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Wire Taps: Anthony Rendon nearing return; Wander Suero called up; How to manage Nationals’ pen?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of four with the Pirates in D.C.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Two wins? In a row? In this economy?

Here’s the news from Nats Park:

Anthony Rendon participates in full workout
Rendon took grounders, ran the bases, and hit in the cage. According to Dave Martinez, the team is unsure of the road from here.

Do More Or Doolittle: On The Nats’ Late Inning Struggles
The Nationals managed to fix their bullpen last year, but it was the late relief, not the middle, that was the problem. Now, the issue is having to overuse the back end. Sean Doolittle is pitching phenomenally, and Ryan Madson + Brandon Kintzler are pitching less phenomenally, making the whole thing even more difficult.

Where in the world is Seth Romero?
TL;DR: Still at home, unbelievably.

Daniel Murphy is back with the Nationals. When will he join them on the field?
Daniel Murphy is nowhere near ready, and is just seeing doctors for re-evaluation. But he's getting closer, supposedly?

Nationals recall Wander Suero, option Austin Voth a day after call-up
Austin Voth spent a day in the show as insurance, but now the Nats are ready to give Wander —their best minor league pitcher last season—a shot. I wander why it took so long?

Murphy returns from Florida, Rendon tests out toe in workout
Daniel Murphy is in Washington, but is a ways away from being near even a rehab assignment. As for Anthony Rendon, he should be going on a rehab assignment sooner rather than later after missing seventeen straight days.

Overworked relievers taking it day-by-day at end of long month
The big three in the back end of the bullpen are listing days off. That's not a good sign.

Nats eke out a win, but one-run games are coming at a cost
Dave Martinez was happy to win a close game, but knows that the Nats are in need of some offensive laughers, where they don't necessarily have to throw it to the top notch bullpen every day.

The Nats are making fun of Pittsburgh fans
There was an infamous non-goal on Sunday when the Caps played the Pens, and boy are the Nats playing it UP.

Slow Start Threatens What Could Be Nationals' Last Great Chance
The Nats are playing rather atrociously, and their division has improved. It's step up or ship out time, especially with Bryce Harper on the line.

Today’s Game: Pirates vs. Nationals — 7:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Max Scherzer