Grace was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno on Monday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Grace was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Friday, and after going unclaimed on waivers, he'll head to Washington's Triple-A affiliate.
Grace was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Friday.
Grace has endured a rough second half with a 7.42 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 14 outings, so he'll lose his spot on the 40-man roster with Roenis Elias (hamstring) and Hunter Strickland (paternity) rejoining the team. Grace could remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Grace will serve as the Nationals' first-ever opener Saturday against the Dodgers, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
Grace is making his first start since 2017 but does not figure to go more than two innings, which is the most he's gone all season. In 39 innings out of the bullpen in 2019, Grace is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA and a 27:8 K:BB. Joe Ross will serve as the primary pitcher once Grace is removed from the game.
Grace (0-2) took the loss against the Phillies on Sunday, giving up a walkoff solo home run to Maikel Franco in the ninth inning.
After he struck out Jay Bruce on three pitches to begin the inning, Nats manager Dave Martinez elected to leave the southpaw in to face Franco, with disastrous consequences. Grace now carries a 6.09 ERA and 22:8 K:BB through 34 innings on the season, with only four holds in 39 appearances.
Grace heads into the second half with a 6.53 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 20:8 K:BB through 30.1 innings, and he's still looking for his first win or save while recording four holds in 35 appearances.
The 30-year-old southpaw appeared to be turning things around in mid-May, reeling off nine straight scoreless appearances between May 19 and June 6, but since then he's been tagged for runs in three of his last four outings. Grace is essentially the second LOOGY in the Nats bullpen behind Tony Sipp at this point, putting a severe limitation on his ability to produce fantasy value even if he were to regain some consistency,
Grace coughed up four runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- and a walk in an inning of work during Friday's loss to the Cubs.
The Nats were already down 10-4 when Grace came out of the bullpen for the ninth inning, but he made sure they had no hope of coming back. The southpaw entered May with a 4.97 ERA, but things have gotten a lot worse since then -- he's been tagged for 12 runs and four homers in his last five appearances, leaving him with an 8.55 ERA and 1.85 WHIP through 20 innings on the year. Washington's bullpen as a whole has been awful in 2019, and wholesale changes could be coming, but Grace's current form makes him one of the more likely relievers to lose his spot.
Grace recorded one out in Friday's loss to the Marlins.
Entering the game with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, the southpaw plunked Curtis Granderson with his first pitch to bring home what proved to be the winning run, but he then got Neil Walker to line out to second base before he was lifted for right-hander Joe Ross. Grace has made 11 appearances already this season, but eight of them have been for less than an inning, and his limited role -- not to mention his 7.71 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in seven frames -- keeps him off the fantasy radar, even in formats where non-closing relievers can have value.
Grace struck out the only batter he faced in Thursday's win over the Mets to record his first hold of the season.
The southpaw has appeared in five games already, but four of those outings lasted less than an inning. Grace's 10.13 ERA and 2.63 WHIP are ugly, but his 4:1 K:BB in 2.2 frames suggests there's little cause for concern. His role in the Nats' bullpen, however, doesn't provide for much fantasy value.
Grace struck out one in a perfect inning of relief during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
The southpaw is coming off a strong 2018 campaign in which he posted a 2.87 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 59.2 innings, and while Grace's spring ratios appear sketchy (6.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP), he hasn't allowed a homer in six frames with a 6:3 K:BB. The addition of veteran LOOGY Tony Sipp to the Nats' bullpen does potentially push Grace down into a lower-leverage role, but his spot on the big-league roster doesn't appear to be in any jeopardy.
Grace allowed only one hit and struck out four in four scoreless innings of relief Wednesday in a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox.
Pressed into service when Erick Fedde (shoulder) was forced to exit the game a few pitches into the second inning, Grace was exceptional in his longest appearance of the year, helping to save the rest of the Nats' bullpen. The left-hander threw 46 pitches (33 strikes), so he'll likely be unavailable for a few days, but he now sports a 3.34 ERA and 25:5 K:BB through 29.2 innings on the season in a low-leverage role.
Grace (groin) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Grace is set to rejoin the Nationals after getting through a pair of minor-league rehab appearances with Double-A Harrisburg setback-free. He allowed an unearned run on four hits while striking out three across two innings during his two outings with the Senators. The southpaw compiled a 5.06 ERA across 10.2 innings with the Nationals prior to landing on the shelf. Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) was sent to the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
Grace (groin) will get the next two days off before being reevaluated Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Grace, who has been sidelined since April 21 with a strained groin, has made two rehab appearances for Double-A Harrisburg, allowing an unearned run on four hits while striking out three across two innings. The Nationals will see how his groin feels in a couple of days before deciding whether to bring him back to the big-league bullpen or keep him on a rehab assignment.
Grace (groin) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Monday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
Grace is set to return to game action for the first time since landing on the disabled list near the end of April with a groin strain. Given the length of his absence, Grace will likely need to make multiple rehab appearances before rejoining the Nationals' bullpen.
Grace (groin) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
Grace has been out since late April with a strained groin. He's schedule for a live bullpen session Friday which would be followed by a rehab assignment.
Grace (groin) played catch Wednesday and plans on resuming his rehab assignment next weekend, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Grace was shut down for a few days after suffering a setback during his original rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse on May 8. He will look to gradually increase his throwing distance over the weekend and hopefully report back to Syracuse for another outing or two by the end of next week.
Grace (groin) was sore after his minor-league rehab appearance Tuesday, so he'll be shut down for two days, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Grace, who has been on the disabled list since April 21 with a groin injury, tossed a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. Unfortunately, his groin didn't respond the way the Nationals were hoping after the outing, so he'll take a couple days off before being reevaluated Friday.
Grace (groin) tossed a bullpen session Sunday, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals will likely check back in with Grace and see how feels a day after resuming mound work, but if he reports no issues with his left groin, he'll likely be cleared to begin a brief rehab assignment early this week. Grace could be activated from the 10-day disabled list at some point during the Nationals' upcoming road series in San Diego or Arizona.
Grace (groin) threw off flat ground prior to Friday's game, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Grace has been on the disabled list since April 21 due to a strained left groin. It appears as though he's getting near a return to the mound, but he will likely need a little more time before being activated by the Nationals.
Grace was placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Grace has a 5.06 ERA in 10.2 innings for the Nationals so far this season. Trevor Gott was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place in the bullpen.
Grace survived the final round of roster cuts and is set to be on the Opening Day roster, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
The left-hander is set to fill a long-relief role for the Nats after posting a 4.32 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 31:18 K:BB in 50 big-league innings last season. Grace's numbers at Triple-A Syracuse in 2017 were better, but he's still a very fungible arm for fantasy purposes given his role and skill set.
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