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The team would've needed to expose him to waivers to send Turner back to Triple-A, but the fact that the Nats didn't have a long man in the 'pen may have also played a factor in the decision to keep him around. The 25-year-old was solid Monday in his first start of the season, allowing three runs with a 6:0 K:BB over six innings at Coors Field, and if Joe Ross struggles as the fifth starter or injuries crop up, Turner could get another look in the rotation down the road.
Walker (3-1) covered eight innings and struck out 11 batters while giving up two runs on four hits and no walks in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Padres.
It was the best outing of the season for Walker, who overcame a difficult first inning to make life difficult for the San Diego bats the rest of the evening. He retired 12 of the subsequent 13 Padres hitters before surrendering a solo homer to Ryan Schmipf in the seventh inning, and finished the start out on a high note. Walker owns a pedestrian 3.94 ERA over five starts this season, but a 33:7 K:BB and 2.97 FIP over his 29.2 innings suggests that some improvement should be in store for him.
Martinez allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight batters during Thursday's afternoon win over Toronto.
It's been an up-and-down start to the season for Martinez, as he's mixed in two poor outings (against the Brewers and Reds) with three strong performances. He's currently sporting a 4.71 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with an unsustainably high 12.2 K/9. Expect all three ratios to begin dropping as he becomes more consistent on the hill and settles into the season. This could prove to be a profitable buy-low opportunity, too. Martinez lines up to face the Brewers next.
Harvey said he wasn't physically ready to pitch against Atlanta on Thursday because he completed a weight-lifting session Wednesday, David Schoenfield of ESPN reports.
Harvey allowed six runs on five hits and five walks over just 4.1 innings to the Braves on Thursday, and the outing stands out as his worst of the early season. He entered Thursday with a solid 2.84 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, so while his 6.0 K/9 wasn't jumping off the page, the righty was at least limiting opposing hitters. Assuming he's ready to make his next start, Harvey lines up to face Atlanta again next week.
Senzatela (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out a single batter over six innings during Thursday's loss to Washington.
The Nationals scored 42 runs over the past three games in Coors Field, so Senzatela limiting them to four over six innings should probably be viewed as a respectable showing. His hitter-friendly home venue is going to be a concern all season, but Senzatela currently sports a solid 2.81 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 18 strikeouts over 32 innings. He's has an easier matchup up next with a road start against the Padres.
Gonzalez (3-0) allowed just two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five batters over 6.2 innings during Thursday's win over Colorado.
Considering the favorable hitting environment at Coors Field, this was a rock-solid outing from Gonzalez. The veteran lefty has got off to an excellent start to the campaign with a 1.62 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 7.0 K/9. After posting a 8.7 K/9 and 22.4 strikeout percentage last year, Gonzalez likely has some positive regression ahead in the punchouts column, too. He'll look to continue his strong run against the Diamondbacks next week.
Hellickson (4-0) allowed a single run on seven hits while striking out just one batter during Thursday's win over Miami.
Hellickson has been a great fantasy asset in three categories to start 2017. He's already picked up four wins and boasts excellent ratios (1.80 ERA and 0.80 WHIP). Unfortunately, the 30-year-old righty has only struck out 11 batters through 30 innings for a 3.3 K/9. Additionally, his 3.61 FIP and .196 BABIP suggest there are likely rougher times ahead.
Volquez (0-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and four walks while striking out just two batters over 5.2 innings during Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.
The veteran showed statistical decline in consecutive seasons with the Royals and hasn't fared much better with Miami. Volquez posted a 10.1 K/9 through his first four outings, but after recording a mark below 7.0 in each of his previous three campaigns, Thursday's two punchouts might be a sign of things to come. There is probably still some streaming potential in mixed leagues, but Volquez is difficult to trust right now.
Romano was placed on the DL on Thursday with shoulder inflammation, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Romano had started four games at Triple-A Louisville. Over said games he compiled a stellar 1.23 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. There's yet to be any word regarding the severity of his condition, but he'll look to build upon his solid start to the season once he's back in full health.
Stephenson might get sent down to Triple-A Louisville later this season to get stretched out as a starter, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon speculates.
This doesn't appear to be imminent, and in fact Sheldon's comment was spurred by a reader question. But this isn't a surprise, given Stephenson's draft pedigree and usage in the minors. He's coming off of a rough relief outing in Milwaukee, having given up five runs (four earned) over two-thirds of an inning Tuesday.