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  • Nationals Sign Harold Ramirez To Minor League Contract

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    The Nationals have signed outfielder/designated hitter Harold Ramirez to a minor league deal, the team announced.  Ramirez will report to Triple-A Rochester just a day after he was released by the Rays. Ramirez posted unremarkable numbers over his first three MLB seasons before he was dealt from the Cubs to the Rays in March 2022,...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Harold Ramirez
  • Harold Ramirez Inks Minors Pact With Nats

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    Outfielder Harold Ramirez has signed a minor-league contract with the Washington Nationals and he will report to Triple-A Rochester. The 29-year-old was recently designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays and was released on Friday but it didn't take him long to land with a new club roughly 24 hours later. Ramirez has been a productive hitter in each of the last two seasons with Tampa Bay and enjoyed a career year in 2023 that saw him hit .313 with 12 homers and an .813 OPS across 434 trips to the plate. However, he has taken a major step back in 2024, hitting .268 with just one homer alongside five steals and a .589 OPS across 48 games.

    Jun 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Harold Ramirez
  • Joey Gallo Will Be Out For A While

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    Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that first baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo's (hamstring) MRI exam showed a significant hamstring strain, and he'll be on the injured list for a while. Gallo landed on the injured list on Wednesday and is now unlikely to return to the team until some point in the second half of the season. For the foreseeable future with the 30-year-old left-handed slugger sidelined, Joey Meneses should continue to see most of the playing time at first base in D.C. Even in deeper fantasy leagues, we wouldn't blame managers for dumping the declining Gallo, who is currently hitting a measly .164/.285/.321 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 17 runs scored in 46 games. The two-time All-Star still has plenty of pop, but he just swings and misses way too much.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Gallo
  • Lane Thomas Blasts Three-Run Homer, Has Multi-Hit Game On Friday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas smacked his fifth homer of the season on Friday in the Nationals 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins. Thomas hit his three-run homer in the bottom of the third off Marlins starter Shaun Anderson. Thomas added another single to finish two-for-five on the day with two hits, three RBI and a run scored. The 28-year-old started the season slow but has come back strong after battling knee issues for most of May. He has hit for an .800 OPS since he was reinstated, giving him a season-long .654 OPS. Expect the righty to hit more like he has since his return instead of what he showed at the beginning of the season. Fantasy managers that happen to see Thomas on their waiver wire should snag him up immediately.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • CJ Abrams Collects Three Hits In Blowout Win On Friday

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams had a big day at the plate on Friday, collecting three hits and two RBI while scoring a run in the Nationals 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins. This marks Abrams' third three-hit game of the season and improves his hitting streak to eight games. The Nationals lefty also hit his 14th double of the season in the bottom of the first off Marlins starter Shaun Anderson. Abrams continues to have a fantastic 2024 and is also due for some positive regression with a .329 wOBA and a .347 xwOBA. He will face two more lefties over the weekend, Trevor Rogers and Jesus Luzardo, Abrams has limited at-bats against the Marlins' lefties but is hitting lefties for a .932 OPS this season. DFS managers may want to consider targeting Abrams over the weekend.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • MacKenzie Gore Racks Up Double-Digits Strikeouts On Friday

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore struck out 10 batters in seven innings while allowing just one earned run in the Washington Nationals 8-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday. Gore now has struck out 10 batters in two of his last four starts. The lefty improved his ERA to 3.24 and is now 6-5 on the season. He's made a big jump in 2024 from his prior two seasons, a great sign for Nationals fans. His K% has increased while his BB% has decreased, making him a much more dominant pitcher. The lefty's next scheduled start will be Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, one of the better hitting teams against lefties in the majors.

    Jun 14 · Source via Washington Nationals MacKenzie Gore
  • Nationals Claim Eduardo Salazar From Mariners

    The Nationals announced that they have claimed right-hander Eduardo Salazar off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester. The Mariners had designated him for assignment earlier this week. The Nats had two vacancies on their 40-man roster, which is now at 39. Salazar, 26, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers...

    Jun 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Seattle Mariners Eduardo Salazar
  • Brady House Goes Deep For Double-A Harrisburg

    Washington Nationals third base prospect Brady House went 1-for-4 with a home run for Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday night. It was the 10th homer of the season for House, the Nationals' No. 3 prospect. The home run was a welcome sight for the third baseman, who hadn't homered since May 21. In his first season at Double-A, the 21-year-old is hitting .236 with 10 homers and 25 RBI with three stolen bases and a .737 OPS. At 6-foot-4, House is an imposing presence at the plate and has shown plus power. He rocketed up three levels last season, finishing at Double-A. His power profile and hit tool make him an intriguing prospect, but at age 21, he might need some more seasoning in the minors before he is ready to impact the Nationals. House should already be on the radar in dynasty leagues, but it could be a year or two before managers see him make his mark in re-draft leagues.

    Jun 13 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Brady House
  • Robert Hassell III Placed On 7-Day Injured List

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Robert Hassell III (undisclosed) was placed on the 7-day injured list for Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday. There was no word as to what the injury is that he is dealing with as he played the previous evening. Prior to being placed on the injured, the 22-year-old was hitting .278 with three homers, 14 RBI and 11 stolen bases. After spending most of last season with Harrisburg and doing well this season, Hassell was pushing for a promotion to Triple-A. The extent of his injury is still unknown, but more should be known as the days go on to determine a return date. Hassell has a good swing from the left-handed side, but needs to improve his plate discipline before reaching the big leagues. He remains a stash in dynasty leagues only.

    Jun 13 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Robert Hassell
  • Trey Lipscomb Back In The Big Leagues

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    The Washington Nationals recalled rookie infielder Trey Lipscomb from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday and placed first baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list with a left-hamstring strain in a corresponding move. Lipscomb, the team's No. 16 prospect per MLB Pipeline, made his big-league debut earlier this year and went 27-for-107 (.252) with a homer, a double, nine RBI, 10 stolen bases and 16 runs scored in 33 games in D.C. The former third-round selection in 2022 out of Tennessee was hitting .247 (23-for-93) with no home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games for Rochester and won't bring a ton of offensive upside for fantasy managers in NL-only leagues, aside from his speed. With Gallo on the shelf, expect Lipscomb to share some playing time at first base with Joey Meneses.

    Jun 12 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Trey Lipscomb
  • Joey Gallo Lands On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Washington Nationals placed outfielder/first baseman Joey Gallo (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a left-hamstring strain and recalled rookie infielder Trey Lipscomb from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Gallo departed Tuesday's win over the Detroit Tigers with the hamstring strain and will now miss at least the next 10 days. Given Gallo's reputation as a slow healer, fantasy managers will probably want to expect him to need more than the 10 days to recover. With the 30-year-old left-handed power hitter on the shelf, both Lipscomb and Joey Meneses will be options at first base for the Nationals. It's become harder to justify taking the huge batting average hit with Gallo for his power in fantasy leagues. He's currently slashing .164/.285/.321 with only five home runs and 11 RBI in 140 at-bats in 2024.

    Jun 12 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Gallo
  • Dylan Crews Hitless In Last Two Games, Continues To Impress At Double-A

    Washington Nationals No. 2 overall prospect Dylan Crews is 0-for-6 in his last two games for Double-A Harrisburg but still has two multi-hit games in June as he continues to impress in the Nationals system. The 22-year-old is hitting .293 over the last 15 games with a home run and six RBI with a .790 OPS. The talented outfielder is getting on base with a .342 OBP this season and has shown plus ability on the base paths with 12 stolen bases. As his power continues to develop, Crews will only continue to get better as a fantasy player. If the Nationals choose to be aggressive this season with Crews' minor-league progression, he could be someone to watch for the second half of the season for fantasy managers. He has the pedigree and has yet to do anything to disappoint so far in Double-A.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Dylan Crews
  • CJ Abrams Slugs 10th Homer

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss versus the Atlanta Braves. The home run would be his first since May 27. Abrams had a very hot start to the season, but his production dropped off in May, but that could be due to the fact that he has dealt with shoulder soreness. Despite having a rough month of May, Abrams has hit .246 with 10 homers, 27 RBI and eight stolen bases. With his ability to help across the board at the shortstop position, Abrams has become a good buy-low target for managers that are becoming impatient with his recent struggles.

