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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper dismisses Yankees talk; Adam Eaton could return to Nationals by June; Daniel Murphy rehabbing soon

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the opener with the Yankees resumes... weather permitting.

New York Yankees v Washington Nationals Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

IN BASEBALL: Well, the lightning stifled Washington last night. What can you do about it but hope that tomorrow’s better?
IN HOCKEY: Well, the Lightning stifled Washington last night. What can you do about it but hope that tomorrow’s better?

Here’s the news from (soaked) South Capitol.

Sean Doolittle - the elite reliever gets his elite closing gig
Aside from (KNOCK ON WOOD A THOUSAND TIMES) injuries, Sean Doolittle has been a totally elite pitcher his entire career, but has never gotten the reputation or the job. With the Nats, he's finally getting his due.

Bryce Harper dismisses talk about Yankees
The New York media was in D.C. for the first time this year, peppering Harper with questions about the Bronx. Harper kept his cool and talked about beating the Yankees over the next two days.

Adam Eaton optimistic after ankle surgery, Murphy will begin rehab soon
For the first time since April, Adam Eaton felt like he had some answers as to why his ankle had continued to bother him into early on this season. (Though the Nats may slow down his self-proclaimed six-week rehab program.) Also, Daniel Murphy is close to minor league rehab!

Max Scherzer’s ‘incredible’ durability makes him an outlier among MLB aces
During a season in which David Price, Clayton Kershaw, and a bunch of other aces have gone down, Scherzer has remained standing, which has allowed him to continue his run of dominance — even when he goes deep into games. (By our own Matt Weyrich!)

Adam Eaton sets sights on late-June return after arthroscopic ankle surgery
Adam Eaton, unbelievably, was upbeat on Tuesday. He was in crutches, but he knew why, and he knew when he would be back — some time in late June or early July. A problem that was there had been removed, and he felt like he had finally recovered in total from his injury last April.

Nationals will finish suspended game Wednesday ahead of series finale
If you had tickets for yesterday, tough luck. If, however, you have tickets for today, then you're in luck!

Bryce Harper avoids free agency talk
Harper started the year by telling the media that any questions about 2019 would prompt him to walk out the door. Shame that the Yankees reporters weren't there.

Michael A. Taylor Is The Best Defensive Outfielder In Baseball — Right Now
Sure, he's hitting .198. But Taylor makes a ton of catches most outfielders would never dream of making, and he does it without putting on much of a show.