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 Latest Washington Nationals Player Notes:

Dec 22 2017 - Matt Adams
  1B Matt Adams agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the Washington Nationals announced Friday. The deal is reportedly worth $4 million. Adams batted .274 with a career-high 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 131 games split between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves last season.


Dec 21 2017 - Brandon Kintzler
  RHP Brandon Kintzler officially agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals, the team announced Thursday. The Nationals did not divulge financial terms of the deal. According to Spotrac, the terms are a two-year, $10 million deal with a mutual option for 2020. Washington acquired the All-Star from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline in July for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international bonus pool allocation. Kintzler, who converted 28 of 32 save opportunities with the Twins, posted a 2-1 mark with one save and a 3.46 ERA in 27 appearances with the Nationals. The 33-year-old owns a 14-14 mark with 46 saves and a 3.26 ERA in 298 career appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers, Twins and Nationals.


Dec 14 2017 - Brandon Kintzler
  RHP Brandon Kintzler agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. USA Today Sports reported that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million. The Nationals acquired Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline in July for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international bonus pool allocation.


Nov 15 2017 - Max Scherzer
  RHP Max Scherzer earned his third Cy Young Award by beating out teammate Stephen Strasburg and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the voting announced on Wednesday. Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers, picked up his second National League honor in a row. The 33-year-old went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and led the NL with 268 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings.


Oct 20 2017 - Daniel Murphy
  2B Daniel Murphy underwent surgery to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee, the team announced Friday. Murphy, 32, will begin the rehab process immediately and will progress throughout the offseason. He never revealed he was dealing with any injury.


Oct 12 2017 - Michael A. Taylor
  CF Michael A. Taylor continued to show that he is a top major league regular. He was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs on Thursday in the Nationals' loss in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Cubs. That came after he hit a grand slam the previous day in Chicago. He became the first player in baseball history to drive in four runs in consecutive postseason games. "He had an outstanding series," manager Dusty Baker said. Taylor hit .333 in the series.


Oct 12 2017 - Jayson Werth
  LF Jayson Werth, in likely his last game with the Nationals, started and hit No. 2 in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Cubs. He went 2-for-4 with two walks and also lined out. However, he lost a ball in the outfield that led to a run as the Cubs won 9-8 to end the Nationals' season. Werth was on the last year of a seven-year deal, and the young depth of the Washington outfield makes him expendable.


Oct 12 2017 - Gio Gonzalez
  LHP Gio Gonzalez was given a 4-1 lead in the second inning Thursday in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Cubs, but he allowed two runs in the third. He was pulled after giving up three runs in three innings, and the Nationals eventually lost 9-8. Gonzalez was the starting pitcher in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS, also at Nationals Park, as the Nationals blew a 6-0 lead and lost 9-7 to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the choice Thursday instead of RHP Tanner Roark, who was the No. 4 starter this year for Washington but did not pitch in the series.


Oct 12 2017 - Tanner Roark
  RHP Tanner Roark was not used in the NL Division Series against the Cubs. He was a candidate to start Game 5, but the call went to LHP Gio Gonzalez. Roark was supposed to start Game 4 when RHP Stephen Strasburg got sick, but then Strasburg felt well enough to pitch Wednesday.


Oct 12 2017 - Max Scherzer
  RHP Max Scherzer had an awful inning out of the bullpen Thursday in Game 5 of the NL Division Series. After starting Game 3 on Monday, he came in with a 4-3 lead and gave up three hits and four runs (two earned) and was tagged with the loss as the Cubs advanced to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series. "I've never seen anything like that from Max," manager Dusty Baker said. "He had two quick outs followed by an infield hit and a blooper. That's when (Addison) Russell hit the ball down the line, and that was a big turning point in the game."


Oct 12 2017 - Gio Gonzalez
  LHP Gio Gonzalez was selected as the starter for the Washington Nationals for Thursday's winner-take-all Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the visiting Chicago Cubs. Gonzalez, who was given the nod over right-hander Tanner Roark, will be opposed by Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. The 32-year-old Gonzalez allowed three runs on as many hits in five innings of a no-decision in Game 2 on Saturday. He struck out six and walked two.


Oct 11 2017 - Gio Gonzalez
  LHP Gio Gonzalez is an option to start Thursday's deciding Game 5 against the Cubs, according to manager Dusty Baker. Gonzalez took a no-decision in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs when he allowed three runs and three hits, struck out six and walked two in five innings in his last outing. Gonzalez is 3-3 in 10 career starts against the Cubs.


Oct 11 2017 - Tanner Roark
  RHP Tanner Roark could start Thursday's deciding Game 5 against the Cubs, according to manager Dusty Baker. Roark was scheduled to pitch Wednesday in Game 4, but Baker made the decision to start RHP Stephen Strasburg instead. Roark is 4-2 in seven career starts against the Cubs and is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA against Chicago this season.


