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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 beem 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.
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/21/2013 8:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche returned from his flu Sunday and went 0-for-3 with two K against the Dodgers.
Insight: LaRoche maybe should have asked to sit out one more day with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. The first baseman's average is down 24 points from 2012 and he's on pace for 23 homers and 77 RBI per 647 plate appearances, which is what he had last year when he hit 33 homers and drove in 100 runs.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP7/21/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann's ERA rose 0.43 after he was crushed by the Dodgers Sunday.
Insight: Zimmermann gave up eight hits, two homers and seven earned runs in just two innings of work and is now 12-5 with a 3.01 ERA. He'll try to rebound Friday against the Mets.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/21/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth hit a pair of solo homers Sunday off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: They were the only two runs Washington managed off Kershaw. Werth has been on fire since late June and is hitting .387 with five homers, 15 RBI and an 8/12 K/BB over his last 18 games.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/21/2013 12:10:00 PM
Description: Here's something you don't see very often. Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is a .538 lifetime hitter against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: And here's more good news. Zimmerman is 7-for-17 (.412 AVG) in his last four games. Here at The Sports Network, we call that a must-start. Actually, they call it that everywhere.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/21/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Washington ace Gio Gonzalez ran his unbeaten streak to nine games Saturday against L.A.
Insight: The lefthander matched a season-high with 11 punchouts in six innings. Gonzalez (7-3, 2.89 ERA) is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA during his unbeaten streak.
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/20/2013 3:43:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who was not in Friday night's lineup due to flu-like symptoms, is not in Saturday's lineup either.
Insight: LaRoche is historically one of the leagues' best second-half hitters with an OPS that jumps from .766 before the break to .886 after it. Chad Tracy will get the start, but with a .149 batting average and no power to speak of, he has no fantasy value.
Stephen Strasburg, SP7/19/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out six over seven innings Friday against the Dodgers, but he took another no decision.
Insight: Strasburg is just 5-7 this season despite carrying a 2.97 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP through 19 starts.
Ross Detwiler, SP7/19/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: According to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com, Nationals lefty Ross Detwiler's scheduled bullpen session Friday was canceled. Detwiler is still feeling discomfort in his back after throwing off flat ground Thursday.
Insight: Detwiler was placed on the DL July 7 with a lower back strain. He is doubtful to start Tuesday and is questionable to return to start one of the games in next Friday's doubleheader against the Mets. "For me, he would have to throw today or tomorrow and do a side (session) and then pitch in a (rehab) game," manager Davey Johnson said. "And I don't think we're going to do it by then. But I'm going to put that question to our great medical staff, see if they can't get him ready to go."
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/19/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Friday night's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: LaRoche is historically one of the leagues' best second-half hitters with an OPS that jumps from .766 before the break to .886 after it.
Bryce Harper, LF7/19/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .450 hitter (9-for-20) with a pair of homers against Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Harper hit both homers on opening day this season. He is hitting .264 with 13 homers, 29 RBI, 38 runs and six steals this season, but has hit just .196 with four extra-base hits over the past four weeks while dealing with a knee injury.
Ross Detwiler, SP7/16/2013 8:58:00 PM
Description: According to the Washington Post, Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler (back) will likely not be ready to make a rehab start this week.
Insight: That means his start five days after the All-Star break is in jeopardy. The left-hander is on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
Denard Span, CF7/14/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Denard Span finished the first half by going 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Nationals won 5-2 against the Marlins.
Insight: He's been a relative disappointment this season, hitting just .260 with ten stolen bases. Span's .672 OPS through 89 games is the lowest of his career.
Bryce Harper, LFCold7/14/2013 12:50:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is batting leadoff Sunday against the Marlins, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Denard Span has been dropped to seventh in the order. Harper is hitting .265 with 13 homers, 29 RBI, 37 runs and six steals this season, but he has hit .196 with three extra-base hits in 46 at-bats since returning from the DL on July 1.
Anthony Rendon, 3B7/13/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Steve Lombardozzi will get the start.
Insight: Rendon went hitless in the first game of the series, but was 7-for-22 (.318) over the previous six games with four RBI and five runs scored. No injury, just a day of rest.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/11/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth could be in for a rude awakening Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: Werth (.294, 10 HR, 31 RBI) has actually done pretty well against his former team (.276 AVG in 145 at bats), just not against Kyle Kendrick (2-for-17, three strikeouts). With that said, it's also worth noting that Werth is hitting .545 with two homers over his last seven games. Fantasy owners will have a very difficult choice to make with Werth on Thursday.
Bryce Harper, LF7/11/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has torched Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick throughout his career.
Insight: Harper (.274, 13 HR, 29 RBI) is hitting .500 against the Phillies righthander in 14 at bats. The 20-year-old is headed to his second All-Star Game in as many seasons. He'll also be competing in the Home Run Derby for the first time.
Ian Desmond, SS7/10/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 3-for-16 (.188) with six strikeouts against Phillies starter Cliff Lee.
Insight: Desmond is one of the best power-hitting shortstops, with 15 HR and an .815 OPS this season, but this isn't a favorable matchup.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/10/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Nats lefthander Gio Gonzalez improved to 7-3 Wednesday with a win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Gonzalez has absolutely owned the Phillies over his last two seasons (4-1, 2.31 ERA in six starts). On a more general level, he's owned most of the league since May 1st (5-1, 2.19 ERA in 13 starts).
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/9/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is batting .363 with five doubles and four homers over his last 23 games.
Insight: Werth went 1-for-4 with a homer Tuesday against his former team the Philadelphia Phillies and is 14-for-34 (.412) over his last 10 contests.
Denard Span, CF7/9/2013 3:43:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Cole Hamels and the Phillies.
Insight: Span is 3-for-10 against Hamels, but manager Davey Johnson wanted to get newly acquired Scott Hairston into the lineup. Hairston is a career .400 hitter with five home runs against the Phillies left-hander.
Scott Hairston, LF7/9/2013 3:38:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston will get a start on Tuesday based on his favorable matchup history against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. Denard Span will sit with Bryce Harper playing in center field.
Insight: Hairston, who was a part-time guy with the Cubs and will fill the same role in Washinton, is a career .400 hitter (12-for-30) with five doubles and five homers against Hamels. That's the most against any pitcher for Hairston and almost five percent of his 10-year total.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot7/9/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 9-for-28 (.321) with four long balls versus Phillies lefty Cole Hamels.
Insight: Although LaRoche went hitless on Monday, he has raised his batting average 20 points over the past 19 games as he begins his usually second-half explosion a little early this season. He owns one of the biggest first half/second half OPS splits in all of basaeball - .771 before the All-Star break and .886 after it.
Scott Hairston, LF7/9/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Newly acquired Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston should get a start on Tuesday based on his favorable matchup history against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Hairston, who was a part-time guy with the Cubs and will fill the same role in Washinton, is a career .400 hitter (12-for-30) with five doubles and five homers against Hamels. That's the most against any pitcher for Hairston and almost five percent of his 10-year total.
Dan Haren, SP7/8/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals righthander Dan Haren has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He missed the minimum 15 days because of shoulder inflammation. Haren (6.15 ERA in 15 starts) has lost six decisions in a row after starting the year 4-3.
Scott Hairston, LF7/8/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Scott Hairston has been traded to the Nationals, but it probably won't change his fantasy value.
Insight: Hairston was a part-time guy in Chicago, batting just .172 though he did hit eight homers in 99 at-bats, and will be the fourth outfielder in Washington behind, Denard Span, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/8/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Phillies lefty John Lannan with five strikeouts.
Insight: LaRoche has raised his batting average 23 points over the past 18 games as he begins his usually second-half explosion a little early this season. He owns one of the biggest first half/second half OPS splits in all of basaeball - .771 before the All-Star break and .886 after it. This however, is an unfavorable matchup.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/8/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is a career .333 hitter (9-for-27) with four home runs against Phillies left-hander Lannan.
Insight: All Werth's home runs came when he was a member of the Phillies and Lannan was on the Nationals' roster. They have "traded" teams for this matchup with Lannan making the start for Philadelphia and Werth in Washington. Werth went 5-for-10 in the recently finished three-game set with San Diego, so is worthy of a play on Monday.
Anthony Rendon, 3B7/7/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon drove in three runs Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Rendon went 2-for-5 with a homer in the game. The rookie has lived up to his billing as the team's top prospect, hitting .303 with three round-trippers and a .797 OPS in 154 plate appearances. Danny Espinosa isn't getting his job back anytime soon.
Bryce Harper, LF7/7/2013 6:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a walk, one RBI, two runs and three stolen bases Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Harper went 1-for-19 (.053) in his first five games after returning from the disabled list, but he has gone 4-for-6 with four RBI and two walks over the last two days.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B7/7/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: It was Zimmerman's first home run in the last 14 games. With 10 homers, 49 RBI and a .279 batting average in 310 plate appearances, Zimmerman is on pace for nearly identical numbers to last season.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot7/7/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg allowed more than two earned runs in a start for the first time since May 4 Sunday against the Padres, but the Nats scored 11 runs to help him get his fifth win.
Insight: Strasburg struck out nine and allowed four earned on seven hits over six innings Sunday. It's about time the Nats helped him out with some runs. Strasburg is 5-6 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP this year.
Ross Detwiler, SP7/6/2013 9:31:00 PM
Description: The Nationals placed starter Ross Detwiler on the 15-day DL on Saturday.
Insight: He's out with a back injury. It's Detwiler's second trip to the DL this season. Dan Haren (4-9, 6.15 ERA) will start in Detwiler's place Monday against Philadelphia.
Dan Haren, SP7/6/2013 9:25:00 PM
Description: Washington righthander Dan Haren will come off the DL as soon as he's eligible to on Monday. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Haren (4-9, 6.15 ERA) was placed on the DL because of shoulder inflammation though we suspect the real reason was to give him a few weeks off to clear his head. We don't have high hopes for him Monday against the Phillies.
Ross Detwiler, SPCold7/6/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals lefthander Ross Detwiler tweaked his back Saturday while throwing a side session and now he's questionable to start Monday's game against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Detwiler got off to a nice start but he's been in free-fall mode for over a month now. July 10th will mark the two-month anniversary of his last victory. For fantasy purposes (and maybe all purposes) Detwiler (2-7, 4.04 ERA) looks like a lost cause.
Bryce Harper, LFCold7/6/2013 1:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has apparently talked his way back into the starting lineup, according to beat writer James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Manager Davey Johnson thought Harper needed a day off both physically (left knee) and mentally: "I think he's just fighting himself." Harper's average is down to .260 after a quick start in which he hit .344 in April with nine homers.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/6/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is 8-for-15 (.533) in his career versus Padres starter Jason Marquis.
