Washington Nationals

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Nationals.2668192153.88
NL East2nd1st2nd1st
National League 3rd3rd7th3rd

Schedule

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Fri Feb 23
1:05 pm ET
@HOU
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Sat Feb 24
1:05 pm ET
@MIA
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Sun Feb 25
1:05 pm ET
ATL
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Mon Feb 26
1:05 pm ET
@ATL
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Tue Feb 27
1:05 pm ET
MIA
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Wed Feb 28
1:05 pm ET
@MIA
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Thu Mar 1
1:05 pm ET
@ATL
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Fri Mar 2
1:10 pm ET
@NYM
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Sat Mar 3
1:05 pm ET
@HOU
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Sun Mar 4
1:05 pm ET
DET

Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Washington0-00-0
Philadelphia0-00-0
Miami0-00-0
Atlanta0-00-0
New York0-00-0
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Nationals' Adam Eaton: No limitations Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Eaton (knee) appeared to face no limitations during Tuesday's voluntary workout, as the outfield shagged fly balls in left field, went through defensive drills and took batting practice, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. "He's coming along," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of Eaton. "He wants to play [Wednesday] if he could. But like I said, for us, it's about getting ready for Opening Day and we'll take one day at a time. He's progression is great. He worked out with the outfielders. He felt really part of the team today taking BP and everything."

As anticipated, Eaton appears to be in fine condition after he was limited to just 23 games in his first season with Washington upon tearing the ACL in his left knee last April. Martinez's comments suggest that the Nationals will limit Eaton's workload during Grapefruit League play, but he should be ready for everyday duties once Opening Day arrives. Moving from center to left field this season should help Eaton from a durability standpoint, but coming off a major knee injury, there's a decent chance the 29-year-old is less aggressive as a basestealer compared to prior seasons.

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Nationals' Joe Ross: Transferred to 60-day DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross (elbow) was place on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

This was strictly a procedural move as Ross is expected to be remain sidelined until August at the earliest, as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery he underwent in July of 2017. In a corresponding move, the club signed Joaquin Benoit and added him to the 40-man roster. Ross has been able to progress up to 75 feet within the past few days and will continue to ease his way back into baseball activities throughout the spring.

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Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Opening Day availability still possible
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murphy (knee) is participating in limited baseball activities and did not take part in the Nationals position players first full-squad workouts Tuesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

Murphy's limited activities included fielding grounders from his knees, playing light catch and running on a treadmill with limited weight-bearing on his knee. The 32-year-old had the articular cartilage in his right knee surgically repaired in October and appears to still have significant work to do in his recovery. Opening Day remains the target for both Murphy and the Nationals, and the second baseman's progress over the coming weeks should provide additional clarity on his return.

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Nationals' Brandon Kintzler: Primed for seventh-inning role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

First-year Nationals manager Davey Martinez said earlier in the offseason that he intends to deploy Kintzler as the team's primary seventh-inning man in 2018, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

Martinez plans to follow the late-inning model that former Washington manager Dusty Baker used to great success in the second half of the 2017 campaign, with Kintzler, Ryan Madson and closer Sean Doolittle set to work in succession when the Nationals are attempting to preserve narrow leads. Upon losing out on saves when he was dealt from the Twins to the Nationals last July, Kintzler's fantasy utility all but evaporated. He supplied a 3.46 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 26 innings with Washington over the final two months of the season, numbers that didn't make him a useful commodity outside of NL-only leagues that count holds as a category.

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Nationals' Ryan Madson: Looks like primary eighth-inning man
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

First-year Nationals manager Davey Martinez said during the offseason that he intends to deploy Madson as the team's primary eighth-inning man in 2018, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

Considering how poorly the Nationals' bullpen performed before acquiring Sean Doolittle, Madson and Brandon Kintzler in a pair of July trades, it's no surprise that Martinez will follow the model former manager Dusty Baker used in the second half of the 2017 campaign and lean heavily on the three relievers in the late innings. With Doolittle set to reprise his role as closer, Madson will step in as the primary setup man, while Kintzler sees most of his work in the seventh inning. Like Madson, Kintzler possesses prior closing experience, but the former would offer more stability and fantasy upside as an end gamer due to his superior strikeout rate. As such, Madson represents the clear top handcuff for saves in the Washington bullpen in the event the notoriously fragile Doolittle succumbs to an injury at some point.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGDaniel Murphy , 2B.322
HRRyan Zimmerman , 1B36
RBIRyan Zimmerman , 1B108
OBPAnthony Rendon , 3B.403
SLGRyan Zimmerman , 1B.573
RBryce Harper , RF95
SBTrea Turner , SS46
WMax Scherzer , SP16
ERAMax Scherzer , SP2.51
WHIPMax Scherzer , SP0.90
KMax Scherzer , SP268
SVBrandon Kintzler , RP29

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