    Jun 7 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Lane Thomas Goes Yard

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss against the Atlanta Braves. The home run would be the fourth of the season for Thomas. The outfielder missed some time earlier in the season with a sprained MCL and has hit .250 with two homers, six RBI and four stolen bases since his return last week. Thomas has a breakout campaign in 2023, while showcasing both power and speed and that hasn't stopped this season. Although he is still shaking off some rust, Thomas remains a viable option in most formats.

    Jun 7 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • James Wood Returns To Practice

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood (hamstring) returned to practice with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. Wood has been on the seven-day injured list with right hamstring tightness since May 28 and hasn't played in a game since injuring himself on May 23. Wood, 21, is a consensus Top-5 prospect and was having a phenomenal season prior to his injury. Over his first 45 games, Wood has his an astonishing .355 with nine homers, 31 RBI and 10 stolen bases. The 6'7 outfielder has checked most of the boxes needed to reach the next level, but the Nationals being in a rebuild are going to make sure Wood will be up to stay upon his eventual promotion, which is likely to come this summer. First, Wood must get healthy, but once that happens, it is anyone's guess as to how much longer he will be on the farm. Wood's appears to be close and the sooner he hits the field, the sooner fantasy managers can dream of his promotion to the big-league club.

    Jun 6 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Jacob Young Returns For Nationals

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jacob Young (hand) is back in center field and is batting in the nine-hole on Tuesday against the visiting division-rival New York Mets and left-hander David Peterson. Young will return to the outfield after missing the last two games due to swelling in his right hand. The 24-year-old is feeling good enough to play on Tuesday, though. Young has minimal DFS upside at the bottom of the batting order but has been useful in traditional fantasy leagues in 2024 because of his speed. He is still searching for the first home run of his career after debuting in the majors in 2023, while he's hit .267 (39-for-146) with 14 RBI, 17 stolen bases and 25 runs scored in 48 games. Against lefties in 2024, he's gone 16-for-49 (.327) with five RBI and 10 thefts.

    Jun 4 · Source via Washington Nationals Jacob Young
  • CJ Abrams Back In Action Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams (shoulder) is back at shortstop and in his customary leadoff spot on Tuesday against the visiting New York Mets and left-hander David Peterson. Abrams will return to Washington's starting lineup for the first time since last Friday, and fantasy managers in all leagues will need to throw him back into their starting lineups as well, even though he's gone hitless with eight strikeouts in 14 at-bats over his last three games. The former first-rounder (sixth overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2019 is in the midst of a breakout season with nine home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases in 217 at-bats. Abrams has also been better against left-handed pitchers this year, too, going 22-for-63 (.349) with three home runs and 12 RBI against them.

    Jun 4 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • DJ Herz Called Up To Make Big-League Debut

    The Washington Nationals announced on Tuesday that they recalled left-handed pitching prospect DJ Herz from Triple-A Rochester to replace right-hander Trevor Williams (forearm), who was placed on the 15-day injured list. Herz will make the start on Tuesday against the visiting New York Mets in Williams' place and could stick around for another turn or two through the rotation if he performs well. The 23-year-old southpaw gets his first big-league call-up after posting a 3.75 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 29 walks in 36 innings for Rochester. Washington's No. 12 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, lives on his fastball-changeup combination. Herz comes with a career strikeout rate over 30% in the minors, but his lack of command is worrisome for fantasy managers in deeper leagues looking for a under-the-radar streamer on Tuesday.

    Jun 4 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals DJ Herz
  • Nationals Place Trevor Williams On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Trevor Williams (forearm) on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to June 1) on Tuesday with a right flexor strain and recalled left-handed pitching prospect DJ Herz from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Williams was scheduled to make the start on Tuesday against the visiting division-rival New York Mets, but that task will now fall to Herz in what will be his major-league debut. Given the nature of Williams' injury, the 32-year-old veteran will likely be out for more than two weeks. It's a tough blow for the Nats and fantasy managers, as Williams has been unexpectedly consistent so far in 2024, going 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 47 punchouts in 56 2/3 innings over his 11 starts.

    Jun 4 · Source via Washington Nationals Trevor Williams
  • Marquis Grissom Jr. Strikes Out Three In Double-A Debut

    Washington Nationals pitching prospect Marquis Grissom Jr. was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg on May 30, and in his Double-A debut on June 1, the righty threw one inning of relief, allowing one hit and walking none while striking out three batters. It was an impressive debut for the 22-year-old, but also more of the same from him, as he posted a 29.2% strikeout rate over 21 2/3 innings at High-A prior to his promotion. On the season, Grissom now has a 1.19 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 29:7 K:BB over 15 games while also picking up four saves during his time at High-A. With Mitchell Parker's graduation from prospect status, Grissom also moved onto the Nats' top-30 prospect list. With an MLB ETA of 2025, he could be making an impact in fantasy leagues that reward holds and saves relatively soon.

    Jun 3 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Marquis Grissom
  • Jacob Young Remains Absent To Start The Week

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jacob Young (hand) continues to sit in Monday's series opener against the visiting division-rival New York Mets. Young was forced to leave Saturday's game early against the Cleveland Guardians due to swelling in his right hand and he did not play on Sunday, so Monday will be his second straight missed game. The 24-year-old is currently considered day-to-day and could return as soon as Tuesday's game against the Mets. Young has been a regular for the Nats in center field in just his second year in the big leagues. Although he has yet to homer in 81 games in the majors, he's stolen 30 bases in 284 plate appearances dating back to last year and is useful in most fantasy formats for his speed when he's in the lineup. With Young out again, both Jesse Winker and Eddie Rosario are manning the corners in the outfield for Washington on Monday.

    Jun 3 · Source via Washington Nationals Jacob Young
  • CJ Abrams Still Out Monday

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams (shoulder) remains out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the visiting division-rival New York Mets. Abrams is dealing with a jammed left shoulder and will miss his third straight start. Fantasy managers should continue to consider the emerging youngster as day-to-day and check back to see if he's able to return on Tuesday for the second game of the series against New York. The 23-year-old's power/speed combination gives him high-end upside, but he's been cold of late, going 7-for-41 (.171) with two homers, five RBI, no walks and 13 strikeouts in 42 plate appearances in his last 10 games. Still, he's a must-start when he's active. Ildemaro Vargas will start at short on Monday and will hit seventh for the Nats against Mets right-hander Tylor Megill.

    Jun 3 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Jake Irvin Looks Strong On Sunday

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin continued his solid campaign versus the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday. The right-hander allowed two runs over six innings in the win. Irvin struck out six batters while walking one as he earns himself another win. He has surprisingly been a solid option for the Nats. He'll take his 3.39 ERA and 60 strikeouts into his next start.

    Jun 2 · Source via Washington Nationals Jake Irvin
  • Kyle Finnegan Works Scoreless Ninth

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    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Finnegan was called upon to close down Sunday's game against the Cleveland Guardians. The right-hander gave up one hit but worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 16th save of the season. There's only three pitchers with more saves than Finnegan this season. He has done a nice job at closing out games for the Nats this season.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Kyle Finnegan
  • CJ Abrams Scratched From Sunday's Lineup

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams (shoulder) was scratched from Sunday's lineup with shoulder soreness. The budding superstar was in the starting lineup on Sunday but was removed late as he did not respond well to some pregame work in the batting cage. The 23-year-old is still considered day-to-day and could return to the starting lineup on Monday. Ildemaro Vargas will once again slot in as the starting shortstop for the second consecutive day and bat in the nine-hole. Vargas could be a sneaky play in DFS this afternoon as he faces right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who enters this game with a high 5.16 ERA.