Insight: Werth has been batting out of the sixth hole and it apparently agrees with him as he's posted back-to-back three-hit games. The six hits brings his batting average up to .285 and he's a must start on Saturday.
Bryce Harper, LF7/6/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to get a couple of days off, according to manager Davey Johnson, meaning he'll miss Saturday and Sunday.
Insight: Johnson thought he needed it both physically (left knee) and mentally. "I think he's just fighting himself." Harper's average is down to .260 after a quick start in which he hit .344 in April with nine homers.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/5/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth added a second consecutive three hit night to his totals.
Insight: Werth has been batting out of the sixth hole and it apparently agrees with him. The six hits brings his batting average up to .285.
Jayson Werth, RF7/4/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth went 3-for-3 with a walk, one RBI and two runs Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Werth has gone 22-for-64 (.344) with five doubles, three homers and 13 RBI over his last 18 games.
Wilson Ramos, C7/4/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos had a monster day Thursday in his first game since May 15.
Insight: Ramos has been out since then with a strained hamstring. The catcher went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBI Thursday and should eventually take over the team's starting job.
Ian Desmond, SSHot7/4/2013 4:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .367 with three homers, eight RBI, seven runs and three steals over his last eight games.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with two runs and two steals Thursday against Milwaukee. He's actually been hot for the past month, batting .321 with nine home runs, 28 RBI, 18 runs and five steals over his last 29 games.
Anthony Rendon, 3B7/3/2013 9:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon hit his second career home run Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Rendon went 1-for-4 in the game and is batting .312 with nine RBI in as first 124 major league at-bats.
Wilson Ramos, C7/3/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is expected to come off the DL Thursday, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Ramos has been out since May 15 due to a left hamstring strain. He was hitting .250 with two homers prior to his injury and will have to stay healthy if he wants to take the starting job away from Kurt Suzuki.
Jayson Werth, RF7/3/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .381 hitter (8for-21) against Milwakee veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse with three homers and a 1.361 OPS.
Insight: Werth is batting a respectable .283 in the 25 games since his return from the disabled list in early June with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and an .837 OPS. Add in today's favorable matchup and he's a solid play on Wednesday.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot7/2/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Washington ace Stephen Strasburg did his part Tuesday, keeping the Brewers scoreless in seven innings of work.
Insight: Unfortunately, the offense didn't keep their end of the bargain and the Nats ended up losing 4-0. Strasburg has had to settle for no-decisions in each of his last two outings despite carrying a 1.29 ERA over that span. He'd probably be in the Cy Young conversation if the Nationals would give him some run support once in a while.
Jayson Werth, RF7/1/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth contributed five RBI Monday in a win over the Brewers.
Insight: Monday was Werth's first five RBI game in almost four years (July 6, 2009 against Cincinnati). Injuries have limited Werth to just 51 games this season but when he's been in the lineup, he's been productive (.275 AVG, 8 HR).
Bryce Harper, LF7/1/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: It didn't take long for Bryce Harper to make an impact in his return to the lineup on Monday.
Insight: He sent the second pitch he saw over the fence in left center field for his 13th homer of the season. The Nationals need Harper to be outstanding the rest of the way if they hope to get back into the playoff race. The defending NL East champs are four games behind Cincinnati for the final wild card spot.
Ross Detwiler, SPCold7/1/2013 4:45:00 PM
Description: Washington pitcher Ross Detwiler (back) threw a bullpen session Monday and manager Davey Johnson said he is confident the lefty will start Wednesday, against Milwaukee according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Detwiler spent a month on the DL with an oblique injury and has gone 0-2 with a 7.32 ERA in four starts since returning. The Nationals don't believe his lower back stiffness is related to his previous injury.
Bryce Harper, LF7/1/2013 4:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and should be in Monday's lineup against the Brewers.
Insight: Harper spent five weeks on the DL due to left knee bursitis and ended up missing all of June. He's hitting .287 with 12 homers, 23 RBI, 29 runs and two steals in 150 at-bats this season.
Denard Span, CF7/1/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span, who is hitting .262 with zero homers, 20 RBI, 33 runs and eight steals this season, has been horrendous against Yovani Gallardo, Monday's scheduled starter.
Insight: Span has never produced a single hit against Gallardo in 14 career at-bats. The outfielder is a poor fantasy option, as he doesn't steal or score enough to make up for his lack of power.
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/1/2013 10:27:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been fantastic with Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo on the hill.
Insight: LaRoche has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and three walks in his career against the Milwaukee hurler, Monday's scheduled starter versus Washington. LaRoche batted .287 with an .807 OPS in June, thought he only hit two homers in the month.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/1/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: After a mostly bad April, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has gone 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a .189 opponents' batting average since the start of May.
Insight: Gonzalez had a 1.79 ERA and a 44/14 K/BB in 40 1/3 innings in June, but he only won two games due to a lack of run support. Gonzalez has allowed just 76 hits in 105 innings this season.
Ian Desmond, SSHot7/1/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond ranked as the No. 5 player in fantasy in June.
Insight: Desmond batted .306 with nine home runs, 21 RBI and a .988 OPS during the month and is hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI this year.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot6/30/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: Nats starter Gio Gonzalez (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K's) won for the second time in a row Sunday against New York.
Insight: After getting off to a rocky start, Gonzalez (5-3, 3.09 ERA) has settled in nicely with a 2.43 ERA since May 1st. Opponents are hitting just .199 against Gonzalez, good for the fifth-lowest BAA in the National League.
Ross Detwiler, SPCold6/30/2013 1:33:00 PM
Description: Washington pitcher Ross Detwiler (back) will throw a side session Monday before being cleared for Wednesday's start, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Detwiler spent a month on the DL with an oblique injury and has gone 0-2 with a 7.32 ERA in four starts since returning. The Nationals don't believe his lower back stiffness is related to his previous injury.
Dan Haren, SPCold6/30/2013 1:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Dan Haren (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Haren is on the DL with shoulder inflammation and currently has no timetable for his return. He has gone 4-9 with a 6.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP this season and has allowed 19 homers in 82 innings, so there's no need to leave him on the roster or take up a DL spot while he's out.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/29/2013 7:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon has gone 0-for-12 over his last three games. His average has dropped from .354 to .315 in that span.
Insight: From scorching hot to ice cold in just a few days. Rendon still has a 34.1 percent line-drive rate and is a solid second- or third-base option.
Taylor Jordan, P6/29/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan has been called up from Double-A Harrisburg and should get the start for injured Dan Haren.
Insight: Jordan was 7-0 at Harrisburg with a 0.833 ERA, 0.852 WHIP and a 43-9 strtikeout-to-walk ratio. He was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week and is worth a flier against the Mets.
Bryce Harper, LF6/28/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is reporting that Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will return to the major leagues on Monday.
Insight: Right now he's with Double-A Harrisburg on a rehab assignment. Knee bursitis sent Harper to the DL a little over a month ago.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/27/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Stephen Strasburg tossed seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Over that span, he allowed six hits and two runs with four strikeouts and two walks. Strasburg's ERA sits at 2.41, which is more than half a run lower than the 3.16 ERA he posted during his All-Star 2012 campaign.
Bryce Harper, LF6/27/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) is expected to play a full nine innings Thursday with Double-A Harrisburg.
Insight: Harper had to leave Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot, but that isn't expected to be an issue. The outfielder has been on the disabled list since May 27 due to left knee bursitis; he's expected to return Monday.
Bryce Harper, LF6/26/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) left Wednesday's rehab game early. Fortunately, he didn't suffer a setback with his knee.
Insight: Harper fouled a ball off his foot and was removed for precautionary reasons. Washington manager Davey Johnson doesn't expect it to be an issue. Harper homered in the game and is expected to return to the Nats lineup Monday.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP6/26/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Washington ace Jordan Zimmermann became the NL's first 11-game winner by defeating the Diamondbacks Wednesday at Nationals Park.
Insight: He hasn't lost a start since May 29th against the Orioles. Zimmermann (11-3, 2.28 ERA) didn't make the All-Star team last season but he won't get snubbed again this time around. The 27-year-old has a legitimate chance to start next month's Mid-Summer Classic at Citi Field.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/26/2013 4:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is back in the lineup Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday.
Insight: Zimmerman is taking anti-inflammatory medication for his shoulder, and Nats manager Davey Johnson took the opportunity to get him two days off in a row (Washington was off Monday). He should be able to play through the issue.
Jayson Werth, RF6/25/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth returned from a pulled groin and went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, one RBI and two runs Tuesday versus the D-Backs.
Insight: Werth left Sunday's game with the injury, but he's now 4-for-4 with two walks in his last six plate appearances.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/25/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche slugged a three-run homer and went 3-for-4 Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: LaRoche had not hit a homer since May 28. The first baseman is hitting .500 (11-for-22) over his last six games.
Bryce Harper, LF6/25/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not expected to return this weekend, manager Davey Johnson said. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington
Insight: Harper will start his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Potomac, but the team doesn't expect him back until next week. Harper hasn't played since May 26 due to inflammation in his left knee.
Dan Haren, SPCold6/25/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Dan Haren has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Insight: Haren has gone 4-9 with a 6.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP this season and has allowed 19 homers in 82 innings, so he won't be missed while he's out for a few weeks.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/25/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is getting Tuesday's game off.
Insight: Zimmerman is taking anti-inflammatory medication for his shoulder, and manager Davey Johnson wanted to give him a second day off in a row after the Nats had Monday off, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Jayson Werth, RF6/25/2013 4:27:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth, who suffered a groin pull Sunday, is in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Werth had said he didn't feel too bad, but many were worried it would require another trip to the disabled list. He's batting .265 with seven homers and 19 RBI in 44 games. It appears he'll never reach the level he was producing in Philadelphia, but he still has low-end fantasy value.
Bryce Harper, LF6/24/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is set to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac on Tuesday. Harper has been out with a knee injury since the end of last month. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Washington
Insight: Harper should see about a week of rehab games before returning to the major leagues. He was producing at an All-Star level before he got hurt (.287, 12 HR, 23 RBI).
Taylor Jordan, P6/24/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Nationals minor league pitcher, Taylor Jordan, could be in line for a spot in the big club's starting rotation because the injury to Dan Haren is likely to send him to the disabled list.
Insight: Jordan is 6-0 at Double-A Harrisburg with a 0.735 ERA, 0.755 WHIP and a 42-8 strtikeout-to-walk ratio. He was just named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week and might be worth a flier.
Jayson Werth, RF6/23/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth suffered a groin pull Sunday and might need a trip to the disabled list, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.
Insight: Werth says he doesn't feel too bad. The outfielder has been dealing with the flu the last few days and felt his groin cramped from dehydration. Werth already has had a lengthy stint on the disabled list this season due to a hamstring injury.
