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Wire Taps: Juan Soto debuts for Nationals, Ryan Madson to DL; re-acquiring Craig Stammen?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this week’s three-game set with the Padres...

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Enjoy this feeling of having two D.C. “big four” teams playing at once, because you may not see it again for a while. At least it’s not raining.

Here’s the scoop from South Capitol.

What to expect from Juan Soto
Soto may carve out an everyday job. He may be in Syracuse come June. Either way, he doesn't need to prove much, oddly, thanks to his great command of the zone, insane power, great contact skills, and good speed.

Nationals place Ryan Madson on disabled list
They're just playing it safe. He should be back in a few days. There's nothing wrong, it's just precautionary. And more of your favorite lines!

Madson heads to DL
Ryan Madson is the first Nats’ reliever to go down after the bullpen has been subjected to an insane workload. Tim Collins will likely come up, and nobody knows how long Madson will be out. Yay!

Juan Soto has arrived early. It’s time to find out whether Nationals’ teen is a dream.
Juan Soto is 19 years old. His favorite player from growing up is Robinson Cano. Teenagers who come up early come up with reason—take a .362 average and .757 slugging percentage through April and May—and usually go on to good things. He'll be up until Adam Eaton returns, so we start getting answers for the post-Harper era over the next month or so.

Hot Take: The Nats Should Bring Back Craig Stammen
The Padres don't really need Craig Stammen. The Nats absolutely do, and know him well. He deserves a second chance in D.C.

Matt Wieters expected to return this season after hamstring surgery
The news was that Matt Wieters wouldn't wear a Nats uniform again this season, or perhaps ever. However, his surgery was on a relatively insignificant tendon in the hamstring, meaning he could be back in a few months.

No one expected Juan Soto to arrive so soon, and yet there he is
Juan Soto rather clearly has the potential to be a franchise-altering player. The Nats will get to see that potential earlier than they thought due to Adam Eaton, Brian Goodwin, Victor Robles, Howie Kendrick, and Rafael Bautista somehow all going down at once.

Red Alert! Prospect Juan Soto Called Up by the Nationals!
Nationals outfield prospect Juan Soto has been called up to the majors. Add him immediately to your fantasy roster.