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Wire Taps: Nationals will survive until October without Bryce Harper; Looking again at NL MVP race; Top position player prospects

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the two-game set with the Angels in D.C.

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Sure, the Nats didn’t play last night. But Stephen Strasburg is still alive! That’s a plus!

Here’s the beat from South Capitol Street.

Strasburg solid in rehab start for high Single-A Potomac
"Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was solid and on target in his rehab start Monday night for high Single-A Potomac, paving his way to return to the Nationals."

Stephen Strasburg looks like himself in minor league rehab start at Potomac
"Scheduled for five innings of work or 75 pitches for the Class A Potomac Nationals, Strasburg provided the former on 66 pitches — 48 of which were strikes..."

Nationals Stephen Strasburg may pitch Saturday
If the Nationals allow it, Strasburg could return Saturday vs. the Padres on full rest.

The Nats will make it through without Bryce Harper, at least for now
The Nats will be just fine without Harper until the playoffs begin. However, if they start October without Harper, or with a Harper that hasn't had an at-bat since August, it may get more iffy. May being the key word.

Taking a look at the NL MVP race with Bryce Harper potentially out of the running
Believe it or not, two Nationals are still on the list -- but is Bryce still the frontrunner?

Three 2008 World Series champion Phillies look to make another run
Jayson Werth, Joe Blanton, and Ryan Madson, along with former Phillies fan Sean Doolittle, are looking to get one more commissioner's trophy together.

Seth Romero well on his way in the pros
Seth Romero is in Auburn with the Doubledays, and has been pretty darn impressive since being drafted.

Taking a look at the Nats' top position player prospects
The Nats have depleted their stock of pitching prospects, but the future of their position players is bright. (Oh hey Victor)

Today’s Game: Angels vs Nationals — 7:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Tyler Skaggs vs Gio Gonzalez