    Jun 2 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Jacob Young Not Playing On Sunday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jacob Young (hand) is not in Sunday's starting lineup against the hosting Cleveland Guardians. Young is out of the lineup for the series finale in Cleveland after he was forced to leave Saturday's game early due to swelling in his right hand. For now, fantasy managers should consider the speedy 24-year-old outfielder to be day-to-day and check back to see if he's available to play in Monday's series opener against the visiting New York Mets. In his first full big-league season, Young has made himself useful in all fantasy leagues, although he still doesn't have a home run since debuting in 2023. In 48 games in 2024, he's hit .267 (39-for-146) with seven doubles, 14 RBI, 17 stolen bases and 25 runs scored. Jesse Winker is in left field and batting cleanup, while Eddie Rosario is in right field and hitting seventh on Sunday against Guardians right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

    Jun 2 · Source via Washington Nationals Jacob Young
  • CJ Abrams Returns On Sunday

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams (shoulder) is starting at shortstop and is batting in his customary leadoff spot on Sunday as he faces the Cleveland Guardians and veteran right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Abrams is back in the starting lineup for the Nats after he jammed his shoulder while diving for a ball on Friday and was scratched on Saturday. It obviously wasn't a serious injury, though, so fantasy managers will want to get the budding 23-year-old superstar back into their lineups in all leagues. However, keep in mind that he has gone hitless in his last 14 at-bats with eight strikeouts in his last three games. The former sixth overall pick by the San Diego Padres in 2019 is currently hitting .249/.295/.456 with nine homers, 26 RBI, eight steals and 32 runs scored in 53 games. Abrams has gone hitless in five career at-bats against Carrasco.

    Jun 2 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Jacob Young Removed Early From Saturday's Game With Undisclosed Injury

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jacob Young was removed during the 7th inning of the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians. The team has not specified why Young was removed from the game but more should be released later. The 24-year-old was visited by team trainer Paul Lessard in the 7th and was replaced by Joey Gallo shortly after. Young dealt with back spasms earlier this season, causing him to miss one game, and was struck by a pitch in the head against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday though he missed no time from that incident. More should be revealed about why Young exited in the coming hours. If he is to miss any significant time, expect Victor Robles to pick up the slack in the outfield.

    Jun 1 · Source via Washington Nationals Jacob Young
  • CJ Abrams Scratched With Shoulder Injury On Saturday

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams (shoulder) was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a shoulder injury. At first, there was speculation that the budding superstar was sitting Saturday's contest out due to a head-related injury as he hit his head on the ground on Friday evening. However, it is now confirmed that the 23-year-old is dealing with shoulder soreness and is considered day-to-day. As a result, 32-year-old Ildemaro Vargas slotted in as the starting shortstop and batted in the eight-hole. Fantasy managers should pay close attention to any other updates regarding Abrams' status, as he has been a valuable contributor during the early part of the season with a solid .249 AVG and a strong combination of power and speed with nine home runs and eight swiped bags.

    Jun 1 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • CJ Abrams Scratched From Saturday's Lineup

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams has been scratched from Saturday's contest against the Cleveland Guardians. While the reason for his absence is undisclosed, it's worth noting that Abrams hit his head on the ground playing defense on Friday, so it's possible he is feeling the effects of that situation despite him remaining in for the rest of his club's 7-1 loss. The 23-year-old displayed his power/speed potential in his first full big-league season in 2023, hitting 18 homers alongside a hefty 47 stolen bases across 151 appearances. That appetizing combination has translated into the 2024 campaign as Abrams has slugged nine round-trippers alongside eight stolen bases across 53 contests. Fantasy managers will want to keep a close eye on his status moving forward as a potential concussion could be the issue.

    Jun 1 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Victor Robles Released By Nationals

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    The Washington Nationals have released outfielder Victor Robles on Saturday as the former top prospect continues to struggle at the plate. After several seasons of lackluster offensive output, Robles hit .299 alongside a .749 OPS across 36 games in the 2023 season but back issues put a strong halt on his campaign. Robles also showcased his power/speed potential with 17 homers and 28 stolen bases back in the 2019 season but failed to build on that potential. Still just 27 years old, Robles hit just .120 without a homer across 14 games and 33 plate appearances in the 2024 season while an ankle injury suffered in early April hasn't helped his cause. Considering his highly-regarded defense in center field and solid base-running skills, it's likely a club will take a chance on Robles as a low-risk flier.

    Jun 1 · Source via Washington Nationals Victor Robles
  • Patrick Corbin Turns In Quality Start Friday

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    Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin took a hard-luck loss in a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Guardians on Friday. Corbin turned in a quality start, allowing just two runs on six hits over six innings while striking out five and walking three. Despite the solid start, the veteran southpaw saw his record drop to 1-6 on the season, to go along with a 5.83 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 41 strikeouts over 66 1/3 innings of work. Corbin's recent track record suggests that he should not be trusted in fantasy leagues moving forward.

    Jun 1 · Source via Washington Nationals Patrick Corbin
  • Josiah Gray Continues To Progress

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray (elbow/forearm) threw a live bullpen session on Thursday. The 2023 All-Star threw 76 pitches in his session and is another step closer to returning to the big-league club. Gray got lit up in his first two starts of the season before being placed on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow/forearm flexor strain. Manager Dave Martinez spoke on Wednesday and would like to see Gray have one more bullpen session in the next five days before the club determines the next move. Gray still has some work to be done, but could be a valuable end of the rotation arm in deeper leagues when healthy.

    May 31 · Source via Washington Nationals Josiah Gray
  • Kyle Finnegan Keeps The Good Times Rolling On Thursday

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    Washington Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan collected his 15th save of the season on Thursday, slamming the door on the Atlanta Braves to secure a 3-1 win. Finnegan allowed just a walk and struck out one in his inning of work. The 32-year-old has been excellent as the Nats closer this year, going 15-for-17 in save opportunities while pitching to a 1.64 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He is now fifth in the majors in saves and should remain a solid relief pitcher option in fantasy leagues.

    May 31 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Kyle Finnegan
  • Nick Senzel Back In Lineup Against Braves

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    Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel (knee) is back at the hot corner and is batting sixth for the Nationals on Thursday in the series finale against the Atlanta Braves and left-hander Ryan Kerr. Senzel fouled a ball off his right knee in Wednesday's contest and had to be removed, but the 28-year-old former first-rounder of the Cincinnati Reds will return the very next day. He has not cleared the fences in the last 22 games while hitting .231 (15-for-65) with three doubles, four RBI, 14 walks and 18 strikeouts in 79 plate appearances in 22 games in the month of May. Senzel has yet to steal a base but has decent enough power to be worth rostering as corner-infield depth in deeper fantasy leagues as the Nationals' regular third baseman when he's healthy.

    May 30 · Source via Washington Nationals Nick Senzel
  • Jeremy De La Rosa Activated For High-A Debut

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect Jeremy De La Rosa completed his rehab assignment in Single-A and has been activated to from the 7-day injured list. De La Rosa was assigned to High-A Wilmington on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a double in his season debut. The 22-year-old was removed from the club's 40-man roster prior to the season after dealing with a flurry of injuries and struggling offensively since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2018. De La Rosa will need to improve his numbers if he wants to reach the potential that many scouts saw from him as a teenager, but for now can be left on the waiver wire in all formats.

    May 30 · Source via Washington Nationals Jeremy De La Rosa
  • MacKenzie Gore Dominates Atlanta In Fourth Win

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore tallied double-digit strikeouts for the second time this year in Wednesday's victory over the division-rival Atlanta Braves, allowing a lone run on six hits and one walks over 5 1/3 innings for his fourth win of 2024. It was a dominant outing from Gore, who shut down the vaunted Braves offense on Wednesday. Over his past four appearances, the 25-year-old former No. 3 overall pick owns a 2.19 ERA with a scintillating 30:5 K:BB for the Nationals. Gore lines up to get the ball next on Monday at home against the visiting New York Mets, a team he owns a 2.40 ERA and 15:8 K:BB over three starts against in his career. He's a must-roster fantasy player with the way he's throwing right now.

    May 30 · Source via Washington Nationals MacKenzie Gore
  • Lane Thomas Fills Box Score Against Braves

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas filled up the box score in Wednesday's win over the division-rival Atlanta Braves, going 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, a double, a walk, two runs scored, and two stolen bases in the victory. Before making an awesome sliding catch in right field to retire Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies in the fifth inning, Thomas hammered a three-run homer to left field to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead in the top of the frame. Although the speedy 28-year-old right fielder is still slashing a poor .210/.273/.330 with three big flies, 13 RBI, and nine runs scored over 100 at-bats overall this year, he's stolen 13 bases across 25 outings overall and gone 5-for-13 with four-extra base hits since returning from the injured list. The buy-low window in fantasy appears to be swiftly closing.

