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Nationals Not Interested In Curtis Granderson Trade

Aug 15, 2017 9:21 AM

While there has been some talk about the Washington Nationals trading for Curtis Granderson, that reportedly isn't the case.

The Nationals preferred starting outfield is all on the disabled list. The hope remains that Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper will be healthy for the postseason.

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Bryce Harper Out Indefinitely, Suffers No Knee Damage

Aug 13, 2017 12:14 PM

Bryce Harper suffered a significant bone bruise in his left knee and is out indefinitely. Harper avoided any ligament or tendon damage.

The Nationals are optimistic that Harper will return at some point this season.

"We dodged a bullet here," said Mike Rizzo, adding that it was "pretty remarkable" that Harper avoided a more significant injury.

Harper suffered the injury when he slipped on a wet first base in the first inning of Saturday's 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

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Wives Of Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper Fuel Cubs Rumors

Aug 8, 2017 9:17 AM

Bryce Harper will become a free agent after the 2018 season and rumors about where he'll land have been swirling for years.

Peter Gammons reported earlier this year that Harper wants to play for the Chicago Cubs. Harper grew up with Kris Bryant in the Las Vegas area and the two are close friends.

The player's wives fueled the rumors with the Washington Nationals in Chicago to play the Cubs this past weekend. The posted a photo on social media together with the hashtag, #HarperToTheCubs.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs Place Addison Russell On DL; Call Up Rob Zastryzny

Aug 4, 2017 1:11 PM

The Cubs have placed shortstop Addison Russell on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 2 because of a strained right foot.

Russell is batting .241 with 10 homers and 36 RBI. The Cubs announced the move before Friday's game against the NL East-leading Nationals.

Chicago also called up left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa. Zastryzny made one appearance for the Cubs in May and pitched in eight games for them last season.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Scherzer Leaves Game With Neck Spasms After Hitting First HR

Aug 2, 2017 1:50 AM

Nationals ace Max Scherzer left in the second inning of Tuesday night's 7-6 loss at Miami with what the team said were neck spasms, after belting his first career home run in the first inning.

Scherzer said he has had a crick in his neck for a couple of days but that it helped his swing.

"I couldn't pull my head out, I had to stay locked in," Scherzer said. "That actually gave me a better swing. That's the reason why I hit a home run."

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Nationals Acquire Brandon Kintzler From Twins

Jul 31, 2017 6:44 PM

The Nationals acquired closer Brandon Kintzler from the Twins right before the Trade Deadline on Monday. Minnesota will receive Minor League left-hander Tyler Watson and international bonus pool money from Washington.

Kintzler, 32, is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 28 saves in 45 1/3 innings for the Twins this season. He figures to form a dynamic late-inning trio with lefty Sean Doolittle and righty Ryan Madson, who were acquired from the Athletics earlier this month.
Watson is 6-4 with a 4.35 ERA for Double-A Hagerstown this season. He was rated the Nationals' No. 17 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Multiple Teams Have Interest In Tigers' Justin Wilson

Jul 30, 2017 10:22 PM

Detroit spent Sunday evening narrowing their list of suitors for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, with the potential of a deal Sunday night or Monday morning.

Five teams remain in the mix for Wilson, according to an industry source. The Astros are considered the favorites, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, but the Nationals and Cubs also remain in the hunt according to MLB.com's Phil Rogers and other sources. MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cubs are heavily involved in talks.

Other teams that have been linked at some point to Wilson include the Rockies, Rays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Brewers, Indians and Yankees.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Trade Kendrick To Nats, Send Hellickson To O's

Jul 29, 2017 2:23 AM

After beating the Braves 10-3, the Phillies announced two trades involving a total of five players.

The Nationals acquired Howie Kendrick and cash considerations in exchange for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is headed to the Orioles, and the Phillies will receive outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from Baltimore.

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Nationals Scouting Tommy Pham, Trevor Rosenthal

Jul 28, 2017 9:14 AM

The Washington Nationals have spent time scouting both Tommy Pham and Trevor Rosenthal of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Washington recently bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics.

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Clubs Have Informed A's Which Prospects They'll Deal For Sonny Gray

Jul 27, 2017 8:28 AM

Rival clubs believe most interested teams have informed the Oakland Athletics which centerpieces they're willing to part with in a trade for Sonny Gray.

The New York Yankees are still believed to be the front-runners to acquire Gray. The Athletics are expected to deal the right-hander before his scheduled start on Sunday.

The Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners have also shown interest in Gray lately.

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Stephen Strasburg Leaves Game With Arm Stiffness
The Nationals removed Stephen Strasburg from the game as a precaution and would be evaluated after the teams return to Washington.

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Jayson Werth Reveals Fractured Left Foot
Jayson Werth has been sidelined since early June with a bruised left foot, which is much worse than originally thought.

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Nationals Aren't Done Looking For Bullpen Help
The Nationals acquired two relievers over the weekend, but they aren't done looking to bolster their bullpen.

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Nats Acquire Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson From A's
The Nationals have been looking for help at the back end of their bullpen.

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Joe Ross Will Have Season-Ending Surgery
Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced Saturday that right-hander Joe Ross will have the procedure on Wednesday.

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Bryce Harper Wants To See Top Vote-Getters Pick All-Star Teams
Bryce Harper has an idea to make the Major League Baseball All-Star Game more exciting.

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Chris Sale, Max Scherzer To Start All-Star Game
Chris Sale and Max Scherzer will start for the American and National League, respectively, in Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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Bryce Harper To Skip ASG Home Run Derby
Bryce Harper says there is "no chance" for him to participate in the Home Run Derby in Miami next week.

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2017 All-Star Starting Lineup / Roster Announced
The Nationals' Bryce Harper is MLB's Leading Vote-Getter for the 2017 All-Star Game.

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Trea Turner Out Indefinitely With Broken Wrist
Trea Turner, 24, is hitting .279/.324/.422 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

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Koda Glover Dealing With Severe Shoulder Inflammation
Koda Glover may not pitch for the Nationals anytime soon.

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Miguel Montero Blames Jake Arrieta For Nationals' Seven Steals
Miguel Montero blamed the total on Jake Arrieta's slow delivery, which he says kept him from throwing out runners.

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Nationals Sign Francisco Rodriguez To Minors Deal
The Nationals' bullpen has the third-west ERA (4.88) in the National League.

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MLB Upholds Hunter Strickland's Six-Game Suspension
Hunter Strickland began serving a six-game suspension Monday for brawling with Bryce Harper on May after his appeal was denied by Major League Baseball.

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early.

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Adam Eaton 'Ahead Of Schedule' Rehabbing Knee
Adam Eaton, who tore a knee ligament about a month and a half ago, used crutches to walk around the clubhouse on Sunday afternoon.

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Max Scherzer Third-Fastest To 2,000 Career Ks
Nationals pitching ace Max Scherzer reached the milestone by striking out Nomar Mazara on Sunday.

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Nationals' Glover Hurts Back In Shower Before Game
Nationals closer Koda Glover did not tell manager Dusty Baker about the injury until after the game.

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Nats' Mike Rizzo: O's Should 'Quit Whining' About Rainout
The rift between the Nationals and Orioles comes from Thursday's game, that was rescheduled from May 11.

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Nationals Haven't Offered Dusty Baker An Extension
Dusty Baker wants to manage the Nationals next season, but the club hasn't offered him an extension.

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