Dan Haren, SPCold6/23/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Dan Haren will undergo an MRI this week to determine if there is anything major behind his shoulder stiffness, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.
Insight: The team announced that Haren will be placed on the disabled list even though the pitcher said he doesn't think this is anything serious. He's just 4-9 with a 6.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP this season and has allowed 19 homers in 82 innings, so it's not hard to see why the Nats aren't hesitant to place him on the DL.
Ross Detwiler, SPCold6/23/2013 6:23:00 PM
Description: The Rockies pounded Washington lefty Ross Detwiler for nine hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 innings Sunday.
Insight: Detwiler has faced Colorado in both starts since coming off the disabled list and allowed 16 hits and 11 runs in 9 2/3 innings. He'll take a 4.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP into his next start against the Mets on the road.
Jayson Werth, RF6/23/2013 3:07:00 PM
Description: Injury-prone Nationals right fielder Jayson Weth hurt his leg in Sunday's game against the Rockies. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Roger Bernadina replaced him in the fourth inning. Werth went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles before exiting.
Dan Haren, SPCold6/23/2013 3:01:00 PM
Description: Struggling Nats righthander Dan Haren is expected to hit the DL. SOURCE: Charlie Slowes, Nationals radio play-by-play
Insight: Haren is winless in his last eight apperances and opponents are hitting .306 against him this season. With Haren out, the Nationals could turn to Ross Ohlendorf (1-0, 1.69 ERA) to fill out the starting rotation.
Denard Span, CF6/23/2013 12:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span will watch from the dugout Sunday when his teammates face off against Colorado.
Insight: Span (.255, 0 HR, 18 RBI) has been brutal against lefthanders this season, hitting just .137 in 73 at bats. Until he begins to show improvement in this area, it's safe to assume that manager Davey Johnson will sit him whenever a lefty is on the mound.
Jayson Werth, RFCold6/23/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is back after missing Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Werth (.256, 7 HR, 19 RBI) has struck out in five out of his last seven at bats. A tough matchup against Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 3.21 ERA) on Sunday shouldn't give fantasy owners much reason for optimism.
Dan Haren, SPCold6/22/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Dan Haren's ERA leaped to 6.15 after another horrendous outing Saturday against the Rockies (3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER).
Insight: Welcome to the downward spiral that is Dan Haren's career. In a miraculous display of ineptitude, the Nationals have now lost eight games in a row when Haren has pitched. Once a star, Haren now holds no value at all in fantasy leagues.
Bryce Harper, LF6/22/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: According to Amanda Comak from the Washington Times, the earliest Bryce Harper would begin a rehab assignment is Wednesday.
Insight: He's still nursing a knee injury. If Harper (.287, 12 HR, 23 RBI) doesn't suffer any setbacks in his recovery he could be back in the Nationals' lineup before the All-Star break.
Jayson Werth, RF6/22/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Werth went hitless in the first two games of the series with Colorado so perhaps he's just getting the day off. We aren't aware of any injury at this time.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/22/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is 5-for-10 against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin with a pair of home runs and a 1.783 OPS.
Insight: Zimmerman is just 1-for-7 in the first two games of the series, but has a favorable matchup. He continues to be a 20-30 HR guy with 85-95 RBI potential, but we always thought he had the talent to be more. Unfortunately, injuries keep getting in the way.
Ian Desmond, SSHot6/21/2013 9:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond's solo homer in the bottom of the seventh Friday night versus Colorado broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference in the game.
Insight: Desmond has homered in three straight games and 12 times on the season. He's batting .338 with six bombs in June.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/21/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg fired seven innings, allowed five hits and one run and struck out nine without walking a batter Friday against the Rockies.
Insight: For most of the game, it looked like Strasburg would be taking another tough-luck loss, but Washington tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth and took a 2-1 lead in the following inning. Strasburg is 4-6 despite carrying a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.
Bryce Harper, LF6/21/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Washington mananger Davey Johnson said left fielder Bryce Harper (knee) should be able to play in rehab games starting Tuesday, according to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Harper hasn't had any issues with his knee since receiving platelet-rich plasma and cortisone shots on June 10. Harper hasn't played since May 26, so fantasy owners have to be anxious to get him back in the lineup.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP6/20/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann became the third pitcher in baseball to reach 10 wins this season with eight strong innings Thursday against Colorado.
Insight: Zimmermann gave up six hits, posted a 9/1 K/BB and allowed one unearned run in the victory. The right-hander is 10-3 with a 2.26 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP; he won 20 games over the previous two seasons combined despite posting a 3.05 ERA in that span.
Jayson Werth, RF6/20/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth picked up the "Golden Sombrero" Thursday versus Colorado.
Insight: He went 0-for-4 with four K. The outfielder came in 8-for-18 (.444) with two homers and five RBI over his last five games.
Ian Desmond, SSHot6/20/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game Thursday against the Rockies.
Insight: After batting .220 with a .643 OPS in May, Desmond has come alive with a .338 average, five home runs and 19 RBI in June.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/20/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI Thursday night versus Colorado.
Insight: LaRoche has slumped this month, hitting .241 prior to Thursday's game. He hasn't hit a homer since going deep twice on May 28.
Bryce Harper, LF6/20/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper (knee) will hit in the bating cage Thursday. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Harper is still without a timetable for a return to the field, but he's getting close. He'll need a few rehab games before he can return to the big leagues.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/20/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is 10-for-27 (.370) against Colorado starter Roy Oswalt with a pair of home runs and a 1.036 OPS.
Insight: Zimmerman has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games and Thursday's game should add to his fantasy totals.
Ian Desmond, SS6/19/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Ian Desmond hammered a grand slam in extra innings to give the Nationals a 6-2 victory Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Insight: It was his only hit of the game. Desmond (.280, 10 HR, 38 RBI) is only hitting .130 against the Phillies this season but he does have six RBI in 23 at bats.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot6/19/2013 10:55:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez held the Phillies to just two runs in seven innings Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Insight: Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34 ERA) has put together four consecutive quality starts. Oddly enough, Gonzalez has not recorded a decision in any of those games. His last win came on May 5th against the Pirates.
Bryce Harper, LF6/19/2013 12:19:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper (knee) will begin baseball activities in "the next day or two," GM Mike Rizzo said. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Harper is still without a timetable for a return to the field, but he's getting close. He'll need a few rehab games before he can return to the big leagues.
Danny Espinosa, 2B6/19/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa (wrist) has been activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Insight: Espinosa has played most of the season through a fractured wrist and is hitting just .158 with a .465 OPS. He struck out 10 times in 17 at-bats during his rehab assignment. The team's top prospect Anthony Rendon has played well as the starting second baseman, so there's no guarantee Espinosa will reclaim his starting job even if he performs well at Triple-A.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/19/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is batting .174 (4-for-23) in his career against Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: LaRoche reached a high-water mark for the season with a .254 average on June 12, but he has gone 2-for-20 (.100) with six K since then. Get him on the bench Wednesday with Kendrick starting.
Jayson Werth, RF6/19/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners should consider putting Jayson Werth on the bench Wednesday. The Nationals outfielder has struggled against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Werth is 6-for-16 (.429) with two homers over his last four games, but he's 1-for-14 (.071) with three strikeouts versus Kendrick.
Ian Desmond, SS6/19/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond has picked up 10 hits (2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR) in 25 at-bats against Kyle Kendrick, who will start Wednesday for the Phillies.
Insight: Desmond has gone 2-for-17 (.118) over five games since his 15-game hitting streak ended, but he should be in all fantasy lineups Wednesday.
Denard Span, CF6/18/2013 4:24:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies after sitting out Monday with a bruised right foot.
Insight: Span fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday. The outfielder is 7-for-20 in his career against Tuesday's opposing starter, Cliff Lee.
Bryce Harper, LF6/18/2013 3:16:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper (knee) has been cleared to begin walking and jogging, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper received a cortisone shot last week, causing the swelling to subside in his knee. Once Harper can run, he'll be able to begin baseball activities. Manager Davey Johnson said Harper will play two or three rehab games once he has been able to sprint and taking batting practice.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/18/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-18 (.167) against Phillies starter Cliff Lee, who will start Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Zimmerman has hit safely in eight of the last nine games despite striking out 11 times in that span. His matchup Tuesday with Lee should be avoided.
Denard Span, CF6/18/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span is hitting just .145 with a .393 OPS in 69 at-bats against left-handers this season, but he has had success against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee in their past meetings.
Insight: The lefty-swinging Span is 7-for-20 (.350) against Lee. He's hitting .256 with zero homers, 18 RBI, 26 runs and seven steals this season, so he's not likely owned in most leagues.
Denard Span, CF6/17/2013 4:30:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game with Philadelphia.
Insight: Span hit a foul ball off his foot and while his x-rays came back negative he's going to sit out at least one game. He's batting .256 with 26 runs scored in 64 games which just isn't good enough for a leadoff hitter.
Jayson Werth, RF6/17/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is a career .333 hitter (8-for-24) with four home runs against Lannan.
Insight: All Werth's home runs came when he was a member of the Phillies and Lannan was on the Nationals' roster. They have "traded" teams for this matchup with Lannan making the start for Philadelphia and Werth in Washington. Werth went 4-for-6 with two walks in the last two games of the series with the Indians and should be a go for this favorable matchup.
Ian Desmond, SSHot6/15/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond had his 15-game hitting streak come to an end Friday night, but he slammed a solo homer Saturday night.
Insight: Desmond went 1-for-3 with a walk in the game. He's batting .381 with three homers and 13 RBI over his last 17 games.
Jayson Werth, RF6/15/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth hit his sixth home run of the season Saturday against the Indians.
Insight: Werth came in 0-for-13 with six K over his last three games. He only has 11 homers in 438 at-bats over the last two seasons.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/15/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has two homers in the last three games.
Insight: Zimmerman didn't hit a homer for 11 straight games after his three-homer game on May 29, but he now has eight round-trippers on the year.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot6/15/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 with a solo homer Saturday versus Cleveland.
Insight: It was his first career jack. Rendon, Washington's top prospect, has been starting at second base since being recalled and is batting .333 with six RBI and seven runs.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/14/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez pitched well but had to settle for a no-decision Friday night against the Indians.
Insight: Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40 ERA) allowed three hits and one run over seven innings. He walked four and struck out eight. Opponents are only hitting .200 against Gonzalez this season.
Bryce Harper, LF6/14/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is expected to test out his knee next week in Philadelphia. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: The hope is that if everything goes well, Harper could begin a rehab assignment shortly and be back in the lineup sometime before the end of the month. The Nationals have gone 7-9 since Harper's injury.