    May 30 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • Nick Senzel Exits With Apparent Knee Injury

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    Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel (knee) exited Wednesday's game against the division-rival Atlanta Braves in the second inning with an apparent knee injury. Senzel fouled a ball off his right knee before drawing a walk in his first at-bat of the game, and he appeared to be in pain before he was removed from the contest. Utility man Ildemaro Vargas pinch-ran for Senzel and took over at third base for the Nats. The 28-year-old lefty-mashing Senzel hasn't been a consistent member of Washington's lineup this year, slashing a middling .224/.336/.402 with five home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 126 plate appearances (34 games) as a part-time player at the hot corner. Vargas would be worth a look in NL-only leagues if Senzel needs to miss time, slashing .301/.387/.409 with 10 doubles, 11 RBI, and four stolen bases over 93 at-bats.

    May 29 · Source via Washington Nationals Nick Senzel
  • Jake Irvin Fans 10 In No-Decision Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin turned in another strong performance in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Braves. Irvin pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. The 27-year-old has been a valuable fantasy option this season, going 2-5 with a 3.43 ERA, a 7.71 K/9 rate, and a 1.57 BB/9 rate in 11 starts and 63 IP. Six of his 11 starts have been quality starts, including three of five May starts. Irvin is rostered in just eight percent of leagues, so he is available for all fantasy managers looking for a solid back-of-rotation addition or a potential streamer in deeper leagues. That could come into play as early as his next scheduled start, which will be a decent matchup at the Guardians.

    May 29 · Source via Washington Nationals Jake Irvin
  • James Wood Heads To Triple-A Injured List

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood (hamstring) has been placed on the 7-day injured listat Triple-A Rochester. Wood has been sidelined with tightness in his right hamstring since Thursday, when he was removed from the Red Wings' game in the fifth inning. The setback is going to slightly delay the major-league debut of the dynamic 21-year-old slugger, who's slashing a torrid .355/.465/.596 with nine home runs, 13 doubles, 31 RBI, and 10 stolen bases through 202 plate appearances (45 games) in the minors this season. Wood is Washington's No. 1 prospect and the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball for 2024, per MLB Pipeline, and he now isn't likely to be called up until sometime in the middle of June at the earliest at this point.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Mitchell Parker Continues To Fly Under The Radar

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    Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker continued his impressive rookie season with his fourth victory of the season on Monday versus the division rival Atlanta Braves. Parker tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, three runs, zero walks and recorded six strikeouts. The left-hander wasn't the most highly touted prospect in a good Nationals farm system, but he has put himself on the map this season with consistent results over his first eight starts. Parker, 24, has yet to allow more than three runs in a start and has gone five or more innings in all but one outing. He also has an impressive 1.11 WHIP. Parker has quietly become an asset for managers and is worth rostering in 10-team leagues moving forward. Next up for the lefty will be a date in Cleveland against the Guardians.

    May 28 · Source via Washington Nationals Mitchell Parker
  • Nationals Designate Víctor Robles For Assignment

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    The Nationals announced today that outfielder Lane Thomas has been reinstated from the injured list with fellow outfielder Víctor Robles designated for assignment in a corresponding move. The club's 40-man roster count drops to 38. Robles, now 27, was once the club's top prospect and one of the top prospects in the entire league. Per...

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Victor Robles
  • Trey Lipscomb Hitting Well Back At Triple-A

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    Washington Nationals infield prospect Trey Lipscomb has continued to hit since he was optioned back to the minors on May 17, including a four-hit game for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday and going 9-for-28 (.321) with a pair of stolen bases over the last seven games. On the season, the 23-year-old is hitting .327 in the minors (13 games), but while with the big league club he was able to swipe 10 bags and score 16 runs in 33 games despite a mediocre .252 average. If he can continue to get on base and get the call again, the former third-round draft pick could be a sneaky source of steals for managers in need, so keep him on your season-long radar.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Trey Lipscomb
  • Victor Robles Designated For Assignment

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    The Washington Nationals designated outfielder Victor Robles for assignment on Monday in order to make room on the active roster for outfielder Lane Thomas (knee), who has been reinstated from the injured list. It appears the Nationals have finally run out of patience with Robles, who was once one of their prized prospects from the Dominican Republic. Outside of his 17-homer, 28-steal season in 2019, Robles has fell well short of expectations in the organization and has hit just .236/.311/.356 with 31 home runs, 156 RBI, 70 stolen bases and 213 runs scored in his eight years in the league. Before getting cut on Monday, he was hitting just .120 (3-for-25) with no homers, two RBI and four steals in 33 plate appearances this year. It remains to be seen if the 27-year-old will change scenery or stick with the Nats in the minors.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Nationals Victor Robles
  • Lane Thomas Reinstated And Starting On Monday

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    The Washington Nationals reinstated outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) from the 10-day injured list on Monday and designated outfielder Victor Robles for assignment in a corresponding move. Thomas is back in right field on Monday and is batting in the two-hole against Atlanta Braves veteran right-hander Charlie Morton in his first game back. The 28-year-old will return for the first time since late April due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain and should be thrown back into starting fantasy lineups because of his impressive power/speed combination. Ignore the fact that he hit only .184/.250/.253 with two home runs to begin the year, as he also had 11 stolen bases in 87 at-bats. The former fifth-rounder by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014 needs to be rostered everywhere and will play regularly for the Nats now that he's healthy again.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • Jesse Winker Returns To Starting Lineup

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jesse Winker (cramps) has returned to the starting lineup on Monday to play the opening game of a four-game set against the division-rival Atlanta Braves. Winker left Saturday's game early and was kept out of the lineup on Sunday due to cramping. However, this injury did not seem serious and the 30-year-old is already back in the lineup. Winker will serve as the designated hitter this afternoon and bat in the six-hole, which opens up left field for Eddie Rosario, who will bat cleanup. Winker has looked much better through his first 49 games as a National compared to the previous two seasons. He currently holds a .228/.345/.395 slash line with six home runs and could be a value play in DFS as he faces right-hander Charlie Morton, who currently has a 3.35 ERA.

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  • Jesse Winker Not Playing Sunday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jesse Winker (cramps) is out of the team's starting lineup on Sunday versus the visiting Seattle Mariners. Manager Dave Martinez said that Winker cramped up while running the bases in Saturday's win over Seattle, and now he'll receive a day off on Sunday. It's unclear exactly where Winker's cramping occurred, but fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now and check back to see if he's back in the lineup on Monday for the series opener on Memorial Day against the Braves in Atlanta. The 30-year-old veteran left-handed hitter has picked things up of late at the plate, but he's still hitting only .230 (37-for-161) on the season with six home runs, 21 RBI, six stolen bases and 23 runs scored. Ildemaro Vargas is in left field on Sunday and is batting fifth against Mariners right-hander Bryan Woo.

    May 26 · Source via Washington Nationals Jesse Winker
  • Jesse Winker Cramps Up, Exits Saturday's Game Early

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jesse Winker cramped up while running the bases in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. He went 2-for-3 before being replaced by Victor Robles in the seventh inning. The Nationals didn't go into specifics as to what was ailing Winker. According to Nationals manager Davey Martinez, Winker is fine and should be able to play on Sunday. The 30-year-old has logged multi-hit efforts in two of his last five games. Overall, the veteran is slashing .230/.349/.398 with six home runs, 21 RBI, 23 runs, and six stolen bases over 48 games in 2024. If Winker is available for Sunday's game, he is mainly a fantasy option in deep-league formats.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Nationals Jesse Winker
  • Nationals Release Stephen Nogosek

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    The Nationals have released Stephen Nogosek, according to the right-hander's MLB.com profile page.  Nogosek signed a minor league deal with Washington during the offseason but will now return to the open market after a rough stint at Triple-A Rochester. Over 11 appearances and 15 2/3 innings with the Red Wings, Nogosek posted a 9.77 ERA...

