With Taylor on DL and Werth weeks away, outfield shuffled again

With Taylor on DL and Werth weeks away, outfield shuffled again
They lost Adam Eaton to a season-ending ACL tear on April 28. They lost Jayson Werth to a bone bruise on the inside of his left foot on June 3. And now that they've lost Michael A. Taylor to a strained right oblique muscle, the Nationals are finding their outfield depth tested like never before. With Taylor officially placed on the 10-day disabled list this afternoon, the Nationals will turn to their third-string center fielder for the immediate future: Brian Goodwin. And they'll turn to a...
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Werth rehabbing in West Palm Beach, will join affiliate soon

Werth rehabbing in West Palm Beach, will join affiliate soon
Jayson Werth has progressed in his recovery from a badly bruised foot, heading to West Palm Beach, Fla., to work out with the Nationals' Gulf Coast League club. Werth has been out since fouling a pitch off the inside of his left foot June 3 in Oakland, unable to even put weight on the foot for several weeks. He finally was able to start baseball activities last week, playing catch and jogging before games at Nationals Park. Now he's working out at the Nationals' spring training complex, and...
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Werth, back in D.C., still not cleared for baseball activities

Werth, back in D.C., still not cleared for baseball activities
MIAMI - It has been 16 days since Jayson Werth fouled a ball off his left foot, six days since the Nationals outfielder was eligible to return from the disabled list. And it's going to continue to be a while until Werth is back in the Nats lineup. Despite initial hope he wouldn't need more than the minimum 10 days on the DL, Werth remains out. He remains in Washington, rehabbing with the club's non-traveling training staff, not yet having been cleared for baseball activities. "We were...
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Werth going on DL with bruised foot, Raburn getting promoted

Werth going on DL with bruised foot, Raburn getting promoted
LOS ANGELES - Jayson Werth's left foot isn't seriously injured, but it is injured enough to require a stint on the disabled list. The Nationals have placed Werth on the 10-day DL with a bruised foot and promoted veteran outfielder Ryan Raburn from Triple-A Syracuse to fill his roster spot for tonight's series opener against the Dodgers. Werth fouled a ball off his foot in the ninth inning of Saturday's game in Oakland, then sat out Sunday's game. X-rays taken of his foot were negative for...
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Heisey goes on DL with ruptured bicep; Solís rehabbing in Florida

Heisey goes on DL with ruptured bicep; Solís rehabbing in Florida
The Nationals outfield took another significant hit this evening when Chris Heisey had to be placed on the disabled list with what the club says is a right bicep rupture. It's unclear how the injury occurred, but Heisey was on the field for batting practice this afternoon and did not appear to be dealing with any ailments prior to that point. Already playing with a short bench after electing to carry a 13th pitcher upon recalling Joe Ross on Tuesday, the Nationals hurriedly recalled Brian...
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Blanton goes on DL with shoulder inflammation, Grace recalled

Blanton goes on DL with shoulder inflammation, Grace recalled
PITTSBURGH - The Nationals hope a stint on the disabled list will do for Joe Blanton what pitching in big league games has not. Blanton was placed on the 10-day DL today with right shoulder inflammation, an ailment the veteran reliever mentioned to club officials Tuesday and may have played at least some role in his ragged start to the season. Blanton has a 9.49 ERA in 14 games, having surrendered 20 hits (six of those homers) in only 12 1/3 innings. He last appeared in a game Saturday but...
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Kelley and Glover on track to return from DL on Friday

Kelley and Glover on track to return from DL on Friday
They won't, by their mere presence alone, turn the Nationals bullpen from a major problem into a major asset. But the anticipated return this weekend of both Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover from the disabled list certainly won't hurt the Nats' attempt to stabilize the shakiest unit on their roster. The Nationals haven't made final decisions yet, but both Kelley and Glover are on track to be activated off the disabled list Friday and be available to pitch in their series opener against the...
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Eaton has ACL reconstruction, faces long rehab

Eaton has ACL reconstruction, faces long rehab
Adam Eaton had surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ACL - as well as other injuries - in his left knee, immediately moving into the long rehab phase that now will consume the outfielder for some time. Eaton's surgery was performed in Washington by Nationals team orthopedist Robin West, who in addition to the full ACL reconstruction also did repair work on other ligaments and the meniscus that was torn in the area. "There was some other ligament ... the meniscus, and there was some other...
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Nationals' fears confirmed: Eaton has torn ACL

Nationals' fears confirmed: Eaton has torn ACL
Though they didn't know for sure when it occurred Friday night, the Nationals feared from the outset Adam Eaton suffered a serious left leg injury when he awkwardly landed on first base and went tumbling to the ground in pain. Tonight those fears were realized when the Nats learned Eaton has a torn ACL in his left knee, a season-ending injury. The diagnosis, first reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, was confirmed by a club source. Eaton will have surgery in the coming days and likely faces...
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Solís' MRI shows nerve inflammation, no ligament damage

Solís' MRI shows nerve inflammation, no ligament damage
Sammy Solís won't be coming off the disabled list Saturday when eligible, but the injured Nationals reliever did get encouraging results from an MRI administered today on his left elbow. Solís said he has nerve inflammation, not ligament damage as he and the club briefly feared when his arm wasn't responding to treatment over the last week while he has been on the DL. There is no formal timetable for Solís to return to the mound, but that was less of a concern to the left-hander than...
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Werth injured on checked swing, leaves game (Nats win 14-4)

