Scherzer's chances of facing Braves dwindling (Nats win 11-4)

Scherzer's chances of facing Braves dwindling (Nats win 11-4)
Max Scherzer's chances of missing another start against the Braves appear to be growing, leaving the Nationals again facing the prospect of a critical series with the National League East leaders without the services of their ace. Scherzer, still dealing with a lingering upper back injury that has limited him to one start in the last three weeks, has not yet thrown a ball since receiving a stem cell injection Friday for what he described as a "mild strain" of the rhomboid muscle on top of...
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Scherzer aiming to return Thursday, Voth heads to IL

Scherzer aiming to return Thursday, Voth heads to IL
ATLANTA - The Nationals are preparing for Max Scherzer to return to the rotation Thursday afternoon and start their series finale against the Rockies. Scherzer, who hasn't pitched since July 6 due to an inflamed bursa sac underneath his right shoulder blade, continues to feel better from a cortisone shot he received earlier in the week. Manager Davey Martinez said the right-hander is scheduled to throw a full bullpen session Monday afternoon at Nationals Park. "We'll see how that goes,"...
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Inflamed bursa sac will keep Scherzer on IL (Nats down 3-1)

Inflamed bursa sac will keep Scherzer on IL (Nats down 3-1)
ATLANTA - An inflamed bursa sac in his back will prevent Max Scherzer from pitching Sunday night against the Braves, but the Nationals ace is optimistic he'll be good to go soon, once a cortisone shot he received earlier this week takes full effect. Scherzer, who hasn't pitched since July 6 due to what initially was explained by the Nationals to be a mid-back strain, learned on Monday he's actually dealing with scapulothoracic bursitis: inflammation of the bursa sac between his scapula and...
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Zimmerman begins rehab assignment at Harrisburg

Zimmerman begins rehab assignment at Harrisburg
Ryan Zimmerman is in a starting lineup and playing in a baseball game tonight - in Harrisburg, Pa. Which suggests the veteran first baseman could be back playing in a baseball game in Washington soon. Zimmerman is beginning a long-awaited rehab assignment tonight, starting at first base and batting third for Double-A Harrisburg in his first game action in nearly two months. On the injured list since April 28 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Zimmerman is scheduled to play five innings...
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Scherzer breaks nose, status for next start TBD (game postponed)

Scherzer breaks nose, status for next start TBD (game postponed)
Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose earlier today on an errant bunt attempt during batting practice, and his status for Wednesday's scheduled start against the Phillies is to be determined, the Nationals announced this evening. Scherzer was taking BP on the field this afternoon when he bunted a ball that caromed up and struck him in the face. The right-hander returned to the clubhouse alongside director of athletic training Paul Lessard, with blood visible around his nose, and retreated to the...
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Zimmerman ramps up again after "frustrating" rehab (Nats lose 5-4)

Zimmerman ramps up again after "frustrating" rehab (Nats lose 5-4)
SAN DIEGO - Ryan Zimmerman has missed considerable time with injuries before, too many times during the course of his career. He's dealt with setbacks. He's had timetables for recovery extended. The bout of plantar fasciitis the Nationals first baseman has now been trying to recover from for six weeks, though, may top the list for the sheer aggravation it has caused. "It's been really frustrating," Zimmerman said today. "It's been probably one of the more frustrating things I've gone...
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Nats face rehab decision on Rosenthal at week's end

Nats face rehab decision on Rosenthal at week's end
Trevor Rosenthal is slated to make another rehab appearance tonight for Double-A Harrisburg, once again trying to put together the kind of clean inning of relief that convinces the Nationals he can be trusted to return to the big league bullpen again. This has been going on for nearly four weeks now, but it cannot go on long enough to reach a fifth week. The Nats have managed to delay this decision as long as they can, but they're about to be forced into making it, one way or the other. MLB's...
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Hellickson shut down with sore shoulder (Nats up 14-4)

Hellickson shut down with sore shoulder (Nats up 14-4)
ATLANTA - The Nationals have shut down Jeremy Hellickson from throwing after the right-hander was continuing to experience shoulder soreness while on the injured list. Hellickson, who went on the IL on May 21 with a strained right shoulder, was already throwing long toss that afternoon and believed he could keep himself sharp during what he hoped would be a brief stint off the active roster. But the right-hander wasn't responding to the throwing sessions as well as he wanted, so the club...
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Hellickson lands on IL with shoulder strain (updated)

Hellickson lands on IL with shoulder strain (updated)
NEW YORK - Just as their lineup is returning to health, the Nationals rotation is losing pitchers to injury. Jeremy Hellickson became the latest Nats starter to land on the 10-day injured list this afternoon, sidelined with a strained right shoulder in a transaction that opens up a roster spot for newly acquired reliever Javy Guerra. Hellickson had not previously revealed any arm trouble to reporters, but the veteran right-hander said today he has been dealing with minor discomfort for several...
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Zimmerman, Adams both progressing toward return

Zimmerman, Adams both progressing toward return
NEW YORK - After spending all but the first couple days of the season without their complete lineup, the Nationals are inching closer to the day when they get the two remaining regulars on their injured list back on the active roster. Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Adams each have taken significant steps in recent days in their rehab from injuries, and both first basemen could come off the IL by week's end. Zimmerman, on the IL with plantar fasciitis since April 28, ran on the field Sunday in his...
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Turner could return from injured list Friday