    May 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Stephen Nogosek
  • Luis Garcia Rips Three-Run Homer Friday

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    Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia continued his fine start to the season in his team's 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday. Garcia went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in the fourth inning to help power Washington to the win. His fourth-inning blast off George Kirby traveled 380 feet and had an exit velocity of 103.4 MPH. Garcia is now hitting .279 with five homers, 12 runs, 26 RBI, and seven steals across 147 at-bats this season. On pace to establish career-highs in homers (nine), RBI (50), and steals (nine), Garcia could be on the cusp of a breakout season in 2024.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Nationals Luis Garcia
  • MacKenzie Gore Dominates Seattle In Third Win

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore dominated the Seattle Mariners in Friday's victory, throwing seven innings of one-run ball on four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts for his third win of the campaign. Make it three straight quality starts for Gore, who has given up greater than two runs just two times over his 10 starts in 2024. The 25-year-old former No. 3 overall pick sports a steady 3.04 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 53 1/3 innings overall for the Nationals, fanning 62 batters and walking 17 this season. With that said, Gore might be better suited on fantasy benches against the vaunted Atlanta Braves lineup when his next scheduled start rolls around on Wednesday.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Nationals MacKenzie Gore
  • Josiah Gray To Throw Live Batting Practice Saturday

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray (elbow/forearm) will throw a two-inning live batting practice on Saturday. It's been a longer absence than originally anticipated for Gray, who was placed on the 15-day injured list back on April 9 due to a right elbow/forearm flexor strain. A May return isn't a reasonable expectation at this stage, as Gray will likely need a handful of minor-league rehab appearance before he rejoins Washington's rotation. Considering the 26-year-old former top prospect has yielded 13 runs over 8 1/3 innings (two starts) in 2024, the club is likely in no hurry to push him back into the fray. Rookie southpaw Mitchell Parker has been a nice surprise for the Nats this year, posting a 3.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 32:8 K:BB across seven starts (38 innings), and he's worth streaming in fantasy in favorable conditions.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Nationals Josiah Gray
  • Lane Thomas To Continue Rehabbing Knee, Will Be Re-Evaluated After Weekend

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) will continue rehabbing his knee in the minor leagues and will be re-evaluated after the weekend, per Nationals manager Dave Martinez. Thomas is currently with Double-A Harrisburg but could also make his way to Triple-A Rochester. The righty has been recovering from a sprained MCL for the past month. Washington's offense is in need of some offensive firepower, scoring over three runs just three times in their past nine games. Thomas had been performing well below his norms prior to his injury, but if he returns to his .783 OPS from 2023 it'd be a great help to a desperate Nationals offense. Fantasy managers should be prepare for his return in the next week or so under the assumption that no setbacks happen over the weekend.

    May 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • James Wood Has Hamstring Tightness

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood (hamstring) is dealing with right-hamstring tightness after he was forced from Triple-A Rochester's game early as a precaution on Thursday night, according to manager Dave Martinez. The Nationals skipper said he didn't have an update on how Wood was feeling on Friday. It sounds like the 21-year-old left-handed slugger isn't dealing with a serious injury, but it's unclear how this might delay his inevitable major-league debut in 2024. The team's top prospect and the fifth-ranked prospect in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline, has been destroying Triple-A pitching this year to the tune of a .355/.465/.596 slash line with a 1.062 OPS, nine home runs, 31 RBI, 10 steals and 39 runs scored in 45 games played. Wood's massive fantasy upside makes him stash-worthy in most leagues, as he could make an immediate impact in D.C. when he's eventually called up.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Mitchell Parker Getting Some Extra Rest

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    With an off day coming on Thursday, the Washington Nationals are taking advantage of it to give left-hander Mitchell Parker some extra rest. Left-hander Patrick Corbin will now toe the rubber for the series finale this weekend against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Parker has gone 3-2 with a solid 3.32 ERA (3.45 FIP) and 1.16 WHIP with eight walks and 32 strikeouts in 38 innings over his first seven major-league starts, but the Nationals aren't trying to burn him out too quickly. Corbin's next start, meanwhile, will come after he surrendered eight runs to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. The 34-year-old southpaw has been up-and-down and unreliable for fantasy streaming purposes so far in 2024, going 1-5 with a 6.29 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with 32 K's in 54 1/3 innings over 10 starts.

    May 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Mitchell Parker
  • Lane Thomas Could Return As Early As Friday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) is getting ready to return and could be reinstated from the injured list as early as Friday night's series opener against the visiting Seattle Mariners. The Nationals have managed just a .503 OPS in 22 games since Thomas sprained the MCL in his left knee a month ago, so they will certainly welcome his return. In the course of his career in D.C., Thomas has a .747 OPS. He spent the last three days on a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg, where he went 2-for-9 with a double, walk, two strikeouts and a stolen base. Most importantly, he played a full nine innings on Thursday night. If Thomas doesn't return to the big-league lineup on Friday, it will likely come later this weekend or early next week. The 28-year-old will be an everyday hitter near the top of the lineup when he returns, and he shouldn't be floating around any waiver wires in fantasy.

    May 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • Victor Robles, Joey Meneses In Danger Of Losing Roster Spot

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    With Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas' (knee) return on the horizon, both outfielder Victor Robles and first baseman/designated hitter Joey Meneses are in danger of losing their roster spot. Robles, 27, looked good in spring training, only to get hurt less than a week into the regular season. He hasn't played much since rejoining the team and has gone just 2-for-23 with five walks and nine strikeouts. Robles has been in a decline since 2019 and the Nats may finally give up on him and designated him for assignment (since he's out of minor-league options). The other option would be to send Meneses to the minors. Meneses did homer on Wednesday, but he's slashing just .234/.299/.299 while hitting in the heart of Washington's batting order.

    May 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Meneses Victor Robles
  • James Wood Exits Thursday's Game With Soreness

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood (lower body) left Thursday's Triple-A Rochester game due to lower-body soreness. There was some hope amongst fantasy managers that Wood's exit in the fifth inning was call-up related, but the outfielder's departure unfortunately came due to an injury. Not much else is known about the setback at the moment, and more information should become available sometime following Thursday's contest. It sounds like an issue that leaves Wood day-to-day, though. The speedy 21-year-old slugger is Washington's No. 1 prospect and the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball for 2024, per MLB Pipeline, and he's tearing up the minor-league competition while slashing .355/.465/.596 with nine home runs, 13 doubles, 31 RBI, and 10 stolen bases through 202 plate appearances (45 games) this season.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Keibert Ruiz Getting Wednesday Off

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    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz is taking the day off during Wednesday's matinee contest for the series finale against the visiting Minnesota Twins. With Ruiz on the bench, Riley Adams will do the catching for right-hander Jake Irvin and bat eighth against Twins rookie right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson. Ruiz dealt with a pretty serious illness early this year that caused him to lose over 10 pounds, so perhaps that's why he's been such a disappointment so far in 2024. The 25-year-old switch-hitting Venezuelan backstop is slashing .160/.198/.236 with only two home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored in 106 at-bats. Adams has been slightly better, going 16-for-69 (.232) with two home runs and six RBI. The 27-year-old will be a low-upside sleeper in DFS at catcher.

    May 22 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Brady House Breaks Cold Streak With Three Hits On Tuesday

    Washington Nationals third base/shortstop prospect Brady House went 3-for-4 on Tuesday with two RBI to lead Double-A Harrisburg to a victory. The 20-year-old entered Tuesday sporting a cold .218/.323/.491 slash line with a 7:16 BB:K. However, despite his lack of contact recently, he has tallied five long balls during this stretch. During April, he posted a higher .256 average and even opened the season with a six-game hitting streak. The former No. 11 overall selection in the 2021 MLB draft is considered the No. 3 prospect in the Nationals system on MLB Pipeline and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. He is worth rostering in deeper dynasty leagues and could be worth adding in keeper leagues if he makes it to Triple-A later this summer.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Brady House
  • James Wood Launches Eighth Home Run On Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood launched his eighth home run of the season in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. The top prospect in the Washington system has been on fire all season at Triple-A with a stellar .348/.456/.571 with ten stolen bases and a 33:37 BB:K ratio. This is a significant improvement compared to the hefty 39:124 BB:K ratio he held last season at Double-A. The number five overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, is on the verge of making his major league debut and should be rostered in all leagues as he will provide fantasy managers with a high-upside combination of power and speed.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Cade Cavalli Pitches Well In First Rehab Start

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    Washington Nationals pitching prospect Cade Cavalli began his rehab assignment on Monday in the Florida Complex League and performed well. The right-hander threw in a competitive game for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2023 and tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. He also allowed one hit, one walk and recorded five strikeouts. Cavalli threw 44 pitches in the contest and will continue to build up his arm up. The 25-year-old is scheduled for another start in five days and it is likely that he will continue to build up through the minor leagues before any talk of a big-league promotion at the moment. Cavalli was once the top prospect for the Nationals and still remains one of their better pitching prospects, but managers in all formats will want to monitor his recovery before making a move as he is unlikely to make much of an impact in fantasy circles this season.

