Rendon unlikely to return until Tuesday at earliest (Nats win 3-1)

Rendon unlikely to return until Tuesday at earliest (Nats win 3-1)
Anthony Rendon wasn't activated off the disabled list today even though he was eligible, but the Nationals third baseman appears to be close to returning from a bruised left big toe. Rendon hit, ran and took grounders this morning with no issues, manager Davey Martinez said. The Nationals weren't prepared to activate him off the 10-day DL yet, and Martinez said the move probably won't be made Monday, either, though it won't be much longer. "I'd probably say no (to being active Monday),...
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Rizzo on ever-changing roster: "Nobody said it would be easy"

Rizzo on ever-changing roster: "Nobody said it would be easy"
Mike Rizzo goes into every season knowing there will be unexpected ailments and performances that require roster changes. And the Nationals general manager goes into every season prepared to tap into as much depth as is necessary from his club's farm system. The first month of this season, though, is testing that depth like never before. "It's a grind, man," Rizzo said this afternoon before his fourth-place, 11-14 Nationals opened a 10-game homestand. "Nobody said it would be easy." Well,...
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Nats concede and place Rendon on DL, promote reliever Adams

Nats concede and place Rendon on DL, promote reliever Adams
LOS ANGELES - For eight days, they waited and hoped Anthony Rendon would be able to return to the lineup after fouling a ball off his left big toe. On the ninth day, the Nationals finally decided they could wait no longer. Except now they'll have to wait at least seven more days for Rendon to be eligible to return from the disabled list. In formally placing Rendon on the 10-day DL this afternoon, the Nationals extended the third baseman's time away beyond what it might have been had they...
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With toe still sore, Nats will "re-evaluate" Rendon's status

With toe still sore, Nats will "re-evaluate" Rendon's status
LOS ANGELES - Davey Martinez's afternoon declaration that Anthony Rendon would likely be available to pinch-hit surely left many of Nationals fans wondering why the star third baseman never did emerge from the dugout during Saturday night's 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. It's not like there wasn't an opportunity, most notably the top of the eighth, when with his team trailing by two runs, Martinez sent Matt Reynolds instead of Rendon up to pinch-hit against lefty Tony Cingrani. Reynolds, who...
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Nats expect Rendon back this weekend, Eaton during road trip

Nats expect Rendon back this weekend, Eaton during road trip
LOS ANGELES - Anthony Rendon fouled a ball off his left big toe one week ago, in the fifth inning last Friday night at Nationals Park. He hasn't played since, and despite initial hope he'd be back for tonight's series opener against the Dodgers, he's not in the lineup. Which begs the question: Why, given the fact he's now been out seven days, was Rendon not placed on the 10-day disabled list? "He constantly kept saying he was getting better and better," manager Davey Martinez said. "And...
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Murphy heading to Florida to play in extended spring training

Murphy heading to Florida to play in extended spring training
As the Nationals head out on a long road trip, Daniel Murphy is heading down to Florida to start playing in extended spring training games. Murphy, now in the final stages of rehab from October microfracture knee surgery, is scheduled to fly to West Palm Beach on Monday and begin getting at-bats with others from the organization who remain at the club's complex for extended spring training. The veteran second baseman has been with the big league club throughout the season's first 2 1/2 weeks,...
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Rendon still dealing with sore toe, Goodwin out with sore wrist

Rendon still dealing with sore toe, Goodwin out with sore wrist
Anthony Rendon isn't in the Nationals lineup this afternoon. That's not a surprise, given the third baseman had to come out of Friday night's game after fouling a ball off his left big toe. The real question now is how much time Rendon will need before he is ready to return to an already-struggling lineup that keeps losing key players to injury. "He's sore, real sore," manager Davey Martinez said this morning. "So he's probably going to be day-to-day." Rendon hurt himself fouling a...
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Eaton tweaks ankle, but expects to return in a day or two

Eaton tweaks ankle, but expects to return in a day or two
It was both a wonderful sight to behold while simultaneously leaving 42,477 people inside Nationals Park holding their collective breaths. Adam Eaton being waved around third base on a double into the left field corner? How long has everyone been waiting for that moment since that fateful night nearly one year ago when the Nationals outfielder tore his left ACL tripping over first base against this same Mets ballclub? The good news: Eaton was safe, thanks to José Reyes' wide relay throw to...
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Murphy traveling with club while rehabbing (Nats win 2-0)

Murphy traveling with club while rehabbing (Nats win 2-0)
CINCINNATI - Though he's not on the big league roster to begin the season, Daniel Murphy is going to be hanging out with the rest of the Nationals for at least a little while. Murphy, who is on the 10-day disabled list while completing his rehab from October knee surgery, made the trip to Cincinnati with the Nats, was introduced on the field alongside everybody else on the roster before today's opener and will stay with them until he's ready to play in minor league rehab games. "He's one...
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Despite concern after ACL tear, Eaton should be upgrade for Nats

Despite concern after ACL tear, Eaton should be upgrade for Nats
We've spent a decent portion of the offseason to date talking about members of the 2017 Nationals who won't be part of the 2018 Nationals, but we'd be remiss if we didn't take some time to talk about a guy who barely played in 2017 who is positioned to play a whole lot in 2018: Adam Eaton. The club's biggest acquisition last winter, Eaton was going to be in the crosshairs throughout the season, with fans, media members and even those on the roster curious to know whether the scrappy...
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Scherzer pulled in fourth with apparent leg issue (Nats lose 4-1)

