Another day, another preemptive Wire Taps. By the way, if A.J. Cole were to get injured tonight, who would the Nats call up to take his spot? Jacob Turner? Austin Voth? Seth Romero?
Here’s what’s new in the Windy City...
Lifeless Nationals shut out by Worley, lose series to Marlins
"That tonight’s shutout came at the hands of journeyman Vance Worley only made the affair more aggravating for the Nationals, owners of the National League’s most-productive lineup."
Vance Worley, Marlins shut out Nationals
"'We really threw the ball pretty good this series,' manager Don Mattingly said."
Did the Nationals actually solve their bullpen troubles?
The Nats didn't get Hand, Britton, Wilson, Watson, but they did get Doolittle, Madson, and Kintzler. If they didn't, there was no remote chance of the team making it out of the first round. Now, they have three arms they can trust in high-leverage situations come October.
Max Scherzer's neck tightness made his home run possible
Scherzer probably will never shut up about his home run, but his tight neck forced him to keep his head inside the box, which let him absolutely destroy a baseball.
Scherzer thinks he'll be fine after upcoming chirpractor visit
Scherzer plans to visit a chiropractor in the next few days, which he hopes will fix things in a snap. In the meantime, the Nats are kind of out of starting pitchers. Hello... Seth Romero?
Romero likely headed to DL with forearm strain
"Romero said he hasn’t ever dealt with an issue like this before, only a few occasions of back spasms earlier this season."
Enny Romero likely headed to disabled list with forearm tightness
"Romero said he initially felt the discomfort on the second pitch he threw to Giancarlo Stanton, a change-up that Stanton took for a strike."
Nationals' Enny Romero leaves with injury
"After Romero retired Stanton, trainer Paul Lessard, Baker and pitching coach Mike Maddux came out to check on Romero, who threw one warmup pitch, but could not continue."
Fedde and Solis optioned to Triple-A
To make room for A.J. Cole and Brandon Kintzler, the Nats sent down Sammy Solis (who didn't exactly impress last night) and Erick Fedde (possibly revealing that either Stephen Strasburg or Max Scherzer will be ready to go come Sunday). Or, the Nats can call up Fedde to replace Gio Gonzalez while he's on the paternity list. Let's get weird!
Finally, finally, finally some promotions in the Nats' minor leagues
The promotions in the Nats' minor league system have been few and far between this season,. Finally, Victor Robles and Daniel Johnson broke the mold, earning call-ups to Double and Single-A (although it took a whole lot of trades and injuries for that to happen).
Rizzo Denies Bad Blood Would Affect Trade With O’s
"The feud dates back to the founding of the Nationals, owned by Major League Baseball and moved from Montreal to the heart of Orioles territory."
Friday’s Game: Nationals vs Cubs — 2:20 PM
Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs Kyle Hendricks