    May 21 · Source via Washington Nationals Cade Cavalli
  • Dylan Crews Doubles Twice, Drives In Four

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect Dylan Crews hit a pair of doubles and drove in four runs on Sunday for Double-A Harrisburg. The 2023 second-overall draft pick accomplished the same feat (two doubles, four RBI) earlier in the week as well, and is now hitting .300 (15-for-50) in the month of May after hitting just .224 in April (11-for-49). The 22-year-old now has a .263-3-26-15-6 line on the season over 27 games and should be getting closer to a Triple-A promotion. If everything goes to plan, MLB's seventh-ranked overall prospect should see some MLB at-bats by season's end as well.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Dylan Crews
  • Nationals Send Cade Cavalli On Rehab Assignment

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    The Washington Nationals have officially sent right-handed pitching prospect Cade Cavalli (elbow) on a minor-league rehab assignment with the Florida Complex League Nationals, according to the team's transaction log. Cavalli is trying to return after having Tommy John surgery, and his first rehab start in the Rookie League will be his first game action since the 2022 season. Given the nature of the 25-year-old's rehab and his long layoff, he's likely to spend all 30 days on his rehab assignment before the Nationals decide what to do with him. The team's No. 5 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, allowed seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first big-league start in 2022 but hasn't been back to the big leagues since because of his elbow injury. Cavalli should return to the majors at some point in 2024, but fantasy managers in redraft leagues may want to temper expectations.

    May 20 · Source via Washington Nationals Cade Cavalli
  • Lane Thomas Could Return To Nationals This Weekend

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday, and if all goes well, he'll play again on Wednesday. The team will then decide if Thomas is ready to come off the injured list or if he needs more time on his rehab assignment. If the Nationals are happy with what they see from the 28-year-old on Tuesday and Wednesday, he could return to the big-league lineup on Friday for the series opener against the Seattle Mariners. Thomas has been out almost a month with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, but he should be rostered in all fantasy formats despite going 16-for-87 (.184) before his injury. He already has 11 stolen bases in 22 games in 2024 after being a 20-20 man in 2023.

    May 20 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • Luis Garcia Jr. Returns As The DH On Sunday

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    Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia Jr. (heel) is back in action on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Aaron Nola, serving as the designated hitter and batting cleanup. Ildemaro Vargas is at second base and will hit in the two-hole for the Nats. A right-heel forced Garcia out of the lineup the last two days, but he will return on Sunday. It's unclear when the 24-year-old will be feeling good enough to return to defensive duties at the keystone. Garcia has plenty of experience in his career against Nola and is batting .250 against him in 24 at-bats with three RBI and a .655 OPS. He's having a very solid season so far at the plate but has cooled off a bit in May, going 11-for-42 (.262) with two home runs, nine RBI and two stolen bases in 12 games played. It's also not the best matchup for Garcia coming off a minor injury.

    May 19 · Source via Washington Nationals Luis Garcia
  • Lane Thomas Could Be Ready For Rehab Assignment This Week

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) could be ready to start his rehab assignment this week, per Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports. Thomas suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain on April 23 and has been mixing in some running over the past week. If all goes well in Thomas' rehab stint, he could return to the Nationals' lineup by the end of May. The 28-year-old was performing well below his norms before his MCL sprain, hitting for just a .503 OPS in 96 plate appearances. Based off his expected stats, he should regress positively and perform closer to his norms once he returns, with a good amount of his value coming from stolen bases (11 on the season). Fantasy managers should keep an eye on his status, though he may be best as a bench option rather than a starter.

    May 17 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • Cade Cavalli Ready For Rehab Assignment

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Cade Cavalli (elbow) is ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the Florida Complex League. Cavalli has been recovering from Tommy John surgery that was performed in March 2023 and has been progressing after throwing multiple bullpen sessions over the past few weeks. Once Cavalli makes his first start, then that will start his 30-day rehab block.Only dynasty managers should be concerned with Cavalli's status as he works to return to the big leagues.

    May 17 · Source via Washington Nationals Cade Cavalli
  • Luis Garcia Jr. Scratched With Heel Injury

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    Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia Jr. (heel) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies after injuring his right heel in Chicago. Garcia thinks he'll be fine to play on Saturday. Ildemaro Vargas will replace Garcia at the keystone on Friday and will hit fifth against Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler. Fantasy managers should consider Garcia day-to-day for now and check back on Saturday to see if he's put back in the lineup. Garcia is in the midst of the best season of his MLB career in 2024 and is currently hitting .283/.336/.433 with three home runs, 20 RBI and seven stolen bases in 37 games, so fantasy managers are hoping he's back on Saturday after also missing Wednesday's series finale against the Chicago White Sox. Vargas is merely a low-ceiling DFS sleeper in a tough matchup.

    May 17 · Source via Washington Nationals Luis Garcia
  • Jacob Young Sitting On Friday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jacob Young is not in the team's starting lineup on Friday against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Victor Robles will take over for the Nationals in center field and will hit ninth against Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler. Young had started in eight of the team's last nine games, with six of them coming out of the leadoff spot. The 24-year-old has held his own with a .257 average (54-for-210) in his first 67 major-league games, dating back to his debut in 2023, but he's still searching for his first home run while driving in 20 and stealing 27 bases. The former seventh-round pick in 2021 out of Florida should continue to be valuable for his speed in all fantasy formats, especially if he continues to hit atop the order. Robles has very little DFS upside at the bottom of the order in a tough matchup on Friday.

    May 17 · Source via Washington Nationals Jacob Young
  • Nationals Reinstate Joey Gallo From Injured List

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    The Washington Nationals reinstated first baseman/outfielder designated hitter Joey Gallo (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list on Friday and optioned rookie infielder Trey Lipscomb to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. It remains to be seen if Gallo will be included in Friday's starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Zack Wheeler. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger has recovered from a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and should play mostly in right field or as the DH on most days against right-handed pitching for the Nats, at least until Lane Thomas (knee) returns from his injury. Gallo has elite power but struggles to make consistent contact at the plate. He's returning to a .122/.286/.311 slash line with three homers and five RBI in the 23 games he's played in this year.

    May 17 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Gallo
  • Dylan Crews Continues Hot Streak With Two Doubles On Wednesday

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect Dylan Crews went 3-for-5 at the plate on Wednesday with two doubles and four RBI. After starting off slow at Double-A with a .224/.296/.367 slash line through April, the top prospect in Washington has bounced back with a strong showing through the first half of May. Since May 1, the 22-year-old has a .303/.400/.636 line with one long ball and a solid 6:10 BB:K. This is an excellent sign for the former LSU Tiger, as he is now clearly settled in at Double-A and showcasing his elite talent. MLB Pipeline ranked Crews as the No. 7 prospect in all of baseball in their updated rankings earlier this month and projects him to reach the major leagues this season. The former No. 2 overall selection in the 2023 MLB draft should be rostered in all keeper and dynasty leagues and could be worth stashing in redraft formats when he is promoted to Triple-A.

    May 16 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Dylan Crews
  • James Wood Slugs Five Homers In Big Week

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood is a former second-round pick who was flipped from the Padres as part of the return package for Juan Soto. At 6-foot-7, he's a big-bodied prospect capable of producing impressive power. He's also a very good runner, both on the basepaths and as a defender in the outfield. He rounds out his profile with a solid hit tool, reliable glovework, and a strong arm. Wood has legitimate five-tool potential, though he needs to cut down on strikeouts. He went down on strikes 173 times in 2023. Last week, Wood went 10-for-22 with five homers, 12 RBI, four walks, and four strikeouts. He also stole a base. The Nationals have plenty of young talent in their farm system, but Wood might be the best of the bunch. He should make his MLB debut sometime this season.

