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Wire Taps: Reynaldo Lopez to start Saturday? Wilson Ramos' free-agent stock; Stephen Strasburg reflects on 2008 Olympics

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Catch up on the last twenty-four hours in Nationals news before the start of this weekend's series with the Braves in the nation's capital...

Can Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles or Michael Phelps double as a starting pitcher? I'm asking for a friend, by the way.

Here's the latest from the incredibly hot and humid Nationals Park. (Seriously, though. It's probably going to be around 100 degrees at game time tonight, so if you're headed to the park, stay hydrated.)

Reynaldo Lopez will likely start on Saturday
The righty will make his third major-league appearance and his first against the Atlanta Braves this weekend. The corresponding move has yet to be determined.

Taking a look at the free-agent stock of Wilson Ramos
The Buffalo has free roam of Major League Baseball's free-agent market - and a lot more patches of grass have opened up for him after such an exceptional season (thus far).

Is a frustrated, injured and slumping Ryan Zimmerman the new norm?
Zimmerman has struggled through his past three seasons - is this what we should now be expecting regularly from the Nationals' first baseman?

Stephen Strasburg reflects on 2008 Olympics
Believe it or not, a baby-faced Stephen Strasburg once competed for team USA in the Olympics. Interestingly, Davey Johnson managed Team USA.

Today's Game: Braves vs Nationals - 7:05 PM (MASN, WUSA 9, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz (5-5, 4.37 ERA) vs Stephen Strasburg (15-2, 2.80 ERA)