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Wire Taps: Anthony Rendon is a star; Ryan Zimmerman’s launch angle problems return; Stephen Strasburg expected to make start

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Catch up on the latest Nationals news before the second of three with the Brewers in D.C.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Okay. Well, that was rough. Can that be the reason the Nats decide to go out and get another starting pitcher instead of Stephen Strasburg?

Here’s what’s new at Nationals Park.

Stephen Strasburg had nerve impingement, is expected to make his next start
Strasburg's ultrasound showed no structural damage, and his nerve impingement was alleviated.

Anthony Rendon Is Everything
"You expect Max Scherzer to be dominant, and Bryce Harper was projected for a rebound season. The player in first, though, is Anthony Rendon."

Ryan Zimmerman's 2016 launch angle struggles have returned
Ryan Zimmerman's pesky ground ball habit has returned -- granted, not as violently as it did last year -- but his numbers are getting worse offensively by the day.

Ryan Zimmerman can't really throw, but his glovework is pretty good
Ryan Zimmerman hasn't been able to throw the ball around the infield with consistent success since the 2012 season -- but hey, he's pretty good at fielding on the more difficult plays!

Bryce Harper knew Davies from his childhood days
Harper, who grew up playing with Davies, recalled that Davies has always been an above average talent.

Olney: Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't
"So it came as no surprise to some of Rizzo’s peers that he eventually turned to Oakland to make a deal for bullpen help."

Washington D.C. no longer available to exploit for baseball relocation
"In the final few years before Major League Baseball returned to Washington in 2005, there was a ritual that took place before every All-Star Game between me and baseball commissioner Bud Selig..."

Robles makes fast impact, but Squirrels win
"As first impressions go, Victor Robles carries a wow factor."

Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander trade rumors hot
"As for the Nationals, how aggressive they get for a top starter will depend on the status of Stephen Strasburg..."

Nationals have an outfield surplus and a pitching need
"Executives for other teams say that the emergence this year of Michael Taylor (currently on the DL with an oblique injury) and Brian Goodwin as major league center fielders give them a chip to pursue another arm."

Today’s Game: Brewers vs Nationals — 7:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Jimmy Nelson vs Gio Gonzalez