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NL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
WAS 0-0 0-0
NYM 0-0 0-0
ATL 0-0 0-0
PHI 0-0 0-0
MIA 0-0 0-0

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Top Nationals News

  • Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Named starting third baseman

    Kieboom will be the Nationals' starting third baseman to open the season, Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    The 22-year-old failed to impress in a brief, 11-game stint at the big-league level last season, hitting .128/.209/.282 with a 37.2 percent strikeout rate. He's evidently going to be handed an everyday role for the defending champions despite the fact that he's yet to establish himself, though the Nationals do have Asdrubal Cabrera available to take the job from him should he stumble early.

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  • Nationals' Cade Cavalli: Added to 60-man roster

    Cavalli has been added to the Nationals' 60-man roster, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    Welington Castillo's decision to opt out of playing this season created an opening on the roster, and the Nats elected to use it for developmental purposes. Cavalli, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, almost certainly won't make his major-league debut in 2020, but the right-hander will benefit from some major-league coaching.

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  • Nationals' Will Harris: Takes mound Friday

    Harris threw a bullpen session Friday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    An abdominal injury prevented the right-hander from seeing any action during the Grapefruit League schedule back in March, but Harris is now 100 percent healthy and should be ready to go for Opening Day later this month. The former Astro will fill a high-leverage role for the Nats out of the bullpen.

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  • Nationals' Patrick Corbin: Gets in work Friday

    Corbin threw a bullpen session Friday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    The Nats' top three starters (Corbin, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg) all got in work Friday as the club tries to quickly ramp up before Opening Day later this month. There was no indication of how many pitches Corbin was able to throw, however, so while GM Mike Rizzo described him as being in "full bullpen mode," how close he is to being ready for the regular season is still unclear.

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  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Tosses bullpen

    Strasburg threw a bullpen session Friday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    The Nats' top three starters (Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin) all got in work Friday as the club tries to quickly ramp up before Opening Day later this month. There was no indication of how many pitches Strasburg was able to throw, however, so while GM Mike Rizzo described him as being in "full bullpen mode," how close he is to being ready for the regular season is still unclear.

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  • Nationals' Max Scherzer: Big workload during sim game

    Scherzer's outing Friday was a simulated game, not just a bullpen session, and he was able to throw 65 pitches to hitters, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    Despite the abbreviated nature of summer camp, it appears as though Scherzer will be able to get fully stretched out and not be under any sort of significant limitation to his pitch count when the regular season begins later this month.

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  • Nationals' Max Scherzer: Faces live hitters

    Scherzer (side) threw a live batting practice session Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    The veteran right-hander was dealing with some discomfort in his right side when spring training was suspended in mid-March, and it appears he had plenty of time to recover during the multi-month hiatus. Scherzer remains the likely candidate to start Opening Day for the Nationals, which will come July 23 or 24.

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  • Nationals' Welington Castillo: Sitting out 2020

    Manager Dave Martinez announced Friday that Castillo has opted out of the 2020 season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Castillo is the third Nationals player to elect to sit out, joining Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross. Castillo was a non-roster invitee but had a decent chance of making the expanded Opening Day roster as the team's third catcher before choosing to forego the season.

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  • Nationals' Erick Fedde: Back in mix for No. 5 spot

    Fedde will compete with Austin Voth during summer camp for the opening in the rotation created when Joe Ross opted not to play in 2020, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    Fedde, who still has an option remaining, had been sent to Triple-A Fresno just before spring training was put on pause, but he'll get another chance to claim a rotation spot. The right-hander hasn't had much success in the majors so far, posting a 5.39 ERA through 143.2 innings over the last three seasons, but he did sport a solid 2.45 ERA and 7:4 K:BB through 7.1 innings this spring.

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  • Nationals' Austin Voth: Could be favorite for rotation spot

    Voth will compete with Erick Fedde during summer camp for the opening in the rotation created when Joe Ross opted not to play in 2020, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    Given that Fedde had been optioned to the minors just before spring training was put on pause, Voth could be considered the favorite for the job. The right-hander followed up a strong September last season with a 1.29 ERA and 6:1 K:BB in seven spring innings.