Oct 11 2017 - Trea Turner
  SS Trea Turner snapped a 0-for-13 drought from the plate when he doubled off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta in the third inning on Wednesday. Turner, who was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk, had been hitless in the first three games of the NLDS. The double marked his first career postseason extra-base hit.


Oct 11 2017 - Michael A. Taylor
  CF Michael A. Taylor hit the first grand slam in Nationals postseason history when his blast in the eighth inning Wednesday night gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead. The grand slam was the third of Taylor's career and the homer was the first postseason blast of his career, along with his first career RBI and run scored.


Oct 11 2017 - Stephen Strasburg
  RHP Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 batters in seven innings to set a Nationals postseason record for a game. Strasburg, who held the Cubs without a hit for 5 2/3 innings in Game 1 of the NLDS, now has 22 strikeouts in the series and 24 postseason strikeouts in his career, both of which are franchise records. His 12 strikeouts Wednesday were the most in the postseason since the New York Mets' Jacob DeGrom struck out 13 in Game 1 of last year's NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Oct 11 2017 - Stephen Strasburg
  RHP Stephen Strasburg will start Wednesday afternoon's Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday night that Strasburg was too ill to start Wednesday's game before the dramatic reversal by the team. The Nationals made the move official a few hours before 3:08 p.m. CT starting time. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Wednesday that Strasburg started to feel flu-like symptoms after starting Game 1, which continued the next couple of days. Rizzo said Strasburg experienced fever, chills and continued to feel poorly when he threw his bullpen session on Monday.


Oct 10 2017 - Stephen Strasburg
  RHP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start a possible Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday if the Nationals can win Game 4 Wednesday. Manager Dusty Baker mentioned Strasburg as a possible starter for Game 4, which was postponed by rain on Tuesday. But after Tuesday's game was called, Baker said Strasburg was "under the weather." Baker said several of his players and himself have been affected by a change in weather, air conditioning in the team hotel and mold in Chicago. Baker said he was uncertain if Strasburg could work out of the bullpen if needed on Wednesday.


Oct 10 2017 - Tanner Roark
  RHP Tanner Roark will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Wednesday after Tuesday's game was postponed by rain. Roark is 4-2 in seven career starts against the Cubs and is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA versus the Cubs this season. After manager Dusty Baker was asked Tuesday if Roark would be replaced by Stephen Strasburg, who threw 5.2 innings of no-hit ball in Game 1 of the NLDS, Baker replied, "I'm thinking Tanner's going to do his thing."


Oct 9 2017 - Tanner Roark
  RHP Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals on Tuesday in Game 4 when Washington will attempt to stave off elimination. Roark, who grew up in suburban Chicago, is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his lone start against the Cubs this season. "It's pretty surreal to pitch in Wrigley and just the history and everything that they have here," said Roark, who is 4-2 in seven career starts against the Cubs. "It's very exciting and I'm anxious to get out there."


Oct 9 2017 - Ryan Zimmerman
  1B Ryan Zimmerman drove in the Nationals' lone run on Monday with a sixth-inning RBI single. Zimmerman, who broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run homer in Washington's 6-3 come-from-behind victory in Game 2 of the NLDS, went 1-for-4 on Monday and has driven in four of the seven runs the Nationals have scored in the first three games of the series.


Oct 9 2017 - Trea Turner
  SS Trea Turner went 0-for-4 in Monday's 2-1 Game 3 loss and is now 0-for-12 to begin the National League Division Series. Turner has struggled in the leadoff spot for the Nationals after hitting .297 in 30 games since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 29.


Oct 9 2017 - Max Scherzer
  RHP Max Scherzer threw 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball until Ben Zobrist broke it up with a double. Scherzer, who struck out seven and walked three, became the first pitcher to allow one hit or less over six innings in a postseason game since Detroit's Anibal Sanchez in Game 1 of the 2013 ALCS against Boston.


Oct 7 2017 - Jayson Werth
  LF Jayson Werth may have played his last game at Nationals Park on Saturday. With the series moving to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday, there is no guarantee of another game in Washington this year. Werth is the last year of a seven-year deal he signed as a free agent after he had played for the Philadelphia Phillies. Werth was 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday and then 0-for-4 on Saturday.


Oct 7 2017 - Bryce Harper
  RF Bryce Harper struggled in three at-bats against LHP Jon Lester on Saturday. He struck out in the first and then grounded out in the fourth. Harper fouled off a few pitches before grounding out again in the sixth. But he came up in the eighth against reliever Carl Edwards, Jr. and smashed a mammoth two-run shot to tie the game at 3. The Nationals went on to win 6-3 and even the series. Harper returned from the disabled list in late September after he was hurt on August 12 at home when he slipped on a wet first base bag. "I think it could get better; it always can," Harper saidSaturday of coming back from the disabled list. "But I think it can definitely get better the farther we go."