Raburn was released by the Nationals on Saturday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
A brutal showing in spring training (.080/.179/.080 across 28 plate appearances) confirmed Raburn wouldn't break camp with the Nationals, so the team decided to free the veteran up to pursue other opportunities. He'll look to catch on elsewhere, though his time as a viable platoon bat in the outfield may well be up.
Raburn was scratched from Friday's lineup, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
There was no reason given for Raburn's removal from the starting nine, but expect an update if Raburn is suffering from some sort of ailment. Blake Perkins will take the field in his place.
Raburn (side) will start in left field and bat sixth in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Raburn was initially slated to play in the Nationals' exhibition opener Feb. 23 against the Astros, but he was scratched from the lineup with side tightness and has been sidelined ever since. After nearly two weeks off to recover, Raburn looks to be sufficiently healthy, as illustrated by the Nationals' decision to immediately deploy him in the outfield rather than as a designated hitter. In any case, Raburn was always on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot, so the time he has already missed this spring may have been enough to spoil his chances.
Raburn will not play in Friday's spring game due to side tightness, MLB.com's Jamal Collier reports.
Raburn was scratched from the lineup card while Andrew Stevenson will take his spot in left field. It doesn't sound like his injury should be too much of a concern as the club stated that it was a precautionary move to pull him from the game. Barring any setback, Raburn should be back on the field in the near future.
Raburn was scratched from Friday's spring game against Houston, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
There was no reason given for the removal of Raburn at this time. The outfielder did miss the last five weeks of the 2017 campaign with a back injury but more should be known in the near future regarding his current status. In 25 big-league games last year, Raburn slashed .262/.304/.431 with two home runs and six RBI. Andrew Stevenson will be plugged into his place for Friday's contest.
Raburn (back) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
He ended the year on the DL with a back injury, having last played for the Nationals on July 22. It is unclear if this deal comes with an invite to spring training, but regardless, Raburn is highly unlikely to see significant work in the majors in 2018. He was essentially a replacement level player last year (negative-0.1 fWAR), which has been the case for the last two seasons.
Raburn (back) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
With Trea Turner (wrist) coming off the 60-day DL, the Nationals needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Raburn will be unable to come off the DL until Sept. 21 at the earliest, so it seems like a long shot that he would get back into the flow of things in time to be included on the postseason roster.
Raburn (back) was spotted taking batting practice Monday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
Raburn hasn't taken an at-bat since July 22 due to stints on the bereavement list and the disabled list with an injury to his back. It seems like he's closing in on a return, but he'll likely just provide additional depth off the bench once healthy.
Raburn (personal) was activated from the bereavement list Wednesday and subsequently placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left trapezius strain, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
The veteran outfielder apparently got a little banged up diving for a ball in Friday's contest, so he'll head to the DL to rest his injury. The DL stint is backdated to July 23, so he can return on Aug. 2 if he's ready. No corresponding move needed to be made since he was moved straight from the bereavement list, so look for Adam Lind to continue logging starts in left field until Raburn is back in the fold.
Raburn was placed on the bereavement list prior to Sunday's game, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
Raburn will be away from the team for a few days to attend to a loss in the family. In the meantime, Andrew Stevenson will get the call from Triple-A to provide outfield depth.
Raburn will be placed on the bereavement list Sunday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Raburn was scratched from Saturday's lineup and manager Dusty Baker later revealed that Raburn is dealing with the loss of his grandfather.
Raburn was scratched from Saturday's starting lineup.
A reason for his removal was not immediately provided. Chris Heisey enters the lineup in left field, batting second, while Wilmer Difo moves down to the eight hole against lefty Anthony Banda.
Raburn went 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Reds on Saturday.
Raburn has received just 55 plate appearances this season, so his fantasy value has been extremely limited. However, the Washington outfield is dealing with multiple injuries, so he could see a fleeting boost in playing time. Receiving semi-regular at-bats in a stacked lineup has appeal, and Raburn is definitely a potential add candidate in deep settings. He's just unlikely to carry long-term value.
Raburn is starting in left field and batting second Friday against the Braves.
It marks Raburn's second start in the last three games, and there could be more to come. With Michael Taylor (oblique) joining Jayson Werth (toe) on the 10-day disabled list Friday, the Nationals will be searching for bodies in a suddenly depleted outfield. Expect Raburn to compete with Brian Goodwin and Chris Heisey for starting bids, though the veteran's .302 batting average this year could give him a nice advantage.
Raburn is batting second and playing left field Thursday against the Cubs.
With Chicago trotting left-hander Jon Lester to the mound, the righty-batting Raburn again assumes a short-side platoon role during the getaway day contest. Raburn appears to merely be spelling Brian Goodwin, and though Raburn is off to an 11-for-34 start in limited action, these starts will remain fleeting.
Raburn went 2-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.
A late addition to the lineup following Michael Taylor's scratch, Raburn accounted for all the offense Washington could muster against Dan Straily and company. He's been on a decent run since getting the call up in early June, going 10-for-31, but the 36-year-old's limitations against right-handed pitching are well documented.
Raburn has been added to Wednesday's lineup, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
Raburn will man left field and bat seventh against right-hander Dan Straily with Michael Taylor (undisclosed) scratched, marking his seventh start with the team since being called up earlier this month. A .247/.295/.393 career hitter against right-handed pitching, he has gone 8-for-28 with one extra-base hit so far with Washington.
Raburn is starting in left field and hitting second Monday against the Dodgers, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Raburn, who was just promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day, has the platoon advantage against lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, so it's not surprising that he's getting the nod as well as advantageous placement in the lineup. Jayson Werth (toe) was placed on the 10-day DL on Monday, and Raburn should continue to start against southpaws in the short term.
Raburn's contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
As expected, Raburn will join the Nationals in Los Angeles to replace the injured Jayson Werth (toe). Raburn has consistently killed left-handed pitching in his career, so a platoon with Brian Goodwin until Werth returns seems likely.
Raburn is expected to be called up to the majors Monday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
With Jayson Werth (toe) likely landing on the DL, sources say that Raburn will meet the Nationals in Los Angeles prior to Monday's series opener with the Dodgers. No timetable for Werth's return has been revealed, but Raburn will likely fill a platoon role with Brian Goodwin in the meantime.
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