Turner could return from injured list Friday
The Nationals may have Trea Turner back in their lineup Friday night. Turner, who broke his right index finger 6 1/2 weeks ago, emerged from back-to-back rehab games with Single-A Potomac feeling well. He was back at Nationals Park this morning, working out before the Nats' series finale against the Mets. A final decision hasn't been made yet, but club officials will consider activating their starting shortstop off the injured list Friday for the opener of a weekend series with the Cubs. "He...
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Rendon on track to return to lineup Tuesday (game tied 2-2)

Rendon on track to return to lineup Tuesday (game tied 2-2)
MILWAUKEE - The first key injured member of the Nationals lineup is on the verge of returning to the active roster. Anthony Rendon is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list Tuesday, and manager Davey Martinez said the club is preparing for its star third baseman to be activated for the second game of this week's series against the Brewers. "He's going to hit today in the cage," Martinez said. "And then hopefully barring no setbacks, he should be ready tomorrow." Rendon, who hasn't...
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State of the Nats roster after the latest bout of injuries

State of the Nats roster after the latest bout of injuries
PHILADELPHIA - So, about the state of the Nationals roster ... Everyone inside the visitors' clubhouse was aglow last night following a 10-8 win over the Phillies that defied logic, but the reality of the situation also had to set in at some point. This team is decimated by injuries right now, and two more players joined the club during this game. Matt Adams and Michael A. Taylor each departed by the fourth inning with injuries. Adams jammed his left shoulder diving into first base to complete...
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Soto lands on IL, Turner "a little ahead of schedule"

Soto lands on IL, Turner "a little ahead of schedule"
PHILADELPHIA - Juan Soto was hitting in the cage before Wednesday's game at Nationals Park when he first noticed a problem with his back. "I was hitting in the cage, and I just did a deep breath and started feeling something, and I went right to the trainer's room," he said. "And then it was stuck, and I can't even move. And after that I started getting treatments, and now we're here." "Here" is on the 10-day injured list, a place of residency Soto has never occupied in his brief...
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Scherzer still on track for Friday start after throwing off mound

Scherzer still on track for Friday start after throwing off mound
DENVER - Max Scherzer believes he'll be good to make his next scheduled start as planned Friday night. But even if he isn't, the Nationals ace is grateful he's only dealing with a mild ribcage strain after dodging a foul ball Sunday in Miami that could have caused far more damage had it struck him. "First of all, you've got to understand: This is best-case scenario," Scherzer said this afternoon. "That ball was hit over 100 mph, right at my head. I'm just lucky I still have one blue...
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Scherzer pushed back to Sunday, Sipp good to go tonight

Scherzer pushed back to Sunday, Sipp good to go tonight
Max Scherzer insists he could start as planned Saturday, but the Nationals decided not to take any chances with their ace after he was struck by a comebacker in his last outing, so they've pushed him back to Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. Aníbal Sánchez will now start Saturday afternoon, though the veteran right-hander will be on normal rest thanks to the club's off-day in between their just completed road trip and upcoming homestand. "It didn't affect anything,"...
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Kendrick nearly ready, but not for opening day

Kendrick nearly ready, but not for opening day
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Howie Kendrick, as expected, will stay back in Florida while the rest of the Nationals break camp this evening and open the season on the injured list while finishing his rehab from a hamstring strain suffered earlier this month. Kendrick has been taking batting practice and grounders while lightly running the bases in recent days but hasn't yet appeared in a game. He plans to get into minor league games within a few days, then get himself ready to join the active...
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Taylor not surprised by quick progress from leg injuries

Taylor not surprised by quick progress from leg injuries
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Michael A. Taylor plans to take batting practice today, play catch from long-toss range and run on the synthetic agility field that sits outside the Nationals' spring training complex. He'll be doing this exactly one week after he sprained both his left knee and hip making a diving catch, an injury and diagnosis that prompted manager Davey Martinez to declare that Taylor was likely to "miss a significant amount of time." All of this seems to be catching everyone...
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Taylor getting MRI on injured knee and hip

Taylor getting MRI on injured knee and hip
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Michael A. Taylor is getting an MRI on both his left knee and left hip today, leaving the Nationals to potentially cope with a thin outfield following Thursday's injury on a diving catch in Fort Myers. Taylor hurt himself diving to snag a Byron Buxton drive to right-center during the Nationals' 10-4 exhibition victory over the Twins, revealing today the turf was "a little soft and my knee stuck in the ground." Taylor was still limping in the clubhouse this morning as...
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Taylor injures left knee making diving catch (updated)

Taylor injures left knee making diving catch (updated)
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Michael A. Taylor was forced to prematurely depart today's exhibition game in the third inning, shortly after the Nationals center fielder injured his left knee making a diving catch. Taylor's impressive catch of Byron Buxton's second-inning drive to right-center drew oohs and applause from the crowd at the Twins' spring training complex, but the reaction turned quiet as Taylor remained on the ground and manager Davey Martinez and director of athletic training Paul...
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