Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:43:20 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper currently leads the majors in walks heading into the games Friday, April 24, with 15 of them. "I think it's more pitchers not giving me pitches to hit," Harper said. "I'm just trying to be as patient as I can and get my pitch to hit and not give in to what they're doing." Harper has been intentionally walked five times in 16 games. He has done a better job this year of laying off pitches off the plate, too. But he's also struck out 22 times, which is second in the National League.
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($5,000, 10.0% of cap) isn't off to the best start in 2015, but it's still early and he does have four home runs, despite hitting .259 (14-for-54). The improve plate patience will be good for Harper in the long run. He should be a daily consideration for a lineup spot at FantasyScore.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:29:02 -0700
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) is steal dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot despite starting Friday, April 24, and it's an ongoing problem for him. Zimmerman sleeps with a splint on his foot at night and keeps it in ice and has anti-inflammatory medication to keep the swelling down.
Fantasy Tip: If you own Zimmerman ($4,000, 8.0% of cap), make sure you have replacements handy in case the injury-prone veteran succumbs to yet another injury. Zimmerman is off to somewhat of a slow start, too, and his sore foot may be playing a part. Keep an eye on him.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:25:43 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Max Scherzer (thumb) has a swollen right thumb after injuring it hitting Thursday, April 23. He's scheduled to do his normal between-starts throwing session, but if he can't, they'll adjust the rotation.
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4% of cap) didn't believe his injury was all that serious, and he expects to make his next start. Keep an eye on his progress nonetheless. He's off to a great start with his new club, and he should be in consideration for a pitcher slot at FantasyScore each time he toes the rubber.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:20:09 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) remains in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Mat Latos Friday, April 24. Zimmerman is starting at first base and hitting fifth in the batting order.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) is dealing with a mild case of plantar fasciitis, which if not treated properly, can become debilitating, especially for an injury-prone player like Zimmerman. The Nats will likely look to rest him at some point this weekend, so keep an eye out. Zimmerman is only hitting .226 (14-for-62 with two home runs), and his foot injury may affect his results at the plate. At FantasyScore tonight against Latos, Zimm isn't a terrible option at first base, but you can likely find better candidates.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:08:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4% of your cap) has been brilliant, but he's just not getting the run support to grab wins. He's an option on FantasyScore every time he starts.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:50:50 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Max Scherzer (wrist) said he jammed his wrist while at the plate in the fifth inning in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 23, but added that he would make his next start. He allowed two earned runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out four.
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($9,200, 18.4) is now 1-2 on the year, but don't let his record fool you. He owns a sparkling 1.26 ERA and a .184 batting average against to go along with 29 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. Scherzer is worth the hefty price tag at FantasyScore.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:30 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) owners are probably saying, "here we go again." The oft-injured Zimmerman hasn't played in more than 61 games in the last two years due to various ailments, mainly shoulder problems. His owners may want to start making contingency plans in case his injury worsens or impacts his performance.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:18:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Clint Robinson ($1,600, 3.2% of your cap) had a three-hit game balloon his average to .292, but he hasn't done much else. He could be worth a flyer later in the season, but avoid him on FantasyScore against Michael Wacha.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:13:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Jose Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of your cap) has no FantasyScore value.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:16 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) played five innings in an extended spring game without issues Wednesday, April 22, and he'll start his minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg Friday, April 24.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) may need more than a handful of rehab games before making his season debut in 2015, so stay patient just a little while longer. Once he's back and ready, he should immediately be put into starting lineups and become a FantasyScore daily consideration.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:45:40 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) told manager Matt Williams that his knee is pain-free. "We want to make sure he is in shape, get his legs underneath him. So beyond the pain, that's probably the biggest thing. His swing will come, the timing will come and all of that. We don't want him to get out there too quickly, and not being in baseball shape," Williams said.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) will be a welcome addition to all fantasy rosters that he inhabits in early May. You should throw Rendon into your starting lineups immediately upon his return, and he'll be a daily FantasyScore consideration. His return may put Yunel Escobar and Danny Espinosa into a platoon at second base.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:47:49 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) played three innings at third base in extended spring training Tuesday, April 21, and he'll play five innings Wednesday, April 22. Rendon will start a rehab assignment Friday, April 24.
Fantasy Tip: This is great news for Rendon ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) owners that likely snagged him at the tail end of the first round this spring. Expect to see him back in Washington in early May, at the latest. Until then, Yunel Escobar ($2,100, 4.2% of cap) and Danny Espinosa ($1,800, 3.6% of cap) are daily matchup plays while seeing extra playing time at third and second base, respectively.
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:17:48 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (hernia) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, April 19. The team also optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse. Span is in the starting lineup Sunday and is batting leadoff.
Fantasy Tip: Span ($3,100, 6.2% of cap) will be playing his first game of the season after undergoing surgery in March. Owners on FantasyScore may want to see how he does in the first game or two before considering him for their lineups.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:27:56 -0700
Washington Nationals OF/1B Tyler Moore was spotted fielding grounders at third base Saturday, April 18, and the team considers him to be the contingency plan at the hot corner in case another infielder gets injured. 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) remains on the disabled list and INF Yunel Escobar (groin) left the game against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, April 17, because of a strained groin.
Fantasy Tip: INF Danny Espinosa is playing third base Saturday. 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who has played 1,133 career games at third, is not being considered as an emergency option at the position.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:11:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ramos ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) likely will receive to the lineup after receiving a day off Saturday. Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has gone hitless in all five of his at-bats this season and is not a great option on FantasyScore.
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