburgh is more realistic.
News: Ramos is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mets.
Impact: Jose Lobaton will step in behind the plate to catch starter Stephen Strasburgh as Ramos sits following five straight starts. Ramos has hit safely in six of his last seven games, collecting 10 hits -- including two homers -- and four RBI over that span.
News: Werth (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Thursday.
Impact: This was to be expected, with Werth likely to miss several days after being treated with a cortisone shot Wednesday. An MRI revealed that Werth is dealing with an AC joint sprain, and while he may remain limited into early next week, a DL stint appears unlikely at this point. Bryce Harper will again start in right field Thursday with Michael Taylor in left.
News: Harper smacked a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Mets. It was his only hit of the game, and sixth long ball of the season.
Impact: It's been a disappointing season for Harper, but he has picked things up at the plate recently, with three homers and seven RBI in the last week.
News: Strasburg pitched seven dominant innings to record the win against the Mets on Thursday. He allowed an unearned run and three hits while striking out eight batters.
Impact: Strasburg, who bounced back from a seven-run dud in his last start, wouldn't have been scored upon if not for a throwing error by Ian Desmond in the fourth inning. The powerful righty has been inconsistent this season, although he continues to rack up the strikeouts, with 194 Ks in 163.1 innings. He'll face the Diamondbacks at home in his next start.
News: Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning against the Mets on Thursday to pick up his 28th save of the season.
Impact: Soriano needed 22 pitches to get through the ninth, but it was uneventful otherwise. Although he hasn't had as many save opportunities as previous seasons, he's been very effective in 2014.
News: McLouth (shoulder) still has not resumed baseball activities, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Manager Matt Williams said McLouth is still in the strengthening phase of his rehabilitation, effectively ruling out a return from the DL on Sunday when first eligible. The team has been adamant that McLouth's injury is not serious, but at this point, he's not looking like a lock to make it back before the end of the month.
News: Werth (shoulder) could be available as a pinch hitter Friday, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: In an attempt to speed up Werth's recovery from an AC joint sprain, the Nats ordered a cortisone shot to the shoulder, and it seems the treatment is working. Werth told manager Matt Williams that he felt "a lot better" Friday, estimating he had improved "about 50 percent." Williams, meanwhile, said it's possible Werth could return to the lineup Saturday.
News: Soriano gave up a solo homer in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Mets, but righted the ship to secure his 27th save of the season.
Impact: After Soriano gave up a leadoff homer, he allowed singles in two of the Mets' next three at-bats, putting the winning run in scoring position with only one out. Soriano then buckled down and allowed a fielder's choice grounder that nabbed a runner at home, and cleanly fielded a groundout back to himself to record the game's final out. The veteran reliever may miss out on his third straight 40-save campaign, but he's pitched much more effectively than a season prior, as his 1.94 ERA and 0.97 WHIP would suggest.
News: Zimmermann claimed his eighth win of the season Wednesday vs. the Mets, tossing 6.1 shutout innings and striking out four batters.
Impact: The right-hander's pinpoint control was his biggest ally in Wednesday's turn, as he needed only 87 pitches to retire 19 batters, yielding no extra-base hits. He found himself in some trouble in the seventh inning by loading the bases, but reliever Drew Storen came on to snuff out a potential rally and preserve Zimmermann's ERA.
News: Werth received a cortisone shot in his shoulder Wednesday and is likely to miss a few more days, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.
Impact: Werth made his way into the lineup Sunday, but will miss his second straight game Wednesday night. The hope is that the injection will help ease the pain in his ailing shoulder, and he'll be capable of returning to the lineup by this weekend. The team needs to preserve him for the long run, maintaining his availability in right field for their prospective playoff run. While Werth is on the shelf, look for Kevin Frandsen and Michael Taylor to see increased reps.
News: Span is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.
Impact: Span's last day off came on the second leg of a doubleheader back on June 28, so a maintenance day was likely overdue. The 30-year-old continues to put up strong numbers atop manager Matt Williams' lineup, owning a .356 on-base percentage this season, to go along with 23 stolen bases. Michael Taylor will take over in center field and lead off for the Nats, with Bryce Harper shifting to right and Kevin Frandsen in left.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Werth will remain sidelined for at least a couple of days after receiving a cortisone injection for his sore right shoulder.
