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Nationals' Lane Thomas: Returns to reserve role
Thomas is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Thomas will take a seat after cracking the lineup in four of the Nationals' previous five games. He wasn't able to take advantage in the recent uptick in opportunities, as he went 3-for-14 with a walk over those four starts to bring his season-long batting line to a paltry .214/.267/.214. Thomas still looks to be Washington's fourth outfielder behind Juan Soto, Yadiel Hernandez and Victor Robles.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Slugs first homer
Thomas went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.
Thomas hadn't shown much power this season before crushing a 431-foot shot to left field in the fifth inning. It was his first long ball of the campaign after he hit seven homers in 226 at-bats last year. Thomas could be in line for more playing time while Nelson Cruz (back) remains out, though the former's .219/.271/.313 season slash line doesn't make him a particularly appealing fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Looks like fourth outfielder
Thomas is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Thomas is sitting for only the second time in six games, but he still appears to be the Nationals' fourth outfielder behind Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Yadiel Hernandez. The lefty-hitting Hernandez looks poised to hold down the strong side of a platoon with Thomas in left field, but Thomas may occasionally see work in center field against right-handed pitching on the days the Nationals choose to have him fill in for the struggling Robles.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Sitting out Tuesday
Thomas is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Thomas will hit the bench for the series opener after he picked up starts in the outfield in each of the past three games while going 3-for-11 with an RBI and a stolen base. He appears to be locked into a timeshare in the outfield with Yadiel Hernandez, who gets the nod in left field over Thomas on Tuesday. As the left-handed hitter of the two, Hernandez could end up occupying the larger side of a platoon at the position if Thomas is unable to recover from his lackluster start to the season.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Leading off Saturday
Thomas will start in left field and hit leadoff in Saturday's game against the Giants.
Thomas has hit no higher than fifth in any game this season, but with Cesar Hernandez struggling and left-hander Alex Wood on the bump for the opponent, Thomas will occupy the top spot in the order for at least one day.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Not starting Wednesday
Thomas isn't starting Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Thomas started the last nine games and hit .219 with three doubles, five RBI, two runs and 10 strikeouts. Yadiel Hernandez will take his place in left field and bat sixth.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Added to Thursday's lineup
Thomas has been added to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.
Thomas was initially slated to sit Thursday, but he'll start in center field and bat eighth after Dee Strange-Gordon (undisclosed) was a late scratch. Thomas has gone 3-for-12 with a double, four RBI, a run and four strikeouts in his last three appearances.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Not starting Thursday
Thomas isn't starting Thursday's game against the Pirates.
Thomas started in each of the last three games and went 3-for-12 with a double, four RBI, a run and four strikeouts. Yadiel Hernandez will start in left field and bat sixth Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Late add to lineup
Thomas will start in left field and bat seventh Tuesday against Atlanta.
The 26-year-old was originally absent from Tuesday's lineup but will end up starting in left field after Nelson Cruz (undisclosed) was scratched. Thomas is 2-for-12 with a double, three RBI, a run and seven strikeouts through four games this season.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Back on bench
Thomas will sit Tuesday against Atlanta.
Thomas impressed down the stretch last season, but the Nationals don't seem to view him as a full-time player. He's alternated between the lineup and the bench over the team's first six games, going 2-for-12 with seven strikeouts. Yadiel Hernandez will receive another start in left field Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Drives in three Monday
Thomas went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Monday's 11-2 rout of Atlanta.
The outfielder broke out after an 0-for-7 start to the season. Thomas did strike out in his other three at-bats Monday, however, and he sports a 1:7 BB:K through four games, something he'll need to improve on if he wants to hang onto a starting job.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Sitting again
Thomas is not in Sunday's lineup against the Mets, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Thomas has alternated starts with Yadiel Hernandez in left field throughout the team's opening series. Thomas hasn't made the best case for an everyday role by going 0-for-7 while striking out four times, though it is an extremely limited sample. Hernandez will hit sixth in the lineup Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Out of Friday's lineup
Thomas is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Thomas went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk during an Opening Day loss to the Mets, and he'll take a seat for Friday's contest. Yadiel Hernandez will start in left field for the Nationals against right-hander Max Scherzer.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Goes yard Saturday
Thomas went 2-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
His fourth-inning blast off David Peterson was Thomas' first homer of the spring. The 26-year-old had some surprising success with the Nationals last season after being picked up from the Cardinals in a trade for Jon Lester, posting an .853 OPS with seven homers and four steals in 45 games with Washington, and Thomas is penciled in as the Opening Day left fielder for the Nats.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Could play LF, may not lead off
Manager Dave Martinez said Monday that Thomas will get work in both left and center field this spring, as Victor Robles will get the chance to compete for the everyday job in center after losing hold of the role in late August of last season, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Before being demoted to Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 31 and not returning to the big-league roster down the stretch, Robles was benched in three consecutive games, which opened up starts in center for Thomas. The 26-year-old ran with the opportunity, as he not only claimed Robles' job, but he also took over as the Nationals' leadoff man down the stretch and hit .258/.349/.500 with seven home runs, three steals, 27 runs and 21 RBI from September onward. Though he seems like he'll still have an everyday role in a corner spot even if Robles breaks camp as the team's center fielder, Thomas doesn't look like he'll open the season atop the batting order. Per Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, Martinez said Tuesday that he would like for offseason pickup Cesar Hernandez to emerge as the team's leadoff man, in which case Thomas may have to settle for a spot in the bottom half of the lineup.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-0, 185 lbs|
|Birthplace: Knoxville, TN|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|