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Wire Taps: Ben Revere ready to begin rehab; Nationals shifting more; Mike Rizzo's contract looms

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The Nationals lost for only the fifth time last night. Although it was unfortunate, it's still pretty impressive to think that the Nats have less losses than Bryce Harper has home runs. (Current total is 9-5, Bryce).

Here's the beat from Half Street.

Revere feels pain free, close to rehab assignment
The outfielder took BP before Tuesday's game, and noted that his oblique had fully healed. He hopes to return to the Nats on their ten game road trip in the midwest, which would put his return date at some time in early May.

The Nats are making something very easy difficult with Mike Rizzo's contract
Mike Rizzo has a June 15th deadline for his contract to be optioned. Every sign points to the Lerners exercising the option, yet nothing has happened yet. It might be early, but the right call is the right call.

The Nats are shifting more in the majors, and in the minors
The Nationals are on pace to shift three times more than they did last season - so much for Dusty Baker's unwillingness to adapt.

Dusty Baker sees absolutely nothing wrong with the Nationals clubhouse
When Dusty Baker came to D.C., all anybody could talk about was the dysfunction in the Nationals clubhouse - but Dusty Baker hasn't seen that dysfunction at all.

The Nationals' defense has silently helped them to their great start
The Nationals have made just five errors thus far. Nats fans may miss Ian Desmond, but they probably don't miss his annual April error-fest.

Ramos placed on bereavement list, Severino recalled
Wilson Ramos will be out for up to a week while mourning the loss of his grandfather - Pedro Severino will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to fill his roster spot.

Tonight's Game: Phillies vs Nationals - 7:05 PM (MASN, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21 ERA) vs Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42 ERA)