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August 10, 2020 03:40 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Sits against southpaw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames is not in the lineup against lefty Steven Matz and the Mets on Monday.

Thames didn't start against any of the first four lefties the Nationals faced this season, so it's no surprise to see him sit again Monday. Asdrubal Cabrera will handle first base in his absence.

August 7, 2020 02:00 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Sitting versus lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames is not in the lineup Friday against the Orioles.

Thames returned to action Wednesday after dealing with some back pain and went 1-for-3, but he'll hit the bench Friday with southpaw Tommy Milone starting for Baltimore. Howie Kendrick will start at first base while Josh Harrison serves as the designated hitter.

August 5, 2020 03:08 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames (back) returns to the lineup Wednesday against the Mets, batting seventh and playing first base.

Back pain popped up for Thames over the weekend, causing him to miss a pair of intrasquad games. He remained sidelined Tuesday but is back for Wednesday's contest and will look to improve upon his .681 through his first six games.

August 5, 2020 05:32 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Not starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

Thames missed a pair of intrasquad games over the weekend, though it's unclear whether the back issue is actually the reason for his absence Tuesday. Lefty Steven Matz will start for the Mets, and Thames didn't start against either of the first two lefties the Nationals faced this season. Howie Kendrick will start at first base, with Asdrubal Cabrera serving as the designated hitter.

August 2, 2020 10:12 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Absent for another simulated game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames (back) didn't participate in Sunday's simulated game, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

Thames' stiff back prevented him from taking competitive at-bats for the second day in a row, prompting manager Dave Martinez to label the first baseman as "day-to-day" heading into Tuesday's series opener versus the Mets. Fortunately for Washington, Howie Kendrick looks to have overcome his own back issue since the Nationals had their weekend series in Miami postponed. Kendrick or Asdrubal Cabrera could pick up starts at first base if Thames isn't ready to go when the Nats return to action.

August 1, 2020 01:20 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Dealing with back issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames sat out Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage with back pain, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Assuming the injury is a minor one, it's quite well-timed for Thames, as the Nationals have no games until Tuesday after their weekend series against Miami was postponed due to the Marlins' coronavirus outbreak. Thames received treatment Saturday, though it's not yet clear when he's expected to return to game action.

July 30, 2020 01:08 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Riding pine vs. lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames is out of the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

The lefty-hitting Thames will head to the bench for the second time this season with a southpaw (Hyun-Jin Ryu) on the mound for the opposition. Asdrubal Cabrera will cover first base in place of Thames, while Josh Harrison takes over as designated hitter for Howie Kendrick (back).

July 25, 2020 05:40 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Sits against southpaw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames will be on the bench Saturday against the Yankees.

Thames started in the season opener against righty Gerrit Cole but will sit Saturday with lefty James Paxton on the mound. Howie Kendrick will move out to first base, with Carter Kieboom serving as the designated hitter. Whether or not Thames will sit against the majority of lefties this season remains to be seen.

July 13, 2020 11:20 AM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Headed for everyday role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames could be in the lineup every day this season, either at first base or designated hitter, Jessica Camerato of reports.

The Nats seemed to have plenty of 1B/DH depth not too long ago, but with Ryan Zimmerman opting out of the season and Howie Kendrick (undisclosed) not yet cleared to participate in summer camp, Thames is currently the last man standing. The former Brewer has been working hard on his defense at first base during camp, but it's his bat that will keep him in the lineup after he slugged 72 homers over the last three seasons.

May 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Trying not to overdo workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames has been working out in his garage and hitting off a tee to stay in shape, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.

"The trainers have definitely been reaching out to make sure no one is showing any symptoms and then the strength coach has been reaching out to make sure you get your sprints in, your program, your stretching, do this and that. Just making sure guys don't show up overweight or out of shape. You don't want to get hurt," Thames said earlier this week. The veteran slugger also said he was making sure he didn't hit the weights too much out of sheer boredom. "Not trying to do too much because I do get really big. So this last month, my programming is all stretching and just getting my shoulders ready, my hips and all that fun stuff."

