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Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/20/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has raised his average from .233 to .287 since June 30 by batting .418 over his last 15 games.
Insight: Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a homer, his second in the past four games, and two RBI Sunday against Milwaukee. He's driven in 14 runs in his last 11 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/20/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is in the midst of a 5-for-47 (.106) skid that has cut his average down by 34 points.
Insight: LaRoche has great numbers against Sunday's starter Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers -- 9-for-28, three doubles, two homers -- but fantasy owners should avoid him until he shows signs of coming out of his slump.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has faced Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza just six times, but has rapped out four hits including two home runs.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .100 over the past two weeks (3-for-30). He started the second half with another 0-for-4.
Bryce Harper, LF7/18/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Harper returned from a torn ligament in his thumb on June 30 and went 6-for-40 (.150) prior to the All-Star break. He's hitting .260 with three home runs in 127 at-bats this season, but he's too talented not to figure things out.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP7/18/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (biceps) says he'll start Tuesday at Colorado, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmermann left his start on June 11 with a biceps strain, but he didn't have to miss a start due to the All-Star break.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/18/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .333 hitter with three home runs versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Werth was hot just before the All-Star break, batting .387 over the previous two weeks. Hopefully the days off didn't cool him down.
Taylor Hill, SP7/15/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitching prospect Taylor Hill is 9-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.09 WHIP at Triple-A Syracuse (INT).
Insight: We particularly like the 69/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was up for a couple of bullpen appearances in June, but he's a starter. Unfortunately, the Nationals rotation is very strong and doesn't give much hope for him and any fantasy value at this time.
Tanner Roark, SP7/13/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark improved to 8-6 on the season with seven strong innings Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Roark (3.01 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) allowed four hits and one run while walking none and striking out six. All five of Washington's starters have an ERA of 3.56 or lower.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/13/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run since June 24 Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Zimmerman (.273, .783 OPS) has gone 14-for-39 (.359) with 10 RBI in July. He has just four homers this season, but he does have 18 doubles in 176 at-bats.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot7/13/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits, one RBI and three runs Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Rendon has scored 67 runs, tied for second in baseball, and he's also driven in 53 while racking up 42 extra-base hits and eight steals.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/13/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has batted .375 with six doubles, six homers and 19 RBI in 11 games this month.
Insight: Werth batted just .259 with 10 extra-base hits (2 HR) over 51 games from May 2 to June 30, but he's turned it on in July much like he did in 2013.
Wilson Ramos, CHot7/13/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: UPDATE: Ramos is off Sunday. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has batted .327 with two homers in 13 games since he returned from the disabled list, and he has terrific numbers against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Ramos is 6-for-11 (.545) with two homers against Kendrick. Get him in your lineup Sunday.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/13/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is limping into the All-Star break.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .139 in July and is down to .284 for the season. He's gone just 6-for-35 (.171) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, so he shouldn't be used Sunday.
Ian Desmond, SS7/13/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: In 37 career at-bats against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has batted .405 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Insight: Desmond is also 11-for-35 (.314) with two doubles and two homers in July. He's a viable shortstop option Sunday.
Bryce Harper, LF7/13/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper has batted .391 with three doubles, a triple and a homer in 23 at-bats against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Harper has gone 5-for-36 (.139) since he returned from a torn ligament in his thumb, though he did hit his first home run since April 9 on Friday.
Scott Hairston, LF7/12/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started five games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Saturday should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .395 hitter (15-for-38 ) with five home runs against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Bryce Harper, LF7/11/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper hit his first home run since coming off the disabled list Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Prior to Friday, Harper was 4-for-31 with 13 Ks since returning from a torn ligament in his thumb. He has just two homers, 11 RBI and a .693 OPS in 118 at-bats this season, hardly what fantasy owners wanted.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP7/11/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies due to a cramp in his right biceps, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: He'll have an MRI Saturday and won't pitch in the All-Star game. "I don't think it's anything major," Zimmermann said.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP 7/11/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: He threw a pitch in the fourth inning, shook the fingers on his right hand and motioned for the dugout. The right-hander's second-to-last pitch was recorded as an 88-mph fastball, 5-6 mph below average for him.
Ian Desmond, SS7/11/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch Thursday night and is not in the starting lineup for Friday.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/11/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 11-for-28 (.393) with six extra-base hits against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: LaRoche has been rock solid this season, batting .289 with 12 HR and 47 RBI. This may be his last season in Washington as he's only signed through 2014 and the Nationals need to find a spot for Ryan Zimmerman other than third base.
Ian Desmond, SS7/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch and left the game.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Wilson Ramos, CHot7/9/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has gone 14-for-37 (.378) with two home runs in 10 games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Ramos has just 129 at-bats this season because he had to make two trips to the disabled list (broken hamate bone, hamstring strain). He hit 16 homers and drove in 59 runs in just 287 at-bats last year.
Ian Desmond, SS7/9/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/9/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth homered for the third time this month Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Werth also had a double and a walk Wednesday and is hitting .440 with nine extra-base hits over 25 at-bats in July. He batted just .259 with 10 extra-base hits (2 HR) over 51 games from May 2 to June 30.
Tanner Roark, SP7/9/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark's next start has been pushed back to Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Roark (7-6, 3.12 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) was supposed to start Wednesday against the Orioles, but Tuesday's game was rained out and the Nats will keep Doug Fister on schedule. The Phillies are a much easier matchup for Roark in his final start of the first half.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/9/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is 4-for-11 with two home runs against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Zimmerman's arm cost the Nationals a key double play Monday night, but he's still hitting the ball through his fielding problems. He's batting .326 over his last 12 games.
Jayson Werth, RF7/8/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has struck out in half his 14 at-bats versus Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Werth has hit just .143 against Norris. The right fielder's offensive game hasn't matched last year (.318, 25 HR, 49 extra base hits, .931 OPS). He's hitting for a lower average and less power. This matchup should be avoided.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot7/7/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Monday against the Orioles.
Insight: Rendon was left off the NL All-Star team, but he's one of the players eligible for the Final Vote. He has batted .284 with 39 extra-base hits (13 HR), 52 RBI, 61 runs, eight steals and an .832 OPS this season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/7/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: I don't usually recommend a hitter based on just three at-bats, but Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-3 with three home runs against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Zimmerman hasn't been adversely affected by moving from outfield to third base, in fact, he's batting .471 over his last five games. Add in the favorable matchup and the wind blowing out to dead center Monday and you have all the ingredients for a big day.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/5/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez continued his hot streak, extending his shutout innings to 22 straight.
Insight: It's not quite up to Clayton Kershaw's level, but he's not far behind. He's making himself a must-start option.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot7/5/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three more hits, all doubles to lead the Nationals offense to 13 runs Saturday night.
Insight: Rendon has had a terrific season while carrying eligibility at both second and third. He's hitting .286 with 12 homers, 50 RBI, 60 runs and eight steals.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/5/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez will look to continue his hot streak when he faces the Cubs at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Gonzalez spun a two-hit gem over seven innings against the Cubs in his last outing, so fantasy owners should be salivating at the prospect of the outgoing southpaw facing them again. Since coming off the DL, Gonzalez has struck out 18 in 18 inings and maintained a 2.00 ERA.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/4/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth continued his hot start to the month with a double, a homer and a walk Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Werth hit just .212 with one home run and a .590 OPS in June, but he's gone 6-for-10 with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and three walks in the first three games of July.
Ian Desmond, SS7/4/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 4-for-18 (all singles) in his career versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Desmond is hitting the long ball this season (15 with 51 RBI), but leftover wind from hurricane Arthur will make it tough on right-handers Friday morning. The wind is blowing in from left field at 18 mph. If Desmond isn't hitting homers for you, his fantasy value is limited.
Bryce Harper, LF7/4/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has never gotten a hit off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel in seven tries.
Insight: He missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb and is 3-for-11 (.273) since returning to the lineup, but this appears to be an unfavorable matchup.
Jayson Werth, RF7/2/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has gone 4-for-7 with two doubles, a homer, two walks, five RBI and three runs in his first two games of July.
Insight: Werth hit just .212 with one home run and a .590 OPS in June and is hitting .272 with seven homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and a .748 OPS this year. Werth hit .318 with 25 home runs last season but his line-drive rate and HR/FB have both declined by a significant margin.
Doug Fister, SPHot7/2/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister improved to 7-2 Wednesday night against the Rockies. He lasted seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Insight: Fister missed the first five weeks of the season due to a strained lat and allowed five earned runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first start, but he's gone 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP since then.
Jayson Werth, RF7/1/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is hitting just .269 with six homers, 38 RBI and a .735 OPS, even after Tuesday's big game.
Insight: Werth went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, two runs and three RBI Tuesday against the Rockies. He had a 26 percent line-drive rate and an 18 percent HR/FB last year, but he's regressed to 18.4 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively, in 2014.
Stephen Strasburg, SP7/1/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed 11 runs on 17 hits (3 HR) in his last 10 2/3 innings of June and entered July with a 3.70 ERA, but he limited the Rockies to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings Tuesday night.
Insight: Batters have hit .348 on balls in play against Strasburg so he has a 3.53 ERA despite pitching to a 2.78 FIP. He could be in for a huge second half, as he's bound to see some better luck.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/30/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Over 44 innings in June, Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann allowed seven runs on 30 hits with a 41/6 K/BB (1.43 ERA, 0.81 WHIP).
Insight: Zimmermann entered the month with a 4.07 ERA, but he's back in the range we're used to with a 2.95 mark. He has a career-low 2.74 FIP this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot6/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche homered for the third time in his last four games Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: LaRoche is a career .266 hitter and typically a better second-half producer, but he's hiting .307 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and a .923 OPS this season.
Bryce Harper, LF6/30/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has been activated and will start in left field and bat sixth Monday night against Colorado.
Insight: He's missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Ryan Zimmerman will move back to third base with Anthony Rendon shifting to second base.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BCold6/30/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman will return to third base for Monday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Zimmerman has to move to make room for just-activated Bryce Harper. Zimmerman has done little since returning from the disabled list, batting .190 with one home run over the past 26 games.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot6/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a double and a triple, Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Rendon has had a terrific season while carrying eligibility at both second and third. He's hitting .281 with 12 homers, 45 RBI, 51 runs, six steals and an .824 OPS.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot6/28/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez held the Cubs to two hits over seven shutout innings Saturday afternoon to pick up his fifth victory.
Insight: Gonzalez has allowed just five hits over 13 scoreless innings in his last two starts and appears to be healthy after spending a month on the DL with shoulder inflammation.
Jayson Werth, RF6/28/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: No injury, just giving the 35-year-old the afternoon off and he's likely to be in the nightcap lineup. He's been a bit disappointing this season batting .268 with six homers, 34 RBI and five steals.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BCold6/28/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is just 1-for-16 (.063) versus Cuns right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Zimmerman has done little since returning from the disabled list, batting .204 with one home run over the past 24 games.
Ian Desmond, SS6/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 8-for-16 in his career versus Cubs Game 2 starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Desmond is still hitting the long ball this season (14 with 46 RBI), but his OPS is significantly down from the past two years. He has just three extra-base hits in his last 49 at-bats. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/27/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is normally a better hitter against right-handers than lefties, but he's just 2-for-15 (.133) against right-hander Jason Hammel.
Insight: LaRoche has been a solid producer this season, batting .305 with nine homers, 39 RBI and an .897 OPS, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Bryce Harper, LF6/26/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper could be back in the big leagues as early as Monday. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: He's missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. So far Harper (.289, 1 HR, 9 RBI) has gone 3-for-4 in his first two rehab games.
Jayson Werth, RF6/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is back in the lineup after getting Wednesday night off.
Insight: Werth hasn't done anything exciting this season, but he's still batting .271 with six homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs scored and five steals. We're just used to a batting average over .300 and 20-plus home runs and he's not producing at that level.
Wilson Ramos, C6/26/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) has come off the disabled list and is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Ramos has played just 127 games over the past three seasons while dealing with injuries. He's already made two trips to the DL in 2014, once with a fractured hamate bone and then for a hamstring strain.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/25/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman's three hits Tuesday at Milwaukee were more than he had in his previous five games combined.
Insight: Zimmerman hit his first homer since April 11 and went 3-for-7 in Washington's 16-inning win. He's hit just .205 with a .577 OPS since he returned from a fractured right thumb.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot6/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon went 3-for-7 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: The former sixth-overall pick has hit for more power than expected this season, blasting 12 home runs in 290 at-bats. He also has 49 runs, 43 RBI, six steals, a .276 average and an .816 OPS. He has eligibility at second and third base and is a plus option at both positions.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot6/24/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has gone 9-for-21 with a homer and five RBI in his last six games.
Insight: LaRoche also has a .375 average, three doubles and a homer against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo. The Nats first baseman is a career .266 hitter and hasn't hit above .285 in any season during his career, but he's hitting .310 in 200 at-bats this year.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/24/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez threw six scoreless innings Monday at Milwaukee.
Insight: The Brewers made Gonzalez work, getting him to throw 114 pitches and walking four times, but they couldn't scratch out a run. Gonzalez just returned from shoulder inflammation on June 18, so he must be feeling good if the Nats let him throw that many pitches.
Wilson Ramos, C6/23/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will come off the disabled list Thursday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Ramos has played just 127 games over the past three seasons due to numerous injuries. He's already made two trips to the DL in 2014, first with a fractured hamate bone in his hand and then with a hamstring strain.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/21/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon connected on three hits Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: Rendon now has eight RBI in his last five games. That gives him 42 for the season, tying him with Todd Frazier for fourth among major league third basemen.