    May 15 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Lane Thomas Does Some Running Wednesday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) is doing some baserunning on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a Grade 2 sprain of his left MCL three weeks ago. Thomas isn't running at 100 percent yet, but it didn't look like he was at much less than full speed on Wednesday. It sounds as though Thomas is getting very close to embarking on a minor-league rehab assignment, although the Nationals could want to see him play in at least a handful of games given his long layoff. Still, the 28-year-old could return from the injured list before the end of May, barring any setbacks. Thomas was hitting just .184 (16-for-87) with two homers and 10 RBI before his injury, but he also contributed 11 stolen bases in just 22 games and was a 20-20 player in 2023. He should not be floating around on the waiver wire in any fantasy league.

    May 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • CJ Abrams Getting A Day Off

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams is not in the team's starting lineup on Wednesday as they take on the Chicago White Sox. Abrams will get the day off against a left-handed pitcher after playing in both games of a doubleheader in Chicago on Tuesday. It's the first time that the 23-year-old emerging superstar has been out of the team's lineup since April 8. With Abrams starting on the bench, Nasim Nunez will make the start at shortstop and will bat ninth for the Nats against White Sox lefty Garrett Crochet. DFS gamers should look elsewhere at the shortstop position on Wednesday. Abrams is in the midst of a breakout campaign in his second full season in D.C. He's currently hitting .263/.326/.494 with an .819 OPS, seven home runs, seven doubles, a league-leading four triples, 20 RBI, eight stolen bases and 26 runs scored in 38 games played.

    May 15 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Trevor Williams Solid Again In Tuesday's No-Decision

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Trevor Williams continued his dominant season in Tuesday's Game 1 6-3 win over the White Sox. Williams pitched five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits (including a solo home run) and a walk with two strikeouts. The 32-year-old has put together a career season, going 4-0 with a 1.94 ERA in eight starts and 41 2/3 IP. His next start will be a tough matchup at the Phillies. Fantasy managers may want to sit him despite his strong numbers.

    May 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Trevor Williams
  • Trey Lipscomb Collects Three Hits, Three Steals In Game 1 Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals rookie corner infielder Trey Lipscomb had a great offensive showing in Tuesday's Game 1, a 6-3 win over the White Sox. Lipscomb went 3-for-3 with three singles, a walk, an RBI, and three stolen bases. The 23-year-old has provided decent average and speed this season, slashing .260/.339/.298 with one home run, 16 runs scored, nine RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 199 plate appearances. He is currently rostered in just one percent of leagues and is worth a look in deeper roto leagues.

    May 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Trey Lipscomb
  • Kyle Finnegan Tallies MLB-High 13th Save

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    Washington Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan secured Tuesday's win on the road over the Chicago White Sox, tossing a scoreless ninth inning for his 13th save of the season during Game 1 of a doubleheader. After getting Eloy Jimenez to ground out, Finnegan ran into some trouble by allowing two singles to get the tying run to the plate but was able to stymie a potential rally by striking out Nicky Lopez to end the game. It's been a great first quarter of the year for the hard-throwing 32-year-old right-hander, who now sports a 1.56 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while fanning 17 and walking eight with an MLB-high 13 saves over 17 1/3 innings as Washington's clear-cut closer. Finnegan's been one of fantasy's top value picks to this point, but it might be time to sell high when you consider his .113 BA and .247 xBA, .268 SLG and .464 xSLG, as well as his 1.65 ERA and 4.41 xERA on Baseball Savant entering Tuesday's action.

    May 14 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Kyle Finnegan
  • Richard Bleier Opts Out Of Minors Deal With Nationals

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    Left-hander Richard Bleier has opted out of his minor league deal with the Nationals, reports Andrew Golden of The Washington Post. He'll head to the open market and will be free to pursue opportunities with all 30 clubs. Bleier, 37, signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in February. He joined them in Spring...

    May 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Richard Bleier
  • Keibert Ruiz Not In The Lineup For Game 1

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    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz isn't in the starting lineup on Tuesday for the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Washington will be starting Riley Adams at catcher who will be batting seventh in replace of Ruiz. This season, Ruiz is slashing .145/.193/.410 with two home runs and four RBIs. In his last 15 games, Ruiz is slashing .102/.159/.153 with one run and one RBI as he has struggled to produce much offense this season. The 25-year-old is 28% owned in Yahoo fantasy leagues while is owned in 46% of ESPN's fantasy leagues. However, due to the lack of offense, Ruiz is producing right now, he isn't worth a fantasy look, especially with Adams stealing some starts from him.

    May 14 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Jesse Winker Not Playing First Game Of Doubleheader

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    Washington Nationals DH and outfielder Jesse Winker (back) is not in the starting lineup for the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. In Winker's absence, the Nationals will be starting Nick Senzel at DH while he hits sixth. Winker is dealing with a back injury and has struggled at the plate this season, as he's slashing .235/.350/.736 with four home runs and 18 RBI. But in the last 15 games, he's slashing .167/.274/.315 with two home runs and nine RBI. The 30-year-old is a boom-or-bust fantasy option, as he can hit home runs, but he does strike out a ton and has struggled to put the ball in play of late. Winker is currently just 18% rostered in Yahoo leagues and 13% rostered in ESPN fantasy leagues.

    May 14 · Source via Washington Nationals Jesse Winker Nick Senzel
  • James Wood Jumps To Top Five In New MLB Pipeline Rankings

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    Washington Nationals outfielder James Wood has been one of the best hitters in the minor leagues this season and is now ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect on MLB Pipeline. Through 35 games at Triple-A this season, Wood has posted an incredible .346/.444/.581 slash line with seven long balls and nine stolen bases. The 21-year-old entered this season with major questions regarding his strikeout rate, as he posted a 124:39 K:BB last season at Double-A. However, he has put all of those doubts to rest so far this season with a significantly improved 32:25 K:BB. Wood has also been making headlines through the early part of May with an eye-catching .805 slugging percentage and five home runs. He should be considered a must-stash in all fantasy formats and could make an immediate impact at the major-league level when promoted.

    May 14 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • White Sox And Nationals Postponed

    The game between the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals has been postponed on Monday. The rain is not letting up, so the teams have decided to call it and make up the contest as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Right-handers Chris Flexen and Trevor Williams were the scheduled starters for this game. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups accordingly with this game being postponed.

    May 13 · Source via Chicago White Sox Washington Nationals
  • Jesse Winker Won't Play On Monday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jesse Winker (back) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The veteran outfielder was forced to exit early during Sunday's game due to back spasms. Winker is reportedly feeling better on Monday but will sit out at least one more game. Winker holds a .143/.247/.247 slash line over his last 21 games so he hasn't been much of a help to fantasy managers anyway. Jared Young, Eddie Rosario, and Victor Robles will cover the outfield on Monday.

    May 13 · Source via Washington Nationals Jesse Winker
  • Jesse Winker Dealing With Back Spasms

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Jesse Winker (back) left the game early in the fifth inning on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox due to back spasms. Winker felt it before the contest and it got worse after he dove for a line drive in the outfield early in the game. Before leaving, Winker was hitless in his two at-bats and was replaced in left field by Ildemaro Vargas. The 30-year-old veteran left-handed hitter is now slashing .235/.350/.386 on the year with four home runs, 18 RBI, four stolen bases and 19 runs scored in 132 at-bats. At the very least, it's unlikely that Winker will be in action on Monday for the series opener against the Chicago White Sox. If the Nationals don't elect to call up top prospect James Wood from the minors, more playing time will go to Victor Robles if Winker needs a trip to the injured list.

    May 13 · Source via Washington Nationals Jesse Winker
  • Nationals, CJ Abrams Had "Substantive Discussions" About Extension

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    CJ Abrams and the Nationals "held substantive discussions" about a possible contract extension this past spring, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports.  It isn't known how close the two sides might've gotten towards a long-term deal, or whether or not an extension could still be struck at some point during the season.  Most players...

    May 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Cade Cavalli Throws His Longest Bullpen Session In Recovery Process

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Cade Cavalli (elbow) threw another bullpen session on Thursday at the team's training facility in West Palm Beach. This was his longest session (45 pitches) since recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Nationals have not changed the original timeline for Cavalli to return in late June or July, but Manager Dave Martinez said that he "threw the ball well again" and that Cavalli is "well on his way." This is an excellent sign for fantasy managers in deeper leagues who may have the 25-year-old stashed on their injured reserve. Cavalli could become worth rostering in standard leagues if he performs well after he returns later in the summer.

