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Wire Taps: Daniel Murphy’s rehab hits a hitch; Jeremy Hellickson pulls hamstring; Racing Presidents in Stanley Cup?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the 2018 Draft tonight and enjoy the night off...

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MLB: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

So. The Nats lost 3 of 4 to Atlanta, but are only a game and a half out of first. This actually could be a divisional race for once!

Here’s the news from Nats Park:

Nats to re-evaluate Daniel Murphy's knee (MLB)
Murphy can hit and is playing nine innings. But his knee isn't feeling great, and he isn't moving well at all, which leads Davey Martinez to believe that Murphy isn't coming around any time soon. (Also, Matt Adams' X-Rays were negative).

In its 10th year, the MLB Draft show a ‘labor of love’ (The Athletic)
The MLB Draft is a spectacle—albeit, much more of a forced one than the NBA or NFL Draft, which both feature tons of excited fans and prospects during a time that the draft can command the storyline.

Jeremy Hellickson sustains hamstring injury (
"It's very frustrating," Hellickson said. "That's exactly what you didn't want to have happen … the bullpen throws seven shutout yesterday, and now they've got to get 26 outs."

It sure seems like the Racing Presidents are going to make an on-ice appearance during Game Four (RMNB)
It makes sense; Washington knows it can't out-Vegas Vegas, so they'll have to out-D.C. them. How do you do that? Simple: Teddy Roosevelt on skates.

Jeremy Hellickson of Washington Nationals leaves with injury in 1st inning (ESPN)
Hellickson pulled a hamstring and will undergo an MRI when he gets back to Washington with the team. Needless to say, it's not ideal for the Nats.

Daniel Murphy does not look ready to return to Nationals (WaPo)
A scout who has seen the veteran second baseman play this weekend described him as “gimpy,” “struggling to move laterally” and lacking “straight-ahead speed.” He also is struggling to run out grounders. Yay....