March 7, 2020 08:24 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Calf feels good in return to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames (calf) felt good after going 2-for-3 in his return to the lineup Saturday against Miami, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Thames felt good enough after losing a few days to calf tightness that he attempted to stretch a single into a double in the first inning. He didn't play in the field Saturday but should be able to do so soon.

March 6, 2020 04:32 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Returning to Saturday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames (calf) is expected to serve as a designated hitter in one of Saturday's split-squad games, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

Thames has been limited by left calf tightness early on in spring training, but he's been fielding grounders and taking batting practice this week. Assuming Thames is able to bat as expected Saturday, game action at first base figures to follow shortly thereafter.

March 4, 2020 01:36 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Dealing with calf tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames has been dealing with a tight left calf and is expected return to game action this weekend, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

The 33-year-old has been fielding grounders and taking batting practice at the team facility as of late, but manager Davey Martinez doesn't want to push the veteran too hard this early in camp. Thames finished his 2019 campaign in Milwaukee hitting .247/.346/.505 with 25 home runs, 67 runs scored and 61 RBI across 459 plate appearances. The left-handed power hitter is expected to enter Opening Day in a platoon role with Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Thames has hit a total of 63 home runs against righties over the past three seasons, compared to just nine versus southpaws.

January 6, 2020 05:32 PM
Nationals' Eric Thames: Lands with Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Nationals on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

The deal also includes a mutual option for a second season. The 33-year-old hasn't been able to keep up the incredible numbers he posted in his first month back in major-league baseball in 2017, but his .247/.346/.505 slash line with 25 homers for the Brewers last season was certainly respectable. His arrival in Washington complicates the team's infield picture. Howie Kendrick had appeared to be the primary option at first base but will likely now also take playing time from Starlin Castro and Asdrubal Cabrera at second and third. Thames can also play the outfield corners.

November 4, 2019 01:44 PM
Eric Thames: Option declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames' $7.5 million team option for 2020 was declined by the Brewers on Monday, making him a free agent.

The 32-year-old hit .247/.346/.505 with 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 2019, so the move comes as a bit of a surprise, especially after Jesus Aguilar was traded at the end of July. Thames has had slightly inconsistent production over his career, but he has above-average power numbers, although that also results in a high number of swings and misses.

September 29, 2019 09:32 AM
Brewers' Eric Thames: Crushes 25th homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies.

Thames' only hit of the night was a big one, as he opened the scoring with the long ball off Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez. This is the second time Thames has reached the 25-homer plateau. The first baseman has added 61 RBI and 67 runs scored in 148 games this year.

September 27, 2019 05:16 PM
Brewers' Eric Thames: Back in starting lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames (hamstring) is starting at first base and hitting fifth Friday night against the Rockies.

Thames was lifted from Thursday's contest with bilateral hamstring discomfort, but the Brewers stated after the game that his removal was precautionary. He'll be right back in the mix for Friday's series opener.

September 26, 2019 04:52 PM
Brewers' Eric Thames: No concern over injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Craig Counsell said there's no concern regarding Thames' hamstring cramps, Adam McCalvy of reports.

Thames exited Thursday's game prior to the second inning with bilateral hamstring discomfort, though it sounds like his removal was more precautionary. His legs have apparently been bothering him for a while, so the Brewers didn't want to take any chances. Thames should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's series opener against the Rockies.

September 26, 2019 01:40 PM
Brewers' Eric Thames: Dealing with hamstring discomfort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames exited Thursday's game against the Reds with bilateral hamstring discomfort.

It's worth noting that Thames told reporters prior to Thursday's game that he was dealing with some notable aches and pains, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The first baseman should be considered day-to-day; he'll likely undergo further evaluation before the Brewers determine his status for the team's final series of the regular season.

September 26, 2019 01:24 PM
Brewers' Eric Thames: Exits early Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thames (undisclosed) exited Thursday's game against the Reds in the second inning, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

It's unclear what forced Thames' early exit, though he said he prior to the game that he was dealing with some notable aches and pains, per Haudricourt, and appeared to tweak his hamstring in Wednesday's contest. Yasmani Grandal took over at first base for Thames, with Manny Pina entering the game to play catcher.

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