Impact: Washington manager Matt Williams says Werth has a sprained AC joint, but an MRI showed no structural damage. Williams says Werth "should be good to go" after giving the shot a few days to take effect.
News: Schierholtz has been placed on release waivers, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The Cubs booted Schierholtz from their 40-man roster last week after he hit just .192/.240/.300 in 99 games with the club this season. Schierholtz will become a free agent by Friday, and despite his struggles this season, he did smack 21 homers last year and may draw interest from around the league as a bench bat.
News: Werth has been diagnosed with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It was believed that Werth was just dealing with inflammation in his AC joint, but an MRI revealed the sprain, prompting the team to order a cortisone shot in an attempt to speed up his recovery. He will likely miss a few more days as a result, but the goal seems to be to have him back before the weekend is out. Bryce Harper is starting in right field Wednesday with Kevin Frandsen in left.
News: Desmond went 1-for-3 Tuesday with two runs scored, two RBI and his 20th home run of the season.
Impact: That's back-to-back games in which Desmond has gone long, and he has three blasts in his last five games. The shortstop is now just five home runs and eight RBI away from tying his previous career highs.
Ross Detwiler - #48 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Detwiler gave up one run on two hits in two innings Tuesday.
Impact: The addition of Matt Thornton to the Nationals' bullpen seems to have pushed Detwiler back into a long relief role, as he came into Tuesday's game with the Nats ahead 7-0. His numbers on the season (3.42 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 29:18 K:BB ratio in 50 innings) are nothing special, and there just isn't much reason to have Detwiler on your roster.
News: Cabrera, hitting second on Tuesday, went 3-for-5 with two doubles.
Impact: He's working on a tidy six game hitting streak, and Cabrera has slashed .286/.350/.400 in 35 at-bats since joining the Nats. He'll continue to see regular playing time at second base for Washington.
News: Harper went 2-for-4 Tuesday with his fifth home run of the season.
Impact: He keeps teasing a breakout, with two home runs and three multi-hit games in his last five starts. Expect the Nationals to keep trotting Harper out there despite his weak .254/.338/.380 slash line on the season, especially with Jayson Werth banged up, as the club will need Harper's bat to wake up if they want to hold onto their lead in the NL East.
News: Fister cruised to his 12th win of the season on Tuesday, tossing seven shutout innings while giving up seven hits and striking out three.
Impact: His ERA on the season now sits at a sparkling 2.34 with a 1.07 WHIP. Fister's K/9 rate has surprisingly dropped more than a full strikeout from last season, to 5.56 K/9, but he's also working on a career-best 1.05 BB/9, as the Nationals' infield defense (a big upgrade on what Fister had to work with in Detroit) has given him the confidence to let batters make all the weak contact they want.
News: Zimmerman has begun a strengthening program on his injured hamstring, MLB Network Radio reports.
Impact: Zimmerman has not encountered any hiccups in his recovery just yet, but he will remain sidelined for several more weeks, and is not expected to resume playing until sometime in September.
News: Werth is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mets, ESPN reports.
Impact: While the Nats have not provided a reason for his absence, it's possible he's still dealing with shoulder discomfort. The ailment has plagued him in recent days and forced him to miss both Friday and Saturday's games.
News: Werth (shoulder) will be available off the bench Tuesday.
Impact: Manager Matt Williams elaborated a bit on the extent of Werth's setback prior to Tuesday's game, saying his AC joint got inflamed on a play Sunday but that he expects Werth to avoid the DL. The Nationals are reportedly trying to line up an MRI, and despite Williams saying Werth would be available off the bench, it seems likely they would stay away from him until the results are in.
News: Werth (shoulder) dressed and left the Nationals' clubhouse Tuesday with an athletic trainer, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Werth managed to return to the lineup for Sunday's finale against Atlanta but evidently his shoulder is still presenting issues, as he was seen icing it before leaving the clubhouse. He declined to explain on his way out, but it seems safe to say Werth will not be available off the bench Tuesday against the Mets.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez lasted just 4.2 innings Sunday night against the Braves, allowing two earned runs, six hits and four walks while piling up eight strikeouts en route to his ninth loss of the season.