Doug Fister, SP6/21/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister won for the sixth time Saturday versus the Braves.
Insight: Fister (6-2, 2.65 ERA) tossed eight shutout frames, limiting Atlanta to five hits and one walk. He's now 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in the month of June. Fister's next start is Thursday against Chicago.
Bryce Harper, LF6/21/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (left thumb) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Harper is hoping to return by July 1. He batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before tearing the UCL in his left thumb. Ryan Zimmeman (.253, 2 HR, 14 RBI) has started in left field during Harper's absence.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/19/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann has allowed just three runs on 17 hits while recording a 27/3 K/BB over 32 innings in June.
Insight: Zimmermann has lowered his ERA from 4.07 to 2.95 in that stretch. He lost Thursday despite giving up two runs over seven innings against the Braves. Washington has been shut out in each of his last two starts.
Denard Span, CF6/19/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span is a career .447 hitter (17-for-38) against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: Span has put up back-to-back two-hit games and now faces a favorable matchup.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/18/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: The Nationals have officially activated left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He'll be on the mound Wednesday against Houston. Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA) missed about five starts with shoulder inflammation.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/17/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI Tuesday against Houston.
Insight: Rendon had a subpar May, but he's gone 19-for-56 (.339) with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI over his last 14 games.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/17/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez will start Wednesday against the Astros, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA) has been out for a month due to shoulder inflammation. He had a 2.91 ERA and 45 Ks in 43 1/3 innings prior to giving up 12 runs on 16 hits in 7 1/3 innings his last two starts before going on the DL.
Bryce Harper, LF6/17/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (left thumb) took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since his injury, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper hopes to return on July 1. He batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before tearing the UCL in his left thumb. It will be interesting to see what happens to Ryan Zimmerman once Harper is ready to go, as the third baseman was moved to left field to protect his shoulder.
Denard Span, CFCold6/17/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a stiff back, but said he expects to return Tuesday, according to Dan Kolko of MASN.
Insight: Span has gone hitless in his last 18 at-bats and his average is down to .262 with a .684 OPS. He does have 41 runs scored and nine steals. It's possible when Bryce Harper is ready to return that Harper will play center and leave Ryan Zimmerman in left which would end Span's usefulness for fantasy owners.
Denard Span, CFCold6/15/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a stiff back, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Span has gone hitless in his last 18 at-bats and is hitting .262 with a .684 OPS, 41 runs and nine steals this season.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/13/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann was charged with his third loss of the season despite pitching well Friday against St. Louis.
Insight: Zimmermann's only blemish came in the second inning when Matt Adams took him deep for a solo homer. The right-hander has only given up one run in his last three starts (0.36 ERA in 25 innings).
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/13/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez should be back in the rotation sometime next week. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA) has missed his last few turns because of shoulder inflammation. He's a must-start when healthy.
Jayson Werth, RF6/12/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .385 hitter with three homers and 11 RBI against Giants veteran right-hander Tim Hudson..
Insight: It doesn't hurt that the wind will be blowing out to center at about 15-20 mph. Werth (.296, 6 HR, 31 RBI) is on a modest six-game hitting streak including a home run on Wednesday night.
Wilson Ramos, C6/11/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have gone ahead and placed Wilson Ramos on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's out with a strained hamstring. Ramos (.261, 1 HR, 11 RBI) just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season. Expect to see a lot of Jose Lobaton behind the plate.
Wilson Ramos, C6/11/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos won't be in Wednesday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: Ramos suffered a hamstring injury in last night's win. Jose Lobaton (.224, 2 HR, 10 RBI) will fill in behind the plate.
Wilson Ramos, C6/11/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos left Tuesday's game with tightness in his right hamstring.
Insight: Ramos has batted .303 in his last 16 games but hit just one homer in that span. He missed more than six weeks with a hamstring strain last year, but it was to his left hammy.
Ian Desmond, SSHot6/11/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been crushing the ball lately and owns good career numbers against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Desmond has gone 26-for-96 (.271) with nine home runs and 25 RBI in his last 25 games. He's only hitting .238 on the year but has 13 homers and 42 RBI. He's also 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and a homer in his career against Cain.
Doug Fister, SPHot6/11/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister improved to 5-1 on the season after throwing seven scoreless frames Tuesday at San Francisco.
Insight: Fister hasn't given up more than two runs in six starts since he allowed seven (five earned) in his first start of the season on May 9. He'll take a 2.68 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP into his next start Sunday at St. Louis.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/10/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Anthony Rendon is back after missing three games with a sore hand. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Rendon has done so well at the hot corner the Nationals have decided to move franchise cornerstone Ryan Zimmerman to left field. He's seventh among big league third basemen with 34 RBI this season.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/9/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (hand) is out again Monday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Rendon hurt his right hand while trying to field a hot shot to third base Friday night and had to leave due to swelling. He hasn't played since then.
Danny Espinosa, 2BHot6/8/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa delivered three hits in Sunday's win against San Diego.
Insight: Espinosa was right at the Mendoza Line when his six-game hitting streak began. Now he's up to .232 with six homers and 17 runs batted in. Even with his recent hot streak, Espinosa isn't a fantasy option outside of NL-only leagues.
Jayson Werth, RF6/8/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth recorded three hits in Sunday's win against the Padres.
Insight: All three hits were singles. Werth (.290, 5 HR, 25 RBI) has been a perfectly fine fantasy option, though we were expecting a little more power (.403 slugging percentage in 231 at bats).
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/8/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 12 K's, 0 BB) was firing on all cylinders Sunday in a win over San Diego.
Insight: The light-hitting Padres have already been shut out ten times this season. Zimmermann (5-2, 3.17 ERA) hasn't allowed a run in his last 18 innings of work.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/8/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (hand) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Rendon hurt his right hand while trying to field a hot shot to third base Friday night and had to leave due to swelling. He didn't play Saturday either, though he did swing a bat Sunday.
Ian Desmond, SS6/8/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond crushed his 12th homer of the season Saturday at San Diego.
Insight: Desmond has hit eight jacks in his last 22 games. The shortstop's 11.9 percent line-drive rate is second-worst in baseball and his 16.1 percent infield-fly-ball rate is 16th-worst so he's only hitting .265 on balls in play and .227 overall. However, he's still one of fantasy's best shortstops because the position is so shallow.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/7/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon's X-rays came back negative, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Rendon left Friday's game with a swollen hand.
Insight: Carlos Quentin ripped a two-hopper down to third base in the first inning and hit Rendon in the right hand. Rendon is unlikely to play Saturday night at San Diego.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/7/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon was forced from Friday night's game with a bruised right hand.
Insight: Rendon has been playing solid baseball both at the plate (.272, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 40 runs) and in the field.
Jayson Werth, RF6/6/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth won't start Friday against the Padres.
Insight: Werth has played every game this season, providing five homers and 25 RBI in 221 at bats. Nate McLouth (.180, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will be given the start in right field on Friday.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/6/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Friday.
Insight: He's targeting June 11 against the Giants for his return. Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation on May 18. He's 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Bryce Harper, LF6/6/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper (left thumb) has been doing "light baseball activities" and exercises, according to a Washington Post report.
Insight: Harper hopes to return on July 1. He batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before the injury. It will be interesting to see what happens to Ryan Zimmerman once Harper is ready to go, as the 3B turned OF was moved to left field to protect his shoulder.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot6/5/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has hit three homers and driven in nine runs in nine games since he came off the disabled list.
Insight: LaRoche is a career .266 hitter, but he's batting .315 in 143 at-bats this season. Only once in his career has he recorded a strikeout rate lower than 20 percent, but he's at 16.8 percent this season and has a career-high 15 percent walk rate.
Ian Desmond, SS6/5/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Despite a favorable matchup, Washington shortstop Ian Desmond (career .405 hitter with five extra-base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick) is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
Ian Desmond, SS6/5/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is a career .405 hitter with five extra=base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
Jayson Werth, RF6/4/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth doesn't enjoy facing Phillies right-hander A.J.Burnett.
Insight: Werth's .125 average against Burnett should give fantasy owners reason to look for an alternative. Though his seven-game hitting streak may be appealing to some, the right choice is to bench Werth on Wednesday and look for a better matchup.
Ian Desmond, SS6/4/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond has struggled in his career against Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond owns a .167 average against the right-hander in 12 at bats. Ignore the 11 homers he's hit this season and bench Desmond on Wednesday. This isn't a good matchup for the 28-year-old.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/4/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche should be in your lineup Wednesday against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: LaRoche is batting .400 against Burnett in 25 lifetime at bats. He's also struck out eight times so it's been feast or famine for the 34-year-old. LaRoche should be in your lineup most nights as he's hitting an impressive .314 for the season with seven homers and 28 RBI.
Denard Span, CFHot6/3/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span enjoyed a three-hit night Tuesday in a win against the Phillies.
Insight: He's been hot lately, collecting 11 hits over his last five games. Span doesn't hit for much power (only one homer this season) but his average is decent and he'll steal the occasional base. In deeper leagues, he's an option.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP6/3/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann was lights out Tuesday against the Phillies.
Insight: He limited Philadelphia to five hits and one walk over eight shutout frames. Zimmermann's WHIP still isn't where it needs to be (1.37) but at least his ERA is back under four (3.59).
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/3/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Ryan Zimmerman will start in left field Tuesday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, MLB.com
Insight: It's his first career start in left field. Zimmerman (.364, 2 HR, 6 RBI) hasn't played in the majors since breaking his thumb on April 12th.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/3/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) has been activated from the disabled list in time for Tuesday's game.
Insight: He worked out in left field as well as third base during his rehab stint and could start there against the Phillies tonight. In 10 games before getting injured, Zimmerman hit .364 with a 1.042 OPS to go along with two home runs and six RBI.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/2/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) has been playing left field in his rehab work.
Insight: The team may be hoping that playing the outfield will put less stress on his fragile shoulder. Zimmerman was batting .364 with two homers and a 1.042 OPS in 10 games before the injury.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/1/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) threw a simulated game Sunday morning and is hoping to make a rehab start in five days, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: He's targeting June 11 against the Giants for his return. Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation on May 18.
Anthony Rendon, 2BHot5/31/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon had his first multi-hit game since May 6 Friday night and added four more hits on Saturday.
Insight: Rendon slammed his sixth homer of the season and scored three times. The two-day stretch has raised his average from .251 to .267.
Wilson Ramos, C5/31/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos will get Saturday afternoon off.
Insight: No injury, just the normal day off after a night game. Ramos (.246, 1 HR, 9 RBI) hasn't been great offensively this season, but he does have a modest six-game hitting streak.
Ian Desmond, SSHot5/30/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered again Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: He's hit six of them in his last 16 games. Desmond is only batting .234 this season, but he has 10 dingers.
Anthony Rendon, 2BCold5/30/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon had his first multi-hit game since May 6 Friday night.
Insight: Rendon was hitting .340 after going 3-for-5 on May 6; he's gone 12-for-73 (.164) since then and is hitting .255 with a .731 OPS this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot5/30/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg struck out nine batters and gave up two unearned runs in six innings Friday against the Rangers to improve to 4-4.
Insight: Strasburg's fielding-independent numbers -- 10.9 K/9, 2.30 BB/9, 0.61 HR/9, 2.43 FIP -- are impeccable, but his ERA is 3.15 because he's allowed a .359 BABIP. Once that comes down closer to the league average of .294, look out.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/30/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) will start his rehab assignment Friday.
Insight: Zimmerman was cleared to take batting practice on Wednesday and is nearing his return to the lineup. He's been out since April 12 due to a fractured thumb.
Roger Bernadina, RF5/30/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Roger Bernadina is a career 7-for-10 against Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Bernadina hit .187 last year and has done nothing this season to warrant our attention (batting .146), but if he's in the lineup on Friday its hard to ignore his success in this matchup.
Wilson Ramos, C5/28/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos jolted his first home run of the season Wednesday in a loss to Miami.
Insight: Ramos (.226, 1 HR, 8 RBI) hasn't been great offensively this season but he does have a modest five-game hitting streak going. We'll see if he can extend the streak to six in a row Friday when the Nationals host Texas.
Nate McLouth, LF5/28/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Nate McLouth blew up for four hits Wednesday in a loss to Miami.
Insight: That raises McLouth's season average from .143 all the way up to .182. Despite a strong outing Wednesday, we're still not ready to endorse McLouth as a legitimate fantasy option.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Ryan Zimmerman should see time at third base, first base and left field when he returns from the disabled list. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: Having eligibility at three positions can only help Zimmerman's fantasy value. He was hitting .364 with two homers and six RBI before breaking his thumb in mid-April.
Gio Gonzalez, SP 5/27/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) has thrown on flat ground in each of the last four days.
Insight: Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation on May 18. He's nearing a bullpen session.
Blake Treinen, RP5/27/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: The Nationals will skip Blake Treinen in the rotation following Tuesday's rainout, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Treinen replaced the injured Gio Gonzalez in the rotation and allowed two runs on four hits with five walks in 5 2/3 innings last Thursday at Pittsburgh. He'll pitch out of the bullpen for the next couple of days and may only have to make one more start before Gonzalez returns.
Tanner Roark, SP5/26/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark allowed three runs over seven innings Monday against the Marlins but lost his second straight start.