    May 11 · Source via Washington Nationals Cade Cavalli
  • Josiah Gray Logs Another Bullpen Session

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray (elbow) threw another bullpen session on Friday afternoon. He threw his first session on Tuesday. On Friday, he increased his count to 35 pitches compared to his total of 30 earlier in the week. Gray is still just throwing fastballs, but this is a good sign in his recovery process. The 26-year-old threw just eight innings before being placed on the injured list on April 6. Gray still has to begin throwing breaking balls in bullpen sessions before beginning a rehab assignment. There is still no official timetable in place, but with where he is in the recovery process, fantasy managers should not expect Gray back on the mound until June.

    May 11 · Source via Washington Nationals Josiah Gray
  • Joey Gallo Feeling Good In Rehab

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    Washington Nationals outfielder/designated hitter Joey Gallo (shoulder) is feeling good in his rehab with Triple-A Rochester. Nationals skipper Davey Martinez provided an update on the slugger on Friday after Gallo enjoyed a big night at the plate on Thursday. "He hit a home run and a double. He's starting to swing the bat a little bit better," Martinez said. "They said he feels good. Just like everybody else, he's trying to get his timing back." It's been a tough start for Gallo to begin his Nationals tenure as he hit just .122 with three homers and a .597 OPS across 91 trips to the plate before he hit the injured list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder on April 26.

    May 11 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Gallo
  • Lane Thomas Ramping Up Activity

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) took batting practice on the field prior to Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox after doing so for the first time in his rehab on Tuesday at Nationals Park. Thomas has continued to run and throw as well, so the next step for him is to run the bases. Working his way back from a left MCL sprain that put him on the injured list on April 24, the 28-year-old outfielder still has a chance to return before the end of the month if he can begin a minor-league rehab assignment sometime in late May. Thomas is slashing a lackluster .184/.250/.253 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 87 at-bats (22 games) as Washington's primary right fielder this season, but his 11 stolen bases make him a must-stash asset in the majority of fantasy leagues.

    May 11 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • Nick Senzel Not Playing On Friday

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    Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel is not in the team's starting lineup on Friday for the start of a series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. Rookie Trey Lipscomb will handle third base duties and will hit eighth against Red Sox right-hander Tanner Houck. Senzel does have five home runs and 11 RBI in his first 70 at-bats of the year after getting hurt just before Opening Day and missing some time, but frequent strikeouts aren't helping his overall fantasy cause. The 28-year-old former second overall pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2016 out of Tennessee is batting just .214 (15-for-70) with eight walks and 26 strikeouts. He's going to need to do more the rest of the way to hold Lipscomb or others off at the hot corner for regular playing time. Lipscomb has gone 22-for-90 (.244) with a homer, six RBI and six steals in his first 27 MLB games.

    May 10 · Source via Washington Nationals Nick Senzel
  • Dylan Crews Breaks Out Of Power Slump

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect Dylan Crews launched his third long ball of the season on Thursday, breaking his near-month home run drought. The second overall selection in the 2023 MLB Draft has an overall .236/.317/.458 line with four stolen bases. Crews have begun to heat up at the plate with a .261/.357/.652 line through the first seven games of May. If Crews can continue this hot stretch, he should be prompted to Triple-A fairly soon which could provide him an opportunity to make his major league debut later this summer. The 22-year-old should be rostered in all dynasty and keeper leagues and could become relevant in redraft formats later this season.

    May 10 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Dylan Crews
  • The Hot Start Of Trevor Williams Raises Interesting Questions

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    Coming into 2024, Trevor Williams was something of an afterthought on the Nationals' roster. But six weeks into the 2024 season, he has emerged as one of the more interesting members of the club, thanks to his utter dominance so far this year. Entering the campaign, most baseball fans outside of the D.C. area probably...

    May 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Trevor Williams
  • Nationals Sticking To Their Plan With James Wood

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood is currently slashing a ridiculous .339/.444/.529 with a .973 OPS, 11 doubles, 14 RBI, 23 walks, 30 strikeouts, eight stolen bases and four home runs with Triple-A Rochester. The club's No. 2 prospect and No. 12 in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline, hit two of his four homers on Wednesday. It's looking like Wood has nothing left to prove in the minors, but Washington has a plan for him and they plan on sticking to it. Despite his electric start this year, the Nats have more boxes for the 21-year-old to check before he makes his big-league debut. "He needs to get a bunch of at-bats," Martinez said. "He needs to learn some different things." The team's active 26-man roster is in a bit of a crunch at the major-league level right now, too. Wood is going to get his chance eventually this year, though, and he should be stashed in all fantasy leagues if you have the room.

    May 9 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • James Wood With Two Home Runs Wednesday

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    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood smacked two home runs on Wednesday for Triple-A Rochester, extending his hit streak to five games. The home runs were his third and fourth of the season and first since a two-homer game back on April 11. The 21-year-old is making a push for a call-up to the big league club after a sensational spring training and is now slashing .339/.444/.529 at Triple-A with eight stolen bases. Expect to see baseball's 12th-ranked prospect in D.C. by the end of June, but possibly sooner, and not only should he already be on dynasty squads, managers that have an open bench spot could start thinking about stashing him in season-long formats.

    May 8 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Robert Hassell III Hitting Well At Double-A

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Robert Hassell III is a former first-round pick who was flipped to Washington during the trade that made Juan Soto a Padre. The talented left-hander gets good speed behind each of his swings while still making sure to keep his swing under control, perfect his timing, and put the bat on the ball. Concerns about his tendency to strike out seem to have dissipated recently. He's also a good defender, showcasing the potential to play center field for a long time thanks to his range and glovework. He has the arm strength to shift to right field as necessary. Hassell enjoyed plenty of success last week, going 12-for-24 (.500) with two homers, five RBI, one walk, and three strikeouts. He was also a thief on the basepaths, swiping three bags on three attempts. He closed out the week with a three-game stolen base streak that would ultimately be snapped on Tuesday, May 7. Nevertheless, keep an eye on Hassell as he pushes for a spot in Triple-A.

    May 8 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Robert Hassell
  • Trevor Williams Strikes Out Eight, Picks Up Fourth Win

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Trevor Williams (4-0) allowed two hits while striking out eight across five scoreless innings in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Williams picked up his fourth win of the season. The 32-year-old threw 77 pitches, landing 53 for strikes. He struck out a season-high eight batters and has not allowed a home run in his previous seven starts, helping the Nationals go over .500 for the first time since 2021. Williams owns a 1.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 30:12 K: BB across 36 2/3 innings in 2024. The veteran will look to continue his strong season and can be used as a streamer at his next start on Monday on the road against the Chicago White Sox.

    May 8 · Source via Washington Nationals Trevor Williams
  • Brady House Riding Three-Game Hit Streak

    Washington Nationals third base/shortstop prospect Brady House has performed well in his first extended look at Double-A this season and is making a case to be moved up to Triple-A sooner rather than later. House is currently on a three-game hitting streak and has gone hitless in just one of his past eight games. During this stretch, the 20-year-old has tallied three of his total five home runs. Overall, on the season, the third-ranked prospect in the Washington pipeline has a .266/.361/.479 line. House is projected to reach the majors in 2025 but could make a late-season push to the majors if he continues to hit this well.

    May 7 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Brady House
  • Lane Thomas Taking On-Field Batting Practice

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (knee) is taking full batting practice on the field on Tuesday for the first time since going on the injured list with a left MCL sprain two weeks ago. It's good progress for Thomas, but he still has other boxes to check before the club clears him to embark on a minor-league rehab assignment. Barring a setback with his knee, the 28-year-old should be able to return to Washington's lineup before the end of May. In his absence, the left-handed-hitting Jesse Winker has seen more run in the Nationals' outfield. When he's healthy, Thomas will return to everyday duties for the team despite hitting .184 in his first 87 at-bats. He had added two home runs, 10 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Thomas' 20-20 potential makes him stash-worthy in all fantasy leagues.

    May 7 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
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