Impact: After turning in eight shutout innings versus the Cubs back on July 5, things have taken a downhill turn for Gonzalez over his past six starts. The 28-year-old lefty's struggles during this stretch can mostly be attributed to a lack of command, as his 15 free passes across 31.1 innings have led to a 5.17 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Gonzalez will attempt to get back on track next weekend against the Pirates.
News: Werth (shoulder) is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
Impact: Werth will return to action after not starting the previous two days. He will man right field and bat third against Braves starter Alex Wood.
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: LaRoche went 3 for 5 with his 16th home run in Saturday's 4-1, 11-inning win at Atlanta.
Impact: LaRoche has been heating up with nine hits - three home runs - in 20 at-bats over his last five games.
Steven Souza Jr. - #21 - Center Field - 6'4" - 224lbs
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Nationals have placed outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder bruise.
Impact: Souza hurt his shoulder in a collision with the right-field wall and left Friday night's game. He appeared as a pinch-runner on Saturday night.
News: LaRoche went 3-for-5 Saturday with two runs scored and a solo home run, his 16th blast of the season.
Impact: The first baseman now has four multi-hit games in his last five contests, boosting his August slash line to .371/.450/.743 in 35 at-bats and putting his July slump solidly in his rear view.
News: Roark held the Braves to one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings Saturday but did not factor into the decision in the Nationals' 4-1 win. He struck out six in the outing.
Impact: A rain delay of nearly four hours couldn't knock Roark off his game, as he came out and turned in another strong performance against Atlanta. The right-hander gave up one extra-base hit, a double to Freddie Freeman in the first inning, and has now allowed just 10 runs in his last six starts, with five of those coming his last time out. As things line up now, Roark's next start will come Friday at home against the Pirates.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Werth (shoulder/ankle) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Braves, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: In addition to the sore right shoulder that has bothered him in recent days, Werth is also still battling an ankle issue, manager Matt Williams revealed Friday. Although it seems Werth will be fine to continue playing through both ailments, it's always possible he could require an additional maintenance day in the near future. Werth is just 3-for-22 (.136 average) in his career against right-hander Aaron Harang, Saturday's starter for Atlanta.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Werth has been scratched from the Nationals' lineup as he continues to be slowed by a sore right ankle and right shoulder.
Impact: Werth was listed in manager Matt Williams' original lineup in right field for Saturday night's game against the Braves but instead was held out for the second straight game.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Werth (shoulder) was scratched from Saturday's lineup and will be replaced by Kevin Frandsen, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Werth ultimately wasn't feeling well enough to take the field Saturday but will likely still be an option for Sunday's series finale against the Braves. With the scratch, Bryce Harper will play right field, while Frandsen covers center.
News: Span was 3-for-4 with a run scored in a losing effort against Atlanta on Friday night.
Impact: And the beat goes on for Span who is now hitting .304 and has has managed to stay red hot into August going 15-for-33 (.454) so far this month. He is certainly everything you could ask for in a leadoff man with his speed, and he has reached base at least once in every game since June 27.
Anthony Rendon - #6 - Third Base - 6'1" - 198lbs
News: Rendon was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in a losing cause against the Braves on Friday night.
Impact: After falling behind 7-0, the Nationals attempted a comeback that would ultimately fall a run short. With his value boosted by qualifying at both second and third base, Rendon has cobbled together a solid year so far with 15 home runs and 65 RBI to go with a respectable .278 average.
News: Strasburg was stung for seven runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out nine over five innings of a 7-6 loss to Atlanta on Friday night.
Impact: Strasburg (8-10, 3.68 ERA) was coming off perhaps his best outing of the year, but he served up a whopping four long balls, accounting for all seven runs in this one. The Nationals have been snake-bit against the Braves since the beginning of last season, dropping 21 of 30 against their division rivals. Strasburg will try to put this outing behind him when he faces the Mets in his next scheduled start.
News: Nationals manager Matt Williams hopes to have Werth (shoulder, ankle) back in the lineup Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of CSNwashington.com reports.