Ian Desmond, SSHot6/13/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond ripped four hits Thursday against the Rockies.
Insight: Desmond (.293, 8 HR, 32 RBI) has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last five games. He has 11 hits during that span, though only one has been for extra bases.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/13/2013 2:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (lat) is still on track to return to the rotation Sunday, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Strasburg threw a bullpen session Thursday and reported no issues. June 16 is the first day he is eligible to come off the DL.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BCold6/13/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is 9-for-19 (.474) with three doubles, one homer and four RBI against Colorado starter Jeff Francis.
Insight: Zimmerman is only hitting .178 (8-for-45) with 11 K since his three-homer game on May 29, but he's a must-start Thursday against Francis.
Jayson Werth, RF6/13/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: If you own Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, Thursday would be a good day to start him with Jeff Francis on the mound.
Insight: Werth is 7-for-15 (.467) with four doubles, one homer and three RBI against Francis.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/13/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon has hit safely in all six games since being recalled from the minors.
Insight: Rendon, Washington's top prospect, has been starting at second base since being recalled and is batting .306 with five RBI and five runs. Danny Espinosa might not get his job back when he comes off the DL.
Ian Desmond, SSHot6/13/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is batting .358 with 11 RBI during his 14-game hitting streak.
Insight: Desmond has raised his batting average from .259 to .282 during the streak. He's on pace for fewer homers, RBI and steals than last season, but because he is a shortstop fantasy owners aren't going to complain about eight home runs, 25 runs, 31 RBI, five steals and a solid average.
Ross Ohlendorf, SP6/13/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Washington righty Ross Ohlendorf threw a surprising quality start Wednesday at Colorado.
Insight: Ohlendorf was called up to make a spot start and allowed two hits and one runs over six innings against the Rockies' explosive offense. He's not expected to stick around in the rotation, however.
Danny Espinosa, 2B6/12/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa (wrist) will start his minor league rehab assignment Thursday.
Insight: Espinosa has played most of the season through a fractured wrist and is hitting just .158 with a .465 OPS. The team has been starting youngster Anthony Rendon at second base, so Espinosa might be optioned to Triple-A when he comes off the DL.
Wilson Ramos, C6/12/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will be out until after the All-Star break, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Ramos suffered a setback with his hamstring Wednesday while doing first-to-third drills. The catcher has only played 14 games this season.
Steven Souza, CF6/12/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals' minor league outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. has been hitting the ball as well as anyone in their system - batting .352 with five homers, 12 RBI and a 1.048 OPS in 26 games at Double-A Harrisburg.
Insight: With Bryce Harper sidelined, it's surprising the team continues with weak-hitting Roger Bernadina (.190) and Steve Lonbardozzi (.219) and doesn't give Souza, Jr. an opportunity.
Bryce Harper, LF6/11/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) will rest one week and then doctors will reevaluate him, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.
Insight: Harper is dealing with patella bursitis and was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and a cortisone shot in his left knee to reduce the swelling. He doesn't have any structural damage.
Ross Detwiler, SP6/11/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Ross Detwiler (oblique) will return from the DL to start Thursday against Colorado, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.
Insight: Detwiler (2-4, 2.76 ERA) hasn't pitched since May 15 due to a strained oblique. Pitching in Colorado Thursday makes him a risky play, but he should post solid numbers going forward.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/11/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (lat) threw a simulated game Tuesday, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.
Insight: The team is still hopeful that Strasburg will be able to return from the DL when he's eligible on June 16.
Bryce Harper, LF6/11/2013 2:12:00 PM
Description: We are still waiting to hear an update for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) after seeing Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
Insight: Harper had no procedures done, said agent Scott Boras, according to a Washington Post report. It's still unclear as to when Harper (.287, 12 HR, 23 RBI in 44 games) will be ready to play.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP6/9/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann improved to 9-3 with seven scoreless innings Sunday against Minnesota.
Insight: Zimmermann allowed just two hits and struck out eight. The right-hander has bounced back from his worst start of the season on May 29 to allow just six hits and two runs (zero earned) over his last 15 innings. He has a 2.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP this season. He's one of the frontrunners to start the All-Star game for the National League, along with Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, Patrick Corbin, Matt Harvey and Shelby Miller.
Denard Span, CF6/9/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span will sit out the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against Minnesota.
Insight: Span hit a foul ball off his foot on Saturday. Luckily, his X-rays came back negative. He's questionable for the nightcap at 7:05 pm.
Ross Detwiler, SP6/8/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals lefthander Ross Detwiler seemed encouraged after making a rehab start for Single-A Potomac on Saturday. Detwiler has been on the disabled list with a strained oblique. SOURCE: Nationals.com
Insight: Detwiler (3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) says he's ready to return to the rotation. He's on track to start Thursday versus Colorado.
Ian Desmond, SS6/7/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has yield to produce a base hit in seven at-bats versus Minnesota right-hander Kevin Correia.
Insight: Desmond has hit safely in nine straight although his home run streak ended at two in a row. The shortstop hit .292 with 25 homers last season and is certainly capable of repeating those numbers. However, probably not on Friday.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/6/2013 8:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (lat) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: The team is hopeful that Strasburg will be able to return from the DL when he's eligible on June 16.
Ross Ohlendorf, SP6/6/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Thursday's game between the Nationals and Mets was rained out, meaning the team won't need to call up Ross Ohlendorf to start Saturday. The Nats will just push back Gio Gonzalez to Friday and Nate Karns to Saturday.
Insight: It's a tough break for Ohlendorf, but not something that really matters to fantasy owners.
Ross Detwiler, RP6/6/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler (oblique) will make a minor league rehab start Saturday with High-A Potomac, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Detwiler last pitched on May 15 due to a strained oblique. He'll either return next Thursday at Colorado or in the following series at Cleveland.
Bryce Harper, LF6/6/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) will see Dr. James Andrews Monday.
Insight: Harper, who has bursitis in his left knee, attempted to jog under water Thursday but his knee is still swollen. Surgery to remove his bursa sac would be a last resort and would keep him out for a few more weeks, but that option is not imminent. Harper obviously won't be ready to come off the DL Tuesday when he is eligible.
Kurt Suzuki, C6/6/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki hasn't had much success against Mets righthander Shaun Marcum.
Insight: He only has one hit in 11 career at bats against him. Catcher is a thin position in fantasy but you can probably do better than Suzuki (.237, 2 HR, 11 RBI). Definitely don't start him Thursday against New York.
Dan Haren, SP6/5/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Dan Haren gave up five earned runs on seven hits (3 HR) in four innings Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Haren has walked just nine batters in 67 2/3 innings this season, but that's because batters haven't been waiting to pound his hittable stuff. He has allowed 15 homers and owns a 5.45 ERA this season. Fantasy owners shouldn't hold onto the past; he's safe to drop.
Ross Detwiler, RP6/5/2013 8:23:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler (oblique) likely will make one rehab start before rejoining the rotation, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Detwiler last pitched on May 15 due to a strained oblique. He "threw the heck out of the ball" in his bullpen session Wednesday, manager Davey Johnson said. However, the team will have to make sure Detwiler doesn't have any tightness in his oblique over the next few days. Detwiler made it through a bullpen session on May 18 but felt tightness the next day and had to be placed on the DL.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/5/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is starting at second base Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Rendon split time with Steve Lombardozzi at third base when Ryan Zimmerman was on the DL earlier this season and failed to make a splash, but he is expected to serve as the everyday second baseman with Danny Espinosa on the DL, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. Rendon, who will turn 23 Thursday, hit .319 with six homers and a 1.064 OPS in 33 games with Double-A Harrisburg this season.
Ross Ohlendorf, SP6/5/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: The Nationals are expected to call up Ross Ohlendorf to replace Stephen Strasburg (lat) in the rotation, according to the Washington Times.
Insight: Strasburg is only expected to miss two more starts at the most and Ohlendorf has a career 5.10 ERA in 441 1/3 innings, so fantasy owners can ignore the move.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/5/2013 5:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (lat) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: USA Today
Insight: Strasburg was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday to test out his strained lat for a possible start Saturday, but the session had to be canceled due to lingering soreness. Strasburg is eligible to be activated on June 16.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP6/4/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from his worst start of the season and allowed two unearned runs on four hits in eight innings Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Zimmermann allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits in six innings in his last start and still had a 2.37 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP coming into Tuesday. He's 8-3 with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
Ian Desmond, SS6/4/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Desmond has hit safely in eight straight and homered in two in a row. The shortstop hit .292 with 25 homers last season but his strikeout rate is up, his HR/FB rate is down and he's hitting .265 with eight homers.
Ross Detwiler, RP6/4/2013 5:28:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler (oblique) will throw off a mound in four days, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Detwiler last pitched on May 15 due to a strained oblique. We should know more about his timetable after his throwing session.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/4/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (lat) is scheduled to throw Wednesday and if all goes well he would start Saturday against the Twins, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Nationals manager Davey Johnson initially said Strasburg suffered a right oblique strain during his last start, but Washington's trainer said Strasburg's MRI showed a Grade 1 lat strain. If his bullpen session goes poorly, fantasy owners can expect Strasburg to be placed on the DL.
Jayson Werth, RF6/4/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) is in the lineup Tuesday, batting second and playing right field against the Mets.
Insight: Werth was activated from the disabled list Tuesday. He will play his first game since May 2 Tuesday night.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/4/2013 4:35:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have recalled prospect Anthony Rendon from Triple-A Syracuse.
Insight: Rendon split time with Steve Lombardozzi and failed to make a splash when Ryan Zimmerman was on the DL, and he might find himself in the same timeshare at second base with Danny Espinosa out. Rendon, who will turn 23 in two days, hit .319 with six homers and a 1.064 OPS in 33 games with Double-A Harrisburg this season and was just called up to Triple-A last week.
Danny Espinosa, 2B6/4/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa (wrist) finally has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Espinosa has admirably tried to play through a fractured right wrist, but it was time for him to go on the DL. He's hitting .158 with three homers and a .465 OPS in 44 games this season.
Danny Espinosa, 2B6/4/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa (wrist) has a favorable matchup with Mets starter Jeremy Hefner. He's 5-for-10 with a pair of home runs and a 1.800 OPS.
Insight: Espinosa is trying to play through a wrist injury that really requires a couple of weeks off and his production has suffered because of it. He has just four hits in his last 51at-bats and even this favorable matchup won't be enough to overcome the reality of the wrist injury.
Jayson Werth, RF6/2/2013 12:07:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) is on track to rejoin the team Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Werth expects to play nine innings in his final rehab game Sunday. He hasn't played since May 2.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/2/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is hitting .344 with seven homers, 19 RBI and 16 walks over his last 28 games, but he has been held in check by Braves starter Paul Maholm.
