Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:34:47 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Michael Taylor (knee) received good results after undergoing an MRI exam and believes he could play Friday, Sept. 4, according to manager Matt Williams. Taylor is not in the starting lineup, though. OF Clint Robinson is starting in place of Taylor, and Robinson is batting fifth against Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran Friday.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Taylor ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is set to return to the lineup Saturday, Sept. 5, but you'll want to check back for an official update before locking him into your lineups. Taylor will receive plenty of playing time down the stretch and is a fringe outfield option in deep mixed leagues.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:54:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The four runs batted in were a career high for Robinson ($3,600, 7.2% of cap), who is batting .308 over the past week.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:53:25 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper walked four times and scored four runs while collecting an RBI against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Sept. 3. He became the fourth MLB player since 1914 to score four runs in a game without an official at-bat.
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) clearly wasn't affected by the left gluteus issue that caused him to leave the game Wednesday, Sept. 2. FantasyScore owners can continue to add him to their lineups without being concerned about injuries.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:40:35 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Over his last 10 games, Zimmerman ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is batting .400 with seven home runs, four doubles and 22 RBIs. FantasyScore owners should make sure he is in all of their lineups for the foreseeable future.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:39:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmermann ($8,000, 16.0% of cap) threw his second consecutive quality start and his fourth in the last six games. He will make his next start Tuesday, Sept. 8, against the New York Mets.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:19:39 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is batting .414 with six home runs and 12 RBIs over the past seven days, so finding a way to fit him into your FantasyScore lineups as long as his hot hitting continues is an absolute must.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:45:52 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Michael Taylor (knee) is available to play in the game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Sept. 3, even though he was not in the starting lineup while nursing a sore right knee. He originally hurt his knee Aug. 27 when he crashed into the outfield wall in center field.
Fantasy Tip: Taylor's ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) injury probably isn't serious, but the Nats need to be even more cautious with him now that Denard Span won't return this year. Taylor still has usefulness in deep mixed leagues for his combination of power and speed down the stretch.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:28:56 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,900, 15.8% of cap) had been pitching very well before he was injured in his last outing. Coming off an injury and facing the upstart Mets will be a tall task and will come with plenty or risks for FantasyScore gamers.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:28:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) left the game early Wednesday, Sept. 2, due to left gluteus tightness, but it clearly wasn't a serious injury. FantasyScore players don't have many options with just five games on the docket Thursday, so Harper checks out as a high-end option for daily contests.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:17:40 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Clint Robinson is starting in left field and batting fifth against Atlanta Braves SP Matt Wisler Thursday, Sept. 3. OF Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the starting lineup Thursday.
Fantasy Tip: Batting in the heart of the lineup, Robinson ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) has some FantasyScore appeal as an upside source of cap relief Thursday. He hasn't been receiving a lot of playing time of late with just eight starts since Saturday, Aug. 1, though, so Robinson isn't without risk. Taylor ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is dealing with a sore knee and is now set to miss his second consecutive game. Taylor remains a low-end outfield option in deep mixed leagues, as the injury doesn't appear to be serious.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:38:42 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann is 6-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 14 career starts against the Atlanta Braves, who he faces Thursday, Sept. 3. He's 2-0 against them with a 1.88 ERA in four starts this year.
Fantasy Tip: On a day with a limited slate of action, it makes sense to pay up for today's most expensive pitcher in Zimmermann ($8,000, 16.0% of cap). Not only have the reeling Braves lost eight straight games, but they ranked 27th in the league in OPS in August (.693).
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:13:36 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (back) will throw an extended bullpen session Thursday, Sept. 3, and manager Matt Williams said Strasburg will need at least two days after that before making his next start. SP Tanner Roark will be recalled from the minors to start in Strasburg's place Friday, Sept. 4, against the Atlanta Braves.
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,900, 15.8% of cap) could return to start sometime this weekend, but a more realistic option is for him to face the rival New York Mets early next week. It's disappointing for his fantasy owners, because he was looking very sharp and healthy after returning from his DL stint. Using him on FantasyScore in his next start could be dicey, since his pitch count may be limited. Roark ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) isn't a bad deep sleeper as your second daily starter Friday against the Braves, who ranked 27th in team OPS in August (.693).
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:57:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The severity of Harper's ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) injury is not yet known. Check back for further updates on his condition.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:41:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Roark has starting experience, and once Strasburg is able to return the former starter Roark is expected to keep a rotation spot at the expense of youngster Joe Ross, who has reached his innings ceiling. However, the latter is not exactly written in stone.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:41:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Taylor ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) owns a .230/.288/.405 slash line with eight runs, three home runs and nine RBI over his past 20 games. He remains a solid NL-only and cavernous mixed player in seasonal leagues due to his semi-regular at-bats, however, you should be able to do better in the majority of formats, though. He isn't a strong FantasyScore play outside of prime matchups due to his hefty price tag.
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