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Wire Taps: Nationals gather intel for NLCS; Harper “on way”; Glover learns lesson about pushing body

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s series finale with the Dodgers.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, that was frustrating. Probably more frustrating than if the starting pitching was bad, as it was expected to be. Easy come, easy go.

Here’s the news from Nats Park:

Nationals gather intel for NLCS in series against Dodgers
The Nationals aren't revealing too much other than known commodities to the Dodgers, only starting one of their top-line starting pitchers and keeping their more unknown new guys out, while gathering as much information as humanly possible on the Dodgers while they're in D.C.

Rosenthal: Talking Nationals' OF depth
Victor Robles' promotion just goes to show how much depth the Nationals have, in addition to demonstrating how they could thrive without Bryce Harper.

Baker: Harper "on the way"
Live pitching and simulated games are the next step for Harper, who is running the bases and doing long toss.

Koda Glover rehabbing pain in shoulder, shut down until November
Koda Glover, after rushing back too quickly, is done for a good while, including the playoffs

Koda Glover has finally learned his lesson: "I'm definitely going to be smarter about my body"
Glover has a history of injuring himself, then not telling the team. After pushing himself way too hard to get back from one of those injuries, he can't even pitch anymore. Lesson learned, hopefully.

The Nationals' midseason trades may have saved the season
The biggest of the big names have made somewhat of a wave, but no new trade acquisitions -- for any team -- have had the stabilizing impact that Kintzler, Madson, and Doolittle have had on the Nats.

With eye towards playoffs, second straight loss to Dodgers offers both concern and comfort
The offense? Struggling, big time, against pitchers the Nats will see in the postseason. The starting pitching? Mixed bag. The bullpen? Where has this been all year?

Today’s Game: Dodgers vs Nationals — 8:08 PM
Probable Pitchers: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Stephen Strasburg