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Nationals' Fernando Rodney: Set to join Nationals on Tuesday
Rodney will be promoted from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
Rodney is set to join the Nationals after spending the past three weeks with Fresno, compiling a 3.38 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 11:8 K:BB across eight innings with the Grizzlies. Prior to latching on with Washington, the veteran reliever was cut loose by the A's after struggling to a 9.42 ERA, 2.23 WHIP and 14:12 K:BB in 14.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Trea Turner: Solid June continues
Turner went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
The shortstop is now slashing .280/.352/.524 through 20 games in June with three homers, five steals, nine RBI and 17 runs scored. Turner is healthy again, and his five-category profile points toward a big second half for the 25-year-old at the top of a resurgent Nats offense.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tony Sipp: Pitching better of late
Sipp has a 4.70 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 12:6 K:BB through 15.1 innings over 27 appearances this season, collecting one win and seven holds.
The veteran LOOGY doesn't have great numbers, but he's overcome a shaky start to 2019. Sipp has been charged with runs in only two of his last 19 games, but the stretch has had a minimal impact on his ratios as 14 of those appearances lasted less than an inning. The role also limits his fantasy value, but he'll continue to fill a key late-inning role in the Nats bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Surging at Triple-A
Kieboom went 3-for-4 with three walks, a grand slam and a second run scored for Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.
The 21-year-old is now slashing .328/.463/.578 through 18 games in June with three homers and 18 RBI to go along with a strong 15:15 BB:K. Kieboom's path back to the majors is blocked at the moment thanks to Brian Dozier turning his season around, but the Nats' No. 1 fantasy prospect is once again showing that he has little left to learn in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Could return over weekend
The Nationals haven't outlined a timeline for Zimmerman's (foot) activation from the 10-day injured list, but he's expected to be reinstated prior to the team's weekend series in Detroit, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
ZImmerman is scheduled to appear in the third game of his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Monday, after which the Nationals may provide more clarity on his next step. Given that the first baseman is only scheduled to play seven innings Monday and manager Dave Martinez previously noted that Zimmerman will need to play a full nine-inning game before returning from the IL, the 34-year-old will likely stick around in Harrisburg for another day or two. Since the Nationals will be playing in an American League park during the upcoming week, Martinez will have the luxury of easing Zimmerman back as the club's designated hitter after a prolonged bout with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Austin Voth: Sticking in rotation
Voth will remain in the Nationals' rotation for at least one more turn after the team optioned fifth starter Erick Fedde to Triple-A Fresno on Monday, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
Due to a doubleheader with the Phillies last week, the Nationals required a temporary sixth starter, with Voth getting the nod for Sunday's series finale versus the Braves. The right-hander aced his 2019 debut with the big club, limiting a tough offense to just two runs on four hits and no walks over six innings while striking out seven. With Fedde posting a 5.72 xFIP while allowing a .270 average to opponents across six starts this season, the Nationals will see if Voth can provide an upgrade at the back end of the rotation. As Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports notes, Voth sported a fastball that consistently hit the 95-to-96 mile-per-hour range Sunday, with that velocity representing a fairly sizable increase from his average heater during his limited action with Washington in 2018 (91.4 mph, per Brooks Baseball). Voth might make for an intriguing streaming option in his next turn Saturday in Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Erick Fedde: Loses rotation, active roster spot
The Nationals optioned Fedde to Triple-A Fresno on Monday, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
Due to a doubleheader last week, the Nationals required a temporary sixth starter in Austin Voth, who took advantage of the opportunity Sunday by delivering six strong innings and striking out seven in a no-decision. The performance was good enough for Voth to earn another turn at the expense of Fedde, who supplied a serviceable 3.94 ERA but an ugly 1.52 WHIP and 15:15 K:BB in 29.2 innings in his six starts since joining the rotation in late May. Fedde is expected to continue working as a full-time rotation member for Fresno and should rank as one of the Nats' top options for a callup if a spot starter or long reliever is needed at any point later in the season.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Howie Kendrick: Reaches base twice
Kendrick went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Braves.
Kendrick recorded a single during the Nationals' two-run seventh inning before adding a walk and stolen base -- his second of the season -- two innings later. The utility man is now slashing .362/.455/.596 with three home runs, 10 RBI and a 7:4 BB:K through 16 games this month.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Juan Soto: Cranks 12th homer
Soto went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Braves.
Soto's solo shot -- his 12th home run of the season -- came off Grant Dayton in the seventh inning and put the Nationals on the board. The outfielder has now hit safely in nine straight games, going 14-for-32 (.438) with a pair of homers, a pair of stolen bases and nine RBI during that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Austin Voth: Fans seven in quality outing
Voth allowed two runs on four hits while striking out seven across six innings Sunday against the Braves. He didn't factor into the decision.
Voth served up a pair of solo homers to Josh Donaldson and Ronald Acuna, but otherwise the right-hander was dialed in during his 2019 big-league debut. He fired 57 of his 83 pitches for strikes and averaged 93.9 mph with his fastball, a step up from the 91.3 mph average during his time with the Nationals in 2018. Voth is expected to head to the minors despite the solid outing, though he'll remain an option to rejoin the big-league rotation should another opening arise.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Max Scherzer: Slated for two-start week
Scherzer is scheduled to start Tuesday at Miami, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Scherzer pitched the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader and will now slide ahead of Patrick Corbin in the starting rotation. Assuming the Nationals keep Scherzer on regular rest, he'll complete his two-start week Sunday at Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Joe Ross: Sent to Triple-A
Ross was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.
Ross was in play to start Sunday's series finale, but he instead was handed the loss out of the bullpen Saturday after allowing four runs on five hits over one inning. Austin Voth will make the start Sunday for the Nationals.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Kyle McGowin: Returns to big leagues
McGowin was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.
McGowin was sent back to the minors earlier in June after allowing 11 runs over 10 innings with the Nationals. The 27-year-old brings a fresh arm to the bullpen while Joe Ross makes his way back to Fresno.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Brian Dozier: Not starting Sunday
Dozier is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
Dozier started the first two games of the series but will take a seat after going 1-for-7 with a run scored and a walk. Howie Kendrick will start at the keystone in the series finale.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Victor Robles: Remains out Sunday
Robles (dehydration) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
Robles was removed from Saturday's contest and received an IV after suffering from symptoms of dehydration, so it's not a major surprise to see him sitting for the series finale. Gerardo Parra takes over in center field and will bat seventh for the Nationals.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Austin Voth: Called up ahead of start
Voth was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to start Sunday's game versus the Braves.
Voth will step in to fill the gap left in the starting rotation after two postponements and a doubleheader created the need for an additional starter. The 26-year-old has a 4.40 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 68:15 K:BB at Triple-A Fresno this season and seems likely to head back to the minors after the outing.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Matt Adams: Mashes 10th homer
Adams went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Saturday's 13-9 loss to Atlanta.
The veteran slugger now has 10 homers on the year, including four in his last six games. Adams' .254/.288/.529 slash line on the season isn't outstanding, but he's forming an effective platoon at first base with Howie Kendrick while Ryan Zimmerman (foot) remains sidelined.... See More ... See Less