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  • Cade Cavalli Needs Tommy John Surgery

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Cade Cavalli (elbow) has a Grade 3 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament and will require Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. It will keep Cavalli out for all of the 2023 season, and he might not be ready for the start of next season either. The 24-year-old right-hander was expected to open the year at the back end of the starting rotation, so it's another tough break for the young prospect. Cavalli suffered a shoulder injury in his MLB debut in 2022 and didn't pitch again for the Nats the rest of the year. Obviously, fantasy managers in single-year leagues can cross him off their draft cheat sheets in 2023. With Cavalli out, Chad Kuhl has the best shot to land a spot in the rotation in his place.

    Mar 16 · Source via Nationals Cade Cavalli prospects
  • Kyle Finnegan Expected To Open The Year As The Closer

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Finnegan is expected to be the team's primary closer entering the 2023 campaign with both Sean Doolittle and Tanner Rainey not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Finnegan's 11 saves were second on the team to Rainey's 12 last year. The 31-year-old finished the season with a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 70 strikeouts and 22 walks in 66 2/3 innings over 66 relief appearances. "Back end of the bullpen, which you know is up for hot-hand-type situations," Finnegan said of his role this season. "I was told I'll get some chances back there, but we also have so many good guys that we can play matchups a little bit and bring guys in in different situations. So I think kind of building off last year, we've got a lot of guys that are feeling confident and having success. Having too many guys is always a good thing."

    Mar 15 · Source via Nationals Kyle Finnegan closers
  • Cade Cavalli Going For MRI On Elbow

    Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that starting pitcher Cade Cavalli (elbow) "felt something behind his throwing elbow" in his Grapefruit League start on Tuesday and is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Wednesday. Cavalli injured his right shoulder in his MLB debut last year and missed the rest of the season, so hopefully this new injury isn't as serious. The 24-year-old right-hander was in the running to open the 2023 regular season in the Nationals' starting rotation, but this injury is likely to put him on the injured list to kick things off. Cavalli has big stuff on the mound but will need to show better command and control of his pitches before he becomes attractive in all mixed leagues.

    Mar 15 · Source via Nationals Cade Cavalli prospects
  • Latest On Nationals' Rotation

    The Nationals are holding their breath after top prospect Cade Cavalli exited yesterday’s spring start with an elbow issue. He’s undergoing an MRI today, and while there’s no update on his status as of yet, manager Dave Martinez indicated to the Nationals beat this morning that non-roster invitee Chad Kuhl could get the first look…

    Mar 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Cory Abbott Joan Adon Cade Cavalli Patrick Corbin Paolo Espino MacKenzie Gore Josiah Gray Jake Irvin Chad Kuhl Wily Peralta Stephen Strasburg Trevor Williams closers
  • Details On Keibert Ruiz's Contract Extension

    Last week, the Nationals agreed to an eight-year extension with catcher Keibert Ruiz that guaranteed $50MM.  Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported the specifics of the deal this evening. The 24-year-old will receive a $3MM signing bonus, with salary breakdowns as follows: $1MM in 2023 $6MM in 2024 $5MM annually between 2025-27 $7MM in 2028 $9MM…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Cade Cavalli To Undergo MRI On Throwing Elbow

    Nationals right-hander Cade Cavalli departed today’s game after a visit from the trainer, appearing to shake his throwing arm in discomfort. After the game, manager Dave Martinez told reporters that Cavalli felt “something behind his throwing elbow” and will get an MRI tomorrow, as relayed by Andrew Golden of The Washington Post. Cavalli, 24, was…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Cade Cavalli
  • Cade Cavalli Injured Tuesday

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Cade Cavalli (arm) was removed from his Cactus League start on Tuesday against the New York Mets after appearing to be in discomfort while shaking his right arm after throwing a pitch. It's unclear what the exact nature of the injury is, so fantasy managers will want to check back for an update. Depending on what his injury is, there's a good chance that the 24-year-old right-hander will no longer be in the running for an Opening Day rotation spot. Cavalli suffered a significant shoulder injury in his first big-league start last August, so another arm injury is concerning. He has big stuff on the mound, but his control and command have been behind.