Insight: LaRoche only batted .136 in April. While he has turned his season around, he's hitting .213 against lefties this season and is 3-for-15 against Maholm. He might not even be in the lineup Sunday.
Stephen Strasburg, SP6/1/2013 5:43:00 PM
Description: According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, the Nationals do not expect to place Stephen Strasburg (oblique) on the DL right away.
Insight: Strasburg suffered a strained right oblique Friday against the Braves, Nationals manager Davey Johnson confirmed after the game. However, the team doesn't need a fifth starter until next Saturday.
Bryce Harper, LF6/1/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Amanda Comak of the Washington Times is reporting that she expects Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to be put on the disabled list on Saturday after sitting out the last five games with bursitis in his left knee.
Insight: Roger Bernadina (.149, 2 HR, 4 RBI) has been starting in right field, but has little fantasy value. Jayson Werth may be activated sometime next week which would add some offensive punch to the lineup.
Stephen Strasburg, SP5/31/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous item, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is dealing with a muscle issue in his lower back.
Insight: That's much better than what we were hearing earlier. We'll see if he's able to make his next Thursday against the Mets.
Stephen Strasburg, SP5/31/2013 8:36:00 PM
Description: Washington righthander Stephen Strasburg left Friday's start in Atlanta after just two innings.
Insight: In a studio update, MLB Network's Scott Braun suggested that Strasburg's injury might be related to shoulder discomfort. Craig Stammen has entered the game for the Nationals.
Bryce Harper, LF5/31/2013 4:15:00 PM
Description: Washington manager Davey Johnson was hopeful that Bryce Harper would be able to return to the starting lineup Friday against the Braves, but he's not going to get his wish, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com
Insight: Harper has been out the past few days while dealing with bursitis in his left knee. The rest of the weekend is still up in the air as well. Roger Bernadina (.149, 2 HR, 4 RBI) is starting in right field, but has little fantasy value.
Bryce Harper, LF5/30/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: Washington manager Davey Johnson is hopeful that Bryce Harper will be able to return to the starting lineup Friday against the Braves. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: Harper has been out the past few days while dealing with bursitis in his left knee. Tyler Moore (.149, 2 HR, 12 RBI) and Roger Bernadina (.149, 2 HR, 4 RBI) have been occupying the corner outfield positions in Harper's absence.
Denard Span, CF5/30/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is just 2-for-15 (.133) against Orioles starter Freddy Garcia.
Insight: Span hits for a decent average but he has no power and doesn't steal many bases. That makes him a mediocre fantasy option. And with Garcia on the hill Thursday, Span shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/29/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman doubled his homer total Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Zimmerman had three coming in, and he went deep three times against Baltimore. It's his first career three-HR game. The third baseman is batting .341 in May.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/29/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler (oblique) has been shut down since he felt tightness in his side during Sunday's workout, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Detwiler last pitched on May 15. He got through a bullpen session Saturday with no issues and was cleared to start Tuesday, but couldn't make it through fielding drills Sunday.
Bryce Harper, LF5/29/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) is uncertain to play this weekend, according to MASNSports.com.
Insight: Harper is dealing with swelling related to knee bursitis. Luckily, an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage, but his knee is healing more slowly than expected.
Bryce Harper, LF5/29/2013 1:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Harper is dealing with swelling related to knee bursitis. Luckily, an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage. The Nats are playing in Baltimore so they have the option to DH Harper, but manager Davey Johnson doesn't expect him to play in the series.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold5/29/2013 1:35:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa (wrist) is probable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore after taking batting practice on Monday and a full workout session on Tuesday.
Insight: Espinosa (.163, 3 HR, 12 RBI) has just one hit in his last 17 at-bats and has a 40/4 K/BB this season. He has been dealing with a fracture in his wrist since getting hit by a pitch in mid-April and also has a torn rotator cuff.
Jayson Werth, RF5/28/2013 8:54:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) worked out Tuesday and could go on a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday if he responds well, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Werth has not played since May 2 and already has had to stop a rehab assignment. The outfielder went through two full workouts Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, LF5/28/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) is out Tuesday and unlikely to play Wednesday, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Harper is dealing with swelling related to knee bursitis. Luckily, an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage. The Nats are playing in Baltimore so they have the option to DH Harper, but manager Davey Johnson doesn't expect him to play in the series.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold5/28/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa (wrist) is hoping to return to the lineup Wednesday, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Espinosa (.163, 3 HR, 12 RBI) has just one hit in his last 17 at-bats and has a 40/4 K/BB this season. He has been dealing with a fracture in his wrist since getting hit by a pitch in mid-April and also has a torn rotator cuff.
Bryce Harper, LF5/28/2013 3:48:00 PM
Description: As expected, Washington outfielder Bryce Harper is out for Tuesday's game against Baltimore while dealing with left knee bursitis.
Insight: Luckily, an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage but the team is likely to have him sit a couple more games before installing him back into the starting lineup. There is no reason to take a chance with the 20-year-old budding superstar.
Bryce Harper, LF5/28/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper is is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Baltimore while dealing with lefdt knee bursitis.
Insight: Luckily, an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage but the team is likely to have him sit a couple more games before installing him back into the starting lineup. There is no reason to take a chance with the 20-year-old budding superstar.
Bryce Harper, LF5/27/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: An MRI revealed that Bryce Harper is dealing with bursitis in his left knee. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Luckily, he doesn't have any structural damage. The Nationals left fielder should be back in the lineup later this week.
Bryce Harper, LF5/27/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is hitless in seven career at-bats against Baltimore right-hander Jason Hammel and still dealing with a sore left knee so management will give him Monday off.
Insight: He still does plenty of good things for fantasy owners (.287, 12 HR, 23 RBI, 29 runs, .973 OPS), but some time off might help as he's 5-for-22 (.227) since running into the wall in Los Angeles.
Bryce Harper, LF5/27/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is hitless in seven career at-bats against Baltimore right-hander Jason Hammel.
Insight: Given that Harper was forced out of Sunday's game with his sore left knee, this might be a great time to rest him. He still does plenty of good things for fantasy owners (.287, 12 HR, 23 RBI, 29 runs, .973 OPS), but some time off might help as he's 5-for-22 (.227) since running into the wall in Los Angeles.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/26/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler (back) is has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16.
Insight: He last start was May 15 when he went just three innings. He's the No. 5 starter on the Nationals' rotation with a 2-4 record, 2.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot5/26/2013 4:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg went eight inning on Sunday of one-hit, nine strikeout baseball against the Phillies.
Insight: After a slow start, Strasburg has allowed one run or less in his last four outings (28 IP). Although he still owns a losing record (3-5), the early-season worries should be a thing of the past.
Bryce Harper, LF5/26/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper gave way to a pinch runner in the seventh inning on Sunday - clearly the left knee is still hurting him.
Insight: Harper stole 18 bases last season, but with the knee and just one steal this season it's good bet he won't reach that total in 2013. He still does plenty of good things for fantasy owners (.286, 12 HR, 23RBI, 29 runs, .976 OPS) so a drop in one category shouldn't be a big problem.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot5/24/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has allowed two runs or less in nine of 10 starts this season and thrown six innings or more in all 10.
Insight: Zimmermann ran his record to 8-2 with seven innings of two-run ball against the Phillies Friday. He has a 1.71 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP and has walked just nine batters in 73 2/3 innings.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/24/2013 4:53:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler (back) is on track to start Tuesday against the Orioles, according to CSNWashington.com's Mark Zuckerman.
Insight: Detwiler played catch Thursday and will throw a bullpen session Saturday. He hasn't started since May 15 due to a sore back.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold5/24/2013 4:46:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa has been playing with a bone chip and a small fracture in his right wrist for the last month. He'll take several days off to see if he feels better. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com
Insight: Espinosa (.163, 3 HR, 12 RBI) has just one hit in his last 17 at-bats and has a 40/4 K/BB this season. He suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on April 14. Espinosa also was diagnosed with a torn left rotator cuff in the offseason and opted to not have surgery.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold5/24/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa is 3-for-19 with five strikeouts against Phillies hurler Kyle Kendrick
Insight: Espinosa (.163, 3 HR, 12 RBI) has just one hit in his last 17 at-bats and might soon find himself watching the daily action from the bench.
Ian Desmond, SS5/24/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 10-for-23 (.435) versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: After going hitless in five consecutive games, Desmond was 3-for-8 in the final two games of the San Francisco series. With six home runs among 22 extra base hits, Desmond's .775 OPS is yielding solid fantasy production and Friday should add to his totals.
Bryce Harper, LF5/24/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is 6-for-12 with a home run and a 1.571 OPS in his matchups with Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick
Insight: Harper had been dealing with soreness all over after running into the outfield wall on May 13, but broke out with a double and home run on Wednesday.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot5/22/2013 9:08:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez had a 5.34 ERA and a 5.1 BB/9 at the end of April, but he has been a much better pitcher in May.
Insight: Gonzalez has a 1.67 ERA and a 2.67 BB/9 over 27 innings this month and is 3-2 with a 3.66 ERA overall. The left-hander held San Francisco to one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday.
Bryce Harper, LF5/22/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Harper had not had a two-hit game since April 27. He has been dealing with soreness all over after running into the outfield wall on May 13.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/22/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a career .154 hitter (2-for-13) versus Giants right-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Since getting hitting advice from former teammate and friend Chipper Jones, LaRoche is batting .306 over a 21-game span, well above his season average of .219. This matchup should be avoided, however, despite his improved hitting.
Anthony Rendon, 3B5/21/2013 1:32:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B prospect Anthony Rendon played second base at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday night and could get some additional time at the position.
Insight: Playing second base ahead of Danny Espinosa would be an easier road to the majors than trying to beat out Ryan Zimmerman, but more than likely Rendon is just getting work so he can be a utility infielder. Rendon is the 28th overall prospect on MLB.com's top 100 list and the 22-year-old is batting .346 at Harrisburg.
Jayson Werth, RF5/20/2013 9:36:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth was hoping to be activated from the disabled list this Friday but now it looks like he'll need another two weeks to recover from his strained hamstring.
Insight: Amanda Comak from the Washington Times was the first to report the setback. Roger Bernadina (.132, 0 HR, 1 RBI) and Bryce Harper (.297, 11 HR, 22 RBI) will continue to see time in right with Steve Lombardozzi (.233, 0 HR, 6 RBI) making the occasional start in left field.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/20/2013 9:31:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler isn't making his scheduled start Monday against the Giants but he's hoping he'll be ready to pitch Sunday versus the Phillies. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: Detwiler has been bothered by a sore back. The 27-year-old has lost four out of his last five starts (4.21 ERA over that span).