Insight: Roark has given up seven earned runs combined in his last four starts after giving up seven in four innings on May 3. He's 3-3 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings this season.
Wilson Ramos, C5/26/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos is back in the starting lineup for Monday.
Insight: Ramos hit safely in the first three games of the series with Pittsburgh, but was given Sunday off. He returns to face Nathan Eovaldi and he's 2-for-6 and a walk with a pair of RBI in their matchups.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/25/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He missed the minimum 15 days with a quad strain. LaRoche was hitting .319 with five homers before the injury and needs to be in all fantasy lineups.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/24/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will return from the disabled list Sunday against Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: It's the first day he's eligible to return after missing two weeks with a quad injury. Tyler Moore (.203, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (.241, 1 HR, 6 RBI) have been splitting time at first base during his absence.
Denard Span, CF5/20/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span went 5-for-5 with two doubles and a steal Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: He's still hitting just .263 on the season, though he raised his average 24 points Tuesday night. He doesn't have a home run this year, but he's scored 24 runs and stolen six bags.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/20/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: X-rays revealed that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's fractured right thumb is not fully healed, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Zimmerman suffered the injury on April 13 against the Braves and is five weeks into his initial four-to-six-week timetable. He's not going to make it back by next week. Zimmerman is expected to get a splint on his thumb that will allow him to begin exercising his right arm.
Bryce Harper, LF5/20/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: its been about a month since his surgery and Washington left fielder Bryce Harper had stitches removed from his left thumb, asccording to beat reporter Dan Kolko.
Insight: Harper has yet to be cleared for any rehab work and is still expected to be sidelined until July. he batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before the injury.
Blake Treinen, RP5/19/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Blake Treinen will take Gio Gonzalez' spot in the Nationals rotation while Gonzalez is on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: He'll start Thursday against the Pirates. Treinen has combined to throw 34 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors this season and has a 1.56 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He should have some NL-only value.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/19/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) took grounders Monday for the first time since going on the DL, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com.
Insight: LaRoche dealt with a quad issue for nearly a month before finally needed to go on the DL. He's eligible to return on May 25 and should be back around or on that date.
Jayson Werth, RFHot5/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with a 1.123 OPS versus Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Werth is batting .350 over the past two weeks to push his average up to .296. Although he's never gotten close to the 36 homers he hit in 2009 in Philadelphia, he should be a solid 20-25 guy every season with a batting average around .300.
Wilson Ramos, C5/18/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos added four RBI to his season total Sunday versus the Mets.
Insight: Ramos doubled in two runs in the third before plating two more on a fifth inning single. He's gone 6-for-27 (.222) in nine games since making his return from hand surgery.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/18/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Ryan Zimmerman (broken thumb) could see time in the outfield when he returns from the disabled list. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Nate McLouth (.118, 1 HR, 1 RBI) hasn't been very productive in left field and the team seems to like using Anthony Rendon (.275, 5 HR, 24 RBI) at third with Danny Espinosa (.221, 6 HR, 10 RBI) at second base. Washington needs Zimmerman's bat in the lineup and using him in left field could be the team's best option while Bryce Harper recovers from thumb surgery.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: According to the Washington Post, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez's enhanced MRI revealed no further damage besides inflammation in his shoulder. He doesn't need surgery.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He said Saturday that he was concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation Sunday. The Nats didn't wait for the results to come back to place him on the DL because the dye injected into his body for the MRI would have kept him out a while anyway.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said he's "not overly concerned" about left-hander Gio Gonzalez's shoulder injury, but he won't know for sure until the MRI results come back. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, csnwashington.com.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He said Saturday that he was concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation Sunday. The Nats didn't wait for the results to come back to place him on the DL because the dye injected into his body for the MRI would have kept him out a while anyway.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder inflammation) is heading to the 15-day disabled list, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He said Saturday that he was concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and had a precautionary MRI Sunday which revealed inflammation in his shoulder.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez will undergo a precautionary MRI on his arm Sunday following two poor starts in a row, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He's concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and will see if it is tied to an injury.
Denard Span, CF5/18/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is a .500 lifetime hitter against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Span is only batting .236 with a .614 OPS this year, but he's gone 6-for-12 with a double against Wheeler.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/17/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was roughed up for the second straight start Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Gonzalez gave up five earned runs on seven hits in three innings against New York. Over his last 7 1/3 innings, he has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62.
Jayson Werth, RFHot5/17/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is batting .350 over the past two weeks and has a favorable matchup against Bartolo Colon on Saturday.
Insight: Werth has hit in all five games this week and is batting 1.000 agains Colon in his career. Ok, he's only faced him three times, but he's a good fastball hitter versus a pitcher who throws 87 percent fastballs.
Rafael Soriano, RP 5/16/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has nine saves and a 1.06 ERA this season.
Insight: Soriano's WHIP is actually higher than his ERA at 1.12. The right-hander has struck out 15 batters in 17 innings, though he hasn't fanned anyone in his last four games.
Jayson Werth, RF 5/14/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth hit his first home run of May Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Werth has hit .341 in May, but he's mostly been a singles hitter (two extra-base hits in 44 at-bats). He's batting .304 with five homers, 18 RBI and 21 runs this season.
Doug Fister, SP5/14/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Fister spent the first five weeks of the season on the disabled list with a strained lat and allowed nine hits and seven runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings in his 2014 debut on May 9. He's posted an ERA in the range of 3.33-3.67 in each of the last three seasons and should improve now that he's in the NL East.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/14/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) is expected to be back with the team when he's first eligible to come off the disabled list, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: LaRoche dealt with a quad issue for nearly a month finally needed to go on the DL a few days ago. He should be back on May 25.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold5/14/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Washington infielder Danny Espinosa has struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats this month.
Insight: He's gone 8-for-60 (.133) with 26 strikeouts in his last 17 games, though four of his hits left the yard. He's hitting .228 with six homers and four steals this season, so he still has some fantasy value.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/13/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's X-rays showed that his fractured thumb is progressing but still isn't fully healed, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman was given a timetable of four-to-six weeks in mid-April when he suffered the injury, but he's still a week away from strengthening work and may be out longer than expected.
Nate McLouth, LFCold5/13/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth re-opened a scab on his right hand Monday and was out of Tuesday's lineup. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: McLouth first suffered the injury a week ago. He's just 5-for-55 (.091) this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot5/13/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg has yielded two earned runs or less in his last four outings (all wins) and faces an Arizona offense averaging just 3.80 runs per game.
Insight: Combine his solid pitching with a forecast that has the wind blowing in from right field at about 16 m.p.h. and we can't see Strasburg giving up many long balls tonight. He's also averaging 7.7 strikeout per outing in this four-game winning streak making him an excellent play on Tuesday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B5/13/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Washington infielder Danny Espinosa is a career .545 hitter with one homer against Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Espinosa has been getting plenty of regular playing time with 3B Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup and while he's not hitting for a high average he has hit two homers this week and four over the past 11 games. He's worth a flier on Tuesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/11/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: LaRoche has been dealing with a quad issue for nearly a month and it flared up Friday. The 34-year-old is off to a great start, hitting .319 with five homers, 21 RBI, 18 runs and a .925 OPS in 32 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/10/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) had an MRI on his quad Saturday, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: LaRoche has been dealing with a quad issue for nearly a month and it flared up Friday. The 34-year-old is off to a great start, hitting .319 with five homers, 21 RBI, 18 runs and a .925 OPS in 32 games.
Doug Fister, SP5/9/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have activated Doug Fister (lat) from the disabled list to start Friday against the Athletics.
Insight: Fister will be making his debut with Washington after going 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 208 2/3 innings with the Tigers last season.
Wilson Ramos, C5/7/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hand) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Ramos underwent surgery to remove the broken hamate bone in his left hand after leaving with the injury on Opening Day. He hit 16 homers and drove in 59 runs in just 287 at-bats last year and has top-10 catcher potential, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy.
Wilson Ramos, C5/6/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hand) said he wants to play Wednesday against the Dodgers, but manager Matt Williams wouldn't commit to him coming off the DL. SOURCE: Andrew Simon, mlb.com
Insight: The Nats may wait until Friday at Oakland so they can use Ramos as the DH. Ramos underwent surgery to remove the broken hamate bone in his left hand after leaving with the injury on Opening Day. Ramos hit 16 homers and drove in 59 runs in just 287 at-bats last year and has top-10 catcher potential, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy.
Nate McLouth, LF5/6/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth scraped his right hand while making a catch Monday and is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Scott Hairston came off the disabled list Monday and will start Tuesday. McLouth is just 4-for-47 (.085) this season. The Nats need much more than that with Bryce Harper on the shelf until July. If McLouth doesn't improve, Hairston may begin to see regular playing time in left field.
Ian Desmond, SS5/6/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has gone 3-for-17 (.143) with three strikeouts in his career against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Kershaw (back) will come off the DL to start Tuesday for the first time since March 22. While Desmond was one of the top shortstops in fantasy the last two years, he hasn't had a good season so far. He's hitting .236 with four home runs and 36 strikeouts in 136 plate appearances.
Doug Fister, SP5/5/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: The Nationals approached Doug Fister about a contract extension this offseason but were unable to hammer out a deal. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Instead, he signed a one-year, $7.2 million contract to avoid arbitration. The former Tiger won't be a free agent until 2016.
Scott Hairston, LF5/5/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He was out with a strained oblique. Hairston isn't an everyday player but he could see a little more time than normal while Bryce Harper is out with a torn thumb ligament.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot5/4/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez allowed one earned run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings Sunday but took the loss.
Insight: Washington dropped a 1-0 decision to Philadelphia. Gonzalez is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and a 45/15 K/BB in 43 1/3 innings this season.
Doug Fister, SP5/4/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: The Nationals are thinking of pushing Doug Fister's start back to Friday. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He was originally supposed to make his season debut Wednesday against Los Angeles but now it looks like Stephen Strasburg will move up a day after only throwing 83 pitches in his last outing. Fister missed the first month of 2014 while recovering from a strained lat.
Ian Desmond, SS5/3/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 1-for-10 in his career against A.J. Burnett.
Insight: The one hit was only a single. This matchup isn't an inviting one and fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere for shortstop help on Saturday.
Jayson Werth, RFHot5/3/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth hasn't had much luck in his career against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Werth (.306, 4 HR, 16 RBI) enters today's action in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak but he's just 2-for-13 against Burnett with six punchouts. It's understandable if you want to ride the hot hand. Just don't say we didn't warn you.
Wilson Ramos, C5/2/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: The Nationals now expect catcher Wilson Ramos to be activated May 9th versus Oakland. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: That's next Friday. Ramos underwent hamate bone surgery early last month. Jose Lobaton (.266, 1 HR, 5 RBI) has been asked to do most of the catching in Ramos' absence.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/2/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche is listed as probable for Friday's game against Philadelphia due to a sore quad.
Insight: LaRoche could get Friday off anyway simply to give him another day of rest and avoid an unfavorable matchup with Cliff Lee. He's just 4-for-19 (.211) without a homer and one RBI in their matchups.
Danny Espinosa, 2B5/2/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Washington infielder Danny Espinosa is a career .368 hitter with three homers against Phillies ace Cliff Lee.
Insight: Espinosa has been getting plenty of playing time with 3B Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup. He's batting .300 with three homers over the past two weeks. He could be worth a flier on Friday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Astros due to a sore quad, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: LaRoche dealt with the same issue last week and missed a game. He's expected to be back Friday following the Nationals' off day on Thursday.
Taylor Jordan, SP4/28/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have optioned Taylor Jordan to Triple-A, according to William Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Jordan posted a 5.61 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings for Washington this season. The next time the team will need a fifth starter Doug Fister will be ready to come off the DL, so the Nats have decided to get an extra reliever on the roster until then.
Bryce Harper, LF4/28/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper will be out until July due to a torn UCL in his left thumb, according to ESPN.com. Nate McLouth is expected to see regular playing time in Harper's absence.
Insight: Harper will undergo surgery Tuesday. He suffered the injury on a head-first slide into third base after hitting a bases-clearing triple Friday night. It's the second straight year he's suffered a serious injury, though this one will keep him out much longer than the knee injury he sustained last May.
Wilson Ramos, C4/27/2014 3:07:00 PM
Description: The Nationals are expecting catcher Wilson Ramos to be activated from the disabled list May 5th against the Dodgers. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Ramos underwent hand surgery in early April. Jose Lobaton (.276, 1 HR, 4 RBI) has done most of the catching in his absence.
Bryce Harper, LF4/27/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has been placed on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a sprained thumb. Steven Sousa Jr. was called up from Triple-A Syracuse in the corresponding roster move. Nate McLouth (.097, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is expected to see most of the playing time in left field during Harper's absence.
Tanner Roark, SP4/26/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Tanner Roark blanked the Padres Saturday at Nationals Park.
Insight: It's Roark's first career shutout and also his first complete game. The right-hander has been impressive this year, providing a 2.76 ERA over 32 2/3 innings. It's going to be tough to top this outing but Roark will try to do just that next Saturday against the Phillies.
Bryce Harper, LF4/26/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Harper injured his thumb diving into third base last night. He might miss more than just one day, but at the moment is not expected to need a trip to the disabled list. He's batting .289 with 1 HR, 9 RBI and a .773 OPS. Kevin Frandsen will get an outfield start.
