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Wire Taps: Nationals reportedly calling Juan Soto up; Nats drop two to Dodgers + more...

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

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At some point this morning, Juan Soto is reportedly going to be called up by the Nationals, who are trying to avoid a sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Will Washington’s 19-year-old outfielder continue to crush opposing pitching like he has in the minors this season?

Are the Nationals making a desperate move, or doing what they have to in light of the latest injury to his their outfield corps? How excited are you about Soto coming up?

NATS BEAT:

KENDRICK’S INJURY/SOTO’S CALL:

Nationals place Howie Kendrick on disabled list with ‘right Achilles injury’
"A few minutes before the start of Saturday’s doubleheader nightcap, the Nationals announced they placed utiltyman Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with 'a right Achilles injury...'"

Nationals’ outfield depth dealt another blow as Rafael Bautista suffers season-ending injury
"[Rafael] Bautista suffered the injury in a collision. He’ll have surgery Wednesday and miss the rest of the season."

Kendrick goes on 10-day DL with Achilles injury
"It also would suggest Kendrick is going to miss significant time, a fear the rest of the Nationals seemed to convey when they spoke about the 34-year-old after the game."

Kendrick out for year with ruptured Achilles, Soto to be promoted
"Kendrick, standing in the clubhouse with a boot on his right leg and crutches under each arm, was demoralized by the news..."

Nationals to call up prospect Juan Soto
"Juan Soto is about to complete a meteoric rise through the Nationals' system."

Desperate for outfield help, the Nationals will call up hot-hitting prospect Juan Soto from Class AA
"Soto’s arrival will conclude a stunningly rapid rise through the Nationals’ farm system."

STARTER STORIES:

Roark goes seven, but Nats offense comes up short in 4-1 loss to Dodgers
"Stripling held the Nationals to one run on four hits over six innings. Harper said the right-hander was able to keep the Nats off balance most of the day."

Tanner Roark solid in doubleheader loss
"The rain held off to allow the Nationals to complete their first game since Sunday night, but their offense was flummoxed by Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling..."

Nationals fall to LA after Max Scherzer start
"The Nationals were able to play a whole game Saturday for the first time in five days, but they were handed a pair of losses."

OMG HE WORE GLASSES!!!!:

Nationals Bryce Harper wore his regular glasses to bat
"Harper still couldn’t get his contacts in by the time his second at-bat rolled around, but decided to loose the glasses anyways."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Peoria resident Short's long baseball journey brings him home against Chiefs
"Rick Short’s path to the majors was no short story, a baseball journey in which he endured 12 years in the minors and made his mark as a modern-day Crash Davis."

Rookie Spencer Kieboom accidentally plunked Cody Bellinger on a throw back to the mound
"His first Major League goof out of the way, Kieboom settled in and focused on just playing baseball -- including his first career hit..."

Washington Nationals: 3 things to know about Juan Soto
"Soto isn’t a one-trick pony. He is dominant in every aspect of the game, making Victor Robles look pedestrian at times."

NATS MINORS:

Boggetto Leads Suns to 7-2 Win Over Shorebirds
"Branden Boggetto drove in three runs and hit his second homer of the season to propel the Hagerstown Suns to a 7-2 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Saturday night."

Potomac Suffers Largest Defeat of Season in Series Opener
"After four straight rainouts, the Potomac Nationals (22-16) came up empty in their first game since Sunday, a 12-0 loss against the Lynchburg Hillcats (21-18)."

Sens and Squirrels Split Doubleheader
"The Harrisburg Senators split a doubleheader with the Richmond Flying Squirrels Saturday night at the Diamond."

Chiefs fall to IronPigs Saturday
"The Syracuse Chiefs were shut out by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium."

Syracuse Chiefs show their age by leading the International League in this category
"The Chiefs are an old team, and older players are often a lot more secure with the notion of hanging out with the boss."