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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper on upswing; Ryan Zimmerman's struggles with bases loaded; Possible Stephen Strasburg replacements

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Catch up on the weekend in Washington Nationals-related news, all in one place before you start your work week...

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The New York Mets come to D.C. today to start a three game series with the Nationals, and both teams are on a pretty bad streak heading in. They can't both be bad for three games - right?

Here's the latest from Nationals Park.

Bryce Harper's swing on the upswing
Harper is showing signs of picking up - and Dusty Baker isn't surprised at all.

Roark comes through in the clutch for the Nats (again)
Stephen Strasburg was supposed to be the stopper to end the Nats' seven-game skid. Tanner Roark instead got the call, and did a pretty darn good job.

What are the real reasons that Ryan Zimmerman is struggling with the bases loaded?
Can he just not handle it? Is he just unlucky? Is he just... bad?

Jonathan Papelbon close to return
Believe it or not, the Nats have missed their closer - and he's headed to Potomac for a rehab assignment today.

Stephen Strasburg heads to 15-day DL
A weightlifting mishap popped two ribs out of place, and the righty was on the DL by the end of the weekend.

And now, a look at all the possible Strasburg replacements

Reynaldo strikes out ten in Double-A
Reynaldo, who is 22, isn't on the Nationals' 40-Man, but is just as viable of an option as anyone in the system to take Strasburg's spot in the rotation for a few starts.

Austin Voth is in Triple-A, and looks major-league ready
Voth is 4-3 with a 2.99 ERA over 14 starts in Triple-A Syracuse. Many argue Voth would be a better choice than Giolito in that he has more experience at more level. Then again...

Lucas Giolito hitting his stride in Harrisburg
Giolito, who struggled early on in Double-A, has dominated in his past three starts.

Tonight's Game: Mets vs Nationals - 7:05 PM (MASN, MLB Network, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08 ERA) vs Joe Ross, (6-4, 3.11 ERA)