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  • Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Opting out of 2020 season

    Zimmerman informed the Nationals on Monday that he has opted out of playing in the 2020 season, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

    Zimmerman's decision comes less than a week after he outlined his concerns about how playing during the COVID-19 pandemic could compromise the immune systems of his wife and newborn baby in an essay posted by the Associated Press. Along with Zimmerman, teammate Joe Ross has also elected not to play in 2020, leaving the Nationals with less depth at first base and in the rotation, respectively. With Zimmerman out of the mix, the Nationals could lean more heavily on Howie Kendrick as the primary platoon mate at first base with the left-handed-hitting Eric Thames. Zimmerman will forgo his $6.25 million salary in 2020 and hit free agency in the offseason, but it's unclear if the soon-to-be 37-year-old will have interest in resuming his career in 2021.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Plans to sit out 2020 season

    Ross is expected to opt out of joining the Nationals for the 2020 season, sources tell Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic.

    Ross is the second known player who is expected to forgo playing in 2020 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic after Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake announced his intentions earlier Monday. As a result, Ross will forgo his $1.5 million salary for 2020 before heading into his final year of salary arbitration in 2021. Ross had been a leading candidate for the fifth spot in the Nationals' rotation, but his decision to sit out the season could lead to more starting opportunities for Austin Voth and Erick Fedde.

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  • Nationals' Adrian Sanchez: Placed on minor-league IL

    Updating a previous report, the Nationals relayed Monday that Sanchez (Achilles) was placed on the minor-league injured list and isn't included as part of the big club's 60-man player pool, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The Nationals had previously announced Sunday that Sanchez had been placed on the 60-day injured list after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in a workout a few weeks ago. However, because he was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg in late March before he suffered the injury, he'll revert to the minor-league IL rather than the MLB team's IL. Unfortunately for Sanchez, the transaction means he won't be eligible for major-league payment and service time while he recovers from surgery that will keep him sidelined throughout the 2020 season, and likely, a decent chunk of the 2021 campaign. The move still leaves one spot open on the 40-man roster for the Nationals, though the team won't be extended an extra spot in the 60-man player pool to replace Sanchez.

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  • Nationals' Yadiel Hernandez: Joins 60-man pool

    Hernandez has been named to the Nationals- 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    The 32-year-old is still looking for a chance to make his big-league debut, but Hernandez put together a huge season for Triple-A Fresno last year, posting a .323/.406/.604 slash line with 33 homers in 126 games. He'll provide the Nats with some emergency depth at the corner outfield and DH spots.

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  • Nationals' Emilio Bonifacio: Named to 60-man pool

    Bonifacio has been added to the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    The veteran utility player last played in the majors in 2017, but he apparently showed the Nats enough as an NRI this spring that they will keep him around for depth purposes. Bonifacio's best path to big-league action may come as a pinch runner -- a role the new extra-innings rules will make a little more prominent -- but even then, he'd have to compete with Andrew Stevenson for opportunities.

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  • Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Part of 60-man pool

    Zimmerman is part of the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    There was some speculation Zimmerman might elect to sit out the season, as he has a newborn baby and his wife has a compromised immune system, but it appears as though he's informed the Nats that he's ready to go. The 35-year-old could fill the short side of a platoon with Eric Thames at first base and see some action at DH, but at this stage of his career, Zimmerman's primary role is likely to be as a bench bat.

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  • Nationals' Brandon Snyder: Added to 60-man pool

    Snyder has been named to the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    The 33-year-old gives the Nats some additional depth at the corner infield spots in case Ryan Zimmerman, who has a newborn baby at home, elects not to risk exposure to COVID-19. Snyder last saw big-league action in 2018 with the Rays and hit .257 with 31 homers in 117 games for Triple-A Fresno last year.

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  • Nationals' Nick Wells: Part of 60-man pool

    Wells has been added to the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    Despite having been drafted by Toronto in 2014, Wells has yet to pitch above High-A in his career, so his presence in the 60-man pool is a little hard to explain. The southpaw will provide the Nats with some emergency bullpen depth.

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Injuries

Player Injury
A. Eaton RF Adam Eaton RF Hamstring
W. Castillo C Welington Castillo C Personal
A. Sanchez 3B Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles
S. Fuentes RP Steven Fuentes RP Suspension

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