Doug Fister, SP4/24/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Doug Fister (lat) will make a rehab start Sunday, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain shortly before the regular season began after overcoming elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. The right-hander could be back with the Nats on May 7.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/23/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche went 3-for-5 with one RBI Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: LaRoche missed Tuesday's game with a sore quad but was back in there hitting cleanup on Wednesday. He's batting .315 with three home runs and an .898 OPS this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/23/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a sore quad. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: He'll bat in the cleanup spot tonight against Angels ace Jered Weaver (1-2, 4.74 ERA). LaRoche is currently on a six-game hitting streak (.300 AVG with one RBI during the streak).
Denard Span, CF4/23/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span has been brutal against Angels starter Jered Weaver throughout his career.
Insight: Span, who used to face the Angels on a fairly regular basis when he played for the Twins, just can't seem to figure Weaver out. In 22 at bats against him, he's logged just two hits (.091). Make sure to bench Span (.208, 0 HR, 5 RBI) on Wednesday.
Anthony Rendon, 2BHot4/22/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is hitting cleanup Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Rendon is hitting .304 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs in 79 at-bats this season and will hit behind Jayson Werth and in front of Ian Desmond. He's hit in every spot in the order this season other than third and the pitcher's spot.
Doug Fister, SP4/22/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Doug Fister (lat) is hoping to make a minor league rehab start Sunday, according to Andrew Simon of mlb.com.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain shortly before the regular season began after overcoming elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. The right-hander could be back with the Nats on May 7.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/22/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup due to a sore quad.
Insight: LaRoche is off to a solid start, batting .294 with three homers, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. Tyler Moore (.214, 1 HR, 2 RBI) will fill in at first base.
Wilson Ramos, C4/21/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (wrist) took some swings at the end of last week and is on pace for a mid-May return.
Insight: Ramos hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year. He was injured after one game. While the player may be back in May, many with this injury struggle to regain their power as the wrist is still weak.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/20/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Danny Espinosa paced Washington with three hits Sunday in a win against the Cardinals.
Insight: It's Espinosa's first three-hit game since September 24, 2012. He's hitting .313 with a .521 slugging percentage in 17 appearances this season.
Bryce Harper, LF4/19/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper was pulled from Saturday's game for a "lack of hustle," not for quad tightness, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with the quad injury for the past week or so but that wasn't why manager Matt Williams decided to remove him Saturday after six innings. Harper has gone 2-for-15 over his last four games after goign 11-for-21 with five extra-base hits from April 9-14. However, it's a good sign that he has struck out in just one of his last 21 at-bats after fanning 16 times in his first 40.
Bryce Harper, LF4/19/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper left Saturday's game against St. Louis due to tightness in left quadriceps.
Insight: Harper hasn't been durable throughout his career so we've come to expect he'll be in and out of the lineup. He's batting .310 this season with one homer, five RBI and seven runs. He's struck out 17 times and is 0-for-2 in stolen base attempts. Fantasy expect more.
Doug Fister, SP4/17/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Doug Fister has been out with a lat strain but he's hoping to make his season debut May 7th against the Dodgers. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Fister said he felt good pitching in Thursday's extended spring training game. The right-hander went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA for the Tigers last season.
Bryce Harper, LF4/17/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper is back after missing Wednesday's game with a tight quad. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: Harper hasn't always been that durable throughout his career so it's nice to see him recover so quickly. He's hitting .340 this season in 50 at bats.
Bryce Harper, LF4/17/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper is a career .545 hitter versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Harper was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup while dealing with a quad injury, so he might not get a chance to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Denard Span, CF4/16/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span could return from the DL as early as Saturday. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Span (.222, 0 HR, 4 RBI) suffered a concussion last Friday and was placed on the DL the following day. He's expected to play in rehab games on Thursday and Friday and if all goes well, he should be back in the lineup Saturday against St. Louis.
Bryce Harper, LF4/16/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper has been scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a quad injury. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: It's his first absence of the season. Tyler Moore (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI) will take Harper's place in left field.
Stephen Strasburg, SPCold4/15/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg struggled right off the bat Tuesday at Miami.
Insight: Strasburg gave up back-to-back singles to start the game and then a three-run blast to Giancarlo Stanton. He only lasted four innings and gave up six earned runs on eight hits with three walks. Strasburg has a 6.00 ERA and just one quality start in four outings so far.
Denard Span, CF4/15/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span might be ready for a rehab assignment by the end of the week. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He's been recovering from a concussion. Nate McLouth (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Bryce Harper (.333, 1 HR, 5 RBI) have split time in center field during his absence.
Bryce Harper, LFHot4/15/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (quad) is in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: He aggravated a quad injury when he slipped while running the bases Monday. Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/15/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman won't need surgery to repair his broken thumb. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: His timetable of 4-to-6 weeks remains the same. Anthony Rendon (.346, 2 HR, 12 RBI) will fill in at third base while Zimmerman recovers.
Bryce Harper, LFHot4/14/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game with a tight quad, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. He's expected to play Tuesday.
Insight: Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving. The quad injury has been bothering him for a few days and it flared up when he slipped while running the bases.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/14/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann had his best start of the season Monday at Miami to get his first win of the year.
Insight: The Marlins got to Zimmermann for seven hits and five runs in just 1 2/3 innings in his last start. He tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits with seven Ks and a walk Monday.
Doug Fister, SP4/14/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Monday, the team announced.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. He's targeting early May for his return to the rotation and will replace either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan.
Denard Span, CF4/14/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span (concussion) took batting practice and jogged around the bases before Monday's game, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Span suffered a concussion Friday against Atlanta. Nate McLouth would start but knee soreness is keeping him out of the lineup too. Span also suffered a concussion back in 2011 but he insists this one isn't as bad.
Nate McLouth, LF4/14/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth's knee is still sore but he'll be available if needed on Monday, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com. The Nats would like to avoid using him, however.
Insight: McLouth was scratched from Sunday's lineup. He's missing a chance to start with Denard Span on the 7-day concussion DL.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/14/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Monday night's starting lineup. Tyler Moore will get a start.
Insight: The noted second-half hitter is batting .311 this April with three homers and 10 RBI. This could be a good year to play LaRoche early as well as late ... just not on Monday night.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot4/13/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday at Atlanta after getting a Golden Sombrero Saturday.
Insight: LaRoche hasn't encountered one of his typical extended April slumps yet. He's hitting .311 with three longballs, 10 RBI and 11 runs in 12 games.
Bryce Harper, LF4/13/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: The Braves couldn't get Bryce Harper out on Sunday.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-2 with a double and two BBs. He's suddenly hitting .310 after going 9-for-17 in his last five games.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/13/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: It looks like Danny Espinosa is going to be Washington's everyday second baseman for the next 4-6 weeks while Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) is on the DL.
Insight: Zimmerman broke his thumb Saturday. Espinosa averaged 19 homers and 18 steals per season in 2011-12 but played through an injury and hit just .158 in 44 games last year. He came into Sunady with a .316 average in 19 at-bats this season and could help out NL-only owners looking for middle-infield help.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/13/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman left last night's game with a broken thumb and will now miss 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: It's a really tough break for the Nats as Zimmerman had been off to a great start (.364, 2 HR, 6 RBI in ten games). Anthony Rendon (.372, 2 HR, 9 RBI) should see time at third base while he's out.
Jayson Werth, RF4/12/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth missed Saturday's game because of a tight groin. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: Hopefully you got him out of your lineup in time. Werth has delivered seven RBI during his five-game hitting streak. Consider him questionable for tomorrow afternoon's series finale.
Denard Span, CF4/12/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.
Insight: Span suffered the injury Friday against Atlanta. Tonight, Bryce Harper (.270, 1 HR, 4 RBI) will be in center field with Kevin Frandsen (.375, 0 HR, 1 RBI) getting the start in left.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/11/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Zimmerman should be avoided on Friday and knowing the condition of his arthritic shoulder should probably be avoided completely as it's just a matter of time before it gets in the way of his playing the game.
Bryce Harper, LF4/11/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .385 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.467 OPS versus Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Harper launched his first home run of the season Wednesday, but is still batting just .219 with an ugly .577 OPS. This favorable matchup should help improve those numbers.
Ian Desmond, SSHot4/10/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the season and drove in four runs Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Desmond hit .286 with an average of 22 homers, 76 RBI, 74 runs and 21 steals in the previous two seasons and he's well on his way toward reaching those numbers again.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot4/10/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche had two more hits Thursday and is hitting .344 with two homers, two doubles, nine RBI, eight runs and a 5/7 K/BB so far.
Insight: LaRoche is typically awful in April but this year he's been locked in from the start.
Jayson Werth, RFHot4/10/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went yard for the second straight game Thursday.
Insight: Werth hit .349 with 20 homers and a 1.033 OPS over his last 93 games last season and he's picked up where he left off. In nine games, Werth is 12-for-32 (.375) with two homers, eight RBI, eight runs and two steals.
Doug Fister, SP4/10/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) is expected to throw a bullpen session Friday or Saturday, according to Andrew Simon of mlb.com.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. He's targeting early May for his return to the rotation and will replace either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan.
Stephen Strasburg, SP4/10/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was dominant Thursday afternoon against the Marlins after producing mediocre results his first two times out.
Insight: Strasburg walked five batters and allowed seven earned runs over his first 10 1/3 innings, but he had a 12/1 K/BB and gave up one run in 6 2/3 frames Thursday to get his first win of the season. The right-hander now has 28 Ks in 17 innings.
Denard Span, CF4/10/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Miami
Insight: Span is batting .241 over the first eight games but is a career .283 hitter with 20 SB speed.
Anthony Rendon, 2BHot4/9/2014 11:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon has hit safely in all eight games this season.
Insight: Rendon had a triple and a single Wednesday and is batting .419 with five extra-base hits, eight RBI and six runs.
Jayson Werth, RFHot4/9/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: It was his first homer of 2014 and the fourth grand slam of his career (first with Washington). Werth hit .349 with 20 homers, 68 RBI, 64 runs and a 1.033 OPS in his last 93 games last season and has hit over .300 two years in a row. He's off to a .345 start this season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/9/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) had two hits in his return to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Zimmerman has been dealing with shoulder inflammation for at least two and a half years, and Washington manager Matt Williams said Monday night that the third baseman has an "arthritic shoulder." He's working on throwing the ball sidearm to first base to avoid another injury.
Bryce Harper, LF4/9/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper launched his first home run of the season Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-4 with three RBI, though he also struck out twice and has 13 Ks in 29 at-bats this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/8/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche tagged three hits in Tuesday's night victory over Miami.
Insight: LaRoche is off to a nice start, hitting .348 with nine RBI in his first seven games. Tuesday was LaRoche's first three-hit game since June 25th.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot4/8/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez was unbeatable Tuesday against Miami.
Insight: Gonzalez (2-0, 0.75 ERA) scattered three hits and two walks over six shutout innings. He's fanned 11 hitters in 12 innings this season. Look for him to get the nod Sunday against Atlanta.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/8/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) hopes to play Wednesday, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman has been dealing with shoulder inflammation for at least two and a half years, and Washington manager Matt Williams said Monday night that the third baseman has an "arthritic shoulder." Zimmerman had surgery to repair inflammation in his AC joint and fraying in his labrum and rotator cuff in 2012 after changing his throwing mechanics in 2011 following abdominal surgery. He was on the field four hours before Tuesday's game trying out a new sidearm throwing motion.
Bryce Harper, LF4/8/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 5-for-10 with a pair of long balls and a 1.745 OPS versus Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Harper has started slowly, batting just .143 after five games, but this is a favorable matchup.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/6/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) has no structural damage in his shoulder, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com.
Insight: While the MRI only showed inflammation, Zimmerman said his shoulder hasn't felt this bad in a while and he may require a trip to the DL. He'll be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Doug Fister, SP4/6/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) played catch Sunday and felt "no pain," according to pitching coach Steve McCatty. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. He's targeting early May for his return to the rotation and will replace either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/6/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Zimmerman said he doesn't know if he'll need to go on the disabled list, but says his shoulder hasn't felt this bad in a while, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com. The Nationals are awaiting the results of the third baseman's MRI.
Bryce Harper, LFCold4/6/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will get a day off Sunday against the Braves, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Harper struck out twice in each of the first five games this season and is hitting .143 in 21 at-bats.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/5/2014 11:08:00 PM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday's game due to shoulder soreness, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman will undergo an MRI Saturday night. The 29-year-old has missed an average of 28 games the past four seasons.
Roger Bernadina, RF4/5/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Roger Bernadina will get another start on Saturday due to the injury and slow start of Billy Hamilton.
Insight: Bernadina hit .181 last year and is hitless in five at-bats this season, though he has walked three times. He brings speed to the table, but little else.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/5/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in nine at-bats versus Braves starter Julio Teheran.
Insight: He is batting .412 through Washington's first four games, but has an unfavorable matchup on Saturday.
Denard Span, CF4/5/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is 7-for-15 (.467) against Atlanta hurler Julio Teheran.
Insight: Span is batting .313 over the first four games and a favorable matchup makes him a nice play on Saturday.
Bryce Harper, LF4/5/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 5-for-10 against Bravers right-hander Julio Teheran with a pair of homers and a 1.883 OPS.
Insight: These two young stars will face it other a lot over the next few years and at the moment Harper is getting the better of the matchup. Harper needs to break out of a sluggish start (.176) and this could be the day.
Anthony Rendon, 2B4/4/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is back in the lineup after a day off.