Bryce Harper, LF5/20/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper is back after missing Sunday's game with a sore knee.
Insight: Harper ranks third in the NL with 11 homers in 38 games. He's gone 3-for-10 on the road trip with one RBI.
Bryce Harper, LF5/20/2013 12:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper missed Sunday's game due to a bruised left knee and is questionable for Monday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Harper (.297, 11 HR, 22 RBI) has been dealing with soreness all over since colliding with the outfield wall on Monday, but it's the knee which has given him the most problems.
Bryce Harper, LF5/19/2013 2:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will miss Sunday's game due to a bruised left knee, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with soreness all over since colliding with the outfield wall on Monday. He has gone 2-for-9 with a solo homer in his three appearances since the accident. However, he has passed concussion tests and the MRI on his bruised abdomen came back clean.
Ian Desmond, SSCold5/19/2013 2:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is getting the day off Sunday.
Insight: Desmond is 0-for-14 over his last four games and 2-for-24 over his last seven, so he can use the day to clear his head.
Jayson Werth, RF5/18/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) has traveled to Chicago to see another specialist. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: Werth's hamstring is tightening when he breaks out of the batter's box. He's still aiming to return to Washington's lineup Friday.
Bryce Harper, LF5/18/2013 6:49:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not in Saturday's lineup and likely will miss Sunday's game as well due to a bruised left knee, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with soreness all over since colliding with the outfield wall on Monday. He has gone 2-for-9 with a solo homer in his three appearances since the accident. However, he has passed concussion tests and the MRI on his bruised abdomen came back clean.
Bryce Harper, LF5/18/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not in Saturday's starting lineup, according to Adam Kilgore.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with soreness all over since colliding with the outfield wall on Monday. He has gone 2-for-9 with a solo homer in his three appearances since the accident.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot5/18/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is hitting .339 with four homers and 11 RBI since April 29.
Insight: April 29 was the day LaRoche and former teammate and friend Chipper Jones sat down to talk about his hitting. Perhaps the future Hall of Fame third baseman has found his next job - hitting coach.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/17/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals lefthander Ross Detwiler will miss his start Monday against the Giants. He's out with a lower back injury. SOURCE: Bill Ladson, MLB.com
Insight: Detwiler could be headed for the DL. He's 2-4 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts this season.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/16/2013 9:39:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson doesn't believe that Ross Detwiler will make his start Monday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Detwiler (2-4, 2.76 ERA) hurt his back Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Craig Stammen (2-1, 2.25) could be called upon to make a spot start if Detwiler can't go on Monday.
Wilson Ramos, C5/16/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos is back on the disabled list with an injured hamstring.
Insight: Ramos missed time in April with the same injury. He's hitting .250 this year with two homers in 14 games.
Bryce Harper, LF5/16/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Nats outfielder Bryce Harper is back in the lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Padres.
Insight: Harper smacked into a wall and busted his chin earlier in the week. He went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/16/2013 1:33:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler left his start Wednesday with lower back spasms and is questionable to take his next turn, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Detwiler only threw three innings Wednesday before exiting. He has a 2.76 ERA despite allowing 56 hits in 45 2/3 innings. Chris Young has allowed 41 hits and 23 earned runs in 26 innings with Triple-A Syracuse this season, so even if he does take Detwiler's next start, he shouldn't be considered by fantasy owners.
Bryce Harper, LF5/16/2013 1:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (nausea, shoulder, knee, rib cage) said after pinch-hitting in the ninth inning Wednesday that he was feeling "terrible," according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper collided with an outfield wall Monday against the Dodgers and suffered multiple injuries. His left side and abdomen are giving him the most issues, while his knee and shoulder soreness has subsided. He's questionable for Thursday's game, but it sounds like he needs another day off.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/16/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is hitting .390 with a homer, five RBI and seven walks during his 12-game hitting streak.
Insight: LaRoche's bat has awakened from its usual April slumber, though he still has a ways to go. He has struck out eight times in his last 16 at-bats and just snapped a 22-game homerless streak Wednesday night.
Bryce Harper, LF5/15/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (nausea, shoulder, knee, rib cage) will probably need one more day before he returns to action, manager Davey Johnson said. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: Harper collided with an outfield wall Monday against the Dodgers and suffered multiple injuries. He took batting practice and did some running Wednesday and should be ready to go Friday after sitting out Thursday.
Bryce Harper, LF5/15/2013 5:07:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is expected to miss Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers
Insight: Harper is dealing with nausea related to his collision with an outfield wall Monday night, but GM Mike Rizzo said that he will not need to undergo further testing.
Jayson Werth, RF5/15/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Insight: Werth is eligible to return to the big club on saturday and all signs point to him being ready at that time.
Bryce Harper, LF5/14/2013 6:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, as expected. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, Washington Times
Insight: Harper suffered a bruised shoulder and knee and a cut under his chin after a collision with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium Monday night. He avoided major injury, but he'll sit out a game or two.
Bryce Harper, LF5/14/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper, who left Monday's game with the Dodgers after running into the fence in right field, is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: X-rays were negative on his left shoulder and left knee, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. He also suffered a cut, but long-term there should be no problems from this collision with the wall. Consider him day-to-day.
Bryce Harper, LF5/14/2013 12:16:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game with the Dodgers after running into the fence in right field while trying to chasing down a ball hit by A.J. Ellis.
Insight: He lay on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field under his own power. He'll likely need a concussion test and could miss some time. His status should be updated on Tuesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/13/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 3-for-18 (.167) against Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett.
Insight: LaRoche's bat is waking up from its usual April slumber (last year not withstanding). His career first-half numbers are .246 batting average, .760 OPS vs. second half of .293 BA and .886 OPS.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot5/12/2013 6:28:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez blanked the Cubs over seven innings Sunday at Nationals Park.
Insight: The bullpen couldn't hold the lead and Gonzalez (3-2, 4.20 ERA) was left with a no-decision. Since losing to Atlanta on April 30th, he's undefeated with a 1.38 ERA.
Bryce Harper, LF5/12/2013 12:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Chicago after having a minor procedure to remove an ingrown toenail on Friday.
Insight: He missed two games. He's batting .302 this season with 10 HR, 21 RBI and 22 runs scored and is a must start whenever he's on the field.
Bryce Harper, LF5/11/2013 2:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in Saturday's starting lineup against Chicago after having a minor procedure to remove an ingrown toenail on Friday.
Insight: In the long run, one more game isn't a big price to pay to make sure the star returns at full strength. He's batting .302 this season with 10 HR, 21 RBI and 22 runs scored.
Jayson Werth, RF5/11/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday that Jayson Werth's hamstring injury has landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Werth hasn't played since aggravating his hamstring injury last Thursday. His MRI came back clean and he was hoping to return to action, but he's still experiencing spasms.
Bryce Harper, LF5/11/2013 1:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is probable for Saturday's game against Chicago after having a minor procedure to remove an ingrown toenail on Friday.
Insight: Manager Davey Johnson said he's likely to miss just one game which was Friday, so we expect him back in the lineup for Saturday's contest.
Ross Detwiler, RP5/10/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler snapped a three-start losing streak Friday night by going 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs.
Insight: Detwiler has been unlucky with a .324 BABIP, but he has countered by posting a 1.69 BB/9, allowing just three homers in 42 2/3 innings, and stranding 82.4 percent of baserunners.
Ian Desmond, SS5/10/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Threes were wild for Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond Friday against the Cubs. He had three hits, drove in three and scored three runs.
Insight: Desmond hit his fifth homer of the season in the fourth inning off Jeff Samardzija and also had a double. He's hitting .287 with five homers and four steals and is one of the top shortstops in fantasy.
Bryce Harper, LF5/10/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in the lineup Friday after having a minor procedure to remove an ingrown toenail that had been bothering him. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: Harper blasted his 10th homer of the season Thursday against the Tigers. Manager Davey Johnson said he's likely to miss just one game.
Jayson Werth, RF5/10/2013 5:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday that Jayson Werth's hamstring injury will likely land him on the DL.
Insight: Werth hasn't played since aggravating his hamstring injury last Thursday. His MRI came back clean and he was hoping to return to action Saturday, but he's still experiencing spasms.
Jeff Kobernus, 2BHot5/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Washington Nationals minor league second baseman Jeff Kobernus is batting .371 this season and showing solid base running skills with 14 SB over the team's first 31 games.
Insight: Kobernus has hit above .300 over the past two plus seasons, but his path to the majors is blocked by Ian Desmond and he isn't likely to help fantasy owners any time soon unless there is an injury or a trade.
Bryce Harper, LF5/10/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper, who slammed his tenth home run of the season Wednesday in a win against the Tigers, is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury that we are aware of, just a day of rest. It took Harper 85 games to reach double-digit homers in 2012. This season, it only took him 32 games. Harper (.302) looks like a lock for the NL All-Star team, but you will have to live without him on Friday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/10/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Zimmerman has played five games since returning from the DL and is batting .278 (5-for-18), but with just one extra base hit. This is not a matchup to get healthy on.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/9/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 9-for-17 with two doubles, two RBI and a 5/6 K/BB over his last six games.
Insight: LaRoche's bat is slowly waking up from its April slumber. However, his homerless streak reached 17 games Thursday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/9/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with an RBI Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: Zimmerman has played five games since returning from the DL. He went 0-for-8 with seven K in two of them and 5-for-10 with three walks, zero strikeouts and six runs in the other three.
Jayson Werth, RF5/9/2013 7:26:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth needs one more day of rest before he can return to action, manager Davey Johnson said. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: Werth hasn't played since aggravating his hamstring injury last Thursday, but his MRI came back clean.
Jayson Werth, RF5/9/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth's MRI showed no structural damage on his sore right hamstring, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Werth hasn't played since aggravating his hamstring injury last Thursday, so if he is placed on the DL, the team can make the move retroactive to last week.
Bryce Harper, LF5/9/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper slammed his tenth home run of the season Wednesday in a win against the Tigers.
Insight: It took Harper 85 games to reach double-digit homers in 2012. This season, it only took him 32 games. Harper (.313) looks like a lock for the NL All-Star team.
Jayson Werth, RF5/9/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is headed for an MRI on his injured hamstring.
Insight: He's been battling muscle spasms for the last week and at this point it wouldn't be surprising if he winds up on the DL. Werth's injury should open up more playing time for backup outfielder Roger Bernadina, though we wouldn't recommend him in fantasy (just one hit in his last 25 at bats).
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot5/9/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Nats righthy Jordan Zimmermann made his Cy Young case a little bit stronger Wednesday with a win over Detroit (7 IP, ER, 2 BB, 7 K's).