Impact: Werth has been dealing with a sore right shoulder in recent days and Williams said the 35-year-old's ankle is still presenting issues as well. "He's pretty banged up," Williams added, but it seems the skipper is cautiously optimistic Werth will be able to make it back for Saturday's tilt. Steve Souza is starting in right field Friday.
News: Werth (shoulder) is not in the starting lineup Friday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: While Werth sits with the lingering injury, Steven Souza is getting a spot start in right field and batting eighth for manager Matt Williams on Friday night. Werth is once again day-to-day with the ailment.
News: Desmond went 2-for-5 with his 18th homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs Thursday against the Mets.
Impact: It's been something of a scuffle for Desmond this season, as the average really hasn't been there -- even after Thursday, he's at just .247 -- but his power hasn't gone anywhere. Still, Desmond's fantasy owners would certainly be happy to see him cut that strikeout rate down going forward.
News: Zimmermann received no decision Thursday after holding the Mets to three runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out five without a walk.
Impact: Zim came into the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead, but gave up a couple singles before being yanked, only to see the bullpen allow both inherited runners to score. It's been an up-and-down year for him, but he's tossed three straight quality starts. He'll look to make it four in a rematch with these Mets at Citi Field next week.
News: Harper went 2-for-6 with a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning on Thursday against the Mets.
Impact: It's no secret that Harper's been struggling since coming off the DL, but he seemed to figure something out on Thursday, as he started 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, then delivered a sharp single and the homer in extras. Keep an eye out over the next couple days to see if he can carry this over.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Ramos was reinstated from the paternity list by the Washington Nationals before their game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Impact: Ramos missed games Tuesday and Wednesday because of the birth of his first child.
News: Leon was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday.
Impact: No surprise here, as Leon was only up to provide depth while Wilson Ramos attended to the birth of his child. With Ramos returning to the active roster, Leon will head back to Syracuse, where he's hit just .212/.306/.331 in 34 games this season.
News: Ramos was reinstated from the paternity list Thursday.
Impact: The Nats went ahead and activated Ramos a day before they had to, but they will not immediately return him behind the plate. Jose Lobaton will catch starter Jordan Zimmermann in Thursday's finale against the Mets, but look for Ramos to be available off the bench and back in the lineup Friday.
News: Werth is dealing with a sore right shoulder but is expected to play Thursday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Barring a setback during pregame warmups, Werth will be a go against right-hander Jacob deGrom on Thursday, according to manager Matt Williams. However, Werth has also been playing through a sprained ankle and it's possible he could require a maintenance day in the near future.
News: Thornton made his Nationals debut on Wednesday, giving up a hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Impact: Given Jerry Blevins' struggles this season, Thornton should see plenty of high-leverage use down the stretch for the Nats when they need a lefty out of the bullpen.
News: Cabrera is not in the lineup Wednesday versus the Mets.
Impact: After starting each of the last five games, Cabrera will hand over second base duties to Danny Espinosa on Wednesday as the Nats take on Mets' lefty Jon Niese. Since coming over from the Indians, Cabrera is 4-for-19 with a triple and an RBI in five contests.
News: Thornton, who was claimed off waivers Tuesday, has been activated, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Thornton, whom the Nats claimed from the Yankees, will add a third lefty to the bullpen. He brings a 2.55 ERA and has not allowed a home run in his last 40.0 innings. In a corresponding move, Washington optioned Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse.
News: Schierholtz was designated for assignment Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Kyuji Fujikawa activated from the DL, Schierholtz was DFA'd to make room on the roster. He'll head to waivers, and if he's cleared will likely be outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. On the year, Schierholtz is hitting just .192 with 33 RBI and 76 strikeouts in 313 at-bats.
News: Fister (11-3) was magnificent yet again Wednesday, allowing one unearned run on six hits while striking out seven over 7.1 innings against the Mets.
Impact: He's been nothing but a model of consistency for his new ballclub this season, posting a quality start in 12-of-16 outings while pitching at least seven innings in 10 of them. He'll go up against the Mets again in his next start, this time at Citi Field.
News: Laroche went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Mets.
Impact: The multi-homer game was his first of the season. LaRoche, who hadn't homered since July 22, promptly took Jonathon Niese deep for a two-run shot in the first inning, and then touched up Carlos Torres for a solo homer in the eighth. He's 8-for-21 over his past six games and now has 15 homers to go along with 59 RBI on the year.