Insight: Rendon is 4-for-10 with a home run and five RBI in the first two games and appears to be solidly entrenched as a fantasy-worthy second baseman. He'll bat second against Braves starter David Hale.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/4/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Washington ace Jordan Zimmermann will start as scheduled in Friday's game against Atlanta. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: He was a late scratch Thursday because of the flu. Zimmermann tied for the league-lead in wins with 19 last season. He also threw a career-high 213 1/3 innings in 2013.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/3/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman jolted four hits Thursday in an 8-2 victory over New York.
Insight: He batted .429 in 14 at bats during Washington's three-game sweep. Next up are the Braves, a team Zimmerman hit just .167 against in 2013 (10-for-60).
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/3/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Washington ace Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to start Friday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: He was a late scratch Thursday because of the flu. Zimmermann tied for the league-lead in wins with 19 last season. He also threw a career-high 213 1/3 innings in 2013.
Sandy Leon, C4/3/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Sandy Leon will make his first start behind the plate this season for Jose Lobaton.
Insight: Leon has shown nothing with a bat in his hand and should not be considered fantasy worthy. He batted just .177 at Double-A Harrisburg last season.
Bryce Harper, LF4/3/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will bat out of the No. 2 hole on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Harper has hit fifth and sixth in the first two games, but will move up with Anthony Rendon out of the lineup. He's just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts so perhaps this will get him going.
Anthony Rendon, 2B4/3/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is not in Thursday afternoon's lineup. No injury, just a rest day which will allow backup Danny Espinosa to get in a few swings.
Insight: Rendon is 4-for-10 with a home run and five RBI in the first two games and appears to be solidly entrenched as a fantasy-worthy second baseman.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/3/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has been scratched from Thursday's start because of flu-like symptoms. SOURCE: Mark Carig, Newsday
Insight: Zimmermann posted big numbers last season (19-9, 3.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) and much is expected of him. Fortunately, the flu should only cost him the one start.
Wilson Ramos, C4/2/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: According to the Washington Post, Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Wednesday that catcher Wilson Ramos underwent surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand and will miss 4-5 weeks.
Insight: Players who have to undergo the surgery often experience a drop in power after returning to the lineup, so fantasy owners should start looking for a long-term replacement at catcher. Ramos played just 103 games over the past two seasons due to a torn ACL and a hamstring strain, and he hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year.
Gio Gonzalez, SP4/2/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez won his first start of the season Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Gonzalez allowed one earned run on three hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings. The left-hander regressed slightly last season due to an increase in BABIP and HR/9 from 2012, but he still had a very good 3.36 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 192 Ks in 195 2/3 innings.
Jayson Werth, RF4/2/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went 4-for-5 with a double Wednesday at New York.
Insight: Werth batted just .206 this spring but hit .349 with 20 homers, 68 RBI, 64 runs and a 1.033 OPS in his last 93 games last season and has hit over .300 two years in a row.
Doug Fister, SP4/2/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) is expected to resume his throwing program Thursday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Fister will start on flat ground at 60 feet and progress from there. If he doesn't suffer a setback he could be back in early May. The right-hander suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring.
Jose Lobaton, C4/2/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Washington backup catcher Jose Lobaton will be expected carry the load with starter Wilson Ramos sidelined for a month or more.
Insight: Lobaton has never shown enough with the bat to win a starting gig, but he was ok in a part-time role last year in Tampa Bay batting .249 with seven homers, 32 RBI and a .714 OPS in 277 at-bats.
Wilson Ramos, C4/1/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: According to the Washington Post, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will likely undergo hamate bone surgery on his left hand Wednesday morning. It will sideline him for 4-8 weeks and could sap his power even after he returns.
Insight: Players who have to undergo the surgery often experience a drop in power after returning to the lineup. Ramos left Monday's season opener with a left hand injury after getting hit by a foul tip. His initial X-rays were negative, but he'll see a hand specialist for a second opinion. The catcher first injured his left hand last week, bench coach Randy Knorr said Tuesday. Ramos played just 103 games over the past two seasons due to a torn ACL and a hamstring strain, and he hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year.
Anthony Rendon, 2B3/31/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 with four RBI Monday at New York.
Insight: Rendon blasted a 10th-inning three-run homer off John Lannan to add to stretch Washington's lead to 9-5. The 23-year-old came into 2013 as the Nats' top prospect and hit .265 with seven homers, 35 RBI, 40 runs and a .725 OPS in 98 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B3/31/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche took Mets starter Dillon Gee deep during Monday's season opener.
Insight: LaRoche came in hitting under .180 against Gee and .214/.306/.389 in March/April during his career, but he was able to get off to a great start. He hit just .237 with 19 doubles, 20 homers, 62 RBI and a .735 OPS in 2013, one year after batting .271 with 35 doubles, 33 homers, 100 RBI and an .853 OPS. Fantasy owners should have low expectations for the 34-year-old this season despite the positive results Monday.
Wilson Ramos, C3/31/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: According to csnwashington.com, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos' X-rays were negative, but he'll see a hand specialist for a second opinion.
Insight: Ramos took a foul tip off his hand in the bottom of the sixth inning during Monday's season opener and left the game after feeling discomfort during his at-bat in the seventh. Ramos has played just 103 games over the past two seasons due to a torn ACL and a hamstring strain, and he hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year.
Anthony Rendon, 2B3/31/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Nats second baseman Anthony Rendon is hitting just .071 (1-for-14) in his career against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rendon (.265, 7 HR, 35 RBI in 2013) played well as a rookie, just not against Gee. The Nationals have him batting eighth, though he spent most of last season hitting out of the No. 2 spot in the order.
Adam LaRoche, 1B3/31/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche won't be a strong fantasy option Monday against New York.
Insight: He's hitting just .174 versus Mets starter Dillon Gee. LaRoche was a disappointment last season, slugging just 20 HR a year after hitting 33 bombs with 100 RBI. LaRoche owners should go into this season with low expectations.
Taylor Jordan, SP3/28/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Taylor Jordan will begin the season in Washington's rotation due to Doug Fister's lat injury.
Insight: Jordan was competing with Tanner Roark for the fifth spot in the rotation, but both men will have a shot at starting until Fister returns. Jordan has a 3.92 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings this spring after posting a 3.66 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and 29 Ks in 51 2/3 innings with the Nats last year. The 25-year-old also had a 1.00 ERA in 90 1/3 innings in the minors last season, though he went straight from Double-A to the majors.
Tanner Roark, SP3/28/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark will be part of the Washington Opening Day rotation.
Insight: The 27-year-old Roark was 7-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 0.913 WHIP last season over 14 appearances (five starts). He's a better option than Taylor Jordan, who will also be part of the rotation with Doug Fister sidelined by injury.
Doug Fister, SP3/28/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) will start the season on the disabled list, according to William Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Fister's injury means Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark will both be in the starting rotation. Roark was 7-1 with a 1.51 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP last season while Jordan went 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. It's obvious Roark is the better fantasy option.
Doug Fister, SP3/27/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister left his minor league start on Thursday due to a lat strain, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Fister recovered from elbow inflammation in time to be ready for his first start on April 6, but there's very little chance he'll be available after his latest injury.
Chris Young, SP3/25/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: The Nationals released Chris Young on Tuesday, according to Andrew Simon of mlb.com.
Insight: The oft-injured Young didn't pitch in the majors last season and threw 37 innings in the Nats' minor league system. He gave up four earned runs and struck out nine batters in 10 1/3 innings this spring.
Doug Fister, SP3/23/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) is on track to make his scheduled start on April 6, according to Mark Zuckerman of natsinsider.com.
Insight: Fister began experiencing elbow inflammation on March 2, but he emerged healthy from his start on Saturday. The plan is for Fister to throw 60-65 pitches Thursday in the Nationals' Grapefruit League finale and 80 pitches in a minor-league game on April 1 in advance of his start on April 6.
Doug Fister, SP3/19/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) will start a Grapefruit League game Saturday against the Marlins, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Fister has been dealing with inflammation in his elbow since March 2. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Ross Detwiler, SP3/17/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Ross Detwiler will begin the season in the bullpen, Nats manager Matt Williams said Monday. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Detwiler had a solid 3.59 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 235 2/3 innings the last two seasons, but his 5.5 K/9 didn't help fantasy owners much. The final spot in Washington's rotation will come down to Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan.
Doug Fister, SP3/14/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) will throw two innings in a minor league game Sunday if he feels fine Saturday, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Fister has been dealing with inflammation in his elbow but it has subsided and he played catch the last four days. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3/13/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will miss the next two games with tightness in his right shoulder.
Insight: Zimmerman had surgery on that shoulder om Novermber 2012, so this is a bit concerning. After having an injury-prone tag, Zimmerman has played in 142 or more games in four of the past five seasons. He's consistently about 85 runs, 25 HR and 85 RBI.
Doug Fister, SP3/11/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) played catch Tuesday and felt fine, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Fister was scratched from last Friday's start due to inflammation in his elbow, but the inflammation has subsided. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Doug Fister, SP3/7/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Nationals righthander Doug Fister was forced to miss Friday's start because of elbow inflammation. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: Fister's MRI came back clean so the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Bryce Harper, LF2/19/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Matt Williams is leaning toward left fielder Bryce Harper batting fifth in the order, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper mostly hit third last season and batted .274 with 20 homers, 58 RBI, 11 steals, 71 runs and an .854 OPS. Williams thinks Harper will have more RBI chances, can protect the 3-4 hitters and will run more often as a fifth hitter. However, we'd rather see him hit third again.
Stephen Strasburg, SP2/18/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is developing a slider, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: He picked up the pitch from teammates Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren and worked on grips and release points this offseason. Strasburg threw the second hardest fastball among starters last season at 95.2 mph and also had one of the top curveballs and changeups in the majors. If he can master a slider on top of those three pitches, it will help him take the next step toward becoming a top-five pitcher in the game.
Danny Espinosa, 2B2/17/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Unless something big happens before the start of the season it appears that Danny Espinosa will be the utility guy for the Nationals backing up Anthony Rendon at 2B, Ian Desmond at SS and Ryan Zimmerman at 3B.
Insight: Espinosa produced 38 HR over a two-year span from 2011-12, but managed to hit just .158 with three homers in 44 games last season and lose the starting job. According to a Natsinsider.com report manager Matt Williams said it would be an open competition at second, but we don't expect Espinosa to win it.
Anthony Rendon, 3B2/16/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Zuckman of natsinsider.com, Nationals manager Matt Williams said there will be an "open competition" between Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa for the second base job.
Insight: Rendon batted .265 with seven homers and a .725 OPS in 98 games as a rookie last season, while Espinosa played through injuries and lost his job after batting .158 with a .465 OPS in 44 games. Espinosa compiled 38 homers and 37 steals over the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but Rendon was the team's No. 1 prospect heading into 2013 and has a better shot at winning the job.
Bryce Harper, LF2/15/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper won't be limited at all in spring training. Harper underwent offseason knee surgery back in October. SOURCE: NatsInsider.com
Insight: Harper's 2013 season wasn't quite as big as some were expecting (.274, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 11 SB). He's still just 21 though. If he can stay healthy, fantasy owners can expect 25-to-30 HR from Harper and probably a handful of stolen bases.
Stephen Strasburg, SP12/10/2013 2:56:00 PM
Description: Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, is expected to be ready for Day 1 of Spring Training.
Insight: Strasburg didn't get much run support last season (3.47 RS was tenth-worst in the National League) but that shouldn't keep owners from taking him early in the 2014 fantasy draft as he posted a 3.00 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 191 Ks in 183 IP.
Nate McLouth, LF12/7/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Left fielder Nate McLouth has signed a two-year contract with the Nationals. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The deal is worth $10.75 million. It's a lot of money to give a backup outfielder but when you consider Jayson Werth's injury history as well as Bryce Harper's, it could end up being a wise move. McLouth doesn't hit for much power (just 12 HR last season) but he's got decent speed (30 steals on 37 attempts in 2013).
Doug Fister, SP12/2/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have shipped righthander Doug Fister to the Nationals in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and a pair of lefthanded pitchers. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: The move solidifies Drew Smyly's place in Detroit's starting rotation. It makes sense for Washington too as Dan Haren recently left to sign a one-year deal with the Dodgers.
Bryce Harper, LF10/26/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper underwent a minor knee operation earlier this week. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: The surgery was to repair a bursa in his left knee. Harper should be back to normal in about 4-to-6 weeks. Harper didn't quite live up to his lofty expectations in 2013 (.274, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 11 SB in 118 games) but at age 21, his window for fantasy success isn't closing anytime soon.
Stephen Strasburg, SP10/26/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow on Friday. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: He'll be on the shelf for about 4-to-6 weeks. Strasburg didn't get much run support last season (3.47 RS was tenth-worst in the National League) but that shouldn't keep owners from taking him early in the 2014 fantasy draft.
Jayson Werth, RF9/29/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth won't play Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: He was originally in the starting lineup but manager Davey Johnson later replaced him with Scott Hairston. Assuming Werth doesn't make a pinch-hitting appearance, he'll finish the season with a career-best .318 average in 129 games.
Bryce Harper, LF9/29/2013 11:51:00 AM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper will have the day off Sunday versus Arizona.
Insight: So will many of his teammates including Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos, Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman. Injuries and overall inconsistency prevented Harper (.274, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 11 SB) from having the season most fantasy owners were hoping for when they drafted him.
Gio Gonzalez, SP9/29/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals manager Davey Johnson changed his mind again and will go with Tanner Roark in the season finale.