Scherzer pulled in fourth with apparent leg issue (Nats lose 4-1)
The last thing the Nationals needed in Game 161 of the season was to pull Max Scherzer in the top of the fourth inning for any reason other than performance, but that's what they got tonight. Scherzer was removed from his final postseason tune-up with what appeared to be a right leg issue after he landed awkwardly while throwing a pitch to the Pirates' Josh Bell. Whether his removal by manager Dusty Baker was a move of extreme caution or reason for actual concern is the question that now...
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Drew activated, Kelley to 60-day DL with bone chips

Drew activated, Kelley to 60-day DL with bone chips
The Nationals made a 60-day disabled list player swap just before tonight's game, adding Stephen Drew to the active roster while shelving Shawn Kelley for the remainder of the season. Drew, who has been out since July 26 with a tear in his abdomen, is now active but isn't ready to play quite yet. Kelley, who had to depart his Sept. 22 relief appearance with a numb arm, was diagnosed with bone chips in his elbow. The moves don't have any real immediate impact but were necessary transactions...
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Harper takes full BP session on field, says timing now is key

Harper takes full BP session on field, says timing now is key
The crack of the bat said it all. This wasn't a sound anyone had heard around the Nationals batting cage in five weeks. This was the sound only Bryce Harper makes when he connects with a ball during batting practice. And this being Harper's first on-field BP session since his scary-looking left leg injury on Aug. 12, it drew plenty of attention. From general manager Mike Rizzo, hitting coach Rick Schu and other team personnel standing behind the cage. From reporters and photographers watching...
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Harper ramps up rehab, runs around warning track

Harper ramps up rehab, runs around warning track
Bryce Harper sightings on the field at Nationals Park these days generate the kind of attention usually reserved in this town for a baby panda at the National Zoo. You never know for sure when they're going to happen, and when they do everybody scrambles for their phones to take photos and video of this rare event. So it was this afternoon when Harper emerged in the right field corner during Nationals batting practice, alongside Harvey Sharman, the club's director of medical services. The...
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Harper plays light catch, first baseball activity since injury

Harper plays light catch, first baseball activity since injury
MIAMI - It wasn't all that much - a 10-minute light game of catch in shallow right field - and there are plenty more significant hurdles Bryce Harper will need to cross before he is close to returning to the Nationals lineup. But given the violent leg injury he appeared to sustain 3 1/2 weeks ago, even this minor step was an important accomplishment for the recovering Nationals star. "It's very encouraging," manager Dusty Baker said. "You see him doing light baseball activities, you know...
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Fedde shut down for rest of '17 with flexor strain in forearm

Fedde shut down for rest of '17 with flexor strain in forearm
MIAMI - The injury Erick Fedde is now dealing with - a strained flexor mass in his forearm - wouldn't typically require a long layoff. But given the situation both the Nationals and Fedde are in right now, at this stage of the season, the club has decided to not to send its top pitching prospect back to the mound until next spring. "We shut him down in an abundance of caution," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He's a guy that would've probably missed a start or two. But he's been...
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Madson good to go after receiving electric treatment in Phoenix

Madson good to go after receiving electric treatment in Phoenix
MILWAUKEE - When Ryan Madson had to cut short a warmup session in the bullpen at Nationals Park three weeks ago, he assumed something was wrong with his index finger. Why else would that digit hurt when he tried to throw, not only that night in D.C. but four days later in San Diego when he tried to play catch? Madson wound up on the disabled list with a sprained finger. Turns out, though, the issue was in his lower forearm, just above the wrist. Madson discovered this thanks to a visit to his...
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Not yet cleared to run, Harper facing tight time frame to return

Not yet cleared to run, Harper facing tight time frame to return
It's been 18 days since Bryce Harper slipped on first base, hurtled awkwardly to the ground and had to be helped back to the dugout at Nationals Park. Eighteen days later, Harper is up and about, walking without a particularly noticeable limp. Which doesn't mean the star outfielder is anywhere close to returning to the Nationals lineup. Harper revealed today that in addition to the significant bone bruise and hyperextension in his left knee, he also strained his calf during the Aug. 12 play...
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Zimmerman dealing with sore shoulder, won't play again today

Zimmerman dealing with sore shoulder, won't play again today
A Nationals lineup already reeling from injuries is without yet another key bat for at least one more day: Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman was unavailable to bat during Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Mets and won't be in the lineup again this afternoon for the second game of the series after injuring his left shoulder sliding into the plate during Thursday night's win in Houston, manager Dusty Baker revealed. "I think he hurt his arm or shoulder, really couldn't swing, on his headfirst slide...
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Scherzer throws in bullpen, appears good to return Sunday

Scherzer throws in bullpen, appears good to return Sunday
Max Scherzer appears to be good to go Sunday against the Mets. Scherzer threw off the bullpen mound at Nationals Park this afternoon, the final step he said was necessary to be able to start a game two days later. The Nationals ace was in full uniform as he threw his bullpen session with pitching coach Mike Maddux alongside, standard practice for all members of the rotation in their between-starts routine. He didn't stop to take questions from reporters as he walked down the dugout steps and...
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