Danny Espinosa - #8 - Second Base - 6'0" - 204lbs
News: Espinosa went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Mets.
Impact: Espinosa put the Nationals up 6-0 in the sixth inning with his seventh homer of the year. The 27-year-old got his first start since the club acquired Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline. He'll continue to be used in a reserve role for the Nationals going forward.
News: Manager Matt Williams quashed any speculation the Nationals would consider sending Harper to the minors, Mark Zuckerman of CSNwashington.com reports. "[Harper's] one of the guys on our team," Williams said Wednesday. "He's a very important part of our team. Just like everybody else is."
Impact: Williams raised some eyebrows Wednesday morning when he entertained a question about Harper being sent to the minors in a radio interview, but he emphatically dispelled the idea later in the day. Harper is batting .214 since his return from a thumb injury, with just five extra-base hits in 98 at-bats, and the frustration showed Tuesday night when he spiked his helmet after flying out to the warning track.
News: Gonzalez (6-8) took the loss Tuesday, giving up four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six in six innings against the visiting Mets.
Impact: With losses in four of his last five starts, Gonzalez hasn't seen the win column in a month (July 5), and two of those outings have been less than four innings. Luckily for the Nats, they boast one of the better rotations in baseball, with Gonzalez slotting in fourth behind a trio of proven starters in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister. With that being said, Washington will need the 28-year-old to tighten things up if they hope to stave off the Braves for the NL East lead, a team he'll square off against in his next start Sunday.
News: Werth said Tuesday that he has been playing through a sprained ankle since last week, but that he'll be able to continue playing through it, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports.
Impact: He aggravated the injury early in Tuesday's game, but said he was able to run better on it as the game went on, and said he'll be fine. Werth went 1-for-4 with a double Tuesday, and now has two doubles and three RBI in his last four games.
Taylor Jordan - #38 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 200lbs
News: The Washington Nationals transferred Jordan to the 60-day disabled list Aug. 5.
Impact: Jordan, 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in five starts this season, hasn't pitched since April 27 because of soreness in his right elbow.
News: Washington recalled Leon from Triple-A Syracuse before Tuesday night's matchup with the Mets.
Impact: This marks Leon's third stint with the Nationals this season.
News: Washington put Ramos on the paternity list prior to Tuesday night's game against the Mets.
Impact: Ramos and his wife are expecting their first child. Ramos is hitting .290 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 49 games this season.
News: The Washington Nationals claimed Thornton off waivers from the New York Yankees prior to Tuesday night's game against the Mets.
Impact: The 37-year-old Thornton went 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 24 2-3 innings across 46 appearances with the Yankees this season.
News: Zimmerman (hamstring) is expected to miss six weeks, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: An extended absence was expected after Zimmerman was diagnosed with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, but GM Mike Rizzo offered up a six-week timetable Tuesday. The 29-year-old took the first step in his recovery Monday, walking on an underwater treadmill, and he'll now advance gradually with an eye toward returning in mid-September.
News: Zimmerman walked on an underwater treadmill Monday and his hamstring felt fine, according to manager Matt Williams, Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports.
Impact: While it may not sound like much, Monday's activity represents a positive first step for Zimmerman in his rehabilitation from a Grade 3 hamstring strain. The Nationals will bring him along slowly, and it sounds like Zimmerman will likely miss most of the regular season, but perhaps he can make it back in time for a postseason run. Anthony Rendon will continue to occupy third base in his absence, with deadline acquisition Asdrubal Cabrera manning second.
News: Span was 2 for 4 and scored a run in a 7-3 loss to Baltimore on Monday.
Impact: Span is dialed in, posting a .512 on-base percentage over his last 18 games. His 39 walks rank third among NL leadoff hitters.
News: After limiting opponents to exactly one run in four straight starts, Roark gave up five runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to Baltimore on Monday.
Impact: Though Roark was roughed up a bit Monday, owners can't afford to pull him from their lineups. He's still 8-4 with a 2.52 ERA over his last 12 starts.
