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Nationals' Aaron Sanchez: Struggles in brief outing
Sanchez took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two over 3.2 innings Monday against the Marlins.
Sanchez was spotted an early 1-0 lead after Washington pushed across a run in the first inning, but the right-hander surrendered four runs in the bottom of the second, as six straight batters would reach after retiring the first hitter of the frame. Sanchez has yet to work six full innings over five starts in 2022, with his longest outing lasting 5.1 innings his last time out against the Mets.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Scratched from Monday's lineup
Cruz was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Marlins due to an illness, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Cruz was initially slated to serve as the designated hitter and bat fourth Monday, but he didn't feel well after arriving at the ballpark and was ultimately sent home. Yadiel Hernandez will shift to the DH spot while Lane Thomas enters the lineup in left field.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Dee Strange-Gordon: Starts over Escobar again
Strange-Gordon will start at shortstop and bat eighth in Monday's game against the Marlins, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
For the second time in three games, Strange-Gordon will draw the nod at shortstop over Alcides Escobar with a right-handed starter (Sandy Alcantara) on the mound. Though Strange-Gordon bats from the left side while Escobar hits from the right side, it's unclear if manager Dave Martinez will opt for a platoon between the two players, as Escobar drew the start in Sunday's 8-0 loss against Houston right-hander Justin Verlander. Instead, Martinez may be inclined to ride the hotter bat between Escobar and Strange-Gordon, who has gone 5-for-23 with no extra-base hits since being reinstated from the injured list earlier this month.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Alcides Escobar: Losing work at shortstop
Escobar is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Since shaking off a finger injury and returning to the lineup Friday, Escobar will sit for the second time in three contests. He may have moved into a timeshare at shortstop with Dee Strange-Gordon, who picks up the starting nod Monday. Manager Dave Martinez will likely be inclined to ride the hotter bat of the two players moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Brady House: Back in action at Single-A
House (undisclosed) has gone 1-for-4 with a run and three RBI in his two games for Single-A Fredericksburg since being reinstated from the 7-day injured list Friday.
House was sidelined for just under two weeks with an unspecified injury. The 2021 first-round pick has been struck by three pitches in his two games since returning and has now been plunked a total of six times through 23 contests on the season. While House hasn't suffered any apparent setbacks as a result of being hit by the pitches, it could increase his risk of injury if the trend persists throughout the season.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Aaron Sanchez: Cleared to start Monday
Sanchez (hand) is listed as the Nationals' starting pitcher for Monday's series opener in Miami.
During his most recent start May 11 against the Mets, Sanchez dealt with what manager Dave Martinez called a bone bruise on his non-throwing hand. Fortunately for Sanchez, the injury doesn't look like it'll be anything that affects him in his field, so he'll stay on turn in the rotation for his fifth start with Washington. Through his first four outings, Sanchez has posted a 7.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 19 innings.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Patrick Corbin: Charged with sixth loss
Corbin (0-6) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in six innings to take the loss Sunday against the Astros.
Corbin held the Mets scoreless in five innings during his last outing and held the Astros without a run over the first four frames in Sunday's matchup. However, he gave up three homers over the next three innings and took his sixth loss in eight starts this season. The 32-year-old now has a 6.28 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 38.2 innings to begin the year. Corbin tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Milwaukee on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Victor Robles: Heads to bench Sunday
Robles is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Astros, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Robles went 3-for-7 with two RBI and a run over the past two games but will take a seat for Sunday's series finale. Lane Adams will man center field and bat seventh in his place.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Keibert Ruiz: Receives breather Sunday
Ruiz is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz started the past four games and will receive a day off after going 4-for-14 with two walks, an RBI and four runs during that stretch. Riley Adams will catch for Patrick Corbin and bat eighth in the series finale.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Joe Ross: Tosses pair of simulated innings
Ross (elbow) threw two simulated innings at the Nationals' extended spring training complex Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Ross has been out since undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow in early March. He's taking steps in the right direction but still needs a few weeks to build up to a starter's workload.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Throws two simulated innings
Strasburg (neck) threw two innings in a simulated game at extended spring training Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Strasburg has been out all year as he makes his way back from thoracic outlet surgery. It's a big step to see him throwing in a simulated game, but he still has several weeks to go before being activated from the injured list. He'll have to go through a full spring build-up process as he gradually increases his pitch count.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Alcides Escobar: Not in Saturday's lineup
Escobar isn't starting Saturday against the Astros.
Escobar returned to the lineup Friday against Houston and went 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout. He'll get a breather Saturday while Dee Strange-Gordon starts at shortstop and bats eighth.... See More ... See Less
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