Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:38:33 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar (hamstring) is not starting Tuesday, July 7, against the Cincinnati Reds. 2B Danny Espinosa has shifted over to third for this game, and 2B Dan Uggla is at second base.
Fantasy Tip: Escobar ($4,100, 8.2% of cap) should be removed from your lineup until he is 100 percent. Espinosa ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) has a price tag that may be a bit high, but he is a .273 hitter against Reds starter Johnny Cueto.
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:32:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Span ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) should be left out of your lineup until the all-clear is given, but back spasms could be a hindrance for a while. Taylor ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) is hitting .182 against Cincinnati pitching. He hasn't seen starter Johnny Cueto this season, but this average is not a good sign.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:47:01 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa ($3,900; or 7.8% of cap) might play regularly at third base with Yunel Escobar suffering a hamstring injury in the season opener.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:46:21 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Span ($4,200; or 8.4% of cap) cannot be trusted by FantasyScore players right now, as he has been in and out of the lineup with back spasms lately. Michael Taylor ($3,700; or 7.4% of cap) could start in center field if Span needs to miss time, with Matthew den Dekker ($1,600; or 3.2% of cap) perhaps drawing some starts.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:45:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: If Escobar ($4,100; or 8.2% of cap) is forced to miss time due to the injury, Danny Espinosa ($3,900; or 7.8% of cap) would likely play third base with a regular role possibly opening for Dan Uggla ($1,900; or 3.8% of cap) at second.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:12:55 -0700
Washington Nationals SS Yunel Escobar (undisclosed) was lifted from the game Monday, July 6, against the Cincinnati Reds due to an apparent lower body injury. He was stretching his legs on the base paths before departing.
Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain as to the exact source and severity of Escobar's ($4,100; or 8.2% of cap) injury, but he should be avoided in FantasyScore until he can officially return and prove his health in a full game without any lingering effects of his injury.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:15:25 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (back) left the game Monday, July 6, against the Cincinnati Reds after two innings. He had been battling back spasms, although it's uncertain if that is the exact reason for his early departure.
Fantasy Tip: Span ($4,200; or 8.4% of cap) has been in and out of the lineup frequently, and he should be avoided in FantasyScore until he can officially return and prove his health in at least two or three consecutive games without any setbacks.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:07:17 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper said he will not participate in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game festivities. Harper cited his father's recent rotator cuff surgery following a snowboarding accident as a reason. "Not having my dad throwing to me is a big issue for me," Harper said, and he added that his father 'throws strikes' and knows where his 'sweet spot' is.
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($6,400, 12.8% of cap) leads the National League in runs (58), on-base percentage (.474), slugging percentage (.722), and he has 25 home runs and 60 RBI already this season. He has emerged as arguably the best hitter in fantasy baseball, and he is worth nightly consideration at FantasyScore.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:30:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Fister ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) should be started in a situation like this. He appears to have the Reds' number, so trust the statistics and give Fister a chance in FantasyScore.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:14:50 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Span ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) is still hitting a decent .305, so one hitless game is no cause for alarm. He is worth starting in FantasyScore when facing right-handed pitching (.343), as his average drops to .197 against lefties.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:09:05 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann picked up the victory Sunday, July 5, as the Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-1. Zimmermann has allowed one run in the past 22 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmermann ($7,700, 15.4% of cap) has been pitching very well as of late, so he is worth the investment on FantasyScore when his turn comes up.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 14:38:26 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has a .185 average (5-for-27) in the past week with 10 strikeouts. Espinosa will lose some fantasy value with the demotion in the batting order, but you should leave him off your roster as a whole because of the horrible slump he is in.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:40:40 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Washington Nationals have placed SP Stephen Strasburg (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. In a corresponding move, SP Taylor Jordan was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse.
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) is landing on the disabled list for the second time this season. He is 5-5 with a 5.16 ERA but had been dominant since returning from his first DL stint, going 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA in three starts while limiting opponents to a .161 average. Jordan is not yet available in FantasyScore but is a possibility to replace Strasburg in the starting rotation, along with Tanner Roark ($4,700, 9.4% of cap).
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:59:39 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (side) left his start against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, July 4, due to tightness in his left side, according to manager Matt Williams. He will be re-evaluated Sunday, July 5.
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) had been pitching well prior to exiting the game as a precautionary measure, allowing one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings, with two walks and three strikeouts. Check back for more updates on his status.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:26:23 -0700
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan is not in the starting lineup Saturday, July 4. OF Gregor Blanco is playing center field and batting first against Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg Saturday.
Fantasy Tip: Over his past 21 games, Pagan ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) is batting just .205 with a .491 OPS. It is likely just a routine day off, but seeing as he would have to face Strasburg, Pagan wasn't a viable FantasyScore option anyway. Blanco ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a desperation source of cap relief, either.
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