News: Thornton has been claimed off waivers by the Nationals, ESPN New York reports.
Impact: Thornton, who was placed on waivers by the Yankees, is under contract for $3.5 million next season. He'll provide immediate help in the bullpen after posting a healthy 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings for the Yankees. Over his last 40 innings dating back to last season, Thornton has racked up 29 strikeouts without allowing a home run.
News: Leon has been called up from Triple-A Syracuse, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: With Wilson Ramos headed to the paternity list, Leon will return to the Nationals for the first time since June. In 59 major league at-bats this season, Leon is hitting .169 with three RBI and 18 strikeouts.
News: Strasburg won for the first time in six outings Sunday, striking out 10 over seven innings while yielding three hits.
Impact: Strasburg is just 2-3 in his last seven starts despite a solid 2.70 ERA. The Nationals have backed him with two runs of support or fewer in four straight.
News: Span turned in another fine day at the plate in Sunday's 4-0 win over Philadelphia, going 2 for 3 and driving in a run.
Impact: Span is batting .433 over his last 17 games with 14 runs scored. His .294 average only trails the .311 he hit with Minnesota in 2009 as the highest of his career.
News: McLouth is out for the season because of an injured right shoulder.
Impact: Manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that McLouth will have surgery Thursday for a torn labrum and is expected to recover in time for spring training. Williams says McLouth has had discomfort in his throwing shoulder all season. The symptoms worsened after he dove for a ball in Miami in late July. McLouth last played Aug. 1 and is on the 15-day disabled list.
Anthony Rendon - #6 - Third Base - 6'1" - 198lbs
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Rendon homered and tied a career high with four RBIs in an 11-0 rout of Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Impact: Rendon singled, hit a three-run homer, and doubled in his first three at-bats. The infielder, who is now batting .281, is 15 for 46 (.326) with four doubles and eight RBIs in his last 11 games.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Zimmermann gave up five hits, walked none and struck out eight in seven innings Saturday night in an 11-0 rout of Philadelphia.
Impact: Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00 ERA) earned his first win in five starts since June 30. He was 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA in his four outings last month but had given up two runs in seven innings to Miami on July 28.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Fister lost for the first time in seven starts Friday despite only giving up two runs in seven innings of a 2-1 defeat to Philadelphia.
Impact: Six of Fister's last seven outings have been quality starts.
Aaron Barrett - #30 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 223lbs
News: The Washington Nationals activated infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on Friday and optioned Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse.
Impact: Barrett, 26, is 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 40 relief appearances for Washington this season, but he has allowed seven earned runs in his last 6 2-3 innings. His 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings are tops among all National League rookie relievers (minimum 30 innings pitched).
News: The Washington Nationals activated Cabrera on Friday and optioned right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse.
Impact: The Nationals acquired Cabrera, along with cash considerations, from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday for infielder Zach Walters. Cabrera, 28, was in Washington's starting lineup Friday night, batting seventh and playing second base. The veteran shortstop has started 149 games at second base, most recently in 2009. Cabrera is hitting .270 for his career, with 211 doubles and 82 home runs in 914 games, all with Cleveland.
Kevin Frandsen - #19 - Left Field - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Frandsen was 2 for 4 with two runs Thursday.
Impact: Frandsen has no potential.
News: Span was 2 for 4 with two RBIs Thursday.
Impact: Span is surging with a .388 average in his last 20 games. He's an underrated fantasy performer.
News: Gonzalez was crushed by the Phils on Thursday.
Impact: Remember when Gonzalez was a stud all the time? He has now failed to make it through four innings for the second time in three starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings. You should hope for better results next week against the Mets.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Roark won his fourth straight start Wednesday, limiting Miami to only a run and three hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts.
Impact: Roakr ranks sixth in the NL since June 1 with a 2.12 ERA.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Nationals have acquired Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement Thursday.
Impact: The 28-year-old Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but has played 162 games at second base - his likely position in Washington - most recently in 2009. Cabrera is in the last year of a three-year contract and with top prospect Francisco Lindor at Triple-A Columbus, Cleveland had the flexibility to make the move. Oft injured, Cabrera is a career .270 hitter, with 82 home runs and a .331 on-base percentage in eight seasons.