Insight: Roark was the probable starter until the team announced Saturday that Gio Gonzalez would get the start. The Nats have reversed course and gone back to Roark, so Gonzalez will finish the season 11-8 with a 3.36 ERA.
Dan Haren, SP9/28/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Washington righthander Dan Haren finally reached win No. 10 Saturday versus the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Haren held his old team to four hits over seven shutout innings. He really turned things around in the second half after a slow start to the season (4-10, 5.61 ERA before the All-Star break compared to 6-4, 3.52 after it).
Gio Gonzalez, SP9/28/2013 8:31:00 PM
Description: Gio Gonzalez will get the nod for Game 162 Sunday versus Arizona.
Insight: Tanner Roark was originally supposed to start for the Nationals but manager Davey Johnson decided at the last minute to go with Gonzo instead. Gonzalez has only managed 11 wins this season but his ERA (3.36) and batting average (.231) against have both been impressive. He'll be going up against Diamondbacks lefty Wade Miley.
Wilson Ramos, C9/28/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has hit seven homers with 26 RBI in September and has 16 homers and 59 RBI in just 284 at-bats this season.
Insight: Ramos' numbers extrapolate to 28 homers and 104 RBI over 500 at-bats. He should be drafted as a starting catcher in 10-team fantasy leagues next season.
Jayson Werth, RFHot9/28/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth slugged a three-run homer and reached base in all four of his plate appearances Friday night at Arizona.
Insight: Werth went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. He has hit .350 with 20 homers, 68 RBI, 64 runs, eight steals and a 1.039 OPS in 92 games since June 15 and reached 25 homers for the first time since 2010.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/28/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: In his last start of 2013, Stephen Strasburg led the Nationals to a win over Arizona Friday night.
Insight: Strasburg threw seven innings and gave up two runs. He went 8-9 this year despite recording a 3.00 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 191 strikeouts in 183 innings. His record should turn around next year as the Nationals bounce back from a disappointing season.
Tanner Roark, SPHot9/27/2013 8:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Tanner Roark probably will start the season finale Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: The 26-year-old Roark has gone 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts since joining the rotation after going 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 22 2/3 relief innings.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/22/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for Game 2 of Sunday's day/night doubleheader against Miami. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: The Washington starter was slated to pitch on Saturday but that game got rained out. Strasburg (7-9, 2.96 ERA) missed his last turn in the rotation because of forearm stiffness.
Jayson Werth, RFHot9/20/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth left Friday's game due to tired legs, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Werth will likely be back in the lineup Saturday as the Nationals continue their long-shot chase for an NL Wild Card spot.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot9/20/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: With a gem Friday against the Marlins, Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann won his 19th game of the season.
Insight: Zimmermann tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking one, to improve to 19-8 with a 3.18 ERA. The right-hander went 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his first six starts of the second half but is 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his last six.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/20/2013 6:40:00 PM
Description: Stephen Strasburg has been confirmed as the starter for Washington's game Saturday against the Marlins, according to Adam Kilgore.
Insight: Strasburg hasn't pitched since Sept. 8 due to forearm tightness. While his K/9 is down and his record has gone from 15-6 to 7-9, Strasburg has performed better this season than he did in 2012. His ERA and WHIP have dropped and his H/9 is down from 7.7 to 6.6.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/18/2013 11:02:00 PM
Description: Stephen Strasburg's next start has been pushed back to Saturday because of forearm tightness. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He was slated to start on Thursday but Gio Gonzalez will get the nod instead. Strasburg hasn't pitched since September 8th.
Denard Span, CFHot9/17/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span went 1-for-4 in each game of Washington's doubleheader versus Atlanta Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 28 games.
Insight: Span stole two bases, scored a run and had one RBI to help Washington win both games. The outfielder has hit .378 during the hitting streak.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot9/17/2013 9:35:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman continued his recent power tear with a solo homer Tuesday night against the Braves.
Insight: Zimmerman has hit 10 home runs over his last 14 games after blasting 15 in his first 122. The surge has helped him match last year's total of 25 homers.
Tanner Roark, SPHot9/17/2013 9:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark fired seven shutout two-hit innings Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Roark walked one and struck out six. The 26-year-old has gone 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA and a 13/2 K/BB in 19 innings since joining the starting rotation and is 7-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 41 2/3 innings this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/17/2013 5:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg (forearm) is expected to start Thursday against the Marlins, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Strasburg was unable to make his scheduled start last Friday due to right forearm tightness, but he came out of Monday's bullpen session with no issues.
Denard Span, CF9/17/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is just 2-for-18 (.111) against Braves starter Freddy Garcia.
Insight: Span is currently in the middle of a 26-game hitting streak to raise his average to .284, but this matchup will be a tough one for him.
Wilson Ramos, C9/17/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is 6-for-8 with a home run and a 1.875 OPS against Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Ramos is posting solid numbers this season, batting .286 with 15 HR, 55 RBI and an .817 OPS in 68 games. He'll be a top-10 fantasy catcher in next year's draft. He should be started on Tuesday in the first game of the doubleheader.
Wilson Ramos, C9/16/2013 12:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is 6-for-8 with a home run and a 1.875 OPS against Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Ramos is posting solid numbers this season, batting .286 with 15 HR, 55 RBI and an .817 OPS in 68 games. He'll be a top-10 fantasy catcher in next year's draft. He should be started on Monday, assuming the game is played which may be in question.
Wilson Ramos, CHot9/15/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Ramos has six home runs and 21 RBI over his last 12 games and is hitting .286 with 15 homers, 55 RBI and an .817 OPS in just 252 at-bats this season. He'll be a top-10 fantasy catcher in next year's draft.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/14/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in the lineup Saturday afternoon the Philles and left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: LaRoche has had success against Hamels, batting .294 with four homers and a 1.010 OPS, so this is a slight surprise.
Scott Hairston, LF9/14/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston should get a start on Saturday based on his favorable matchup history against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Hairston, who is just a part-time guy in Washinton, is a career .378 hitter (14-for-37) with five doubles and five homers against Hamels. That's the most against any pitcher for Hairston who has only hit 105 homers in 10 major league seasons.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot9/13/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman added to his home run total with another blast Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Zimmerman (.280, 24 HR, 73 RBI) may just be the hottest hitter in baseball right now. He has now homered eight times in his last nine games. Washington's record over that stretch is 8-1. Suddenly the Nats are only four and a half games out in the Wild Card. They'll need the Reds to completely collapse over the final two weeks to even have a chance but it's pretty amazing they're still in it after how poorly they played in June and July.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/13/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg won't be able to pitch Friday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Chase Hughes, Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: His absence is related to "forearm tightness." The hope is that he'll be able to start next week versus the Marlins.
Bryce Harper, LF9/13/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper is 8-for-20 (.400) with five extra base hits versus Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Harper appears to be over his hip injury . The 20-year-old's breakout has been stalled by injuries this season and he is hitting .272 with 19 homers, 49 RBI, eight steals and an .874 OPS.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot9/12/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman continued his hot streak with yet another home run Thursday in a win over the Mets.
Insight: That gives Zimmerman (.277, 23 HR, 72 RBI) eight homers in 48 September at bats. The Nationals have now won six straight and are just five and a half back in the NL Wild Card race.
Dan Haren, SP9/11/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Dan Haren one-hit the Mets and struck out eight over six scoreless frames Wednesday night.
Insight: Haren came in 0-2 with an 11.37 ERA over his last three starts. He's 9-13 with a 5.02 ERA this season.
Bryce Harper, LF9/11/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Bryce Harper (hip) is back in the Nationals lineup Wednesday night as expected.
Insight: Harper's MRI over the weekend revealed inflammation but no structural damage in his left hip. The 20-year-old's breakout has been stalled by injuries this season and he is hitting .273 with 19 homers, 49 RBI, eight steals and an .881 OPS.
Bryce Harper, LF9/11/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (hip) is expected back Wednesday.
Insight: Harper missed Tuesday's game, but the good new,s is that his MRI revealed only inflammation and no structural damage in his left hip. The 20-year-old's breakout has been stalled by injuries this season and he is hitting .273 with 19 homers, 49 RBI, eight steals and an .881 OPS.
Jayson Werth, RFHot9/10/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth has hit at a .370 clip since June 15.
Insight: Werth went 3-for-4 with his 23rd homer of the season and two RBI Tuesday against the Mets. He's hitting .328, just two points lower than NL leader Chris Johnson.
Bryce Harper, LF9/10/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (hip) is expected back Wednesday.
Insight: Harper will miss Tuesday's game but the good news is that his MRI revealed only inflammation and no structural damage in his left hip. The 20-year-old's breakout has been stalled by injuries this season and he is hitting .273 with 19 homers, 49 RBI, eight steals and an .881 OPS.
Bryce Harper, LF9/10/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper had his hip examined back in D.C. and they found no structural damage, but he is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with a hip strain lately and he aggravated the injury while hitting before Saturday's game. He is expected to miss a couple of games.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot9/9/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: Nationals hurler Gio Gonzalez lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning Monday against New York.
Insight: Zach Lutz's pinch-hit single was the Mets' only hit of the night. Before Monday, Gonzalez's last complete game shutout came on August 31, 2012 against the Cardinals. He's given up just one earned run in his last three outings (0.42 ERA).
Bryce Harper, LF9/9/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper had his hip examined back in D.C. and they found no structural damage, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with a hip strain lately and he aggravated the injury while hitting before Saturday's game. He is expected to miss about two more games.
Wilson Ramos, C9/8/2013 6:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has 11 homers and 42 RBI in just 222 at-bats this season after going 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Sunday.
Insight: If Ramos can ever stay healthy enough to get 500 at-bats, he has the potential to reach 30 round-trippers. However, he has dealt with major lower-body injuries over the last two seasons.
Bryce Harper, LF9/7/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Washington manager Davey Johnson said left fielder Bryce Harper is flying back to D.C. for tests on his hip, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with a hip strain lately and he aggravated the injury while hitting before the game. That explains why he was a late scratch from the lineup. Fantasy owners should expect to be without him Sunday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot9/7/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman slugged two homers and drove in three runs Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: Zimmerman entered September with 15 home runs, but he has belted four in six games.
Tanner Roark, SP9/7/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark allowed four hits and didn't walk a batter over six shutout innings Saturday at Miami in his first career start.
Insight: Roark went 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings out of the bullpen after posting a 3.15 ERA in 33 appearances (11 starts) with Triple-A Syracuse. His next start will either come against the Mets or Phillies.
Bryce Harper, LF9/7/2013 7:30:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: The Nationals didn't say why Harper was scratched, but it could have something to do with the hip strain he has been dealing with.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP9/4/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann fired his third straight start with at least seven innings and three runs or less Wednesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Zimmermann improved to 16-8 with seven innings of two-run ball. He's still 4-4 with a 5.09 ERA in the second half but at least he has settled down lately.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B9/4/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit his 17th homer of the season Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Zimmerman is on pace for 20 home runs, 75 RBI, 77 runs and 625 plate appearances, down from 25 homers, 93 RBI and 93 runs in 641 plate appearances last year.
Denard Span, CFHot9/4/2013 12:21:00 PM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span has been lousy against Phillies ace Roy Halladay. In 12 at bats he's hitting just .167 against the two-time Cy Young winner.
Insight: Span has actually raised his average by 14 points in the last week (.264 to .278) but we wouldn't expect that trend to continue Wednesday versus Halladay (3-4, 7.94 ERA).
Bryce Harper, LF9/3/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has been getting treatment for a hip injury, according to Nationals beat writer Amanda Comak.
Insight: Apparently, even manager Davey Johnson didn't have that information until after Monday's game. Harper has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, so it obviously hasn't effected his swing.
Jayson Werth, RFHot9/2/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth has been red-hot lately. But if there's any pitcher who can put out his fire, it's Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Werth's career average against the southpaw is a pitiful .167 in 18 at bats. It's tough to take Werth (.323, 21 HR, 65 RBI) out of the lineup with the way he's been hitting but Monday isn't a favorable matchup for him.
Jayson Werth, RFHot9/2/2013 9:14:00 AM
Description: Jayson Werth kept the Nationals' wild card hopes alive by driving in the game-winning run Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Werth's double capped a three-run rally by the Nats, who are now two games above .500 with 26 games left on the schedule. Left for dead about a month ago, the Nats are right back in it and Werth deserves most of the credit. In 139 post All-Star at bats, he's hitting .367 with 11 HR and 32 RBI.
Jayson Werth, RFHot9/1/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth elevated his play in August.
Insight: That seemed hard to do after he hit .367 with a 1.072 OPS in July, but Werth managed to improve on that with a .380 average and a 1.087 OPS in August.
Ian Desmond, SSHot9/1/2013 9:09:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit .358 with four home runs and a .968 OPS in his final 20 games of August, so even with Jon Niese on the mound Sunday for the Mets fantasy owners should leave Desmond in the lineup.
Insight: Desmond is 2-for-14 (.143) lifetime against Niese, but his current hot streak takes precedence over that.
Dan Haren, SP8/31/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: The Mets tagged Washington's Dan Haren for nine hits and seven earned runs over 2 2/3 innings Saturday night.
Insight: Haren had gone 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his last seven outings to improve his ERA from 5.79 to 4.66, but he's back up to 5.02 after Saturday's rough start.
