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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Staying in rotation

    Herz is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis, Bobby Blanco of reports.

    Herz was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on July 8, though his demotion always looked to be the result of the Nationals wanting to maintain more flexibility with their active roster heading into the All-Star break. He rejoined the big club when a fifth starter was needed for the first time in the second half Tuesday and worked five innings in a loss to the Padres, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Herz will take a 1-4 record and 4.95 ERA into his ninth start of the season with the Nationals on Sunday.

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  • Nationals' Trey Lipscomb: Exiting starting nine

    Lipscomb is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Padres.

    Ildemaro Vargas will get the nod at third base while Lipscomb retreats to the bench for the series finale. While starting in each of the Nationals' last nine games, Lipscomb recorded just six hits in 30 at-bats, bringing his batting average down to a .222 over 51 games with the big club. Lipscomb has made an impact on the bases (11 steals in 13 attempts), but the poor batting average and lack of power (.037 ISO) in his profile makes it difficult to mine much fantasy value from him outside of NL-only leagues or deeper mixed leagues.

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  • Nationals' Luis Garcia: Two hits, steal in loss

    Garcia went 2-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base in Wednesday's 12-3 loss to the Padres.

    Garcia snapped an 0-for-7 skid at the plate and also picked up his first steal since July 5. The infielder is up to 13 thefts on 16 attempts this season. He's added a .278/.308/.442 slash line with 11 home runs, 45 RBI, 34 runs scored and 17 doubles over 87 contests, putting him on pace for a career year in nearly every offensive category, though he remains limited to a strong-side platoon role at second base.

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  • Nationals' Juan Yepez: Homers in blowout loss

    Yepez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 12-3 loss to the Padres.

    Yepez helped the Nationals to a hot start with his first-inning blast, but it was all Padres after that. The 26-year-old is still yet to be held hitless in his Washington career, and his power has come around with two homers and two doubles over five games since the All-Star break. He's batting .368 with two homers, eight RBI, 10 runs scored, one stolen base and eight doubles over 15 contests in the majors this year.

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  • Nationals' Mitchell Parker: Struggles against Padres

    Parker (5-6) allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over three innings to take the loss versus the Padres on Wednesday.

    The six runs allowed were a season high for Parker, who has given up at least four runs in four of his last six starts. He struggled in his last outing before the All-Star break and labored through his three frames Wednesday as well. The rookie southpaw is now at a 4.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 81:24 K:BB through 95.1 innings over 18 starts this year. Parker's next start is projected to be at Arizona.

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  • Nationals' Josiah Gray: Undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Gray (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery and an internal brace procedure Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    Gray's operation rules him out for the remainder of the 2024 campaign, and he'll likely be forced to miss most of 2025 as well. The 26-year-old righty will finish the season with 13 earned runs allowed over 8.1 innings across two starts.

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  • Nationals' Keibert Ruiz: Resting Wednesday

    Ruiz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Ruiz appears to be receiving some routine maintenance after he started behind the plate in both of the Nationals' last two contests while going 2-for-7 at the dish. Riley Adams will draw the start at catcher in place of Ruiz.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Gets little help against Friars

    Herz (1-4) took the loss Tuesday as the Nationals fell 4-0 to the Padres, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four.

    The rookie southpaw was locked in a pitchers' duel with Randy Vasquez early, but Herz faltered in the fifth inning, serving up back-to-back solo shots to Luis Arraez and Jurickson Profar. It was only the second time in Herz's last five big-league starts that he even managed to complete five innings, and while he has a 45:11 K:BB through his first 36.1 innings for the Nats, eight homers allowed have saddled him with a 4.95 ERA. Herz is scheduled to make his next start on the road this weekend in St. Louis.

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  • Nationals' Eduardo Salazar: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Nationals optioned Salazar to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    He is clearing out to make room for DJ Herz, who will start Tuesday's game against the Padres. Salazar had one two-inning scoreless appearance out of the bullpen during his brief stint on the Nationals' active roster.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Drawing start Tuesday

    The Nationals recalled Herz from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    The left-hander will start Tuesday's game against the Padres. Herz was sent down earlier this month mostly as a means to give him some extra rest around the All-Star break. The left-hander should have a decent chance to remain in the Nationals' rotation for the remainder of the season. Herz holds a 5.17 ERA and 41:9 K:BB over 31.1 innings covering seven starts in the majors this season, which includes a pair of double-digit strikeout games.

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  • Nationals' Robert Garcia: Collects second win

    Garcia (2-3) picked up the win Sunday over the Reds, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless eighth inning.

    The southpaw preserved a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth and then got rewarded when rookie James Wood launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the frame. Garcia has been scored upon only once in his last 14 appearances dating back to June 16, delivering a 2.92 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 21:4 K:BB over 12.1 innings during that stretch while recording three holds and both his wins.

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  • Nationals' Kyle Finnegan: Matches career high with 28th save

    Finnegan struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to record his 28th save of the season in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Reds.

    Despite turning to Finnegan for save chances Friday and Saturday against Cincinnati, Washington manager Dave Martinez went back to the well again for the third game of the series. The right-hander nailed down the sweep for the Nationals on only five pitches, all strikes. Finnegan's 28 saves matched the career high he set in 2023, and his heavy workload this season hasn't been affecting his performance -- over 10 appearances in July he's posted a 2.89 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 7:2 K:BB in 9.1 innings.

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  • Nationals' Jake Irvin: Bounces back against Reds

    Irvin didn't factor into the decision Sunday against Cincinnati, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks across seven innings. He struck out seven.

    Irvin entered Sunday's start having allowed six earned runs in back-to-back appearances, but he rebounded with a seven-inning quality start. However, the left-hander did yield multiple home runs, surrendering solo shots to Noelvi Marte and Stuart Fairchild. In 123.0 innings, Irvin has a 3.44 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He's on track to face the Cardinals in St. Louis next weekend.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Lifts go-ahead homer

    Wood went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run during Sunday's 5-2 win over the Reds.

    Wood's second career homer couldn't have come at a better time for Washington, as it broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning and provided closer Kyle Finnegan with three runs of cushion to finish off the win. The 21-year-old outfielder has appeared in 17 games with the Nationals this season, slashing .246/.319/.354 with 12 RBI and seven runs while striking out at a 33.3 percent clip.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .239


Player Injury
T. Williams SP Trevor Williams SP Elbow
C. Cavalli SP Cade Cavalli SP Elbow
J. Gray SP Josiah Gray SP Elbow
J. Gallo 1B Joey Gallo 1B Hamstring
M. Thompson RP Mason Thompson RP Elbow

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