Insight: He hasn't given up more than three runs in any start this season and is now 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA in his last three apperances. Only Matt Harvey (0.69) and Hisashi Iwakuma (0.76) have posted lower WHIPs than Zimmermann (0.82) in 2013.
Jayson Werth, RF5/8/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is out of the lineup Wednesday against Detroit.
Insight: Werth hasn't played since aggravating his hamstring injury last Thursday, and he wasn't in the lineup Tuesday prior to the rainout. Nats manager Davey Johnson may just be keeping Werth out due to rainy weather in the forecast Wednesday. Werth's poor history against Wednesday's scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez -- 2-for-30, 19 K -- could have something to do with it as well.
Jayson Werth, RF5/8/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Although Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is listed as probable as he recovers from a hamstring injury, he would be wise to wait until a better matchup to return to the field.
Insight: Werth is a career .167 hitter with 19 strikeouts in 30 at-bats versus Detroit's scheduled starter on Wednesday, Anibal Sanchez.
Danny Espinosa, 2B5/8/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa is 1-for-13 with six strikeouts in his matchups with Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Espinosa (.185, 3 HR, 10 RBI) has hit safely in five of the past six games, including a home run on Sunday, but this matchup should be avoided.
Jayson Werth, RF5/7/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was not in Tuesday's lineup against Detroit prior to the rainout. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com
Insight: Werth is a career .167 hitter with 19 strikeouts in 30 at-bats versus Detroit's scheduled starter on Tuesday, Anibal Sanchez, so there was no need to rush him back into the lineup. He hasn't played since aggravating the injury last Thursday, but we could see him back Wednesday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B5/7/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa is 1-for-13 with six strikeouts in his matchups with Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Espinosa (.185, 3 HR, 10 RBI) has hit safely in five of the past six games, including a home run on Sunday, but this matchup should be avoided.
Jayson Werth, RF5/7/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Although Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is listed as probable as he recovers from a hamstring injury, he would be wise to wait until a better matchup to return to the field.
Insight: Werth is a career .167 hitter with 19 strikeouts in 30 at-bats versus Detroit's scheduled starter on Tuesday, Anibal Sanchez.
Bryce Harper, LF5/5/2013 4:17:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper got tossed Sunday for arguing a check swing in the first inning.
Insight: Harper (.312, 9 HR, 18 RBI) is an emotional player with a tendency to lose his temper every now and then. Roger Bernadina is filling in for him in left field right now. We'd expect Harper to be back in the lineup Tuesday versus Detroit.
Jayson Werth, RF5/5/2013 12:32:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said his hamstring is feeling better, but he's going to be cautious, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Werth is aiming to return to the lineup Tuesday, but that's not a given.
Denard Span, CF5/5/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span (foot) is starting Sunday's game, according to beat writer Mark Zuckerman.
Insight: Span missed Saturday's game with a bruised left foot after fouling a pitch off it Friday night.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/4/2013 8:41:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 1-for-1 with three walks and a sac fly Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: LaRoche's bat is slowly waking up from its April slumber. The first baseman has gone 4-for-7 with five walks over his last three games.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/4/2013 8:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: Zimmerman put his hamstring to the test Saturday, legging out a triple and scoring from second on a single and third twice on sacrifice flies. The third baseman returned to action Friday after spending two weeks on the DL with a left hamstring strain.
Stephen Strasburg, SP5/4/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (forearm) made it through seven innings and 95 pitches Saturday against the Pirates, but he allowed two homers and four earned runs in a no decision.
Insight: Strasburg dealt with forearm tightness after Monday's start versus the Braves, so this outing should provide some relief for fantasy owners in regards to his health. However, the right-hander is 1-4 with a 3.45 ERA and an 8.9 K/9, which is below expectations.
Denard Span, CF5/4/2013 1:46:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span is not in Saturday's lineup against Pittsburgh. Roger Bernadina will replace Span in center field and Danny Espinos will lead off for the Nationals.
Insight: Span (.292, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 10 runs, four steals) has been a solid leadoff hitter.
Jayson Werth, RF5/3/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth likely will miss the entire series against Pittsburgh with a hamstring injury, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Werth has been dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries and had to leave Thursday's game, which was his first action since April 29. However, the team still doesn't view it as a DL situation.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/3/2013 3:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Zimmerman played just one rehab game due to a rainout Tuesday, but the team evidently thought that was enough. Anthony Rendon, who went 6-for-25 (.240) with five walks and seven strikeouts in his first eight major league games, was sent down in a corresponding move.
Jayson Werth, RF5/2/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth left Thursday's game with hamstring tightness, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Werth has been dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries and was playing his first game Thursday since April 29, but he was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning. Manager Davey Johnson says Werth will miss a few days but doesn't need to go on the disabled list.
Bryce Harper, LF5/2/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (left side contusion) went 0-for-4 with a walk Thursday against Atlanta.
Insight: Harper suffered a left side injury Tuesday when crashing into the outfield wall and aggravated it on a check swing Wednesday, and while X-rays came back negative, he was expected to get at least one game off. However, he played a full game Thursday.
Dan Haren, SP5/2/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Dan Haren had his best start of the season Thursday against Atlanta, going eight innings and allowing four hits and one earned run and striking out four.
Insight: Haren allowed 38 hits and 17 earned runs in 24 1/3 innings over his first five starts this season, and he's still a risky play until he provides some consistency. Two quality starts in a row is a nice place to start.
Jayson Werth, RF5/2/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: The Nationals pinch-hit Roger Bernadina for Jayson Werth in the fifth inning, which means that one of Werth's injuries was giving him a problem.
Insight: Werth has been dealing with ankle and hamstring issues for the past few days. Beat writer Mark Zuckerman says that the rainy weather in Atlanta also could be a factor in pulling Werth out.
Bryce Harper, LF5/2/2013 5:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is tentatively listed as the starting left fielder and No. 3 hitter Thursday night, according to beat writer Mark Zuckerman.
Insight: Harper suffered a contusion on his left side when he crashed into the outfield wall Tuesday, and he aggravated the injury on a check swing Wednesday night. X-rays came back negative, but he wasn't expected to play Thursday and there's always a chance he'll be scratched if he feels soreness during BP.
Jayson Werth, RF5/2/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth (hamstring, ankle) is back in the lineup Thursday, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Werth hasn't played since fouling a ball off his left ankle on April 29. He also has been dealing with hamstring soreness, but is listed as the starting right fielder and No. 4 hitter Thursday.
Bryce Harper, LF5/2/2013 4:38:00 PM
Description: The X-rays on Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's side came back negative, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper suffered a contusion on his left side when he crashed into the outfield wall Tuesday, and he aggravated the injury on a check swing Wednesday night. He's doubtful to play Thursday, but it doesn't look like he'll be out of the lineup for long.
Bryce Harper, LF5/2/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: It doesn't look like Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will be available for Thursday night's series finale against the Braves. SOURCE: Nats Insider
Insight: Harper injured his side Wednesday in the sixth inning and was replaced by Roger Bernadina. We're guessing Bernadina will get the nod again on Thursday. Harper could be back in the lineup Friday versus the Pirates.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/2/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman expects to be activated from the disabled list Friday against Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Zimmerman went 0-for-3 Wednesday in a rehab game with Single-A Potomac. He's been out since mid-April because of a hamstring strain. Top prospect Anthony Rendon could be optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Zimmerman on the big league roster.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot5/1/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Washington righthander Jordan Zimmermann dominated the Braves for his fifth victory of the season Wednesday at Turner Field (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 K's).
Insight: Zimmermann (5-1, 1.64 ERA) is quietly posting Cy Young numbers for the second place Nationals. He'll make his next start Tuesday against Detroit.
Bryce Harper, LF5/1/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper injured his side while taking a swing in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: First it was Jayson Werth (ankle injury). Now it looks like the Nationals have two injured outfielders. Roger Bernadina has come on to take Harper's place in right field.
Jayson Werth, RF5/1/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth has been sent for X-rays on his injured ankle. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MSN
Insight: Hopefully Werth didn't suffer a bone fracture. Bryce Harper is starting in right tonight against Atlanta with Tyler Moore occupying Harper's usual spot in left.
Gio Gonzalez, SP4/30/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez walked five and allowed seven hits and five runs over four innings Tuesday in a loss to the Braves.
Insight: Gonzalez did strike out nine batters, but he failed to build on his best start of the season April 25 against the Reds (8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). He has walked 18 batters in 32 innings.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/30/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will begin his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Potomac, according to beat writer Mark Zuckerman.
Insight: Zimmerman is expected to return to the big league lineup Friday against the Pirates.
Jayson Werth, RF4/30/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) is sitting out of Tuesday's game, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Werth fouled a ball off his ankle Monday night and also is dealing with hamstring/groin tightness. That's unfortunate since he is a career .385 hitter (15-for-39) with a 1.160 OPS when facing Braves right-hander Tim Hudson.
Stephen Strasburg, SP4/30/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Stephen Strasburg owners can breath a sigh of relief after general manager Mike Rizzo announced there was no structural problem with the pitcher's arm. He's not expected to miss any starts.
Insight: Strasburg was dealing with forearm tightness after Monday's no decision versus the Braves.. The right-hander has a 3.13 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a 36/12 K/BB in 37 1/3 innings, and he's 1-4.
Jayson Werth, RF4/30/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is a career .385 hitter (15-for-39) with a 1.160 OPS when facing Braves right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Werth is worth a shot if he plays which isn't a guarantee as he had to exit Monday's game after fouling a ball off his left foot. Werth is also dealing with a tight groin.
Stephen Strasburg, SP4/29/2013 11:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson says that Stephen Strasburg has tightness in his forearm, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com. UPDATE: Strasburg says he won't miss a start, reports Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: The announcement that Strasburg was dealing with forearm tightness came after he gave up six hits and walked four in six innings Monday against the Braves in a no decision. The right-hander has a 3.13 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a 36/12 K/BB in 37 1/3 innings, and he's 1-4.
Jayson Werth, RF4/29/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth had to exit Monday's game after fouling a ball off his left foot, though Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com reports Werth is also dealing with a tight groin.
Insight: Werth went 1-for-4 Monday and is hitting .265 with four homers, 10 RBIs and 17 runs. He said he felt the groin tightness before fouling the ball off his foot.
Wilson Ramos, C4/29/2013 4:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Ramos is available off the bench Monday night as a backup to Kurt Suzuki.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/27/2013 1:08:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) has been cleared to begin his rehab assignment on Monday, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Considering how Anthony Rendon has struggled since being brought up (2-for-15), Zimmerman's return can't come too soon.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot4/26/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Nats righthander Jordan Zimmermann hurled a one-hitter Friday against Cincinnati.
