Stephen Strasburg will start for the Nationals in the third game of the season on April 9 in a likely showdown with Mets pitching ace Matt Harvery, according to an ESPN.com report.
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The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.
The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.
The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.
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Anthony Rendon's availability for the Washington Nationals' season opener is in doubt after a second MRI on his injured left knee failed to reveal progress as expected.
"Opening Day is in jeopardy at this point, because he simply hasn't had the baseball activity to get ready," Matt Williams said. "Does that mean he's not ready for Opening Day, but ready four days later? Potentially. We just don't know at this point.
"It's a tricky injury, because the MRI shows no structural damage, per se. But it's something you use every day. It's on the right track. It's just a question of when he can get through the soreness and get back to [playing]."
A sprained MCL in his left knee has limited Rendon, 24, to three games and nine at-bats in the Grapefruit League this spring. He hasn't appeared in a game since March 9 because of the injury.
The Washington Nationals have released Heath Bell, who they signed to a Minor League contract in December.
He struck out six batters and walked five while allowing five runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings this spring.
The Washington Nationals have announced that Max Scherzer will start for the club on Opening Day.
Washington will open the season on April 6 against the New York Mets.
"It's going to be real exciting," Scherzer said. "It's a great honor to be able to start Opening Day, especially for this club and especially on this staff. But at the end of the day, it's just Game 1. There are bigger and better things I want to check off."
Scherzer will be making his first Opening Day start after signing a seven-year, $210 million deal. Stephen Strasburg had pitched the last three for the Nationals.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will miss Sunday's scheduled spring training start after injuring his left ankle during conditioning work Friday.
"He twisted his ankle a little bit, so we're going to have to see how he goes in the next couple of days and push him (back)," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He's a little sore, so we don't want to have any issues with him not feeling 100 percent."
Denard Span had surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the start of the season for the Washington Nationals.
Matt Williams said the projected time for Span's return is uncertain and added "you're looking at four-to-six weeks before he can start doing baseball activity again."
Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury in December and reported discomfort at the start of spring training.
"He thought it would work itself out," Williams said. "Once he ramped it up in the first game and tested it coming out of the box, he felt it a lot more so we decided to get it looked at. Ultimately, with all the results, had to get it fixed, make sure he's good to go."
Alex Rodriguez will make his return to third base Sunday afternoon when the Yankees face the Nationals.
Rodriguez, who is coming back from a yearlong suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, served as a DH in his first two games this spring. He singled in his first at-bat Wednesday.
The Washington Nationals have signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Across 1,798 total career plate appearances in the Major Leagues, Gwynn owns a .238/.309/.310 slash with 80 stolen bases.
Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last season, adding that he has to "step up" for the Washington Nationals.
Harper missed 62 games in 2014 because of a thumb injury.
"I have to see what [pitchers] are going to do to me, see how they approach me, really just working my pitch and not go out of my comfort zone," the 22-year-old said. "If I can do that, stay within myself and have a little bit of fun at the plate, that will go a long way."
With Adam LaRoche gone, Harper is Washington's only power threat from the left side of the plate.
"I'll help out for sure," Harper said. "After losing LaRoche, I have to step up a little bit. I have to do what I need to do. Our pitching is going to take us to the top, hopefully, but we still have to have offense. We have to do the things we need to do. I'm ready to go. I'll be feeling good."