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Wire Taps: Trea Turner, Jayson Werth to begin rehab assignments; Nationals win ‘pen of the week; Ryan Madson not progressing

Catch up on the last 24 hours of Nationals news before you realize there is not Nats baseball tonight. We’re sorry if we broke that news for you...

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Merry Eclipsemas! (I looked up and down the Washington Nationals’ roster for eclipse-based puns, and the closest I got was How-ieclipse Kendrick, so if you have anything better, let me know.)

Here’s the word from Houston...

Nationals' Werth, Turner to begin rehab stints
"Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth and shortstop Trea Turner will begin rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday."

With Werth and Turner coming close to returns, the Nationals are about to become one of baseball's deepest teams
Adding Turner and Werth will take Adam Lind, Wilmer Difo, and Howie Kendrick out of the daily starting lineup, and make Washington's bench among the best in the league while bringing their starting lineup up to caliber with the rest of the playoff contenders.

Nationals win Bullpen of the Week honors
Today in headlines you didn't think you would read in 2017...

Looking at how Nats rotation lines up for the next week
"So let’s take a moment this morning and look at where the Nationals pitching staff stands heading into this new week."

Gio goes extra mile yet again, earns 12th win
Gio Gonzalez continued to add to his elite numbers with yet another stellar outing, this time in San Diego.

Ryan Madson isn’t seeing progress in his sprained finger
"The plan was originally for Madson to throw again on Friday, but the club decided to give him an extra day. The additional 24 hours didn’t matter."

Scherzer downplays latest neck incident, Baker preaches caution
Scherzer was upbeat about his prospects to make a quick return from injury, which Dusty agreed with, noting that Scherzer's trip to the DL was more proactive than reactive.

Nationals Adam Lind nickname Players Weekend
"'I had nothing left,' Lind said with a laugh. 'Sleepy' -- that was copyrighted. And then I went to 'Linsanity' -- that was copyrighted.'"

Tomorrow’s Game: Nationals vs Astros — 8:10 PM
Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs Charlie Morton
Magic Number: 27