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Wire Taps: Will Trea Turner continue struggling?; Anthony Rendon to DL; Nationals’ bullpen struggles

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news as the Nats head to San Francisco to take on the Giants...

MLB: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

So, that wasn’t ideal. Good teams can have bad Aprils, especially when they’re hurt. Now, the key is taking care of business against the teams that the Nats really should be taking care of business against — looking at you, San Francisco.

Here’s the scoop from the Bay.

Are Trea Turner’s Struggles the New Normal?
Trea Turner is hitting just .236 and is getting on base almost entirely due to walks. But he's too smart of a hitter not to adapt to what pitchers have decided to throw at him to start this year (plus, he likes warm weather).

Nationals place Anthony Rendon on disabled list with toe contusion
Anthony Rendon's foot is still black-and-blue, but he can hit. He just can't play the field, and that was enough reason for the Nats to pull the plug for the time being.

Undermanned Nationals drop series finale to Dodgers, 4-3
The name of the game is keeping the ship afloat right now, which is difficult given the current state of the team's health.

Nationals' bullpen falters in loss to Dodgers
It's clear that the law-firm can do what they've been hired to do. What the Nats need now is some guys who can get them to the law firm.

Daniel Johnson breaks out in Double-A
Johnson went 3-for-5 in Harrisburg with a home run.

Anthony Rendon on DL with bruised toe
After missing seven straight games, the Nationals gave in to the inevitable: toe injuries take a while to heal.

Nationals recall Austin L. Adams
The Nats recalled Adams after Rendon finally went on the DL. Adams is 2-2 in saves in Syracuse this year.

Michael Taylor has multiple hits vs. Dodgers
Taylor went three-for-four after a slow start to his 2018 campaign, which is a promising sign of life for an offense that's lacking in them at the moment.

Nats concede and place Rendon on DL, promote reliever Adams
Dave Martinez eventually realized that the daily game of trying to figure out Rendon's status wasn't worth losing the bench spot, giving Rendon another week to heal.

Zimmerman, Taylor finally heating up at the plate
Ryan Zimmerman smacked a double, and Taylor went 3-for-4 on Sunday night against Los Angeles.