    Mar 14 · Source via Nationals Cade Cavalli prospects
  • Victor Robles Back In Action Against Mets

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (knee) is back in the Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against the New York Mets and left-hander David Peterson. Robles is starting in center field and batting seventh in the lineup. It's Robles' first game action since he was carted off the field with a bruised knee in Grapefruit League play last week. The 25-year-old has been hitting well this spring, but his offensive exploits for the Nats the last couple of seasons have been nothing to write home about. In the last three years, Robles has slashed .216/.291/.306 with a .597 OPS, 11 home runs, 67 RBI, 99 runs and 27 stolen bases in 291 games played. He's still young and will see regular playing time, but that's about where the positives end.

    Mar 14 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Nationals To Sign Keibert Ruiz To Eight-Year Extension

    The Washington Nationals will announce an eight-year, $50 million extension with catcher Keibert Ruiz on Saturday, according to a source familiar with the terms. Ruiz was under club control for five more seasons, so this extension buys out those years, plus three years of free agency, keeping him in D.C. through at least 2030. He becomes the first players in Nationals history to agree to a long deal before reaching arbitration. Ruiz was a centerpiece of the trade that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Dodgers in 2021, and Ruiz his .251 with 22 doubles, seven homers and a .673 OPS while throwing out 22 baserunners, second-most in MLB, in his first full season in 2022. The 24-year-old backstop could develop more power as he matures, and he can also run a bit, which is rare for a catcher. He's RotoBaller's 15th-ranked fantasy catcher.

    Mar 11 · Source via Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Nationals, Keibert Ruiz Agree To Eight-Year Extension

    The Nationals are in agreement with young backstop Keibert Ruiz on an eight-year contract extension that guarantees $50MM, as first reported by Wow Deportes (Twitter link). Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post (Twitter link) reports that the contract also contains two club options. The deal buys out three would-be free agent seasons and could extend the…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Victor Robles Day-To-Day With Knee Contusion

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (knee) was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after having to be carted off the field in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game, according to manager Dave Martinez. Robles bruised his kneecap when he ran into a pipe behind the outfield wall. He's considered day-to-day for now and is expected to be able to return to the spring lineup by the end of the week. It sounds as though the 25-year-old dodged a bullet and should be ready for Opening Day. Robles is still very young and is excellent on defense for the Nats, but nothing he's done on offense to this point in his career points to a sudden turnaround in 2023.

    Mar 8 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Victor Robles Carted Off On Wednesday

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (undisclosed) made a great play in the outfield in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers but fell down after colliding with the wall and was in a lot of pain. Robles tried to walk it off but then fell down again and eventually had to be carted off the field. This could be a serious injury for the 25-year-old outfielder, but we'll away more information on the specific nature of his injury. Robles has mostly been a disappointment for the Nats but still plays great defense, which has kept him in the starting lineup. There's little to like about his bat, especially for a rebuilding Washington club.

    Mar 8 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Israel Pineda Suffers Displacement In Right Pinky

    Washington Nationals catching prospectIsrael Pineda(finger) was diagnosed with a displacement in his right pinky. Pineda was hit by a pitch on Saturday, nearly hitting him in the head. The Nats will run catching drills for Pineda and will regulate the severity of his injury. The 22-year-old is ranked 22nd on the Nationals Top-30 Prospects list and made his pro debut late last season. Pineda spent most of his 2022 campaign with the High-A Wilmington Blue Rockets and slashed .264/.325/.443. He also saw considerable time in Double-A and was promoted for a brief stint with Triple-A Rochester. Pineda is mainly regarded for his strong arm behind the plate, but his bat raises some concerns.

    Mar 5 · Source via Nationals Israel Pineda
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