Wilson Ramos, C8/30/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Ramos entered play Friday 4-for-28 (.143) over his last seven games but he does have nine homers and 33 RBI over 53 games this season. That extrapolates to 28 home runs and 101 RBI per 162 games.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/30/2013 4:08:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Stephen Strasburg will remain on regular rest, meaning he won't start Sunday against the Mets. SOURCE: Washington Times
Insight: Strasburg only threw 22 pitches in his start Wednesday due to a lengthy rain delay. The team wants to keep him on his regular routine, so he'll start Monday at Philadelphia.
Anthony Rendon, 3B8/30/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon is hitless in 11 at-bats versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rendon struggled in July (.187), but has found his second wind and batted .263 in August, but this matchup should be avoided.
Gio Gonzalez, SP8/29/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Washington lefthander Gio Gonzalez snapped a seven-start winless streak Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Gonzalez didn't allow a run in his seven innings of work. His previous start was a nightmare (10 H, 7 ER in 3 1/3 innings against the Royals) so it's good to see him get back on track. Gonzalez will try and make it two in a row Tuesday against the Phillies.
Jayson Werth, RF8/29/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth has homered three times in his last six games.
Insight: He only went 5-for-22 (.227) in that span, but he's making his hits count. The right fielder has had one of his best seasons, hitting .324 with 20 blasts, 60 RBI, 65 runs and a .933 OPS in 407 plate appearances.
Ian Desmond, SSHot8/29/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 11-for-22 with two homers over his last five games.
Insight: With 19 homers, 64 RBI, 65 runs, 18 steals and a .283 average, Desmond's numbers are pretty close to where they were last season, albeit slightly down in all five categories.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold8/28/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: It appears the Nationals are looking to deal second baseman Danny Espinosa. SOURCE: Nationals.com
Insight: Espinosa's production has tumbled this season and rumor has it the Nationals aren't even considering him for a September call-up. At age 26, there's still time for Espinosa to turn things around but he better do it quickly.
Tyler Clippard, RP8/27/2013 9:39:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he hasn't ruled out using Tyler Clippard as closer in September, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Rafael Soriano has blown two saves and allowed eight runs on 13 hits over his last 6 1/3 innings. Clippard, who had 32 saves last season, has a 2.01 ERA in 58 1/3 innings this year.
Dan Haren, SP8/26/2013 5:15:00 PM
Description: Washington would make Dan Haren available in a trade but only for a large amount of prospects. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Haren (8-11, 4.66 ERA) has been pitching better lately but it's unlikely any team would empty out their farm sytem to get him. The Nationals have until the end of the month to work out a deal.
Denard Span, CFHot8/25/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span had a monster game Sunday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Span went 4-for-5 with three singles and a home run. He's hit .400 during his nine-game hitting streak (16-for-40).
Jayson Werth, RFHot8/25/2013 12:47:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth (foot) is back in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Werth sat out Saturday due to a right foot infection. He's hitting .384 with nine home runs and a 1.142 OPS since the All-Star break, so fantasy owners should be happy to have him back.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP8/25/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann threw 7 2/3 innings and allowed two runs Saturday at Kansas City to win his 15th game of the year, but he's still 3-3 with a 5.87 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.
Insight: In his career, Zimmermann has a 2.98 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in starts before the All-Star break and a 4.41 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP after. He's 15-7 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, so he still has significant trade value.
Ian Desmond, SS8/25/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a home run Saturday night at Kansas City.
Insight: Desmond has been dealing with some back soreness, but he is hitting .400 over his last four games.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/22/2013 8:56:00 PM
Description: Nats starter Stephen Strasburg ran out of gas in the ninth inning and had to settle for the no-decision Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Strasburg entered the ninth with a 4-1 lead but Donnie Murphy delivered a game-tying homer with two outs in the inning. That's just the kind of year it's been for the former No. 1 pick. In seven starts since the All-Star break, Strasburg has only recorded one victory (3.02 ERA during that span).
David DeJesus, CF8/22/2013 2:17:00 PM
Description: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Rays have claimed David DeJesus off waivers from the Nationals and are working toward a resolution.
Insight: The Nationals, who acquired DeJesus this week from the Cubs, can pull DeJesus off waivers, trade him or allow him to go to the Rays for nothing. DeJesus is hitting .248 with six homers and 27 RBI this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B8/22/2013 12:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in the lineup Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.
Insight: LaRoche is getting a routine day off. He's hitting .267 with an .888 OPS and four homers in August.
Ian Desmond, SS8/22/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is not in the lineup Thursday afternoon due to back stiffness.
Insight: Desmond talked his way into the lineup Wednesday night but he'll get Thursday's day game off.
Ian Desmond, SS8/21/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said earlier Wednesday that Ian Desmond was scratched from the lineup due to back discomfort, but the shortstop is in the lineup after all.
Insight: Desmond started at shortstop and hit sixth against the Chicago Cubs. He's hitting .274 with 17 homers, 59 RBI, 60 runs and 16 steals this season.
Roger Bernadina, RF8/19/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: The Nationals released outfielder Roger Bernadina on Monday.
Insight: They did it to make room for the newly acquired David DeJesus. Bernadina hit .178 with two homers and six RBI in a part time role for Washington this year.
David DeJesus, CF8/19/2013 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Cubs sent outfielder David DeJesus to the Nationals Monday for a player to be named later. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, CBS Sports
Insight: DeJesus was an everday player for the Cubs but that's unlikely to be the case in Washington where Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span are the starting outfielders. DeJesus (.250, 6 HR, 27 RBI in 84 games) has now played for four teams in his last four seasons.
Taylor Jordan, SP8/19/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals rookie Taylor Jordan (1-3, 3.66 ERA, 1.355 WHIP) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will miss the remainder of the season with a strained lower back.
Insight: Jordan began the season in Single-A so it's pretty remarkable that he's made it this far this quickly. He was also getting close to his team-imposed innings limit (he pitched 141 innings this season) so this early end to the year shouldn't effect fantasy owners who were going to lose him shortly anyway.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B8/19/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in 13 at-bats against Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija with five strikeouts.
Insight: Zimmerman has underperformed this season, is batting .186 over the past two weeks and faces a bad matchup. Sit him.
Ian Desmond, SS8/19/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 8-for-13 (.615) with a home run and a 1.692 OPS versus Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Desmond is not quite up to last year's production level, but he's still a top fantasy shortstop (.274, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 59 runs, 16 SB). On Monday he's a must start.
Gio Gonzalez, SP8/18/2013 6:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez hasn't won a game since July 10.
Insight: Gonzalez lost another tough decision Sunday despite throwing seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits with nine K against the Braves. After going 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA last year, Gonzalez is 7-6 with a 3.38 ERA in 2013.
Bryce Harper, LF8/18/2013 1:17:00 PM
Description: As expected, Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is back in the starting nine.
Insight: Harper didn't start Saturday's game but he came in later after Scott Hairston was ejected. He suffered a bruised triceps in the first game of the series.
Adam LaRoche, 1B8/18/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche wasn't supposed to play Saturday against Atlanta. Instead, he lifted the team to victory with a solo shot in the 15th inning.
Insight: LaRoche entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth and eventually logged three at bats as the game dragged into extras. LaRoche, who struck out in his other two plate appearances, now has 18 long balls for the season.
Bryce Harper, LF8/18/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper didn't start last night because of a bruised arm but he entered the game later on and went 0-for-2.
Insight: Harper entered the game in the ninth inning after Scott Hairston was thrown out for arguing balls and strikes. The two-time All-Star should be okay to play in Sunday's series finale.
Dan Haren, SPHot8/18/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Washington righthander Dan Haren got the save in Saturday's 8-7 win at Turner Field.
Insight: He came in as an emergency relief pitcher in the 15th inning. Haren, owner of a 1.29 ERA in the month of August, ended up throwing 23 pitches. It's unknown if he'll have his next start, which was scheduled for Tuesday against the Cubs, pushed back.
Rafael Soriano, RPCold8/18/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Washington closer Rafael Soriano blew his second straight save Saturday in a win over the Braves.
Insight: Soriano, who coughed up the lead by allowing a two-run homer to Jason Heyward in the bottom of the ninth, has now given up at least one run in each of his last three appearances. This blown save was especially costly as Washington was forced to waste starter Dan Haren in extra innings. The Nationals, arguably the league's biggest disappointment this season, are now two games under .500. They're eight and a half games behind in the National League Wild Card race.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/17/2013 9:02:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Stephen Strasburg was tossed from Saturday's game after throwing at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Insight: Strasburg (6-9, 2.93 ERA) also beaned Justin Upton. Clearly Strasburg was trying to retaliate for the Braves hitting Bryce Harper twice on Friday night. He allowed two runs and two hits in his lone inning of work. A suspension is unlikely but Strasburg could draw a fine.
Denard Span, CF8/17/2013 4:46:00 PM
Description: With Bryce Harper scratched, Denard Span has moved back into the starting lineup. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: Span had been scheduled for a day off on Saturday. The Nationals center fielder is hitting .222 against Atlanta this season.
Bryce Harper, LF8/17/2013 4:44:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has been scratched from Saturday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: Harper may have suffered an injury when he got hit by a pitch last night. Denard Span, who was originally supposed to get the day off, has been put back in the starting lineup.
Denard Span, CF8/17/2013 4:29:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span won't play Saturday versus the Braves. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: Span's healthy. He's just getting the day off. Scott Hairston (.181, 8 HR, 19 RBI) is getting the start in his place.
Adam LaRoche, 1B8/17/2013 4:24:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche won't be in the starting lineup Saturday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: LaRoche, who has appeared in 114 of the team's first 121 games, is just getting a routine day off. Tyler Moore, who was recently called up from Triple-A Syracuse, is starting at first base.
Wilson Ramos, C8/16/2013 4:41:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is back in the lineup Friday, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Ramos missed two games with an injury to the same hamstring that sent him to the disabled list earlier this season. Fortunately it was to a different part of his hamstring than his previous ailment. In 145 at-bats this year, Ramos is batting .290 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.
Drew Storen, RP8/15/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have recalled reliever Drew Storen from Triple-A Syracuse.
Insight: Storen was optioned to Triple-A a little over two weeks ago. He posted a 5.68 ERA during his six-game stint with Syracuse. Storen's last productive season in fantasy came in 2011 (6-3, 43 saves).
Rafael Soriano, RP8/15/2013 9:06:00 PM
Description: Nats closer Rafael Soriano got roughed up Thursday in a blown save against the Giants.
Insight: Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez deposited Soriano's two-out offering into the seats to give San Francisco a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth. It was Soriano's fifth blown save of the season. The tough outing raised his ERA from 2.92 to 3.40.
Wilson Ramos, C8/15/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) expects to return to the lineup Friday after missing his second straight game Thursday, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Ramos is dealing with an injury to the same hamstring that sent him to the disabled list earlier this season. Fortunately this one is to a different part of his hamstring than his previous ailment. In 145 at-bats this year, Ramos is batting .290 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.
Ian Desmond, SSHot8/14/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a mammoth home run off Tim Lincecum in the second inning Wednesday night.
Insight: Lincecum left an 83 mph changeup up around the letters and Desmond sent it 448 feet into the left-field seats. The home run, which was the longest hit at Nationals Park this season, was the only hit of the game for Desmond, who is 10-for-19 over his last five contests.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP8/14/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann entered Wednesday's start against the Giants with a 6.75 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break, but he threw seven strong innings and came away with his 14th win.
Insight: Zimmermann allowed one run on six hits, walked two and struck out two to improve to 14-6. The right-hander has a 3.02 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and a 3.39 FIP through 158 innings this year.
Bryce Harper, LF8/14/2013 5:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (flu) is back in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: He missed Tuesday's game due to flu-like symptoms. Harper's expected breakout season was thrown off the rails by a knee injury that kept him out for more than a month. He has hit just .235 with five home runs since returning from the injury on July 1.
Wilson Ramos, C8/14/2013 5:15:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos was forced from Tuesday night's game with a left hamstring injury and isn't in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: It's the same hamstring that sent him to the disabled list this season, but fortunately the injury was to a different part of his hamstring than his previous ailment. He has been told he'll only miss 1-2 days, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. In 145 at-bats this year, Ramos is batting .290 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.
Ian Desmond, SSHot8/14/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has crazy numbers versus Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum - 9-for-11 with a 2.091 OPS.
Insight: Desmond hasn't quite been the fantasy producer he was last year when he batted .292 with 25 homers, 21 steals and an .845 OPS in 130 games, but he's still one of the best shortstop options and has four consecutive multi-hit games heading into this favorable matchup. He's a must start.
Wilson Ramos, C8/14/2013 9:23:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos was forced from Tuesday night's game with a left hamstring injury.
Insight: It's the same hamstring that sent him to the disabled list this season. In 145 at-bats this year, Ramos is batting .290 with seven home runs and 28 RBI. The Nats have a quality alternative in Kurt Suzuki.
Bryce Harper, LF8/13/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in Tuesday's starting lineup due to flu-like symptoms. He's hoping to return Wednesday, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper's expected breakout season was thrown off the rails by a knee injury that kept him out for more than a month. He'll miss tough left-hander Madison Bumgarner, but he was 3-for-9 with a home run in their matchups.
Jayson Werth, RFHot8/11/2013 9:26:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth left Sunday's game with a knee injury. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: Werth (.328, 17 HR, 49 RBI) may have injured himself on a slide at home plate. He went 3-for-4 before Roger Bernadina took his place at the start of the seventh inning. The Nationals are calling him day-to-day.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/11/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Nats righthander Stephen Strasburg recorded his first career shutout Sunday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: It's the fourth time this season Strasburg has made it through at least eight innings. The win snaps a five-game winless streak for Strasburg. His 2.83 ERA is the eighth-lowest in the National League this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold8/11/2013 10:27:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is batting .286 with two home runs and a .946 OPS in eight games this month after a pitiful July, but he has a matchup Sunday that should be avoided.