Insight: Friday was the third time in 86 starts that Zimmermann has tossed a complete game and the first time he's delivered a complete game shutout. His 2.00 ERA through five starts is second-best among Washington starting pitchers.
Denard Span, CFHot4/25/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span smacked three hits Thursday in an 8-1 win over Cincinnati.
Insight: One of the hits was a two-run triple. Span (.289, 0 HR, 8 RBI) is currently on a four-game winning streak (.353 AVG during the streak).
Gio Gonzalez, SP4/25/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez (8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 7 K's, BB) notched his second win of the season Thursday against Cincinnati.
Insight: The only hit he gave up was a solo homer to Joey Votto in the fourth inning. Thursday marked Gonzalez's longest outing of the season. The seven strikeouts he produced also matched a season-high.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/25/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: Washington manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is only 2-3 days behind catcher Wilson Ramos' schedule. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com
Insight: Ramos will start his rehab assignment Friday and could return to action Monday. Zimmerman hasn't played since April 17 so he is eligible to return late next week. Steve Lombardozzi and Anthony Rendon will handle third base duties while Zimmerman is out, with Rendon likely going back to the minors when Zimmerman returns.
Wilson Ramos, C4/25/2013 4:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will join Double-A Harrisburg for a rehab assignment Friday, according to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com.
Insight: Ramos could be ready to return to action Monday. The catcher hasn't played since straining his left hamstring on April 13.
Steve Lombardozzi, 2BHot4/25/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Washington manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that Steve Lombardozzi will begin to play regularly. He'll start at third base Thursday. SOURCE: Bill Ladson, MLB.com
Insight: Anthony Rendon is 2-for-15 with five strikeouts in his first four major league games and Lombardozzi is batting .345 with three doubles in 29 at-bats. We also could see Lombardozzi get some starts at second base with Danny Espinosa swinging a cold stick.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/25/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche had a day off Wednesday and he probably wishes he had another one Thursday with Bronson Arroyo on the hill for the Reds. LaRoche is 5-for-29 (.172) against Arroyo in his career.
Insight: LaRoche is experiencing his usual April slump, hitting .169 with 23 strikeouts. Hopefully it won't carry into May.
Jayson Werth, RF4/24/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth blasted a solo homer Wednesday for his lone hit in four at-bats.
Insight: Werth hit three homers over his first seven games but he hadn't hit one since. The outfielder had a 57/42 K/BB in 81 games last year but he has an 18/4 K/BB over 21 games this year.
Stephen Strasburg, SPCold4/24/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg held St. Louis to three runs on five hits in seven innings, walked one and struck out seven Wednesday afternoon, but he was handed his fourth loss of the year.
Insight: Strasburg (1-4, 3.16 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) won on Opening Day but he has lost four straight starts. The Nationals have scored a combined nine runs in the five games Strasburg has started this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SPCold4/24/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: After a stellar season opener (7.0 IP, three hits, zero runs) Washington starter Stephen Strasburg has appeared mortal in his last three outings going 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA.
Insight: Strasburg has only faced the Cardinals one time. He went six innings yielding just two harmless hits and struck out nine batters, so he might be able to turn it around Wednesday afternoon.
Rafael Soriano, RP4/24/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano is doubtful for Wednesday's game against St. Louis while being at home for the birth of his child.
Insight: The Nationals have plenty of closing option if Soriano isn't available with Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/24/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: LaRoche (.172, 3 HRs, 8 RBI) has struggled in April throughout his career save 2012, so this start isn't a big surprise. Tyler Moore (.158) is expected to make the start at first base.
Rafael Soriano, RP4/20/2013 8:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano picked up his sixth save Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Soriano dealt with a tweak in his leg earlier this month and allowed two homers and four runs in back-to-back appearances on April 6 and 9, but he has thrown four straight scoreless innings.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold4/20/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez walked four and gave up five hits and five runs in four innings Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Gonzalez gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings his last time out. The left-hander has been terrible with men on base so far, posting a 61.1% strand rate. His career rate is 73.9 percent, so we're sure he'll figure it out.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/20/2013 8:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went deep with two men on Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: LaRoche (.191, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs) has struggled in April throughout his career save 2012, and he owns a .246 average in May and a .252 average in June, so it could be a frustrating few months for fantasy owners. However, he has a .293 average and .886 OPS in 520 games after the All-Star break in his career.
Bryce Harper, CFHot4/20/2013 8:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs, three runs and a walk Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Harper is an immense talent and nothing he does should really surprise fantasy owners. He has seven homers in 62 at-bats.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/20/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore
Insight: Zimmerman has missed an average of 33 games over the last three seasons, and he'll miss at least two weeks with his current injury. Prospect Anthony Rendon has been called up and will start right away, according to manager Davey Johnson. Rendon should be added in most leagues.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/20/2013 1:46:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will have an MRI on his injured hamstring to determine whether the oft-injured slugger will need another trip to the DL.
Insight: Zimmerman is hitting for a low average (.226 in 53 at bats), but he's also on pace for over 100 RBI. He's missed an average of 33 games a year over the past three seasons. Chad Tracy (.158, 0 HR, 1 RBI) would likely get the start in Zimmerman's place.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/20/2013 1:42:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa is expected to return for Saturday's game after missing the past four contests.
Insight: Espinosa (.175, 1 HR, 3 RBI) is off to a slow beginning while his replacement, Steve Lombardozzi is batting .320 in 10 games, however, Lombardozzi doesn't have Espinosa's 20-HR power.
Stephen Strasburg, SP4/19/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Stephen Strasburg fell to 1-3 after Friday's loss to the Mets.
Insight: Strasburg allowed four runs in six innings, though only two of those runs were earned. He looked rattled in the sixth after allowing home runs to Ike Davis and Lucas Duda over a span of just three at bats. Though Strasburg still sports an impressive 2.96 ERA, he definitely doesn't look as sharp as he did a year ago.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/19/2013 6:24:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will have the night off to rest his injured hamstring Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Zimmerman is hitting for a low average (.226 in 53 at bats) but he's also on pace for over 100 RBI. Chad Tracy (.133, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will get the start in Zimmerman's place.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/19/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman will miss his fourth straight game Friday against the Mets.
Insight: On the bright side, at least Espinosa (.175, 1 HR, 3 RBI) won't have to face Matt Harvey. The down side is, his sore hand doesn't seem to be improving.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/19/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Wednesday's game due to a tight hamstring, but is probable for Friday's game against the Mets.
Insight: It's always a worry for fantasy owners who select Zimmerman, a top fantasy third basemen when healthy, but who has missed an average of 33 games per year from 2010-12.
Denard Span, CF4/19/2013 11:51:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span missed Wednesday game while dealing with flu-like symptoms and is questionable for Friday's game against the New York Mets.
Insight: Span is hitting .313 with nine runs, two steals and a 5/9 K/BB in 13 games. He should be a solid fantasy option as the leadoff hitter for Washington.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/19/2013 11:48:00 AM
Description: Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa has a 50/50 shot at returning to the lineup Friday versus the Mets, according to manager Dasvey Johnson. He's been sitting out with a sore right wrist.
Insight: Espinosa isn't off to a very good start (.175, 1 HR, 3 RBI in 12 games) but he's capable of hitting home runs (38 long balls the last two seasons).
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/17/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Wednesday's game due to a tight hamstring, but manager Davey Johnson expects to have him back Friday. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com
Insight: Zimmerman is one of the top fantasy third basemen when healthy, but he missed an average of 33 games per year from 2010-12.
Kurt Suzuki, C4/17/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki had a triple, a homer and a sac fly Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Suzuki will be the starting backstop while Wilson Ramos is sidelined by a hamstring strain. He has six extra-base hits (two HR) and a .360 average in 25 at-bats after hitting .267 with five homers in 146 at-bats with Washington last year.
Bryce Harper, CF4/17/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to action after missing a game due to an illness and went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI Wednesday versus the Marlins.
Insight: Harper was 0-for-13 since hitting a homer in the first inning Friday night, but he quickly put a stop to that slump and raised his average to .364.
Ross Detwiler, RPHot4/17/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Washington lefty Ross Detwiler picked up his first win of the season by limiting Miami to one run on seven hits in seven innings Wednesday night.
Insight: Detwiler (0.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) gave up two doubles and five singles, didn't walk a batter and struck out five. He has walked just three batters in 20 innings this season.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold4/17/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: Nats manager Davey Johnson says that second baseman Danny Espinosa has a 50/50 shot at returning to the lineup Friday versus the Mets. He's been sitting out with a sore wrist. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sports Washington
Insight: Wednesday will mark Espinosa's third consecutive absence. Espinosa isn't off to a very good start (.175, 1 HR, 3 RBI in 12 games) but he's capable of hitting home runs (38 long balls the last two seasons) and could be a nice sleeper in fantasy leagues.
Bryce Harper, CF4/17/2013 5:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is back in the lineup Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game due to the flu.
Insight: Harper will face Ricky Nolasco, against whom he is 6-for-17 with two home runs, both of which came on Opening Day this season. He's been in a bit of a slump, going hitless in his last 13 at-bats, to lower his average to .320.
Denard Span, CF4/17/2013 5:07:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Marlins. He's still battling flu-like symptoms, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
Insight: Span is hitting .313 with nine runs, two steals and a 5/9 K/BB in 13 games. He also missed Tuesday's game.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/17/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (hand) missed Tuesday's game and isn't expected to play Wednesday though there is an outside chance his bruised wrist could allow him to play.
Insight: Espinosa was hit on the right wrist Sunday and has been dealing with soreness. Even if he's healthy enough to go, he'll likely be held out as the matchup with Miami pitcher Ricky Nolasco is extremely unfavorable. Espinosa is hitless in 17 career at-bats against the Marlins right-hander.
Jayson Werth, RF4/17/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is just 4-for-31 over his career against Marlins' right-hander Ricky Nolasco with 10 strikeouts.
Insight: Werth is off to a solid start, batting .309 with three home runs and eight RBIs this season, despite the fact that he admits his left wrist is not fully healed. This is not a great matchup for the bearded outfielder.
Bryce Harper, CF4/17/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper missed Tuesday's game while dealing with flu-like symptoms, but if he plays Wednesday he has a favorable matchup.
Insight: Harper is 6-for-17 with two home runs against Miami starter Ricky Nolasco. He's been in a bit of a slump, going hitless in his last 13 at-bats, to lower his average to .320. Check back later to see if Harper is healthy enough to play on Wednesday night.
Dan Haren, SPCold4/16/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Dan Haren gave up seven hits, seven runs (three earned) and one homer in 4 1/3 innings at Miami Tuesday night.
Insight: Haren has been bombed for 26 hits and 12 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings this year. His next start will likely come against the Cardinals next week.


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