Werth injured on checked swing, leaves game (Nats win 14-4)
ATLANTA - Jayson Werth had to depart tonight's game after injuring himself on a check-swing in the top of the third inning, the latest Nationals player to go down in the season's first month. Werth checked his swing on a 1-0 pitch from the Braves' Julio Teheran in his second at-bat of the night and appeared to grimace, his left leg perhaps tweaked. After stepping out of the batter's box, he signaled to the dugout for Nationals director of athletic training Paul Lessard, who came out to talk...
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Solís lands on DL with elbow inflammation (Nats lead 6-2)

Solís lands on DL with elbow inflammation (Nats lead 6-2)
ATLANTA - Sammy Solís pitched a key scoreless inning during Tuesday night's victory over the Braves. Turns out he did so with something less than a perfectly healthy left arm. The Nationals placed Solís on the 10-day disabled list today with elbow inflammation, an injury that is not believed to be serious but was concerning enough to convince the club to shelve its top left-handed reliever for the rest of a daunting road trip. Needing to remove somebody from the active roster to clear a...
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Turner ready to return but will defer to Nats' medical decision

Turner ready to return but will defer to Nats' medical decision
Trea Turner went through a full round of pregame drills this morning and suggested he's ready to come off the disabled list Wednesday when he's eligible, but acknowledged the Nationals may want to be more cautious in bringing him back from a mild right hamstring injury. Turner ran sprints in the outfield, took full batting practice and fielded grounders at short before today's series finale against the Phillies. That heavy workout left him optimistic he could return to game action as soon as...
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With two shortstops down, Nats now turn to Difo and Green

With two shortstops down, Nats now turn to Difo and Green
Two days after placing their starting shortstop on the disabled list, the Nationals were forced to do the same with their backup shortstop, adding Stephen Drew to a rapidly growing infirmary. Drew was placed on the 10-day DL with a right hamstring strain, an injury he sustained in the fifth inning Tuesday night running out of the batter's box on a comebacker to the mound. The Nationals purchased the contract of Grant Green from Triple-A Syracuse to account for their sudden dearth of healthy...
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Turner lands on 10-day DL, Taylor recalled from Syracuse

Turner lands on 10-day DL, Taylor recalled from Syracuse
Had Trea Turner suffered a mild right hamstring strain on April 8, 2016, the Nationals might well have waited a week to let him heal and then put him back in their lineup, avoiding a 15-day stint on the disabled list. But because Turner suffered his injury on April 8, 2017, and because Major League Baseball has turned the 15-day DL into the 10-day DL, the Nationals decided not to waste any time and shelved their leadoff man and shortstop now. Turner was placed on the DL this afternoon, a...
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Trea Turner suffers apparent leg injury (Nats trounced 17-3)

Trea Turner suffers apparent leg injury (Nats trounced 17-3)
PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals avoided significant injuries to prominent players throughout the spring and entered the season as healthy as any team in baseball, but that run of good fortune may have come to an abrupt end. Trea Turner had to come out of tonight's game against the Phillies in the top of the first inning after suffering an apparent hamstring injury running the bases, a potentially major blow to a club that intends to rely on its dynamic leadoff hitter and shortstop heavily this...
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Ramos has surgery for torn ACL, Nats say rehab is 6-8 months

Ramos has surgery for torn ACL, Nats say rehab is 6-8 months
Wilson Ramos had surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee today, a procedure that may not allow the soon-to-be free agent catcher to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Ramos also had repairs done to the medial meniscus and lateral meniscus in his knee, the Nationals said. Rehab from the surgery, performed by orthopedist Robert Najarian, is expected to take six to eight months. The 29-year-old catcher was enjoying the best season of his career when he hurt himself leaping to...
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Strasburg throws off bullpen mound for first time since injury

Strasburg throws off bullpen mound for first time since injury
Whatever hope Stephen Strasburg has of pitching for the Nationals again this season got a boost today when the right-hander threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since he injured his elbow against the Braves on Sept. 7. The bullpen session was brief, roughly 25 pitches over perhaps 10 minutes, but it did represent a significant step for Strasburg in his longshot attempt to return in time to help the Nationals this postseason. The Nationals did not include Strasburg on their 25-man roster...
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Ramos tears ACL again, Nats try to replace All-Star catcher

Ramos tears ACL again, Nats try to replace All-Star catcher
The reaction among everyone in the Nationals dugout Monday night when Wilson Ramos crumpled to the ground and motioned for a trainer suggested an immediate recognition of the severity of what had just happened. Confirmation, though, came this afternoon when an MRI of Ramos' right knee indeed revealed a torn ACL, a crushing blow for the All-Star catcher, who suddenly will enter free agency coming off the second reconstructive surgery of his career, and for the Nationals, who suddenly have to...
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Nats not worried about Harper's thumb, expect Murphy for NLDS

Nats not worried about Harper's thumb, expect Murphy for NLDS
The Nationals don't yet have test results on Bryce Harper's left thumb, but the sense around the club remains that the right fielder's injury isn't serious. Harper is out of the lineup for tonight's series opener against the Diamondbacks, and the Nationals may take the precautionary route and give him more time to heal before putting him back on the field, given the fact they've already clinched the National League East title. The 23-year-old admitted Sunday he initially was worried he...
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