Insight: LaRoche owns a .172 lifetime average (5-for-29) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. The Nationals first baseman is batting .236 with a .735 OPS and 16 homers in 381 at-bats and batted .159 with a .511 OPS in July.
Ian Desmond, SS8/11/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 11-for-31 (.355) with two home runs against Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies.
Insight: Desmond hasn't quite been the fantasy producer he was last year when he batted .292 with 25 homers, 21 steals and an .845 OPS in 130 games, but he's one of the best shortstop options around anyway.
Bryce Harper, LF8/11/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper clearly enjoys hitting against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick -- he is 8-for-17 (.471) with three doubles, a triple, a homer and three walks against the right-hander.
Insight: Harper's expected breakout season was thrown off the rails by a knee injury that kept him out for more than a month. He's only hitting .194 in August but is a strong play Sunday given his history against Kendrick.
Jayson Werth, RFHot8/10/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Saturday night against the Phillies, his former ballclub.
Insight: Werth has batted .410 with 10 home runs, 28 RBI and an 18/22 K/BB over his last 144 plate appearances and is hitting .322 with 17 bombs, 48 RBI and 55 runs this season. He hasn't performed this well since he was a member of the Phillies.
Dan Haren, SPHot8/9/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Nats righthander Dan Haren became the third active pitcher to defeat all 30 major league teams by beating the Phillies on Friday night.
Insight: Barry Zito and A.J. Burnett are the two other active pitchers who have accomplished this feat. Haren has been on a roll lately. Over his last three starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold8/9/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is hitless in 15 career at-bats against Phillies lefty John Lannan.
Insight: The well-known second-half monster has not lived up to expectations, batting just .161 in 17 games since the break. This matchup isn't going to help. Avoid.
Jayson Werth, RFHot8/9/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .345 hitter with four home runs versus Phillies left-hander John Lannan.
Insight: Werth has batted .481 over the past two weeks and is hitting .317 with 16 HR, 45 RBI, 51 runs and a .908 OPS. He hasn't had an OPS that high since 2010, his last season with the Phillies. He's a must start on Friday.
Jayson Werth, RF8/7/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth slugged a two-run home run off Kris Medlen Wednesday night.
Insight: Werth went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and two runs in the game and is hitting .317 with 45 RBI, 51 runs and a .908 OPS. He hasn't had an OPS that high since 2010, his last season with the Phillies.
Bryce Harper, LF8/6/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper snapped out of a minor slump Tuesday with two hits and a homer against the Braves.
Insight: Harper went 0-for-11 over his previous three games but he's still hitting .292 with four home runs since the All-Star break.
Gio Gonzalez, SP8/6/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez rebounded from a drubbing at the hands of the Detroit Tigers his last time out with seven innings of two-run ball Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves.
Insight: However, he took a tough-luck 2-1 loss to drop his record to 7-5. The left-hander has a 3.52 ERA this year, but that was at 2.97 prior to his last start at Detroit, in which the Tigers tagged him for 11 hits and 10 earned runs.
Jayson Werth, RF8/6/2013 4:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (groin) is back in the lineup Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Werth was a late scratch Monday due to a groin strain he suffered Saturday. The outfielder hit .367 with seven homers and a 1.072 OPS during July and was named the NL Player of the Month.
Denard Span, CF8/6/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is 6-for-9 with a pair of triples against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Span went hitless in in last two starts before sitting against a left-hander on Monday, but posted a season-best .289 batting average in July. He might be worth a flier.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/5/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: Washington righthander Stephen Strasburg turned in a quality start Monday night against the Braves but his team only scored two runs so he had to settle for the no-decision.
Insight: Strasburg (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 9 K's) would probably have ten wins already if he played for a team like Detroit or Boston. Instead, he's on the Nats, who are just 6-11 since the All-Star break. Coming into the game, Strasburg had the second-lowest run support in the majors behind Chicago's Chris Sale. Obviously, Strasburg (5-9, 3.01 ERA) is still worth owning in all formats. Just don't count on him to pile on the Ws.
Jayson Werth, RF8/5/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth was a late scratch Monday against the Braves. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Werth injured his hand on Sunday but a groin issue was actually what kept him out of the lineup on Monday. He's day-to-day.
Jayson Werth, RF8/5/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth injured his hand Sunday against the Brewers, but his X-rays came back negative. He is in the lineup for Monday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Werth stayed in the game and this shouldn't affect his status going forward. He was already dealing with a tweeked groin, but neither injury should change his status for Monday.
Jayson Werth, RF8/5/2013 12:12:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth injured his hand Sunday against the Brewers, but his X-rays came back negative. He is probable for Monday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Werth stayed in the game and this shouldn't affect his status going forward. He was already dealing with a tweeked groin, but neither injury should change his status for Monday.
Jayson Werth, RF8/4/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth injured his hand Sunday against the Brewers but his X-rays came back negative. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: He stayed in the game and this shouldn't affect his status at all going forward. Werth should be in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Braves.
Taylor Jordan, SP8/4/2013 8:31:00 PM
Description: Nats rookie Taylor Jordan has almost reached his innings limit.
Insight: According to MASN's Julie Alexandria, the righthander will make four more starts before the Nationals shut him down for the season. So far, Jordan has pitched 131 innings in 2013. Jordan began the season in Single-A so it's pretty remarkable that he's made it this far this quickly.
Jayson Werth, RF8/4/2013 1:44:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous report, Jayson Werth will bat cleanup and start in right field Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Werth tweaked his groin in Saturday's game but it doesn't appear to be anything serious. Feel free to slot him into your lineup.
Jayson Werth, RF8/4/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Saturday night's game with a strained left groin and is expected to miss Sunday's series finale against Milwaukee.
Insight: Werth is batting .309 with 15 HR and 43 RBI in just 78 games, but it has yet to be determined if he can play through this or will need to sit for a while. He'll certainly sit on Sunday.
Dan Haren, SPHot8/3/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Dan Haren put together one of his best games of the season, going seven innings without giving up a run on four hits.
Insight: Haren improved to 6-11, which isn't great, but he's now won two consecutive starts for the first time since May 9.
Jayson Werth, RF8/3/2013 9:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Saturday night's game with a injury after grounding out in the sixth inning.
Insight: Werth is batting .309 with 15 HR and 43 RBI in just 78 games. Hopefully, this isn't a serious injury and we await further updates.
Ross Detwiler, SP8/3/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Ross Detwiler has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his lower back, according to Nationals manager Davey Johnson, and could miss the remainder of the season.
Insight: Detwiler didn't do much even when he was healthy, compiling a 2-7 record with a 4.04 ERA and 1.486 WHIP.
Ross Ohlendorf, SP8/2/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Washington right-hander Ross Ohlendorf is questionable for Friday's game against Milwaukee with stiffness in his right arm.
Insight: Ohlendorf has only made 10 appearances this season (two starts) and has pitched well with a 1.85 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, but doesn't have a role that fantasy owners can use.
Bryce Harper, LF8/2/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper left Wednesday's game against Detroit in the eighth inning with a hip spasm, but is listed as probable for Friday's game with Milwaukee.
Insight: Harper started the season off on fire, but has missed a lot of time lately due to knee and hip problems. He's batting .276 with 13 HR and a .900 OPS, but most of the production was in April.
Bryce Harper, LF7/31/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper left Wednesday's game against Detroit in the eighth inning. Update: Harper felt a hip spasm during the seventh inning, but says he isn't concerned, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.
Insight: Harper winced on a swing in the seventh and left in the eighth, but he said he felt fine after the game.
Denard Span, CF7/31/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is 6-for-11 with two homers, four RBI and four runs over his last three games and he has strong numbers against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Span, who played for the Twins his entire career prior to joining Washington this year, is 15-for-42 (.357) against Verlander. Span is hitting .266 with a .687 OPS this season and doesn't offer any power or much speed, but he's a good option Wednesday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B7/30/2013 10:49:00 AM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa is a career .188 hitter (3-for-16) with seven strikeouts against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Espinosa has played most of the season through a fractured wrist and is hitting just .158 with a .465 OPS. He brought power to the table with 38 HR over the past two season, but has just three to date.
Wilson Ramos, C7/28/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam and plate an additional run with a second-inning single Sunday versus New York.
Insight: Washington's 5-6-7-8 hitters -- Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond, Denard Span and Ramos -- went 12-for-15 with two home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs Sunday. In 108 at-bats this year, Ramos is batting .290 with six home runs and 23 RBI.
Ian Desmond, SS7/28/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, three runs and a walk Sunday versus the Mets.
Insight: Desmond hit .148 with 10 strikeouts and one RBI in his previous eight games, but he broke out of that slump in a big way Sunday.
Denard Span, CF7/28/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span didn't hit his first homer of the season until Saturday, but he didn't wait long to hit his second.
Insight: Span went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against the Mets. However, he's still batting just .266 with 30 RBI, 45 runs and 10 steals.
Dan Haren, SP7/27/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Dan Haren won his first start in forever Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Before Saturday, his last win came on May 9th. Haren (5-11, 5.49 ERA) pitched pretty well, allowing just three hits and one run over seven innings. He'll try to make it two wins in a row next week against Milwaukee.
Bryce Harper, LF7/27/2013 12:56:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper aggravated his left knee Friday, but is in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Harper missed more than a month with left knee bursitis and received treatment earlier this week for soreness. He'll likely get regular days off over the next few weeks.
Bryce Harper, LF7/26/2013 6:29:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper played the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Mets but he's not in the lineup for the nightcap.
Insight: Stephen Lombardozzi will make the start in Harper's place. Harper went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout in Game 1, an 11-0 Mets win.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B7/25/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs Thursday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Zimmerman has gone 4-for-8 with a walk and three runs over his last two games after going 0-for-12 in his previous three.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/25/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez fanned 11 Pirates in just 5 2/3 innings Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Gonzalez walked four, gave up eight hits and three runs and threw 119 pitches, which explains why he was out before the sixth inning concluded. The lefty has struck out 22 batters over his last 11 2/3 frames and is 7-3 with a 2.97 ERA.
Bryce Harper, LF7/25/2013 7:44:00 PM
Description: After missing Wednesday's game with a sore knee, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-5 with a walk-off two-run homer Thursday against the Pirates.
Insight: Harper scored three runs in the game. He hadn't homered since July 1. Due to the knee injury that cost him more than a month, Harper has been a fantasy disappointment this season after hitting .344 with nine longballs in April. However, he's a threat to break out at any time.
Ian Desmond, SSCold7/25/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts against Pittsbugh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond is a power-hitting shortstop (.275, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 11 SB), but he's been in a bit of a slump of late with no homers and a .219 batting average over his last eight games.
Ian Desmond, SSCold7/25/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts against Pittsbugh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond is a power-hitting shortstop (.275, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 11 SB), but he's been in a bit of a slump of late with no homers and a .219 batting average over his last eight games. Avoid this matchup.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BCold7/25/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in nine career at-bats versus Pittsburgh veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: He's just 8-for-37 (.216) over the past two weeks without an extra base hit, so this is a good day to use someone else at the hot corner.
Ross Detwiler, SP7/24/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Ross Detwiler has been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his back. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: Can things get any worse for the Nationals right now? They've lost six straight, they fired their hitting coach earlier in the week and now this? Just brutal. Detwiler is expected to miss at least another month though it barely matters anymore. Barring some kind of miracle, this looks like a lost season.
Stephen Strasburg, SP7/24/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Nats ace Stephen Strasburg dropped to 5-8 after losing to the Pirates on Wednesday.
Insight: Strasburg actually tossed a great game, surrendering just two hits and one run with a season-high 12 strikeouts in eight innings. Unfortunately, his teammates let him down by only scoring two runs on five hits (both runs came in the ninth inning). The Nationals are in really tough shape right now. They've lost six in a row and are now nine games out in the Wild Card. Unless something miraculous happens, this team isn't making the playoffs.
Ian Desmond, SS7/24/2013 7:00:00 PM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is not in Wednesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: He's out with a blister on his left hand. We're guessing this ailment won't sideline Desmond (.275, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 11 SB) for long.
Bryce Harper, LF7/24/2013 6:58:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper won't be on the field Wednesday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: He's still getting treatment on his sore knee. Harper really hasn't lived up to the hype this year. He's hitting just .264 and has spent most of the last two months dealing with injuries. Scott Hairston will get the start tonight in left field.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BCold7/23/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has gone 0-for-4 in three consecutive games.
Insight: He's just 8-for-45 (.178) with 12 strikeouts over his last 11 games.
Anthony Rendon, 3BCold7/23/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon has gone 1-for-20 over his last five games.
Insight: His average has dropped from .301 to .273 in that short time. Rendon has been in a slump for a month, hitting .179 over his last 22 games.
Ross Detwiler, SP7/23/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler will have his back examined.
Insight: Detwiler flew to Los Angeles Tuesday to meet with a specialist. The lefty is out indefinitely with nagging soreness in his lower back.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/22/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth continued his recent home run tear with two more jacks Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Maybe Werth should be Washington's new hitting coach (they fired their old coach Rick Eckstein on Monday). Over his last two games, Werth is hitting .500 with four homers and six RBI. His batting average (.300) is the highest it's been since April 16th.


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